Burlington Hits Vegas!!

This week our Marketing Director Jessica Byerly went to the Big City of Las Vegas to be a speaker at PODi App Forum 2013. She was asked to speak on the topic of Social Media, Building Fan Engagement and Growth.

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We would love to talk to your business about Social Media. It changes everyday and you really need someone dedicated to doing it right! We are here to help, either to manage programs for you or to train your staff how to manage!

Call today we would love to help!

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Tim Farrell Joins PIP in Burlington

Tim Farrell Joins PIP in Burlington

 

Thirty years of direct mail experience to help customers reach marketing goals

 

Burlington, NC, January 16, 2013 – Jimmy and Judy Brumley, owners of PIP Printing and Marketing Services in Burlington, are pleased to announce that Tim Farrell has joined their team as a Business Printing Consultant. Tim has been working in direct mail advertising since 1983. He was the owner of direct mail house The Mailing Factor in Burlington, and has extensive experience with high volume, consistently managing the mailing of over three million pieces a year.  Tim specializes in creating detailed data lists for his clients, and will use this expertise to help PIP customers achieve maximum results from their direct mail campaigns.

“We are happy to have Tim on board to help our customers meet their business growth objectives,” Said Jimmy Brumley “His knowledge and experience will directly benefit our customers as he works with them to provide printing and marketing solutions.”

About PIP Printing and Marketing Services Burlington, N.C.

PIP in Burlington, owned by Jimmy and Judy Brumley, has been an award winning industry leader offering marketing and business communication solutions since 1983. In 2012, PIP in Burlington made history within the PIP franchise network by becoming the only PIP ever to receive a second Franchisee of the Year award. The center is consistently one of the top 10 franchises in annual sales, and has also fostered excellence in salesmanship, as evidenced by key team member Lee Whitaker taking home the 2011 Salesperson of the Year award. With over 37,000 square feet of sales, production and fulfillment space, PIP Printing and Marketing Services in Burlington is the largest franchise facility in the PIP network. The Brumleys contribute their time and resources to many charitable groups, including the YMCA youth programs, DARE and Loaves & Fishes Christian Food Ministry.     

Contact: PIP, 825 South Main Street, Burlington, NC, 27215. Phone: (336) 222-0717. Email: Jessica@pipburlington.com. Web: http://www.pipburlington.com

Marketing in the rain

This week has been a raining one here in central North Carolina, with snow and rain in the forecast today. Yesterday while driving down Church Street there was the Statue of Liberty walking the street, waving her flag, holding a umbrella. She was with a local quick tax service office and was promoting tax filing.

This is marketing – a form of marketing that catches the eye. You often see people standing at intersections, dancing, dancing with their sign, grabbing the attention of drivers waiting for green lights.

You have to admit that you look, you saw, you read the sign. You may have not gone in, made a purchase, or called. You were aware that the business was there and that they had a deal.

If you do not tell the public what you have to offer, do you expect them to come in?

Ferrari and Van = FREE SHIRT!

Ferrari’s and Van’s Oh My! Yes PIP Printing and Marketing Services of Burlington has entered the world of Vehicle Wraps and Graphics! We are so excited to bring this opportunity to our clients! To give you the chance to see the level and detail of our work, we are going to be giving away a free T-Shirt!

All you have to do is to see where the New Ferrari is parked at the PIP Office. Come into the store – during regular business hours – tell your customer service Representative where it is parked. If you are correct – then we will present you with this lovely T-Shirt!

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Same thing goes with our New Van – Spot the Van on the road around the Burlington Area. Come to the PIP Store, located at 825 South Main Street, Burlington, NC, tell your customer service rep where you have seen it…and you too will win a FREE T-Shirt!

 

 

Did You Know… The Importance of Your Company Logo?

Taken from UrbanPicture.net’s article:

6 Rules To Reach Effective Logo Design

Author: Linards Lacis, UrbanPicture.net – Logo designer, Web designer,Graphic artist

There are many great logos out there, some are even wonderful looking at the first glance, but only few can proudly represent all of the main and important principles of great logo design. Why only few? It’s hard to tell, but the first answer that comes to my mind – lack of knowledge when designing a logo and it’s not just about the small or startup businesses, there are many bad or not so good examples even with large and worldwide known companies too (but I’ll leave that for my next post).

Your logo is your company’s suit or outfit that you wear when first meeting your client. Let’s put it like this – what would be your client’s first impression if you came to meet him/her in a cheap looking t-shirt with large, inappropriate picture on it, dirty shoes and old trousers? Maybe you’re genius in any other way and you will not lose this client, but wouldn’t you earn a stronger trust + much faster if you came to him/her in a good looking suite, clean, white shirt and elegant tie? I bet you would, because these are the first signs that you might be reliable, confident and with responsible attitude.

SIMPLE
The best logo will always be the simplest one! Without any unnecessary details or colors. That’s the golden rule of a great logo design, because if it’s simple it also means it will be recognizable, memorable and most likely versatile. However, simple doesn’t mean basic or generic. Let’s take the “amazon.com” logo for an instance – it’s simple and also carries the message (the logo has an arrow pointing from “a” to “z”. This signifies that they sell everything from “a” to “z”. Plus the arrow also forms a smile, meaning the shopping at amazon.com can be fun). No need to say anything more! Your logo is not a painting of a scene from a bible or a long essay where you can describe each of your thoughts and write down everything you love about your business. Simplicity is the purest form of genius, as Albert Einstein once remarked.
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MEMORABLE
An effective logo design must be memorable. You have maximum time of 2 seconds for your potential client that he/she will spare to look at your logo and those 2 seconds will be wasted if the logo is not simple enough to stay in mind. Imagine that you’re driving in a car or fast-walking through the city (with no time to stop by) and you notice the exact product or service that you were looking for years. Can you spot the logo and read the typography from a distance? And is it simple enough so you won’t have a trouble remembering it once you’re trying to find it next time or when searching on the Internet later back home? Memorable logo also means that your brand will take a place in people’s memory much faster than the one that can be barely remembered.
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VERSITLE
The logo must work in one color! Of course the one color version most probably will differ a bit from the one that’s meant for a web or print, but it still has to be as recognizable and effective with NO changes of structure, lines, silhouette or composition, so that there’s just the color taken off and nothing else. Either way you’ll have not one, but tons of logo versions, each for the specific needs or you’ll just have to get rid of your logo and use a simple text of your company’s name. So it’s smart and vital to have a one color working logo already at the startup of your business, even if it’s just a small website at the beginning, so you won’t have any limitations on its usage and your plans later.
Few examples, where one color can be the only available option:

embroidery on your company’s t-shirts or any other clothing (few color version also works)
engraving on a metal plate at your office doors, promotional products, leather covers for notebooks, pens, document cases, etc.
fast print situations – when emailing or faxing someone, your text or document most probably will be printed just in black. Even if it’s a quality b&w, your logo can become impossible to understand after a few copies, so it’s much better to use a one color logo version when faxing or mailing any regular documents.
environmental laws – there are so many places around the world (almost in every city) that does not allow you to use your logo in a color version. Imagine any historical street with old buildings and beautiful architecture – how would it look like if there were no such rules? I guess something like the center of Hong Kong 🙂 I have nothing against this city, but it’s not appropriate for all the cities and places, so you must be prepared for with it.
other situations – I’m 100% sure there are lots of other examples, where the one color logo version can be the only one, but nothing so specific, worth to mention doesn’t come to my mind at the moment, so feel free to add your examples in the comment section below! 

If the logo has gradients, shadows or any other effects, it should also be able to work not just in one color but in few – two, three, maybe four, it depends on the actual color tone count of it, but a good logo shouldn’t have more than 3 colors, with some exceptions (that it’s still simple and memorable).

Also one more important thing – the logo must work in any size and place, so it can be readable and understandable both in large and small sizes, so older people wouldn’t need to look for their glasses and the logo keeps its form and silhouette when resized. So this is the point where to say – always choose function over innovation.

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TIMELESS
The most famous example of timeless logo (above). Did you know that the Coca Cola logo design from 1940 is no different from the one that we see today? While Pepsi has completely changed its design for at least 10 times. Imagine the unnecessary money and energy spent on these redesigns + all the time that was needed to get back the product in its previous position and recognition.
Who saved the money, time and energy that could have been used in any other way if the logo was made timeless? By the way the newest Pepsi logo redesign costed $1 million.
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APPROPRIATE
The logo must represent your company’s purpose, values and products or services in some way, not even directly. With that said it doesn’t mean it must be a basketball ball for a sports company or a roosted chicken for a fast-food restaurant. Let’s take the “Nike” logo for an example – the logo represents the wing of the Greek Winged Goddess of Victory called Nike. She is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. The stylized wing represents all of these three values. Plus it’s also a checkmark – the sign of a positive mark and good results.urbanpicture-net-blog1-10
UNIQUE
This is not an obligation, but if we are talking about an EFFECTIVE logo, it also must be unique in some way. Of course there are many large and worldwide known companies, that can’t be proud of some originality in their logo, unique details, hidden messages, etc., but a large company doesn’t always mean it’s something worth to learn from. Unique means your logo will be original and powerful enough to proudly rise amongst others and your competitors. Unique doesn’t always mean hidden messages, negative spaces, interesting details or secret anagrams (which is all great and remarkable) – your logo can become unique even if you just tilt it up by 45° degrees and leave it as your standart horizontal logo version. If your logo carries something special, there’s more chance of getting noticed instead of getting mixed together in a large and similar mass of brands.
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CONCLUSION: A good logo design most often is the one that can be repeated from a mind with a pen on the corner of a notebook by anyone. Why? Because if someone can do that, it means this logo is SIMPLE, MEMORABLE and it works in ONE COLOR (that means this logo can be used with no limitations on a variety of media, embroideries, engravings etc.). Plus if someone ever had this idea to redraw a company’s logo on his own notebook, well… it’s probably an effective one 🙂 But as mentioned above – it also must be TIMELESS, APPROPRIATE and very recommended – UNIQUE in some way. Thank you for reading and sorry for my English – hope you got the point!
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