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TGI advances to SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Rating

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TGI advances to SOC 2 Type 2 data security rating; Successfully completing another rigorous third-party audit by 360 Advanced

PHILADELPHIA, PA – After achieving the Service Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) Type 1 data security rating last year, TGI has taken its dedication to data security to the next level and has completed the requirements to earn the advanced SOC 2 Type 2 designation.

The demanding third-party examination that led to compliance with the data security standards was administered by the professional IT audit and compliance staff at 360 Advanced, a national Qualified Security Assessor, HITRUST CSF Assessor and Certified Public Accountant firm based in Tampa, FL.

“Achieving SOC 2 Type 2 compliance has proved to be a deal maker for us, especially with the numerous customers we serve in the financial services industry,” said Rick Elfreth, TGI’s Executive Vice President. “In a recent project, TGI was selected to print and fulfill a large run mailer for a financial institution using variable data. The customer chose TGI because they were confident that their strict security standards would not be compromised. The SOC 2 compliance gave the customer peace of mind that their data was secure and protected within a controlled environment.”

“To me, it comes down to confidence and trust,” commented Scott Elfreth, COO of TGI. “Those are the two words that I want our current customers and potential customers to take away from what this audit means to their businesses.”

Both executives agreed that the audit and compliance designations give TGI a competitive edge by bringing added value to their services, and that educating clients and potential clients about the importance is essential.

According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, achieving the SOC 2 Type 2 report attests to the ongoing maintenance of a service organization’s IT security and compliance systems, procedures and processes.

 

ABOUT TGI

For nearly four decades, TGI has been at the forefront of embracing and implementing the latest software, technology, and equipment. The company’s investments in technology coupled with an outstanding team of industry professionals, has allowed TGI to provide the experience and expertise in digital print and marketing solutions that help businesses automate processes, enhance communications, create brand/product awareness, and drive sales.

 

ABOUT 360 ADVANCED

Known for it’s responsiveness, experience and professionalism, 360 Advanced has clients in more than 35 states that are major service providers in various industries, including cloud and SaaS based organizations.  360 Advanced is one of only a few specialized firms in the U.S. that assist service providers as their independent IT assurance and compliance assessor in maintaining and communicating security and compliance to their clients.

Services provided, but not limited to, by 360 Advanced include the following industries: Title Services, Hosted and Managed IT, Data Center and Colocation, Software as a Service (SaaS), Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance, HR | Payroll | PEO, Legal and Collections, Bulk Mail Printing and Distribution, Background Screening, Business Process Outsourcing and Marketing.

Services provided by 360 Advanced include HITRUST CSF, SOC 1 (SSAE 16), SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS, HIPAA Security/HITECH, Microsoft Vendor Policy and other security and compliance services.

 

360 Advanced Contact:
Eric Ratcliffe
eratcliffe@360advanced.com
866.418.1708 ext.710

 

TGI Contact:
Scott Elfreth
selfreth@tginc.com
609.230.6201

3 Simple Tips for Hosting an Exciting Corporate Event

Event planning is no easy undertaking. Organizing dozens of tasks, pressing deadlines, managing vendors, communication, and all around multitasking is what you deal with every day in order to pull off an awesome event. And on top of these things, you have to worry about making sure your event is a memorable one. When it comes to planning a successful event, you need to be innovative, utilizing new technology and introducing new ideas to your attendees. So how will you create an innovative and memorable event for your attendees?

Here are 3 simple and useful tips from the TGI Team:
1. Be Consistent: 
Make an impact before, during and after the event by creating a theme to carry out throughout all event messaging and signage.

  • Your pre-event communications should set the tone for the event and build interest, and all communication during the event or following the event should be consistent with your original communications.
  • During the event, branding should make an impact on your attendees throughout all event signage and messaging, this creates an air of importance and helps make a memorable experience.

2. Integrate Media:
Every touch of your event messaging should integrate multiple platforms to help engage attendees and create interaction.

  • Event emails should lead to landing pages or social media platforms to create interest in the event.
  • Printed collateral, such as invitations or save the dates, should include a QR code or Personalized URL (PURL) that leads to the event page, registration page, or maybe a video from one of your speakers.
  • Create a hashtag to use throughout all of your event messaging, this will help get your attendees attention and build excitement before, during and after the event.

3. Get the Team Involved:
Hold a meeting for your staff, and the presenters/panelists for the event. Get them all to contribute on Social Media before, during and after the event by using the event hashtag. When the team shares an inside view or behind the scenes preparation for the event, it builds the excitement for the event.

  • Have staff members start sharing behind the scenes photos before the event: staff meetings, new printed pieces come in, any giveaway items or overall preparation for the event.
  • Get speakers involved by having them guest blog, sharing info about their presentations and event info, or create a video blog on why they think your event will be a great one to attend.

Keeping the conversation going before, during and after an event is key to making your event memorable. Every attendee should leave talking about your event, and anyone who could not attend should be excited for your next event. With TGI by your side you will get a reliable partner who understands the event industry and will be with you every step from start to finish. TGI is a reliable single-source provider for all of the printing and marketing services you need to help promote, conduct, and follow up your event. Whether you are having a monthly sales meeting, exhibiting in a trade show, or conducting a national conference, you can count on our expertise and experience in the event industry to deliver quality products on time and on budget.
To help make your next event a success, download TGI’s FREE event planning checklists and sign up to receive a FREE gift from the TGI Team.


 

TGI offers exceptional print & marketing services for corporate events:

  • Annual company meeting
  • Award banquets
  • Board or shareholder meetings
  • Charity functions
  • Company parties
  • Conferences
  • Conventions
  • Customer appreciation event
  • Employee appreciation event
  • Fundraiser events
  • Golf outings
  • Happy hours
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Product launch events
  • Sales meeting national/regional
  • Seminars/workshop sessions
  • Trade shows
  • Training sessions
  • VIP events

Bringing Back The Ink and Paper

featureimageTo stay ahead in business, business and marketing professionals alike are constantly searching for the next big marketing campaign to really get their word out there. To be heard, we need to be different, we need to capture the attention of our audience, and we need to think outside of the box. However, sometimes we over think the process and the most effective way to grab the attention of our audience is right in front of us – ink and paper. It may seem a bit “old-school” or “dated” to some, but print media and business go together like PB & J. Our theory on this is, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”, so while some businesses will be quick to disregard this method, especially in this digital world, we will be helping our clients master the fundamentals.

Direct mail marketing offers a return of 1,300 percent.”

We are in a digital world, our inboxes are full, our eyes are constantly on screens of all shapes and sizes, but seeing a piece of paper- that’s like magic! For example, I have only been at work for a few hours, and already in my personal email account I have 83 emails…Yes, really! I get emails all of the time, and unfortunately, many get overlooked or sent IMMEDIATELY to the trash bin or spam folder without questioning it, but print? Anything in print I take a look at, it’s in my hands, grabs my attention- even if for a few moments- and I either hold on to it or throw it away. BUT even though I threw it away, it was a much longer process and that printed piece got my attention, I looked at it, I physically touched it and it made an impact. So now, if I receive an email from the same company that sent me the printed piece, I will be more inclined to read that email.

The feeling of paper can influence the way customers perceive a product, service and brand. It’s called Haptic Perception– recognizing through touch. Printed materials trigger emotions in customers that digital marketing efforts cannot replicate. The tactile quality of fine papers combined with unique printing techniques, trigger emotions and capture the attention of your audience.

“4 out of 5 customers say they read, or at least scan, the direct mail marketing materials they receive and act on them right away” 

So how will you make an impact by using Print in your next Marketing campaign?

Here are a few tips:

Print + Digital = Success: 

Don’t rely solely on Print Marketing for your next campaign, combine print and digital to create a multi-channel campaign. It’s a known fact that when an email campaign is supported with a print piece, it creates a better rate of response than when using email or print alone. Support your email marketing messaging with your printed piece and vice-versa. Incorporate web, cross-substrate print, mobile, email, social media, and targeted landing pages to create more opportunities to communicate with audiences, AND to track the success of your campaign. Remember, the more forms of media, the more interaction and engagement from your clients, so mix up your media in your next marketing campaign.

“Brand awareness is fueled 44% by print & 37% by online media. Incorporate both for even better results.”

Paper is important:

Texture, quality, size, shape, color, fold, weight, packaging, substrate material, these are all things to consider when planning your printed piece. A plain white piece of paper with black ink in an envelope won’t get the same amount of attention as a multi-colored die-cut and folded printed piece. With the amazing printing technology that is out there and the multitude of substrate options, the possibilities are endless! Make an impact, think of your campaign as a whole before selecting your substrate. Are you promoting a new Eco-friendly product for your company, or are you going ‘Green’? Then choose a natural recycled paper that’s printed using eco-friendly, water-based, odorless industrial inks for your direct mailer. If you are having an event, choose an odorless, non-toxic, phthalate-free, green and eco-friendly adhesive material like PhotoTex for your event signage. Your campaign should be consistent, the paper and printed materials should compliment the campaign.

Design matters:

Good design does more than just look good; it’s a branding and marketing tool that really helps to deliver results. The right design should create a great first impression, be memorable, and establish recognition. When it comes to style and decision-making, the number one goal should be consistency. Make sure your design is consistent with your branding, your messaging or your event theme. Branding throughout all marketing materials is the key to making sure your company is being recognized. Every message you send out, should hold true to your branding, but also incorporate the campaign or event theme. Typography, shape, color, texture are all basic elements that matter in creating a successful marketing campaign. Think of the end goal, what message you want to be heard, how you want to be perceived and remembered. A good design is essential to the success of your campaign; so don’t skimp on the details.

Get help from an expert:

Endless substrates, design elements, shipping methods, combining print and digital marketing, there are so many elements to be considered when you create a print marketing campaign. Luckily, veteran printers know what methods of print marketing are most effective. They know the fundamentals; every substrate and packaging method, the basic elements of design, they know which colors work best for each type and color of substrate, and they care about making the most of your print marketing. Choose a company that has a passion and long history in print.

You won’t find many marketing solutions companies who know print the way we do. We believe that choosing the right paper for your project can make a difference. That’s why over the years, we have formed close relationships with many of the finest paper mills and paper merchants. And for our first five issues of our Marketing Hour Magazine, we have worked closely with them in an effort to showcase some unique and quality papers that perhaps you may find will add attraction to your future communications. Need help choosing the perfect paper for your next campaign? We would love to help! Contact us today to get started on your next campaign.

TGI Product Spotlight: PhotoTex

Every so often, an exciting product hits the market that changes the industry and really grabs our attention. When PhotoTex, a self-adhesive fabric, came on the scene in 2004 it ignited a revolution in the peel and stick signage arena, and made up for the shortcomings of your typical vinyl signage. Creating a new range of possibilities for printers, sign makers, exhibition developers and interior designers, PhotoTex remains one of the most exciting developments in the printing industry, and at TGI.

PhotoTex is a revolutionary peel and stick self-adhesive polyester fabric material that can be installed on virtually any flat surface. It can be used indoors and out, in any weather condition, and can be removed and reused many times over. From sports arenas and retail storefronts to interior design, PhotoTex is changing the world of indoor and outdoor signage, and has become one of our favorite offerings.

Here are a few reasons why we are so excited to bring PhotoTex to your Marketing efforts:

Incredible Durability & Easy to Use:

We fell in love with PhotoTex for many reasons; one being that it is incredibly durable. It does not curl, shrink, rip, or wrinkle in almost any weather or temperature change, making it a great addition to our client’s indoor or outdoor signage. We also love that it is so easy to install, can be repositioned and is removable, making it easy to adjust for errors. The adhesive bond is revolutionary; it is extremely strong, yet the material can be peeled away after years in place without leaving any residue, and if kept clean can be reattached elsewhere. No tools or messy adhesives are required for installation, which makes wallpaper and wall graphic installations a breeze.

Super Green & Eco-Friendly:

In addition to the durability and flexibility of PhotoTex, it is also a green and eco-friendly material, which is ideal for hospitals and schools. PhotoTex is odorless, non-toxic & Phthalate-free, and sticks to all low and no VOC paints. It also has no PVC, Glycol-Ether or Formaldehyde. We print on PhotoTex using our HP Latex 360 or HP Latex 3000 printers, which both use the same eco-friendly, water-based, odorless industrial inks.

Endless Capabilities:

PhotoTex can be wrapped around corners and columns, placed on ceilings and walls, and be removed and reused without losing adhesive qualities. This makes the possibilities truly endless. Our clients in every industry can get creative with PhotoTex and we love helping bring their vision to life. Whether in the Retail, Financial, Manufacturing or Pharmaceutical sector, PhotoTex can help grab the attention that your Marketing efforts deserve. 

Using PhotoTex for your Business:

Corporate Offices:

Creativity and collaboration occur within the walls of your workplace, and the décor can directly affect both your clients’ and employees’ engagement and performance. Long gone are the offices with boring white walls, and Interior Designers are turning to PhotoTex to help create a more vibrant, inspiring and successful workplace. PhotoTex can be used in the workplace for lobbies, company timelines, cubicles, door signage, posters, directional signage, conference rooms, company logos, internal communications, workspace décor, and cafeterias.

Stadiums & Sports Arenas:

Grabbing consumer’s attention proves to be challenging, especially in public venues like sports arenas and stadiums. PhotoTex can help make your company’s messaging stand out by placing your messaging on virtually every surface! Cover columns, walls, ceilings, elevator doors, windows, ticketing booths, etc., with your teams logo or your company’s marketing messages.

Hospitals & Health Care:

Create a friendly environment by using PhotoTex in your waiting rooms or throughout your health care facility. Being non-toxic, Phthalate-free, and odorless, PhotoTex is perfect for decorating any medical environment. PhotoTex can be used to decorate ceilings and walls, floors and elevator doors, covering columns, and creating fun environments for Children’s facilities, without the threat of any toxins in the air.

Retail:

The retail industry is full of constant set-ups and break-downs, rotating campaigns, and ever-changing promotions and sales events. PhotoTex can be used to decorate any space, quickly and effortlessly, and can help your promotions, sales, and events stand out. PhotoTex can be used to decorate any retail space, indoors or outdoors, quickly & easily. Just peel & stick to walls, windows, doors, columns, or endcaps, and you are done.

To see more uses of PhotoTex and to get some inspiration for your marketing campaigns, check out our PhotoTex Board on Pinterest.

Have a question about PhotoTex? Contact our Wide Format Product Specialist, Dan Long, via email: dlong@tginc.com

 

 

TGI Launches New Website

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website, TGINC.com. Our website includes a fresh new look and feel, provides more interaction, more videos, and more ways to see what TGI can do for you.

When creating our new website we had a few goals in mind. We wanted our site to be: 
-More user-friendly and interactive.
-A better representation of the variety of new services and products we offer.
-Optimized for mobile.

What we came up with was a highly interactive site, featuring many ways to get to know TGI.


Here are some of our favorite features on our new site
Videos:
TGI’s new website now has eight videos, including our Identity video, so now you can get to know who we are, what we do, and what TGI can do for you.

Check them out:
Identity video
MarCore video
Cross Media video
Wide Format
General business
Pharmaceutical
Manufacturing
Financial

Cross Media: 
We added an interactive page for you to test how a TGI Cross Media campaign works. It’s really neat. Click here to see it in action!

Super Wide Format Printing: 
Visitors are able to view our display catalog and Gallery to see what’s new and what we can do.

Interactive Print:
Visitors are able to test our QR Technology. Scan the QR code to lead you to a video with our friend, Joe Conklin.


We were able to successfully carry out all aspects of the new site to create a fresh, innovative, interactive, and easy to use site for our clients. So go ahead, check out the site, and don’t forget to follow us on Social Media!

TGI’s Power of 3 Symposium Re-Cap and Video

On Friday, March 14, 2014, TGI and Hewlett Packard (HP) hosted The Power of 3 Symposium, focusing on Innovation, Education and Interaction. Friends, clients and colleagues joined us for this innovative event all under the theme of our favorite holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. Watch our video below to see what the day was all about, and read below for more information.

Innovation:

Innovation was the name of the day – from the way we transformed our workspace to the speakers we invited from around the country – we wanted to bring opportunities for provocative thinking to our attendees.

Leading by example was essential for this event to be a successful one. We developed event graphics pulling out all the stops in our production capabilities. We ran an integrated marketing campaign combining print, email, web, social and in-person touches. And we chose speakers who are leaders in their fields, providing the most innovative solutions to our customer’s greatest challenges.

Education:

The goal of the Symposium was to provide great insight and ideas for clients and colleagues on the hottest challenges they are facing. We called in some of the leading marketing professionals and industry experts, to discuss marketing techniques and trends in today’s multi-channel world. Integrated Marketing, Tradeshow ROI, Branding through Packaging , Video Storytelling, Efficiency in Marketing Automation and Wall Décor gave our clients a diverse range of topics to lean from.

Interaction:

We had some great people in the building –between clients, speakers and TGI employees. That is why when planning our Symposium, we wanted to make sure that the ideas presented had the opportunity to be discussed and that the sparks of innovation could be ignited. First, we ensured each presentation was designed to facilitate an interactive exchange. During lunch, we brought the St. Patty’s Day theme to life with Irish Singers and Irish Dancers. During Cocktails and Connections, Fortune 500 marketers mingled with speakers to exchange ideas. We even brought in Comedian Joe Conklin to warm up the crowd with impressions of Philly’s greatest sports stars, and brought in Philadelphia Eagle’s Tight End Brent Celek. Scotland’s finest, Jimmy McGinty joined us for the event, kilt and all, to share his enthusiasm and love for our favorite holiday.

‘Like’ our Facebook page, and look at our Power of 3 Symposium albums: https://www.facebook.com/onlytgi/photos_albums

TGI Loves Technology

Fingerprint on pixellated screenTGI’s roots are in print and typesetting, we have a deep history in traditional offset printing, we pioneered digital, short-run printing, invested in large format equipment, but we owe our success to something we love – technology.

We have a love affair with technology in marketing. Embracing technology has kept us alive and has allowed for our old friend, print, to come to life again. Never shying away from new technology, we are constantly changing and creating solutions for all of our clients’ needs.  We use technology to make the execution and distribution of print more efficient.

We also mix it up by using email, cross media, and video to leverage our communication abilities- things that print used to be the only medium for. That’s why TGI is always evolving, to stay on the forefront and embrace new forms of technology; it’s what gives us our edge. 

Here are 3 reasons why we love technology in marketing:

1.Variable Data Technology

Individualized marketing campaign touches are now easier than ever to create because of the wonderful technology out there, and are way more effective. There are ways to customize offers and messages, execute in multiple languages, incorporate fields of personalized information throughout materials such as recipient’s first and last names, city and state where they live or work, company and more.

Sending out generic standard marketing messaging is no more! As variable data technology enhances, we can produce marketing materials from web-to-print. Content can be relevant, both in messaging and imagery.

Personalization encourages more interaction and engagement from your clients, and with all the technology out there to allow personalization from web-to-print, it is now easier than ever.

Printed marketing can be sent out at high speeds, with low costs, and can be completely customized to each recipient. From wide format printing, to digital printing, the development of greater technology in print allows for endless options. There are various substrates, types of inks, lamination and ways to create custom die cut edges, so you can have the ability to create something than completely stands out from the typical printed piece. From floor to ceiling, to your mailbox, make sure to make your messaging stand out.

In email and electronic marketing, you develop campaigns with variable data and content, develop in multiple languages, and add personalized images. Develop Purls that include the client’s information, and help encourage the client to interact with your campaign.

 2. Digital Technology supports print

Adapting new technology is a must, especially in the printing industry. Emerging technologies allow us to make printing more effective, from web portals, to tracking and inventory control, to cross media campaigns we are always combining digital technology with print.

Using print in conjunction with digital marketing helps reinforce messaging. Combining print and digital, for example the use of QR codes in print to connect to the web allows for more interaction from your clients. When you use multiple forms of interactive media alongside of print, there is a greater impact on your clients, it encourages interaction and adds another way to recognize your brand. Combine channels to create multi-touch, highly personalized marketing campaigns.

Marketing portals (online ordering sites) assist the distribution of branded marketing materials. Because of this technology, our clients save time and money in the distribution of their marketing collateral. From static sell sheets to dynamic charts, from business cards to 64 paged booklets- print is now more efficient to manage than ever. Many portals include electronic media campaigns, incorporating micro-sites, web banners, ads, emails and video for ultimate impact. Whether your organization orders materials locally or throughout the world, it has never been easier to order, send and track print.

3. Marketing opportunities are everywhere

“Turn heads and grab attention by using all of the real estate available” is a philosophy being spread by many marketing professionals, and we are right with them. Marketing dollars are moving away from in-home advertising, and more towards out-of-home advertising. Marketing to consumers while they are in public places, in transit, in waiting, and retail environments, is on the rise.

There are so many opportunities surrounding us to develop great marketing materials. We have invested heavily in multiple technologies, so that the options for our clients are endless.

The capabilities in electronic marketing and print marketing are outstanding. Social media and email marketing allows for direct or indirect contact with clients, and helps increase interaction. We can tailor interactions and messaging towards individual customers, segmented groups or company wide. Thanks to electronic marketing technology, we stay on the forefront with our clients.

Print technology has come a very long way, from inks to substrates, there are so many opportunities out there to customize print and help companies make an impact. We pioneered digital, short-run printing with partners like Indigo and Heidelberg, and now have even more capabilities in print because of our HP Latex 3000. Outdoor advertising, retail POS/POP signage, events and exhibitions and wall coverings are just a few things that this new technology allows us to do.

Improving on our technology allows us to create more options for all of our clients.

There are so many opportunities for print, walls, windows, bus shelters, trade show events, and even branding throughout offices, it’s important to adapt to the change in technology. From floor to ceiling we got you covered!

We aim to continue our love affair with technology, but will never turn our back on our old friend, print. Continuing to embrace technology has kept us alive and is what will keep our print prosperous. Make an impact on clients, wow them with your various capabilities in technology and most importantly, don’t give up on print. Remember that print will not die, embrace new technologies and allow for print to evolve.

 

TGI Loves Marketing

business teamWe love marketing, every single aspect of it, so this week we are dedicated to our love for all things marketing.

Here are some of the capabilities that we know and love:

We love Wide format printing

The options are seriously endless in Wide format printing. From wall coverings to vehicle wraps, we love it all. We love our HP Latex 3000 and all the new capabilities that it provides to us; high visibility, with low environmental impact and of course great graphics.

We Love Cross Media Marketing

Cross media campaigns combine all the things we love; web, cross-substrate print, mobile, email, social platforms and targeted landing pages. We love the innovation of a great cross media campaign, and the endless opportunities it can provide to communicate with our clients.

We love Marketing Portals 

Marketing Portals make so many projects of ours come together seamlessly. We love eStorefronts because they help with designing, customizing, organizing and ordering marketing materials quickly and easily. Designing, storing and ordering marketing collateral from the same source guarantees consistency in marketing materials.

We love Print

Still after all these years, we love print. We love the emerging technology that allows us to customize, create and print awesome marketing materials. We have come a long way in the print industry, what used to be a typesetting company, is now a broad range marketing company, but we still love to print.

We love technology

From MarCore sites, Cross Media Campaigns, to our HP Latex 3000, we just love all the technology that we have here at TGI. We evolve with the new technology that is offered in the marketing industry, and are still standing because of it.

 For more about our love affair with Technology read our blog: TGI Loves Technology 

Which marketing capabilities do you love?

Standing out with Cross Media Marketing

iStock_000015547825Small_business_newsIn a world inundated with marketing messages and ways to receive them, it is hard to stand out in the marketing mix. Cross media campaigns are essential strategies for reaching your market, allowing you to interact on multiple channels, providing various opportunities to reach every recipient. Single channel marketing, will result in being lost, and causing lower response rates and falling short of campaign goals. You have an important message- make sure it is heard!

Cross media campaigns can combine web, cross-substrate print, mobile, email, social platforms and targeted landing pages to create more opportunities to communicate with audiences.

A successful cross media campaign delivers content and a call to action throughout multiple channels simultaneously as an integrated campaign.

“Brand awareness is fueled 44% by print & 37% by online media. Incorporate both for even better results.”

Measuring the Effectiveness of Cross Marketing Campaigns

Successful cross media campaigns begin in the planning stages: Develop a well coordinated message, a strong database, a way to strategize and streamline content and actions and develop artwork that will work across channels.

Once you know your audience, identify which platforms they engage with and deploy your message on those platforms. Start with a 2-channel campaign, test the waters then add a 3rd channel once you have developed your best practices.

Because each form of media has a different ability and benefit, identifying the audience is the first step. For example, reaching out to an older audience using SMS or Social Media, might not be as effective as reaching out to a younger audience using these forms of media.

Print media provides a physical piece of advertising that buyers can hold in their hands; when an email campaign is supported with a print piece, it creates a better rate of response than when using email alone.

Combine web with print for greater impact, and response rates.

Marketers report an average improvement of 35% for multichannel campaigns over single channel campaigns – Print in the Mix

Once you know your audience and which media to use, determine the message you want to deliver and what the call to action will be. Be consistent with your messaging, using the same images, color schemes, and other elements across all platforms to amplify and reinforce your marketing message.

What makes Cross Media campaigns effective for marketing is the ability to collect response data, and apply that data to generate interaction with leads and customers. Ideally, a campaign will drive the target audience to one action (visit a landing page, register for an event, follow on a social media channel..) where activity can be measured and interactions understood.

In the end, a successful cross media campaign should help promote brand recognition, develop customer relationships and engage customers with an interactive marketing experience to reach the campaign’s goal. Remember, the more forms of media, the more interaction and engagement from your clients. Make your next cross media campaign stand out by mixing up your media!

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Watch the TGI Cross Media video to learn the 3 rules of engagement.

 

 

Social Media Campaign Launched for TGI

At TGI, one of our priorities is building and maintaining relationships with our clients. Inspired by the opportunities to learn,
listen and maybe provide some solutions or ideas to our clients, we turned our attention to social media.

In the beginning of the summer, TGI developed a goal to create a content driven social media strategy with the intention of posting articles and blogs about the latest trends in marketing operations and delivery. To execute the strategy, we created a position with attention on social media marketing and digital strategy. Our Marketing Coordinator spent the summer developing content around the services, projects and trends in our company and industry.

Remarkable social media content  and great sales copy are pretty much the same – plain spoken words designed to focus on the needs of the reader, the listener, or the viewer -Brian Clark, Founder, Copyblogger

After a summer of developing content, we were ready to take the project to the next level, by gaining the right following- clients and prospects who we want to stay connected with.

In an effort to gain more client followers on our Social Media, we had to come up with a marketing strategy to show our new Social Media presence. With the artistic knowledge of our Graphic Designer, a graphic was designed to grab the attention of our clients that would be implemented via a cross media campaign, using print, web and email.

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The graphic was made to look like a tablet, listing each of the links to TGI’s Social Media channels, encouraging our clients to interact on any of the platforms.

We implemented the graphic in the following ways:
  • To encourage interaction on the web, we sent out an email to all of our clients, including the graphic with interactive links leading to our Social Media, providing a single click to connect with TGI on any of the channels. The email encouraged the client to “get social” with TGI, for fan exclusive content, print, digital and marketing trends and TGI news. This email will be sent out monthly, to ensure our clients remain in contact with us on Social Media.
  • Printing was the fun part, we developed two ideas for print- posters for internal marketing and postcards for the field.
  • The posters are very eye catching and sleek, containing the tablet graphic, with the headline, “Keep in Touch!” in very fine, modern type, with a faded rainbow coloring. TGI produced the 11×17 posters, as flat posters with optional adhesive pop-up easels for standing up on tables, desks and flat surfaces.
  • The postcards again brought the graphic alive. The postcards consisted of the same tablet graphic produced on #130 silk cover, covered with a 5/5 mil. textured satin laminate and die cut with rounded edges giving it a clean, sturdy and striking appearance. On the back of the cars, we included a QR code leading to our TGI Cross Media video, and what looks like silver etching of our logo, and “Keep in Touch” in a bold and scripted font.

We’re excited to be taking our Social Media presence to the next level, and are hoping that this will be another successful Cross Media campaign for TGI, opening new doors for our clients to stay in touch with us. How do you stay in touch with your clients? Have you developed a Social Media strategy for your company?