This Paper Is Designed to Feed Bees

Posted by digitalpress on 27 December 2018
This Paper Is Designed to Feed Bees
The world's bees are in danger. Pesticides, disease, and habitat and food source loss have caused bee populations to dwindle for years. To bring back these vital pollinators, one company is proposing an unusual solution: paper.

The biodegradable Bee Saving Paper is made with glucose and contains seeds from the bee-feeding flower lacy phacelia (also known as purple tansy). Launched by the Warsaw-based marketing agency Saatchi and Saatchi IS and City Bees, an organization that advocates for bees in urban communities, the paper is also covered in a biodegradable UV paint that, to bees, looks like a meadow full of pollen sources.

The idea is that bees will land on the paper, grab a glucose snacksimilar to what beekeepers feed their hives to help them survive the winterand fly away. The company describes the paper as being "like an energy drink for bees" to help them fly farther on their journeys to find food. As counterintuitive as it seems, the paper is designed not to be used and recycled, but left out in nature. The paper will eventually fully biodegrade, leaving behind seeds that will grow into the kinds of flowers bees love.

The paper could be used in paper plates, bags, coffee cup sleeves, or other disposable products (though the creators don't really say how that might workwould the bees come up and land on your coffee cup?). A Polish beekeeper named ukasz Kaczorowski is already using it for honey-jar labels.

When it comes to helping bee populations increase, these sheets are a small-scale intervention whose results remain to be seen. But bees can use all the help they can get.

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FEATURED PROJECT: Sydney Siege memorial Remembering Katrina and Tori

Posted by digitalpress on 20 December 2018
FEATURED PROJECT: Sydney Siege memorial Remembering Katrina and Tori
The Sydney Siege memorial boxed book: Remembering Katrina and Tori, was designed and produced for The Department of Premier and Cabinet, is possibly one of the most important printing projects Digitalpress has embarked on.

These memorial books and clamshell boxes were produced as a commemorative gift by the NSW Government for the family of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson who both sadly lost their lives during the 2014 Martin Place siege.

Designed with great sensitivity and respect for the families with the hope that by receiving this gift, families could look back and reflect on what had happened and know that the thoughts and support of the NSW people are with them.

The memorial books and boxes were officially showcased at Parliament House Canberra, here's a little more about them in detail:

Design: Amanda Lawton: Department Premier and Cabinet
Box Production: Juergens & Company
Book Production: Digitalpress Pty Limited

PRODUCTION SPECS:

Book:
Digitally printed CMYK plus raised spot varnish plus white ink
Stocks: Spicers Neenah Classic Smooth, Sirio Translucent, Neenah Classic Laid, Sirio Oyster Shell.
Section sewn, case bound with Nordale Van Heek Magic Fabric and black foil stamped.
Box:
Custom handcrafted rigid presentation box with full wraparound hinged lid and magnetic closure. Covered with Nordale Van Heek Magic Fabric and black foil stamped.

AWARDS: Gold, 2018 NSW and National Print Awards.

"We are very proud to have been a part of this project," Theo Pettaras


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The Reason 'Going Paperless' May Not Be the Greenest Option

Posted by digitalpress on 13 December 2018
The Reason 'Going Paperless' May Not Be the Greenest Option
When people find out that I advise companies on responsible sourcing of forest products, most immediately light up with excitement to share how their workplace is "green." Usually without fail, what makes these workplaces "green" are initiatives to go paperless. And we've all received emails that include a line at the bottom encouraging you to think before you print. These policies and initiatives are, of course, all grounded in the best of intentions. And I can agree, you should think before you print, but in a different way.

To understand why going paperless isn't always the best option, we must take a close look at the forestry industry. In this article, I will focus on the North American forest landscape. The important procurement regions of Brazil, Indonesia, Chile and others represent different realities.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, one of the most effective ways to protect forests is through responsible forest management; in other words, responsible and careful harvesting of trees to make forest products can serve conservation goals while contributing to a thriving local economy for forested regions. This is true for the forests that produce pulp for home and personal care products, like paper towels and tissues, as well as for timber products such as wood furniture.

The relationship between the forest products industry and forest conservation can get complicated, but there a few common-sense reasons that illustrate the link between healthy working forests, conservation, and the challenges of going paperless.

1. Trees are a renewable resource: When forests are properly managed according to rigorous forest management principles, such as those established by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), periodic harvests help keep a forest ecosystem healthy. Responsible, planned harvests open the forest canopy so that younger trees can grow strong and healthy with better access to sunlight and rain. Periodic harvests can also reduce the risk and severity of large scale forest fires. From a practical perspective, forestry companies need forests to stay standing to stay in business, so it is in their interest to manage forestlands appropriately. Sustainable management has a lot of benefits, including the promise for the continued success of a centuries-old industry.

2. A working forest is a valued forest: One of the biggest threats of deforestation in North America is urban development. Populations and cities continue to grow, and forests near these urban areas are at a high risk of being cleared to make way for the next suburb or shopping mall. However, if the forest is a working forest delivering economic value to the community, the risk of conversion for sub/urban development is much lower. Besides the benefit of providing jobs and contributing to the local economy, a working forest can also offer the added value of recreation for the community and visitors. As one example, old logging roads can be converted to recreational trails that provide an escape from the nearby hustle and bustle of the city.

3. We're talking about your neighbours: The forestry and logging industry has been employing people within our communities for over a hundred years. From the landowner who relies on the income from the trees in their backyard to send their kids to college, to the logger who logs the land for their livelihood, to the woman working in HR at the local paper mill, to the owner of the general store in a rural logging town, the forestry industry touches peoples' lives. Oftentimes, the jobs that the forestry industry provides are found in small, rural towns where the economic success of the town depends on the success of the local paper mill. Choosing to replace forest products with other materials or technologies can have a significant impact on these communities. Being from a small paper mill town in Northern Maine myself, I have seen this impact in real life.

"Responsible forest use imbues our forests with economic value, recreational value, and helps move the needle on conservation. Paper products are one way to help keep forests standing."

But I'd like to come back to the point of thinking before you print. Not all paper is equal, and there are some bad actors in the forestry industry that are not managing this renewable resource in a renewable way. You need to be a discerning consumer, whether for business or personal purchasing. When selecting forest products, choose those that carry the FSC® label and be confident that the forest from which the product originated was managed in a responsible and renewable way.

Think also about those tissues on your desk and the paper towels you used to clean the microwave. These come from forests, too. Examine your purchasing choices, and trace it all back to the companies who are producing the things you use every day. Reward the companies who are contributing to healthy forests and a sustainable business model.

As with most things in life, the use of forest products is all about a healthy balance both in the forest and at your printer. So, if you really need to print that document, go ahead, but be sure to print it on FSC-certified paper and be part of the solution, not part of the problem, of a more sustainable forest products industry.

Source: Triple Pundit By Samantha St. Pierre
 

10 Reasons Why Catalogues Are A Marketing Powerhouse

Posted by digitalpress on 6 December 2018
10 Reasons Why Catalogues Are A Marketing Powerhouse

10 reasons why catalogues are a marketing powerhouse

People engage through stories. They respond when inspired. While merchandising still matters, presenting your products in story form helps connect the reader to your brand on an emotional level to inspire action.

Studies show that consumers enjoy reading magazine-like catalogues. That's why they spend time engaging with them. In fact, the average time spent looking at a catalogue is 15.5 minutes and consumers tend to hold on to them for several weeks. Catalogues are also a strong customer retention tool since people are even more likely to read and keep catalogues from retailers they have bought from before.

Catalogues not only provide the tangibility and power of direct mail, they've become an integral part of an omni-channel campaign by driving customers to digital experiences. They're now mobile, website and in-store traffic drivers.

In addition, catalogues remain an effective acquisition vehicle. A popular men's clothing retailer reports that 20% of its website's first-time customers are placing their orders after having received a catalogue. And they are spending one-and-a-half times as much as new shoppers who didn't receive a catalogue first.

In this article, we'll take a look at 10 powerful reasons why catalogues should be an integral part of your marketing strategy. We'll also give you some helpful ideas that you can use to create a catalogue that connects and delivers.

Reason #1: Catalogues influence purchase decisions.

Did you know that catalogues actually have a stronger influence on purchase decisions than websites or TV ads?  72% of people surveyed said that catalogues make them more interested in that retailer's products, and 84% have purchased an item after seeing it in a catalog. The Data & Marketing Association (DMA) explains that this is because "where online marketing is passive, direct mail is active. Direct mailings are proactive and tactiledemanding that the recipient do something with it. And the better response rates make the return on the investment worthwhile for both retention and acquisition." Powerful evidence like this is why retailers still use catalogues to engage customers and spark them to start the buyer's journey.

Idea worth implementing: Feature additional content that helps your customer connect with your products and your company. Studies show that catalogues that include content to express a brand personality have the potential to drive increased sales. In fact, 65% said they would read additional content. This can include stories around how the product is used or was created, related articles that provide deeper information and customer or employee profiles.

Reason #2: People engage with catalogues on a deeper level.

The purchase experience has become a big deal. Even digital-native organizations have embraced print to better connect with and engage their customers and prospects. It's about moving people beyond a transaction to an emotional connection. Through stories and images, catalogues take people on a journey or even an adventure. That's why they encourage deeper engagement with retailers and their products. Research shows that the average length of time keeping catalogs is 20.3 days.1 And that 84% enjoy getting catalogue from retailer(s) they previously shopped with.

Idea worth implementing: Offer limited-time promotions. Studies show that engagement with catalogues is strongest when sales are featured. Promotions create a sense of urgency and make it easy to reward your customers. In fact, 81% are more likely to look at a catalogue if it features items on sale.

Reason #3: Catalogues are a launching pad for multi-channel purchasing journeys.

Catalogues introduce new ideas. They create awareness and inspire consumers to buy through other channels. Research shows that catalogues are most successful when incorporated into an omni-channel marketing campaign to drive customers to e-commerce sites to optimize purchases.

Idea worth implementing: Extend your brand identity by using the same tone and imagery through all your media channels, including online, social media and print. Be sure to include multiple ordering options in your catalogues, such as website links, phone numbers or mail-in forms including Business Reply Mail® or Courtesy Reply Mail.

Reason #4: Neuroscience research supports the value of physical catalogues as a complement to digital communications.

By studying consumers' brains, science is digging deeper into marketing to analyze what works and what doesn't. The results revealed that "physical ads leave a longer lasting impact for easy recall when making a purchase decision [vs. digital]. Most importantly, physical ads triggered activity in the area of the brain (ventral striatum) that is responsible for [evaluating the] value and desirability for featured products, which can signal a greater intent to purchase."

To sum it up, science is now proving that direct mail such as catalogues deliver:

* Better recall over longer periods.
* Stronger brand associations.
* Deeper emotional connections.

Idea worth implementing: Map out your customers' journey from awareness to purchase to gain insight into how catalogs would best fit into their experience. Are they print traditionalists or are they online shoppers who seek instant gratification? Gathering these valuable insights can help you create a catalogue that gives your audience what they want and gives you the most bang for your buck.

Reason #5: Catalogues bridge the gap between physical and digital worlds.

When paper and pixels converge, amazing things can happen. Catalogues offer the perfect physical platform for integrating dynamic digital technologies such as augmented reality (AR), dynamic QR Code®, near field communication (NFC) and much more. These technologies can help you deliver engaging interactive experiences that jump off the page to drive consumers to brand experiences they will remember, as well as to your digital properties, such as websites, mobile apps, social media, etc.

Idea worth implementing: Leverage Informed Delivery® notifications, a new media channel from the U.S. Postal Service. This innovative feature gives you the opportunity to deliver a physical impression as well as a digital onefrom a single mailpiece. This feature is currently a "value-add" at no cost to marketers. To learn more, visit: informeddelivery.usps.com.

Reason #6: Catalogues evoke strong, positive emotions and associations.

From the feel of the paper on your fingertips to the visual appeal of the images, catalogs give readers a real and multidimensional experience that stimulates multiple senses simultaneously. These physical experiences help make memories and connections. They also inspire readers with possibilities, helping provide an escape from daily stresses. Studies show that catalogues even help ease the anxiety around receiving bills.

Idea worth implementing: One size doesn't fit all. While your inventory may determine the size of your catalogue, consider testing different formats and specialty sizes to see what your customers respond best to. Using innovative printing techniques such as textures and smells can also make your catalog stand out.

Reason #7: Catalogues can leverage customer data to personalise experiences.

Thanks to large industry databases containing demographic information on millions of households, targeting with catalogues is much easier now. And thanks to online purchasing, many retailers have amassed their own databases that can be used to segment their customers by type and buyer behavior. Identifying niches and verticals helps you target only high-quality leadsso you get the right catalogues to the right people. For example, you can showcase a distinct group of products to a target audience, such as golfers or cooks, who are more likely to purchase, which ultimately helps increase ROI. Segmenting also helps offset catalogue production costs because they are going to customers who have shown interest in a particular product category.

Idea worth implementing: Personalise/customize your catalogues using customer data from past purchases to highlight products they've shown interest in. This helps you anticipate their needs and drive loyalty. It can also help you send fewer catalogues to those with lower purchase intent and more to those with greater intent.

Reason #8: Catalogues enable attribution and measurable results.

With budget pressures on marketers to prove ROI, attribution is more important than ever. Armed with the knowledge of which lead came from where, you can better assess if your catalogues are meeting your goals. Depending on performance, you can then adjust your inventory, copy, visuals, offers and digital drivers as needed. With their definitive mail dates and customer and source codes, catalogues are easy to track. Telephone, mail and online orders as well as special promotions can all be tracked with codes, so you can attribute a sale to a specific catalog. Driving customers to a digital app from your catalog also provides instant trackability.

Idea worth implementing: Measure the effectiveness of your catalogues using key code capture and match-back programs so that you can track who bought what and when. Many retailers are syncing up their online customer databases with their catalogue data, so they can test what happens when they are synced with other channels.

Reason #9: Catalogues deliver ease, convenience, and relaxation.

Easy to consume, catalogues provide the opportunity for consumers to slow down and enjoy the experience of being transported through images and storiesall over a cup of coffee. It also gives them the time to discover new items and make the best choices. Catalogues are accessible anywhere, which allows the reader to browse at their own speed and on their own schedule with fewer distractions. And by featuring a focused product selection, catalogues save people time lost in searching a website. That's why consumers report that catalogues are enjoyable and fun to browse.

Idea worth implementing: Limit your catalog frequency by sending them quarterly or seasonally. This promotes attention, interest and excitement for their arrival.

Reason #10: All generations say they like physical mail, especially millennials.

Even though they are a tech generation, millennials are embracing mail. So why do these digital natives love direct mail? "In part, it's because they are inundated with digital media. Physical mail stands out in millennials' otherwise electronic world. This generation is also geared toward visual content, and direct mail caters to the physical senses." This important buyer segment also spends more time sorting mail than other age groups and appears more engaged with mail than the average consumer. This is true for other generations as well. In fact, baby boomers and Gen Xers report strong childhood connections to catalogs prompting feelings of curiosity, hope, and excitement.

In a survey conducted by the USPS®, households reported a strong attachment to mail.

81% take the time to look through mail each day.
67% prefer reviewing physical mail to receiving emails.
64% look forward to receiving mail each day.

Idea worth implementing: Make sure your mailing lists are accurate. A high-quality list ensures that mailing addresses are up-to-date and have been qualified within the past year. USPS offers a FREE, one-time Address Quality Analysis (AQA). You can also use a licensed USPS address hygiene vendor to ensure accuracy.

In Conclusion

Today's catalogues are powerhouse marketing tools. It's no longer a competition between digital and print. It's all about using the strengths of each medium and offering the best of both worlds to create inspiration and engagement that satisfy your customer and your company's bottom line.

Source: USPS

 

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