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Marketing Schedule Templates 2016

Here is a marketing schedule you can use as reference for holidays ideas on when to mail, email, and send promotional products to clients and prospects.

You can use holidays celebration as a reason to reach to clients and prospects, here are some ideas:

  • Update your website colors to pink during breast cancer month in October to show your support.
  • Order some fun promotional products for “employees appreciation day” to say thank you.
  • Send clients and prospects greeting cards during the holidays.
  • Print sports related promotional products for tradeshow attendance during sports seasons.

There are so many ways to use holidays as a platform to reach out and stay in front of customers and potential customers.

 

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5 Laws of Social Media Marketing

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There is no arguing that social media has completely changed the way that we operate in today’s world. Everything from reaching customers, to dating, keeping in touch with family and reading the news has all been impacted by this new form of social interaction. With hundreds of millions of people using social media every day, it is extremely difficult to stand out on any of these platforms. However, a strong social media presence is essential for any company to thrive in today’s market. Here are five steps to boost your company’s online exposure.

  1. Be Patient
    Social media is not an overnight achievement, it’s a process that will take time but will be worth it. Even if you feel you don’t have the time, make at least 30min daily to work on your social media presence. Some think that in 2015 social media is an option in business, if you are one of these people you are wrong. In a world of technology your clients and prospect are all connected to at least one form of social media and if you don’t stay connected with them online your competition will.
  2.  Listen and Interact
    You cannot open a social media account just for the sake of having it. There is nothing worst but for people to advertise their social media pages on their website and when clicked on to find it has not been updated for the past 2 years! So before creating an account make sure you are ready to schedule time to participate on your social accounts. After all it is called “SOCIAL media” which implies that you need to be social and interact with your followers. Social media is not only about posting but also replying and “talking” to your audience. Find your voice, be authentic and just socialize (in a professional manner of course).
  3. Share your Expertise
    Social media is the place to show your value as an expert in your field and shine. You should not only repost and share valuable content from others but most importantly share your expertise. The content should be related to your business as well as being helpful to your audience. By sharing valuable information your followers will want to share it with others and you will grow your online exposure.
  4. Be Consistent
    Consistency is key! You cannot be socially active once a year and disappear. You need to post a minimum of once a week and for certain channels such as Twitter that is too low. You have to create a post pattern that your followers can get behind and know when to expect to hear from you.
  5. The 80/20 Rule
    Your social media post should not be constant price information about your products, people will get turned off and move on. People are looking for value and fun, interesting content to either learn something or have a laugh. Make most of your posts valuable and only 1 out of 4 posts should be “sale” related. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and how you would feel about being bombarded with “sales” posts from a company constantly.

It’s vital that you understand social media marketing fundamentals. From maximizing quality to increasing your online entry points, abiding by these laws will help build a foundation that will serve your customers, your brand and — perhaps most importantly — your bottom line.

Capucine Rismay
Top Class Signs and Printing
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Why do I need flyers or postcards for my business?

Flyers and postcards are a very inexpensive way to market your business and if you well done can be effective. Here is 9 ways you can use a flyer:

  1. Menu
    For restaurants a menu is a good way to advertise your business. It is an inexpensive mandatory printed material and makes a great “take out menu“. When printing your menu on a cardstock flyer it is all in the design, because you printed a cheap flyer doesn’t mean it has to look cheap! Save on the printing cost and hire a professional graphic designer (Top Class offers this service), visuals are very important in the food industry.

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    Menu flyer

  2. Coupon
    A flyer makes a great coupon and if done properly will pay for itself with the new business it will bring in. Design the flyer to have an offer as well as all your contact information. The last thing you want to send out a great deal and the client or prospect have no idea where you are located or how to contact you. The offer could be a fixed number or a percentage off.

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    Coupon flyer

  3. Product Information
    Use a full color flyer for product information which you can display in your store, use at tradeshows, leave at other locations, and/or distribute to clients and prospects. For a product information card images are very important as well as a good description of the product or service in order to be effective.

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    Product information flyer

  4. Invitations
    There is no more inexpensive way to print a full color invitation then a flyer. Invite customers and prospects to your locations as often as you can. Use the flyer to drop off in stores around your community and at your business to hand out to customers and future customers.

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    Invitation flyer

  5. Opening a New Business
    You have taken a leap of faith and are now opening your business, congratulations! The only problem is that if no one else knows it is not very good. Create a “We are open” flyer to hand out to friends and people in the community; let as many people know about your new business!

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    New business opening flyer

  6. Postcard
    You can use a flyer as a full color postcard to mail to customers and prospects as often as you can. It is a very effective and affordable way to communicate to a group of people efficiently without breaking the bank. Of course this requires a budget for the mailing service as well.

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    Full color custom postcard

  7. Events
    You can print cheap flyers either for parties and nightclubs but also for corporate events. Whether you are having an open house, a block party, a charity event, a tradeshow, or any other event a full color printed flyer is a must. If it is also within your budget make sure you use advertise your events with a mailer as well.

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    Invitation flyer

  8. Mailer
    Commercial printing allows you to send out cheap flyers as often as possible without much labor on your part. In our days it is just a matter of including a mailing label within the graphic design and voila! A mailer only requires you to work on the content of your flyer, take advantage of it.

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    Mailer flyer

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    Custom mailer postcard

  9. EDDM (Every Door Direct Mail)
    An EDDM is all in the design and most commercial printers can handle the service (Top Class offers this service). Use your Every Door Direct Mail to communicate specials, new products or new services and events to your community.

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    EDDM flyer

These are only nine ways to use a full color custom flyer, but there are so many more ideas and options. Just make sure to incorporate flyers in your marketing strategy as often as possible. Contact us for your future marketing needs.

Disclaimer: The images on this page are not owned by Top Class Signs and Printing and are used solely as a design example.

Capucine Rismay

How to use hang tags for your business and personal needs

When people think of “hang tags” they picture clothes, but with a little creativity a hang tag can become so much more.

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  • Apparel Hang Tags

Of course you can use a custom full color hang tag to brand your apparel line. You can either use it as a form of branding with your logo, website, and phone number (or just logo for bigger brands like Levis), you can add a serial number for inventory purpose, and/or you can use it as a care tag. Whichever way you choose to go a hang tag is a must for any apparel brand. Hang tags usually come in standard basic shapes such as a square or a rectangle, but you can also customize your hang tag into any shape you want by getting a die cut hangtag. A full color custom die cut hang tag can be cut in the shape of your logo, mascot, or anything you want and is a great inexpensive way to reinforce your brand.

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  • Business Hang Tags

Hangtags are a great and affordable way to brand and market your business. There are many ways you can use a full color custom hangtag in your business.

Gifting- The best business use for business hang tags is gifting tags! You can use the hang
tags for any occasion and for a very small investment it makes your marketing and brand
stand out and shine. You are having a business open house and are giving away goodies,
make it look better with your custom hang tag. You can use it on tradeshow and raffle
giveaways or during your holidays business gifting. The hangtag can be customized
in the shape of your logo just to make it that much more impressive.

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Holidays Hangtags

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Holidays hang tags

Product Information- Display items in your showroom with hang tags by adding product
descriptions on one side of the tag. Use the custom hang tag to display discount items in a
more professional way.

Like any printed marketing material it is all in the design of the hangtag. Design your hang tag with your company’s information on one side, but basic only, and maybe a coupon on the other side custom with the tradeshow or event you are exhibiting at. Design it with a holiday background and use the tags as holiday’s thank you cards to personalize your business holiday gifts. If you are using it for an open house just attach it to your party favors with your company’s information on one side and details about your business open house on the other side.

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Thank you hang tags

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Gifting hang tags- Bottle hang tag

  • Personal Hang Tags

Hang tags are also perfect for all your personal celebrations in life. Use a custom hangtag for all you events gifting such as weddings, Christmas, birthdays, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, baby showers, parties, and more. A custom hang tags is much nicer than your generic tag from the store and won’t break the bank. Tie your customized hang tag to your guest party favors or your gifts. Full color hang tags are also great for craft hand made goods.

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craft hand made goods hang tags – jar hang tags

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Guest favor party hang tags

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Recipes hang tags

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Holidays- Christmas Hang Tags

The usage for your hang tags is versatile and like any printing materials it varies based on your graphic design. Design your hang tag to reinforce your brand if you are using it for business and if you are using it for personal purpose design your hang tags to match the theme of your event. No matter what occasion or purpose you have for your custom hang tags there are an affordable way to wow its recipient and make you look good!

Top Class Signs and Printing offers square hang tags and rectangular hang tags as standard shapes. We also offer various shape hangtags such as leaf tags shape, circle hang tags, oval hang tags, round corner hang tags and more. Top Class also offers custom die cut hang tags with can be customized to any shape. Our smaller quantities hang tags are printed on 12PT gloss cover or 100lb smooth cover paper. Our hangtags over 500qt are printed on 14PT UV or 14PT low gloss paper. All our hang tags are printed in full color on two sides with your own custom graphic design and come is various sizes. Call us and get your custom hang tags starting as low as $0.023 per hang tags only! For custom paper stock hang tags call us and we will give you a free quote.

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Die cut hang tags

Disclaimer: The images on this page are not owned by Top Class Signs and Printing and are used solely as a design example.

Capucine Rismay

Every Door Direct Mail for Your Business!

What is EDDM (Every Door Direct Mail)?

The Most Affordable Way to Send Direct Mail: Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) is a service offered by the U.S. Postal Service which allows individuals and businesses to target mailers to specific neighborhoods as cost-efficiently as possible, all without a mailing list! Simply put, it’s a great way to reach more customers, increase revenue, while still keeping costs down.

The new way to mail!

You don’t need an expensive list, a costly postage permit, and you can target every single door in your neighborhood or another by just picking a targeted zip code. That’s the beauty of the simplified Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) service by USPS. At an astounding 17.5¢ per postcard for postage, it gives small businesses the chance to promote their products and services without all the cost and hassle that you typically associate with direct mail marketing. You don’t even need a mailing address. How EDDM functions is rather simple to understand and use. All you have to do is map out a target area and select a delivery route, prepare your marketing material and that’s it!

What are the key benefits of Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM)?

  • Small Business Price
    With EDDM you can mail your postcards and flyers for just 17.5¢. Compare that to traditional direct mailer campaigns that cost an average of 75¢ per piece for the smallest and most basic mailer promotion.
  • EDDM vs Direct Mail
    The main difference between EDDM and direct mail is that EDDM doesn’t require any preparation of mailing lists. While when using services of direct marketing, you literary need to have correct names and addresses of clients where you want your advertising material to be sent, EDDM makes the entire process much simpler as you don’t need to know any details about the people who you are trying to contact!
  • Deliver BIG Postcard Sizes
    The amazingly low price of 17.5¢ per piece is applied to ANY size of mailer. As long as you keep within the postal size guidelines (which we discuss below), you can send larger postcards for big impact postcards that stand-out in your customers mailbox.
  • No Postage Permit Needed
    Normally when sending direct mail campaigns, you would need an active postal permit which can cost as much as $450 just to open an account. With EDDM, you don’t need one. USPS provides a special USPS/EDDM Endicia permit that you can add directly to your mailer designs. This special permit also ensures that your EDDM mailers are mailed separately from the mass of “circulars” that people are not always fond of.
  • No Mailing List Needed
    Instead of printing names and addresses, EDDM utilizes a “simplified addressing” format that targets local postal customers in a radius of up to 5 miles. And because you no longer need to print names and addresses, you can forget all the typical ink-jet printing and labeling hassles.
  • Short-Run Mailing Campaigns
    Create extensive local mailing campaigns or smaller mailing campaigns to test-the-water in your neighborhood. There is a 5,000 piece maximum per day, per post office but the minimum quantity to qualify is just 200 print pieces.
  • Direct Mail Works For Your Business
    Direct mail is statistically one of the most effective forms of advertising for any business. It delivers a higher return-on-investment than any other medium. Every dollar spent on mailers returns an average of $12.57 in sales! And with 3-out-of-4 people reading direct mail, you are also guaranteed to get seen by the majority of people you send your mailers to.

The specifics about Every Door Direct Mail

Before you start printing your promotional material, you need to be informed a little bit more about the three common EDDM mailer sizes – 6.25 x11 inches, 8.5 x11 inches, and 11 x17 inches.; no matter which size you choose the truth is that EDDM promotions will be able to reach out thousands of new clients from which at least a couple of hundreds of them will hopefully become your clients. Even though you can choose between flyers, catalogs, brochures, etc, the most popular type of advertising tool is an EDDM postcard and a direct mail flyer.

Before you start using this marketing program, you need to know that USPS has set basic EDDM requirements that will need to be met so that their program functions properly. For example, there are restrictions for the mailer pieces sizes, how many mailers you can send per day depending on the program you are using, how your mail piece should look, and many others.

The EDDM size chart defines the mail piece not to be smaller than 11 inches in length and also not to be smaller than 6 1/8 in width. Rest assure that at Top Class Signs and Printing we are aware of all specifications and can handle the process for you.

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Generate leads with Every Door Direct Mail

Every Door Direct Mail is a marketing service for small businesses from the US Postal Services. It helps entrepreneurs and business owners expand their business by sending out offers of direct mail to potential clients without requiring ink jetting, tabbing or mailing lists. The expenses are also low. This service can be effectively used for promoting your business in a local neighborhood, thus increasing the amount of leads, sales as well as revenues that are generated by your business. EDDM as a program is different from others as it is economical and simplifies the process of direct mailing. It allows you to target the local market and target your audiences conveniently at reduced rates.

EDDM can be used to deliver direct mails and advertising materials like full color flyers, full color brochures, full color postcards, open house events, realtor available properties, specials/sales and restaurant menus to certain particular local neighborhoods which are also called postal carrier routes. This service is one which does not require customers to purchase addresses or pay for printing their addresses or names on advertising materials. The USPS Letter Carrier puts a single offer on all mailboxes within the targeted locations which is economical for a small business owner and provides them with a cost efficient means for reaching out to a target audience.

Who is EDDM for?

EDDM is available to all companies and organizations who want to distribute promotions to the households and businesses in their entire neighborhood. It’s designed to get your marketing messages directly in the hands of customers – a low-cost way to tell people about your grand opening, your weekend sale, or your special offer. And you can as well include coupons, store maps and many other useful marketing tools and information that can be of use to your potential clients.

EDDM is particularly useful for local retail businesses and organizations that rely on walk-in custom and local business support.

This service is ideal for marketing:

  • Arts & theater organizations
  • Attorneys
  • Auto dealers
  • Banks & insurance agents
  • Community groups
  • Dry cleaners
  • Grocery stores
  • Real estate agents
  • Restaurants
  • …and all other local businesses

How does Every Door Direct Mail Work?

Select a Target Location: The best way to get started with an Every Door Direct Mail campaign is to locate an area in which you wish to market your services. Then contact a Top Class Signs and Printing customer service representative to help you enter the business address and zip code to show a map of your region. The map displays the postal routes or neighborhoods around your business that can be simply pointed and clicked to choose your area of distribution.

Get Counts: After choosing your targeted area, you receive an immediate count on the number of business or households that you have targeted. With this number, you learn how many flyers that is required for ordering.

Create your Flyer Design: Decide what you want to share with your audience; do you want your piece to be informative or do you want to send specials with coupons. Once you decide on your content a Top Class graphic designer can help you bring you EDDM to life!

Engage Employees With Team-Building Activities

A recent report by Gallup Inc. says that only 30% of full-time employed Americans are actively engaged and inspired at work. And yet, it’s the 30 million engaged employees in the U.S. that come up with “most of the innovative ideas, create most of a company’s new customers, and have the most entrepreneurial energy,” Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton writes in the report.

Keeping a team of employees happy, motivated and inspired can only be good for a firm’s relationships with its clients, and ultimately, its bottom line. Gallup’s survey indicates companies have a lot of room to grow in terms of engaging and inspiring their employees, and that’s where team-building activities and promotional products can play an important role.

As the economy continues to improve, the objectives of team building are evolving. In a better economy, “companies are more concerned about losing good people and the cost of replacing and training them,” says TeamBonding COO David Goldstein. “The goals of team building in this scenario are more about building balance and having fun at work. Companies want employees to like what they’re doing and feel like they have a purpose.”

For example, Goldstein’s company works with a lot of technology-oriented events. The firm partnered with their ad specialty distributor and created a high-tech scavenger hunt using GPS technology for attendees at the Corporate Event Marketing Association Summit 2014 conference.

The hunt consisted of 10 teams of 10, and each team leader used an iPad, iPhone or Android to get maps, messages and instructions about activities they needed to perform and upload. Activities included forming a letter of the alphabet with the team, jumping into a pool, and singing a song for points. The winning team received TeamBonding logoed Bluetooth speakers. Each team wore different neon-colored Malibu sunglasses to separate themselves and set their team apart.

Another of TeamBonding’s favorite team-building activities is charitable events. “This originated during the recession when some companies couldn’t necessarily justify team building, but could justify the concept of giving back,” says Goldstein. “Activities like assembling school supply backpacks or military care packages were good for the community as well as good for employees.”

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The Marketing Power of Tradeshows

The year is coming to an end and it’s time to prepare your marketing plan for next year! This plan should include tradeshows you plan to exhibit at throughout the year. Our article below gives you facts about why you should not miss out on tradeshow exhibition in the upcoming year.

tradeshow-exhibits-and-displays-factsTradeshow facts:

Tradeshows are a great way to introduce new services or new products to clients and prospects.

45% of businesses participate in tradeshows to grow market share.

80% of exhibit attendees are either final decision makers or have direct influence on what products and services their company purchases.

50% want to see new products and services in the industry.

72% of show visitors say the show influenced their bying decision.

Of course like anything else first impressions are most important so when deciding to exhibit at a trade show make sure your branding and marketing materials are up to date and will make you shine!

If you need help with your tradeshow displays wheter it’s retractable banner stands or exhibit booths, full color printing such business cards, brochures, or logoed promo products, even custom table covers, we are here to service you.

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