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Client Spotlight: Tom’s Town Distilling Co.

tom's town kansas citySometimes, it pays to be curious. While out strolling through the neighborhood (downtown Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District) a couple of years ago, AlphaGraphics Kansas City’s Allison Cade and Haley Haar popped into Tom’s Town Distilling Co. on a whim.

“They walked in one day before we were open—we were up on the third floor getting ready to launch,” says Kirsten McGannon, marketing director, Tom’s Town Distilling Co. “They walked in, introduced themselves, and invited us over to their office. It was the perfect time—we were just getting started, and I knew it would be a good idea to have a printer close to us.”

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April Employee Spotlight—Sierrah Gaines

 

They say that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. And when faced with an unexpected tragedy, that’s exactly what Sierrah Gaines did.

“During my first semester at Mizzou, I got in a terrible car accident and suffered a bad concussion,” she says. “After I recovered, I decided to go to work instead of going back to school, and I found I liked that better.”

Sierrah worked at a tax office for three years, juggling a mix of responsibilities as a receptionist. Yet after realizing she didn’t have many opportunities left for learning and advancement, she opted to look elsewhere for employment—and that’s when a referral came in handy.

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Client Spotlight: WWE Artist Rob Schamberger

uv business cardsA lot of companies proclaim a commitment to customer service, yet their delivery leaves something to be desired. For Kansas City resident Rob Schamberger, a tragic circumstance left no doubts about AlphaGraphics Kansas City’s commitment to their clients.

“I was going on a long road trip from Kansas City to New Jersey for a tradeshow and was in a serious car accident,” Rob says. “All of the art and supplies I had with me were destroyed.”

Through Rob’s social media posts about the accident, AlphaGraphics Kansas City learned what happened and came through in a big way.

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December Employee Spotlight – Tommy Harrington

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One of Tommy Harrington’s first priorities when he moved to Kansas City from New York in 2013? Find a job.

He was running a successful business in New York, but with his client base now thousands of miles away from his new home, Tommy soon realized he needed to make a change.

“I moved here, unpacked the U-Haul and drove back to Rochester to do a job,” he says. “I drove back here, then flew back for another job. Stepping out of my business was tough, but it made sense.”

Tommy spotted an opening for a key operator at AlphaGraphics Kansas City (translation: someone who takes print-ready files and queues them to print). With more than 9 years of experience in the commercial printing industry, Tommy says the decision to apply at AlphaGraphics Kansas City “was a logical leap.”

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December 21 / 2016
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‘Tis the Season: Showcase Your Company’s Creativity with Holiday Cards

During the holiday season, you likely amass a number of cards from friends, family and colleagues. Creating and sending a holiday card might be at the top of your personal to-do list, but what about your company’s? Whether you want to shake up your standard holiday card design or delight your customers with a first-time holiday message, Alphagraphics Kansas City can work with you to create a festive piece that delivers a lasting impression.BLOG_Page_2

One of our favorite things about helping clients design holiday cards is that they’re the perfect project to stretch your creative boundaries and have some fun. This is an ideal opportunity to showcase your company’s personality (yes, it has one!) and connect with your customers and peers.

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December 08 / 2016
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November Employee Spotlight – Amanda Catherell

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It’s not always easy to find a career that’s a perfect match, but Amanda Catherell says that when she went to Alphagraphics Kansas City to interview for a customer service representative position, she knew she’d found a fit.

“I walked in and fell in love,” she says.

Amanda joined the Alphagraphics Kansas City team in April and started with tasks you’d typically associate with customer service: sales support, information intake, payment processing and front desk assistance. Yet as the company’s growth continues at a fast pace, Amanda recognized the opportunity to expand her role.

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November 16 / 2016
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Test Your Printing Savvy + 5 Tips for Optimizing Print Files

RGB, CMYK, DPI, JPEG, PDF, TIFF—working with print files sometimes seems like one giant bowl of alphabet soup! And whether you’ve had a longtime relationship with a commercial printer or are just starting out on this exciting journey, there’s so much to learn about the industry—and more importantly, what you can do to help make your print projects wildly successful.

Feeling a little panicky? Take a deep breath. We’re here to help—and have a little fun! First, we’ve compiled a short quiz so you can test your printing savvy. Ready?

Take the quiz!

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October 19 / 2016
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September Employee Spotlight – Molly Angle

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As the Community Relations Manager for AlphaGraphics Kansas City, Molly Angle not only works with her own group of clients, but also handles social media and other management tasks for the AlphaGraphics KC team. And if you want to get on her good side? Bring her office supplies. “I’m obsessed with planners and pens,” Molly says. “Papermate Ink Joy gel pens are my favorite.” She loves pens so much that, after coming to work and discovering boxes of different pens on her desk, she declared it “the best day.” (Thanks for calling in that favor, Matt!) Read article →

September 14 / 2016
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4 Quick Steps to Publishing Your Own Blog

It used to be that when you wanted to write and publish your own book, it was an expensive, confusing and difficult process.  But, that was the day of traditional publishing.  While traditional publishing IS still a popular thing to do, its definitely not the “hot” commodity it once was.  Now, with the age of the internet and technology, you don’t need to be the next Patterson, King or Grisham to get your book published.  You just need to be able to think on your feet, do things for yourself, and become educated on how to publish your own book!  Below you will find steps on how to publish your book, as well as different options available to you.  It should be mentioned that there is a difference between traditional publishing versus publishing today, on your own as well. Read article →

August 30 / 2016
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The Benefits of Targeted Mail

The marketing world is changing at breakneck speed and many of the ways we used to advertise have become old hat. Buying ads in the local yellow pages is a great example, assuming you can find the old pony express to drop one by your office.

However, there is an older method of marketing that is still highly effective. In fact, it can be more effective than most other methods. Read article →

August 30 / 2016
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