Why Does My Logo Look Different? 3 Things to Help Digital Marketers Find Their True Colors

October 30, 2013

By Eric King, VP Operations, WebbMason Commercial

With apologies to quirky 80s pop queen, Cindy Lauper, the “true colors” used to support or even define a brand might not translate into various media – print, digital, billboards, three-dimensional items – the way they were intended. This is problematic. To understand the importance color plays in shaping the identity of a brand, try this quick test. Ask the next group of women you see what company’s products are packaged in “little blue boxes”, or ask just about any guy in the Plains states who makes the big green tractors. You are very likely to get the answers Tiffany and John Deere without much thought (and usually accompanied by a smile).

According to design website Color Matters (www.colormatters.com), “80 percent of visual information that we take in is related to color” and that is perhaps why the connections between emotion, color and brand are so intrinsically linked.

The availability of cheap and easy digital printing has made many digital-native marketers unaware of the basics of color management for printed items. Below are three things every marketer should understand to significantly improve the color consistency of their printed projects.

1)      Color Management (What is the Pantone Matching System?)

Printing Color swatches

The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is an internationally recognized system for specifying colors. By assigning a numerical value to each unique hue, marketers and printers can maintain consistency across different media, printing processes, and even geographies. Most seasoned marketers can tell you their brands’ PMS color off the top of their head as it becomes a very important element for maintaining brand integrity.

 2)      Spot Color vs. Process Color: What’s the Difference?


To professional printers, all colors of a printed piece are defined as either “process” or “spot.” Each is created in a different manner and each can produce different results.

  • Process color uses half-screen dots of colors to create the illusion of solid colors to the human eye. Often called 4 Color (4/c) printing, Process color screens a specific percentage of each of the four color inks – cyan, magenta, yellow and black, (usually abbreviated “CMYK”) onto a surface.
  • Spot Color is produced by pre-mixing ink pigments, in appropriate quantities. Think about mixing yellow and blue paint to get green in grade school. Spot color is created in a similar, although much more precise, manner. Once mixed, the finished spot colors are then applied to your project.

3)      Coated, Uncoated and Matte Finishes


The texture of the media you are printing on can affect the way ink is absorbed, and subsequently, appears to the eye. By adding a suffix letter to PMS colors, you can determine how it will look on a certain media. Those letters are C (coated), U (uncoated) and M (matte).

WebbMason has helped simplify the process of maintaining brand and color consistency across all platforms with the introduction of MarketingBench 2.0, the marketing automation platform for digital and traditional channel management. You can learn more about how MarketingBench can help you produce more effective and more efficient results here.

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DocBuilder Tips & Tricks: Double the Ease

May 28, 2012

Sara’s Tips and Tricks for WebbMason DocBuilder, fourth of five entries.

This one is perhaps my favorite.  When rearranging your print files, the Move Last function does not get enough credit.  I recommend using this technique when you have five or more print files in your document.  Instead of moving each file up or down until you get them all lined up, start with the file that you want to appear first in your document.  Click the double-down arrow to move it to the last position.  Then find the one you want to appear second, and tell that one to Move Last.  Keep going until you end up with very first document in the first position.  Voila!

I hope you find the information I’ve shared useful.  If you have any questions related to WebbMason DocBuilder, I’m here to help!  Please email them to DocBuilder@webbmason.com

Sara E. Post
Product Marketing Manager


DocBuilder Tips & Tricks Series: Naming with Purpose

May 21, 2012

Sara’s Tips and Tricks for WebbMason DocBuilder, third of five entries.

WM DocBuilder allows you to upload files, select the ones you need, and then rearrange them in the order you want them to print using up and down arrows.  However, if you have a large project with a large number of print files, a little extra work on the front-end will save you some time.  Before you upload your files, rename them with a number in the beginning of the file name corresponding to the order in which it should print (i.e. 1_Executive Summary, 2_Contract, 3.1_ExhibitA, 3.2_Exhibit B, etc.).  When the files are added to a new document, it will be super-easy to put them in the right order!

I hope you find the information I’ve shared useful.  If you have any questions related to WebbMason DocBuilder, I’m here to help!  Please email them to DocBuilder@webbmason.com

Sara E. Post
Product Marketing Manager


DocBuilder Tips & Tricks Series: PDF love

May 14, 2012

Sara’s Tips and Tricks for WebbMason DocBuilder, second of five entries.

 

WM DocBuilder accepts a variety of file types, however, converting large files to a PDF before uploading means they will already be print-ready, and greatly reduces the processing time.

I hope you find the information I’ve shared useful.  If you have any questions related to WebbMason DocBuilder, I’m here to help!  Please email them to DocBuilder@webbmason.com

Sara E. Post
Product Marketing Manager


The Best-Case-Scenario for Social Media

August 19, 2011

A few humor blogs are passing around a story today about a hungry businessman who received a free porterhouse for taking the time to tweet a joke. In case you missed it, the short version is that businessman and Twitter icon, Peter Shankman, posted a tweet to Morton’s restaurant before getting on a flight that would delay his dinner. Shankman said he was starving, and asked Morton’s to meet him at the destination airport with a steak. For almost any other restaurant, that would be the end of the story, but Morton’s was different.

Looking for my driver, I saw my name, waved to him, and started walking to the door of EWR [Newark Airport], like I’d done hundreds of times before.

“Um, Mr. Shankman,” he said.

I turned around.

“There’s a surprise for you here.”

I turned to see that the driver was standing next to someone else, who I just assumed was another driver he was talking to. Then I noticed the “someone else” was in a tuxedo.

And he was carrying a Morton’s bag.

Someone at Morton’s had seen Shankman’s tweet, and sent a driver 24 miles to Newark Airport to deliver a porterhouse steak, colossal shrimp, potatoes, bread, and silverware.

A few minutes late, and the whole thing would have been a waste of time, but as it happened, Morton’s walked away with huge publicity…..for the cost of a single dinner.

This is the way that social media should work, but the reality is often very different. It was only a happy set of coincidences that led to the “miraculous” story above. Someone managing Morton’s social media happened to notice Shankman’s tweet, and a restaurant happened to be within driving distance of the airport. Unless you are willing to pay someone to monitor your incoming tweets 24-hours-a-day, your business will not likely see a similar event, and in any case, it is too late to be the viral sensation Morton’s was.

However, it isn’t too late to make sure that your social media efforts are designed for the purpose of listening to your customers, and responding to them. Social media is as much about responses as it is about marketing, and too many brands seem to forget that. Think simple: post a poll asking for your followers’ favorite menu items, and then put those on special the following week. Ask what coupons your customers want to see, and then deliver them. Showing your customers that you care about what they are saying will do wonders for your brand, and you don’t even need to drive thirty minutes to hand-deliver a porterhouse steak.

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Founded in 1989, WebbMason is one of the fastest-growing print and brand management service companies in the United States, helping marketing departments and their internal and external partners save money and streamline processes through a winning combination of industry expertise, exceptional print supply chain partners and technological innovation. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, WebbMason has 20 sales offices throughout the United States.


Are Your QR Codes All Bark and No Bite?

August 5, 2011

Over the past year, the marketing industry has fallen head-over-heels for QR codes. We have done a piece or two about them in the past, but it is time to take a more critical look at this newest campaign must-have.Time Magazine Cover, From Mashable.com

Many marketers seem to throw QR on everything, without logic or reason, resulting in too many companies including the codes in marketing materials in which they are completely unnecessary or out of place. This Mashable article details five examples of truly baffling logic, where it is obvious that the QR code is included just because it can be.

It is true that, when handled well, a QR code can become a convenient call to action that bridges web and print campaigns. However, marketers need to start taking the time to question if the included code is adding any value to the campaign. There is little available real estate on a piece of print marketing, and an unsightly black-and-white square can easily detract from an otherwise successful campaign without providing any value in return.

Marketers need to ask 5 big questions when considering QR codes in any campaign:

  1. Does this code add anything to my campaign that simple text or a URL cannot achieve?
  2. Will this code be located in a place/way that will make it easy and inviting for consumers to use?
  3. Is the code linking to something that provides a reward to the consumer? Will they appreciate the time they spent visiting the linked content?
  4. Are the targeted consumers likely to have smart phones, and Wi-Fi or 3G access, when they see the code?
  5. How much of my campaign am I willing to hide from those consumers that do not have a smart phone?

At the most basic level, marketers should be asking, “Is this code a waste of time for me, my target audience, or the brand I am promoting?”

Some marketers are probably only including QR codes on their campaigns so that they can add another bullet point to their portfolios, and that may be fine for the lowest denominator. Those that really want to be putting together truly memorable and successful campaigns, though, will take the time to question the value of the marketing industry’s new toy.

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Founded in 1989, WebbMason is one of the fastest-growing print and brand management service companies in the United States, helping marketing departments and their internal and external partners save money and streamline processes through a winning combination of industry expertise, exceptional print supply chain partners and technological innovation. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, WebbMason has 20 sales offices throughout the United States.


Internet Tracking (Again): What’s the Big Deal?

July 29, 2011

When we last wrote about Internet Tracking about 5 weeks ago, we figured it would be our last word on the subject. Legislation was being passed to require online data-farmers to provide clear “opt-out” options, consumer awareness was growing, and things seemed to be improving.

Since then, absolutely nothing has changed. Actually, that isn’t really true, they have gotten worse.

News sites continue to write sensationalist stories suggesting that internet marketers are waiting like ravenous dogs for every scrap of information you leave online. Buzz words like “Threat,” “Invasive,” and “No Privacy,” crop up over and over again. People are desperate to find any way they can to surf the internet anonymously, leaving behind no trace of their habits. We think it is time to be a little more realistic.

1. What is Internet Tracking Really Doing to Harm You?

When you click onto a site – any site – you leave behind a cookie, which is simply a piece of data equivalent to scratching your name on the wall of a building. Companies that make money off of data like this are only interested in one thing: what do you click on, and why? Trackers want to follow you from one site to the next, trying to find a pattern in your browsing. That information helps them build and sell models for better online advertising; essentially they want to find a way to make their clients’ products more interesting to you.

In general, people using cookies aren’t hunting for your specific home address, phone number or daughter’s Facebook profile. They just want to know where you are shopping, and what got you there. Have you ever taken a survey where you told a store or website how you found out about them? It’s quite literally the exact same information. True, these companies are not asking for your permission, so you could argue that this is an invasion of privacy, but surely there is some exaggeration going on. If a marketer were sitting outside of a public mall, making note of which stores people went into, would you file a lawsuit against them?

2. By Going Online, You May Soon Waive the Freedom to Privacy.

On July 28th, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation requiring all Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to track and store data of every single thing you do online for at least one year. Any word you type, link you click, image or video that passes over your monitor will be tracked, saved, and analyzed by your ISP. Honestly, the vote wasn’t even close, with 19 out of 29 representatives in favor of the bill. In truth though, even without this bill, ISP’s still monitor data usage and addresses frequently visited by users.

Internet trackers and internet users are both trying to accomplish the same thing. Trackers want to make advertising that is less irritation and more inviting, and users want to easily find things they are interested in and want to buy. We can’t see a loser anywhere in this equation.

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Founded in 1989, WebbMason is one of the fastest-growing print and brand management service companies in the United States, helping marketing departments and their internal and external partners save money and streamline processes through a winning combination of industry expertise, exceptional print supply chain partners and technological innovation. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, WebbMason has 20 sales offices throughout the United States.


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