Visual Content in Business Communications

Visual Content in Business Communications

Creating good visual content in business communications is vital. Visual content marketing is more effective than almost any other form of communication. It is the often the first impression your product or business will make. Marketers who embrace visual content reap the rewards of higher returns – in terms of more fans, followers, readers, leads, clients […]

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Printed Envelopes

When it comes to business image and impression – printed envelopes can be very significant. You wouldn’t normally give someone an expensive present unwrapped or in a cheap carrier or paper bag. Companies can typically spend £5 for a high quality brochure only to post it in a thin manila envelope. When the envelope arrives it […]

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Creating Effective Copy for Printing

Creating Effective Copy for Printing

“Keep it Short and Sweet” When creating effective copy for printing, the golden rule is to keep it brief. We are now in the age of Twitter and social media and our content is often determined by the number of characters in our message. Copy should be as long as it needs to be and […]

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Colours in Printing

  Retail research shows that 93% of purchasing decisions are influenced by colour. Colour is one of the main factors which make each image eye catching and unique. It costs you next to nothing to choose a colour, but making the wrong decision could cost your company in the long run. Which is why colours […]

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Valentines Day Printing

When it comes to Valentines Day printing we’ve got you covered. Direct2Print offer you exceptional deals on great quality printing. Whatever business you work in – Valentines Day offers a wide range of possibilities. Print marketing is proven to be extremely successful in driving traffic to retail outlets, small businesses, online stores and websites. It’s also […]

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Seasonal Printing

Seasonal Printing

One of the easiest ways to create a Marketing Plan for your business is to base it upon a framework of seasonal printing. Spring, summer, winter and fall are more than just seasons, they’re opportunities for businesses to thrive. With each season comes unique holidays, events and activities. Businesses must pay close attention to this […]

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Design Tips for Designers

As technology progresses, graphic design continues to evolve. Modern software makes the process easier than at any time in the past. And yet experience is still a great asset and often distinguishes the better graphic designers. Which is why we are trying to pass on some design tips for younger designers wishing to develop their careers. […]

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Print-Ready Artwork for Document Printing

  Microsoft programmes are most commonly used for generating print-ready artwork for document printing. However they may not always generate documents which are ideal for printing. Most documents need to be manipulated or converted into a suitable format. Document printing can bring a whole host of problems and issues. Preparing Print-Ready Artwork for Document Printing 1. Check page setup […]

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Print-Ready Artwork

Print-Ready Artwork

Sometimes we are supplied print-ready artwork from a client. Sometimes it is great. Sometimes there is a lot to be desired. We are different to many print shops. We offer free help and advice when it comes to providing print-ready artwork. And if you order  online printing we even provide print-ready artwork at a fixed […]

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Black Friday Printing Offers

Online Print special offer

We are currently in the “silly season” of Black Friday printing offers. Black Friday is this Friday – the 25th November. Cyber Monday is the following Monday 28 November. It has been spread out to almost a week of bombarding clients with news of special promotions. The fact they are now taking up much of the month of November shows how […]

Read More... November 23rd, 2016 / Comments Off on Black Friday Printing Offers

Online Print Management

Online Print Management

Direct2Print corporate customers can now enjoy the benefit of an online print management service. This will be of particular value if you a large number of offices or individuals working remotely who need access to corporate printed materials. The system is also of value to franchisors who can manage and control the corporate identity of […]

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Marketing your Small Business

Marketing for the Small Business

Running your own small business requires skills in many areas. Creating and growing customers is the most important function of any small business owner. The activities that you perform to convert prospects into customers are generally grouped under the umbrella of “marketing”. Sometimes business comes to you – but in most cases you have to invest […]

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Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing

It is not just the large organisations or technology companies that use social media marketing to win business. Smaller companies and tradesmen are finding that social media marketing can work just as well for them. The facts and figures become more convincing each year. Why Social Media marketing Is Important For The Small Business… Social media marketing […]

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Why Printing Sometimes Goes Wrong

Why Printing Sometimes Goes Wrong

  When you see Case Studies for printing businesses you think everything goes well – all of the time. To be honest,  problems seem to be rare with developments in technology and software. But things sometimes go wrong. And when they do occur the response varies enormously. The same sentiments are echoed by leading print suppliers in this week’s […]

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Finding a Perfect Print Partner

  10 Tips to help in finding a Perfect Print Partner Finding a Perfect Print Partner is not easy. Every printing business seems to promise the earth. All seem to be committed to quality, customer service, fast delivery and competitive costs. However, there are a number of ways to differentiate. If you follow these 10 tips you should end up […]

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Printing for the Leisure Sector

Leisure Club Printing

One of the most important business areas for Direct2Print is digital printing for the leisure sector. Gym membership is booming – particularly in the city areas. An increasing amount of our time and our money is being spent on the activities we do away from the workplace. Whether it is printed newsletters, rule books, programmes, certificates […]

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Business Card Design Tips

Having printed many hundreds of thousands of business cards we can offer some useful business card design tips! In a market worth over £14bn in the UK alone,  business cards are the most important investment you are likely to make. The growth rate of business card printing  correlates with the growth and importance of networking. For the […]

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Printing for Pubs, Cafes & Restaurants

With food outlets proliferating we are seeing a surge in new printing orders for pubs, cafes & restaurants this year. In this “Post-Brexit” economy, a higher proportion of our income is being spent on eating out. Competition for our money is getting more intense from the many forms of food and hospitality outlet. Most pubs have had to […]

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Scanning & Archiving Documents

Scanning & Archiving Documents

In today’s digital world we seem no nearer to achieving the ultimate goal of a paperless office by scanning & archiving documents. At Direct2Print we can offer a bespoke service for small and medium-sized companies. We can deliver & collect documents and files within the West Midlands printing area and even arrange shredding and off-site […]

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Great Value Websites

Great value websites

Every business needs a good web development strategy and we offer some great value websites. With design costs of just £199 –  our great value websites are designed for small businesses and sole traders to get more from the Internet. There is no geographical restriction – because all services are ordered processed and delivered online. At the same time we […]

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Education Printing

Education Printing

This is the busy time of the year for our education printing service. Schools are about to break for the summer term and thoughts are now on the next academic year’s intake. Many parents and pupils start to consider their options and decisions can be critical. Playgroups, nurseries, schools, academies and colleges all benefit from […]

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Printed point-of-sales materials

Printed point of sales materials

Purchasing decisions are sometimes taken in seconds – which is why having good printed point-of-sales materials are so important. Printed point-of-sales materials (POS display) are a specialised form of sales promotion  found near, on, or next to a till or counter. They are usually – but not solely found in a retail environment. Point-of-sale (POS) marketing is one […]

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West Midlands Printing

West Midlands Printing

The West Midlands printing area covers Birmingham and the surrounding counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Staffordshire. This area should be the main counter-balance to London and the South-East for economic concentration and regeneration. The “Northern Powerhouse” has generated more investment and attention due to the co-operation between the various public bodies in the north. However, there […]

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European Referendum Result

We are about to enter a new era for business. The European Referendum result is going to have financial implications for companies of all sizes. The common consensus is that we are about to enter a two year rollercoaster. We will see the value of the pound and shares fluctuate, interest rates and inflation will increase and new […]

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European Referendum


The European Referendum is now just over a week away. The general consensus is that the economy will take a dip after the European Referendum – whatever the outcome. As a small business we are largely dependent on the local economy and our own investment and growth plans will probably stall. We could be about to take a step into the […]

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Printed Corporate Clothing

Printed corporate clothing

Staff can be supplied with a wide range of casual and formal printed corporate clothing from Direct2Print. This can be in the anything from fleeces and hoodies, to smart uniforms or waterproof protective printed corporate clothing. All can have simply a logo or text added in a number of possible positions. With Health & Safety legislation certain […]

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Printed Promotional Gifts

Printed promotional gifts - jotter pads

Printed promotional gifts are defined as anything that you can add your company name or logo which would enhance the awareness of your business. Keeping your name in front of clients and prospective customers is just one of the benefits of investing in printed promotional gifts. Promotional products can be used in so many ways; […]

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Printed Signs and Graphics

Printed signs and graphics

  Have you considered the advertising value of printed signs and graphics? Could we help by giving your signage a makeover with our wide range of printed signs and graphics? In addition to posters and large format digital printing we can also offer all types of printed signs and graphics. Some of these are standard messages that apply […]

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Printed Packaging Materials

Printed Packaging Materials

  By purchasing printed packaging materials, you can gain competitive advantage for your business. If you can make the packaging striking and distinctive it will help to catch the eye and create the right first impression. If it is poorly presented it is likely to be regarded as a second-rate product and is likely to […]

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Digital Asset Management

Digital asset management services from Direct2print

Every business has an image and usually requires some form of digital asset management to control the corporate identity. In many cases the brand is the basis for differentiation and can result in a price and margin premium. Consumers trust brand values and are prepared to pay the extra for peace of mind. Brand values for […]

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Printed Presentation Folders

Promotional Print Presentation Folders

First impressions are important, and that is why so many companies choose to order printed presentation folders. Smaller companies are sometimes at a disadvantage when competing with larger businesses. Having bespoke printed presentation folders is one way in which they can look just as good. Whenever submitting a quotation, tender or important information it is vital to […]

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Digitally Printed Labels

digitally printed labels

Digitally Printed Labels Digitally printed labels have become particularly popular in the last few years. Labels are used in most small businesses and serve a number of purposes. Typically they are used for information, warnings, prices and contact details. They usually have to convey this communication in a relatively small surface area. In some cases […]

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Brochure Printing

Brochure Printing

  The Basic Principles of Brochure Printing Brochures are probably best described as filling the gap between a leaflet and seeing a sales representative. Brochure printing can sometimes represent exceptional value for money within a small marketing budget. Brochures communicate vital information and also help to communicate an image about your business. It is important […]

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NCR Printing

NCR printing

Is there a future for NCR Printing? It appears delivery drivers are now more likely to carry bar-scanners than an NCR pad to get a signature for proof of delivery. Signing a plastic screen rather than the carbonated top copy sheet of paper seems to be the norm in this digital era. It will not be […]

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Document Binding

document binding

  The Most Popular Methods of Document Binding The most appropriate method of document binding depends upon 3 main factors :- Your budget Your deadline The number of pages you wish to bind together. At Direct2Print we tend to keep the choices as simple as necessary. For most customers we recommend just stapling, plastic comb, wire or fastback […]

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SameDay Printing

Direct2Print the best west midlands print management company

Who Needs SameDay Printing? Well – judging by our experiences a surprising number of our clients expect sameday printing. And the majority are prepared to pay quite a premium cost. It is estimated that 33% of all printing is soon to be required on the same working day. In the modern business world – it […]

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Direct Mail Printing

Promotional print leaflets

Direct Mail printing is retaking ground in the marketing mix. Despite the decline in postal volumes and the growth of digital marketing – new evidence points to the resurgence in popularity of direct mail printing. 92% of recipients act on the printed direct mail they regard as relevant. 29% of people said that this valued mail […]

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Printed Orders of Service

Wedding orders of service

Over the years we have provided many and varied printed Orders of Service to our clients. Printed Orders of Service are used to guide guests through a service and provide the words for hymns and prayers. The style often depends upon the church denomination, the country you come from and the wishes of the family or friends. However, the […]

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Printed Newsletters

Printed newsletter

Printed Newsletters Despite the growth in digital communications there is still a very important place for printed newsletters for most of our clients. Newsletters are essential for many charities, clubs, care homes, community groups and small businesses. Their members, customers or related parties would prefer to have something tangible to feel and touch. This may simply be […]

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Printed Menus

Printed Menus

Printed Menus Printed menus mean so much more than a just a list of the food and drink you serve. At Direct2Print we provide a very wide range of high quality printed menus, menu covers and menu cover inserts. They are designed to serve any application, quality of establishment or budget. If you get your printed menus wrong – […]

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Printed Letterheads

Printed letterheads

Printed Letterheads Printed letterheads act as a great marketing opportunity for a small business. It is said that first impressions help to open doors – and very often the first impression any client sees of your business is a printed letterhead. It may be in the form of an estimate, quotation, introductions or even a very basic […]

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Printed Leaflets

Promotional print flyers

Printed Leaflets The Flexibility and Benefits of Printed Leaflets Printed leaflets or flyers remain one of the most effective forms of marketing for small businesses. The difference in terminology between a flyer and a leaflet usually refers to whether the printed item is folded or not. Printed leaflets are usually folded for insertion into an envelope. […]

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Printed Business Cards

Full colour business cards

Printed Business Cards Printed Business Cards will live forever! The humble business card has evolved into the single most important  investment any small business is likely to make. Despite working in a print industry of declining volumes we have seen the business card become a vital piece of company printing. Adding a QR code is an easy […]

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Bromsgrove Print

Image of Direct2print's Bromsgrove Printing customers getting fast service and free delivery

Bromsgrove Print The M42, M5 and the A38 Bristol Road combine to form a concrete boundary to  the Bromsrove print area. Stretching from Hagley in the west, this large area south of Birmingham and north of Redditch is prime development land. Surrounding this is a large area of Green Belt land. The Bromsgrove print area […]

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Worcester Print

Image of Direct2print's Worcester Printing customers getting fast service and free delivery

  Worcester Print One very small piece of paper is worth some £33million in the Worcester print area. This unclaimed winning lottery ticket was purchased locally but even this amount represents just a fraction of the investment being made to try and encourage local business. Four “game changer” development sites have been earmarked for development […]

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Kidderminster Print

Image of Direct2print's Kidderminster Printing customers getting fast service and free delivery

Kidderminster Print Apparently over 250,000 people live within a 20 minute drive from the centre of the Kidderminster print area. With the “ReWyre” Initiative launched in September 2009 the Wyre District local authority has attempted to make the area a more attractive place to work and invest. With some attractive towns and villages along the […]

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Halesowen Print

Image of Direct2Print's Halesowen Print customers

Halesowen Print The Halesowen print area covers the town centre and the surrounding towns of Cradley Heath, Quinton, Blackheath, Hasbury, Hayley Green, Woodgate and Barnt Green. The town centres of both Halesowen and Cradley Heath have been completely transformed by the developments of the Asda and Tesco supermarkets respectively. The modernisation of the Cornbow Shopping Precinct in Halesowen was […]

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Stourbridge Print

Stourbridge Print

Stourbridge Print Our Stourbridge print area covers the towns of Kingswinford, Brierley Hill, Lye and Wollaston.  Each of these towns has the usual mix of small retail shops, industrial estates and offices. Stourbridge has been home to the world’s finest glass designers and makers since the seventeenth century and the Red Cone illustration  has become a symbol […]

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Dudley Print

The future opportunity for Dudley Print

Dudley Print Dudley is currently going through a major business regeneration scheme as outlined in the strategic plan. There is a feeling that this is not the most dynamic local council when dealing with the concerns of local businesses. Even in comparison with some of the other West Midlands authorities it seems business regeneration is […]

Read More... December 21st, 2015 / 2 comments

Oldbury Print

Direct2print provide Black Country Printing in Oldbury, Sandwell, the Jewellery Quarter and West Bromwich

Oldbury Print Oldbury and Sandwell are in the heart of the Black Country and have traditionally been dependent upon manufacturing industry. However, there some major trends towards service sector business. The area is largely dependent upon the plans to make the city the centre of the Midlands economic “powerhouse”. This area includes the manufacturing areas of Smethwick, West […]

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