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Foster-Carroll Inc April 11, 2018


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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
Perfect Estimates Every Time

If you don't get projects printed every day, it can be tough to know exactly which details are important for your next print project when talking with your printer. You may come armed with what you think is all the relevant information, as well as a well-formatted document, only to discover that you're more unprepared than you thought. Make getting an estimate easy with this handy guide!

Selecting Your Paper

The weight of paper you need for your printing project can vary based on your needs. For example, would you print a postcard on floppy inkjet paper? Probably not if you want it to survive the mailing process! Even if you aren't familiar with all of the nuances of paper selection, your printer can provide more information or make a recommendation based on your project specs.

paper on pallet

Folding and Binding

Depending on the type of project you're considering, you may need it either folded or bound. Folding is best for small brochures, letters, or posters while binding and other finishing options are ideal for larger projects such as books or folders of information.

The most commonly used binding options are:

  • Saddle stitch (staples in the middle of the fold)
  • Perfect binding (think of a traditional bookbinding)
  • Spiral or comb binding (similar to a spiral notebook)
  • Drilled binding (holes are drilled, as you would use for a 3-ring or 4-ring notebook)

Standard folds include:

  • single fold
  • brochure fold
  • accordion
  • gate folding

Binding options

Colors and Bleeds

Are there specific colors in your brand logo that need to be recreated exactly in your print project? If so, this an important detail when describing your print project.

Color is generally described as 4/2 or other "fractions." These notes indicate that there are four colors on the front of the sheet and two on the back. While it isn't critical that you know the printing terminology to get the perfect estimate, you will need to know how many colors are needed. Keep in mind that while four-color printing technically is four colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), to you, it will appear to be a full-colored, vibrant piece.

When it comes to color, it's also important to know whether or not your image goes to the very edge of the page, also known as a "bleed." Be sure to come prepared with that information if the design reaches the edge on all four sides of the paper, as this can also affect your estimate.

color book

Finally, keep in mind these additional details when requesting an estimate: the quantity of items that you need to be printed, the printed and finished sizes for your project, the number of overall pages, your delivery date, and any delivery instructions. While it may seem as though you have plenty of time for your project, small decisions can cause delays -- which can really add up in project time!

Are you ready for your next printing estimate? Give us a call today!



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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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