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Happy International Print Day!

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Happy International Print Day!

Happy International Print Day, the day marked around the world to celebrate all things that make print unique in the marketing mix, and all the tools that make the print experience possible.

As a print powerhouse, we understand and appreciate that in an increasingly digital world, print in all forms, including direct mail, provides the sensory input that clients crave, giving advertisers the biggest bang for their buck. And when direct mail marketing is paired with digital marketing in an optimized media mix, advertisers get stronger results, and consumers respond on an emotional level, creating connections that are difficult to forget.

Four Reasons Why Direct Mail Marketing is Effective

1. It Commands Attention

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Direct mail gets a viewer’s attention in a way that digital marketing might not. Why? For starters, there are fewer distractions. When you receive a direct mail marketing piece, you aren’t being distracted from another task. As a result, you’re more in control of the length of time you interact with each piece. And on average, people spend 25 minutes with direct mail pieces.

2. It Creates a Greater Sense of Trust

A recent study that surveyed people in 13 countries found that 90 percent of respondents prefer direct mail marketing to social media, and 63 percent said that they thought print ads were more trustworthy. Perhaps as a result of this perception,
92 percent of shoppers in another survey say they prefer direct mail when making purchasing decisions.

3. It’s Fun

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Everyone loves getting mail. Whether you’re opening a card from a loved one or browsing through your favorite clothing catalogue, sitting down to read your mail can be enjoyable – and an added textured varnish or an interesting fold or a uniquely sized piece will help a direct mail piece stand out.

4. It’s Personal without Being Creepy

While a banner ad that calls you by name makes you feel spied on, personalized direct mail marketing feels friendly and exciting. Companies can create more personal relationships with customers by sending special birthday offers, catalogues that complement previous purchases or simple promotional pieces personalized with a customer’s name.

So there it is, just a few reasons why we love print. You can join us and print lovers from around the world in declaring your love for print today. Feel free to share what you think makes print a beloved and invaluable part of today’s media mix by tagging #PCIOILovesPrint and #IPD17.

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There’s a Business Case for Business Continuity

There’s a Business Case for Business Continuity

5…4…3…2…1…no, that’s not the countdown from Mission Control, but it very well could be. Companies today face an unprecedented number of potential exposures and they must be armed and ready for the punch.

Having a Business Continuity plan in place, especially if you are a B2B provider (like we are), to help mitigate those risks is more than smart business; it’s the right thing to do to promote corporate resilience in the face of potential disruptions to the business,

A business continuity plan should include executive succession planning, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery. This will ensure your company has critical back up and resiliency in the hours, and days, after a threat.

Here we offer up a few reminders as to why a plan should be part of your business’ master plan:

  1. It’s about the business – Businesses should look beyond its service portfolio and communicate the plan to clients. Chief among these is having the right technology and security systems in place to protect both physical and intellectual property
  2. It’s about planning and practice – A plan is only helpful if it works. We’ve got ours on repeat, especially now that hurricane season has started. A pre-defined business continuity plan maximizes the chance of a successful recovery by eliminating hasty decision-making under stressful conditions.
  3. It’s knowing who’s on first – and knowing what’s on second (noooo, it’s not the Abbott + Costello shtick; there’s nothing funny about business continuity). Having clearly defined roles help bring a daunting task down to size.
  4. It’s about reflecting your company's culture – Clients demand uninterrupted access to critical data. Having safeguards in place, and testing them each year to make sure they are effective and flexible, is the cost of doing business in today’s on-demand marketplace.
  5. It’s more than technology – Along with having data colocation, businesses should consider having other details in their continuity plan for facilities, equipment and inventory.

So that’s it in a nutshell. Dare we suggest that if you keep these tips in mind when planning your plan, you’ll be business-continuity-game-strong when the need arises…and we sure hope it doesn’t.

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