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Foster-Carroll Inc April 11, 2018


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Your Secret Code for Sales


Timing is Everything!


There is a Tab for That
A Message From Mike Carroll
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
Employ Printed QR Codes for a Rapid Response

Not long ago, scanning books or groceries using a rectangle barcode seemed quite novel. It was fast, convenient, and just a little fun. But as society’s pace accelerated, so did our need to read barcodes efficiently. In 1994, Japanese auto-makers adopted “Quick Read” QR codes (square matrix barcodes that could be scanned from any direction) that stored a hundred times more information than conventional barcodes.

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QR codes have a unique look, encouraging customers to get involved by scanning the code and following the “digital scavenger hunt” you’ve created to lead them to a URL for your website, social media page, or to retrieve personalized communication from you (like texts or e-mails). QR codes are a fantastic advertising strategy as they allow users to engage with a brand in convenient, personalized ways. QR codes increase conversion rates while coaxing prospects further down the sales funnel effortlessly.

Use InDesign to Create and Modify Your Own QR Codes

Did you know you can use InDesign to create and modify your own QR code? InDesign treats QR codes as graphics, so you can scale and modify them like other artwork in your documents.

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Follow these simple steps to add a QR code to your designs:

  1. Click and drag the Rectangle Frame tool on the page to create an empty frame.
  2. With this frame selected, choose Object/Generate QR Code.
  3. Select what type of data to encode using the Type menu. The content area below this menu will allow you to choose a web URL, plain text, a text message or e-mail option, or even a business card. Enter your preference and continue the corresponding steps to enter appropriate data.
  4. Click the Color tab and choose a color swatch. You can modify the color by changing the “Fill and Stroke” attributes or leave your QR code black and white.
  5. Click OK for your code to be added to the selected frame.

Bridge the Gap Between Print & Digital

Nielson found about 56% of consumers rely on printed materials for sales information, specifically when seeking information on a purchasing decision. Print is seen as a concrete, reliable source, especially for prospects nearing a decision.

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By including QR codes in print marketing, you increase the potential for landing a valuable client. Consider using QR codes for:

  • Product packaging, invoice stuffers
  • Printed menus, business cards, or rack cards
  • Store promotions with discounts available at checkout
  • Promotional games, puzzles, or scavenger hunts
  • Stickers for merchandise, packaging, displays, or cards

Print is naturally viewed as informative and trustworthy, and QR codes are a perfect tool to bridge the gap between your print and online media!



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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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