The Value of 4 Color Business Cards Printing

Written by Mart Gil Abareta

Business cards arerepparttar front line image of your business. To get a good first impression when approaching a new client isrepparttar 144241 most important aspect in every business. If your business card does not clearly convey how important your company or job within a company is afterrepparttar 144242 first contact, then how can you make a lasting impression? There is clearly no easier way to make a good first impression than having a high quality business card presented to them. And since most of us will judge a business by their image, it is necessary that your business card shows professionalism and high quality.

Most printers utilize professional printing presses and superior materials in 4 color business cards printing. The quality ofrepparttar 144243 business cards on which your design is printed is just as important asrepparttar 144244 design itself. Many software providers focusing exclusively on business card design and layout will provide you with free business card templates that are built into their product. Business card templates are a great starting point for your business card designs. Keep in mind that you are not dependent on business card-only software products. You can make use of industry leading desktop publishing products such as Adobe Illustrator, or layout programs such as QuarkXpress to build your design. In fact, there are free business card templates available online that you can download to several popular programs.

Seven Common Marketing Problems Solved by Marketing Operations

Written by Gary M. Katz

Corporate marketing groups - especially bandwidth-challenged small-to-mid-sized departments - can be so focused on tactics and fire fighting that they jeopardize their marketing investment. There is a tendency to overreact to events, to tackle symptoms rather than underlying fundamental problems and to jump atrepparttar opportunity to pleaserepparttar 144240 boss. Many times, this kind of tactical knee jerking may be fatal. Without great marketing, companies won't flourish, especially those in highly competitive markets. Yetrepparttar 144241 chaotic nature of emerging or dynamic growth companies andrepparttar 144242 tendency to placerepparttar 144243 marketing burden on too few individuals is a setup for failure. Promising companies may be left inrepparttar 144244 dust, or at least handicapped atrepparttar 144245 starting gate. Marketing Operations is emerging as an important discipline for improving performance and measuring ROI in admired technology companies (like Intel, IBM and Amazon) who have refined and fine-tuned their marketing organization with an operational focus. Givenrepparttar 144246 demands that these organizations face today, an innovative approach is central to solving critical issues like results measurement, bandwidth constraints and creativity limitations, and building value-added outsourced supplier relationships and effectively managing budget. Many ofrepparttar 144247 best practices, efficient processes and systems approach from large company Marketing Operations can and should be applied by emerging companies that are serious about their marketing investment. Here's why: PROBLEM #1

Ill-defined metrics

Today, more than ever, corporate marketing departments need to justify their existence. The need to measure results is unavoidable. However,repparttar 144248 instincts and skills that make an outbound marketing practitioner great-action-orientation, verbal and written acuity, persuasiveness,repparttar 144249 ability to build strong relationships-often don't translate into an ability or willingness to scientifically and objectively evaluate success. Add in broken systems andrepparttar 144250 organization's unwillingness to pay for marketing evaluation, and it's no surprise that many marketing departments are unable to define meaningful success metrics. SOLUTION

Marketing Operations ensures thatrepparttar 144251 right processes are in place to establish meaningful metrics atrepparttar 144252 front-end of marketing process, enablingrepparttar 144253 measurement of success at key intervals, and as each program concludes. PROBLEM #2

Slammed resources

The prevailing attitude of "doing more with less" can leave key people discouraged, overwhelmed, near burnout, and eventually, circulating their resumes. The consequences for organizations are costly mistakes, high turnover, and collapsed programs when key people leave, and missed opportunities to leveragerepparttar 144254 "ugly-stepsister-Cinderella-in-waiting" programs that never get offrepparttar 144255 ground because of a lack of ownership.


Marketing Operations addresses these resource limitations by ensuring workload is effectively allocated, roles are clearly defined, interdependencies are understood, team members feel satisfied with their jobs andrepparttar 144256 programs and additional resources, whether through additional headcount or outsourcing, can be successfully justified to executive management. PROBLEM #3

Sketchy institutional memory

Marketing is dependent on accurate information, a historical view into past successes and failures, andrepparttar 144257 ability to recognize patterns that link seemingly unrelated data points. Unfortunately, knowledge in many marketing organizations is scattered all overrepparttar 144258 company. It's inrepparttar 144259 heads of individual workers, on shelves, on people's hard drives, in long forgotten filing systems. When people leave, a big piece of organizational knowledge goes with them. Information loss is a huge productivity killer for marketing teams. Lost insight that must be regained or reacquired wastes previous marketing investments.

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