- We’re fully SEO-optimized! Now, customers searching for a wide range of print, marketing and signage services will be directed to our new website, where they can easily explore our capabilities.
- Our website now features responsive design, which enables customers to browse on any device with optimal results. From desktops to smartphones, tablets and beyond, we welcome customers across all modes of tech!
- We’ve opened the lines of communication! Customers can now contact us directly through our website to get quotes and information about their unique print and marketing projects.
- agOnline is now live through our website, which enables recurring customers to order materials and manage their print products remotely, from any location at any time. We’ve made collaborating with your local AlphaGraphics even easier!
Category: Marketing Strategy
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) found that direct mail has a response rate that’s more than 30 times greater than email marketing. The business is expected to increase in value more than 225 percent by 2024. And this is just a single facet of print marketing today! Billions of business cards and mail advertisements are printed and distributed annually in the United States, and for good reason: customers still like their paper and are more likely to act on it compared to many forms of digital marketing. This isn’t the only reason print marketing is surging, either. The efficiency of print While businesses often feel pressure to go digital in various aspects, modern advances in printing technology have made physical printing more efficient than in the past. Companies can request small numbers of prints on-demand and still have it be cost-efficient. Previously, mass offset printing required a much larger quantity of materials to be printed in order for the printing to be worth the cost, due to the higher set-up costs. Digital printing also allows materials to be produced at a local level, providing advertisers with their materials to distribute much quicker. The return on investment of on-demand printing Printing small projects on-demand—such as promotional materials—is made possible with digital printing. Companies receive a printing order (usually in smaller numbers) and print them as the order is received and processed. The costs with on-demand printing are much smaller for smaller orders due to the set-up costs associated with offset printing methods. Various promotional materials can be produced cheap thanks to digital printing. Materials for key chains and pens can be printed in an affordable, quick manner for trade shows. Mailed advertisements with coupon codes are also commonly produced, as customers are more likely to interact with them compared to an email advertisement. Signs that you see at many stores, including banners and various promotional signs, are often printed through digital printing. All of these examples illustrate the benefit of physical over digital—in cost, tangibility and value. Being able to affordably print a product that can be touched and seen in the real world is equating to a higher return on investment for many businesses in today’s crowded digital marketplace. Versatility is always in-demand Digital marketing has its limits. Pop-up ads can only be so effective and email marketing is often hit or miss. Where these mediums may fail, the versatility of print marketing often succeeds. This makes it an extremely viable complement to digital advertising. Printing packaging for products or branding merchandise for promotions is an undeniable way to improve your marketing capabilities. People may click out of your brand’s pop-ups or delete its emails, but they’re bound to notice packaging or take note of the branded swag you give them. Why? Because these items are tangible and real—more than just pixels that lack form and function. In this way, a wide number of products can be physically printed and successfully used as marketing collateral. From apparel to banners, promo materials to packaging, vehicle signage to brochures and beyond, there’s virtually no limit to the versatility of print products. If you’re looking for ways to ramp-up your advertising and marketing, it may be time to go back to basics. In a digital world, print marketing is thriving once again. See for yourself how print collateral can complement your digital advertising and consult with an AlphaGraphics marketing specialist today. Read article →
March 20 / 2017
Fall is the gateway to winter and, by extension, the heralding force before the holiday season. If you’re part of a charitable organization, you know all too well the potential that the season of giving has when it comes to collecting donations. It’s no coincidence that fall is the prime time of year when many not-for-profit causes send out ask letters and donation solicitations! Asking for money is never easy and, in fact, for charitable organizations who solicit donations, it’s often an uphill battle to collect for your cause. Too many attempts can be off-putting, too few attempts can leave people forgetting about your efforts, and an improperly-worded ask letter can leave people soured on giving. To be truly effective in bringing in donations, you need to find a silver bullet: a single letter that inspires people to donate and feel good about doing so. A personal touch Variable data is the first step towards creating a donation solicitation that’s truly effective. Nothing will send your letter to the circular file faster than a generic tone or a “fill in the blank” quality that makes the recipient feel like you’re just after their money. Personalizing core elements of your ask letter can immediately set the tone of your plea for donations:
- Variable printing the name of each recipient lets them know that you recognize them. “Dear sir/ma’am” or “to whom it may concern” will never be as attention-grabbing or meaningful as “Dear Mr. Smith” or “Hi, John.”
- Use past information to generate a unique ask. Something simple such as “last year you donated $50 to our cause” or “will you match last year’s pledge of $100 this year” will let them know you remember and appreciate their past generosity.
- Pair accomplishments with a recipient’s donation for maximum effectiveness. “We enjoyed seeing you at the Jones Park BBQ in July” or “your contribution made the South Shore Movie Night a huge success” are ways to connect further with potential pledges.
- Use variable data printing to print unique donation QR codes on letters. When recipients scan codes to donate, you’ll be able to track who’s donating, how much they’re pledging, how many days after the mailing they donate and more.
- Print return envelopes for check donations that already have the recipient’s address, your address and prepaid postage on them. In doing so, you’ve removed all barriers from the donation, while also ensuring you can track who’s sending a donation back, how much, which addresses are incorrect/not up to date, etc.
November 01 / 2016
Let’s face it: small business marketing is done chiefly online these days. The Internet is its own ecosystem and learning to properly project your business’ brand within that ecosystem can lead to some amazing results—results that your newspaper ad or billboard could never even dream of achieving. As a small business owner you’ve probably heard a lot about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), but maybe not as much about Search Engine Marketing (SEM). And while they’re both important to master for your business to thrive online, SEM can be particularly beneficial to budding businesses when used appropriately. Let’s take a look at 5 ways SEM can positively boost your business’ abilities and why it makes sense to spend some time learning the ins and outs of marketing through Google directly with Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads and other forms of direct advertisement. 1. Conversion tracking: Virtually everything having to do with SEM is measureable. Want to know how many people clicked on your ad? What time of day they clicked? Which of two ads was more popular? Thanks to quantifiable data, all of these questions and more can be answered. Not only does this give you insight into what works, it also allows you to change what doesn’t. And, at the end of the day, you can match up your investment to your sales conversions to see just how effective your SEM campaigns are. 2. Targeted advertising: Gone are the days of marketing to anyone who will give your ad a second glance! Thanks to SEM, targeting a specific audience is more viable than ever before. Get as granular as you need for a specific campaign or focus on a niche based on your message. The depth of control you have over an SEM campaign is astounding, which means you have the power to shape your marketing like never before. Target keywords, age, geographic location, gender, hobbies/interests and more to see if your message is reaching the right people. 3. Controlled advertising: Thanks to SEM, you’re the master of your own ad campaign. You can choose when your ad runs, what your budget is, which devices will see your ad, where your ad will run and more. This is extremely important for small businesses who need to make smart moves on a limited budget! Being able to tailor your campaign around your needs means control like never before over how your advertisement dollars are working for you. 4. Ongoing exposure: Even after your latest SEM campaign has run its course, you might still be reaping the benefits of your digital exposure. Thanks to cookies and sophisticated tracking technology, you can advertise to great effect on other platforms such as social media, with significant overlap! Users will keep seeing your ads wherever they go online, which helps boost exposure and keep the ball rolling on your marketing, even after you’ve pulled your PPC ad. Moreover, if no one clicks on your ads, you don’t pay, which means free advertising! 5. Instant exposure: Trying to shout your name out online is like shouting into the void—with so many other companies trying to do the same, you’re not likely to be heard unless you have a plan. SEM puts you front and center with your customers, to give you an opportunity to speak to them, without shouting at them. Most PPC ads are front-page on Google and targeted ads occupy prime real estate on other websites. Positioning your brand front and center means getting the best chance to appeal. As you plan your next online marketing campaign, look for SEM opportunities to maximize its effectiveness. When utilized appropriately, SEM could just be your small business’ secret weapon. Consult with an AlphaGraphics marketing professional today to learn how you can master search engine marketing! Read article →
October 17 / 2016
If you’re looking for a way to streamline materials ordering, inventory control or interdepartmental budgeting, the obvious answer is to hire an office manager… but unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. Budget concerns and a number of other barriers make it difficult to simply fill a position and even if you do hire an office manager, there’s no guarantee that this person is going to address all of the needs you have. Instead, what you really need is a digital portal that manages budget, materials and inventory for you! This is exactly the function of AGOnline, and more and more businesses are starting to see the benefits in building their own private storefronts through the AGOnline portal. Setting up for success Setting up an AGOnline storefront is far easier than you think—all you really need to do is speak with a local AlphaGraphics to get started! The portal is constructed and branded for your company and when all is said and done, it’s completely customizable to your needs. The best part: it takes minimal work on your end, so you can focus on running your business. When your storefront is up and running, it’s easy to load it with all of the critical materials that you find yourself ordering regularly. From NCR forms to business cards, letterhead to marketing and promotional materials, virtually anything you might need to have printed will be accessible with the click of a button. Keeping track of everything Aside from giving you full access to everything you need in terms of printed products, having a customized, private AGOnline storefront at your disposal also comes with a number of other benefits—benefits that go a long way to antiquating your vacant office manager position:
- You can instantly track inventory through your AGOnline portal, eliminating ordering mistakes and giving you insight into ordering habits. No more ordering 10,000 extra business cards because you accidently ordered twice!
- If you have different departments or even different locations ordering materials through the portal, it’s easy to see who’s ordering what and what kind of money they’re spending. This immediately helps you figure out budgets based on departments and can accurately depict cash flow within the business’ different segments.
- Allocate ordering to people you trust, instead of placing the burden on a single person! With different user IDs possible, you can let the leash out on employees who have proven themselves trustworthy, allowing them to do more and you to focus on other things with confidence.
- Organization and cataloging is a breeze with AGOnline! Need to keep a template handy for future ordering? Have graphics and colors picked out that need to be saved? AGOnline does this for you, to keep all of your critical documents and variables on hand for when you need them next.
April 15 / 2016