A New Year, A New You
The dawn of a new year always serves as a time of great personal reflection for me. Every January 1st, I close the office and take a personal day to ensure all of the aspects in my life are in alignment—and the image I am projecting is truly representative of who I am. I want people to know they can trust I am who I say I am—and understand what they see is what they get. This ensures expectations are fulfilled in both personal and professional relationships—and it frees up so much energy!
I believe it is crucial that print companies and print buyers always know what to expect of each other. When looking for a new supplier, print buyers need to be provided with as much information as possible on what a prospective company has to offer. But what defines a company’s image in the print industry? When shopping for a new printer, what tools can they use to provide us with a clear understanding of who they are and what quality of work they will provide?
This week, Print Buyers Online set out to answer that question. In Quick Poll Survey, we asked major print buyers: “How important is a printer’s collateral material in identifying them as a prospective buyer?” After 68 votes had been cast and the results were tallied, we soon learned an overwhelming 61% stated that yes, it is important! A breakdown of the answers are below:
35% — Very important
26% — Important
31% — Somewhat important
7% — Not important at all
Valerie Cox, a designer at American Student Assistance shared her thoughts: “A print company’s collateral material is their portfolio. I look at their collateral as a potential reflection of the quality of work they would produce for me as a client. I look at whether they conceived, designed, printed and mailed projects themselves or did they use outside sources? I will make assumptions about potential print vendors based on everything they present that represents their company—from their most awe-inspiring piece, right down to the quality of their e-mail communications.”