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.

On a budget and tight deadline? Browse our Idea Book

It’s a given that in most industries you can have only two of these three things at any time: low price, good quality, and quick service. What if you just want a smidgen of all three? Purdy please?

You’re not exactly Mr. Monopoly, you don’t want to just plop some text on a brochure and call it good, and you need it yesterday. Yes, yes, you should have a budget for this, you should have been prepared far enough in advance to hire a good designer, and you knew this was coming —but sometimes not. Or sometimes you just need a little mercy!

So, here is a smidgen of luck for you. We can make you a custom piece, but we can also use some pre-made templates to get you started. Call it an idea generation tool if you will. Just go here, download our catalog, and reference which one you want to use. We have the same catalog in our office (of course) so we know which one you are talking about.

Browse the idea book by going here and clicking on the image of the book: http://www.api-marketing.com/our-services/design-services/

Commitment to Our Community and World

As a company we strive to be conscious of how our business decisions affect our community and environment. But what is a company without it’s team of hardworking employees? Nothing, of course! So we want to take a moment to thank our team for their continued help in supporting our community and sustainability goals.

Our team in the community
Our team doesn’t have to be told to be decent people, they already care about the community they live in. That’s why we are proud to have them with us! They frequently volunteer at places like the Auburn 20-30 Club, Cub Scouts, Biodynamic Association of Northern California, Western States Trail Foundation, Tevis, Back Country Horsemen, Soroptimist, and countless others. For those that don’t have official engagements with non-profits, it seems like every weekend one or more of them is off to some hiking or 4 wheeling adventure—and caring for the trails along the way.

Recycling like our world depends on it:

  • Over 90% of our printed paper waste is recycled weekly.
  • We strive to recycle 100% of our “box board” either through recycled pickup or by reuse of the boxes.
  • 100% of all packing material is reused.
  • 100% of the unused and unneeded paper is donated to local preschools, kindergartens, churches, or clubs.
  • 100% of our metal plates are recycled and money received goes into the company pizza fund.
  • 100% of our unused ink is picked up by a licensed waste hauler and used as a fuel for making bricks.
  • When given the opportunity, we strive to choose the best sizing and placement of art to generate the least amount of paper waste possible.
  • We set our pallets out for collectors, and our employees, to repurpose into other items.

    bins filled with recycled paper
    That’s a lot of paper for recycling! And yes it’s pretty much like jumping into a pile of leaves; AMAZING!

The Case for Newsletters

It’s cheaper to keep existing clients happy and engaged than it is to get new clients, which makes it so much sadder when companies neglect their client base and give exciting offers or much needed assistance only to potential clients.
With so many options today, a client needs to see value in your company in order to stick around. This value may be there already, but they need to see it! In fact, 90%* of people would switch to a new company that they feel has a better Corporate Social Responsibility ethic, or supports a cause that they like. With people that are willing to make a switch, the modern day business must frequently communicate what they are all about—without being annoying.

There are many ways to communicate: emails, newsletters, posters, flyers, brochures, mailers, videos, social media, community efforts, etc. They can range from passive, to in-your-face. The value of each depends on frequency, timing, content, and audience.  You won’t be able to praise the benefits of grass fed beef to vegans, and have them decide to eat it, no matter how good that beef is.

Quarterly and Monthly newsletters are a great way to give your clients and supporters assertive, yet not annoying bits of excellence. They can:

  1. Build loyalty by offering relevant, helpful information from your area of expertise.
  2. Let people know what you’ve been up to in the community and what your company personality is like.
  3. Give your company a voice.
  4. Give you an opportunity to get to know your clients, and segment your audience for different content, based on how they respond to your newsletter.
  5. Nurture existing leads in a cost effective manner and generate new leads and new sales by allowing people to discover what you have to offer. For example, every now and then a person comes to us after seeing an article about banners and tells us “I didn’t know you printed banners!”

We are offering 25% off printed newsletters through August 2017, so if you are curious to see what a newsletter can do for you, get a quote! Email quote_request@api-marketing.com or call 530-885-9674


*According to Cone communications/Ebquity’s 2015 Global CSR Study

 

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Direct Mail is Alive and Well

Remove-Smarter2E-mail, websites, SEO, social media, & signage all showing growth in the marketing world for both B2B and B2C segments. Direct mail is also showing growth, and in some industries showing double digit growth. It is time to put direct mail back in your marketing strategy.
Consumers and businesses are attracted to a couple things in this strategy. They see that an investment is being made in them when they get mail, and direct mail is targeted specifically to them, about the things they enjoy.
As with any marketing strategy, you have choices as to how to deliver your direct mail message. Your mail list is and has always been the backbone of a successful campaign. So how are you going to select your mailing list?
First, you need to examine how your product or service appeals to the masses. Is there only a small portion of the market that will buy? Or would almost anyone be a good prospect. When you figure that out, that’s when people like me, Brad, go to work. We fashion a database to fit your need and to fit your budget. Continue reading Direct Mail is Alive and Well