High-Speed Color Inkjet – The Right Choice for Your Mailings?

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By Kay Wilt

Recent technological advancements have made color inkjet printing the best production option for many direct mail packages. The increased quality and speed of color inkjet offers many benefits for direct marketers including increased ROI.

J&Q’s latest white paper compares the three most often used production methods for direct mail. It provides an overview of each method and indicates which is best for different types of direct mail programs. The production types include –

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Postage Rates Take a Historic Fall!

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Today direct mailers are welcoming a historic event. For the first time in 97 years, postage rates are going down! The last time postage dropped was in July 1919 when Congress dropped first-class prices from 3 cents to 2 cents after the end of World War I.

Of course, direct marketers are thrilled about the extra money in their budgets. For a one million piece standard class mailing, the reduction results in approximately $10,000 in savings!

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Welcome to Bob Pullman – Joining J&Q’s Sales Team!

Robert Pullman

2016 is getting off to a great start here at J&Q. We are working with a lot of great companies and people to communicate their messages using direct mail, and many new opportunities are in progress. We also have a new addition to our sales staff. Bob Pullman has joined us as National Sales Director, Key Accounts. Bob has extensive experience in business development with many leading global direct marketing and database marketing corporations.

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DMA 2015 in Boston – Rainy but Colorful!

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By Kay Wilt

We are exhibiting at the &Then DMA Conference this weekend in Boston. And Hurricane Joaquin is moving up the East Coast. As I write this on Friday morning the Boston forecast is showing rain for Saturday and Sunday morning, with only a 10% chance of rain on Monday and Tuesday. We may not have to deal with a major storm, thank goodness. J&Q is located in the Chicagoland area. We get tornadoes here, but no hurricanes, so we really don’t want to experience one this weekend. We would love to walk the Freedom Trail and see some of historic Boston, so let’s see if the weather cooperates.

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Color Inkjet – Frequently Asked Questions

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By Kay Wilt

In the past, variable color printing for direct mail and other print was only available on slower, more expensive sheetfed digital presses which were impractical for high volume production. Today the latest generation of high-speed roll-to-roll inkjet presses produce incredible quality, reduce time into the mail, and production costs are comparable to traditional methods. This technology is changing the entire print and direct mail industry.

Take a look at our video on Color Inkjet Frequently Asked Questions for answers and information on why direct marketers should look more closely at this production method for their direct mail programs.

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Making the Transition to Color

Epicomm People Bubbles

By Kay Wilt

Bob Arkema, J&Q’s Executive Vice President and I provided content for an article on Personalization and Color Inkjet Printing that appeared in a recent issue of Epicomm’s Bottom Line. Epicomm is an association for the print, mail, fulfillment, and marketing services industry focused on business management. The article updated association members on the ever-growing use of high-speed color inkjet presses to create personalized direct mail. The information was targeted at printers and mailing service providers, but it does provide a good overview for marketers as well. Read the complete article here.

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Postage Rates Increase Today

Deskside Companion

By Kay Wilt

The good news – for consumers the 49 cent Forever Stamp remains at 49 cents. However, for direct marketers presorted First-Class and Standard postage rates increase today.

For a chart of the new postage rates, along with other useful mailing information, download Johnson & Quin’s Direct Mailer’s Deskside Companion.

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Color Inkjet Printing – Cost Savings & Flexibility for Direct Mail

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By Kay Wilt

The photo above shows Dave Henkel, J&Q’s President, reviewing a press sheet off our color inkjet press, a Screen Truepress Jet520ZZ. Many of our clients’ direct mail programs have been converted to color inkjet printing – for the many benefits it provides. Today we will delve into the benefits provided by color inkjet presses, and the reasons direct marketers should look into color inkjet for their direct mail campaigns. After reading an overview of the benefits here, download J&Q’s Color Inkjet Printing FAQ document for more details.

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May Day to Paper

May Day Tree Pole

By Kay Wilt

Today is May 1st or May Day.  I remember May Day as a child with school celebrations that included May Pole dancing on the playground which could result in a pretty amazing ribbon wrapped pole, or a colorful mess. And making May Baskets of construction paper filled with spring flowers for your mom and grandmother. In researching the history of May Day, I found that English villages in the Middle Ages all had Maypoles, which were actual trees brought in from the woods in the midst of rejoicing and raucous merrymaking. Maypoles came in many sizes, and villages were said to compete with each other to show whose Maypole was tallest.

Which led me to thinking about trees . . .

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Postal Rates Increasing May 31?

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By Kay Wilt

For the third time this year, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has asked the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to approve increasing postage prices by as much as 2%, effective May 31, 2015. The standard 49 cent letter rate will remain the same, but most other classes of mail will increase.

Originally postage rates were to increase April 26, 2015, until the PRC rejected some of the rate increases twice. The PRC has already approved price increases for First Class letters, postcards and flats, as well as Special Services. The request just filed includes Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services.

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