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?
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.
…and sooner than you think!
Picture it now. Lights turned down low, carol singers warbling outside, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Yep, it’s that time of year again when we come over all festive. And boy have we turned up the heat on our Christmas range this year.
We’ve got our biggest range of exclusive Christmas Card designs ever. Choose your favourite and easily personalise with your details – no design skills needed. Change text, choose colours and fonts. Add your own logo or type in your business name and personalise the message on the inside. All of our Edit&Go Christmas Cards are half price during October, get 50 from £78 including envelopes.
While many people are barely into the “back to work” routine after Summer, some of our customers have already started planning their Christmas promotions.
During October organise your festive calendar gifts. With 25% off Fourteen Month Calendars and Wallplanners, there’s never been a better time to make sure you’re on your customers walls all year round – make sure your competition don’t get there first.
Leaflets are so versatile, it’s no surprise so many of our customers find them an essential part of their marketing. Whether they’re being popped through letter boxes, inserted into newspapers, posted out or propped up on the counter – they look great in glorious full colour and are incredibly low cost.
Many things will affect the response you’ll get from your leaflet campaign. Answer these questions and make your leaflets work harder for you:
Who’s Your Target Market?
Who are you trying to reach? Are you selling to consumers or businesses? Where do they live? What industry are they in? What age group? If you can’t answer these questions, you’ll find it a bit trickier to find the right way of targeting your market.
What’s Your Point, Caller?
Presumably you’re investing in marketing to win more business. We do it all the time, so there’s no need to be shy. Think about what makes you different or special. What problem can you solve? What need can you satisfy? What’s your Unique Selling Point – your USP? Why should they buy from you?
What’s In It For Me?
We’ve seen leaflets which are no more than business cards – a name, a number and maybe a list of stuff they do. When you get a leaflet like that, what do you do? Save it or bin it? The most effective leaflets use time-bound offers. Maybe “half price this month”, “free teddy with every quote” or “free consultation during November.” Think really hard about offering an incentive – and the level of it. “5% off” may be enough to get some interest… but what would “25% off” do to the response?
What Do You Want Me To Do?
What’s the next step? You don’t need to close the deal there and then (although, if you can, do it!) Tell them what you want them to do next. “Call now for a free sample”, “Bring this leaflet to…” or “Email us for a quotation.” Spell it out. Make it easy for them to buy from you.
How Will You Reach Me?
There are many ways to get your message out. First or second class post is highly targeted, but quite pricey. Try inserts in a local free newspaper, or pay some local kids to do a leaflet drop. For a more targeted approach try an insert in a magazine read by your target market. Selling crochet saddles? Put an insert into ‘Your Pony Magazine’.
What Will It Look Like?
We’d recommend that you spend at least 30% of your budget on design. Design can mean the difference between success and failure. A badly designed leaflet may do more damage than you think. There’s no such thing as a second impression, so get it right first time. We can help. Design is our business, after all. Talk to us.
When’s The Best Time?
This will depend on what you’re selling, although according to the Direct Marketing Association, October is the prime time for inserts. You’ll probably get a lower response in summer months, since your recipients may be sunning themselves in Benidorm or Barbados. At Christmas, your message will have to work harder to compete with all the others.
Leaflets are a wonderfully effective marketing tool… when they’re used correctly. We want you to be successful for selfish reasons – you’ll invest more with us if you are. Let us help you succeed – get us involved from the start. And, good luck!