Sustainability and Paper Production
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Sustainability and Paper Production

“Save a tree. Do not print this email.” There are lots of reasons to avoid printing a document, but the “save a tree” approach isn’t one of them. Paper is one of the most sustainable products on earth. Paper is made from wood, a natural resource that is renewable and recyclable. Paper can be recycled...

What Does It Mean to be a Pioneer?
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What Does It Mean to be a Pioneer?

          I recently received the Pioneer of Direct Marketing Award from the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association. My first thought, “This really is about everyone at NextPage.” My next thought, “Are they saying I’m old?” I love words and I love the Dictionary. Whenever I wonder what a word really means, I...

Why You Should Approach Your Marketing Like A Pastry Chef
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Why You Should Approach Your Marketing Like A Pastry Chef

As the year draws to an end, we are predisposed to look forward to what our industry has in store for us in 2016. One thing we can predict without even dusting off the crystal ball is that multi-channel / omni-channel marketing will continue to gain footing as the foundation of any solid marketing campaign. Marketers...

QR Codes® are the LBD of Marketing
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QR Codes® are the LBD of Marketing

Not the Sexy one, the other one… The little black dress is the essential wardrobe staple, the dress that will take you practically anywhere. QR codes may not be as sexy as a little black Chanel® dress, but they are a staple, and they will take you anywhere.  Smartphones are used by 64% of the population in the...

Why You SHOULDN’T Say RIP to Business Cards
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Why You SHOULDN’T Say RIP to Business Cards

I recently came across a post on LinkedIn titled: RIP Business Cards: Why It’s Time to (Finally) Ditch Them. There were so many fallacies in the content that I felt it important to correct them and share a fact-based view. First of all to the author Ryan Holmes, CEO of HootSuite… the paper industry plants more trees...

Marketing That Moves
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Marketing That Moves

The people of the Paper & Packaging Board and their ‘How Life Unfolds’ promotional campaign are conveying the sentimental value of paper in a new and insightful way. Dare I say, they are hitting it out of the park? The campaign centers on a series of videos, each of which brings home the value of paper and...

From Pumpkin Spice to Holiday Cards
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From Pumpkin Spice to Holiday Cards

You know it’s coming, the air is cooler and the days are getting shorter. Pumpkin ‘everything’ is showing up in your food, beverages, and social feeds.   You may be thinking ahead to Halloween costumes or even plotting your Thanksgiving menu. Take your planning a little further into the future; have you thought about your year-end...

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What is Your Plan for a “Mysterious” Market?
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What is Your Plan for a “Mysterious” Market?

The chairman of Standard and Poor’s Index Committee, David Blitzer, described what the real estate market would look like in 2015 with one word, “Mysterious.” For professionals making their living off of the success of the Real Estate market, this probably wasn’t the most reassuring word. A few synonyms for the word ‘mysterious’: secretive, enigmatic, shadowy,...

When Sending an Email is Worse Than Not
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When Sending an Email is Worse Than Not

Marketing Automation is a Wonderful Tool Marketing automation can save you time, and it allows you to reach out to prospects in an individual way that you would never have time to do without automation tools. Sometimes. The convenience and affordability of automated email marketing are indisputable so why only sometimes? Like all forms of marketing, automated email...

How It’s Made: Paper
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How It’s Made: Paper

If you know me, you know I love learning more about the manufacturing process. In fact, one of my favorite TV shows is, “How’s It Made.” Several years ago I was given the opportunity to visit a paper mill and actually got to see paper being manufactured. It is so fascinating to learn that something...