Are Your Post Card Prints Making You Money – Part One

Which print job is more expensive, a 4 X 6 inch post cards printed for free or a 4 X 11 inch postcard priced at $210. The answer seems to be pretty obvious doesn’t it? Well not really! Read on for a better perspective on this question.

The following really happened a few years ago. A friend, let’s call him Wallace, asked me why he should pay me to print post cards that he was getting for free from another company . (It turns out the other company was providing the post cards for free in exchange for Wallaces’s referrals to them).

You might think Wallace was being flippant by asking me such a question. How could I beat “Free”. Well, Wallace knew me quite well and fully expected I would show him a better “Full Value” option that beat “Free” post cards. Read on to find out how that works.

I reframed the situation this way for Wallace. I asked him to consider that the post cards are free, but that he had to pay USPS postage to deliver them. I then told him about the new “Neighborhood” option offered by the USPS, that would save him considerable postage cost.

On a purely financial cost basis the question was how does free post cards plus traditional mailing costs compare to $210 post cards plus the new lower cost “Neighborhood” postage costs?

However, this only addresses the cost part of the financial equation. The most important question for Wallace is what method yields the most net profit? To answer this we need to look at gross income generated from the post card mailing minus the costs of printing and mailing the post cards. Wallace could look at the actual results from his prior “Free” post card campaign but he would now have to look at the potential yield of the new, untried, post card campaign I was offering. I will follow with the details of what we did together. For now I will tell you that Wallace tried the new campaign I suggested and it worked will enough that he came back and had me print and mail additional batches of post cards instead of using the free post cards he had used before.

So, let’s pause for a second. It is my hope that you are finding this discussion interesting and beneficial. May I please ask your indulgence here. I am offering to provide you the information on what we did to grow Wallace’s business. I am also offering to provide you with special discounted post card printing pricing. And I am offering to give you access to a robust online print web site that will save you both time and money on your future print jobs. And finally I will send you links to future informational blogs related to printing and possibly other information that will benefit your company.

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Part 2 of the blog will discuss how I showed Wallace how a larger, better designed post card could yield much better response rates.  Part 3 will discuss the “Neighborhood” postage option and how to use it to save money in your post card mailings.

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Printing Tips

Paper is important to printing for a lot of reasons. It affects the look and the feel of your printing.

The feel may affect how people perceive your business. For example, a thin business card printed on an ink jet printer looks and feels cheap. Worse, if you printed on a perforated blank page the receiver will know you did it yourself. For many people that suggests a fly by night or eve bogus company.

A cheap paper may have a yellow cast and look a bit dingy. The color of the paper will affect color printing by adding a yellow cast to your colors.

When ordering printing pay attention to the weight of the paper. This is a odd way to indicate thickness but that is how it is done. Many big box printers use a 24 lb paper for their color prints. Our store uses a 28 lb. weight standard even though our printing of color is substantially cheaper than our competitors. We feel strongly a 28 lb paper is important.

The 28 lb. is not only thicker but a bright white and smooth. This keeps the color from bleeding through like some of the thinner papers do. The smooth finish allows the toner to lay down on the paper for a more vibrant color image.

Also ask for volume pricing. Our store drops down 10 cents a page at just 100 prints.

It pays to shop around. You know all the big names. Ask for their pricing and paper quality and then check out your local The UPS Store. You may find our competitors are 20 to 40% more.

You can find our location by clicking on the link to The UPS Store 5183 in Superior Colorado here.

Keep Your Business Card Clean

Clutter is an ugly word. Keep your card simple and make sure you design it to do what you want it to do.

Some people think a business card should be crammed with information. People like simple, easy to read business cards. If you want to impart more information, the card should simply provide them with information on how to find you, call you or view you on line.

You can add a  couple of simple items along with the contact information. A tag line might work to engage them, especially if it is featured in other media and triggers brand or name recognition. Pictures of you or products might engage them too. Don’t add much more if anything else to your contact information.

And, you may get better results with just a phone number, email address or web site URL. Fax and address may not be all that beneficial unless you are a retail location.

Keep it simple or you will drive them away! Remember, a business card’s primary purpose is to provide contact information that allows them to contact you and learn more about you.

Come to our print web site to design your business cards by clicking here!

Local Vs. Online Printers

Both kinds of printing services have their pluses and minuses. Let’s look at both.

Online printing is convenient. You pick the category of print you want, find a template to customize to your liking or upload your own file. Then you pick your design elements like printing on both sides, color or b&w;, choice of papers and coatings Plug in your credit card, pick a shipping method and away you go. In many respects this works quite nicely.

The minuses are no person to talk to to help you design your product, answer questions or complain to if there is a problem. Problem resolution may be by email or waiting on the phone.

Up front you do not get to see a sample of the product unless you send away for one. You have lots of paper and coatings choices but you may not know what any of that means. You are ordering in the blind unless you have printing experience and know the terminology.

Local printers are convenient too. You get to interface with a human up front, at delivery or if there is a problem. Generally no long waits to talk to someone. People can ask you questions about what you are trying to accomplish and make suggestions on how to improve your product. They can help you design a custom print. And they can suggest alternative printing solutions you may not be aware of.

They generally have samples of the various kinds of papers, coatings and output that they offer. They can help you make your product design look better and offer you other ways to make money in your business using printing.

My The UPS Store 5183 offers both in person local printing and online printing. The store is independently owned and operated in Superior Colorado. Click here for more information.