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Creative Fundraising

Friday, August 17th, 2018

 

Is your nonprofit organization, school, or club seeking new ways to raise funds for your cause? Here are 8 tried-and-true methods of fundraising you can try this year.

  1. Direct-mail

Direct mail remains the most effective fundraising tool, especially if you can craft a piece that resonates with your audience. Make your direct-mail fundraising letters more interesting by adding personal touches like variable data or add an augmented reality element. One of our favorite direct mail piece is the wafer sealed “round-tripper”. This piece has a reply envelope built right into the design of the piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrHEVW1lxW4&t=11s

  1. Tote Bag drop-offs

Try a door-to-door branded promotional bag along with a laminated door hanger explaining your cause with an accompanying branded envelope for additional donations. Branded items are great for building brand awareness and strengthening business interest.

  1. 5K Run/Walk

Organize a 5K. 5k’s are more popular than ever and even have different themes. You can market your event with posters, banners, newsletters, and lawn signs. You can even use promotional items like water bottles, keychains, and lanyards with laminated id cards to build your awareness with participants.

  1. Discount cards

Sell laminated cards featuring discounts from supportive local businesses, making the cards more valuable than the amount paid for them. Restaurants, retailers, and service providers will often agree to offer discounts to your organization members and donors – especially if your cause supports the local community.

  1. Raffle items

Big ticket raffles can easily boost your fundraising efforts. Come up with a unique item to raffle off: a special edition motorcycle, a luxury sports car, or a trip to Europe, for example. Sell raffle tickets through your organization members, online, and via direct mail.

  1. Auction

Host an auction to raise funds for your organization, and make it unique by applying a theme: home improvement, outdoor living, sports, etc. You can also brand laminated bid signs and design an auction item booklet for the event, posters and direct mail postcards for the event.

  1. Calendars

Print and sell calendars featuring themes relevant to your target audience. Both desk calendars and wall calendars make excellent fundraising candidates and will showcase our brand year-round.

  1. Tournament

Golf tournaments, cornhole tournaments, beer pong tournaments, basketball tournaments – they can all be great fundraisers for your organization. By designing labels, postcards, flyers, lawn signs, or brochures and adding a few branded promotional items you’re sure to make your event a success.

No matter how you raise funds for your organization, you’ll need to market your fundraisers to get the word out and boost participation numbers and creative ideas are sure to be your best bet!

For more information on how Premier can help you with your next fundraiser contact us at info@premieruplink.com

Before There was Pantone

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Ever wonder what books or guides were used to show color before Pantone was the “go to” for print and design? Below are two very extensive guides for their time. One is a one of a kind while the other was a published reference book in the early 1900’s and both these books predate Pantone by about 270 years.

A.Boogert’s Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau (Color Treatments for Water Painting)

271 years before Pantone came out with the first color swatch book, in 1692, A. Boogert, a Dutch artist created the first ever handwritten color swatch index book. It is a comprehensive 800 page mixing guide to using watercolor. Each page is packed full of watercolor swatches and mix instructions for 1 part, 2 parts and 3 parts water. Each page full of swatches shows a range of tones and saturation. In the beginning of the guide Boogert explains the use of color in painting and then how to create certain hues and how to change tones. The book itself is the most comprehensive guide of its time, it was also intended to be an educational guide, but it was the only one of its kind and very likely was seen by very few eyes.

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours

This next book was first published in 1814 (149 years before Pantone’s first color book) in the pre-photographic age and was the preeminent guide to color and its classification for artists, scientists, naturalists and anthropologists in the 19th century. This book provided incredible detail about each color and where to find it in nature. The guide was first devised by German mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner in the late 18th-century. Soon after Scottish painter, Patrick Syme updated Werner’s guide, matching color swatches and his own list of examples to expand upon it. This book is now republished by Smithsonian Books as a pocket-sized guide providing a historic look into the connection between colors and nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, now we all use Pantone, it is the standard for matching color. Be the first 5 to Call or email us today info@premieruplink.com for a Pantone book to use in the design of your next project.

Sometimes Direct Mail Is Just Better

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Direct mailing is a growing medium. Even though digital channels have proved to be successful, traditional channels of direct marketing are showing a higher return on investment. Studies show that 64% of millennials would rather receive direct mail than email advertisements. Additionally, studies show that the average open rate of marketed emails is below 20%.

Out of all the age demographics, millennials have the highest response rate when it comes to direct mail marketing. Those who receive direct mail open them at the same high rate of all other demographics. Studies performed by the USPS found that “Millennials are far more likely than non-Millennials to read and engage with direct mail.” The reasons why direct mail is still as effective today include the print and image quality and checking the mail is considered a leisurely activity. Furthermore many prefer direct mail over email, I know I do.

You have to remember that mailboxes are tangible objects that people have to check. Your targeted direct mailing piece will be seen, but are the pieces eye-catching enough to engage the reader? Mailing pieces should be variable printed and targeted to each consumer. This will also make the mailing piece more personal for the recipient receiving them.

When designing for direct mail try a folded piece to grow your brand. It has been statistically proven to achieve response rates of 4.4% compared to the .12% response rate of direct digital advertisements. When designing your piece try using a fold to engage your audience. A trifold works well for direct mailing. The folds invite the reader in while providing a simple design element. Another fold to consider is a gatefold which provides the reader with a visual impact while being easy to follow.

 

Or you can go with a more dynamic and really eye-catching fold like this origami fold that gets inserted into an envelope (See video link). This intricate fold folds flat into a postcard size of 4”x7” and the flat dimensions are 7”x12”. The folds of this piece make the artwork engaging as it follows the folding scores from top to bottom. The art can be designed in two ways: to show a cohesive image when folded and a different design using the cohesive image in the design of the flat piece. It’s a well-crafted fold that can be found on the Foldfactory youtube channel under fold #438 or click the video below.

For more information on how to make your next direct mailing piece more eye-catching contact info@premieruplink.com

 

Typography: The Best & Worst Fonts For Printing

Friday, June 8th, 2018

 

 

 

Design for print doesn’t have to be a challenge. When designing your piece the design and the content are usually the first thing we consider. Then we typically look at color palettes and images. Once the design elements are in place the last part of the design (often overlooked) is the type of font to use. When it comes to creating printed marketing materials, the type of font that we use is often one of the last things on our mind but it can be the most important piece of the design puzzle. The typeface for your piece should fit with the overall piece you are designing while reflecting the brand. The primary goal is to ensure that the text is smooth, flowing, and pleasant to read. Good typefaces are legible and have good readability. Legibility refers to clarity; it’s how readily one letter can be distinguished from all others. Readability refers to how letters interact to compose words, sentences, and paragraphs. If your customers can’t easily read the leaflet, flyer, brochure, poster or printed piece your message is instantly lost. To help give you an idea of fonts that work well in print, here is a list of three of the best and worst fonts for printing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more contact us @ info@premieruplink.com

S”Elect” Premier

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Once again the election season is upon us. We are getting ready to print and mail 10’s of thousands of letters and postcards for this year’s political races and we are helping candidates grab the attention of voters with their direct mailings.

Spreading awareness is of the utmost importance during your campaign cycle. By using direct mail you not only spread awareness but you educate your audience as well.

Below are some of the most popular and cost-effective sizes of political mailers that can help you spread your campaign messages.

The 8.5x 11 Postcard

This is the political standard. It is a great size that is clear and easy to read, and it stands out in the mailbox because of its size.

The 11×17.75 2 Fold to 11 x 6

This size is great if you are featuring a lot of detail on the inside and works well for both political and advocacy political mailers.

The 6 x 11 Postcard

This postcard is also a must. Like the 8.5 x 11 size this postcard also stands out in mailboxes because of its size and is also clear and easy to read and it’s less expensive to mail.

There are many other formats we use, but these are our top picks. We are always looking for new ways to help you stand out.

Let your imagination be your guide and s“Elect” Premier as your one-stop solution for all your campaigning needs this year.  Email us at info@premieruplink.com for more information.

DMA (Data & Marketing Association) Reports Direct Mail has Highest Response Rates

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

You guessed it: Direct Mail wins again. The power of print has outshined digital marketing by a landslide. According to statistics, recipients of direct mail find it captivating. By using new print technology and real-time data marketers can create highly effective eye-catching mailing pieces. Don’t believe me? Below are some tips and stats which I’ll let do the talking:

Stats:

 

 

 

Direct mail household response rates are 5.1% (compared to 0.6% email, 0.6% paid search, 0.2% online display, 0.4% social media). This is the highest response rate the DMA has ever reported, since coming out with the Response Rate Report in 2003.

Direct mail median household return on investment is 29% (compared to 124% email, 23% paid search, 16% online display, 30% social media).

At 6.6%, oversized envelopes have the greatest household response rates over other mediums (followed by postcards at 5.7% and letter-sized envelopes at 4.3%).

At 37%, oversized envelopes have the greatest household return on investment over other mediums (followed by postcards and letter-sized envelopes at 29%).

The response rate for direct mail among people aged 18-21 years old is 12.4%.

The top response rate tracking methods are online tracking such as PURLs (61%), call center or telephone (53%), and code or coupon (42%).

For every $167 spent on direct mail in the US, marketers sell $2095 in goods.

Tips for your next Direct Mailing Piece: Personalization

  1. Strong Creative Content and Offer/Ask to demand a Call-to-Action
  2. Cross-Channel Marketing and Tracking
  3. Add in Digital aspects: VR virtual reality, AR augmented reality, QR codes

Temple University’s Fox School of Business says the reason people respond differently to physical pieces of mail rather than digital is that it triggers activity in the part of the brain that corresponds with value and desirability, and because of this it results in people spending more time with the piece and having a stronger emotional response.

The Bottom Line – Direct mail has the greatest impact because it offers a tangible experience for the recipient and oversized pieces stand out the most.

Sources

1.) DMA Response Rate Report https://thedma.org/

2.) Print Is Big http://www.printisbig.com/

For more information on how Premier can help you with your Direct Mailing needs email us at info@premieruplink.com

What is Variable Data Printing (VDP)?

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Myth Busters: Paper Edition

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Paper: in the world of printing it’s the essential material your message is presented on. It’s touchy-feely and has a huge impact on how your message is received. The paper you use is often as important as the graphics. For some audiences, the paper is the most important aspect of the printed piece.

Paper possibilities are wide and varied: coated gloss, silk, dull, matte, and uncoated smooth, vellum or textured to name just a few. The paper chosen for your printed communication will directly affect how your graphics reproduce.  So let’s dispel some paper myths.

Myth #1:

Uncoated paper is more versatile because it is like a blank slate.

Reality

Coating enhances the surface and makes it more receptive to inks and additional coatings. Ink sits on the surface of coated paper which means it will be less absorbent making a more uniform print. Coated paper can also print higher resolution and finer detail. Your final prints will be truer to your original on-screen design and imagery.

Myth #2:

It’s hard to control color when printing on glossy surfaces.

Reality

Image quality and color reproduction are much better on a coated paper stock.

Coated paper prints sharper images with finer details, while allowing the printing press to produce brilliant, high-fidelity color with dense solids and smooth screen tints.

Common printing issues such as excessive dot gain aren’t as predominant on coated stocks. Coated stocks also use less ink and allow ink to dry quicker.

Myth #3:

Coated paper must be more expensive because it looks and feels so rich.

Reality

While it is true about its luxuriousness, coated paper isn’t as expensive as you may think.

Coated paper can be significantly less expensive than uncoated paper at the same weight. Uncoated stocks require a higher ratio of wood fiber per pound than coated stocks. Coated papers replace some of that wood fiber with clay that creates the coating. Which is also why coated papers, at the same weight as uncoated papers, feel less substantial. Also coated papermaking machines produce a larger amount of paper than uncoated machines.

Myth #4:

Only uncoated papers can provide a tactile experience.

Reality

Coated papers allow for techniques such as soft touch AQ. Soft touch AQ is a velvety-soft feel to print materials. Many people describe it as feeling like short velvet, or smooth suede. A soft-touch finish definitely gets noticed.

To learn more contact us at info@premieruplink.com

Print Quoting

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Submitting a printing quote request can be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. A good rule of thumb to be as specific as possible when submitting your quote request to your print partner so you can expect your quote in a timely manner. Below is a list of some basic but important information to include in your next printing quote request:

  • Your Name
  • Contact Information
  • Project Name
  • Project Description
    ie. Newsletter, Booklet, Flyer, Poster
  • Print ready files provided?
  • Delivery Due Date
  • Quantity
  • Flat Unfolded and Finished/ Folded Size
  • Type of Stock* (If this is something you are unsure of your salesperson will be able to steer you in the right direction and suggest stocks that will best suite your project)
    ie. Text, Cover, Weight
  • Number of Colors
    ie. Black + PMS, 4 Color Process, Aqueous Coating
  • Bleeds
  • Print on 1 or 2 Sides
  • Number of Pages (if booklet)
  • Is a Hard Proof Required?
  • Finishing
    ie. Folds, Perforations, Binding
  • Mailing
    ie. Mailing Lists, Inserts, PO Location

By including this information in your next RFQ it should get you off to a really good start. Now, if you don’t have all of the details for your print project up front, give your print partner a call and they will be more than happy to help.

For more information contact Premier at info@premieruplink.com

Coatings and Varnishes

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Not only can a varnish or a coating protect printed sheets from smudging, fingerprints,and scratches, but they can also give the designer the ability to create effects on paper that can not be produced with digital media. You can add depth, and texture to images and words which transforms the viewing experience into a more interactive tangible one. With the right design and use of these coatings you can evoke a mood or attitude, even invoke the sense of energy or calm. You can create the feeling of stones or soft satin. You can raise images off the page or give the illusion of multiple layers. You can imitate the look of practically anything, from plastic and metal to leather. The below performance chart is a general guide created by Sappi.com to evaluate your coating choices. When using this 1-5 guide, 1 is the least likely and 5 is most likely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press coatings come in two types – Aqueous which provides a better rub protection and does not yellow as time passes. Aqueous coating is 60-70% water and it’s best use is for flood coating, but it can also be used as spot coating. Aqueous dries quickly, allowing for faster back-ups, and it does not require heavier stock (60lb. text and up) to avoid paper curl. UV coating is nearly all solids and cures instantly under ultraviolet light. This coating is more protective than aqueous, and UV provides a high gloss level and accepts a wider range of specialty techniques. UV also works well on any type of paper stock. UV can also be used for spot applications. Because of UV’s high-solid levels, this coating is highly susceptible to cracking, so care must be taken during bindery.

Paper stock choices play a critical role when deciding on varnish and coatings, which in the end seal a sheet against scratches and smudges. When designing and deciding on coating techniques, it goes without saying that rough and porous paper surfaces, as well as lighter weight sheets, limit the kind of varnish and coatings processes that can be used for your desired effects. Coated papers are far better suited for special coating techniques than uncoated stock.

For more information on coatings contact Premier at info@premieruplink.com

Written by Donna Moulton

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