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6 Things You Need To Know Before Using An Online Printing Service


Tue, Aug 7, 2018 @ 08:53 AM Ginny Crispin 0

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It’s no question that the digital age has changed the world completely, especially when it comes to our reliance on e-commerce for obtaining goods and services. Online printers have become an easy and reliable way to order the printing products you need for your business.

 

Why? There are many reasons to make the move and utilize online printing for your needs. It can be much easier, faster and cheaper than using traditional printing companies. Commercial online printing offers a great deal of benefits, including transparent cheap printing costs, easy online ordering and a larger selection of standardized print options. All of which makes it more affordable and less stressful for you.

 

How do you know which online printing service best suits your needs? Searching through millions of Google results is a daunting task for many people to want to undertake. PrintingCenterUSA excels as a premier, affordable online printing company (we just had to throw that in!). We might be a little biased, but before you decide on a printing company, we want to give you the facts. Here is some helpful information that you can use to make an educated decision on what service may be right for you.

 

Transparent Reviews

honest online customer reviews You want to find a company that produces your project affordably. On the other hand, saving a few bucks doesn’t do you any good if you end up with a bad product. Choose an online printing company that is completely transparent with its customer reviews. The information you get from online customer reviews is much more valuable than taking a company’s or sales representative's word for it. Customers never hold back and are more than willing to provide accurate information whether it's good or bad. Know what you are getting yourself into before you commit and spend some time reading customer reviews. If they have low average ratings or no reviews at all - buyer beware!

 

Service (Communication is Key)

customer satisfaction guaranteedFind an online printing company that you can contact via phone, email and chat. Just because you’ve chosen to save time and money with an online printing service doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye to a good old fashioned one-on-one personal service. Some printing projects can seem a bit complicated. No one wants to run into problems during the production process, but sometimes issues come up and you will find yourself in need of help. Use a company that can give you both the ease of using an online service and the personal service you deserve. 

 

Transparent Pricing

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Find a company that is transparent with pricing. One downside to traditional printing services is pricing inconsistency and slow pricing service. You never know what your sales rep will come up with from one day to the next. It is a long and drawn out process. 

Here’s an example of the process you may be all too familiar with: You call or email your sales representative and go over every option or service you are looking for. Then you wait…and wait…and wait some more. What a waste of time!

Use a service that is open and transparent with their pricing. Look for a company that is willing to show their pricing online. Pull your pricing in seconds. Stay away from printing companies that won’t publish their pricing online - they will ultimately cost you more money. Nobody ever wants to be surprised with hidden shipping, delivery, postage or service fees. Choose a company that is upfront with pricing and offers instant, full scale quotes online. No haggle, no fuss! The best printing companies will want you as a long-term partner and will go the extra mile to give you superior service, speed and pricing.

 

Convenience

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Why should you take time out of your day to go down to a local printer and submit a project or go pick up your project after it has been completed? As anyone who has ever picked up a couple boxes from a local printer knows, finished printed products can be very heavy...ugh! Why not have it delivered to your door? You might think you are saving by not having to pay to ship the product to you, but if you look at the costs from online printing services, they are usually much more economical than local printing services, even with the shipping costs included. How can online printers do this? Online printing vendors are built and specialize in specific products. Online printing companies have to be optimized with the most efficient equipment to keep costs low and compete for the products they are offering.

 

Online Resources & Design Tools

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Find and use free online resources. Some online printing centers offer a wealth of resources to help you set up, design and submit your project. And these resources are all available with a click of a mouse. Did you know PrintingCenterUSA has tons of free tools and downloadable templates that will give you a leg up on your design preparation? These include free downloadable calendar grids available in PDF, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator formats.

 

 

High End Printing Equipment & Supplies

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When you choose to print online, you’re going to have a lot more options on what your final product can look like. You will have more choices in size, color, paper texture and weight than smaller, local print shops can usually offer. From full color offset printing to short run digital printing to mail services and bindery, online printers are fully stocked with the latest and greatest technology. It doesn’t matter if you are ordering simple business cards or multipage photo books, online printing offers the most streamlined and efficient service to handle your project professionally and fast.

 

Trust PrintingCenterUSA to provide you with the information you need to make the best decision that is the right fit for you. PrintingCenterUSA specializes in booklets, catalogs, magazines, programs, calendars, brochures, postcards and more. Check out our customer reviews and become confident in our ability to help you with your next project. 

 

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At PrintingCenterUSA, our knowledgeable staff is always available to answer any questions and can be reached via email, by calling 1-800-995-1555 or by live chat!

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Dino Coprolite 2019 Calendar - Case Study


Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 09:05 AM Amber Gauthier 0

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When David Freitag’s Dinosaur Coprolite 2019 Calendar came across my desk, I was immediately interested and had to call him to get more information on these dinosaur nugget calendars. David created his Coprolite Calendar because he didn’t have a calendar at the time. What he did have were hundreds of photos that were taken for his eBay Rock Store, which he started 5 years ago.

David’s Backstory

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David used to gold mine for over 15 years in Wyoming out in the desert. He wrote the story, “Wyoming’s Billion Dollar Nugget,” which was published by the California Mining Journal many years ago. “After we reclaimed our gold mining site, I was tired of gold and wanted to hunt fossils again,” says Freitag. In doing so, he found huge deposits of Dinosaur Coprolite along with Dinosaur Gizzard Stones and other dinosaur relics.

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example2_560x760“After some time went by, I was sitting in my easy chair one night, just about to drift off, when I heard Rick from Pawn Stars on the TV. He said, ‘You know, in the 25 years since I’ve been a pawn broker, about the only thing I haven’t seen come across the counter is dinosaur poop.’” “Well,” thought Freitag, “I have 3 pallets out back with some of the finest dinosaur poo you can buy.” After doing a web search and contacting the show, 5 months later he was in Las Vegas filming his sale of Coprolite on Pawn Stars. Rick bought the piece featured on the 2019 calendar’s cover for $1,100! Shortly after being featured on the show, David heard a Jade collection was for sale and bought 6 pickup trucks full of the gemstone. He then began his rock store on eBay and it has grown very nicely.

Choosing the Print Shop

example1_560x760“I chose PrintingCenterUSA over the others because your front page says that you have been in business for 40 years. That sold me.” says David. He liked the price we offer over other online printing companies, as they are more reasonable prices. “The quality is great and I can say nothing but good things about your products.”

David now sells his calendars on his eBay Rock Store. He has since bought 3 more Jade Collections and is now the largest seller of Wyoming Nephrite / Jade on eBay worldwide! Freitag says, “I have had great interest in geology and rocks for over 40 years. Why will I keep doing it? Because Wyoming Rocks!”

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Texas Dog Magazine - Case Study


Fri, Jul 6, 2018 @ 11:48 AM Anthony Tanguma 0

Non-Profit Magazine Case Study

“If you love what you do and believe in your product, you can't fail.”

- Founder and Editor, Nealie Sanchez of Texas Dog Magazine 

Magazine Founder and EditorNealie has been a dog lover for her entire life. While in high school, Nealie realized that the school magazine interested her. One day in June 2017, she was having a conversation with her stepmom, Deborah, and said, “I want to start a printed dog magazine, that is my dream job,” to which Deborah replied, “Do it then.” The very next day I created the Texas Dog Magazine website and registered my business!

Texas Dog Magazine (TXDM) is dedicated to advocating for our four-legged friends. In this edition, TXDM has made a small donation to The Love Pit (TLP), a 501(c)(3) foster-based non-profit dog rescue in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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TLP’s mission is to reduce the homeless pit bull population through rescue, rehabilitation, training and advocacy.

Its goal is to educate the public about a breed that often falls victim to breed specific legislation, discrimination and cruelty, in addition to promoting responsible pet ownership through spay/neuter initiatives, vaccinations and training resources

According to TLP’s website, more than one million dogs are euthanized each year, and it's estimated that 40 percent of those are pit bull breeds.

Donations to TLP go toward medical care for ill and injured dogs, training classes prior to adoption and education and community support to reduce the number of dogs in shelters.

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Through donations, TLP has been able to save more than 300 dogs since 2015. TXDM is proud to support TLP’s mission.

Texas Dog Magazine uses some of the proceeds each quarter to make donations to rescue, shelter or foster organizations in the State of Texas. It is their goal to help all dogs. In Nealie's experience, she said, “We know the best way to do that is by supporting organizations that advocate for and actively help dogs.”

We asked Nealie, "How did you find out about PrintingCenterUSA?"

I found PrintingCenterUSA after a month-long hunt for a printing company. Many of the people I reached out to locally didn’t get back to me and I was very nervous about outsourcing the work to another state. After reading reviews online, I decided to take the leap and use PrintingCenterUSA as my magazine printing company. The reviewer that stuck out to me the most said that even as a first-time publisher, PrintingCenterUSA had treated them as if they were a big name magazine. This review was important to me choosing the company.

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Advice from Nealie

Understand your timeline so that with design, production, printing and shipping you are not rushing your project. Additionally, the staff at PrintingCenterUSA have been so helpful from the beginning. When I email or call, a real person is there for me promptly and truly cares about resolving any concerns or questions I may have.

Nealie’s Future Vision for Texas Dog Magazine

“I can't wait for the day we have an office independently and each of my employees can bring their dogs to work. I am also excited about hosting Texas Dog Magazine events in the future and increasing the circulation of the magazine and implementing subscriptions.”

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What Everybody Ought To Know About Notepad Printing


Wed, May 2, 2018 @ 02:39 PM Anthony Tanguma 0

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Ordering custom printed notepads is quick, simple and easy with PrintingCenterUSA. Notepads can be included in promotional packets to attendees at school, business, professional, corporation, education or organization conference events, trade shows, career fairs and much more. At PrintingCenterUSA, we offer competitive pricing and amazing customer service, guaranteeing customer satisfaction. Interested in seeing how one of our custom printed notepads look? Request a free sample pack to receive one of our company's custom notepads.

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From jotting down an important idea to making a rough design sketch, printed notepads are used in a variety of different ways, especially when it comes to the work place. When looking around the office, it’s almost impossible not to find a writing pad lying nearby. Even with technology use increasing, this timeless tool is still one of the most utilized items in the workplace. But to think of a notepad as just blank pieces of paper bound together would be putting your company at a disadvantage. Notepads can be used as great marketing tools for you and/or your business.

Marketing Your Business With Notepads

More and more companies find themselves creating customized notepads. As stated before, notepads are one of the most utilized tools in many office spaces. Who knew they could also be used to market to potential clients? Use brand colors and your logo to help with brand recognition. Add your phone number and email address to help increase the response rates. Not sure how or where to start with your notepad design? We have organized a team of professional graphic designers to help our customers with their custom notepad printing design needs. If the thought of designing is overwhelming for you or you just don’t have the time to do it yourself, reach out to one of these graphic designers to help assist you with your project.

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Customize Your Notepads For Print

When it comes to customizing your notepads, there are endless possibilities. Keeping in mind the use of your notepads will help when approaching its design. You would want to leave empty space if you were to use it as a sketching pad or have lines so that it makes taking notes easier. You can utilize your logo as a watermark or go with an artistic border on the edge. At PrintingCenterUSA, we offer different paper types, sizes and even glue placement to give you a variety of customization.

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4 Poster Printing Tips That Make an Impact


Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 02:11 PM Anthony Tanguma 0

4 Online Poster Printing Tips That Make an Impact

Cheap online poster printing is perfect for schools, sporting events, real estate, movies, and many more types of posters you may need for marketing. PrintingCenterUSA is a leading online poster printing company offering affordable printing prices, 24/7 online ordering, expert technical representatives, and fast service with a customer satisfaction guarantee.

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Online Printed Business Posters

When your success rests on the effectiveness of your poster, you want to make sure your design elements and printing are perfect for the delivery of your message. The purpose of a full color printed poster is to get your message across within seconds, attract attention, and leave a memorable impression. For best results, your design needs to be executed properly whether it's a printed poster to promote an event, sell a product or service, or to develop a positive brand image. Refer to these design and print ordering suggestions to help you create a vibrant poster to get real impact. 

1. Mapping Out Your Poster

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Before designing make sure to plan ahead. What is the goal of your poster? Brainstorm and formulate layout ideas, poster concepts, the goal of your poster, the specific point of your message, and all advertising and promotional ideas. Keep your target audience in mind when formulating these ideas. What purpose does each element serve on the poster? Since posters are larger than flyers and many other marketing materials, you'll want to make sure that everything is precise since it will be viewed by a larger audience than usual. You'll also want to keep in mind where these posters will be on display. Knowing your audience will put you at an advantage by changing the way you approach your design. By keeping in mind how many posters you need and the overall design, it also puts you at an advantage when it comes to check out. Properly mapping out where your posters will be placed and how many you'll need will affect how many posters you'll order, preventing any possible waste. By using our instant poster pricing tool, you can easily calculate a quote for your next poster project.

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2. Creating An Overall Theme

Design the poster around a central theme, concept, or purpose and be specific. By creating a theme for your poster you're giving your audience a head up as to what type of company you are. You're also helping create a brand identity. If you're designing your poster in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop, try starting your poster design using our downloadable poster templates to ensure you have the correct file specifications from the start! Use colors to represent you, your company and your ideas. Also, when approaching your design make sure to keep your target audience in mind and who you'd like to reach with your posters. People associate colors with feelings, emotions, and moods. A theme on your poster can end up effecting the rest of your marketing materials, making everything flow together properly.

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3. Design Is Key To Catching Your Audience's Attention

Summer Camp Poster PrintingCreate your poster with a clear flow of information to attract attention and guide your audience through your message. You have approximately 3 seconds to attract your audience with your poster, so you want to be precise and straightforward. Choose design elements wisely. Make photographs, graphics, colors, and layout have a quick impact and if possible, use an interesting statement to draw your readers in. Posters give you an opportunity to showcase your business and display your artwork. They are an open canvas designed to be bright, brilliant, and vibrant. For effectiveness, funnel information to simplify your design and message. Start by eliminating unnecessary elements. A well-designed printed poster will gain attention from your target market and bring them in for more information. Take a quick check, is the message convincing? Will it attract attention? Is it clear and precise? Does it have the impact necessary to draw attention to your message? Remember to include important information such as a phone number, dates or location.

4. Getting Ready For Print

Always proof your work carefully before sending to print. Make sure to check for any spelling errors or incorrect dates. Not sure about our design requirements? Check out our PDF File Checklist to make sure you have all the correct formatting or try using PrintingCenterUSA's predesigned templates to give you a quick start and to ensure you have the proper format we need to print. 

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