Have you ever received work from a graphic designer that didn’t live up to what you had in mind? When you receive a creative that isn’t what you expected, the problem is often a mismatch between your expectations and your creative brief (or lack thereof).
A well-prepared creative brief is a roadmap for your graphic designer – an in-depth list of what to include in your direct mail postcard design. From your designer’s perspective, starting a project without a brief is like driving to a new destination without a map.
This mismatch between expectations and communication can lead to designs that don’t match up with your vision. The end result may be a less effective campaign than the one you had visualized, and often a design that doesn’t match your business.
In this guide, we’ll share four techniques that you can use to write a creative brief for your next graphic design project, whether you’re creating a brochure for your business or launching a small business postcard marketing campaign.
A lot of questions can come up when you start planning a direct mail campaign for your nonprofit. Should you mail to a wide audience or a targeted one? Should you aim to increase visibility and awareness or focus on encouraging donations?
One of the biggest decisions nonprofit direct marketers face is whether to use offset printing or digital printing for their nonprofit postcard marketing campaign. In this guide, we’ll look at both options to help you make the best choice for your nonprofit.
Have you heard of augmented reality? It’s the engaging and shareable technology behind the marketing success of Starbucks’ 2011 Christmas coffee cups, Topshop virtual dressing rooms, and American Apparel’s color-changing mobile app.
Augmented reality has been used in print marketing, billboards and even in direct mail campaigns. Its use of mobile technology to bridge the gap between online and offline marketing has earned it many comparisons to QR codes.
QR codes, of course, are the two-dimensional square barcodes you’ve probably seen on billboards, in catalogs and print ads. Both QR codes and augmented reality play a powerful role in 21st century direct mail marketing.
Despite this, their roles are very different. In this guide, we’ll look at the differences between QR codes and augmented reality technology to help you decide which will be the winner for your next small business postcard marketing campaign.
Over the last five years, 3D printing has developed from a niche scientific pursuit that seemed impossible outside of sci-fi movies into a reality for technologists and manufacturers around the world.
While 3D printing is undoubtedly high-tech, the basics of 3D printing technology are remarkably simple. Today’s most advanced 3D printers place layers of plastic resin, slowly and gradually, to create a usable physical object.
3D printers have been used to create working camera lenses, iPad stands and even a functional rifle. Remember Skyfall? The beautiful Aston Martin DB5 destroyed at the film’s climax was itself a purpose-built model made using a 3D printer.
While many of the objects created using 3D printers so far have been decorative or fun, 3D printing is becoming an important technology in many industries. Recently, ISS Astronauts created replacement space station parts using a 3D printer.
3D printing, then, is clearly here to stay. But aside from its value for astronauts and engineers, what value does today’s (and tomorrow’s) 3D printing technology have for businesses?
When you hear the words “augmented reality,” what do you think of? Just a decade ago, AR was associated with Terminator-style virtual words. Today, however, it’s a reality for everyone from print publishers to marketers, app developers and more.
Over the last five years, augmented reality has developed into one of the marketing world’s biggest and most influential trends. It’s appeared in print magazines, on the side of Starbucks coffee cups and even on iconic bottles of Swedish vodka.
When used effectively, augmented reality lets consumers dive into your marketing campaign to learn more about your products and services, discover your company values and built a relationship with your brand.
In this guide, we’ll look at the basics of augmented reality and print marketing. Read on to learn how augmented reality works, why it’s so effective, and how you can put it to use in your own print media marketing campaigns.
From QR codes to personalized postcards and letters, today’s printing technology gives direct mail marketers incredible scope to target and optimize their marketing message.
Whether as a standalone effort or part of an integrated marketing campaign, direct mail can be used to generate meaningful, engaging and – most importantly – highly effective results for your business.
Many business owners would like to add direct mail to their inventory of marketing tactics, but don’t know where or how to start. In this guide, we’ll share three simple tips that you can use to start generating leads for your business using direct mail.
From Fortune 500 companies to mobile poutine trucks, a huge variety of businesses have used Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to generate buzz, strengthen their brands and increase their sales.
The value of a successful Facebook Page or Twitter following can be immense, both for big brands and local businesses. The task of finding those social media followers, on the other hand, can be immensely challenging for even the smartest marketers.
With Facebook’s bid-for-likes advertising option delivering mixed results and Page likes that aren’t exactly ideal, marketers are exploring new ways to generate social media followers that engage with their Page and buy their products.
One of the best ways to generate new Facebook followers is by using targeted direct mail. In this guide, we’ll share how you can use social media postcards to grow your business’s social media audience and expand your reach online.
Are you new to direct mail? When you’re an absolute beginner – whether in sales, marketing or any other business function – working out which step to take is often a difficult process.
Do you send out a brochure or a catalog? Do you launch a postcard campaign? What should you write in your headline? Without any prior experience, it’s hard to know what you should (and more importantly, what you shouldn’t) be doing.
One of the best ways to find your footing and get started with direct marketing is by studying your competitors. Since some will have been in the market longer than you, they’ll possibly have honed in on the best techniques and strategies for direct mail success.
From the secrets of writing a good headline to the best colors to use, read on to learn the 10 most important things your competitors can teach you about direct mail.