Pioneer [payh-uh-neer] n., One who goes before to prepare or open the way for others to follow. Have you ever stopped to think how much courage it takes to be the first at something? Sure, it’s easy to spout off words like “pioneer” and “trailblazer,” but consider how challenging it is to go your own way and go there first.


What’s the big secret to getting print buyers to open your emails? Attention-grabbing headlines. Because your print buyers are busier than ever before, a lot of business emails end up going straight into the trash. But this doesn’t have to happen to you with strategic subject lines that can get your emails noticed and read. Emails that have a high


Your marketing materials are one of the ways to give your customers a peek behind the curtain. Well-designed, consistently mailed pieces let your print buyers see your attention to detail, creativity, and commitment to their success. Be sure your customers receive this reassurance that you can handle their needs and solve their problems with regular, direct-mail marketing. We offer some


A sustainable marketing strategy is all about balance. Yes, we love (and are partial to) print, but it’s not the end-all, be-all if you’re genuinely focused on meeting your print buyers where they’re at. And where are they? Everywhere: print, online, social media, in-person, and in your email inbox. Did you know that 73% of businesses use email as their


At its core, marketing is about solving the pain points of your buyers. As Jonathan Lister of LinkedIn says, “As marketers, we should be changing the mantra from always be closing to always be helping.” Marketing genius can feel tricky and elusive to some, but it doesn’t have to be any more complicated than simply helping others make their lives


Ah… What a beautiful time of year! It’s the season of counting our blessings and spreading thankfulness and gratitude. So why am I so tired of feeling invisible? The other day I checked out at Walmart with an actual human checker. Even though I stood at the checkout for a while, the checker didn’t look up at me once or


I have kind of an odd question for you: Who’s the biggest jerk in your sphere of influence right now? Does your mind immediately picture a recent bad-tempered customer or an unrelenting vendor? Or maybe it’s an employee, neighbor, or that “blast from your past” on social media? As I pondered this question myself recently, I came to an eye-opening


In my last contributor blog, I wrote about my battle with Trigeminal Neuralgia and the 3 Lessons I Learned from Brain Surgery that Could Benefit Your Print Business. Now, you’d think I’d only get to share a story like that once in my lifetime. But, at the time of this writing, I’ve been home for three days after a 13-day


Man, that’s a blog title I never thought I’d write. But sure enough, here I am on the other side of an incredible life valley with a better understanding of what the late Philip Roth once said, “Nothing bad can happen to a writer. Everything is material.” In early May of this year, I was diagnosed with a rare, chronic


Have you ever had a phrase or cliché that just grated on you? You know, sayings like, “It is what it is,” “Only time will tell,” or “Every cloud has a silver lining”? For me, it’s the infamous “Enjoy the journey.” For some reason, whenever I hear that little nugget of so-called wisdom, my inner self just seems to roll


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