Neuroscience of Fonts

The architecture of your brain makes retaining everyday reading a major challenge. Psychologists and researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne developed a font that helps you recall and tuck away in your brain what you have just read. They call it Sans Forgetica.
The science behind this font creation is fascinating. Well if you are in the print and marketing business it’s fascinating. They made it sleek and back-slanted with intermittent gaps in each letter allowing the reader to recognize the letter but makes each word a simple puzzle for the brain. The more you need to process information the better you recall.
Visit http://www.sansforgetica.rmit/ to see what was behind the creation of Sans Forgetica or download the “The back story behind Sans Forgetica”.

If you want to use this font in any of your print and marketing collateral we got it and are ready to use it.

What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month About

Breast Cancer Awareness TreeWhat is Breast Cancer Awareness month and why do we celebrate it? It is something I have always known we do in October and always had the basic idea of why we celebrate it but for the last decade I have become more and more involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and I decided to really look into what it is that makes October so important to the cause.

A few things we ALL should remember:

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated in many countries across the world to help increase the attention that is needed for the disease. I knew this fact but never took into account that other countries promoted it in the same way we do.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness month helps bring light to early detection and treatments. The woman who started the National Breast Cancer Foundation was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at a very young age and had little information about treatments and the disease itself and wanted to make sure there was more information out there for people who are diagnosed.
  • There are OVER 250,000 new Breast Cancer patients diagnosed each year. I always knew it was one of the most common cancers but that many diagnoses each year is astonishing. Among those diagnoses a little less than half that number are deaths a year because of the horrible disease.
  • With hundreds of thousands of people being diagnosed each year there is still little known as to why so many people are diagnosed. Luckily with early detection the outcomes have become very encouraging for people that are diagnosed. This is why it is so important to get regularly checked, especially if it is something that runs in your family.

    There is so much information and statistics that I could go on FOREVER. Please if you do one cool thing to raise awareness in October, educate yourself, your family and your friends. The more we can catch this ugly disease at an early stage the less deaths there will be each year. There are some really great websites below to help educate yourself and get involved!

www.nationalbreastcancer.org
ww5.komen.org
placerbreastcancerfoundation.org

Winner of Best of the Best

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For 13+ years we have been voted Best of the Best by the readers of the Auburn Journal, and we couldn’t be more thankful to our community and our fantastic customers.

Since opening the business in 1946 we have striven to be been involved in the community and has enjoyed giving back. In 1984 Brad and Merrill purchased the business and have since continued to be involved and continue the tradition of giving back and supporting many community events. Being a big part of our community, being involved and giving back is what I am passionate about. I do it because I see a great future for our community and all there is to benefit from for me, our company and my kids.

Besides being such a staple of the community we work hard at being a partner to the land trusts and non-profits locally. We give back to many non-profits and work closely with them to find new ways of attracting donors and new revenue. Using print, email, direct mail, signage and promotional products to elevate their clients message in a cohesive, timely and branded manner. Our clients have seen that the value improves exponentially with a multi-touch approach.

I strongly feel that we are a one of a kind shop in this area with all the equipment and up to date technology that we have in our North Auburn location. Feel free to stop by and see all that we have to offer.

Adjust your communications to match attention spans

funny notePeople’s attention spans are shorter than ever before. We are constantly bombarded with messages from every corner, have no time to read long emails, and we have a rough time holding onto a business related conversation that doesn’t seem to have a point.

As a millennial, I have friends that use acronyms for everything. Raised on outlandishly detailed books by Charles Dickens, I have a rough time understanding these little quips. The first time I saw “ROFL,” I was thinking about barking waffles, but “rolling on floor laughing” is better. I guess. At any rate, I learned these little things to communicate with my friends and not be boring. This carries over into business, in a sense. We must adjust our content to people’s attention spans.

You don’t have to go so far with this as to be unprofessional in your communications, but you do have to shorten your message and get to the point. Cut the clutter, cut out anyone who doesn’t need to hear what you are saying, and give the person on the other end a more direct and conversational approach that they can easily digest.

Here’s a few tips to get you started in your business communications:

1. Be personable

This automatically makes you approachable and well-received. It doesn’t have to be outlandish. Use little remarks like “I hope you had a great weekend,” or “thank you for getting in touch.”

2. Use an easy to follow structure with headlines and bullet points

Don’t make your reader sift through your information. Breaking up information into palatable chunks helps people absorb content without getting distracted by the many other things demanding attention.

3. CCs

Don’t copy people on emails unless they must know the information contained in the email. I know that sounds obvious, but sometimes things can get out of hand. A conversation between two colleagues can go on for 20 emails, and their boss doesn’t need to be in on each one of those emails—only the first and last one.

4. Be precise

Save time by reading over your email or letter and making sure nothing has a double meaning, is too long-winded, or doesn’t get to the point. Is there a point? State your point first and your supporting information afterward in bite size portions.

Hopefully those tips will help you going forward. Being long-winded myself, I have to cut out my “babies”—my precious little details that nobody else cares about. Did it work? You’ll have to let me know next time you stop by the shop.

Storytelling for Business

Isn’t it time you wrote your story? I’m not talking about writing a book, although there may be a market for that within your business, I’m talking about engaging your potential clients to a point that they see you as an authority in your field.

There is no better way to engage a client than to tell a story. Humans are hard-wired to want to hear, read, and understand stories. You can do so much with them! You can educate, entertain, share experience, etc. In order to really make a difference in your audience’s mind though, you need to make an emotional connection.

In order to make an emotional connection, you need to know who your target audience is and what they will make a connection with while reading. Once you know what your story is, you can tell it across multiple media and in many different ways. Direct mail, Radio, Billboard, Displays, Banners, etc. All of these things can be a piece of the puzzle or they can tell a story with just an image and a few words. It’s up to you, or up to us if you want, to find the best way to tell that story.

So how does one tell a story without writing a book?

Well, most stories carry a similar structure, and the audience expects that a good story will use this structure to surprise and delight. Ready for the secret formula? We grabbed this off of MarketingProfs, who nabbed it from Pixar:
Continue reading Storytelling for Business

Big Day of Giving is Coming May 3rd

There's nothing small about giving backIt’s that time of year again! The Big Day of Giving is an event to raise money for non-profits and to raise awareness of their causes. It’s a time to learn about your local organizations and how much good they are doing in your community. With 587 causes listed on the Big Day of Giving website, you are sure to find something that you feel strongly about.

So, don’t forget to check out that list by May 3rd https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/

We have several local organizations in the mix, and here are just a few:

  • Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center
  • Child Advocates of Placer County
  • American River Conservancy
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Placer Land Trust
  • Seniors First
  • Soroptimist
  • Stand up Placer

Do you SEO, PPC, or go both ways?

As you may know customers can get to your website many different ways. This blog is about SEO (search engine optimization) and PPC (pay-per-click). Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines are how your customers find stuff on the web. They pull out relevant information gathered from what you put in your search. Google alone accounts for 3,500,000,000 (3.5 Billion per day) that’s a lot of people looking for answers, products and services every hour of every day.
So how do you find which is the best way for you and your company to the first page on search engines? Both SEO and PPC work, but do you need both? To understand the difference between SEO and PPC, let’s take a look at them and see their strengths and weaknesses.

PPC (Pay Per Click)
Instead of organically and gradually ranking your way toward the top of search results, you pay the search engine to place your website on the top of page instantly. Every time a user clicks on your ad or website, the search engine charges a small fee. One thing to take note, it’s more than money that gets you to the top. It’s also “quality score”, location, relevance, and site functionality. But PPC search words are sold on the open marketing, meaning anyone can come along a take your spot if they want to pay more. Here are some of the top keyword costs per click:
Continue reading Do you SEO, PPC, or go both ways?

Understanding Your Color Space

In grade school, we learned how to mix primary colors (yellow, blue, and red), that yellow + blue = green, blue + red = purple, red + yellow = orange. Guess what? That was your first lesson in color theory. It’s not that simple when you are trying to color match your prints, though. It gets complicated in offset and digital printing vs. what you see on your monitor and smart phone.


Establishing your BRAND color is a great place to start, but it won’t cut it to simply say “We use dark green”. In fact, just knowing your company’s Pantone color values isn’t enough, since those values are generally used for specific printing processes. What about spot colors vs. CMYK vs. RGB?

One of the keys to having a successful brand is consistency. Every company Continue reading Understanding Your Color Space

Get More Productive: Celebrate International Day of Forests

green, leafy office plantThere are so many benefits to having forests and trees not only in our rural areas, but in our cities as well.

  1. Forests and trees store carbon, which helps lower the impact of climate change.
  2. Trees help improve the local climate by removing harmful pollutants and providing shade.
  3. Trees reduce noise pollution.
  4. Forests help filter and regulate water.
  5. Studies show that just being around plants can improve your mood and concentration.

Want to know more about International Day of Forests?
Visit www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests.

So why do we care about this day and why should you care as a company?

If just being around plants can improve your mood and concentration, why wouldn’t we want out employees to enjoy these benefits? Engaged employees increase productivity. This year for International Day of Forests, we will be giving each employee their very own office plant and we will have our lunch outdoors!

Check out this article for how and why to incorporate plants into your office and home: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/indoor-plants-can-instantly-boost-your-health-happiness-ncna781806

What are your plans? You could win that Money Plant in the photo.

Post pictures of your favorite forest areas to social media, use the hashtag #IDOF_APIM, 
and tag us! Drawing will be done 03/22/18, submission must be made on or before 03/21/18.