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February 24, 2016
Dear Member, here is your weekly e-flash!

CHECK OUT THESE FACTS...

+20% - Direct mail is far more persuasive than digital media; it has a 20% higher motivation response.1

77% - More people open print magazines (77%) – and view ads that are in them – than digital publications (49%).2

78% - Print gets read: 78% of households either read or scan the advertising mail that they receive.3

50% - Over 50% of shoppers use print at least once a week to get product information; that’s nearly 20% higher than email, which is the closest digital touchpoint.4

For the past five years you have heard us talk about the Choose Print campaign. The goal of the campaign is to promote the effectiveness of print and to reinforce the fact that print on paper is a recyclable, renewable, and, thus, sustainable environmental choice. And the effort is working as we continue to reach out to designers, print buyers, and purchasing agents.

Now we are happy to announce the newest addition to this multi-faceted program: The six-part “Be Prepared” poster series aimed at you, the printer. It will give you strong, fact-based responses to address common objections you hear about print.

By now, you should have received a letter introducing this campaign as well as the first self mailer, which is also available at 17” x 22" for download and printing here, as the first in a series of 6 posters that we will be making available every two weeks.

Print has a very exciting story to tell. The chooseprint.org campaign is here to help members tell it so that, in the end, they can do what they’re in business to do – produce and sell more print.

And share these resources from the ChoosePrint.org website:
1 A Bias for Action: The neuroscience behind the response-driving power of direct mail (study from Research page)
2 Online Publications Are No Substitute for Print (article from Downloads page)
3 Print Drives Both Online and Off-Line Sales (article from Downloads page)
4 Touchpoint Shoppers Survey (study from Research page)













 
BOOKMARKS GALORE!

As part of the PIASC/RAISE Foundation’s Literacy Campaign initiated in 2004, PIASC prints bookmarks designed to encourage children to read and offers them to Southern California public libraries during the summer months to be distributed to their young patrons. This year, however, during the last three weeks, staff received requests for bookmarks on a daily basis. Apparently, teachers received information from a Google group of school librarians alerting them to the fact that PIASC gave free bookmarks!

The design for most of the bookmarks comes from a student college competition conducted by PIASC each year. Our annual mailing list consists of 296 public libraries and now adding 69 schools that want to receive these colorful and magical bookmarks. A total of 135,000 bookmarks were mailed to libraries and schools this year and all bookmarks carry the following message: READ, READ, READ, the more you read, the more you know; and the more you know, the smarter you grow!

 

CARDCONNECT BUYING POWER OF THE MONTH!

CardConnect can help you pay less for credit card processing. As February’s Buying Power of the Month, you can receive a free confidential savings analysis and a $50 gift card when you sign up with CardConnect. But act now before February is over!

Join other PIASC members that are protecting their businesses and saving up to 40% on credit card processing. Why pay more than you have to for processing? Get your free confidential savings analysis right now by faxing a recent statement to 913.953.5325 or contact Michael Davis at 913.593.5302.

 

CREATE URGENCY NOW

If you want to increase your sales, you need to motivate your prospects to take the next step now, when they are most interested. After all, if they decide to wait until “later,” later may never come. Here are some ways to create a real sense of urgency in your marketing materials:

  • Make them really want it
  • State a specific deadline
  • Imply time sensitivity in the offer name
  • Give an incentive
  • Make it a limited offer
  • Use “urgent” wording
GRAPHICS NIGHT... AN EVENT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!

Join us at the Social Event of the Year and bring your key employees, clients, and family to this fabulous evening on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the beautiful Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills.

Festivities begin at 5:30 pm with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and the exhibit of the Print Excellence winning entries, while enjoying soft jazz music and networking with industry peers and friends. Then at 7:00 pm, guests will be invited to enter the Majestic Ballroom for a fabulous dinner, followed by the presentation of awards. But that’s not all! Dance the night away with Beverly Hills DJ until midnight... relax, enjoy, and celebrate!

Tickets to members are only $100 ($200 value) thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Make your reservations now by contacting Maribel Campos at 323.728.9500, ext. 210. Click here for more information.

We still have sponsorship opportunities for this event. Click here to find out more or contact Ara Izquierdo at 323.728.9500, ext. 216.

 

NEW BOOK HELPS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS SUCCESSFULLY MARKET THEIR BUSINESSES

Ask any small business owner what their biggest challenges are, and “marketing” will nearly always make the list. 75 Marketing Tips to Grow Your Business, a new book by PIASC member and experienced copywriter Linda Coss, provides 134 pages of the expert, actionable advice small business owners need to kick start their marketing efforts. Included are tips on creating marketing plans, advice about a wide variety of marketing tactics, ways to improve a company’s marketing materials, and much more. Easy to digest and highly recommended, the book also makes a great gift for your small business clients. Learn more at www.MarketingTipsBook.com.

 

 

EXPAND YOUR INFLUENCE WITH THESE HABITS

Here are some simple tips for building your overall influence with your employees.

You influence your team in many ways, not just by telling them what to do. Here are some simple tips for building your overall influence with your employees:

  • Communicate face to face. Talk to each employee individually as much as you can instead of relying on emails and team meetings.
  • Understand individual motivations. Money isn’t everything. Find out what drives each worker to achieve excellence.
  • Set objectives. Be clear about what you want to achieve. Goals should be concrete and easily measurable.
  • Give feedback. Provide updates on an individual and team level so employees know what they’re doing well and where they can improve.

 

e-Quote

There are no office hours for leaders.
~Cardinal J. Gibbons

 

BUYING POWER OF THE MONTH

 

 

EDUCATIONAL AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

President's Conference
March 6-9th
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, CA


Breakfast with Bob
YOUR DIGITAL FUTURE

March 22nd | 7:30am
Mimi's Café, 10909 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga 91730

March 23rd | 7:30am
Green Street Restaurant, 146 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena 91101

March 24th | 7:30am
Brent's Deli, 19565 Parthenia Street, Northridge 91324

March 29th | 7:30am
Mimi's Cafe, 17231 E. 17th St., Tustin 92780

March 30th | 7:30am
Lenny's Deli (formerly Junior's), 2379 Westwood Blvd. (at Pico), Los Angeles NOTE: New Location

March 31st | 7:30am
The Breakfast Club of Long Beach, 3900 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach


2016 Graphics Night
Sponsorship Available!
April 8th
Pacific Palms Resort, Industry Hills


Private Turn-Key Tour of DRUPA
June 1-6th
Dusseldorf, Germany

 

WEBINARS

Getting Started with Microsoft Excel 2016 (Beginners)
Wednesday, March 9th | 10:00 AM | FREE!

Top Ten Cal/OSHA Citations and How to Avoid Them
Thursday, March 31st | 11:00 AM- FREE!

Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Excel 2016 (Intermediate)
Wednesday, April 13th | 10:00 AM | FREE!

Creating Complex Documents with Microsoft Word 2016
Wednesday, April 27th | 10:00 AM | FREE!

Conflict Recognition and Resolution
Tuesday, June 7th | 8:00 AM | FREE!

Get Noticed, Get Promoted and Build your Professional Brand
Tuesday, December 13th | 8:00 AM | FREE!

 

Contact

Ara Izquierdo
5800 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 728-9500