The Latest at Russell Printers

2018 has been a busy year for us here at Russell Printers, filled with exciting projects and new additions to our offices.

Welcoming Karen

The first addition to our office was our brand-new team member, Karen. Karen will be working with us as a Sales Representative to promote our services and introduce new clients. As a working professional, Karen is very driven and goal-orientated and comes with a wealth of experience in printing and sales, so we know she will be full of new ideas and bring lots of benefits to the company.

Since leaving school, Karen has worked for the printing industry in various roles, from print management, facilities management and account management. She has also had a lot of hands on experience with the production side of printing, before venturing into sales.

Twenty-four years later Karen continues to strive. Over the years she has seen the industry change in many ways but continues to offer customers innovative ideas on how they can save money without compromising quality, making her the perfect match for Russell Printers.

Taking Embroidery to the Next Level

Our second addition is our brand-new embroidery machine. The Melco EMT16 Modular Embroidery Machine is known for being the most powerful and productive embroidery machine sold by Melco and proven to boost production by 20% compared to older models.

Corporate Workwear Russell Printers

Competitive advancements, such as 1,500 stitches per minute, laser light positioning, fully automatic thread tensioning and a sewing field of 540 x 440cm means that we can provide a speedy turnaround and professional workwear for your employees.

Embroidery can add a personal touch to many materials, especially clothing. For example, having your logo printed on t-shirts for corporate workwear or even school uniforms, can work as a great advertisement tool that your employees or students can wear with pride.

For further details on our embroidery services, call a member of the team on 0121 236 2784

 

Branding with Posters: The Keys to Success

Although we are taught not to judge a book by its cover, it’s not always that easy. It is second nature to make an initial judgement when seeing something for the first time. According to Missouri University of Science and Technology, it takes online users two-tenths of a second to judge your brand upon entering your website1. Therefore, if you want your business to be perceived positively upon first impression you need to pay close attention to how you’re branding yourself.

A great way to promote your brand is through artwork, more specifically posters. In your younger years you may have plastered your bedroom walls with posters of your favourite bands and style icons. This is because you loved what they represented and what they meant to you.

branding with posters

Designing a poster for your business can bring the same level of value, when you’re working with the right printer team. There are three aspects to every piece of great artwork: design, message and quality. Consider what message you want to convey with your poster and what you want it to represent.

Is your branding designed to be: Creative? Humorous? Feminine? Masculine? Direct? Informative?

Create a plan with all the keywords you like to associate with your brand. Then expand on this with the colours, imagery and style of language your research finds appeals best to your target audience. With art, everything comes with a connotation, so you need to get it right.

Once the design is polished, here at Russell Printers we are ready to turn your designs into reality. With high quality printing, we can help you promote your brand in the best possible light, with the latest equipment and a range of expertise. But it’s not just your classic A1 posters we have to offer.

If you company is big on promoting at exhibitions we also have professional roller banners to stand by your side as you greet potential clients. Bespoke wallpapers are also an option if you’re looking to promote in-house too. Visit our website and explore our range of printing services available, to find everything your business needs.

Sources

1 – entrepreneur.com/article/223150

Everything You Wanted to Know About Business Cards but Were Too Afraid to Ask

Business cards are an essential part of a companies’ marketing plan, and despite the world’s move to digital, they are one of the materials that don’t show any sign of going out of fashion anytime soon. And that’s for good reason – they allow potential clients and contacts to feel connected with your brand, give them something tangible to take away and can make sure you’re in that person’s contact list.

business cards

At Russell Printers, we print hundreds of business cards every week, so have seen our fair share of designs – good, bad and ugly. Here, we investigate the top three elements you need to think about when it comes to your business cards:

Include the essentials

Your business card should include essential information such as your name, position, telephone number and email address, as well as your logo. Whether you include your business’ street address depends on whether you have a bricks and mortar shop or premises that is integral to doing business.

Have a think about what you want to be called – founder? CEO? MD? Getting these details straightened out in advance can save you having your cards redesigned and reprinted later down the line.

Adhere to best practice

At first, it may seem strange to carry around a packet of business cards, but it’s wise to get into the habit. You never know who you’re going to meet and where, so being prepared is the best course of action.

Rather than simply trying to shove your business card into someone’s hand straight away, try and take an interest in their business first and give it to them when an appropriate moment arises. Don’t forget to ask for their business card too!

Embrace different cultures

Here in the UK, giving out a business card is a straightforward part of networking that doesn’t come with much ceremony. However, in other parts of the world there are different ways of approaching the exchanging of cards and it’s always good to know what to expect. We always recommend doing your research about business card etiquette in the country you are visiting, but have rounded up some here for you:

  • The Middle East – Typically, business cards are exchanged at the beginning of a meeting and should be looked at respectfully before being put away. It’s important to note that they should always be taken with the right hand rather than the left, which is seen to be for ‘unclean acts’.
  • China – Again, business cards are typically exchanged at the beginning of a meeting. Dual-sided Chinese business cards should be printed in English on one side and Chinese on the other and should always be exchanged with two hands.
  • Japan – Giving and receiving business cards in Japan is seen to be quite a ceremonial experience, so investing in high quality cards and case is essential. Status is important in Japan, so ensure you’ve included your title in a prominent position. Finally, always accept a business card with both hands.
  • USA – Like the UK, business card etiquette in America is fairly relaxed and doesn’t have much ceremony attached to it. However, always try and be respectful when giving one out and ask if the recipient has one to share too.

At Russell Printers, we offer a wide range of high-quality printing services at a reasonable price, including business cards. To find out more or to book in your job, call us today on 0121 236 2784, or email info@russellprinters.co.uk.

The A-Z of printed products you may need in 2018

 

Here at Russell Printers we offer printing services for a vast range of products, including some you may not have thought of!

A to Z of printed products

A – If you produce Annual Reports for your business, use high-quality printing.

B – Top quality Business Cards to share with clients and potential customers.

CCatalogues that list and promote your products and encourage sales.

D – Handy Desk Calendars that make a perfect gift for clients at New Year.

E – Specially printed Envelopes make sending mail quick and more efficient.

F – Promotional Flyers are a perfect way to raise awareness about offers and events.

GGift Vouchers are a popular product sold in store or online.

H – Professionally printed Hymn Sheets for religious services and events.

IInvitations for any kind of event, big or small.

J – Personalised Jotters for taking down key notes and observations.

KKey Fob Inserts to make sure you know which key is which!

LLeaflets remain a great way of advertising and are easily distributed via hand or post.

M – High quality Magazine production requires large scale professional printing.

NNewsletters can be a useful tool in social and professional environments.

OOrder Forms play a key role in helping clients to buy your products.

PPrice Lists are a handy way of letting customers know how much your products cost.

QQuestionnaires are commonly used for market research at busy events.

R – If you don’t have Raffle Tickets, how will anybody win!?

S – Most organisations are required to produce financial statements.

T – Printed Tickets offer a great way of managing admission to big events.

UUniforms can be easily styled to reflect your company branding.

VVouchers are an easy and efficient way to promote future sales.

WWedding Stationery is vital to making your big day a success!

X, Y, Z?

Watch this space in 2018!

 

How we can help

If you would like to find out more about the wide range of printed products we offer here at Russell Printers, please contact our friendly customer service team today on 0121 236 2784.

Print Past, Present and Future: Reviewing another great year at Russell Printers

As 2017 draws to a close and we look forward to the festive period ahead, we’d like to thank all of our customers and friends for their support over the last 12 months.  It has been a busy year for Russell Printers, with the move to bigger premises in Hockley and welcoming a new director just a few of our notable highlights.

Russell Printers new premises

 

Range of print services

 

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Our move to Mott Street Industrial Estate has enabled us to respond to increased demand for high-quality t-shirt printing and thanks to the installation of our new OKI transfer printer, we can now print onto any material in full colour.

For those of you who have not had chance to visit us at our new building yet, here are a few ‘behind the scenes’ shots of where the action takes place:

Getting Nostalgic

As any company with a history as rich as ours would agree, there is nothing like a trip down memory lane, particularly at this time of year when we are looking back on another great year here at Russells.  The eagle eyed amongst you may be able to pick out Ian and Neil from the photo below:

Russell Printers the good old days

And if you visit our new premises in Hockley, you can literally go back in time with our feature history wall, showing the Russells story from past to present:

the history of Russell Printers

 

What does the future hold for Russell Printers?

Having provided printing in Birmingham since 1905 we’ve witnessed many changes in the industry and happily we’ve been able to respond to these to continually offer a service that is up to date with what you and your business need.

As we look forward to 2018, there is a lot to get excited about as we continue to offer everything from traditional business stationery to corporate workwear and dye sublimation to print your designs and branding onto a wide range of materials.

the future of print

Whatever print your business needs just give our team a call on 0121 236 2784 and we’ll be happy to help.

Getting your clients and customers in the festive mood with Christmas print

With the festive season on the horizon, many of us will be thinking about our Christmas lists, cooking schedules and shopping tasks. And while many businesses close for the celebratory season, there’s no reason why you can’t keep your brand front of mind during the break. How, we hear you ask?

christmas print

Well, Christmas actually offers the chance for you kill two birds with one stone. Not only can you send a festive card or gift to your all-important clients, you can subtly brand whatever you send. At Russell Printers, we can put together a whole range of Christmas print, including:

Christmas cards

Sending a corporate Christmas card is a quick, easy and cost-effective way of letting your clients and customers know you care.  We are dab hands at branding Christmas cards, and if you’re not sure what you want we can give you a long list of ideas.

Gift vouchers

Although you might prefer to give a gift over anything else, sometimes it’s just not possible to know what people want. That’s why investing in branded gift vouchers can ensure you offer your customers an easy Christmas solution, while encouraging reinvestment into your business.

Gift tags

We’ve all been there – in the midst of present wrapping when we realise we’ve run out of gift tags. That’s why creating branded gift tags and providing them to your clients can help them out in a time of need while also showing off your branding.

Desk calendars

With the new year not long after Christmas, giving a personalised or branded desk calendar is a fantastic way of making your brand a yearly fixture on a client’s desk.

Wine labels

Wine can be a great corporate gift, but why not personalise a bottle and have your branding featured on the label? With Christmas parties in full flow, you’ll never know who sees it!

At Russell Printers, we offer a wide range of high-quality printing services at a reasonable price, festive or otherwise. To find out more or to book in your Christmas print job, call us today on 0121 236 2784, or email info@russellprinters.co.uk.

Celebrating all the printed items you can post this World Post Day

On the 9th October it will be World Post Day, which was designed to mark the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union’s creation in 1874 and to celebrate its contribution to social and economic development across the globe.

As printers, there are many things that we create which end up in the postal system, so we thought it’d be a fitting idea to list a handful of printed items that you can pop in the post.

Leaflets and flyers

Whether it’s A5 flyer printing or A4 folded leaflets and flyers, these forms of marketing aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. While email marketing might have dominated the scene for a while, research shows that good old printed collateral still has its place and can even be more effective. After all, nothing quite beats having something tangible to feel and read, rather than another unread email that sits in your recipient’s junk box.

leaflets and flyers

Letters

Letters are one of the oldest forms of communication that are still widely loved and used. There’s something to be said for reading a hard copy letter – they’re personal, better for record keeping and more private than email. Whether it’s for business purposes or you’re sending out a mass load of letters to friends and family, an established printer can help you get them out the door.

Booklets and catalogues

If you’ve got top quality, eye catching design and a superb quality print, booklets and catalogues that are posted to potential customers can be fantastic marketing tools that deliver real results. Whether you want to show off your new range of clothing, or send an information booklet about your charity, they are versatile and cost-effective. From glossy and matte print, to A4 and A5 styles, the possibilities are endless.

booklets

Wedding invitations

In a bid to keep costs down, many people are now choosing to design their own wedding stationery on free software like Canva. That’s where a printer comes in – allowing you to print your designs on luxurious paper and get your invites out on time.

wedding invites

Birthday party invitations

As with wedding invitations, homemade birthday party invites are the ‘in’ thing, but when you’ve got loads to print it’s much easier and potentially cheaper to give the job to a reputable printer.

A printed envelope

Personalised company envelopes can be a fantastic marketing tool to show off your business and make you stand out from the crowd. At Russell Printers we can print on a range of envelope sizes and shapes, working closely with you on your ideas and designs.

printed envelopes

Postcards

Postcards have been in existence since the postal service was established, and there’s a reason why they’re still around. Custom printed postcards aren’t just great ways of showing off your business, they can be remarkable pieces of design.

Greetings cards

Personalised greetings cards can be a great way to touch base with your clients at times like Christmas, or to say thank you to existing customers – so bear them in mind in your marketing plan.

At Russell Printers, we offer a wide range of high-quality printing services at a reasonable price. To find out more or to book in your job, call us today on: 0121 236 2784, or email: info@russellprinters.co.uk.

To find out more about World Post Day, you can visit this website: www.upu.int/en/the-upu/world-post-day/about-wpd.html.

 

Printing in Birmingham just got better as we move into new premises

It has been a busy couple of months for the team at Russell Printers so we thought we had better keep you up to date with everything that has been going on.

Firstly, we have moved to larger premises in Hockley.  Our new address in Mott Street Industrial Estate is the perfect location from which to expand our high-quality t-shirt printing services.  Plus, the new unit is large enough for us to incorporate the new machinery we need to meet customer demand.

Russell Printers new premises

Our customers will love the new premises as not only is it centrally located, but there is plenty of parking so you don’t have to worry about where to leave the car when you come to pick up your finished print projects.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, we have also brought a new director on board. Sales Manager, Martin Hansel, first joined the Russell Printers team back in 2015 and his wealth of experience in the print industry means we are delighted he can join Ian Breakwell as a company director.

Martin said of his new appointment:

I am very excited to become a part of the board at Russell Printers and look forward to implementing all of the fantastic things we have planned.

We’re particularly thrilled with our new OKI transfer printer. This means we can now print onto any material in full colour plus white, producing exceptional quality clothing on a wide range of garments including denim, leather and even wood.’

We’re glad to have shared our exciting news with you and don’t forget, if you’re coming to collect a print job please make sure you visit us at our new address: Unit 2, Mott Street Industrial Estate, Hockley, Birmingham, B19 3HE or call us on 0121 236 2784 if you need advice on any of our print services.

How to Make Your Printed Items Stand Out from The Crowd

Companies around the country send out millions of brochures, leaflets and marketing material every day, but how many of them actually get opened or read? The truth is, unless your printed design stands out from the crowd, you run the risk of your business collateral getting ignored or even binned.

At Russell Printers, we’ve used our years of experience to come up with the top five reasons how you can ensure that your printed items make people stand up and take note.

  1. Keep it simple, stupid

When it comes to marketing material, less is often more. By overloading the recipient with information, offers and deals, they’re more likely to feel overwhelmed and be less inclined to read it. Keeping your printed items clear and to the point means that it doesn’t take much effort to read and that your business or event offering is obvious.

  1. Use colour wisely

flyers

Investigate the psychology of colour further before you send your items to print. For example, red can often be used to indicate urgency, such as in a sale, and blue is often used by corporate organisations who want to offer a sophisticated and trustworthy image.  Colour can send messages to the recipient before they’ve even had a chance to read your blurb, so make sure your palette ties in with your end goal. In addition, using too many colours at once can bombard the senses.

  1. Use attractive imagery

Gone are the days of clip art and comic sans, good design is all about powerful, attractive and fitting imagery. Try and find images that really suit the topic you’re talking about and that match your colour scheme. There are plenty of paid for royalty free photo sites, but you can also access royalty free ones on sites like Pexels and Unsplash.

  1. Invest in a copywriter

So you’re design is clear, the right colour and has your reader’s attention. But what if they’re then faced with a page of waffle? Well written content is just as important as the overall design and can clinch a deal.

We’d always recommend hiring a professional copywriter to craft the perfect wording for your marketing collateral. They should have a good grasp of grammar and spelling, as well as an ability to write to motivate and influence people to do something (such as ring you, or buy your products).

  1. Choose quality paper stock
    Business cards

Having dealt with all the visual elements, it’s then time to turn your attention to how your printed material feels. It’s no good spending time and money creating a fantastic brochure or leaflet, only for it to be printed on cheap, flimsy paper. Speak to your printer about the look and feel you’re going for, and they should be able to advise on what the best paper stock would be.

Whether you’re looking for printed brochures, leaflets, flyers or anything else, we can help. With more than 100 years of experience in printing, we know what we’re doing and always strive for perfection. We are based in Birmingham, but work with clients far and wide.

Call us today on 0121 236 2784.

Business cards – ten things you must consider

Although most of us are always connected to our smartphones, business cards still serve a valuable purpose and have a unique ability to help forge personal and profitable connections.

While the business card may be one of the most basic networking tools out there, if you get it wrong, it could cost you a sale.

What is there to get wrong, we hear you ask. It’s not only the design of the card and quality of paper that is highly important – it’s also the key information that you choose to include.

Here, we share our top ten tips on how to maximise the power of your business cards:

  1. Choose a memorable shape

After a networking event, you can almost guarantee that everyone will have a wadge of business cards in their bag or wallet. Choosing a design that stands out from the crowd means that you don’t get shoved on the same pile as the rest. Have a think about making your business card an unusual shape, such as square, triangular, or even slim rectangular.

  1. Don’t skimp on the design

While it may be tempting to have a go at designing your own business card, it doesn’t always look professional. If you can, invest in your business card by employing a graphic designer to mock one up that really packs a punch and conveys the message you want.

  1. Include your title

Are you managing director or founder? Marketing director or accountant? While the truth may be that you’re all of the above, people often like to see what your role in the company is. Keep your title short and sweet, people don’t need an essay on all of your qualifications.

  1. Don’t forget phone number or email address

Your phone number and email address are possibly the two most important pieces of information on your business card. After all, there’s no use in investing money into the card’s creation if prospects cannot even get in touch with you.

  1. Showcase your social media channels

Your social media channels can give potential clients more information about your company and its ethos. Pointing them to your channels can showcase your expertise and help tell your brand story.

  1. Don’t print things too small

Bear in mind that not everyone will have 20/20 vision. Ensure that the details on your business card are legible. It sounds simple, but is often overlooked.

  1. Think of your card as a call to action

The next time a prospect picks up your business card, you want them to feel compelled to do something. Whether that’s calling you, or sending you an email – ensuring you’ve created a call to action can be a good persuasion tactic.

  1. Don’t cram your card full of content

Although it can be tempting to stuff your business card full of information, sometimes less is more. Putting the essentials on it is great, but too much and it can be overwhelming. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of white space, some people even choose not to use the back of their business card, or to fill it with an image instead.

  1. Use good quality paper

The type and thickness of paper that you use can either enhance a business card’s image, or completely let it down. A card that’s made from thin, economy card that wobbles in the wind probably won’t have as much gravitas as one that is made from fine quality stock.

  1. Don’t forget to take enough out with you

Although you may not want to clog up your purse or wallet with loads of your business cards, prospecting events often have things like business card walls or buckets. By not taking enough, you could be doing yourself a disservice and limiting the places your card is seen.

If you need business card printing in or around Birmingham, please give us a call on 0121 236 2784 to see how we can produce top quality print at a top quality price.