Printing and mail go together… like peas and carrots. They just do. Even in this highly sophisticated era of internet based marketing, SMS messaging, and email blasts, there is a strong argument for direct mail. (In fact, Universal Printing president and owner, Bob Moura, has posted 2 great blogs on that topic. If you haven’t read them yet, here are the links: Direct mail… Back-in-the-day or Future Play? Part I and Part II)
Every year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, all of us at Universal Printing get together for our annual Holiday Luncheon. The owners, Bob and Sandi, supply turkey and ham while everyone else brings in their favorite entree, side item, or dessert.
Earlier this year Microsoft released their newest Office bundle, Office 2010. For many people who upgrade to Office 2007 a few years ago, their Ribbon Interface was a huge and often unhappy surprise. They changed their entire navigation layout, making it very difficult for even the most knowledgeable Word, Excel, and PowerPoint users to find what they were looking for. Most annoying was the lack of a File menu, which had been replaced with a strange little “Office Pearl.” In Office 2010, they have brought back the File menu, and even enhanced it to become a very complete File Panel complete with file properties, permissions options, and other features making for easier document sharing and collaboration.
Have you ever though that the United State Postal Service was confusing? Constant rate changes, endless amounts of regulations, crazy exceptions to ever-changing requirements. What’s more, later this Spring there will be even more changes in place when the USPS finalizes their adoption of Intelligent Mail Barcodes, which will become the only method of barcoding eligible for automation discounts.
Here’s another great trick for blending spot colors in Adobe InDesign, as explained by John Francis, Art Director for Universal Printing. If you like this video, feel free to check out our other helpful tutorials.
Tips for improving direct mail and email marketing.
Universal Printing installed our copies of Adobe Creative Suite 5 three days after the major upgrade release in April 2010. We’ve had a few patches and a few minor program updates to address crashing, some PDF creation issues and general compatability, but all-in-all, it’s a worthwhile, stable upgrade with some nice new features.
We talk a lot about “green printing” and what it means to be environmentally responsible. This is a topic that has always been important to us. Universal Printing has been a leader and innovator in aggressive environmentally responsible printing practices for over 30 years.