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PRINTING IS OUR PASSION.
WELCOME TO TEN MINUTES OF GOOD NEWS AND FUN STUFF FROM YOUR FAVORITE PRINTER!
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A Message from Frank Parks
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
 

 

We hope this message finds you, your family, and friends all healthy and safe. Our team at The Parks Group is all well and we are open and fully operating. 

Just like everyone else in these trying times, we have found that conducting business is more difficult than ever. The phone calls from our customers requesting their "usual" printing needs have diminished greatly. Understandably so, as events were cancelled, budgets have changed and an overall uncertainty about how to proceed has set in. 

As more businesses are reopening, we have found new opportunities by becoming a provider for customized "COVID" related signage. We've been keeping ourselves busy printing directional, social distancing and all kind of informational signs to help comply with COVID guidelines. We are printing personalized face masks, chair covers, floor decals, window graphics and even Plexiglas sneeze guards and wall partitions!

Thank God for the opportunities that present themselves! 

Please keep us in mind as you move forward. We are here to serve you.

Take Care!

 

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Idea of the Week
The Power of Simplicity in Marketing
KNOW YOUR ENEMY

Marketing Team

You have an upcoming marketing or sales campaign and want promotional materials that have the right combination of imaging, color, design, and narrative to make the biggest impact on your customers. How can you design the right balance for your materials to make that impact?

Balancing Perfection and Excellence

The 19th-century American essayist, Henry David Thoreau, had great advice for us living with the overload of the information age: "Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand..."

On the other hand, we can temper Thoreau's advice with a caveat by Albert Einstein: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." So how do you strike a balance between perfection and excellence? What are the enemies of simplicity?

The Enemies of Simplicity

Marty Neumeier addresses the enemies of simplicity in his book The Brand Flip. The enemies of simplicity, according to the author, can sabotage your marketing in 7 ways:

7 Ways to Sabatoge Marketing

So, remember that in our enthusiasm to succeed, we can create clutter. Start simple and build that foundation. To paraphrase our friend Thoreau, your castles in the air are where they should be. "Now put the foundations under them."

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Google My Business
MANAGE YOUR BUSINESS PROFILE ON GOOGLE

Google My Business (GMB) is a great free resource for small businesses. Not only does it allow you to create a business profile on the world’s top search engine, but it can also increase your chances of appearing as a search result when a potential customer searches for a specific business, product, or service “near me.”

If you haven’t already, you will want to manage your business profile on Google by visiting: Google My Business

After creating your free GMB profile, remember it will only be as powerful as you allow it to be. Here are a few tips to optimize your account and get the best results:

  • Download the Google My Business app and use it like any other social media account. Having the app will make it easier to add pictures, post status updates, exchange direct messages with customers, and respond to reviews.

  • Add images and photos to make your listing more engaging, including a cover photo, your company logo, and multiple photos and videos that show potential customers what your business has to offer.

  • Add relevant keywords and search phrases to your business listing.

  • Sign up to get notified of new followers of your GMB page and send them welcome offers to encourage them to visit your location or website to take advantage of a special deal or discount.

  • Encourage and manage customer reviews. Enable prospects to learn more about your business from a customer perspective, and show customers you value their input and care about their experiences with your brand.

  • Use Google Posts to provide useful information, promote sales, engage with your customers, and create a call to action, such as Learn More, Call, or Buy Now.

  • Monitor your GMB listing insights, which include analytical data about how customers find your listings, where customers find you on Google, customer actions, direction requests, and more.

If you’re looking for creative ways to promote your business in print, our team would love to help! We can provide a variety of print samples, creative resources, and ideas for any project. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Folded Self-Mailers
STRETCH YOUR MARKETING DOLLARS AND REACH MORE PROSPECTS

If your business is looking for an inexpensive yet creative way to increase awareness and boost sales, folded self-mailers are a great choice. Not only is there no extra cost for an envelope, but they are easier to assemble (no need to match addressee on letter with envelope or reply card) and require less handling (no inserting costs). Stretch your marketing dollars and reach more prospects with a creative self-mailer!

Folded self-mailers can be used in an endless variety of ways, such as invitations, sales promotions, and new product announcements. They can include perforated tear-away coupons, business cards, directions, reply or RSVP cards, and more.

Here are a few important details to consider when creating your folded self-mailer:

  • Size: Minimum size is 3.5”x5” folded. Maximum size is 6” x 10.5” folded.

  • Weight: The maximum weight is 3 oz. regardless of the number of folds or paper weight.

  • Folds: Final fold must be on the bottom.

  • Seals: The folding configuration of your mailer will determine the location and quantity of seals required. If required, you must use a minimum of two seals, and the seal size is based on mailer weight.

If you’re considering a folded self-mailer for your next campaign, we’d be happy to provide creative ideas, as well as our expertise in postal regulations and rates. Stop by or give us a call today!

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Mass Delete Social Posts
MASS DELETE POSTS

While you can easily delete posts individually on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, you’ll need an app or a browser extension to mass delete posts. Here are a few helpful tools to consider:

TWITTER
TweetDelete is a free app that can help you mass delete Tweets. Simply go to the TweetDelete website and sign in to your Twitter account. Once you’re signed in, click Delete Tweets. You can delete all tweets, tweets from a certain period of time, or use a text search tool to filter the posts you’d like removed.

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Social Book Post Manager is a free Chrome plugin that can help you mass delete Facebook posts, as well as hide multiple posts from other users. Once you add the plugin to your browser, open your Facebook profile, and go to Activity Log. Open the Social Book Post Manager extension and narrow down your search of posts you’d like to delete. Check Prescan on Page to enable preview, and then delete the chosen posts.

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Cleaner For Instagram is a popular app for iOS and Android to mass delete Instagram posts, whitelist users, unfollow or block them, as well as remove likes from posts. Open the app on your smartphone, log into your Instagram account, and agree to the terms and conditions. Choose Media from the menu at the bottom of the app, select the posts you’d like to remove, tap on the lightning sign in the bottom right corner, and click delete.

Remember that once you delete your social posts, they can’t be recovered. If you’d rather be safe than sorry, be sure to download your data before deleting.

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