By the time you read this, the snow will have melted and we can all look forward to a summer of spectacular events.
With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Euro 2012 football, and the London 2012 Olympics coming up, it's a great marketing opportunity for advertisers and promoters who want to get top-notch attention for their products.
Puffin Press is already starting to play a part in this once-in-a-lifetime publicity event, as our customers are asking for printed literature connected to the summer of festivities. We in turn are delighted to be able to help, thanks both to the combined printing packages we offer, and to our unique ability to produce many different products under one roof. So, if you are a print buyer, agent or procurement business and require a mixture of printed products, please call our sales team on 05643 777777 or email us.
If you are a football fan then this is for you. Following the success of our promotional World Cup posters and team stickers, we are going to produce some new designs for the Euro 2012 competition. If you would like some of your own, printed with your company logo and contact details, then please drop an email to the above address and we will give you a competitive price. Alternatively you can subscribe to our mailing list and we will make sure you receive some posters; the only thing we ask in return is to send you a promotional email from time to time.
Whether you are a direct end-user of print, a small business requiring artwork to be created, or simply need something in a hurry, our experienced design team will be pleased to discuss this and any other work with you. Or, if you already have an existing designer, we are happy to work closely with them on your projects.
Puffin's new web site...
It will not have escaped the notice of readers of this newsletter that our website has had a recent revamp.
Not only can you now find information there about the wide range of speciality products we offer, but also details of the certificates, policies and accreditations we hold.
There is also a link to the website of our sister company Puffin Labels, which shows the diverse and varied markets their labels are being produced for.
And from the website you can now transfer files via our FTP server. Don't forget to register for access first.
Short run book printing...
...is not something we do often, but if asked we would be pleased to discuss your book printing requirements with you, as we recently did for poet and author George Wicker, founder member of Bury St Edmunds writers' group Write Now!
George, who follows fellow Suffolk writers George Orwell, Ronald Blythe, and P.D. James into print, also happens to work as a Sales Administrator for our Flat Sheet division.
Last year Write Now! decided to produce an anthology of their work and were looking for a competitive price for producing it. This we were able to give them, and the finished book was printed and perfect bound in two weeks. "My Daughter was an Astronaut" was launched in style at Waterstone's bookstore in Bury St Edmunds in November last year, and to date sales have been so encouraging that a Kindle version is planned for release shortly.
George says, "I did the typesetting and book design myself, and Puffin printed 750 copies of the book. We conceived it as a project that would teach members and contributors about marketing, publicity and the mechanics of print and publishing. We also hoped to make a profit, which we have just started to do!
It was intended to be a good-looking and reasonably priced book that would sit on the shelves in bookstores and not look out of place. That we have succeeded in this is in large part because of the expertise and skilled production of the staff at Puffin."
The book is available from the Write Now! website or through Amazon for £5.99 plus P&P.
Are we missing something?
Being a long-established and well-known printer there can be times when we unsuspectingly rest on our laurels. So we would like to hear from our customers and potential customers if there are any printed items or services you think we should, but don't currently, offer.
Please feel free to contact Bob directly or email him at...