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10 Helpful Design Blogs

April 21, 2014

10 design blogs

Your postcard designs don’t have to be fancy or overly complex to get your message across to your audience. Applying some basic design standards can make the difference between a postcard that gets noticed, or one that gets trashed without a second glance. A working knowledge of color modes, typography and file formats is also necessary to ensure you’re on the same page with your print provider. Here’s a list of 10 inspirational print and design blogs to help you on your way to becoming a postcard design superstar!

Getting It Right With Postcard Design Templates

April 15, 2014

QuantumDigital Postcard Design Template

Full bleeds, safe areas, and cut lines - it can sound like a scene from a horror movie, right? Well, it can definitely turn into a horror story if you're trying to print your own postcard and don't know what these terms mean.

If you plan on using a design template for your next direct mail advertising postcards project, then it's high time to learn the lingo that these templates use. Better yet, let's walk through the entire process and everything will start to make sense.

Which Color System to Use for Postcard Design: RGB or CMYK?

April 8, 2014

RGB vs CMYK

Print still remains not only a valid and effective option for marketing, but with less competition in the mailbox, it gives small businesses a competitive edge. Not only are you able to attract new audiences to your brand, but a well-timed fast postcard direct mailing can bring those longtime customers coming back for another round. Still, to use print effectively you need to know what you're doing. Many a marketer has made the mistake of not fully understanding the way that print works and ending up with boxes of printed postcards that look ill-designed and not at all professional despite appearing great on-screen.

The problem: knowing the difference between RGB and CMYK colors.

Postcard Smudges: What the Heck Happened?

April 2, 2014

As a follow up to one of our most popular posts, Why Do Some of My Mailed Postcards Have Smudges or Scuff Marks?, we thought we'd create a video to allow you to see what actually happens throughout the printing, sorting, and postcard mailing service process at QuantumPostcards. Whenever you mail postcards with us, your cards go through sorting machines that are specifically calibrated for postcards to lessen bouncing that can cause smudging. We also offer UV coating for a protective layer that will minimize tearing and smears.

Watch the video and if you have additional questions, contact our support team. We're here to help. You can also check out all of our postcard printing and mailing options here, including "UV Coating" options.

Designing Postcards: Offset Printing vs. Digital Printing

April 1, 2014

Offset vs Digital Printing

When you look at a marketing postcard, it’s easy to visualize the contribution of the designer, the copywriter, and the editor involved in its creation. Each plays a major role in crafting the visual identity, style, and effects of the direct mail campaign.

It’s often harder to visualize the role that the printer plays in a successful postcard direct mail campaign. From offset printing to digital printing, the type of printer you select for your custom postcards can have a real effect on your campaign’s results.

In this quick guide, we compared two different printing options – offset printing and digital printing – to find out which offers the best combination of convenience, value for money, and quality for marketers sending direct mail advertising postcards.

How to Inform Postcard Targeting and Messaging Using Twitter Ads for Small Business

March 28, 2014

Postcard Targeting Using Twitter Ad Insights

As any experienced direct response marketer knows, successful marketing isn’t just about reaching a large audience, but about reaching a responsive audience.

Twitter’s advertising platform, which was recently rolled out for small businesses in addition to the company’s large base of corporate advertisers, is an excellent tool for small businesses seeking insights into their audience’s tastes and interests.

In this quick guide, we’ll look at how you can use Twitter to learn more about your audience’s tastes, interests, and passions, and use this information to think up great postcard ideas for marketing your business.

How to Use Postcards to Build Your Email List (and Your Brand)

March 18, 2014

Postcards Build Brand

When it comes to building your email list, new technology isn’t always best. Most marketers agree that the money is, as they say, ‘in the list,’ but few can agree about the best way to turn cold prospects into email subscribers.

In this quick guide, we’re going to look at how one of the oldest and most effective forms of direct marketing can be used to build not just your brand, but your email list.

Let Pinterest Inspire Your Next Postcard Campaign

March 12, 2014

Are you searching for a way to bring some much-needed attention to your small business, but don't know where to start?

Maybe a Pinterest-inspired business postcards campaign is the answer.

You might have questions about whether “snail mail” is still relevant in today's modern age, but you shouldn't. Think about this: people like to get mail, and a simple postcard can make a big impact. We may have become desensitized to receiving email from companies, but a postcard from a small business found in a mailbox can still evoke that emotional response that influences buying decisions. Also, the expense could be much lower than you think. Many direct mailing services offer prices that are very competitive with other marketing methods.

9 Facebook Marketing Blogs to Follow

March 6, 2014

Facebook Marketing

Marketing on Facebook can be a bit overwhelming for small business owners. Before you dive in, make sure to take a step back and first decide if Facebook marketing makes sense for your business. Think about your target audience. Are they active on Facebook? What are they doing on Facebook? Some users only log onto Facebook to see what their family members are up to and post pictures. Others are more actively engaged and enjoy interacting with brands they love via social channels. You may also want to do some research to see if your audience is actively engaged with your competitors’ Facebook pages.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: A Marketing Opportunity for Insurance Agents

February 17, 2014

Winter Olympics

Anyone involved with the insurance industry realizes reaching out to potential new clients is always a must. Sometimes, a prospect just needs a little help. People may realize they need life or health insurance, but they may not be sure from which insurance provider to acquire a policy. An agent who takes advantage of postcard marketing strategies just might be able to draw in quite a number of new clients. This year’s Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has opened a door for health and life insurance policy sellers to launch new marketing campaigns based on the sentiments surrounding the games.