Why Calendars Make Great Marketing

Why Calendars Make Great Marketing

With the year winding down, the holidays are right around the corner and… it’s calendar season! For businesses, it’s a great opportunity to provide a piece of custom printed marketing material that has a lasting impact on customers and prospects. For the rest of us, it’s time to get a new calendar (or two) and get ready for the new year ahead. If you haven’t used calendars as marketing materials before, this blog is for you. We’re going to explore what makes calendars great marketing tools and let you know how Performance Group can help make developing the highest quality printed materials for your business an easy and stress-free process. Calendars are tangible. While you might look at the world and think that everything is becoming digital, you’d be ignoring an important truth. The rise of digital is arguably making print even more valued. People like having something they can hold on to. Unlike digital ads or experiences, a calendar doesn’t disappear after one viewing. In fact, it becomes a useful part of that person’s life. It gets hung up in their home or office and gets used daily for scheduling and reminders. This type of tangible usefulness is something you can’t get out of most marketing materials. Calendars get a lot of use year after year. Most people make heavy use of a calendar. And while many utilize digital calendars on their phone or computer, many people also still rely on a physical calendar for planning their activities. The advantage of using a calendar as a piece of marketing material is that, while it is useful, the person...
Why Catalogs Work Marketing Wonders

Why Catalogs Work Marketing Wonders

Have you ever wondered why, in the era where seemingly everything is becoming digital, we are still receiving catalogs at our homes and offices? The reason is simple: they work. If you’re looking for a new way to market your business or sell more products, the answer might be looking to the past. In this blog, we’ll discuss just a few of the reasons why catalogs may be the powerful marketing tool you are overlooking. Catalogs influence people to buy. People like catalogs because they are tangible, trustworthy items that you can hold and hang on to. You can pick it up, put it down, or come back to it later. Having this kind of reliability results in a trust between the person looking at that catalog and the company the catalog represents. Did you know that they actually have a stronger influence on buying decisions than websites or TV ads? 72% of people said that catalogs make them more interested in a retailer’s products, and 84% have purchased an item after seeing it in a catalog. Catalogs launch multi-channel purchasing experiences. You may not be placing your order from the catalog by phone the way you used to, but there’s a lot of evidence that catalogs are still the beginning of a whole lot of purchasing experiences, especially in the online arena. If you have an online store, a physical direct mail catalog is one of the most effective ways to get people in your virtual doors. Catalogs evoke strong positive feelings. Think about your favorite catalog when you were a child. Chances are you have a very...
Why Print Still Matters in a Digital World

Why Print Still Matters in a Digital World

While most of the world has gone digital, there’s still a place for print. Especially when it comes to business, print products and high quality printed materials still matter a great deal when it comes to putting your best foot forward and closing more business. Today, we’re going to discuss the benefits of print in a digital world and how Performance Group can help you better manage all of your printed materials. Print Deepens the Buying Relationship.  There’s no denying that much of the buying process happens online. You need to invest in your digital presence, but as we’ll see in the next few points, relying solely on digital isn’t enough. Investing in high quality printed materials for your customers and prospects is a smart investment in the relationship with that person. Digital Alone Isn’t Enough. As we mentioned before, it’s true that digital is incredibly important for businesses these days, but in most cases, a digital-only model is inadequate to connect with new prospects and stay top of mind with your existing customers. While you might expect print to be falling out of favor with the younger generations, the opposite is actually true. According to a recent study, 23% of millennials bought or ordered something as a result of receiving direct mail in the last 12 months. People Trust Print More. News Flash! Did you know people actually trust print advertising more than digital? There are some great reasons why. You can check out our blog here, but ultimately the bottom line is that print has stood the test of time. As something tangible, a piece of high...
5 Pieces You Need to Market Your New Business

5 Pieces You Need to Market Your New Business

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and become your own boss. Congratulations! Being a business owner can be both gratifying and frustrating to a level that few other things can compare to. One of the most important things to understand is that “if you build it, they will come” does not always ring true. You need to market your business, and do so in a way that is sharp and professional. In order to save you some of the frustration that can occur for new business owners, we’ve put together a quick guide of the 5 essential pieces of marketing materials that you will need to effectively market your new venture. Read on to find out what we recommend. Business cards Even before you open the doors, your new business doesn’t become real until you have a business card to prove it. While you’ll be talking up your new venture all over town, word of mouth isn’t enough. You need to have something tangible to hand out to people so that they can reach out to you if they ever need to, or relay your contact information to a friend or acquaintance that might be in a unique position to need it. A business card also gives you the opportunity to communicate a little bit about who your company is. Don’t leave home without them! Signage It’s important to consider the experience you will provide in your offices or your brick and mortar location. It’s not enough to just open the doors. Let people know where they are! Distinctive signage, whether it’s promoting a sale or just a...
4 Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Campaign

4 Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Campaign

Is your business marketing balanced? Or are you putting all of your eggs in one basket? While many businesses have preferences for where they like to place their marketing dollars, the truth is that a balanced approach produces the most well-rounded and stable results. That means a healthy mix of digital and print. One of the most effective means of print marketing is direct mail. Have you considered undertaking a direct mail campaign this year? If not, here are 4 good reasons why you should. Targeted lists. While digital tools boast some pretty big claims about how accurate their targeting is, there’s also evidence that that targeting isn’t always as exact as business owners would like it to be. Digital ads also have a high likelihood of getting passed over very quickly. When you embark on a direct mail campaign, you buy a targeted list of the exact kinds of people you want to target. If you’re a divorce lawyer, you can target people who are recently divorced. If you operate a lawn care business, you can target homeowners in specific zip codes. Targeted lists make sure you are spending your money to reach the right people. Something you can hold on to. Have you read our blog about how people trust print advertising today more than they trust digital? It’s true. A big part of the reason why is because print provides you with something tangible that you can fold up, take with you, put on the refrigerator, or show to a friend. There’s also the fact that people today are desensitized after years of being constantly being...
5 Innovative Ideas for Print Advertising

5 Innovative Ideas for Print Advertising

We already know that people trust print advertising more than digital ads, and there are a lot of good reasons why. But when you are approaching your next print ad campaign, do you ever find yourself grasping at straws for a fresh idea? Do you feel tempted to repeat the same old thing you’ve done before? Don’t give in! We’re here to give you some inspiration for your next print advertising campaign. Ready to find your next idea? Check out the 5 innovative ideas below. Make them look twice. If you want to make sure people can’t look away from your ad and remember it well after they’ve put it down, make an ad with a visual that dominates the page and makes your audience look twice. You can do it with a complex or intricate visual pattern or repetitive shapes and colors. If you want to shake up your advertising, think about making the audience look twice before you think about actually conveying your message. Repetition. If you really have a point to make, don’t just say it once. Repeat it twice, three, even four, five, or six times. Repetitive words, especially in a bold font, definitely catch the eye and get your point across. Sometimes when you are searching for a new idea, you just need to keep it simple. Tug on the heartstrings. Depending on what you are selling or promoting, appealing to people’s emotions can be the best way to catch and keep an audience’s attention. From joy to sorrow, when an emotion connects with a product or service, it can make a powerful connection...