Show 'em what you've got with our monthly FastStart postcard and fold-over mailer. People and businesses in your community might not have a clue what your capabilities are, and FastStart provides the solution to this. Showcase who you are and what you offer in high-quality, full-color design.
FastStart develops an awareness of everything you can do for your customers. If you've ever lost a printing sale just because your customer didn't know about all the ways you could help them, then you need FastStart.
FastStart is designed for four-color postcard production with full bleed.
The FastStart postcard is provided to you as an industry-standard Adobe InDesign digital file. Personalize your FastStart postcard by adding your printing firm's name, logo, and contact information. After just a few minutes of personalization, you'll have a production-ready postcard.
The FastStart postcard is fully customizable, giving you the option of using the content we provide as-is, or allowing you to add your own unique flair to the postcard by adding your own custom content.
We go to great lengths to ensure all direct mail marketing materials provided by Marketing Ideas For Printers are print-ready. All writing has been researched, edited, proofed, and copyfit, and our illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers verify that all graphics are provided in industry-standard, print-ready format. All the elements of the FastStart postcard are provided to you, ready to personalize and customize, in a print-ready Adobe InDesign digital file.
Available File Formats:
Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud
IDML files provided for use with Adobe InDesign CS6, CS5, and CS4
Available Color Formats:
5.5” x 8.5” postcard with bleed, and 8.5” x 11” foldover postcard (no bleed, folds to 5.5” x 8.5”, scoring suggested), hairline registration
Small to large print buyers
Print Shop Profile:
“Quick Printers” that sell four-color printing, and small commercial printers
How It Works:
We send you a link for a press-ready file of the text and artwork via email on the 15th of each month, two months ahead of publication. You drop in your logo and contact information, print, and mail to customers or prospects within your exclusive ZIP code(s).
FastStart - Marketing, content, & technology to help printers sell more printing - $49/Month
Your subscription includes text, artwork, and exclusive mailing rights to one ZIP code. You may purchase rights to additional ZIP codes for only $10 each, per month. You can sign up here or call us at 1-800-736-0688. We’ll work fast to get you up and running. You will receive a call shortly after you place your order so we can answer any questions you may have.
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We'll provide professional content for you that is on time, at a cost we believe to be only about 7% to 10% of what it would take for you to do it in-house each month.
Our professional writers, editors, and proofreaders will research, write, and proof your direct mailer for you each month.
Our designers and graphic artists will keep your mailer looking fresh and clean, with eye-catching graphics and crisp, modern designs.
Our digital technicians will work with the files we produce to ensure they are production-ready.
We'll keep you on schedule. On-time delivery from us means no more missed deadlines for you in creating and sending your mailings.
We'll ensure copyright compliance. We verify our sources to ensure accuracy and copyright compliance. We don't "borrow" materials improperly or illegally, but instead, we verify our sources to ensure accuracy and copyright compliance so you don't have to.
We'll protect against typos. On average, less than one typo per year makes it through to any of our direct-mail packages. (That's less than one typo per year for ALL the packages, NOT one per package.)
We'll help you get the facts right. Content mistakes are even more rare on our packages than typos. About once every two years, we'll discover a factual error. When we do discover errors, either factual or typographic, we'll alert you quickly.
It is incredibly complex and time-consuming to create a monthly mailer. That’s the real reason so very few printers do it — even though everyone knows it’s a good idea!
For a small monthly fee, we’ll do about 85% of the work for you. We’ll simplify the process so much that you’ll easily see the benefits a consistent, monthly direct-mail marketing program provides.
Your own direct-mail marketing is the most important print job you’ll produce each month. Make sure to plan ahead and pre-schedule time in your production area to personalize, print, and mail your own marketing materials.
Keep your mailing list current and updated. Remove bad addresses and add new businesses as you go.
Spend a few hours each month personalizing your mailers to optimize their impact on your particular market and customer base. Yes, we do provide generic display ads in our newsletters, but it is so much more effective when you have your own creative team spend a little bit of their time each month creating display ads that promote the specific products and services you sell. Adding your own display ads is a great way to personalize your message and improve the overall effectiveness of your direct-mail campaign.
Mail on time – the same time – every month. Your customers and prospects will notice your consistency in producing your own direct mail and know they can count on you to be just as consistent in filling their printing needs.
If you'll do your part — the 15% Factor — each month, your direct-mail marketing will create new opportunities for your printing business.
In 1988, Mike Stevens, the owner of Express Press in Fargo, North Dakota, founded Ink Inc., an ad agency specializing in designing direct-mail marketing materials for the printing industry.
At that time, Mike was spending about $2,000* dollars a month creating his print shop's monthly mailers using local freelance writers and designers. Although the results from the mailings were encouraging, two thousand dollars in monthly creative fees was almost overwhelming.
Mike was frustrated that it was so time-consuming and expensive to create his own direct-mail marketing for his print shop. That's when he had the idea of creating the direct mail campaigns as camera-ready artwork so other printers could benefit, too!
It didn't take long for the results to start coming in. At the end of the first month, 11 printers were paying $100 a month to subscribe to the new company's program. At the end of the second month, 28 printers had joined up, and by the end of that first year, Ink Inc. had over 100 subscribers in 22 states. Ink Inc. was a hit! Many printers reported that Ink Inc. was able to provide them with much better artwork than they could design in their own shop, at a fraction of the time and cost.
Through the years, 16 different competitors have tried and failed to copy the Ink Inc. formula. Apparently, it's not as easy as it looks. To come up with creative, new ideas month in and month out is a daunting task, but Ink Inc. has stood the test of time and remains a trusted source of direct-mail marketing ideas for printers.
The term "camera ready" is gone, and Ink Inc. is now part of Marketing Ideas For Printers. Terms and names have changed, but the purpose hasn't: Direct Mail from Marketing Ideas For Printers helps printers sell more printing.
*$4,008.64 in today's dollars, when adjusted for inflation.