Many times artwork is beautifully laid out and very pleasing to the eye. But while the design looks great, one important aspect has been over looked… do the folds work?
There are three things to think through; orientation, position and avoid cracking.
- Orientation: While modern folding machines are very efficient and make clean crisp folds, don’t assume that they can make every type of fold you can envision. When you have complex folds that will go in more than one direction, it’s best to check the folding machine can handle the folds you want.
- Position: The position of a fold can cause problems in several ways. For example, you sent your beautifully designed flyer to be printed and when you get the flyers back you are horrified to find out that one of the folds goes right through the head of your company’s CEO. Always printout and fold a mock-up before it goes to print. The mock-up is also a good way to check the fold sequence and make sure that each panel is positioned properly. If your address panel is not positioned properly, your postage costs can go up dramatically. Lastly, when doing multiple roll folds you need to make each consecutive panel slightly smaller to allow for the fold.
- Cracking: A fold can cause cracking across it for a number of reasons, including the thickness of the stock, grain of the paper, and ink coverage on the fold. If you are printing on cover weight stock, you most likely will need the paper to be scored before it is folded. If the quantity you are printing lends itself to digital printing, cracking can be an even bigger problem. Since toner is applied by heat, it’s best to not have any toner on the lines of the folds. Sometimes you have no choice but to have toner run across the folds. When this occurs, options such as paper brand, finish and the position of the grain can be used to help cut down on cracking.
As always, your FNBR representative will be happy to help guide you to avoid the problems discussed above. Call us at 888-988-8148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In life, you only get one chance to make a first impression. In marketing, your headline is the first impression that your mail piece makes on the recipient. If that headline doesn’t capture their attention, the odds are they will stop reading and no matter how good your product or offer is, you will have wasted both your time and money.
The following headline writing tips will help you capture the attention of your prospects and so they continue to read the rest of your text:
- Promote the benefits of your product or service. The only reason that anyone buys a product or service is for its benefits. Always include and emphasize the product or service’s biggest benefit.
- Personalize the headline. By using the words “You” and “Your” the reader gets the impression that you are speaking directly to them. For example: “You Can Lose Weight and Feel Great in 21 Days!”
- Make the reader question whether your product or service is better than what they are currently using. Ask a question such as “Are You Paying Too Much for Car Insurance?” A headline such as this will make anyone with high insurance premiums think about calling to see how competitive your insurance rates are.
- Use key words to create excitement and interest in your product. For example: “The All-New High Performance Monterey 185 Out-Performs All Other Boats in Its Class” This headline is designed to make the perspective buyer curious as to what is new on this model and how is it out-performing other boats.
You only have a few moments to capture the attention of your prospect, so get the most out of your headline to increase your chances to capture the attention of your prospect and ultimately increase sales.
About FNBR Incorporated
FNBR is a marketing company located in Tampa, Florida. We provide printing, direct mail, mailing lists, database management, graphic design, web design, and email marketing services to companies throughout the U.S.
FNBR can be reached at email@example.com or toll free 1-888-988-8148.
From concept to delivery by the post office, many details need to be taken into consideration when designing a mailing campaign. Some of the main areas of consideration are type of mailer to be used, full color or one ink, should you mail First Class or Standard Mail, to name a few.
One consideration that is extremely important, but often overlooked is “Time”. Many mailings are time sensitive and as such, budgeting enough time so that the mail is delivered in advance of your scheduled event or response date is imperative.
The following five steps must all be accounted for when you are trying to estimate the timeline for your mailing campaign:
- Mail Preparation
- Mail Delivery
The amount of time required for the design/proofing usually depends on you. It can be as little as a couple of days or as long as changes to the design continue to be made. The amount of time need for the printing and the mailing services usually falls in the 5-7 business day range. Specialty stocks and custom finishing take more time, and since each job is different, it’s always best to get an estimate for the amount of time needed from your FNBR representative.
Lastly, you need to take into account the amount of time that your mail piece needs to be delivered by the post office. A handy link for delivery time estimates is: https://ribbs.usps.gov/modernservicestandards/
When using this link, you must take into consideration if you are mailing First Class or Standard Mail and if your mailing list is local, regional, or national. The delivery times listed on the interactive maps are only estimates and other factors such as postal holidays, weather and high volume postal delivery periods need to be taken into consideration.
With time sensitive mail, it’s always better to budget extra time into your plans. It is better for your mail to get delivered a little before the day you prefer rather than after your event is over!
Contact FNBR at 888-988-8148 or firstname.lastname@example.org for help with your next marketing campaign.