It was a long year last week at Marketing Ideas For Printers. Our whole leadership team (including myself) plus one other team member tested positive for COVID. I’m thankful we did the hard work ahead of time to be able to survive such an interruption. Well-Defined Processes “Well-defined” doesn’t mean “lots of words.” It means others have a clear roadmap


Belief is powerful. What you believe in can guide you, give you purpose, and fill you with hope and optimism no matter what may come your way. 2020 has been a year that has required much belief. So much belief that the events of 2020 may make phrases like “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” feel like they lack the meaning


Are you charging too little and leaving money on the table? Or maybe you’re charging too much and scaring potential customers away before the money even makes it to the table? It’s hard to know… Until now! With this simple assignment, you’ll be able to verify that your pricing reflects what the market will support. Your Guide to Goldilocks Pricing


What would you do if you saw a young child drowning? Consider this story: You and a friend are having a picnic by the side of a river. Suddenly you hear a shout from the direction of the water—a child is drowning. Without thinking, you both dive in, grab the child, and swim to shore. Before you can recover, you


Printers have a habit of working in a production timespan measured in days, if not hours!  Why?  Because print buyers demand a faster turnaround, and efficient technology makes it possible. The print production scheduling guidelines of “one day per task” from back in the day when I started my career in print just don’t apply anymore. With those ever-shrinking production timelines,


I’m not even sure when it happened. At some point, Fargo, North Dakota, the city in which Marketing Ideas For Printers calls its home, changed from a big little city into a little big city. And that means dealing with big-city challenges, which lately, haven’t been pleasant. An Upside-Down World A few nights ago, I watched a live stream video


Woman watching Coronavirus Resources For Printers webinars

Do you remember when you first realized that COVID-19 was not just “some other continent’s problem,” but was indeed something that would hit close to home? When you felt that impact coming, did you lose sleep? I think most small business owners did. All of a sudden, we found ourselves wide awake at night running through a checklist of things


As the coronavirus continues to affect nearly all businesses across the world in some way, you might find yourself trying to brainstorm creative solutions to ensure your print business not only survives the pandemic but thrives after “normalcy” returns. Let me add to your brainstorming by throwing out an idea for you – an idea that could have exponential benefits


At the time I’m writing this article, our country is adjusting to a new normal forced upon us by the Coronavirus.  We’re all calibrating to this new normal by the day (if not by the hour), so by the time you read this there may be even a different version of the new normal.  Here are some tips to help you survive (and even thrive!) in the


Next week, you might be one of the many printers passing through the Houston airport as you arrive for the 8th Annual Spring Conference for the National Print Owners Association (NPOA). I thought you might find it interesting to know that as you head over to claim your luggage at the baggage claim, you’re experiencing the result of some creative


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