Branding Questions To Ask Before You Move Forward With Print Projects

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Print is often your first point of contact with a potential client or customer – whether they catch a glimpse of one of your posters in a local shop window, or see your large display and pull-up banners at an industry expo, your print projects need to be on brand so they attract the right people, and leave the right first impression.

Before you move forward with any print project, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of your branding – who you are as a brand, what you want to say to your potential customers and clients and how you want your print projects to bring your brand to life. If you don’t have your branding firmly in place, your print projects can end up feeling disjointed or confusing to the audience that you’re trying to attract.

Here are 3 branding questions to ask before you move forward with print projects to make sure you’re getting the most out of your print collateral:

 

Who are my ideal customers?

One of the essentials of strong branding is knowing who your audience is and what’s going to appeal to them. Before you design any of your print projects, you need to ask yourself “who are my ideal customers? And how can I speak directly to them through my branding?”

Different audiences are going to be attracted to different types of branding. For example, if you’re a children’s brand, bright colors and whimsical fonts could be a good choice for print projects. But if you’re a corporate real estate company, that same branding would feel off-putting to your ideal audience, and something more traditional would likely yield much better results.

Clearly define the clients and customers you’d like to work with, then build your branding (and print projects) around what’s going to be the most attractive to them.

 

What feeling or feelings do I want to invoke with my print project?

The best marketing materials – including print projects – make the viewer feel something. It might make them feel happy, or sad, or angry, depending on the ultimate goal. But that last thing you want your audience to feel when they’re looking at your print project is bored or unaffected.

Figure out what type of feeling or feelings you want to invoke with your print project, and then build the branding and design around those feelings. For example, do you want your audience to feel calm when reading your marketing brochure? Then you might want to use a blue color scheme, since blue has been shown to invoke feelings of calm and relaxation. Or maybe you want people to feel excited and motivated to take action, in which case you’d want to use red.

Before you put any project to print, think about the feeling that you want to invoke with your audience, and keep that in mind as you design.

 

What makes my brand recognizable, and how do I translate that into print?

If you’ve been in business for awhile, there’s probably certain things that make your brand recognizable to your core audience. Maybe it’s a particular color scheme, or maybe you use a very specific type of languaging. Whatever it is that makes your brand recognizable, you want to make sure that it translates into print.

Now, you don’t want all of your print projects to look the same, but you DO want to make sure that someone who’s looking at your print project knows that it comes from you. So, for example, let’s say you wanted to print up themed posters for an upcoming holiday sale. It’s fine to change the color scheme to be more in line with holiday colors, but you’ll want to keep the other aspects of your branding that make your brand recognizable, like your signature fonts and your logo.

Before you move forward with print projects, make sure you ask yourself these 3 branding questions to ensure that the final product rings true to your brand and gets the results you’re looking for from your audience.

 

How Can We Help?

At Rogue Print and Mail, our proven track record of delivering the highest quality graphic design and print services to professionals speaks for itself. With fast turnaround times, industry specific templates and designs, an online portal available for any groups that wish to work with us to be able to store and manipulate their templates, and an in-house team to guide you in all of your branding, design and printing needs, Rogue Print and Mail is the preferred design and print partner for many hundreds of professionals across Australia.

I sincerely hope that you found this information valuable.  For advice on effective branding, design and cross media marketing, please don’t hesitate to call me on 1300 65 85 00 or email me at paul.stenhouse@rogueprintandmail.com.au  to arrange an obligation free 10 minute discussion with a member of our expert team.

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Elements Of A Great Door Hanger

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Door hangers are a cornerstone in any successful real estate marketing campaign. They’re an ideal choice for a number of reasons; they’re effective, they’re affordable to print and, unlike mailers, you can pretty much guarantee that your message will be seen by your potential clients, as you’re hanging it right on their front door.

But what are the elements of a great door hanger? What do you need to include if you want to get the results you’re looking for from your campaign?

 

Perfect Sizing

The first element of a great door hanger is the size. You want to be sure that you choose a size that’s going to grab people’s attention and is large enough to properly display your message, but isn’t large enough to be considered an eyesore or to look overwhelming on their door.

Typically, door hangers come in 3 sizes: 99mm x 210mm, 148mm x 210mm and 105mm x 297mm”. If your door hanger is going to include a lot of text, then using the wider door hanger size will allow you to include more of your copy without looking crowded. The vertical door hangers are great for showcasing properties or other campaigns that are more image focused.

 

The Right Type of Design

Another element that you’re going to want to pay attention to is the design of your door hanger. There are certain elements that you want to include to make sure that your hanger campaign has a maximum impact on your potential clients.

Keep in mind that a lot of people are going to quickly glance at your door hanger, pull it off their door and follow the immediate instinct to throw it away. You really only have a cursory glance to grab their attention, so you want to make sure that your design uses colors, type and a layout that catches their eye, branding they will connect and identify with and some sort of “hook” that will keep them interested enough to read through your message.

Your print partner should have a variety of door hanger templates for you to choose from that have been tried-and-tested to grab your potential client’s attention and deliver results.

 

A Special Offer

Typically, that “hook” should be a special offer. You want to include some sort of incentive for them to follow up on your door hanger campaign and get in touch.

When you’re planning your door hanger campaign, set measurable goals of what you’re hoping to achieve, like getting 10% of homes you canvas to visit your website and fill out an inquiry form. Then, make your special offer directly relate to that goal.

For example, you could offer a certain percentage off of closing costs or a free home appraisal if your clients use an exclusive code found on your door hanger. Not only will this give them extra incentive to follow through on your call to action, it also helps you track your campaign and how close you are to meeting your goal.

 

How Can We Help?

At Rogue Print and Mail, our proven track record of delivering the highest quality graphic design and print services to professionals speaks for itself. With fast turnaround times, industry specific templates and designs, an online portal available for any groups that wish to work with us to be able to store and manipulate their templates, and an in-house team to guide you in all of your branding, design and printing needs, Rogue Print and Mail is the preferred design and print partner for many hundreds of professionals across Australia.

I sincerely hope that you found this information valuable.  For advice on effective branding, design and cross media marketing, please don’t hesitate to call me on 1300 65 85 00 or email me at paul.stenhouse@rogueprintandmail.com.au  to arrange an obligation free 10 minute discussion with a member of our expert team.

Elements of A Great Logo

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As a business owner, there’s many things that you’ll need to design for your company: business cards, marketing collateral, your website. But before you can move forward on design projects, there’s one design that you need to lock down: your logo.

Your logo is a critical part of your business. It’s likely going to stamped on every piece of communication that you have with your customers. And because your logo is going to be so forward facing, it’s essential that you lock in a logo that’s perfect for you.

But what makes a logo work? What are the elements of a great logo?

 

Clean Sense Of Design

The first element of a great logo is a clean sense of design. The last thing that you want out of a logo is for it to feel too cluttered or busy; a clean, simple design is going to be the most effective, especially considering the fact that your logo will be small on most of your collateral. You don’t want any of your logo to get lost due to sizing issues or your clients or customers to have to put on a pair of magnifying glasses in order to read or understand your logo.

 

Your logo should have a few key elements, graphic and/or visual that are being highlighted, and none should compete with the other. If you feel there are elements of your logo that are unnecessary to the overall feel and aesthetic, get rid of them. The less you have going on in your logo, the better.

 

It Makes An Impact

Perhaps the most important element of a great logo is the impression that it leaves on your clients and customers. Does your logo make an impact? Or is it pretty much instantly forgotten?

You want to have your graphic design partner design a logo that’s going to make an impact and be instantly recognizable to your customers. Having a clean sense of design as we discussed will certainly help, but you need to take it a step further. What does your logo say about who you are as a company? And how does it translate that to your audience?

 

Think about some of the most famous and impactful logos in the world, like Apple or Disney. Both companies have clean logos that are instantly recognizable and make an impact on customers. Strive to do the same in your logo design.

 

It’s On Brand

When developing your logo, it’s also important to make sure that you stay on brand. While some design practices will work really well for other companies, they might not be a fit for you, who you are to your customers and how you want to establish yourself in the market.

For example, let’s say your a family friendly brand. You’re likely going to want to avoid a logo that feels racy or suggestive in any way as it plays against who you are as a brand. Or say you’re a brand that’s targeted towards professionals; you’re definitely going to want to avoid any whimsical fonts or design elements that are more typically associated with children.

Your logo is basically a visual summary of who you are as a company. Know who you are as a brand, and make sure that your logo is an accurate visual representation of that identity

 

How Can We Help?

At Rogue Print and Mail, our proven track record of delivering the highest quality graphic design and print services to professionals speaks for itself. With fast turnaround times, industry specific templates and designs, an online portal available for any groups that wish to work with us to be able to store and manipulate their templates, and an in-house team to guide you in all of your branding, design and printing needs, Rogue Print and Mail is the preferred design and print partner for many hundreds of professionals across Australia.

I sincerely hope that you found this information and valuable.  For advice on effective branding, design and cross media marketing, please don’t hesitate to call me on 1300 65 85 00 or email me at paul.stenhouse@rogueprintandmail.com.au  to arrange an obligation free 10 minute discussion with a member of our expert team.

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Cross Media Marketing: How To Bridge Print and Digital To Drive Results

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The beauty of cross media marketing campaigns is that they leverage multiple channels – both digital and traditional – to effectively connect with more people in more ways.

When done well, cross media marketing campaigns can drive better results than traditional or digital marketing strategies alone. But how do you pull off a cross media marketing campaign? How do you bridge traditional methods (like print) and digital methods to drive results and hit your campaign goals?

Here are three ways to bridge print and digital to drive results and get the most out of your cross media marketing campaigns:

 

Create A Consistent Brand Experience

The most important part of any successful cross media marketing campaign is consistency. When you’re interacting with your customers across multiple channels and mediums, it’s important they have a consistent brand experience no matter where and how they interact with you.

For example, let’s say you sent out a personalised mailer that included a PURL that tied into a social media campaign. Your mailer, the landing page for your PURL and your social media channel should all have a consistent look and feel; you should use similar colours, fonts, graphics, copy, and other elements so each part of your campaign (and each channel) feels like part of a greater whole. If your mailer has a certain branding that’s totally different from your PURL landing page which feels completely disconnected from your social media presence, you’re going to confuse your audience – which will hurt results.

 

Use Print To Drive Your Audience To Digital

One of the best ways you can successfully bridge traditional and digital methods in your cross media marketing campaigns is to use print to drive your audience to your digital channels.

We already mentioned using a print mailer to send your audience to a PURL, but there’s so many other ways you can leverage print to drive digital results. If you’re running a local campaign, you could hang a billboard or other big signage around town that drives curious passerby’s to your social media profile or to an opt-in form to learn more about your campaign. Or, you can add QR codes to your marketing cards, where your customers can scan the code into their phone and use it to unlock campaign-specific messaging, coupons, and other special offers.

Using print as a way to drive more traffic to your digital channels is an effective method for increasing the results on your cross media marketing campaign.

 

Think Outside Of The Box

The most effective cross media marketing campaigns are the ones that are both unique and memorable. If you want your campaign to have a serious impact, think outside the box and brainstorm creative ways you can leverage print and digital to reach more customers, get more results, and drive more revenue.

For example, let’s say you were a new restaurant looking to grow your social presence through a cross media marketing campaign. While you would obviously want to funnel a number of your resources towards digital strategies, thinking of creative ways to tie in print could drive new followers you might not have otherwise reached. Maybe you partner with a local juice shop and have them pass out cards to their guests which include your social media URL, where they can enter to win a free dinner for two. Or, maybe you put a text code on your menu where diners text to get a link that sends them straight to your social profile. The possibilities with cross media marketing are virtually endless; you just need to be creative, think outside of the box, and come up with innovative ways to reach your customers.

 

How Can We Help?

At Rogue Print and Mail, our proven track record of delivering the highest quality graphic design and print services to professionals speaks for itself. With fast turnaround times, industry specific templates and designs, an online portal available for any groups that wish to work with us to be able to store and manipulate their templates, and an in-house team to guide you in all of your branding, design and printing needs, Rogue Print and Mail is the preferred design and print partner for many hundreds of professionals across Australia.  

I sincerely hope that you found this information valuable.  For advice on effective branding, design and cross media marketing, please don’t hesitate to call me on 1300 65 85 00 or email me at paul.stenhouse@rogueprintandmail.com.au  to arrange an obligation free 10 minute discussion with a member of our expert team.

3 Questions To Ask Your Print Partner About Cross Media Marketing

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Cross media marketing is one of the hottest and most effective marketing strategies of 2017, and an important component of any successful cross media marketing campaign is print. And in order to print with the kind of volume and professionalism you need to support your campaign, you need to work with a print partner who can get the job done.

But how do you determine whether a potential partner is right to manage the print side of your cross media marketing campaigns? Here are three questions to ask your print partner about cross media marketing that will help you make an informed decision on whether they’re the right partner for you:

 

Question #1: What’s Your Experience With Cross Media Marketing Campaigns?

When choosing a print partner, you always want to work with a company that has a wide breadth of experience in managing and print collateral for cross media marketing campaigns. It’s imperative that your print partner understands the overall scope of the campaign, how print ties into each channel, and how print contributes to the overall goals and KPIs of the campaign.

Ask your print partner to see examples from previous cross media marketing campaigns. Ask deeper marketing questions to get a sense of their overall marketing knowledge. If possible, read reviews or connect directly with past cross media marketing clients to get a sense of what it will be like to partner with them on a campaign.

 

Question #2: Do You Use Variable Data Printing?

If you’re considering a print partner for your cross media marketing campaign, this question should be a non-negotiable. Variable data printing (VDP), which is a form of printing that allows different elements like text and graphics to change from piece to piece without slowing down the printing process, is a critical method for cross media marketing campaigns. By leveraging VDP, print partners are able to personalise each piece of printed collateral, and this personalisation is key to cross media marketing campaign success; unique user information like PURLs can easily be personalised for each customer, allowing you to track your success.

Ask about your partner’s print methods and make sure variable data printing is an option.

 

Question #3: Why Should I Choose You As My Cross Media Marketing Partner?

The last question you should ask your potential partner is “why should I choose you?” You want to make sure you choose a print partner that brings what you need to the table. Maybe they have additional services, like a graphic design or analytics team, that can help support your campaign. Maybe they have extensive experience running cross media marketing campaigns within your niche or industry. Maybe they have unique insights into ways to tie print into your overall campaign strategy. Whatever the case may be, your print partner should be able to make a strong case as to why they’re the best company for the job – and why you should choose them over the competition.

Before choosing a print partner for your cross media marketing campaigns, it’s important you vet out your potential partner and ensure they’re the right person for the job. With these three questions, you’ll be able to spark the conversations necessary to make the best decision for your business and choose a print partner that will help catapult your cross media marketing campaign to success.

 

How Can We Help?

At Rogue Print and Mail, our proven track record of delivering the highest quality graphic design and print services to professionals speaks for itself. With fast turnaround times, industry specific templates and designs, an online portal available for any groups that wish to work with us to be able to store and manipulate their templates, and an in-house team to guide you in all of your branding, design and printing needs, Rogue Print and Mail is the preferred design and print partner for many hundreds of professionals across Australia.  

I sincerely hope that you found this information valuable.  For advice on effective branding, design and cross media marketing, please don’t hesitate to call me on 1300 65 85 00 or email me at paul.stenhouse@rogueprintandmail.com.au  to arrange an obligation free 10 minute discussion with a member of our expert team.

Branding Strategies That Will Never Go Out Of Style

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In the world of marketing and branding, it seems like there’s a new trend popping up nearly every day. And while you’ll want to pay attention to what’s going on in your industry and leverage trends that make sense for your brand, switching up your strategy every time something new and trendy hits the market isn’t an advantageous way to build your company, connect with your customers, or drive revenue. When it comes to building your brand, sometimes it makes the most sense to stick with what works; the strategies that have stood the test of time and proven time and time again to deliver results.

Here are four branding strategies that will never go out of style:

 

Focus on Content

Whether it’s 2017 or 2177, one branding strategy that will never go out of style is content. Content is the core of your business; whether you’re writing website content, creating a video to promote a new product, or developing a case study to highlight the success of a recent campaign, all of your business activities are centered around the content you create. And if you want to build a brand that stands the test of time, you need to consistently put out quality content that educates, entertains, and engages your audience.

Make your content strategy the focal point in your branding. What do you want to say? How do you want to say it? And how do you want to deliver your message? Then, stay consistent in delivering high-quality content that aligns with your brand.

So, for example, let’s say you’re a marketing agency. Your content strategy might be that you want to educate small to medium-sized businesses on how to leverage digital marketing techniques to grow their customer base. You want to deliver all of your content in an educational but conversational voice, and you want to focus on long-form blog posts and weekly videos in order to deliver that message. Then, once you have that strategy in place, it’s about coming up consistently raising the bar and putting out the best content for your audience. Being known as a go-to resource in your field is a branding strategy that’s guaranteed to grow your business no matter what’s currently trending.

 

Be True To You

No matter what’s going on in your industry, your customers will always be looking for authenticity in the brands they work with. Hopping on a branding trend just because it’s popular (and not because it’s true to who you are as a brand) is a quick way to confuse and push away your core customers.

While it’s fine to experiment and reinvent parts of your business, you should always aim to stay true to your brand DNA. Your customers connect with your brand for a reason, and when you stay true to who you are, you’re also staying true to what they love about you. If you switch gears every time something new and trendy emerges in your industry, your customers are going to feel you’re being fake and inauthentic, which is a quick way to lose both their business and respect.

 

Create A Positive Customer Experience

There’s an old saying from renowned author Maya Angelou that says “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” When it comes to your branding, years down the line, your customers won’t remember the specific copy you wrote or the campaign you ran to promote your latest product. What they will remember is the experience of doing business with you. And because of that, your ultimate branding goal should be to create a positive experience for every customer that interacts with your business, from beginning to end.

Make the process of buying your products or services easy and straightforward for your customers. Provide exceptional customer service. Answer all customer inquiries and listen to their feedback. Focusing on customer experience will ensure that your brand sets itself apart from the competition and creates a positive sentiment with your customers.

 

How Can We Help?

At Rogue Print and Mail, our design team have been assisting businesses with creating Style and Brand guides for many years.  Our proven track record of delivering the highest quality graphic design and print services to professionals speaks for itself. With fast turnaround times, industry specific templates and design ideas, and expertise is the power of colours that will best promote your branding, Rogue Print and Mail is the preferred design and print partner for many hundreds of professionals across Australia. 

I sincerely hope that you found this information valuable.  For advice on effective branding, design and cross media marketing, please don’t hesitate to call me on 1300 65 85 00 or email me at paul.stenhouse@rogueprintandmail.com.au  to arrange an obligation free 10 minute discussion with a member of our expert team.

Why Knowing Your Audience Is Important For Your Brand

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When you’re launching a new brand or re-branding your existing company, there’s a lot of talk about how you’re going to change your end of things. You might ask yourself questions like “who do we want to be in the marketplace?” and “how are we going to stand out against the competition?”

Those are important questions to ask, but there’s another category of questions that are just as – if not more – important to ask that often get neglected during the launch or re-brand phase. And that’s questions about your audience.

Knowing your audience on a deep level is the secret ingredient to every successful brand. Knowing the ins-and-outs of your audience, who they are, and what they need will allow you to build your brand in a way that’s going to engage them – and ultimately, influence them to spend more money.

But why is knowing your audience so important for your brand?

 

You Can Build Your Brand Around Your Audience

The first reason it’s so important to know your audience is that once you know your audience, you can actually build your brand around that audience and set yourself up for success.

Depending on who you’re targeting, there might be large discrepancies in who you envision yourself to be as a brand and who your audience needs you to be. But when you really do the work to get to know your audience, you can anticipate what they want and need out of a company they choose to do business with, and then build your brand around those wants and needs.

So, for example, let’s say you’re launching a new food product and your target audience is primarily moms between the ages of 35 and 50. When you do your market research and take the time to get to know your audience, you find out that what your target audience finds most important in a food brand is an understanding and sense of compassion of the struggles they face as moms trying to juggle it all and convenience in helping them get dinner on the table for their families quickly and easily.

Knowing that about your audience, you can build your branding to highlight the fact that you’re a brand dedicated to helping busy moms get a dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less. If you didn’t do the work and get to know your audience, you might have taken more of a health-conscious angle and missed the opportunity to connect with your audience.

 

You Can Build Your Products and Services Around Your Audience

Once you know your audience and build your brand around them, you can also use that intimate knowledge of who they are and what they want and need to successfully build and launch your products and services.

The more you know about your audience, the more you can anticipate the kinds of products and services that are going to be successful with said audience. This is HUGELY beneficial as you’re developing ideas for new products and services – when you know exactly what your audience is looking for, you can launch a product or service to fill that need, increasing your conversion rates and driving sales.

So, let’s use the food brand example again. If you know your audience is highly concerned with convenience and getting dinner on the table quickly, you could build a product line around 10 minute dinner dishes or 5 minute breakfasts. By leveraging your knowledge about your audience, you can deliver products and services that hit on their pain points and fulfill their needs.

 

You Can Better Build Trust With Your Audience

Knowing your audience also helps you to build trust with them. When you truly know your audience, every piece of copy you write, every product you develop, and every action you take as a business can be specifically tailored to that audience. They’ll feel like you “get” them, and that general feeling of being understood will help foster feelings of trust in your brand.

In the food brand example, you could leverage your knowledge that your audience wants to feel understood by the brands they work with and build a campaign around recognizing the challenges that busy moms face in taking care of their family and getting dinner on the table. When your audience interacts with your campaign, they’ll feel like you’re speaking directly to them, and that mutual understanding will increase their trust – and make them significantly more likely to buy from you.

Knowing your audience is a crucial part of the branding process. So get out there, get researching, and get to know your potential customers.

 

How Can We Help?

At Rogue Print and Mail, our design team have been assisting businesses with creating Style and Brand guides for many years.  Our proven track record of delivering the highest quality graphic design and print services to professionals speaks for itself. With fast turnaround times, industry specific templates and design ideas, and expertise is the power of colours that will best promote your branding, Rogue Print and Mail is the preferred design and print partner for many hundreds of professionals across Australia.  

I sincerely hope that you found this information valuable.  For advice on effective branding, design and cross media marketing, please don’t hesitate to call me on 1300 65 85 00 or email me at paul.stenhouse@rogueprintandmail.com.au  to arrange an obligation free 10 minute discussion with a member of our expert team.