During my more than 30 years in the print industry, I have seen direct mail as a media form constantly evolve and change. You must adapt and grow with the advances in technology, or be left out in the cold (and I am not just saying that as a resident of Minnesota.) As a board member of the Association for Print Technology (APTech), and VP of Operations at IWCO Direct, I feel it is important to share information on the new technology, latest trends, and events in the print industry with our valued clients.
Companies invest tremendous resources into developing the colors that represent their brand. With brand identity such an important matter, it’s no surprise they demand color accuracy and consistency across all their materials. However, this can create quite a challenge when various pieces are produced on different equipment, which are all calibrated differently, not to mention […]
Marketers’ needs are evolving. Our clients tell us they require even more focus on data and analytics to drive enhanced personalization and relevance in their messaging; they’re looking for automated tools to streamline the management of marketing content and creative across channels; and their most pressing need is to accelerate speed-to-market. Utilizing the latest in […]
My posts for SpeakingDIRECT often highlight new technologies IWCO Direct is exploring or capabilities we are adding, but innovation and efficiency aren’t just driven by the equipment we employ. Processes and workflow can be just as important in ensuring IWCO Direct maintains its leadership role.
We talk a lot about the benefits of digital printing and how you can maximize your creative direct mail design through its benefits. What we haven’t touched on is a specific concern when designing for digital printing: how to stop yourself from overusing or maxing out on the features that make digital printing great.
Previously, we discussed what marketers should know about color quality process controls. Today we’ll tackle what to ask when evaluating your providers’ process controls.
As color experts, we can say that evaluating your print production provider’s color quality process control doesn’t have to use magic or be scary. Knowing the right questions to ask will get you far. There are a couple of concepts that are critical …
The first-ever PRINTING United promised to be “bigger,” “better,” and “bolder” than any print industry conference before it—and we think it definitely delivered. Here’s what Color Technical Support Manager Steve Malec thought of the inaugural event […]
This fall, those of us who value paper-based communications have more than one different industry show to choose from. Today, let's look at PRINT 19, APTech's last annual event under the PRINT name, and what it revealed about the state and future of print communications [...]
In 2015, Canon Solutions America created thINK, an independent forum for users of its production inkjet technology. IWCO Direct has been involved with thINK from the beginning, sending attendees to the conference as participants, panelists, and presenters. It’s been a great way to network with peers and check our “experience barometer” while sharing our ideas and solutions.