How to Pick the Right Fold for Your Brochure

The information for your brochure had a lot of effort put into it. From the introduction of your business, to the showcasing of your products or services, to the information aimed at prospective customers, your brochure is uniquely yours. After Allegra helps you with all of the copy and information, we can help with brochure printing and brochure design. There are quite a few different options when it comes to folds, and these folds all have their benefits.

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Tri-Folds

Tri-fold brochures have become industry standard due to the simple and easy design. This fold creates three equal sections by folding the sides over the middle. This type of fold provides you with endless possibilities as far as design and copy. With help from Allegra, we can work with you to create the best possible read and explanation of your business’ products or services through the simple tri-fold brochure.

Z-Folds

Z-fold brochures are not as popular as tri-folds, but they are extremely versatile. A z-fold contains six panels. By folding a piece of paper into thirds, one third is folded forward and another is folded backward. When opened, the brochure looks like the letter Z. This type of fold opens up fully with one pull, meaning you can have you work span the entire paper, or work with our team to create something unique that displays your business’ products or services with tasteful design in mind.

Half Folds

Half-fold brochures are comparable to booklets or standard cards. This can open up a world of possibilities for your business to decide how they would like to showcase their products or services. Remember that you are not required to stay within the panels, and your work can span throughout the brochure. Or, take some tips from restaurant menus as to how you would like to style your brochure. Comparisons also work very well with a half-fold brochure as they are easily understandable by prospective customers.

Accordion Folds

An accordion fold is similar to a Z-fold, however, the accordion is folded several times instead of just twice. This gives you quite a lot of room for information, pictures, and other images that add to the allure of your business. Just one pull opens up a lens into your business’ products or services. This type of fold is also cost-effective compared to booklets, which can provide a similar amount of information and graphics.

Gate Folds

The gate fold brochure features three panels, larger than the panels of tri-fold brochures. This kind of brochure is unique in it’s fold and size, possibly assisting in your brochure standing out from the rest. With great copy and graphic design in mind during the making of your gate fold brochure, Allegra can work with you to help you accomplish a neat and exceptional brochure that accentuates your business’ products or services.

Whichever fold you decide on, Allegra is here to help. From design to printing, Allegra is ready to work with you to create the best brochure to help your business stand out.

3 Ways to Use Floor Graphics After COVID

Post-pandemic events create new opportunities to let prospective customers know about your brand’s promotions, products, services, future events, and so much more. Effective signage is needed for introducing or re-introducing your business to customers. Floor graphics are an interesting way to showcase what your business has to offer. From the different fonts, designs, and other graphics, the possibilities of floor graphics are endless. Allow Allegra’s seasoned team of marketers and graphic designers to handle your custom floor graphics.

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New advancements in technology permits a fresh way of marketing. For example, your restaurant may be reopening and wanting to advise their customers about what practices they should keep in mind post-COVID. Guide your customers throughout the restaurant by welcoming them back with guidance for social distancing, or even your business’ latest promotional efforts. The versatility of custom floor graphics never ends with your imagination matched with our team of experts.

During COVID-19, grocery stores utilized this medium of signage to the public. Many grocers implemented custom floor graphics to indicate where to stand in relation to others while in line for checkout. Additionally, many businesses have requested floor graphics for promotions and to indicate closed off areas or detours to other locations throughout their business.

Hosting or vending at an event? Consider floor graphics to guide prospective customers to your location at the function, or even provide them with information about the function. Effective signage can create a relationship between your product/service and your customer, which can turn a prospective into a customer.

Go beyond the literal aspect of floor signage and directing your customers by speaking to their emotions with custom floor signage. This can be a way of welcoming them back into your establishment in a creative way. At Allegra, we suggest using a large font format to grasp the attention of customers.

Promotional floor graphics are hard to miss when printed perfectly with your unique design. Stand out from the crowd by printing with Allegra! Count on our team to create quality custom floor graphics for you. Our material is top-notch and adheres to floors with ease. We suggest deep cleaning your floors before applying, and squeegeeing out any bubbles. Maintain these floor graphics with typical cleaning practices. Stand out at your next event or reopening with Allegra’s high-quality floor graphics. Work with our seasoned team of marketers and designers to develop the best floor graphic for your business’ needs.

Make an Impression at Your Next Meeting or Conference with Professionally Printed Materials

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The key to making a great impression at a meeting or conference is preparation. This is not limited to just having a great presentation, but should also include having printed materials that are professional-looking and represent your organization well. Depending on what the goal of your presentation is, the types of printed materials that you will use may vary:

Folders: If you are pitching a new business opportunity, you will probably have various documents such as information sheets, forms for attendees to fill out, and more. You want to make sure all of these documents are in one place that is both organized and well-branded. A custom folder with your organization’s logo and other information will provide recipients with an easy way to keep track of the documents you have provided to them, and will help to reinforce your brand identity every time they use it.

Booklets: Are you hosting a training seminar, presenting an annual report, or need to provide prospective clients or customers with data about all of the products or services that your company provides? Printing and binding services for booklets will help you put all of your important information in one place that the recipient can easily carry with them and consult as needed. Different binding options such as spirals, three ring binders, or sewn binding can be chosen to best fit the needs of the booklet, and you will have a durable finished product that can be opened up and referred to often.

Flyers: If you are doing a quick, informal presentation or just making a sales pitch as people pass by, a simple one-sheet flyer is ideal. You can quickly hand it to the people you are speaking to so that they can glance at it and see your organization’s branding and other information as you are speaking to them.

Business cards: Any time you are networking, presenting, or otherwise representing your organization, business cards are a must have. They are a quick way to share your contact information and give the clients, customers, and peers who you meet a tactile way to remember your interaction, increasing the likelihood of them reaching out to you later on.

Make sure you are prepared for your next presentation or conference by having the appropriate printed materials for your needs. Allegra provides printing and binding services, business card design, and much more to help businesses put their best foot forward!

5 Ways to Make Your Business Cards Memorable

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A business card is one of the most important marketing materials that represent your brand. When you meet a potential client for the first time or connect with a peer at a networking event, your business card is a physical memento of the first impression that was made in person. Because of your business card’s importance, you want to make sure it is as memorable as possible. Here are a few ways to create a business card design that stands out:

1. Paper and finish: People are tactile, and whether consciously or subconsciously, they will take notice of the paper quality used to create your business cards. When you invest in high quality paper stock or a special finish for your business card printing, it can be felt. Depending on your organization’s voice and image, you may want to go with a medium stock paper and a matte finish, or perhaps a heavy stock with a glossy finish.

2. Fonts and color: The fonts and colors that you use should appropriately represent your company. A more serious organization like a law firm or a pest control service should utilize colors and fonts that accurately represent the voice of the company, while a more fun or luxurious organization like a dog walker or a hair salon should use fonts that are more whimsical and colors that are more carefree.

3. Shape and size: If your company offers a service that is more unusual or unique, use the shape of your business card to represent that! Die cutting can be utilized to shape your business card into a form that represents your company, such as a cupcake for a bakery or a key for a locksmith.

4. Texture: Another way to make a tactile impression, as well as a great visual impact, is by incorporating raised lettering into your business card design. An embossed business card lets recipients know that you care about the impression you are making and that you are willing to go above and beyond.

5. Logo: From printed materials to digital assets, your logo represents your company virtually everywhere, and that should include on your business card. Make sure your logo is prominently displayed on your business card so that it stands out.

Make a lasting impression at conferences, networking events, meetings, and more by utilizing a business card printing service that helps you create an outstanding business card. Whether you have a design already created or need assistance from the design all the way through the printing, Allegra’s professionals can help. Get started today on creating your memorable business card!

How to Celebrate Your Employees Who Work Remotely

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It has been a little over a year since many companies went from working in an office to working remotely. This change in operations has meant a change in company culture for many businesses, and many companies have had to get creative in maintaining open lines of communication, employee morale, and a feeling of comradery among teams at work. One way to keep up morale and help employees feel like they are part of a team, even from their respective home offices, is by utilizing employee appreciation initiatives. If your company is one of the many who have decided to continue remote operations, either temporarily or permanently, here are a few ideas for celebrating your employees who work from home:

• Virtual team lunches or happy hours: Most food and beverage delivery companies allow you to send virtual gift cards. Send your employees each a gift card that they can use to purchase a meal or alcohol delivery, and then get together over your conference call platform to update everyone on company news, play games like bingo or trivia, or just chat and catch up.

Send your employees branded company swag that they can use at home: From logoed mugs and mousepads to polo shirts, drink tumblers, and more, branded business promotional items that your employees can use at home and while on video calls helps them to still feel like part of a team while remaining separate. Some items can even be useful for employees who have video calls with clients, because the clients can see your employees using or wearing the items that have your logo on them while on the call, which helps to reinforce brand identity!

Create an employee recognition program: It goes without saying that employees who feel appreciated at work are happier at their jobs and even perform better. Set up a program for recognizing your employees’ achievements, whether it is a submission form that can be used to send in compliments that are compiled and distributed on a regular basis, an email chain that is used to call out everyone’s accomplishments periodically, or even a lottery that is held on a periodic basis to choose one employee who is spotlighted and wins a special prize.

There are many ways to celebrate your employees while working remotely, from virtual get-togethers and logoed business promotional items, to recognition programs that celebrate achievements and more. While working as a team may look a little different from our home offices, we can still find ways to feel connected and make sure our co-workers and employees are appreciated!

How to Create Direct Mail that Appeals to Customers

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Even as the world of business and marketing goes more and more virtual, direct mail continues to be an effective form of marketing to potential and current customers. However, many companies know that direct mail is still a great way to market their products or services, which means you are competing with them for attention in customers’ mailboxes. So how can you create direct mail items that will appeal to your customers and make them more likely to remember your business and take further action? Here are a few ideas:

• Make it stand out: As soon as the customer or potential customer who receives your direct mail opens their mailbox, you want your mail to be the thing that stands out from the rest of the items in their mailbox. Custom envelope printing with eye-catching designs or unusual aesthetic features can keep your mail from blending in, and make the recipient more excited to open it up and see what’s inside.

Include a coupon or special offer: If your potential customer opens their mailbox and pulls out an item from you that has a message telling them there is a special offer or coupon inside, their curiosity will be piqued, and they will be more likely to open that piece of mail. Even better, if the coupon or special offer contained inside is one that they are interested in using, they are likely to set the mail on their counter or tack it to their refrigerator, meaning they will see your brand repeatedly, reinforcing your company in their memory.

• Include something functional: If your direct mail item is mainly intended to inform your customer of some type of news, or to let them know your business is opening in the area, they may just read the mail and then throw it out, and quickly forget your brand and your message. But if you include something functional with the mail, such as a small notepad for writing their grocery lists on, they will appreciate receiving something that is useful to them, and you will also be at the front of their minds when they look at the notepad featuring your company logo at the top.

• Include something informational: Similar to including something functional, including something informational can help the recipient attach positive feelings towards your company. If your company sells outdoor equipment, include an informational sheet on how people can stay safe while enjoying the outdoors. If your company provides home maintenance or repair services, give the recipient a calendar showing them the various preventive maintenance tasks they should be doing around their house each month. The recipient of that mail is likely to keep the helpful information that you gave them, and because it has your logo on it, they will remember to call your company when they are ready to buy your products or enlist your services.

From utilizing creative envelope printing and including special offers to providing items that are functional or informational, there are many ways to make your direct mail stand out from the competitors while also making your company memorable for potential and current customers. Direct mail is not a thing of the past, even as marketing becomes more digital, so get creative with your direct mail items!

Allegra’s Mailing Services Help You Connect with Your Customers

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When it comes to reaching your customers, especially in a world that is becoming increasingly more digital, it is important for your message to reach them directly while also being as relevant as possible to them. Allegra provides a wide range of mailing services that allow you to make direct connections with your customers, with messages that matter to them. Our direct mail services include:

Database management: A customized database of all of your customers’ data helps your business organize, manage, and keep track of customer relationships, which results in better outcomes when it comes to tailoring your messages to specific recipients.

Mailing lists: We provide high-quality and well-managed lists that are up to date, so you are not wasting resources sending messages to recipients who are no longer there or missing out on reaching new recipients in your target demographic. A quality mailing list will also help to ensure that your message will be pertinent and engaging to the people receiving it, resulting in more leads for your company.

Mailing services: We don’t just help with data and mailing lists when it comes to your direct mail needs, we even design the mail itself, print and collate it, seal and pre-sort it, and everything else that needs to be done to get your mail moving and on its way to your audience.

When it comes to mailing services, Allegra truly is your one-stop-shop. We will help you every step of the way, from determining who to send your mail to, management of your mailing lists and the data within them, conversions, tracking, and re-targeting once your mail reaches your audience, and even the physical actions such as designing, printing, collating, and addressing to get your mail on the move. Let our specialists show you why direct mail marketing is still an important and effective marketing strategy for your business!

5 Benefits of Direct Mail Services

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If you think that direct mail marketing is a thing of the past, think again! Studies show that up to 90% of direct mail is opened because it is still considered a trusted form of marketing. At Allegra, we provide direct mail services that are customized to your organization’s specific needs, and this marketing strategy offers several benefits:

1. It is cost-effective: The cost of printing and mailing for direct mail is extremely low when compared to its return on investment, making this an extremely cost-effective marketing strategy!

2. It is personal: Potential and current customers who receive a marketing message that doesn’t feel personalized to them are less likely to respond to that message. Direct mail mailing lists can be used to customize the message to clients in particular neighborhoods or who fit other specific audiences, and the mail they receive can be customized to carry a message that feels specific to them, which they will then be more likely to act on.

3. It is tangible: Unlike a TV or radio commercial, billboard, or even an ad on a social media newsfeed, direct mail is a tangible piece of marketing that the recipient can hold onto. This could mean they save the mail as a reminder to act on its message, post the mail on the fridge or home bulletin board so that they see it often and your brand stays at the front of their mind, or they may even pass the piece of mail onto someone else who they feel would be interested in its message, spreading the word about your brand even further.

4. It is flexible: Direct mail can be integrated into your digital marketing strategies, further enhancing its effectiveness. Customers and potential customers who visit your website as a result of receiving your direct mail can be served with ads on Google and social media networks, making your brand even more memorable in their minds, and increasing the likelihood of a conversion.

5. It is measurable: With several different means of tracking the effectiveness of your direct mail marketing campaigns, you can see what does and does not work, adjust accordingly, and continue to have campaigns that are more and more successful each time.

Direct mail services from Allegra help you get the right message to the right person, at the right time! Even as our world becomes more digitally based, direct mail still offers the benefits of tangible, effective marketing that people trust. Let our specialists show you how we can grow your business through customized start-to-finish direct mail services.

Floor Graphics for Your Business Beyond COVID-19

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A simple way to connect with your customers in order to deliver your message and gain more sales is by employing floor graphics. The need to socially distance and practice extra precautions in public due to COVID-19 boosted the prevalence of floor graphics. Making sure people know where to stand in line and what direction to walk down the grocery aisle was made much easier. That said, this cost-effective, space-saving, and versatile advertising solution has a place beyond instructing people to stand 6-feet apart in line.

Showcase Your Sense of Humor

People love to laugh, and they love a business that does not take itself too seriously. By having a certain degree of self-awareness as a business, you set yourself up with a great advantage. Make your customers smile or chuckle by leaning into the relatable nature of your brand. This is not appropriate for all businesses, but for those that can have a sense of humor, floor graphics are a creative way to highlight this.

Example: A sign at a dry cleaner that says, “drop your pants here”. 

Help People Find Their Way

When people enter your establishment, they may need assistance with where to go. This is true for both retail and office settings. Guide customers throughout your store or place of business with signs right beneath their feet. Wayfinding floor graphics are sensible and can be humorous when appropriate. They serve a much more direct purpose and take up less space than hanging signs or more traditional ways of directing people where to go. They also stand in – pun not intended – when someone is not immediately available to offer the direction they need. You can even use them outside of your place of business to help people find where you are.

Example: Floor signs in the lobby of your building that clearly direct people where to go in order to avoid crowding and bottlenecks.

Stand Out with Clear Branding

Bolster your brand with clean and clear floor graphics. Right when a visitor steps in the front door, the floor of your lobby or entryway can feature your logo prominently. In a retail store, you may want to include temporary advertising such as promoting an event or a limited time offer. If you have separate lines for checkout, pickup, or dropping off, floor graphics that include your brand colors or logo can help clearly define this.

Example: Place graphics on the floor at the entrance of your donut shop that says, “Where your donut dreams become reality.” Allow Allegra to help you get the most out of your space with floor graphics. Visit AllegraMarketingPrint.com to find your local Allegra.

How to Make Direct Mail Work for Your Business

When done correctly, physical forms of marketing can have a huge impact on promoting your business and bringing in new clients. Start by honing your mailing list to target the right customers. Next, get them to open up the mail that you send and from there, make sure that the content speaks to them directly. Allegra offers direct mail services customized to your specific needs. We have access to the equipment and materials to print and put together your marketing material and then distribute it where it needs to go. Here are a few tips on how to boost the appeal of your direct mail:

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Make it Personal

The way that mass mailers remain affordable is that they go out to a large number of people. The way that they remain profitable is by effectively drumming up new business. The way that you avoid your direct mail quickly being considered junk mail is by starting with the right audience and by making it personal. Whether your mailing list is for brand new customers or from a contact list you have accumulated, knowing what speaks to your audience and including it in your mailer makes a huge difference. Personalize the content in a way that speaks more directly to the person opening it. 

Entice the Recipient to Open Your Mail

This does not mean trying to trick your audience. There is no need to stamp the word “urgent” on the outside of the envelope if the information enclosed is not actually urgent. You should put care and thought into what the outside of the envelope looks like and formulate ways to draw their attention. Here is a different idea: include an object that makes the envelope feel like there is something inside besides just a letter. This will pique the curiosity of the recipient and make it more likely that your envelope will be opened. Choose something that is personal to your business, such as a product sample which gives your potential client an opportunity to try it out. Or, you could include something useful to the recipient like a promotional pen or sticky notes. While these may seem incredibly simple, it not only makes it more likely that your piece of mail will be opened, but that a next step will be taken to get in touch with your business.

Provide Immediate Value

Open with a proposition instead of building to it. While people enjoy receiving mail and they enjoy opening mail, their interest can wane very quickly if there is nothing of value for them inside. Give them a reason to care about what you are sending them by making your intentions known immediately. A great way to do this is by including an offer that is attractive while still being profitable. It could be something as simple as a certain dollar amount off of their first purchase. Be up front about the products, services, or solutions your business offers and let that value speak for itself.  Turn to Allegra for all your direct mail marketing needs. Visit AllegraMarketingPrint.com to find your local Allegra!