Category Archives: Industry Research

The Future of Print

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Everyone has an opinion about it. But we’re most interested in what the people closest to the action—owners and managers of companies that print—have to say. So last month we launched the Future of Print Survey. Early results are in. Among the key numbers: • 53.9% expect the total demand for print (all products, all… Read More »

Revamp Your Sales Model

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Your business ebbs and flows. Good months followed by an ‘OK’ or a not so good month. How do these results compare to your plan, what’s working and where is either the plan or the execution falling short. We could be talking about a few of your reps or the entire business. Too often the… Read More »

Great QR Code Use for the Haters

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I have been participating in a LinkedIn discussion for designers in which the QR Code haters are out in force. The consensus was that QR Codes are dead because they are ugly, there are more innovative technologies out there, and designers don’t like them. If you ask me, that’s the wrong way to look at… Read More »

Rate and Pace Will Win the Race

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By now, the failed experiment of Ron Johnson as CEO of major retailer JC Penney has been well chronicled.  Until the April 7 issue of Fortune magazine, however, much of the detail about what happened had not been made quite so public.  What was revealed in the article, titled, “How to Fail in Business While… Read More »

Social Media Tipping Point

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For years, industry experts have proclaimed that the time will come when social media marketing is as effective as traditional marketing. Some are suggesting that the release of a very successful new album using only social media may provide a blueprint of future marketing successes and act as a tipping point. Late last year, Beyoncé released her latest album, Drunk… Read More »

1:1 Printing Isn’t a Fix-All

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Last week, I posted my nutshell summary of the state of 1:1 printing. My summary has solicited some reactions around the industry — some of them quite strong. One printer represents many others when he writes, Your summary of the past year may be valid in the digital info world in general, but absolutely off… Read More »

Hearing the Voice of Our Best Customers

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In his blog “How to Protect Market Share,” burnsattitude.wordpress.com, Kevin Burns writes the following: “A recent survey of senior executives showed 80% believed that their organizations offered a superior customer experience. When surveyed, only 8% of their customers actually agreed.” Maybe those executives are in industries that are growing rapidly, have work to spare, and only… Read More »

How to Utilize NFC for Print Marketing

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Near field communication, or more commonly referred to as NFC, is a current and fast-growing technology that can be extremely beneficial for marketing and in particular, print campaigns. Are you looking for new ways to make your print materials more engaging? NFC poses a great opportunity for you. Watch the video below to learn all… Read More »

What’s Missing from Your Omni-Channel Marketing Strategy?”

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Canon Solutions America will host an “Ask the Experts Roundtable” entitled “What’s Missing from Your Omni-Channel Marketing Strategy” on Oct 27th at 12:30 PM at the Direct Marketing Association Conference being held in San Diego, CA. The roundtable Group Leaders will be Elizabeth Gooding, President, Gooding Communications Group, and Sheri Jammallo, Corporate Enterprise Segment Marketing… Read More »