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Hit them right in the feels, with print.

Your website needs to look impressive. It has to be clear and consistent. You know that already.
But big brands don’t just focus everything online. They combine their online presence with offline marketing.
Why? Print and direct mail is proven to build trust. It’s perceived to be more credible. It plays with emotions.
And it appeals to multiple senses – touch and sight. There’s nothing like it. And you can exploit that power, very cost-effectively.

Sometimes too much choice is daunting. That’s why this guide features our top selling collections. Our most popular, best value ranges. With a few curious and quirky options sprinkled in, to titillate and add allure.

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Get 20% OFF

During April 2019 only, use voucher code APRIL3 to get 20% off when you purchase any three items from this guide.

Can be used once on orders approved by 6pm on 30/04/19

It’s here! Introducing the NEW Exhibit Guide.

It’s not just what you say, it’s how you look when you’re saying it.

Our Exhibit range gives you the tools to emphasise your message. For the first time, create enormous eye-catching displays… without the eye-watering price tag.

The latest edition of our Exhibit guide features the complete product range, including new fabric display designs and ideas.

Take a look at our easy to assemble exhibition stands, meeting booths, office furniture and marketing essentials like flags and banners.

Biodegradable Laminated Print

Since we watched Sir David Attenborough on the BBC presenting Blue Planet 2, it’s been impossible to ignore the impact of single use plastics on our oceans and wildlife.

We thought it was time to consider what we could do better.

Biodegradable Laminated Print

On 1st August 2018, we switched all of our matt and gloss laminated print to a new biodegradable laminate. That’s every business card, flyer, folder, booklet cover, appointment card and postcard. It looks like regular lamination and feels lovely. When the print reaches the end of it’s useful life, it composts. Within two years it’s gone. Without leaving any contaminants in the soil.

Your Favourite Products, But Better

Now, when you choose any product from our Starmarque Bio, Luxury Bio or Fabu-gloss Bio ranges, you’ll know that it uses an eco-friendly lamination which won’t end up damaging the environment.

Up To £20 Off In March

Now is the perfect time to give it a go. Try our StarMarque Bio Spot UV Business Cards or our Luxury Bio Matt Laminated Business Cards for less until the end of the month.

Photography that sells

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An image can capture emotion like nothing else. Think about all the iconic images of our time, which have cut through the mush and defined the moment. Photography is powerful. Sometimes the most effective advertising is nothing more than an image and a word. Give your message more weight, by saying less and showing more. We know how to help, just ask. Low-cost stock photography has never been more accessible or of such high quality. Now you have 50 million images at your fingertips. Sign in to your online account, search for images you like and add them to your lightbox. Your lightbox is securely shared with your studio – tell us when you’re ready and we’ll purchase the hi-res imagery to use in your next project, for less than you can buy direct.

Get Out part 3: Make them come

Invitations

First things first. The invites. For an intimate event, mail something fancy. For a VIP look, your invites should match the experience. Opt for Opuleaf gold or silver foil or StarMarque spot gloss highlights to impress. For a larger event, leaflets inserted into the local paper or pushed through letterboxes will be appropriate.

Be a social butterfly. Multiply your message by posting the event on social media. Get people interested and build the buzz.

Get Out part 2: Manage your guest list

Online bookingKeeping track of who’s coming to your event is a faff. There’s an easier way. Online booking.
Whether you charge for tickets, or give them away free, ask attendees to register online. That way you know who’s coming, how many pies to buy and how many bottles of prosecco to chill.

If we’ve built your website, let’s design an event landing page. If your site is hosted elsewhere, let’s create an event microsite instead. Both cost less than you might think, can increase engagement and save time. We’ll set up an event dashboard so you can manage your event. Get notifications. Take payment online. Automatically send e-tickets with barcodes. Even download a phone app to check-in guests.

Flag me down all day long

Right. Let’s do a little experiment. On your way home tonight, count the number of flags you see. They’re absolutely everywhere.
Why’s that? Well for around a hundred quid, you can get a three meter high wobbling, fluttering, piece of eye-catching marketing for your business. That’s such great value that it’s no wonder businesses are lining flags up in their car park, on their forecourt and outside their front doors

Cable-tie the flag to your railings, or buy a base or mount to have it freestanding. A water base or water ring is best if you’re going to use it outdoors at an event. And this summer all our flags are reduced.

Get Out part 1: Good things happen when people get together

Most of us sell to other people. More than ever, we have to create experiences for our customers. To give them what they can’t get online.

Exhibitions are great for finding new customers and expo season starts in September. But why wait ‘til then?

And what about existing customers?

Maybe it’s time to host a private event for them. The summer’s a great time to bring people together. To show how you can help. To make them more loyal. To encourage them to rave about what they’ve learned or what they saw. Heaven forbid, to sell something more to them.

But what kind of event? How about a talk from an industry expert? Or a cat walk of new styles. A tasting or sampling evening. A reveal of new technology. A family fun day. A ‘how-to’ class or tutorial. Even just a party to say thank you.

Not got space? Partner with a local café – maybe they’d welcome extra business after hours. Or talk to a local restaurant about doing a morning meeting, when they’re normally closed.

The comfort zone is a beautiful place. But nothing grows there.

If you want to get extraordinary results, you’ve got to do things out of the ordinary. Get out. Meet people.

Colours of Summer

Colour trends change like fashion. Be inspired and tweak your summer marketing to reflect this season’s fresh palette.
2017 brings memories of exotic holidays and a colour scheme to blow away grey days.

You may find yourself stocking up on paprika at a Moroccan souk, eating fresh mango on the streets of India or getting golden sand between your toes in Ibiza.

Adrenaline junky? Channel your inner kiwi in New Zealand. Looking for something more tranquil – like gazing across Tuscan fields or strolling around Santorini amongst the azure blue rooftops?

How to get started with your outdoor marketing

It starts with an idea. Yours? Great. Writer’s block? No problem! That’s what designers are for.

They’re used to working on all sorts of briefs. Be as detailed or as loose as you like. If you have absolutely no idea what you want, say so. You can always hire a designer by the hour. They’ll be delighted to create multiple ideas for you while you’re “on the meter”. Pick the ones you like or don’t be afraid to keep going until you get the look you want.

If your budget is tight, be straight with the designer. Be prepared to be flexible – best to get your likes and dislikes clearly stated before you start, since you might not want to pay for multiple revisions.

Or you could do it yourself. But, even if you’re a pro, you might not have designed for fabric before. And designing a massive display can be daunting. Its different to designing for print. If you’re a competent designer, ask for a ready-made design template (or you can download an InDesign file from the item’s product page). These templates show all the printable areas and quiet zones.

Whichever way you go, your neighbourhood studio is there to help. They’ll be able to source ultra high resolution photography, good enough to print at such enormous resolutions. Or turn your dirty sketch into a striking display.

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