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Friday, October 22, 2021

           Grow Your Business Through Instagram Marketing

 

If you're looking for a way to boost the results of your print marketing, integrate your next campaign expand your reach with Instagram!

Instagram is a cost-effective marketing tool that houses many resources to help your business grow.

As the second most accessed network behind Facebook, with 1 billion monthly active users, Instagram boasts highly engaged users, browsing an average of 53 minutes per day.

Instagram can be a handy tool if you’re trying to reach ages 18-44, as 45% of Instagram users are within this age group. 

4 Tips to Get Your Business Started on Instagram

Before initiating an Instagram business profile, it’s important to develop a marketing strategy.

1. Know Your Why.

Why do you want your business on Instagram?

For example, are you there to sell products, share portfolio content, build brand awareness, share user-generated content, and/or use Instagram’s analytic tools? When you discover your why, you’ll have a beneficial framework for moving forward.

2. Determine Your Target Market.

Think about age, location, gender, income, interests, motivations, & pain points.

If this is challenging, try looking up competitors on Instagram to see who their audience is. 

3. Conduct a Competitive Analysis.

A competitive analysis is when you research your competitors to see how they are doing.

Then, using this data, you develop a plan to improve your own business. When doing this through Instagram, see what and how often your competitors are posting, what posts are getting the highest engagement, what they are using for captions, how quickly they are growing, etc.

Acquire data that can then be used as a benchmark for your business. You can also brainstorm ways you can stand out from your competitors.

4. Create an Editorial Calendar.

An editorial calendar is a visual representation of your workflow.

You can develop a plan for when, what, and how often to post on both your main Instagram feed and Instagram stories.

5 Tips for Gaining Instagram Followers

Now that your marketing strategy is in place, you can get on Instagram to grow your follower base and engagement. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Create a Business Account.

Perhaps obvious, but make sure your business is under a business account.

Go to your profile page, click the three horizontal lines at the top, click settings, account, then scroll down.

If it says, “Switch back to Personal Account,” then you have a business account. If it says, “Switch to Professional Account,” your business is under a personal account.

No worries! Just click “Switch to Professional Account,” follow the prompts, and now you have a business account. This is important because it will give you access to useful features, including analytic tools, promoted posts, and a contact button.

Instagram’s analytic tools allow you to see who (age and gender), when, and where you generate the most engagement. You can also see data for follower growth. 

2. Make Sure Your Instagram Bio is Strong.

Your bio is your potential client’s first impression.

Add all the necessary information and use keywords that will draw in your target audience. 

Your bio is also the area where you'll put your call-to-action URLs. Because Instagram is image-based, URLs don't work well on each post. Instead, update your bio URL to correspond with anything unique you're posting.

3. Create a High-Quality Instagram Feed.

Ensure that your Instagram feed flows nicely by choosing consistent editing styles and adding filler photos.

Filler photos are posts that serve to improve your Instagram feed’s aesthetic. They are important because Instagram is such a visual app. Space out busy photos with minimalistic ones. You can even try posting six to nine photos in a row to create one large picture on your feed.

4. Don’t Forget to Use Your Stories.

Because Instagram stories disappear after 24 hours, they’re a great way to post various content and drive engagement.

Plus, thanks to Instagram’s stickers, you can create quick polls to drive follower engagement while simultaneously receiving follower feedback.

5. Add Instagram to Your Networking Cards.

Networking cards are business cards that highlight your social media presence. They are a great way to increase your follower base and sales. 

Instagram is a wonderful tool to grow your business. Apply the above advice, so you can stand out and increase sales.

Need some fresh ideas? Contact us today to get started! 516-561-1468 or FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF OUR MARKETING PRODUCTS GO TO:www.printcafeli.com

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

 Create Connections and Build Your Business Through Networking


Networking is an invaluable, inexpensive, and effective tool for building your business.

Despite the digital age, people prefer doing business with companies they know and trust. Networking provides potential clients the connection and trust they need to later make a purchase.

According to Oxford Economics USA, 80% of professionals find networking essential to their career success. Because of this, 41% want to network more often. Networking may seem daunting, especially for those not naturally inclined to talk with others, but a little uncomfortableness outweighs the benefits.

A First and Lasting Impression

Before getting started, it’s important to look the part.

First impressions are important. After all, people are constantly judging and forming opinions of others. Once the initial opinion is made, it can be challenging to alter it.

Before networking, practice creating a good impression. This means focusing on a professional style of dress, creating good posture, practicing a firm handshake, and focusing on professional mannerisms. These all may seem insignificant on their own, but they add up to how others view you. Be professional, but be sure to remain confident and trust yourself. 

Search Out Events

Next, find events where you can network, such as business seminars, networking groups, professional associations, and community events.

  • Business seminars are commercial programs that deliver information or training about a specific topic to the attendees.
  • Networking groups are a great way to exchange business information, share ideas, and offer support.
  • Professional associations are made up of members who are within the same industry. It’s a great area to network with others in your field and receive and share the most current methods and ideas.
  • Community events enable you to meet local people who care about their community.

At any event, it’s important to make connections first and worry about the potential profit later.

People don’t want to be seen as money. However, people do like to talk about themselves. That’s why some of the best connections are made when you hardly say a word. Instead, ask lots of questions and let them do the talking.

Business Cards: The Ultimate Networking Tool

Business cards are an invaluable marketing tool to always carry around with you.

It’s an affordable way to promote your business by providing the potential client with something tangible they can hold onto and view later. Plus, the size is optimal for its ease of use and display.

Business cards are convenient for carrying around in your pocket and sharing at networking events. Best of all, business cards create a lasting professional impression and provide the most important information to the potential client.

Networking may take a lot of time, work, and effort, but the business it provides is worth it!

Need some fresh ideas? Contact us today to get started! 516-561-1468 or FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF OUR MARKETING PRODUCTS GO TO:www.printcafeli.com


Monday, October 11, 2021

                 Breast Cancer Awareness Month
As President of the Print Cafe of LI & a Former Breast Cancer Survivor I Want All Women at Home & in Business to know that a Breast Cancer diagnosis and disease is as different and unique as the countless women across Long Island that have been effected by the illness.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at varying stages in their lives. Everyone knows someone who has been touched and possibly transformed by the illness. Breast Cancer is not a women's disease but it effects the entire family unit, your personal relationships, and your professional life as well. Anita will share her personal story, chock full of information, and advice to help guide women and families through this life changing experience.

Understanding The 5 Areas of Breast Cancer

1-Know the Risk Factors, they are not always what you believe or have been told, Career Women have a 70% higher risk of developing Breast Cancer. is it greater stress, lack of sleep, a delayed pregnancy? 

2-Know the 0-4 Stages, and why mammograms and self breast cancer exams can detect it early.

3-Understand what grading means, this refers to the aggressiveness of the actual breast cancer cells and will be a big factor in your treatment. 

4-How do the Hormones, effect the growth of cancer and what hormonal therapies are used to reduce the influence of hormones, and what drug is prescribed based upon your age. 

5-Prevention, Lastly, how about trying to prevent it from happening in the first place, it that is at all possible. Review your diet, your lifestyle, pay attention to family trends, reduce stress, avoid toxins, perhaps consider a career change, get more sleep

Here Are Some Helpful Resources

*-www.breastcancer.org-wealth of information on the disease-diagnosis-chemo-risks

*-www.komen.org--Outreach, medical information-screening, signs and symptoms-also gives scholarships to student that had a family member who had cancer. $5000.00

*-www.hewletthouse.org-Local Safe haven for cancer patients and families-including emotional support- accurate info (516) 374-2385

*-www.worldofpink.com-A world of Pink, Bras, and Prosthetics (516)513-1275

*-www.maurefoundation.com-classes on self breast exams-preventive guidance (631)524-5151

*-www.preventionisthecure.org-information on how to prevent cancer

*-www.findacure.org-Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Organization (631) 444-4302

*-www.mondaysatracine.org-Beauty treatments-at the Racine Salon in West Islip free of charge-massage, makeup, wig support, yoga, eyelashes, and pedicures

*-www.wigsand wishes.org- Free wigs while undergoing cancer

*-www.headcovers.com- wigs and head coverings

*-www.cancercare.org-counseling and support (516) 740-8620

*-Northwell Hospital Breast Cancer- Support and Guidance, Sandra Caparco (516)734-8744

*-NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center-(212) 731-6000

For More Information on This Topic Contact Anita at: 516-606-8074 or Email: theprintcafe1@verizon.net

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

                     7 Steps to Overcoming Decision Fatigue

 

Just like any muscle in the body, the brain can also get tired.

According to Medical News Today, a human’s ability to make decisions can worsen after making many decisions, as their brain will be more fatigued. This can lead to an emerging phenomenon called decision fatigue, which can cause mental fatigue, increasingly worse decision making, impulse buying, procrastination, decision avoidance, lack of focus, pessimism, and lapses in judgment.

And it could be the reason you find it hard to get stuff done. It’s not your fault. It’s just your brain’s natural defense mechanism.

When the brain becomes depleted, it shuts down non-essential services, including the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain responsible for complex decision-making. 

Unfortunately, entrepreneurs can be affected by decision fatigue because they make many decisions throughout the day, feel greatly affected by the decisions they make, and make stressful and complex decisions.

Luckily, there are steps that you can take to alleviate the mental toll of constant decision-making.

7 Steps to Overcoming Decision Fatigue

1. Simplify

Find ways to reduce the number of decisions you have to make in a day by simplifying your life and creating habits.

For example, create a minimalistic wardrobe. Food prep or form consistent meal plans. Develop habits, so you no longer have to decide whether or not to do something. You start to do it automatically. 

2. Plan Ahead

Plan the night before for the day ahead.

This will limit the number of decisions you’ll need to make during the day. You’ll no longer have to decide if you should do this or that. It’s prewritten. You just need to follow the script. Much easier. 

3. Hard First, Easy Second

Tackle the hard stuff first when your brain is the most energized.

Some may find it tempting to take on the easy tasks first in order to ease into the day. But, when you reach the more challenging items, it will be much harder to complete because your brain is already depleted. You’re not doing yourself any favors.

4. Take Breaks

Small breaks energize your mind and make you able to continue working optimally for longer.

These breaks could include a meditation (focus on breathing for a set period of time), a short walk, or even a power nap. You’ll come back energized and ready to conquer the rest of the day!

5. Self-Care Matters

Take care of yourself.

Your brain and physical body function optimally when you are eating right, sleeping well, and not overworking yourself.

6. Don't Go It Alone: Outsource

Reduce the number of decisions you must make by outsourcing them.

For example, hire virtual assistants to cover the simple business decisions or hire extra employees to tackle more complex decisions. 

7. Stand Firm

Once a decision is made, stick to it!

You already spent quite a lot of energy making that decision. There’s no need to go back, spend more energy, and change decisions. You’re just increasing your workload and decreasing your mental energy. 

It's Start with Your Mindset

Interestingly, it could be beneficial to change your view on how mental energy is used.

A study was conducted comparing Westerners and Indians. The Indian participants believed that exerting willpower was energizing, while the Western participants believed that exerting willpower was draining. The Indians performed better. Therefore, perhaps just changing your mindset regarding the brain’s energy could affect your energy levels. 

A world full of decisions can be draining, but luckily there are multiple strategies to help you combat decision fatigue.Need some fresh ideas? Contact us today to get started! 516-561-1468 or FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF OUR MARKETING PRODUCTS GO TO:www.printcafeli.com

Friday, October 1, 2021

  Increase Customer Engagement with Out-of-the-Box QR Codes


Not long ago, scanning books or groceries by a rectangle barcode seemed quite novel.

It was fast, convenient, and just a little fun. But as society’s pace accelerated, so did our need to read barcodes efficiently. In 1994, Japanese auto-makers adopted “Quick Read” QR codes (square matrix barcodes that could be scanned from any direction) that stored a hundred times more information than conventional barcodes.

Enter QR Creativity

In this micro-attention age, QR codes can catch the fleeting attention of your audience by adding both efficiency and quirkiness to your designs.

Today’s customers love to actively participate – not just passively consume – so why not take people on a “digital scavenger hunt” you’ve created by leading them to a URL for your landing page, a direct link to your social media page, or to retrieve personalized texts from your team?

While many QR codes are bland, they don’t have to be. Here are just a few out-of-the-box ways businesses are using printed QR codes to build bridges with clients:

WiFi Network Sharing

Want to make your network accessible and convenient for your guests?

Simplify this step by building a QR code that allows them to connect to your WiFi with just one scan. Instantly connect users to the network and make their lives more simple and stress-free.

Surprise Gifts

Gifts are a treat, but surprise gifts are even better.

When you want to thank a VIP customer or impress a first-time client, offer them a printed thank you postcard with an unexpected giveaway they can access by scanning the QR code. This builds emotional engagement by adding both participation and a greater level of surprise.

Menus

Try replacing bulky tri-folds with simple table tents or bookmarks when you want to keep your menus crisp and current.

Customers can scan the QR code to read the full menu, view seasonal or daily specials, or even pay after completing the order.

Invoice Surveys

When you ship goods to your client, offer a discount if they complete a quick survey after scanning your QR code.

Happy clients are more willing participants. Grab them on the spot as they unbox their new purchases!

Die Cut Overlays

If you use plain brown gift bags or simple white boxes, you can add color and charm with die-cut labels that double as a funky patterned QR code (like this playful QR valentine).

Who says beauty and functionality can’t co-exist? Have some fun taking people on “the code less traveled.”

Captivating Colors

Why live in the monochromatic when you can design in color?

Modern QR code generators allow you to add zest to your QR code based on your aim, style, and brand theme. Some software even allows you to choose patterns, build logos or faces into your code, or add sophisticated gradients.

Bridge the Gap Between Print & Digital

Nielson found about 56% of consumers rely on printed matter for sales information, specifically when seeking information on a purchasing decision.

Print is seen as a concrete, reliable source, especially for prospects nearing a decision. By including QR codes in print marketing, you increase the potential for landing a valuable client. Consider using QR codes for:


  • Product packaging, invoice stuffers
  • Printed menus, business cards, or rack cards
  • Store promotions with discounts available at checkout
  • Promotional games, puzzles, or scavenger hunts
  • Stickers for merchandise, packaging, displays, or cards

Increase your conversion rates while coaxing prospects further down the sales funnel in a fun, effortless manner..Need some fresh ideas? Contact us today to get started! 516-561-1468 or FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF OUR MARKETING PRODUCTS GO TO:www.printcafeli.com


 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

               Rise and Shine with Big, Breathtaking Displays


Ready to stop traffic with eye-catching displays?

Spectacular banners and backdrops ensure a competitive edge. Researchers estimate it takes only one-fifth of a second to evaluate a brand image, and 94% of that is design related. If you want to get all eyes on you, large-scale displays bring a big statement with a smashing style.

Here are four fun possibilities to consider for your next conference, sidewalk display, or community event.

1. Rigid Signs

When you want to provide classy directional signage or a beautiful lobby accent, rigid signs offer many versatile options.

Consider rigid metal, acrylic, or plastic signs to post store hours, prominently display your logo, or spruce up your welcome space. Rigid signs can be displayed using wall clamps, bolt spacers, and easels, or fitted to a steel plate base that uses hook and loop connections to make graphic changes quick and simple.

Try shapes like an arrow, beveled oval, or a contour customized to your logo.  

2. Full Height Tension Fabric Displays

It takes the right piece to communicate the right message, and nothing says proficiency like an oversized stretch banner.

Full height fabric displays are lightweight, easy to set up, and impressive. Stretch fabric mounts to an economy aluminum frame, making this option portable and easy to assemble. Carry bags and wheeled frames add to the efficiency.

Simply attach the graphic, pop and expand the frame, and enjoy the limelight!

3. Campaign Counters

When you want an outdoor pop-up solution or a point-of-purchase kiosk, a campaign counter booth might be just right.

Like a ticket station on the go, a campaign counter offers a conversational space for you to engage prospects or post table-top displays. Featuring quick assembly and colorful panels, a campaign counter is perfect for retail promotion and use in trade show and event environments.

Take it on the road or pack it away for later because these pop-up booths can be easily disassembled and stored in a convenient carry bag.

4. Incline Stands

Do you like to wander through home and garden shows or visit the street fair?

Part of the draw is the creative three-dimensional displays you find in these spaces, so why not bring some of this creativity into your atmosphere? Incline stands can add depth and character to any lobby, sidewalk marketing, or high-traffic event space. Built as A-frame easels or an inverted “V” foldout, incline stands range in height from an oversized chalkboard menu to a 7-foot welcome sign.

Incline stands are a nice way to provide ambiance and information in any professional setting, with a laid back, classy design that puts customers at ease.

Inspire Confidence with a Five-Star Appearance

Store displays and large events offer an unparalleled opportunity to connect and build influence, so come ready with your A-game.

Your exhibits set the tone for your entire brand, so don’t skimp. From pop-up booths to backlit fabric stretch banners, start conversations that turn curious bystanders into your next customers.Need some fresh ideas? Contact us today to get started! 516-561-1468 or FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF OUR MARKETING PRODUCTS GO TO:www.printcafeli.com

Friday, September 24, 2021

 Shape Crystal Clear Lead Generators with Three Building Blocks


Presidential campaigns are a time when passions run high and candidates jostle for the spotlight.

Avid supporters of each candidate put signs in their yards, wear buttons, or put stickers on their bumpers. Politicians who use simple, repeatable slogans have a higher success rate and a longer shelf life in the public square. Can you finish any of these popular mantras?

  • Tippacanoe and __________ (Tyler Too/William Henry Harrison)
  • A Chicken in Every Pot and __________ (A Car in Every Garage/Herbert Hoover)
  • Happy Days are ________ (Here Again/Franklin Roosevelt)
  • I Like ____ (Ike, Dwight D. Eisenhower)
  • Make America ________ (Great Again/Donald Trump)

A good presidential campaign slogan is memorable, meaningful, and highly quotable. More than a phrase, it builds a heart connection with the dreams and needs of listeners.

And it is often a candidate’s key to victory.

Why Confusion Scares People

Voters and prospective customers aren’t so different.

Both are weighing decisions and navigating information overload, so strong messages should be short and sweet. Customers will not progress when in a fog because no one likes being confused. If you are confused about the rules of the road, you could smash your car. If you are confused about a medication's dosage, you could poison yourself. Feeling uncertain about an idea leaves people feeling vulnerable.

The human brain is designed to experience delight when it understands something and resistance or fear when it doesn’t. This is a basic survival mechanism and a way to logically categorize information. When someone feels uncertain, they naturally move away from situations that confuse them and toward places they feel more in control.

Many companies miss this point and underestimate the emotional weight of precise, repeatable messaging. They overcommunicate, bury the lead, or complicate the storyline.

Lift the Fog and Move Prospects Toward Action

Want to eliminate uncertainty and move your prospects toward action?

From a direct mail postcard to an email drip campaign, here are three basics that every lead generator should include:

1. Pique Curiosity

In the header of your brochure or the beginning of your proposal, pique curiosity with a poignant phrase, like:

  • Save $500 a month and buy your next car with cash
  • Put a stop to this before it puts a stop to YOU
  • Increase your ACT score by 4 points in 4 months
  • Own your own little piece of paradise

Strong hooks work to draw people in, press the pain point, paint a compelling future vision, or appeal to the selfish desires of key customers.

2. Preview a Solution

After the hook comes your pitch.

If your lead statement draws them in, the next idea you communicate should answer the “but how?” question.

Like this:

  • Save $500 a month and buy your next car with cash . . . with our Freedom Finder Debt Consolidation plan
  • Increase your ACT score by 4 points in 4 months . . . with one-to-one Varsity Tutoring
  • Own your own little piece of paradise . . . Unlock the world with thousands of hassle-free timeshares

3. Offer a Next Step

Businesses are meant to be transactional, and it’s not pushy to ask for a sale.

Having a “Buy Now” or “Schedule a Call” button on your sell sheet or website helps your customer understand the kind of relationship you are inviting them into. Make your next step to put prospects in the driver’s seat.

By adding clarity to your lead generators, you’ll build customer confidence, make your brand more memorable, and ultimately close more deals.  The better your hooks are, the more successful your sales will be!

Need some fresh ideas? Contact us today to get started! 516-561-1468 or FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF OUR MARKETING PRODUCTS GO TO:www.printcafeli.com