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How to Start Your 2018 Print Marketing on the Right Foot

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How to Start Your 2018 Print Marketing on the Right Foot

 Here we are in January 2018 all dressed up for the ball and looking for dance partners. Not only are we all excited about the new year, but we are also making plans for how our future successes will unfold throughout the year. Marketing plans, digital marketing plans, financial plans, personal plans… and everything in-between. At Left Coast Marketing & Design, there are also a lot of plans in the works and many of them are PRINT PROJECTS requiring a print budget to make marketing dreams come true. Will you be our dance partner? Let us show you our Magic Marketing Kit List and get you ready for 2018 ball!

Check out this list of key items that belong in a Marketing Kit, with explanations of WHY. We laid it out on a timeline of TOP priority first!

THE MAGIC MARKETING KIT LIST

  • BUSINESS CARDS - to reach you!

  • LINE SHEETS or TASTING NOTES - to review the description of your product with an image.

  • ORDER FORMS - to make their dreamy purchase a reality! One for retail and one for wholesale!

  • FOLDER - to put this all in, of course!

  • BROCHURE - to understand your story and get invested in choosing your product!

  • CLUB SIGN-UP SHEET - because everyone wants to join.

  • BOOKLET or CATALOG - to show how serious you are about your product.

  • STICKER - because everyone loves stickers.

As one of our main core values states, "project management is in our DNA." So when it comes to planning out print projects for the rest of the year, now is our time to help you set things into motion (if we haven't already done so). One of the best ways that we can help serve you is by providing examples of what has worked in the past. Today we are going to touch on one specific example. This is what we can call THE MARKETING KIT. It is the system that the customer will experience for a particular set of products, from the folder that they open up with your logo on it to the line sheets, price sheet, order sheet and possibly a booklet or a brochure and a sticker or something fun – to set the tone of expectation for your potential and existing customers. Nothing screams "we’ve got it together" more than a consistently designed approach with sales.

Now, we understand that upfront a Marketing Kit sounds like a big project. Tight budget? This is where we can help you prioritize what pieces need to happen first and what your timeline is. Then by the end of your timeline, there you have a shiny (or matte) piece of joy... aka MARKETING KIT.

Are we missing anything? Every industry is a little different, especially when working with distributors and retailers. Just remember, everyone loves stickers. And we are here to help you make this Magic Marketing Kit come to a reality.

 

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2018 Marketing Budgets

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2018 Marketing Budgets

In order to get everyone ready for the new year we decided to do a BLOG post dedicated to ways that your company can refresh its Marketing & Creative Assets in order to ensure success during 2018.  Below are 5 different ideas that we think could help you get organized from a sales and marketing perspective!

1. Brand Identity Refresh

January is a great month to revisit your brand identity to make sure it remains fresh with today's style, while still staying true to the roots of your original brand. We love any opportunity to work with our clients to refresh the look and feel of their brand. In order to do so, we must put our creative superpowers together to create authentic content for our clients.  Whether its photography, website design or custom stationary necessities, LCM is here to answer all of your Brand Identity Refresh questions.

2. Brand Style Guide Refresh

A Brand Style Guide includes many important brand assets (i.e. logo, fonts, colors, etc.) needed to begin any creative project. Just like every company needs a set of S.O.P.s (Standard Operating Procedures) every company/brand needs a Brand Style Guide. We like to include examples of both print and digital design assets, relevant call outs, font colors and when to build them for our clients.

3. Digital Marketing Refresh

When planning your digital marketing strategy, be sure to get input from your business development and sales team if you have that capacity. They may have insights from day-to-day interactions with customers regarding content ideas and keywords that are valuable for gaining traction organically in search engine results. Gaining business from your companies social media platforms becomes even easier after getting your 2018 digital media affairs in order!

4. Website Refresh

Have you seen the latest website designs? It's amazing how technology has evolved in the design world over the years. Whether you are looking to refresh your website’s look and feel to appeal to specific audiences, or refresh your content to boost your search engine results, it's a good idea to factor both into your marketing budget. Another important aspect to keep in mind as technology continues to evolve is understanding where your website visitors are coming from. Websites are unique, and we here at Left Coast Marketing know full well that each person or company has specific needs and desires. Our aim is to make your website stronger and more useful for you and your customers.

5. Business Stationary Refresh

Business cards, letterhead, custom email signatures, and graphics are all examples of physical paper items that can be used as business stationery for your company. Refreshing your stationery doesn’t necessarily mean having a full redesign overhaul. It could be as simple as adjusting the layout, adding your social media links or hints of color from your logo in certain text elements. Left Coast Marketing has worked with many different companies to give their stationary an upgrade on numerous occasions, so if you are wanting more information let us know!

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NEW CLIENT SERVICES

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NEW CLIENT SERVICES

The first core value we share at Left Coast Marketing is that Customer Service is our #1 Service. We love all the Clients we work with and we love helping them achieve goals through our services. In order to extend our customer service beyond our Clients we offer Marketing Client Services that include: Brand Identity, Content Strategy, Digital Marketing, and lastly Media & Advertising. Integrating these tools throughout a business can help connect a company to their customers on a personal level. We have the skills and experience in the field and know the right tricks to make it happen. Want more info on our Client Services? Email us with any questions at info@leftcoastmarketing.com 

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