How Productive Can You Be In 15 Minutes?

Here’s the dillema…I need to write this blog post, but I have to leave in 15 minutes.  So I’l just procrastinate- send out some proofs and tracking instead and work on the blog tomorrow.    But, I just read this blog post earlier today and decided to put it to the test.

The premise is to set a 15 minute block of time to work on a task.  For me, I feel like this will work best on those things I want to put off, dread tackling or just have a hard time getting started on.  Maybe it’s putting together ideas for a client’s project- I’m still not sure where to start, so spending 15 minutes reviewing their goals and looking through my “idea basket” (which is a fancy name for a large tote in the corner of the office full of cool swag samples that I occasionally go through to generate ideas), and adding some starting point ideas I can send them for feedback fills that 15 minutes and I have a great starting point.

Or on a personal note, the still-packed suitcase sitting in the floor from last week’s business trip- 15 minutes to sort out the laundry, business items and to put the bluetooth headphones back on to recharge seems much less overwhelming that feeling like all the laundry has to be sorted, washed and put away all at once.

Tomorrow I’ll take a  15 minute block to order spec samples for a client, another block to follow up on a few orders- thinking about doing a task in 15 minutes seems way less overwhelming, or even like a challenge.  “I only have 15 minutes to get this done”.  It’s like a race against the clock.  A little bit of a mind game.

And look…15 minutes have passed and I have to get out the door.  But the blog is done AND I have a plan for tomorrow.  Do you work in 15 minute blocks?  If not, would you try it?   I’ll follow up in a couple weeks and let you know if this has made me more productive.

In the meantime- give us a call for all your swag needs.  We’ll give you all the time you need!

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Some Assembly Required

My Dad didn’t “assemble” anything when I was growing up.  Nothing.  My mother tells the story that they went to  buy a bike for me at Christmas and when the salesperson  brought it out of the back it was in a box. My Dad refused to take it.  He told them he bought the one on the floor that was assembled and if that wasn’t what he was getting, then he wasn’t buying.  Thankfully the store gave in or I would have been a really disappointed kid on Christmas morning.

While this example may be a little extreme, many people approach their marketing the same way.  If you want a cohesive marketing plan you have to “assemble” all the right parts.  You can’t expect everything to be handed to you in a neat little “pre assembled” package and it work perfectly for your specific needs.

Think about your end goal (the assembled bike).  Is it to introduce a new product, make people aware of a service you offer, draw a crowd to a grand opening, get more traffic at your trade show booth, increase your visibility on social media?  Maybe you need to cut lost time accidents in the workplace, increase employee morale, reward staff for the completion of a large project, announce a merger.  The goal is what ever you need it to be- and it’s ok if you have more than one goal.  The important thing it to clearly identify the goal so you know what “parts” you need to put together to reach that goal.

Now, lay out all the parts you might need (even if it’s just in your head).  Print, direct mail, email campaign, radio or TV advertising, promotional products, packaging, delivery, follow up, etc.  This is just the review part.   Look at all the options you can use then start narrowing it down.  You don’t have to use every “part” (this is not true when assembling a bike, just saying).    Kinda like this:

assembly

What key elements do you need; what parts are crucial to the outcome.  Think of this as the “frame”.

For example, if you want to draw potential clients to your trade show booth, then you really need to focus on your actual booth first.  Do you need a backdrop, lights, shelving, brochure display, a table and chair to sit down with clients or will a table cover with your logo and an retractable banner work?

Now that you have your frame, are you just going to stand behind the table and hope people stop? No, not if you expect to be successful.  What “parts” do you need to get people to the event or to get those registered to stop at your booth?  A pre-show mailer? Social media campaign? Booth giveaway?   Brochures of your product/services? Samples?  An in-booth game to get people involved?  Free popcorn?

So you had a great booth, people loved your product and took away samples or information. Now what?  Social media follow up?  Direct mail piece to those that stopped by? Packaged gift to your top leads?

This last portion is the key to showing a nice ROI.  Sure, all the other pieces fit together and work and can get you to your goal. However,  the follow up is like the bike bell, not totally necessary to the function of the bike, but it lets everyone know you are around.  It makes noise and gets attention.

You can take this concept and apply it to any marketing or business goal you have- frame, parts, bell.  It’s a very simplified breakdown, but an easy way to remember to think about the finished product as a whole and to plan out the assembly before you start.  Then you can ride away on that shiny bike ringing your bell.

Need help with the assembly?  Give us a call, email or chat with us on our website and we can work with you to help you put all the parts together to achieve your goal.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Direct Mailings

When considering using direct mail as a part of your marketing campaign it is important to sit down and think through your strategy. By making some careful choices, you can design an effect mail piece and increse your ROI beyond the typical .5-1% response rate.  Here are some of the basic ways to make sure you are desiging your post card, brochure, flyer or other direct mail piece to make it as effective as possible and generate the results you are looking for.

  • What is the primary purpose of your mailing?  Think about what is most important.  Don’t try to “kill two birds with one stone” and keep adding information.  Focus on one purpose.  That might be a Grand Opening, an End of Season Sale, a new addition to your staff or a new location.  With a clear purpose you will be able to create a bold, attention grabbing headline to entice the recepient to keep reading.
  • Where is your mailing list coming from?  Current contacts, a bulk mailing to a specific zip code or purchase a mailing list? If you are introducing a new product, service or staff member the mailing to your current list of contacts might make perfect sense.  However, if you want to reach new customers or clients this is not going to be the most effective means, possibly a bulk mail to a specific zip code would be a better choice.  Maybe you are opening a new business that has a very specific clientele (such as a pre school or luxury vehicle dealership).  Purchasing a mailing list that will narrow down the specific demographics you are looking for will greatly increase your response rate.
  •  Once you have your purpose and recipients in mind, you can begin designing your mailing.  This is where you need to keep reminding yourself that “less is more”.  Many people have a tendency to overcrowd their message.  Keep it simple and basic.   Add images that will catch the eye and also convey your primary message.  Make sure you keep both the text and images in line with the message you are trying to convey. As a general rule, use no more than 3 different fonts within your piece.  Fonts are a great way to promote a message- for example, a new daycare would be a perfect use for a font that looks like children’s hand writing.  A luxury auto dealership, not so much.   Images or graphics that bleed off the page can add interest.  Setting text to the side, top or bottom and not just in the center will help draw the eye around the page.  And again- less is more- leave some “white space” so your final product does not look overcrowded.
  • Add a “call to action”.  A coupon, discount code, free gift to the first 100 people through the doors, etc.  Think about what you can offer to increase the effectiveness of your mailing and encourage people to take the necesssary action.
  • Add some “bulk”.  Bulky mail is different, it gets noticed and it gets read (hence a better response rate).  Add a magnet to a postcard, include a small notepad in an envelope, or even do a box mailing with a larger item (like a small flashlight) inside.  This type of mailing is especially effective when you have a very specific and targeted mailing list.

Call or emaill today for help designing your print material.  We have a vast selection of fonts, graphics and images we can use to help you stand out and not have the same stock template look as the next guy!

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Reason Why Promotional Products Should Be In Your Marketing Plan

Of course WE know promotional products (a.k.a. Swag) are great, but to really prove this point our industry association PPAI did some market research with top advertisers,  marketers, media buyers as well as consumers.  These facts show why promo items are consistently ranked in the top tier of all advertising media.

Advertisers LOVE using promotional products as part of their maketing campaigns:

75% of advertisers say promotional products contributed to a campaigns success

59% of consumers have a more favorable view of the brand

88% of consumers recall the advertiser

Promotional products help increase brand visibility:

66% recognition

58% awareness

55% corporate identity

51% goodwill

42% brand recall

Swag is a huge hit with consumers:

80% own at least 1 promotional product

91% keep promotional products in their kitchen

85% of recipients did business with the advertiser

83% like receiving promotional items

Promotional Products build communities with a shared sense of brand loyalty:

53% use their swag weekly

47% keep promotional items for a year or more

Want to learn more about how effectively promotional products can be incorporated into your advertising campaign, product launch, events, direct mail and more?  Contact us today:

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Why Top Advertisers and Media Buyers Love Promotional Products from PPAI on Vimeo.

Get Ready for Eclipse Viewing Parties

Where will you be August 21, 2017?  Hopefully in the path of the first total soloar eclipse to cross North America since 1979.  We are excited that both our Portland, OR office and our Black Mountain (Asheville), NC offices are really close to being right in the path of the Great American Eclipse.  Sorry, to our Michigan office!  To view the optimal viewing areas and the complete path click here.  Even if you are not in the direct path for a complete eclipse, most of North America will be able to see a partial eclipse.

eclipse-map

If you are planning viewing parties or want to use this rare natural occurance as a marketing opportunity, these eclipse viewing glasses offer a safe way to view the eclipse while getting your message across.  These are perfect for colleges, optometrists, tv and radio stations or anyone promoting the event across the US.  Since these glasses are lightweight they make a perfect direct mail piece or envelope stuffer.  Or, for a less expensive option, go with these stock printed exclipse viewing glasses with no logo.

Need other swag or giveaways ideas based on the eclipse, solor, sun or moon theme? Just let us know and we can help you find the perfect items to fit your needs.

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