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Get Your Prospects Moving!

videoVideo marketing can boost website visits, help prospects get to know your company and its products, and demonstrate credibility to the market place. To capitalize on the power of video, here’s a list of easy-to-create videos that can win with prospects and customers and keep you from writing tons of content!

Video Testimonials: Let your customers do your marketing for you. Ask them to tell their story by discussing the challenges they were facing, explaining how your company helped, and quantifying the results your company delivered. Make sure their little commercial tells the world what they do too!

Frequently Asked Questions: Showcase your company’s personality by having your experts answer frequently asked questions on camera. This approach is much more entertaining than reading, and prospects and customers will get to know you better!

Video E-mails: Studies show that including the word “video” in your e-mail subject line can increase open and click-through rates by as much as 65%. Customers and prospects alike can connect a face with a name, and the sound of a human voice can help convert information into meaningful content.

Make Your Direct Mail Talk: Include a QR code on your next direct mail piece that links to a video of a product demonstration or a customer testimonial. You’ll enhance your recipient’s experience, and you’ll also be able to see if they’re watching!

Video works for companies of all sizes, and it doesn’t have to be production quality. In this day and age, we’re all accustomed to YouTube.

Need help with videos? At TGI we create videos too. Watch our latest video.

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.

 

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?

 

Interactive Meetings are Successful Meetings

OnlyATMeetings are essential for an organization’s management  and communication. A well-executed meeting can deliver motivation, increased productivity and motivate sales. But the only way any of these are going to be achieved is by creating  a sense of connection between the company and the people who organized on their behalf.

There is nothing worse than an ill-organized meeting, and like our friends at Event Marketer and Proscenium say, “Bad meetings suck! (but they don’t have to!)” Give someone a memorable, outstanding experience from beginning to end, and you will see an engaged and willing meeting participant.

Attendees are shaping the way they connect and interaction is the name of the game! The interactivity  – a giving and receiving between you and your target market- becomes part of the relationship between the individual and your message.

The more forms of media, the better, try to reach your audience on all levels: socially, visually and technologically. The boom of social and digital communication channels gives us dozens of potential touch points to reach out and gain the attendees involvement in the meeting. Integrating digital and print will surely grab your attendee’s attention.

Integrated media is the trend in all content-delivery and offers unique opportunities to show that your company is ahead of the curve. Here are some examples to help grab your attendee’s attention:

Event Registration:
Event invitations can be sent with a link to a webpage to register for the event. After registered, the registrant will receive an email confirmation and an event reminder. Maybe add a QR or AR code as an introduction for the event.

Event Signage:

  • According to Marketing Profs, “When the attendee enters the room, branding creates an air of importance, something that lets the attendee know that this meeting is special,” and we couldn’t agree more, this is where your signage is key!
  • Lead your guests to the event using floor clings and directional signage. This will be a great way to carry out your branding throughout the event space. Create backdrops and posters including vital information about the meeting, and have them coincide with social media for the event.
  • Creating a hash tag for the event lets attendees and organizers interact before, during and after the event. Have attendees “Check-In” or sign in online, this will help gather and compile attendees’ information for future use.

Event Materials:TGI Meeting Planning

The old brochure is no longer likely to engage audiences. Integrated media is the trend in content delivery and offers unique opportunities to show that your company is ahead of the curve.

  • Every meeting has packets – Creative design is essential for engagement and often include: a binder or folder, an itinerary, an introduction of the speaker or your company, a notebook or notebook paper and a pen for taking notes at the meeting. This will not only provide attendee with materials to use during the meeting, it will also help maintain their interest. Go digital and make the event package available as an app or through a microsite created for the meeting.
  • Provide a survey at the end of the event taken electronically via a landing page. Or, send out electronically.

Remember to make it memorable, from start to finish. And don’t forget, if you make it interactive, they will love it! Make it special, new, and out of the box.

Cross Media Campaign launched for the B&P Scholarship Fund

BP-Scholarship-logoHere at TGI, we have a strong bond with the Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, due to our President, Jack Glacken, who is a very passionate Alum of Monsignor Bonner and Hall of Fame recipient. Because of Jack’s involvement and dedication to the Alumni Association, he was chosen to help lead the B&P Scholarship Fund campaign.

The B&P Scholarship Fund came from a desire to connect with its beloved past to support its future. The school needs enrollment to remain open. There is a list of kids eager to attend B&P but require some fiscal support to do so. The school hoped to bridge that gap.

The result is a campaign driven for each graduating class to sponsor one student each school year, through monetary donations.  Keeping with the past to the future idea, the school has a digital copy of class yearbooks for each person who donates.

To get this campaign up and running, there was a lot of brainstorming, how could TGI do something different, while rewarding those who donate with something special? TGI came up with a cross media campaign integrating print, email, web, social media and video that would surely give back to its supporters, by providing a digital copy of their year book.

2,400 pieces of Direct Mail were sent out to a set of  8 graduated classes. Using Direct mail and integrated media, each Alum would receive personalized letters.

Some of the campaign mediums included:

Print: A 4 page, full color direct mail piece. Personalized graphics were selected for every Alum being contacted. There were 9 variable fields, including; name of the Alum, their school’s crest, graduation year, their class yearbook, and their graduation yearbook picture.

Purls:  A personalized URL led each Alum to their own B&P scholarship fund website.

Landing Page:  Visitors could watch a video, leave an email address or click to donate via a secure online transaction.

Video:  A video of past scholarship recipients played on the directed website, there was a short and a long version of the video.

E-Mail:  Email campaign supported the direct mail piece.

Digital:  Upon donation, they would receive a receipt of their donation and a digital copy of their class yearbook.

The cross media campaign was a hit, and we are looking forward to continuing our work with the B&P Scholarship Fund.

Here are our Initial Results:

  • 7% response rate (measured in  unique visits)
  • 1.7 % landing page click through rate
  • Average gift size $100

 
 
 
 

“No other School anywhere that we are aware of is doing anything like this…not in the Archdiocese, not in the City, not in the Country….it is completely unique. It demonstrates the exceptional leadership and creativity of TGI, the Team and the BP community….this is one one of the most creative experiments I have ever seen in the entire area of Organizational and Alumni Relations”.
~Anthony J. Mullen, CEO, Royal Star Properties and Chair, Bonner/Prendie

To see  the Direct mailer click here: bp_mailer

For more information on TGI’s marketing tools go to: www.tginc.com/tools

If you are interested in more information about the campaign, or if you would like to make a donation, please visit: www.bpscholarshipfund.com.

Now that’s personalization! Video personalization.

TGI is getting ready to launch an email blast with a personalized video for KDI as a follow-up to a recent event they had at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. TGI had created a cross-media campaign (print, email, web, video, telemarketing) for KDI to attract customers and created a personalized video in Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects using UDirect Video software from XMPie out of Israel. For presentation of customization capabilities, the video shown on url below, displays four quadrants of personalization in beginning and then proceeds with actual video.

WilmU Spirit Night Huge Success!

TGI President and Wilmington University Alum Jack Glacken is shown here with (from left) Stacey Stickel, Stefanie Whitby, Gloria Johnson and Cheerleaders from Wilmington University. The Alumni Relations department had organized “Wildcat Spirit Night” at Chick-fil-A in Bear, Delaware this past Wednesday, April 25th. Hundreds of Alumni and WilmU supporters jammed the parking lot and fast food lanes as a portion of all Chick-fil-A sales that night were donated to the WilmU scholarship fund. Free T-shirts and Chick-fil-A toy cows were handed out to Alums and supporters. TGI had helped promote Wildcat Spirit Night by designing and printing posters, postcards, flyers and email blasts.