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Xerox is fully committed to digital transformation, turning pressure equipment into Workplace Assistants.— Photo: Andreas Weber

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German Version

Note: The translation of the original German version was done by xeroxtranslates.com

“Our biggest challenge is to meet the demands of the people in the mobile age,” notes Mark Boyt. In its function as a global of solutions marketing at Xerox he presented head at an analyst meeting in Uxbridge, UK, strategy, and news about the ConnectKey platform, workplace Assistant, and e-commerce. The development and marketing of business apps is a focus. To do this, Xerox has collaborated extensively partner companies with qualified and authorized Xerox.

 


 


 

“To be still attractive for our customers and to create new business ideas, we have developed by the device vendor to the solution provider, and now to the service partner for our customers”, explains Marcus Putschli, CEO of e-dox AG, Leipzig/Germany. In the Centre is thus not only the hardware product portfolio, but the creative and consulting-oriented performance, to create a maximum customer benefit. Partner developed Putschli in other Xerox as a series from around the world with his team apps that offer new, specific application solutions notably based on technology infrastructure provided by Xerox.

Putschli said: “in addition to the managed print solutions we offer our customers the possibility of digitizing and data protection solutions in the enterprise to anchor. We are various document management partner provider, Microsoft-365-partner-certified app developers for Xerox, and support our customers in many IT issues advice to the page”. The app development takes place through the project area e-dev/> and can be accessed on 10 years of experience. The highlight: the apps are tailored to and run on existing multi-function printers.

 

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Info box to current example — the Convert2PDF app e-dev

Usable via subscription Convert2PDF app, it will be possible to take advantage of the full functionality and benefits of Convert2PDF easily directly from the Xerox, each ConnectKey device by Xerox device i.e. workflows and document processes by simple To control the app user interface.

Systems provides a particular advantage when using the app with Xerox VersaLink. The Convert2PDF app has extended the product range VersaLink in conjunction with Convert2PDF quasi often missing workflow scanning and allows the use of different Scanprofilen for different tasks or workflows. Users as well as administrators in companies are significantly relieved. The Convert2PDF scanning and workflow can be easily managed thanks to the app and also operated. Sources of error for incorrect processes are eliminated so in a comfortable way.The app is also offered on the redesigned Xerox app Gallery.

Xerox’s according to his own admission, that ConnectKey apps accelerate the digital transformation for companies. In the focus are three areas of action:

  1. Support for mobile workers, Office workers and teachers
  2. Smooth workflows for each company
  3. The advanced Xerox app Gallery to facilitate search and install and purchase transactions

 


My take: everything will be fine. Thanks Appiness!

Good news: print is an important pillar of the transformation of companies and their business communication processes. But: It is no longer sufficient to optimize existing, but sometimes are disruptiv new ways to follow, which provide the benefits for all those involved in the focus.

The so-called digital transformation simplifies and accelerates not only processes, but provoked new business goals and opportunities. All of us could benefit from this but only if we also transform to become creative consultants. Our customers have to become partners and customer service is a central issue. And this new, tailor-made apps play a central role. In this sense: Everything is fine. “Appiness” thanks!

 

 


 

Background information

New Xerox ConnectKey Apps Speed Digital Transformation for Enterprises, SMBs

  • Apps support office workers, mobile workforce; educators 
  • Frictionless workflows for any business
  • Enhanced Xerox App Gallery makes browsing, installing and purchasing easier

UXBRIDGE, U.K., Oct. 10, 2018 – Organisations can now better connect staff to popular business platforms such as Salesforce, QuickBooks Online and Concur, supporting customer relationship management, accounting and invoicing, plus streamline additional processes with new apps for Xerox ConnectKey® devices. Purchasing and implementing the apps is simple with a new e-commerce-enabled site.

The Morrell Group, a full-service automation controls design and engineering services organisation, has experienced the power of ConnectKey apps. The company saved 25 percent by automating its product distribution process with the Sign Me app, built by MidAmerica Technology, a Xerox Personalised Application Builder developer. The app digitises the document-laden process, accelerating the speed in which products get out the door. 

“Sign Me is a breakthrough app that has greatly improved our business – we’ve gained efficiencies that impact our bottom line,” said David Hajciar, operations manager, Morrell Group.   

 

Transformation: Xerox turns multifunction printers into Workplace Assistants. Video: Xerox


New apps make work easier 

The ongoing development of its ConnectKey-enabled portfolio underscores Xerox’s position as a print technology powerhouse. The latest enhancements make labour-intense, time-consuming efforts easier and offer new twists on traditional ways of working.  

The Xerox VersaLink® and Xerox AltaLink® series are the launch pads for apps such as:  

  • Xerox Connect App for Salesforce: access to Salesforce’s Customer Relationship Management system right at the multifunction printer (MFP); upload and share sales management information to client folders by scanning the documents directly into Salesforce. 
  • Xerox Audio Documents App: securely transforms hardcopy documents into audio files allowing commuters, multitaskers, or audio enthusiasts to listen on the go instead of reading. 
  • Xerox Connect App for QuickBooks Online: offers a hassle-free expense reimbursement process with multi-receipt scanning. Receipt data is extracted into an expense report and submitted with notifications sent to reviewers for timely approval. For Concur users, a similar receipt management app will be available by year’s end.   
  • Xerox Forms Manager App: simplifies management of multiple forms while reducing paper-based filing risks. With intelligent routing capabilities via embedded QR codes, scanned forms are automatically routed to the appropriate email address.
  • Xerox Quick Link App: enables a fast start to printing without IT support. This intuitive app sends an email directly from the device containing appropriate links to install, and connects computers or mobile devices with the drivers and configuration settings. 

 



 

Making the grade with educators

With insights gained from working with thousands of education customers, Xerox responds with apps that increase productivity for teachers and students:

  • Xerox Connect App for Blackboard: provides access to an industry-leading learning management system; documents are digitised and stored into their Blackboard Learn account from the MFP.    
  • Xerox Proofreader Service: checks for writing elements in the English language, such as spelling, grammar, style and plagiarism.  

Extra Value for Channel Partners 

Alongside an improved design for a better user experience, the e-commerce-enabled Xerox App Gallery provides a global marketplace for channel partners to promote and sell apps. Also, channel partners can share in the revenue when their customers purchase an app. 

Channel partners will learn more about how they can boost recurring post-sale revenues with the new ConnectKey apps and how the new e-commerce model helps them create, market and sell their own apps at the European Personalised Application Builder (PAB) Forum taking place November 7-8 at Xerox’s Innovation Centre in Uxbridge, UK. 

Availability 

Xerox’s newest ConnectKey-enabled apps will be added to the Xerox App Gallery in select geographies between fourth-quarter 2018 and first-quarter 2019. 

Source: Xerox

 


 

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#Think!Paper Edition 1, Volume 6

 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  Original German Version  (Note: The translation was automatically done by xeroxtranslates.com)

 


“I remember the print business in the night, then I can’t sleep anymore! — I would have also approved this statement formulated based on night thoughts by Heinrich Heine until recently. But: Thought and check helps. And it succeeds with a multi perspectival #Think!Paper vision.


Status quo

To bring the trends reliably, it is not easy. 

One thinks first of high-profile measurement via tradeshows. But: For example the highlights of topics, as well as the nomenclature of Messe Düsseldorf for the drupa as a worldwide leading trade fair of the print industry are naturally constructs, to attract as many and new exhibitors. 

Fairs offers therefore do not fully reflect the relevant trends that characterise the print industry.

As well, the common market research and trend reports not leading target, are effective as an indicator of future investment behavior of established printing companies there always readily applied, speculative, and no more than.

Meta trends

The print industry is always innovation-driven. At the time, it was always to the enrichment and enhancement of the existing possibilities. Today everything is different. And above all no longer linear. A rethink is imperative:

  1. Disruptive renewal of pre-media processes (template-free), with the aim of flexible and in real time to be able to print data of any kind.
  2. Smart print production: automation of processes from printing the delivery up to the go-to-market of printers, including digital supply chain management.
  3. #hyperpersonalization Blockchain, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and media across dialogical communication scenarios.

BusinessModel trends

The top issue, at the latest since the existence of digital printing, is the business model change for printers. There are two major developments:

  • Polarization in the services market – smart factories (with focused portfolio/commodity offers) vs. High-tech manufacturers (with myriad niche applications and highest innovation). But beware: Both areas fertilize or interpenetrate each other, such as in an iterative cycle. Best to understand, when you see how CIMPRESS developed.
  • Custom configuration of modular composed, ubiquitous production equipment. –Example: CADIS engineering.

Technology trends

The trends in the use of relevant technologies assign three essential aspects:

  1. Unbelievable, but true: The market for print solutions (technology + production + commercial) is greater than commonly portrayed many times. The ecosystem printing industry is broad and is a three-digit billions alone in Germany. (Note: the exact numbers are set forth in the trade magazine printing market).
  2. Almost 2/3 of the total revenues generated by a few hundred industrialized printing factories.
  3. Growth areas are proving to be doing differently than previously forecast to: E.g. for inkjet printing are up on book printing in the substitution of Offsetproduktionen, but above all in the toner printing systems. Important: ‘Inkjet-to-Go’ inspires new applications outside of the print industry, directly from their customers.

 

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A new orientation requires the success in the business of print and print using, driven by the creativity and courage. This, it is important to distinguish:

 

Inhibiting factors

  • An elaborate market research that focuses only on investments in hard – and software, to venture guesses based and relevant requirements of the market does not see.
  • Events of all kinds, which are vertically oriented, speak almost monolithic on the manufacturer issues and relate the use of their products.
  • Persistently insufficient, no longer contemporary industry communication, which all too often hawked misperceptions and this causes confusion.

Acceleration factors

  • Focus on new forms of go-to market of printing companies, touting the benefits of print for the digital age, and no longer the processing techniques for the production of print.
  • Pro active, social, business-driven discourse with potential new clients that already have come to pass on the digital transformation journey and for the print can become the ‘hidden champion’.
  • More experiments and pioneering venture, break rules and through relevant content and good stories inspired by a change of perspective on a broad front and fascinate.

 


 

About the author

Andreas Weber has been a print expert and internationally renowned business communication analyst, coach, influencer, and networker for over 25 years. His activities focus on transformation for the digital age and include lectures, management briefings, workshops, analyses, reports, and strategic advice. – His blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspires readers from over 150 countries worldwide.

 

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“I think of Germany [4.0] at night,
then I’m about to sleep,
I can not close my eyes
and my hot tears are flowing.”
From: Heinrich Heine, night thoughts

„Denk ich an Deutschland [4.0] in der Nacht,
dann bin ich um den Schlaf gebracht,
ich kann nicht mehr die Augen schließen,
und meine heißen Tränen fließen.“
—Aus: Heinrich Heine, Nachtgedanken


 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German Version

It happened last week. The CEO and the CFO of a long-established mechanical engineering company presented the annual balance sheet figures at the annual press conference in the financial metropolis of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Everything fine. And everything on schedule! After all, they delivered precisely what was promised a year ago. Unfavorable: Currency fluctuations that can not be influenced result in a slight decline in total sales and corresponding pre-tax profits.

Nevertheless, the board can stick to the good forecasts. Significant growth through transformation by at least 500 million euros in the next four years (that is, sales grow from around 2.5 billion euros to 3 billion euros) with significantly increasing returns. The company has been successfully restructured and is not only fit and stable, but also a global leader in digital transformation beyond its own market segment.

But: Already on the eve of the press conference, the share price began to decline and slipped significantly in the following week. The main reason: massive short selling, so the bet on speculation on falling share prices. The market capitalization thus dropped in value by a three-digit million amount.

Another negative effect: the business press as well as analysts can not deal in the right way with “digital transformation”. At least, they don’t get it! — In the late reports it comes to glaring errors resp. misjudgments and above all to the omission of the really important topics! — For example: “Quite unambitious: weak outlook puts pressure on Heidelberger Druck shares”. Or: ”Heidelberg disappoint investors” … — Phew! Understand that, who wants!

Granted, the topic “transformation” is highly complex. And requires that one understands: transformation is not a goal, but a state. The goal is: massive, sometimes disruptive change in the overall business philosophy. Not an easy task. And certainly not that it is possible to manage on-the-fly! — The CFO rightly explained calmly: “If you are in a hurry, you have to go slowly!”

Speaking of philosophy, Plato pointed out in his ancient teachings that everything acquired under duress can not find a foothold in the mind. In other words, the teacher can not teach if the student is not ready to learn. (This momentum was probably underestimated by the CEO and CFO when they held the press conference and, unfortunately, was not the basis of their communication strategy.)

The success of transformation in the digital age depends crucially on the will and the discipline to take the time to learn and practice, so that new experiences form new insights. This learning involves learning about oneself. Transformation requires self-knowledge.

Conclusion

An annual press conference as a lesson! Germany 4.0 fails in the fundamental understanding of the ‘digital transformation’. Not at the will of the apologists.

 


 

About the author

Andreas Weber has been a print expert and internationally renowned business communication analyst, coach, influencer, and networker for over 25 years. His activities focus on transformation forthe digital age and include lectures, management briefings, workshops, analyses, reports, and strategic advice. – His blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspires readers from over 140 countries worldwide.

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„Denk ich an Deutschland [4.0] in der Nacht,
dann bin ich um den Schlaf gebracht,
ich kann nicht mehr die Augen schließen,
und meine heißen Tränen fließen.“
Aus: Heinrich Heine, Nachtgedanken

 


Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English Version

 

Letzte Woche passiert. Ich war Augen- und Ohrenzeuge. CEO und CFO eines Traditionsunternehmens aus dem Maschinenbau präsentieren in der Finanzmetropole Frankfurt am Main die Jahresbilanzzahlen. 

Alles tiptop. Und alles im Plan! Denn das, was man vor Jahresfrist in Aussicht stellte, ist exakt so vollzogen worden. Manko: V. a. durch nicht zu beeinflussende Währungsschwankungen sind der Gesamtumsatz und entsprechend der Vor-Steuergewinn leicht rückläufig. 

An den guten Prognosen kann der Vorstand aber festhalten. Deutliches Wachstum durch Transformation um mindestens 500 Millionen Euro in vier Jahren (das heisst: Umsatz wächst von rund 2,5 Milliarden Euro auf 3 Milliarden Euro) bei deutlich steigender Rendite. Das Unternehmen wurde erfolgreich grundlegend neu aufgestellt und zeigt sich nicht nur fit und stabil, sondern über den eigenen Marktbereich hinaus global führend im Bereich der ‚Digitalen Transformation‘.

Aber: Bereits am Vortag der Bilanzpressekonferenz begann der Aktienkurs zu sinken und rutschte in der nachfolgenden Woche deutlich ab. Der Hauptgrund: Massive Leerverkäufe, also die Wette zur Spekulation auf sinkende Kurse. Die Marktkapitalisierung sank damit im Wert um einen dreistelligen Millionenbetrag.

Weiterer Negativeffekt: Die Wirtschaftspresse wie auch Analysten können mit „Digitaler Transformation“ nichts rechtes anfangen. In den Nachberichten kommt es zu eklatanten Fehlern resp. Fehleinschätzungen und vor allem zum Weglassen des eigentlich Wichtigen! Tenor: „Recht unambitioniert: Lascher Ausblick setzt Heidelberger Druck-Aktie unter Druck“. Heidelberg enttäusche Anleger… — Puh! Verstehe das, wer will!

Zugegeben: Das Thema „Transformation“ ist hoch komplex. Und bedingt, dass man versteht: Transformation ist kein Ziel, sondern ein Zustand. Das Ziel lautet: Massive, bisweilen disruptive Veränderung der gesamten Geschäftsphilosophie. Kein leichtes Unterfangen. Und schon gar keines, dass sich von Heute auf Morgen bewältigen lässt. — Zurecht erklärte der CFO ruhig und gelassen: „Wer es eilig hat, muss langsam gehen!“

Apropos Philosophie: Plato wies in seiner antiken Lehre darauf hin, dass alles, was unter Zwang erworben wird, keinen Halt im Geist findet; oder anders ausgedrückt: Der Lehrer kann nicht lehren, wenn der Schüler nicht bereit ist zu lernen. (Dieses Momentum hatten CEO und CFO wohl unterschätzt, als sie die Bilanzpressekonferenz abhielten, und fatalerweise nicht zur Grundlage ihrer Kommunikationsstrategie gemacht.)

Der Erfolg von Transformation im Digitalzeitalter hängt maßgeblich vom Willen und der Disziplin ab, sich die Zeit zu nehmen, um zu lernen und zu üben, damit sich aus neuen Erfahrungen neue Erkenntnisse formen. Dieses Lernen beinhaltet das Lernen über sich selbst. Transformation erfordert Selbsterkenntnis.

Fazit

Eine Bilanzpressekonferenz als Lehrstück! Deutschland 4.0 scheitert bei der ‘Digitalen Transformation’ am grundlegenden Verständnis. Nicht am Willen der Apologeten.

 


 

Über den Autor

Seit mehr als 25 Jahren engagiert sich Andreas Weber als international renommierter Business Communication Analyst, Coach, Influencer und Transformer. Seine Aktivitäten fokussieren sich auf ‚Transformation for the Digital Age’ via Vorträgen, Management Briefings, Workshops, Analysen & Reports, Strategic Advice. — Mit seinem Blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspiriert er Leser aus über 140 Ländern der Welt.

 

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Technologie-Entwicklungen im Print entfesseln die Marken-Kunst des Packaging | Im Fokus: Customer Experience und Mass Customized Marketing

Eine Analyse von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Apple, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Nestle, Adidas, Chanel, Swarovski und viele andere Top-Marken tun es: Sie definieren sich im Digitalzeitalter verstärkt über High-End-Lösungen an der wichtigsten ‚realen’ Schnittstelle zum Kunden: Der Verpackung. 

Jährlich werden weltweit weit mehr als 1.000 Milliarden Euro aufgewendet, um Verpackungen zu konzipieren, gekonnt zu gestalten, zu produzieren und am Point-of-Sales in bestmöglicher Form zu präsentieren. Die talentiertesten kreativen Köpfe werden von Top-Marken eingesetzt, verstärkt auch „Techies“ und Media-Fachleute, um Verpackungen ständig weiter zu entwicklen. Verpackungen werden inzwischen als eigenständiges Medium im Kommunikationsreigen begriffen.

Die Verpackung als Markenbotschafter ist für Marken genauso wichtig wie das Produkt selbst. David Taylor, CEO, Chairman & President von P&G als größtem Werbungtreibenden der Welt, erklärte daher ‚Packaging‘ zur Chefsache und sagte vor kurzem: „Die Verbraucher erwarten von den Marken, denen sie vertrauen, überdurchschnittliche Leistungen und helfen dabei, einige der komplexesten Herausforderungen unserer Welt zu lösen. Unsere globale Reichweite, unser Verständnis der fünf Milliarden Verbraucher, denen wir dienen, und unsere Innovationsfähigkeit geben uns die einzigartige Möglichkeit, einen positiven Unterschied zu machen.“

Laut Taylor gehe P&G noch „bewusster vor, um die Verbraucher zu erfreuen und verantwortungsvollen Konsum zu ermöglichen.“ Er spricht damit nicht nur das Thema „Sustainability“ an (90 % der P&G-Verpackungen sind recyclebar), sondern auch technische Innovationen, die helfen, die sog. „Customer Experience“ zu beflügeln. [Quelle]

 

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P&G stellt bei seinem Internet-Auftritt seine Produkte inkl. Verpackung ins Zentrum – auch auf der Seite für Investoren.


 

Der „positive Unterschied“: Persönlich, individuell und kundenspezifisch

„You guys could take the lead in mass customization“, brachte es der US-Amerikaner Mark Schaefer auf einer Multichannel-Konferenz Anfang November 2017 in Orlando, Florida, auf den Punkt. Schaefer gehört zu den globalen Top-12 der Marketing-Gurus, ist Pionier im Social Media und ein gefeierter Bestseller-Autor gedruckter Bücher. 

Schaefer hatte sich im Detail mit seinem Publikum, die Elite der printkundigen Multichannel-Dienstleister aus aller Welt, und ihrem Innovations- und Leistungsangebot beschäftigt. Neben dem Mass Customization bei Produkten fasziniert ihn die Möglichkeiten des Mass Customized Marketing. Individualisiert gedruckte Verpackungen gehören dabei ins Bild.

Zugleich wurde aber offensichtlich: Es gibt ein Dilemma! Selbst die fortschrittlichsten Multichannel- und Print-Dienstleister sind kaum in der Lage, sich in der fachlichen, öffentlichen Diskussion gegen die puristischen „Only-Online-is-beautiful“-Propheten durchzusetzen. Mark Schaefer empfahl eindringlich, sich auch für Print (und damit v. a. für den Verpackungsdruck) kommunikativ besser in Szene zu setzen. 

 


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Info-Box —Boom-Markt Verpackung entfesselt neue Print-Techniken 

Rund 60 Prozent der jährlichen, globalen Investments von mehr als 1.000 Milliarden Euro liegen in der Kreation, den IT- und Workflow-Management-Prozessen. 40 Prozent, und damit über 400 Millionen Euro werden aufgewendet, um Verpackungen aller Art inkl. Etiketten und Umverpackungen zu drucken.

Damit wird deutlich, warum die Druck- und Papierbranche mit großer Wucht auf die Innovation durch die aufmerksamkeitsstarke Differenzierung von Verpackungen setzt. Bis dato waren dies vor allem außergewöhnliche Veredelungsmöglichkeiten wie Lacke sowie Metallfarben und speziell für den Verpackungsdruck konzipierte Sonderkonfigurationen von Maschinen und Medien.

Bedruckt und veredelt werden Verpackungen bisher vor allem im Flexo-, Offset-, Tief- und Siebdruckverfahren. Dies trägt den hohen Auflagen sowie Qualitäts- und Kostenanforderungen Rechnung. Gemeinsam decken Flexo- und Offsetdruck aktuell rund zwei Drittel des Weltmarkts für Verpackungsdruck ab.

Der Anteil des Digitaldrucks ist mit weniger als 10 % noch relativ klein, bietet also genug Raum für Wachstum. Dies wird sich mittelfristig durch die Fortschritte bei industriellen digitalen Drucktechniken ändern, denn auch bei den Verpackungen sinken die Auflagen. Hinzu kommt der Trend zur Individualisierung.

Übrigens: Innovative Verpackungshersteller setzen mittlerweile auf Online-Shops um auf diesem Wege den Kunden und Markeninhabern noch einfacher und schneller die Möglichkeit für individualisierte Verpackungen anzubieten. Ein gelungenes und professionell ansprechendes Beispiel hierfür ist www.designyourpackaging.de (siehe nachfolgend den Screenshot).


 

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Print ist ziemlich digital: Ein Online-Shop für Verpackungsdesign und -druck zeigt alle zeitgemäßen Möglichkeiten auf.


 

Innovations-Dilemma

Die Zahl der technischen Innovationsmöglichkeiten explodiert. An jedem Tag, praktisch im Minutentakt, werden Markeninhaber wie auch Agenturen mit neuen „digitalen“ Sensationen bombardiert. Die Print-Fraktion gerät dabei ins Hintertreffen. Für mich unverständlich, da man sich im Print-Sektor nicht zu verstecken braucht.

Denn Print ist „High-Tech-at-its-best“. Allerdings hat Print auch den höchsten Erklärungsbedarf und leidet unter zahlreichen Missverständnissen. Es gibt hierzulande auch kaum spannend inszenierte Fachveranstaltungen, bei denen sich Marketing-Fachleute wie auch die unterschiedlichsten Talente der Kreativ- und Agentur-Branche informieren können. 

Zumeist begnügt sich die Druckbranche damit, unter sich zu bleiben, Markenvertreter und Agenturen auf die Bühne zu holen, damit sie vor Druckereifachleuten reden, statt sie im Publikum sitzen zu haben. Das sollte und wird sich ändern. 


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Mein Tipp für Neugierige aus der Agentur- und Marken-Welt 

Im naturverbundenen Baiersbronn (Nordschwarzwald) hat die Firma colordruck Baiersbronn eine aus meiner Sicht folgerichtige und gut durchdachte Initiative ergriffen: „printSPIRATION: Think Digital“. 

Es geht um Innovationsthemen wie Mass Customization im Kontext mit neuen Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten mit Blick auf Time-to-Market durch höhere Relevanz, Flexibilität und Individualität. Den Auftakt bildet ein Workshop-Tag am 12. Juni 2018.

Kontakt und weitere Infos

www.colordruck.net/printspiration 

Merlanie Bengel LinkedIn

Melanie Bengel
T +49 7442 830-206
Email M.bengel@colordruck.net

 

Anmeldungen sind auch über Facebook möglich.


 

Zum Autor

Andreas Weber ist Gründer und CEO von Value Communication AG. Als Analyst & Berater für Erfolg mit Print im Digitalzeitalter ist er zugleich auch globaler Netzwerker und Publizist. Sein Blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspiriert Nutzer/Leser aus über 130 Ländern.

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By Marina Poropat Joyce, Designer, Print Activist and Author of Designing for Print

This is an article I wrote for Printing Impressions a while ago and rather than rewriting it, I think it is still apropos in its entirety. If you are a designer or a printer, you can use this to reach out to your customer/vendor and start a dialog that will improve your work and your project.


Note: Listen to the latest #printerverse podcast as well, listening to Deborah Corn’s conversation with Marina Poropat Joyce!


10 Things Printers can Teach Designers

Designers are visual people and the best way to teach a visual person is to show them. Graphic designers are also curious people who generally like to see how things work. We all walk around with our cameras all day, lauding their efficiency for email, Slack, twitter and more. But it is the instant transmission of images and videos that make showing easy-as-pie.

Here are 10 ways you can use your smartphone to reach out to your designer clients, add value to your company website and make life easier for yourself. (Sales managers, appoint one person to collect this kind of knowledge and disseminate to the whole sales team.)

1. Coated vs. Uncoated. Sit down with a designer and have two paper swatch books in front of you and explain coated paper versus uncoated paper. You will have saved yourself countless hours of “it looks like postcard paper” descriptions, and the like.

2. Bleeds. Take a video of your guillotine cutter in action, preferably a job with a bleed. Zoom in on the crop marks, text it to your designer client. (Put it on your website too!)

3. Grain. Look in your sample room for something with a nice black solid. Pull two samples. Fold one sample with the grain. Fold the other sample against the grain. Put them side-by-side folds-up and photograph with your phone. Open the image and crop to relevant image area and mark as a favorite in your phone for quick retrieval.

4. Waste=Cost. Show your client an illustration of paper waste for various page sizes. Here are some examples you can use: (Put it on your website too!)

 

5. Quantity matters. Walk into your pressroom and film a sheet-fed press at the delivery end while it is running for 30 seconds. Confirm run speed with pressman. Text video to the client explaining that’s how long it takes for (insert quantity here) brochures/posters, etc. to run through the press and why they should opt for digital printing on this short run. (At 15,000 iph 30 seconds is 125 sheets, 8-up that’s 1000 pieces!)

6. Printing is green. Calculate how many pounds of trim, corrugated and electronics you recycle each year (if your trim is picked up and weighed by a recycler they have this info). Next time your vendor picks up a container run out to the parking lot and take a pic. Put the photo on your website with an infographic of the tonnage you recycle annually. Explain that the trim and corrugated goes into future recycled paper products.

7. Ink can change color. Show your client this photo. Explain that the ink formulas with a high percentage of opaque white (basically all pastels) will shift within a year (swatch on left was two years old, on right 6 months, when photographed). Share that pastel colors are great for a short-lived item like an invitation not so great for an identity system.

 

 

8. Paper makes a difference. Next time you’ve got an attractive job with photos that’s going to run on white paper, order some extra sheets of ivory, canary and grey uncoated paper. Add those colored sheets to the job and photograph the same detail area of all four colors. Make a montage (easy with the Layout app for iPhone). Send this montage to a client who is wondering about running a job on colored stock and put it on your website too.

9. How to read a swatch book. Oh boy, if I had a penny for every time a customer found the “perfect paper” in a swatch book and placed an order specifying that sheet only to find out there wasn’t enough, or it wasn’t stocking or that the chosen color had been discontinued… This is a great topic to discuss at a quick lunch with a new customer. Text her an image showing how to look up the date of a swatch book. Then bring her some lunch and a few swatch books and show her how to “read” it.

10. Art takes time. Text your idea of a rudimentary schedule to your client as a pdf graphic they can print out and pin to their idea wall. Next time they are working with a client to develop a timeline they won’t guess and it saves them and you a call/email.

 

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I know that some will think that answering questions and fielding problems bring value to a client, and they do. But do they bring value to a business owner? If staff is reacting/interacting at the 100-foot level, how are they going to interact at the 30,000 foot level with intention? Focus on the little things with intention and planning and then the 30,000-foot questions aren’t as scary. What are your clients’ plans for next year? Are you discussing budgets internally? Are they planning on launching any new products or services within the next six months? These conversations are really easy when “what do I need a bleed for” is taken care of.

 


About The Author

Marina Poropat Joyce is a passionate paper geek who has been marketing, graphic designing, publishing and printing her whole life. She fell in love with design and printing early on, and founded one of the first design-to-print companies in Los Angeles. 

Her company INTAGLIO was ranked as one of the 50 fastest growing print companies in the country, a winner of Inc. Magazine’s Inner City 100 and one of Los Angeles’ top 100 women-owned companies.

She wrote Designing for Print to explain printing in graphic designer-speak after working with many frustrated designers who wanted to know more. Marina served on the board of the Printing Industries Association of Southern California (PIASC) as a board member and Chairman. Another joy she’s found other than seeing a design come to life in print was driving with her husband from London to Mongolia through 16 countries in a 9,600-mile rally.


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About the Book Designing for Print

“As a design, print production professional and College level instructor on print and print for designers, your book is a much-needed tool that transports legacy print into the new world of print, which I call mutant print!”    —Thaddeus B. Kubis, Print Advocate, Designer, Professor

 


 

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#ops2018: Zum zweiten Mal gab es über ein Dutzend hochinformative, kurzweilige und unterhaltsame LiveTV-Interviews mit den Partner. Das Publikum im Saal war begeistert. — Im Bild: Barbara Schulz von Durst Group und Interviewer Andreas Weber.

 

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Es lohnte sich extrem, beim #ops2018 in München am 15. und 16. März 2018 dabei gewesen zu sein.

Es ging nicht nur um Onlineprint, es ging um die Zukunft der Druck-Kunst im Zeitalter der Assistant-Technologien, der Mass Customitzation (durch Digitaldruck) und Transformation des Druckereigeschäfts.

Ich habe per⚡️Twitter Moments das wichtigste kompakt und multimedial zusammengefasst. Mit allen Highlights und tollen Insights. Und einigen wichtigen Live-Interviews. Klicken lohnt sich. Das Anschauen via Smartphone kommt am besten. Und passt zu einer #ops2018-Kernerkenntnis: Print Business goes Mobile!


 

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Siehe vor allem auch den Bericht mit den 12 LiveTV-Interviews, im ValueDialog mit Top-Experten und ihrer Sichtweise. 


 

Ein engagiertes Moderationstrio: Jens Meyer, Dr. Eduard Neufeld, Bernd Zipper. — Video: #ops2018


 

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