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DOME’s New Cross Media Ad

DOME recently had a chance to promote our business with a cross media ad on the back cover of Visual Media Alliance’s (VMA) Storyboard magazine. We felt the ad was the perfect opportunity to promote our capabilities. The premise behind that ad was to explain to our viewers and the readers of the magazine how DOME can help leverage “Big Data.” The ad was set up to utilize Augmented Reality, by having our clients download the Layar app, scan the cube and watch the fantastic video we created.

Check out the video below and share!

8 Tips for an effective Cross Media Campaign

You’ve probably heard the term cross media being tossed around in your marketing meetings, but what is it exactly and how do you even begin? A cross media campaign uses targeted communication and delivers it across various multi-media channels. This can include everything from print and email to SMS text messaging. Every business, big or small, can utilize cross media campaigns to boost their client communication. In fact, you are probably using aspects of cross media in your 1 to 1 marketing without even noticing. A printed postcard containing a QR Code that directs customers to your webpage is a simple form of cross media marketing.

There is no one algorithm used to execute a cross media campaign successfully, but there are some great fundamental tips to help you with your marketing goals. These 8 tips have helped us at DOME create great marketing campaigns for our clients, and can help you get your campaign heading in the right direction.

Tip #1: Prepare your strategy

Your strategy is not just the technology or data. It also includes who are you try to target, what media outlets you want to use, and what goals you are trying to achieve from your campaign.

Tip#2: Know your client base

Your company is unique and so are your clients. They may respond to certain forms of media differently depending on their demographic. Understanding whether your clients respond better to print, email, PURLs and/or SMS messaging, will provide a higher ROI.

Tip#3: Track all your channels

Watch the response rates of each of your channels to get an idea of the best ways to reach your clients. You may find that more clients responded to your campaign from their mobile phone. On your next campaign you’ll want to make sure you include a well-developed mobile aspect.

Tip#4: Integration

Cross media marketing is most effective if all of the channels are integrated together. They should always reinforce the other channels in the campaign. Use common branding and similar messaging to tie all the components together.

Tip#5: Print!

Of course a printing company would love to tell you this, but it is true! Variable printing creates a more personalized direct mail piece and will improve your results.

Tip#6: Watch all metrics

Look at all of the metrics not just the response rate. Yes, it is fantastic to have great response to your campaign, but understanding the best time to contact clients, or where they are located will provide more variable metrics to your data. And you can use this information to refine your next campaign.

Tip #7: Make it easy to share

If you have a fantastic message, allow your client to share your content. The more viral your message goes, the more your business will thrive.

Tip#8: Always ask for feedback

A very important tip that often gets overlooked. Clients can provide you with the best feedback and help you create a better marketing environment for your business. Allowing your clients to fill out a survey can help you focus your attention and create a dialogue with your clients.

In a world where clients are looking for a more 1 on 1 approach and want to feel like they are important, cross media can provide be a very effective marketing tool. It’s funny how a simple direct mail piece that is personalized with the clients name and some personal information can have a greater impact than just a simple run of the mill piece. Cross media is your greatest friend for marketing.

 

Creative Holiday Cards!

Tis the season to send those holiday cards out, and if you are on DOME’s mailing list, you should receive our beautiful card soon. I felt like I would share some of the amazing designs and inspirations that our design team has discovered on the web and share with our readers! So enjoy this list and hopefully will provide you some inspiration for next year’s holiday season (or this year, procrastinators).

DOME’s Holiday Card 2014

I figured I would show our Holiday Card first. We send all of our clients a packaged calendar with our card. Let us know what you think! If you are interested in a calendar, I can see what I can do!

Arjowiggins Creative Papers Chrismas Card by David Popov

This is a beautiful card design. I love the use of the interchangeable color patterns to design the christmas tree.

VW Creative Snowflake Card

Remember growing up as a child and making snowflakes out of paper. Folding the paper then making specific cuts to create a unique snowflake. Volkswagen replicated that idea and used their logo to create a snowflake.

IOStudio’s Christmas Card Scene

I really enjoy this because of the clever pop-out pieces to create a scene. It creates a great holiday decoration for your desk, or something for the children to play with.

GenesisXD Holiday Card

I love the colors, and the creativity used with the card inserts. Really great.

Creative Suitcase Holiday Mailer

I love the colors! Also, the construction for the blocks is simple but the design is elegant.

What do you think of the designs? Which one is your favorite? Let me know below. Happy Holidays everyone!

What is Big Data?

Big Data! It’s the new hot term in the corporate world. But what exactly does it mean?

At it’s core, Big Data is basically a term the industry uses to describe an instance where your data set is so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using traditional data processing applications. This type of data is analyzed to show information like trends and consumer interaction patters.

Traditionally, the data companies and marketers collect standard information like name, phone, email and address. With big data, you are collecting lists that may contain social media interactions, search histories, buying trends, etc. Not the typical lists that many marketers and mailing companies are aware of.

So why collect this big data information? It’s data that matters. You can now successfully measure helpful data to leverage and optimize the best opportunities to market your brand. Also, with the increased influx of data, you can create customer profiles, test assets, and determine the success of your marketing campaigns. The idea is to use your data to create a better one-to-one marketing strategy, helping increase your ROI. It’s hard to do that with only a name and address.

So the big question to ask yourself or your company is….Where do you start with all of this Big Data? You want to start by educating your team on what data information you want to focus on. The report from 360i.com, asks a great conversation starter, “If I knew…”. For example, If I knew what blog topics our clients were interested, how could I use them to improve our conversion rate to for new clients? What questions will help your company gain traction with clients?

As a print solutions provider, DOME has help many clients with their marketing plans. From PURL and Cross Media Campaigns to VDP (Variable Data Printing), cross media is a great way to collect and analyze your data. Set up campaigns mixed with creative strategies like personalized 4 color print pieces and responsive email designs.

So, what is Big Data? It is your company’s greatest ally! Using data correctly can help you retain clients, identify new leads, create better marketing plans, and make your advertising budget last. Start thinking of better ways you can leverage your Big Data now.

DOME delivers results with VeraCore fulfillment software

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Sean O’Connor

VeraCore Software Solutions, Inc.

(860) 721-8929

soconnor@veracore.com

Rocky Hill, CT, October 7th, 2014

DOME Printing, of Sacramento, California is in the process of implementing The VeraCore Fulfillment Solution to support the dramatic growth of their fulfillment business.

One of northern California’s strongest privately-held commercial printing companies, DOME provides a wide range of services to a diverse client base. In addition to web and sheet-fed printing, DOME’s suite of integrated business solutions includes creative services, digital printing, finishing, mailing and fulfillment.

Order fulfillment, long a component of DOME’s service offering, has grown substantially in recent years. The firm now manages hundreds of their clients’ products and kits in their expansive 60,000 sq. foot climate controlled warehouse. The technology infrastructure that supported DOME’s fulfillment operation was composed of several different systems, some purchased and some developed in-house. Recognizing the increasingly important role that fulfillment played in their business, DOME’s management team set out to assess their fulfillment technology and, where appropriate, make investments in support of three key objectives – growing the business, retaining existing clients and improving process efficiency.

The management team approached the process of assessing their fulfillment technology and evaluating their options the same way they approached other IT decisions. Whether building or buying, technology decisions are predicated on delivering “best in class” solutions for the task at hand. After evaluating several options, the management team unanimously concurred that The VeraCore Fulfillment System was the right choice for DOME, and for their clients. DOME’s CEO, Tim Poole, explains – “Technology decisions can’t be made based strictly on our own business objectives. We strive to truly understand how new technology will impact our clients. This is tricky with fulfillment because each of our clients has their own unique requirements. VeraCore will provide the operational efficiency required to support sustained growth and an extremely robust client-facing offering that will help to ensure growth”.

The VeraCore Warehouse Management System’s extensive support for barcode technology and process automation will ensure Dome’s pick/pack operation and kitting lines run at peak efficiency. VeraCore’s billing capabilities will save Dome’s account managers countless hours each month by eliminating the need to manually compile billing data. Each of Dome’s clients will benefit immediately from The VeraCore Order Management System’s real-time reports and dashboards, which will provide up to the minute information on all aspects of their fulfillment programs. In addition, VeraCore’s support for order restrictions, budgetary controls and order approval chains will provide DOME’s clients with greater control over their fulfillment programs and marketing spend.

A technology company in its own right, one of DOME’s central requirements was that any new fulfillment system be capable interacting with the technologies that DOME developed in-house as well as systems provided by other vendors. The VeraCore Fulfillment Solution will serve as the new foundation of DOME’s fulfillment infrastructure. For truly specialized applications, DOME’s developers and technology partners will be able to create real-time integrations via the VeraCore web-service which supports sophisticated two-way communications between VeraCore and external applications.

Denise Lunden, President of VeraCore Software Solutions, Inc. commented on the DOME implementation under way now. “We are really excited to be working with Tim and his team of professionals. The combination of Dome’s talent and The VeraCore Fulfillment Solution will be hard to beat and will ensure DOME continues delivering results for their clients”.

For more information about DOME Printing and their award winning services, visit: https://www.domeprinting.com

 

About VeraCore Software Solutions, Inc.

VeraCore Software Solutions, Inc., has been providing software solutions for commercial printers, fulfillment companies, and marketing service providers for over 30 years. Their flagship product, The VeraCore Fulfillment Solution, enables fulfillment service providers to manage all aspects of their clients’ order fulfillment programs.

For additional information on VeraCore, visit their website at http://www.veracore.com

 

5 Creative Annual Report Designs

It is that time of year for companies and corporations, Annual Report season. This is not a real season but it is an important time for many companies to share the success of the previous year. At DOME, we have had many opportunities to design annual reports for companies, non-profit organizations and associations. You can say that we love to design annual reports. Its a great opportunity to run with a suggested topic and design a great layout with the theme and company brand in mind.

The purpose of this blog to show some of our favorite design concepts, that kept the company brand in mind and really expressed the theme at hand, from around the internet. Doing a basic Google search will allow you to view all sorts of designs, some creative and unique and some very similar in style. The following design, to me, are fantastic use of color, concept and creativity to really sell the message.

U-HAUL’s 2010 Annual Report created by Jacob Gilbreath

This has to be one of my favorite annual report designs. This design just uses the company branding and theme really well. Using the design of a packing box and layering elements through out the piece, creates a sense of everything U-HAUL has to offer. Check out the link for more detailed look.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/UHAUL-Annual-Report-2010/1064319

Rosneft’s 2011 Annual Report created by VolgaVolga

I love the use of color and the creativity of using hand illustrated elements to convey the message from the companies identity.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/Rosneft-Annual-Report-2011/4669509

Google’s 2014 Annual Report

I love the sharp edges in the design, along with the use of Google’s color palette. Very modern and clean design.

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/e2/1c/7a/e21c7aab6b03fbf22865568b15bba682.jpg

Wates Group 2010 Annual Report Design

I love the use of whitespace, the splash of color with the grayscale images. Very nicely designed.

http://www.theallotmentbranddesign.com/our-work/wates/