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Make it Shine


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The Way I See It

A Frog’s Plan

A persuasive old frog asked two geese to carry him south with them. At first, the geese said no because they didn’t believe it could be done. After great consideration, the frog suggested that the two geese hold a stick in their beaks, and the frog would hold onto the stick with his mouth. The plan worked great, and the three-some flew over the countryside, gathering a lot of admiration for this unbelievable demonstration of creative teamwork.

Suddenly, they overheard a bystander say, “Wow! What a creative way to travel! I wonder who came up with that idea?” Without being able to help himself, the frog opened his mouth and exclaimed, “It was meeee!” as he plummeted to the ground.

Here’s the way I see it: Harry S. Truman once said it best: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Got an important project coming up? We’d love to help you create beautiful print materials that you can take all the credit for!



Mike Carroll
Idea of the Week
The Perfect Cover-Up

There are endless options available to you to make your next print piece really stand out!

If you're looking for a simple technique that beautifully enhances your print item's impact and appeal without breaking your budget, consider adding a varnish to your next print project.

Girl holding folder

Adding a print varnish involves adding an entirely transparent coating to a printed page. Just like choosing paint types when you're painting your living room, there are three basic varnish finishes to choose from: satin, gloss, and dull (matte). Varnish can add a unique, creative element and give your design a boost, so make sure you choose the one that best fits with the look and feel you're trying to accomplish with your project.

Know Your Options

Dull: Also known as matte, this is very different from a varnish-like gloss. A matte finish it best suited if your design contains a lot of text, as it will deflect light and glare. Using a dull varnish can be a great tool for improving readability on pages containing text. Although called dull, this varnish is not at all boring. It produces exciting and attractive print results.

Gloss: As its name indicates, this varnish is the show-off of the bunch and gives a glossy type of appearance. Gloss varnish makes colors look more saturated, and your design elements look more crisp and sharper. It is perfect for printed pages containing items like photographs and graphics.

Satin: The best of both worlds, satin varnish falls somewhere in between glossy and matte and offers the perfect level of shine. This option is ideal if you have a lot of photo and text combination pieces.

Glossy, Dull, Satin graphic

What's in it for Me?

From an aesthetic standpoint, varnish can enhance the overall appearance of your piece, but it also decreases the amount of time it takes the printed piece to dry and reduces the chance that the ink will smear. Varnish also adds durability and strength to a piece by doing its job to prevent excess wear, smudging and scuffing, and providing UV protection. All of these benefits combine to give you a printed piece that lasts longer and stays in better, more attractive condition.

Once you try varnish on one of your projects, you will likely wonder how you ever did without it and will be glad to have this technique in your printing toolbox.



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Marketing Tip
When to Post on Social Media


Managing multiple social media networks can be challenging, and so can knowing the best times to post. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer since every type of business has varying audiences, here are the most suggested time frames and a few things to consider when posting on social media:

Facebook

  • Early afternoons on Thursday is the most recommended day to post on Facebook.

  • Early mornings and late nights are the least optimal time to post.

  • Video posts are among the most popular.

The less people want to be at work, the more they are on Facebook.

Tool to consider: Fanpage Karma. It not only analyzes your profiles and those of the competition but also manages all your customer conversations in one tool - even composing, planning, and publishing posts.

Twitter

  • Thursday around Noon is the most recommended time to post on Twitter for business-to-business audiences.

  • Weekends and Wednesdays are most popular for business-to-consumer.

  • Noon and 6 p.m. have the highest click-through rate when people are on lunch breaks or commuting home.

Tweets that are engaging and build trust in your brand are more effective than those that are purely promotional.

Tool to consider: Followerwonk helps you dig deeper into Twitter analytics and see who your followers are, where they are located, and what they tweet.

Instagram

  • Monday through Friday are the best days to post, with Mondays typically having the most engagement.

  • Avoid posting around 3 p.m. each day, since that has the lowest engagement.

Build your audience with the 80/20 rule – which means 80% of content should be educational and engaging, while 20% is self-promotional.

Tool to consider: Over is an app that lets you apply overlayed text and graphics onto your photos and is great for sharing tips, inspirational quotes, or adding a creative twist.

LinkedIn

  • The best times to post are between Noon and 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Thursday.

  • The worst times to post are Monday and Friday.
    Encourage your employees to share your company’s content.

Tool to consider: LeadFuze allows you to quickly create a list of leads and target accounts through a simple search.

Pinterest

  • Most Pinterest users are female and are more active in the evenings, with activity peaking at 9 p.m.

  • The most popular time to pin is Saturday between 8-11 p.m. or 2-4 a.m., although the best time for fashion & retail is Fridays at 3 p.m.

Tool to consider: Buffer can help you find great images to Pin from any website and immediately add to your Pinterest schedule with the Buffer browser extension.

If you need help promoting your social accounts in print, give us a call. We’d love to share our ideas!



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Tech Tip
Customizing Chrome’s Tab Page


When you open Google Chrome, perhaps you've noticed the thumbnail tiles below the search bar that show the websites you visit most frequently.

The easiest way to change your thumbnails is by hovering over the tile and clicking the "x" in the upper right corner to delete. After deleting a tile, an option to "undo" or "restore all tiles" will appear. Note that deleting a tile will not delete the associated link in your browsing history.

If you'd like to change the way your tab page appears and/or choose URLs to display, here are a few tips:

  • If you don't want any tiles to appear, you can make it blank by using a "Blank New Page Tab Extension."

  • You may want to consider the "Humble New Page Tab Extension," which features a redesigned new tab page with your bookmarks, apps, most visited, recently closed, and weather in a custom layout.

  • Or to change your tab page to pictures, weather updates, to-lists, and much more, check out: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/collection/ customize_your_new_tab_page

If you'd like tips for customizing and saving time on your next printing project, we're here to help! Remember, other printers may be nearby, but no one comes close.



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