Friday, 22 June 2012

Print - the new 'cool' in 2012

Source - By Lyn Davis
Smart printing, that fulfils a particular need or niche, will survive the digital shift into 2012 and beyond. I like to think that print will never disappear. With many people spending their entire working day in front of a screen or glued to their smartphone, easing the commute with a newspaper on the Gautrain or relaxing in the bath with a book after a long day are some of life's great luxuries.
Everyone's still talking about it...Two Sides Autumn Seminar, held in London towards the end of 2011, reaffirmed the popularity of print as an essential medium, citing print as 'the new cool' and having a unique appeal.

Speakers talked about how important print is and results from their surveys suggested the younger generation actually preferred reading on paper than reading on screens!

Comfort factor

According to the November 2011 issue of Loyalty Magazine, editors found that when they transferred their offering from print to online, they received many concerned messages from readers who 'want to be able to flick through and browse' the articles. Many readers suggested that the online news service lacked the comfort factor of a 'real' magazine, so Loyalty decided to go retro and now publish a printed version three times a year.

We here at PocketMedia Solutions are strong believers that print will always be a reliable and innovative way to market your brand. As former BBC online editor Ashley Highfield suggests, "The trick is to help move those brands into the digital age and get the right balance between print and digital." Print is a crucial component to any successful marketing or advertising process.

Trends that We foresee in 2012
  1. Chunky catalogues continuing to be replaced with small hand-held forms of print communication in 2012, directing consumers to websites or being used as quick reference guides.
  2. Manufacturers finding more ways to become efficient at a lower cost through workflow changes, new equipment purchases and diversification.
  3. More use of QR codes providing marketers with integrated marketing campaigns
  4. More dynamic use of augmented reality, with print communication as the driver.
  5. The continued growth of ambient media; we are always looking out for something new.
  6. Smaller print runs becoming more cost effective with digital print
  7. Going Green - companies are turning more frequently to environmentally friendly solutions to lower their carbon footprints.
  8. Shorter turn-around times - in print everyone wants everything yesterday; gone are the days of two week turn-around times.
  9. All-in-one print mailing solutions became popular towards the latter half of 2011. I expect this trend to boom in 2012.
  10. Return on investment - finding a marketing solution that consumers can keep offers a greater ROI for brands
  11. For the FMCG market, interactive bottle hangs are becoming popular and I expect to see greater growth with this application in 2012 - especially those that include a QR code or UFO, which opens to reveal a prize.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Five Printing Trends for 2012

What trends are happening in the world of print for 2012?

  1. Increased cross-media With the importance of online as a media marketing tool, print has developed features to drive users to your site, including the use of 2D bar-coding/QR Codes which can be read by cell phones. This means that your Print advertising is not a separate advertising option but part of a rich cross over marketing mix. Print still has its own advantages over online and you can see how your advertising campaign can benefit by getting the right mix. Look for more innovations in cross-media as the entire marketing mix is viewed as an interconnecting symbiotic whole.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Know what is Offset Printing

Source - Wikipedia

Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (called "fountain solution"), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.
Development of the offset press came in two versions: in 1875 by Robert Barclay of England for printing on tin, and in 1903 by Ira Washington Rubel of the United States for printing on paper.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Business / Visiting Cards: Perfect for starting conversation

How many times have we thought twice before getting our business or visiting card designed? Have we ever thought that they are our first pitch towards getting new deal. Have we though how important they are for your business? Visiting cards are first impression of ours on others. Like we know that first impression is the last impression. Visiting cards can also sometimes bring in that effect. So next time you get your business card design, do keep following points in mind:

1. Include all important information.
2. Define your business.
3. Make it extraordinary.
4. Place a picture.
5. Use good quality paper.
6. Use right size.

Below is the collection of few of the visiting/business cards that are our favorites. Do let us know what you feel about these.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

A Brief History of Business Cards

Source - Neeru

You will be forgiven for making the assumption that business cards, as we know them, were invented in the 1980s, the decade that corporate was in the bandwagon list. Sorry to tell you, but you’d be wrong. Business cards have been in use for many, many centuries. Almost as soon as companies and individuals savvied-up to the idea of advertising their services, business cards have been around. Here we take a quick dash through the decades to look at the origins of that humble, yet invaluable, 3.5 by 2-inch rectangle of card, tracing the development from its invention back in the 15th century up to today’s examples – which more often than not aren’t even made of a card!

Visiting cards

Experts tend to agree that the origins of the business card can be traced back to China 15th century. They were known as ‘visiting cards’ and served as a calling card to announce one’s intention of meeting with another individual. They could also be handed at the door of elite establishments so that the owner of the establishment could decide if permitting a meeting was worthwhile. Visiting cards were an essential self-promotion tool of the upper classes, a personal advertisement and a basis of forging an introduction.
business cards history
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