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Creative Signs invests in Digi-Foil system to explore new markets

Creative Signs invests in Digi-Foil system to explore new markets

London-based Creative Signs has invested in a new Mimaki UJF-3042HG desktop printer with i-Sub Digital's exclusive Digi-Foil foiling system, after checking out the new kit on the market at Sign and Digital UK 2014.Daryl Barrett, proprietor of Creative Signs, visited...

Sign & Digital UK Roland printer winner is Display Wizard

Sign & Digital UK Roland printer winner is Display Wizard

One of the advantages of pre-registering for the excellent Sign & Digital UK show this year was a chance to win a brand new Roland wide format printer, so you can imagine the look on the face of winner Diarmuid...

i-Sub picks up Redhead at Sign & Digital UK

i-Sub picks up Redhead at Sign & Digital UK

i-Sub Digital has appointed Sharon Redhead to the role of new business development manager following a chance meeting with the company at Sign & Digital UK.With 15 years industry experience, and a background in both wide-format hardware and consumables, in...

Sign & Digital UK investment for a Sticky Summa

Sign & Digital UK investment for a Sticky Summa

Warwickshire-based Sticky Media Signs and Graphics made a key investment in its in-house finishing capability at Sign and Digital UK, with the purchase of a Summa F1612 flatbed cutter from City and West End Solutions (CWE).Sticky Media pride themselves on...

Roland used Sign & Digital demos to provide useful prints for charities

Roland used Sign & Digital demos to provide useful prints for charities

Roland DG (UK) used Sign & Digital UK this year by committing a number of its machines on the stand to producing banners for two UK charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities and Children’s Hospice South West throughout the three days...

Hardware

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UK’s first RolandVersaExpress RF-640 supplied by printMAX

UK’s first RolandVersaExpress RF-640 supplied by printMAX

Yorkshire based Matt Vinyl Graphics specialises in the wrapping of commercial vehicles and general signage. With over 25,000 vehicles under its belt during its 35 year history, the company says...

Get on board with Perfect Colours for the SureColor Roadshow

Get on board with Perfect Colours for the SureColor Roadshow

Get on board with specialist wide format distributor Perfect Colours who is hitting the road with a SureColor Roadshow in conjunction with Epson. Registrants can win an iPad Mini simply...

Latest low cost printer from Roland packs a mighty punch

Latest low cost printer from Roland packs a mighty punch

If you’re in the market for a versatile wide format printer that prints unattended at speeds up to 48.5 square metres per hour on a wide range of media with...

Discover Roland at Newtech

Discover Roland at Newtech

Roland DG (UK) says it is making it easier for busy printers, sign-makers and studios to discover the business benefits of its print and cut technology by participating in a...

P…p…p…pick-up-a-printer

P…p…p…pick-up-a-printer

Why would anyone buy a printer in winter when they could simply wait until summer and snap up a ‘scorchio’ deal on a new bit of kit? You never see...

Wideformat

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Learn more about LED UV ‘cold’ lamp technology

Learn more about LED UV ‘cold’ lamp technology

The wonderful thing about the printing industry is you are never too old to learn a new trick, and as the pace of technology gains ever increasing momentum, knowledge and information become equally as important in order to compete. For...

Hollywood Monster supports the UEC BMX European League

Hollywood Monster supports the UEC BMX European League

Europe’s top BMX riders got the full Hollywood treatment when they came to Birmingham for one of the key competitions in the rapidly growing sport.Digital print and display company Hollywood Monster were proud supporters of the UEC BMX European League...

Kasabian’s ‘Glasto’ drum skin produced by Falkirk-based Brooklyn Graphics

Kasabian’s ‘Glasto’ drum skin produced by Falkirk-based Brooklyn Graphics

It’s not every day that a modest family-run business gets the call from a globally renowned rock band, but that’s exactly what happened to Falkirk-based Brooklyn Graphics when it was asked to print a bass drum skin for indie-rockers Kasabian,...

Get £5k worth of free extras with a Mimaki summer saver printer package deal

Get £5k worth of free extras with a Mimaki summer saver printer package deal

The summer sales are now firmly in full swing with Mimaki’s UK & Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services announcing some impressive package deals on its versatile and hugely popular JV33 wide format printer and selected CJV30 printer/cutters, which can benefit purchasers...

Stewart Signs with EFI for UK’s first cool cured Vutek GS3250LXr Pro

Stewart Signs with EFI for UK’s first cool cured Vutek GS3250LXr Pro

Hampshire-based road and rail livery graphics specialist and general sign-maker Stewart Signs is the first company in the UK to invest in an EFI Vutek 3.2m GS3250LXr Pro dedicated roll-to-roll wide-format six-colour printer that incorporates "cool curing" and greyscale technology.The...

Textile Printing

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Perfect Colours moves further into dye sub market with Epson textile printers

Perfect Colours moves further into dye sub market with Epson textile printers

Perfect Colours, a company more commonly associated with HP printers, has extended its relationship with Epson by including the SureColor F series of textile printers, which it will supply to its UK customer base of wide-format professionals.With a foundation similar...

Heimtextil India and digital print conference a resounding success

Heimtextil India and digital print conference a resounding success

The world’s most renowned home furnishing and textile trade fair, Heimtextil, made its debut in India recently with a successful three day run at at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi with several companies closing a record number of deals on the...

Monster flag boosts Lionel Messi’s World Cup campaign

Monster flag boosts Lionel Messi’s World Cup campaign

It’s World Cup fever in Brazil right now as Argentina meet The Netherlands (that’s Holland to those of us old enough to remember) in the semi-final of the World Cup today. The tournament has been joy to behold and if,...

Onyx launches software add-on for large format digital textile production

Onyx launches software add-on for large format digital textile production

Onyx Graphics has launched ONYX Textile Edition software specifically for the large format textile printing marketplace as an application-specific edition for its ONYX RIPCenter, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX ProductionHouse packages and as a module for ONYX Thrive software.ONYX Textile Edition...

Textile printing cover up suits Irish family run print firm

Textile printing cover up suits Irish family run print firm

Cover Up, one of Ireland’s biggest print houses, has invested in a new MTEX 5032 direct-to-textile printer in order to expand its offering for the exhibition and display sectors.The company started out in the 1970s as a cover manufacturer, and...

Materials

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Antalis goes Olin with new swatch book

Antalis goes Olin with new swatch book

Paper merchant Antalis has produced a new swatch book for its entire range of Olin premium offset and digital papers.The Olin range of high quality uncoated papers is available in three surface finishes; Regular, Smooth and Rough as well as...

Soyang storms forward with Intercoat

Soyang storms forward with Intercoat

Soyang Europe is to distribute the Intercoat range of high quality self-adhesive vinyl materials suitable for use on latex, solvent and UV printers in a variety of finishes.“We’re working with a really strong company,” explains Soyang Europe’s managing director Mark...

Colourgen brings back Kodak

Colourgen brings back Kodak

Kodak and Brand Management Group (BMG) have jointly developed a range of photo papers, canvases and backlit media for solvent, latex and UV-curable print applications which are available from Colourgen or authorised Colourgen Channel Partners.Kodak Canvas Satin (18mil) and Matte...

Environmentally friendly alternative for vehicle wrapping

Environmentally friendly alternative for vehicle wrapping

A new car wrapping film from ORAFOL – ORAJET 3981RA Premium Eco Digital Print – is, according to the manufacturer, the environmentally friendly alternative when it comes to car wrapping.Being 100% free from PVC as well as plasticisers, the company...

Avery Dennison boosts its Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio

Avery Dennison boosts its Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio

Avery Dennison has been busy boosting its Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio with a raft of new colours and different finishes bringing the total number of items up to 82.Some four new ‘Conform Chrome’ materials (Chrome Silver, Chrome Black, Chrome Gold...

Wrapping World

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Inside Out at the Paris Panthéon

Inside Out at the Paris Panthéon

Earlier this year, French artist JR called for the creation of a global participatory art project – Inside Out - with the potential to change the world. Inspired by JR’s large format street "pastings", Inside Out gives everyone the opportunity...

Cipher Graphics Fuchs vehicle wrap job for UK leg of Tour de France

Cipher Graphics Fuchs vehicle wrap job for UK leg of Tour de France

Fuchs Lubricants’ new van, featuring Silkolene cycling branding, was seen by an audience of some 2.5million people when the vehicle took part in the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France. The vehicle wrap, fitted by Cipher Graphics of Stoke,...

‘Wrap and Win with NASCAR’ winner is Joyce Design

‘Wrap and Win with NASCAR’ winner is Joyce Design

Kate and Russell Joyce, partners in Chelmsford, Essex-based Joyce Design were this year’s lucky winners of the 3M Commercial Graphics ‘Wrap and Win with NASCAR’ promotion. The main prize, in what has now become a major feature of the UK...

Kiss Lajos is FESPA World Wrap Master 2014

Kiss Lajos is FESPA World Wrap Master 2014

After a four-day wrapping Battle Royale, Kiss Lajos from Hungary triumphed to claim the title of World Wrap Master at FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich. The first of the losers was Colin Sciberras from Malta, and Robert Davidson of Ireland...

Bibbidi bobbidi

Bibbidi bobbidi

Dalesflex, based in Hawes, North Yorkshire, has been supplying vehicle graphics to Bibby’s of Ingleton for more than six years and had recommended a modernisation of image to Bibby’s.Previously coach graphics had been produced from cut vinyl but the new...

Finishing World

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Money on the menu

Money on the menu

It is one thing to win the business to print the displays, but it’s an altogether more lucrative thing to sell the display units along with the prints, but this is what Hands Design Graphics has achieved with its many retail food customers using William Smith’s Luminedge edge-lit sign boxes...

Five easy pieces

Five easy pieces

This cool little HP tips and tricks video is worth a look as it shows you how to create five quick and easy large-format poster and photo applications using an HP Designjet printer. Learn how to print and finish:Simple poster hangersPresentation boardsPhoto framesPhoto standsPhoto wrap frame kitsProducing these products in-house...

Allprint Display set to offer packaging services following Zünd G3 investment

Allprint Display set to offer packaging services following Zünd G3 investment

Northamptonshire-based Allprint Display says it plans to target the packaging industry following its investment in a new Zünd G3 L2500 cutting table from i-Sub Digital.The company will offer packaging services to its existing customers, which include long-run packaging printers looking for short-run digital work and retail POS customers.Allprint Display’s new...

Bubble-Free Applicator gets a double thumbs up following Sign & Digital 2014

Bubble-Free Applicator gets a double thumbs up following Sign & Digital 2014

Print Factor and White Space Creative, who both invested in a Bubble-Free Applicator while visiting the Josero stand at Sign & Digital UK last month, report they are delighted with their respective purchases.The Bubble-Free Applicator allows a single operator to quickly and easily mount and laminate a wide range of...

Esko introduce entry level Kongsberg digital cutting tables

Esko introduce entry level Kongsberg digital cutting tables

Esko has extended its portfolio of Kongsberg digital finishing tables with the introduction of the entry level Kongsberg V series. The company says new cutting tables provide customers with a high-end digital finishing solution at an attractive entry-level price.“The Kongsberg V series joins the well-known Esko Kongsberg X series and...

Business

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Roland DG Corporation shuffles the board as global sales increase by 34.8%

Roland DG Corporation shuffles the board as global sales increase by 34.8%

Roland DG Corporation has announced several changes and additions to its board of directors. The moves were announced at the company’s recent annual shareholders’ meeting following a successful year in which sales of the company’s wide-format inkjet printers, vinyl cutters,...

British property boom boosts monster output

British property boom boosts monster output

As the property sector booms across Britain, signs and graphics specialist Hollywood Monster is growing with it. According to Hollywood Monster’s managing director Tim Andrews, property related business once accounted for around 20% of the company’s workload, but in recent...

EFI has something to smile about

EFI has something to smile about

EFI is continuing its aggressive expansion through acquisition with cross media marketing automation company DirectSmile GmbH joining the long list of technology companies to have been acquired in recent years.While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, DirectSmile employees,...

GPMA survey highlights industry optimism

GPMA survey highlights industry optimism

The Graphics and Print Media Alliance (GPMA) has published the findings of its first survey carried out across the printing industry’s supply chain which reported a resounding 65% of respondents saying 2014 would bring better results than 2013. A further...

Irish supplier seeks new UK talent to make it easy for sign and display producers

Irish supplier seeks new UK talent to make it easy for sign and display producers

The common thread among sign makers is tools. There seems to be no end of tools and other ‘bits and bobs’ that can make a sign maker’s job either easier or smoother.In many respects sign making is a lot like...

Technology

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Onyx release 11.1 software

Onyx release 11.1 software

Onyx Graphics has released ONYX 11.1 software. This new release adds six new features to the 21 enhancements of ONYX 11.0 software to further streamline wide format workflow for professional print service providers.The company says it designed ONYX 11.1 software...

Clarity adds ‘best fit’ nested layouts to quoting process

Clarity adds ‘best fit’ nested layouts to quoting process

MIS and CRM software provider Clarity Software has brought a new edge to the market by integrating ‘best fit’ nested layouts directly into the quoting process.By combining tailored estimating and optimised nesting into one joined up procedure, PSPs can now...

New Xaar 501 printhead built for productivity

New Xaar 501 printhead built for productivity

Xaar has announced the launch of its 501 GS8 high-performance graphics printhead designed to deliver exceptional print quality, industrial-level reliability and high production up-time. The new printhead incorporates PrecisionPlus, a brand new architecture from Xaar designed to enable indoor and...

SAi software certified for HP’s latest Designjet printers

SAi software certified for HP’s latest Designjet printers

Nestled among the launch of HP’s 300 series latex printing solutions was a right couple of bang-tidy little Designjet printers, the HP Designjet Z6600 and Z6800 that I rather fancied the look of. What I loved more than anything was...

SAi celebrates 25 years and 1m software sales

SAi celebrates 25 years and 1m software sales

SAi is celebrating a double-milestone having just achieved the landmark of one million software solutions sold as it marks its 25th anniversary year in business.The sale of SAi’s millionth software package is from the company’s Flexi family of professional sign...

Outdoor Display

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Commonwealth Games stars feature in new JCDecaux OOH campaign

Commonwealth Games stars feature in new JCDecaux OOH campaign

Up-and-coming sports stars are set to be the face of a new Out-of-Home advertising campaign for SSE, the Official Energy Partner of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.With the strapline: “proud to support our athletes of today”, SSE’s nationwide campaign reaches audiences...

Meet The Red Arrows today in person at London’s Victoria Station

Meet The Red Arrows today in person at London’s Victoria Station

If you are passing through London’s Victoria Station today (17th June), BAE Systems is inviting commuters to celebrate with the Red Arrows on their 50th anniversary with an experiential and digital out-of-Home campaign with JCDecauxLive.Commuters will be treated with the...

JCDecaux secures premium London based 6 sheet poster sites

 JCDecaux secures premium London based 6 sheet poster sites

JCDecaux is to strengthen its London portfolio with 18 6-sheet locations in Kensington & Chelsea, reaching audiences at some of the most sought-after addresses in the Royal Borough from early May.These prime new locations will include: Sloane Square, Kensington High...

Fruity talk

Fruity talk

PepsiCo recently transformed 30 London StreetTalk kiosks into giant Lipton Peach Ice Tea bottles, targeting young people in close proximity to convenience stores with a special build campaign with JCDecaux Innovate to bring about a ‘refreshing summer twist’ to the...

Get into digital signage with Roland DGA

Get into digital signage with Roland DGA

Roland DGA is unveiling Roland’s move into the digital signage market at the upcoming ISA International Sign Expo, April 24-26, 2014 in Orlando, Fla with the launch of the Roldand DisplayStudio Digital Sign System, designed especially for sign shops that...

Labels & Packaging

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Perfect packaging partnership packs proofing punch for printers

Perfect packaging partnership packs proofing punch for printers

ORIS Packaging Innovations, the UK partner for CGS Publishing Technologies' packaging products, has struck up a strategic deal with Esko to provide packaging printers access to Esko’s Colour Engine database of spot colour ink profiles directly from the ORIS Flex...

Sherwood invests in digital for prototype samples and low volume POS production

Sherwood invests in digital for prototype samples and low volume POS production

Packaging specialist The Sherwood Press Group has chosen an Acuity Advance Select HD4006 with roll-to-roll option and a Kongsberg XN digital cutting system, both supplied by Fujifilm, to increase its competitiveness and produce packaging samples in a more efficient way.The...

First Nordic region Highcon Euclid goes to Gaf

First Nordic region Highcon Euclid goes to Gaf

Family owned and operated carton manufacturer Gafs Kartong AB, of Värnamo, Sweden is the first Nordic region company to invest in a Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine for folding cartons.The Highcon Euclid, transforms cutting and creasing from an...

Altana Group buys a chunk of Landa Digital Printing for €100M

Altana Group buys a chunk of Landa Digital Printing for €100M

German specialty chemicals group Altana and Landa Corporation have concluded an equity financing agreement under which Altana will invest €100 million (US$135 million) for a minority stake in Landa Digital Printing.Both companies see the agreement not only as a financial...

Sun Automation launch digital colour printing onto corrugated packaging in a single pass

 Sun Automation launch digital colour printing onto corrugated packaging in a single pass

Full colour digital printing onto corrugated packaging looks set to be transformed thanks to pioneering CorrStream technology from the Sun Automation Group.The company launched its new range of high-speed digital, single pass, full colour corrugated printers at a special event...

Environment

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The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The European Environment Agency (EEA) says Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.'Resource-efficient green economy and EU...

Earthinks offer “the most natural inks on the market” for flexo and screen print

Earthinks offer “the most natural inks on the market” for flexo and screen print

Solar Inks, specialist supplier of inks for flexographic and screen printing, has launched Earthinks, a range of environmentally friendly water-based flexographic and screen printing inks that it considers to be the most natural solution on the market today. Earthinks offer...

Sustainable printers need ‘sustainably minded’ customers

Sustainable printers need ‘sustainably minded’ customers

We are often reminded that for printers to be able to come out of the recession in good shape they will have needed to have incorporated cut sheet and wide format digital printing into their workflow, but now the final...

Big on bamboo

Big on bamboo

According to Mark Thompson, sales director at Printdesign, a specialist company dealing in wide format digital printing and portable presentation solutions, the trade show industry is the second largest producer of waste on the planet, falling only behind the construction...

Olympic Stadium wrap firm Cooley Group adds ISO 140012004

Olympic Stadium wrap firm Cooley Group adds ISO 140012004

Cooley Group has successfully earned ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Standard certification from TUV SUD America, the most widely accepted international standard for environmental management systems. Cooley is now among an elite group of companies that hold dual ISO 9001:2008 and ISO...

Industrial Printing

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French printer produces personalised light industrial applications with Fujifilm

French printer produces personalised light industrial applications with Fujifilm

Following a year's beta testing of Fuijfilm's thermo forming UV-cured inkjet ink, Uvijet KV, French sign and display printer BMA can now produce personalised light industrial applications with its Fujifilm Acuity Advance Select UV flatbed printer.The thermoforming process sees a...

Stratasys 3D technology goes to the movies

Stratasys 3D technology goes to the movies

Stratasys 3D printing technology has played a leading role in the production of the iconic RoboCop suit created by Legacy Effects for the main character in this year’s blockbuster movie. Tasked with realising the 3D designs from the Robocop production...

Whale cuts lead time by 97% with Stratasys 3D printed injection molds

Whale cuts lead time by 97% with Stratasys 3D printed injection molds

Tracing its Irish origins back to 1810, Whale, a UK manufacturer of water and heating systems for mobile applications, knows a thing or two about technological innovation. The Belfast-based company originally adopted Stratasys 3D printing to accelerate its time to...

Industrial printing for wall décor applications

Industrial printing for wall décor applications

Numericoat from Visio-Technic is a pretty cool way to add a more permanent, individual flavor to building materials and exterior wall panels using UV digital printing.“Starting with a standard plain substrate – metal, glass, or composite”, explains Visio-Technic’s Commercial and...

Industrial printing trade show InPrint 2014 hailed a success

Industrial printing trade show InPrint 2014 hailed a success

Signalling the establishment of a new industrial print marketplace with a unique profile of high quality visitors that exceeded exhibitor expectations, InPrint 2014 took place in Hannover last month and was hailed a huge success.According to show co-director Frazer Chesterman,...

Printing World

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Acculith sees digital and wide format represent 40% of turnover in just two years

Acculith sees digital and wide format represent 40% of turnover in just two years

North London based Acculith Repro has invested in a new Ricoh Pro C901 digital press with the intention of providing a wider range of services, improving output quality and delivering faster turnaround times in line with customer demand.Some years ago...

Technique arrives late for the digital party but leaves with Konica Minolta

Technique arrives late for the digital party but leaves with Konica Minolta

Litho print company Technique Print Group, Banbury, Oxfordshire, has moved into digital print production with the addition of a new Konica Minolta C6000 digital printing solution supplied by Apex Digital Graphics.Technique Print is unusual in that has held off taking...

Ricoh triple for Scots printer

Ricoh triple for Scots printer

Digital print specialist, DTP, has recently invested in a new Ricoh Pro C5100S, taking the number of Ricoh print production presses in the company’s Edinburgh digital print production house to three.Owner and managing director, Alun Joseph cited the new machine’s...

New colour production cut sheet press from Canon

New colour production cut sheet press from Canon

Canon has launched a new colour production cut sheet press, the imagePRESS C800 Series which the company says offers PSPs the versatility to create extensive and innovative applications across a wide range of media, including heavyweight coated stocks and envelopes,...

Convergence in print

Convergence in print

Newcastle based PSP Photoline has invested in a Ricoh Pro C901S small format press to compliment its existing range of high speed digital equipment.Established in 1977, Photoline provides customers with a mix of design, print and display printing offering printed...

GOM2012Conversations with customers and suppliers in the last quarter of 2011 lead me to believe that 2012 could be a year of seismic change in the Industry. The last time this happened was when the internet changed the knowledge model from manufacture and distribution to distribute and then produce locally.

Before the internet, knowledge was manufactured in bulk and then distributed to consumers. The internet reversed the process, distributing information to millions of consumers who then each printed out what they wanted. There is no doubt that this increased the volume of print, but it was at the expense of traditional printers. Many products of traditional printing methods are disappearing or have already gone. Airline tickets and boarding cards, headed notepaper and business stationary, even dare I say books are disappearing as mass produced items.

The advent of digital printing has meant that high quality, personalised and very targeted print is now being produced and then distributed to consumers, but increasingly this targeted approach is involving other communications media. Suddenly the people who in my opinion are innovating and leading the changes in the industry are no longer regarding themselves or even calling themselves printers. They are communications specialists and are starting to use other mediums to communicate for their clients.

The common factor when talking to anyone leading this change is data. Every single one of them spoke about it as being the key to being able to change their business. The data they are talking about is that held by their own customers that relates to people who transact with them. This is information about existing customers and prospective customers. The obvious data is their name, address, purchase history and customer contacts, but increasingly they are helping their customers gather other data from sources such as social media which helps build a bigger and much more personalised picture of their customers activity.

I will give you some examples. One of the fastest growing areas of business for Xerox Global Services is its Communications and Marketing Services Division. They are dealing with some very big corporate clients and running their whole marketing campaigns for them. The data that they gather enables them to create multiple touch points for the corporate client with their customers, finding the best way to communicate their marketing message. Sometimes that will involve print, but increasingly Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google are amongst the ways they communicate.

I was talking to a customer recently who had installed a large digital press. I was impressed with the work they were producing, but he was more excited about the fact that he had designed a customer’s web site for them and created some avatars for them to use on Twitter. There was more profit coming from those services than from the digital print they had produced for the customer. Another large client had come to them for a quote for a large number of brochures. The conversation had turned to what the customer wanted to achieve as a result. Once this was understood, the quote for the brochure was abandoned and an event created for the client, involving a casino evening with a large print order for personalised invitations, pull-ups and poker chips as well as a Twitter and Facebook campaign around the event. The client’s data has been acquired for the event, but will now be the basis for more cross media marketing campaigns. The profit margin for my customer will be four to five times that which would have been there if he had won the original job and printed it on his Heidelberg.

Another digital customer has persuaded his local college to Tupe across the members of its marketing department, together with their marketing budget and marketing database. He has guaranteed savings as well as transforming the way they communicate with their prospective customer’s – students. This young client base respond much more readily to social media messaging than traditional prospectuses, so my customer is using the database to interact with them on behalf of the college and creating a much more personal and responsive campaign and reducing the amount spent on print.

Each of these examples shows how print volumes are being further eroded as other methods of communication expand. If you look around now the signs are there. Man Roland didn’t go into administration because they made bad presses. It was because the market for presses had fallen dramatically in the last few years, as print volumes fell. The market for mobile phones, tablets and e-readers is growing at a phenomenal rate and the smart people in the industry are turning their attention to taking control of their customer’s data and creating digital marketing messages.

So as the internet turned print turned from analogue to digital in the 90's, I believe that in 2012 it is now turning it from digital to electronic.

Gerry Mulvaney
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Caka heads up consumable sales at GPT

Caka heads up consumable sales at GPT

Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has promoted Gina Caka (above) to the role of consumables sales manager and has appointed two new salespeople to the team.The new consumables sales team will be include two new appointments, Stephen Tabor and Collete Eyles...

Super soaraway sales jobs galore at SuperWide

Super soaraway sales jobs galore at SuperWide

As a result of its successful showing at Sign & Digital 2014, SuperWide Digital is now looking for new team members and commercial arrangements, its management has announced. Two account manager positions are now on offer at the Lancashire-based trade-only...

Hybrid creates new operations manager role

Hybrid creates new operations manager role

Hybrid Services continues to develop its management team, recently appointing Colin Lewis to the newly created role of operations manager. Lewis brings over 40 years’ experience in the customer service and technical sectors to the company.Having worked alongside a number...

Crook goes to CMYUK

Crook goes to CMYUK

CMYUK has announced the appointment of Michael Crook as Commercial director, Consumables Division. In this new role he will concentrate on the company’s growing portfolio of materials across all sectors of digital production, promote customer relations and generate wider understanding...

Hybrid Services adds Cole to boost Mimaki UV range expansion

Hybrid Services adds Cole to boost Mimaki UV range expansion

Hybrid Services has announced a sales management restructure with the appointment of Stuart Cole to the newly created position of National sales manager – Industrial Products, with John de la Roche moving to become National sales manager – Sign and...

The Thompson Report

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Global training crisis in the printing industry

Global training crisis in the printing industry

The printing industry turns its back on training people because of costs they say they cannot afford, but they can invest in their people if they plan for their future with the right strategy?`A skills time bomb is what the...

50 Signs of an unhealthy organisation

50 Signs of an unhealthy organisation

These are the tell-tale signs that your organisation may be in need of a health check. Any organisation will have its own specific indicators of ill-health. Future organisational success, in my view, will depend as much on the efforts made...

Strategies for successful negotiation

Strategies for successful negotiation

When doing business we do not have a choice as to whether or not we negotiate. The only choice we have is how well we negotiate. We all go through some sort of negotiation each day. We promote products, services,...

Start thinking about the New Year now

Start thinking about the New Year now

With the New Year fast approaching let’s take a look at how you can easily set a series of personal goals that will help move you closer to attaining any goal that you can imagine for yourself.The starting point of...

Successful entrepreneurship comes with sweat equity

Successful entrepreneurship comes with sweat equity

Entrepreneurship is the art of finding profitable solutions to issues/problems. Every successful entrepreneur, every successful businessperson has been a person who has been able to identify an issue/problem and come up with a solution to it before somebody else did....

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Get big with Bigcommerce Next

Get big with Bigcommerce Next

For those looking to build an online trading platform, online build it yourself commerce platform Bigcommerce has launched Bigcommerce Next.The release adds over 20 new features to the current Bigcommerce platform, including single click apps - an app store integrated...

Canon adds entry level courses for PSPs looking to add cross-media services

Canon adds entry level courses for PSPs looking to add cross-media services

Canon has expanded its Essential Business Builder Program with the addition of a new, entry-level workshop for print service providers considering the adoption of cross-media services. This one day workshop assumes no prior marketing background or experience and is intended...

Up the LinkedIn-junction

Up the LinkedIn-junction

Oxley & Coward Solicitors LLP is advising businesses using social networking sites such as LinkedIn to forge business contacts, to take steps to secure their data against potential misuse. Few realise the implications for confidential data when employees move on,...

Social media Get in the game, or get left behind

Social media Get in the game, or get left behind

Mark Thompson is sales director at Printdesign, a specialist company dealing in wide format digital printing and portable presentation solutions. Here he talks about how to use social media to promote events and trade shows.The message is clear for businesses...

Don’t just rely on the phone book for business

Don’t just rely on the phone book for business

Dean Derhak is the product director at SAi in Salt Lake City. As part of his job, Dean visits sign shops and large-format print businesses to learn what processes they've employed to increase their profits. Here, Dean gives more details...

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Think before you print

Think before you print

I have been thinking about flatbed printers a lot these days. Hardly a month goes by without the launch of yet another high speed, ultra productive flatbed printer, or at the very least an announcement of new tweaks to existing machines aimed at bringing about higher productivity gains from the...

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