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In celebration of “Prepress Week” create a new survival plan!

Posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Jules VanSant.

Pull out the party favors! “Prepress Week” is February 23–March 1. It’s the easiest part of your Print production… isn’t it? Ok, it’s a challenge when files are coming in from different sources, platforms, projects, customers… get a game plan on to make this area more of a profit source instead of a black hole!

Would you say price, services, and quality make up the key formula for a print service provider to reach their sales goals? If you said yes, then it’s time to resolve to make a new business survival plan for 2014 with help from our February/March Book of the Month (and it’s 15% off)!

In Guide to Integrated Marketing and Media Convergence, author Thad Kubis does more than just preach the need for digital marketing. He provides a unique prescription based on emerging media technologies and the ways they can expand your skill set, service offerings, and business opportunities.

As the PSP role evolves, it’s important to be able to adapt to the new needs defined in the marketplace. When you grasp these concepts, your role for your customers changes from mere service provider to valued partner—a collaborator and valid source of knowledge and innovation. Using the tools, advice, and knowledge in this guide, you’ll be in a prime position to manage your clients’ programs in full.

Key takeaways include:

How to engage your customers to open the door to more business and salesProfit strategies with integrated marketing communicationsHow to overcome your clients’ concerns about the value of your services

If you want to increase sales, integrated marketing is the ticket. Learn more when you read Guide to Integrated Marketing and Media Convergence: The Print Provider’s Guide to Use, Sell, and Profit from Integrated Marketing and Emerging Technologies.

Get the Book of the Month deal while it lasts! Save 15% with Discount Code IMMC. Offer expires March 31, 2014. For more information on this topic, read the 7-Minute Solutions from author Thad Kubis.

Amy Woodall, Director of Technical Information, Printing Industries of America- See more at: http://ppiconnects.org/blog/index.php/page/2/#content

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Students Rock Print Again!

Posted Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Jules VanSant.

Students Rock Print Again!Posted on March 6, 2014 by ppiadmin

2014 PrintROCKS Student Poster ContestBest time of the year – getting ready for the 2014 PrintROCKS! Awards for the Best in the West. To launch the Awards competition it is my pleasure to announce the 2014 Student Design Contest is open and ready for entries.

Our 3rd annual contest, this opportunity for students to design the poster for PrintROCK! is a great way for them to get experience and recognition. Plus, scholarships are given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The contest is open to all high school and college students in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

We want to SHOWCASE YOUR DESIGN TALENTS!! To enter visit our WhyVizComm career resource website and DOWNLOAD the rules and entry form. Send the completed form and poster design entry to awards@ppiassociation.org.Deadline is May 1, 2014

Instructors & Industry Professionals -You can download our contest promotional poster featured above! We would appreciate you posting it in your classroom/offices and sharing it with other instructors and counselors.

Looking forward to seeing those entries! PrintROCKS!- See more at: http://ppiconnects.org/blog/index.php/page/2/#content

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HR News You Can Use in the NW – February 2014

Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Jules VanSant.

PPI has many partners to support HR efforts within Print & Visual Communication firms of all shapes, capabilities and sizes.

Meet PayNorthwest – our regional partner with Payroll services for any size company, HQ in Seattle. Below you can explore what what great information they offer aside from savings and expertise tailored to meet your company’s individual needs.

Ready for the ACA Changes that Kicked in January 1st?

With all the delays, website malfunctions, and general confusion surrounding theAffordable Care Act, you may have the misguided impression that little of significance changed when the calendar flipped to 2014. Such a notion needs to be corrected. Read on, to learn key provisions, which kicked in for plan years beginning with 2014.Failure to Report for Work

When an employee fails to show up for work, what can an employer do? What about employees who seem to come in whenever they feel like it? Can you fire them? For answers to these challenging questions, read on.Copyright © 2014

See the entire newsletter HERE Read more about the PPI Partnership by clicking the box below.

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PIA HR Update February 2014

Work Wellness May Reduce Illness Costs, Lifestyle Maintenance Less Effective

Workplace wellness programs can lower health care costs in workers with chronic diseases, but components of the programs that encourage workers to adopt healthier lifestyles may not reduce health costs or lead to lower net savings, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Examining a large employee wellness program offered by PepsiCo, researchers found that efforts to help employees manage chronic illnesses saved $3.78 in health care costs for every $1 invested in the effort.

However, the program’s lifestyle management components that encourage healthy living did not deliver returns that were higher than the costs. The results are published in the January edition of the journal Health Affairs. READ MORE HERE

Best Workplace Metric: Job Descriptions

One hundred percent of winners in the 2013 Best Workplace in the Americas competition had written job descriptions for their employees. Is your company in need of job descriptions? Find more than 200 at www.printing.org/jobdescriptions (member login required).These monthly updates are a service to the PPI Membership though our partnership with Printing Industries of America. Learn more about what is available printing.org/humanrelations

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Alert: Prepare your business for school closures due to teachers’ strikes

After being closed for three days due to an ongoing teacher’s strike, Medford, Oregon schools have reopened with substitute teachers and a shortened four-hour school day. Portland public school teachers have authorized a strike to start February 20, 2014, and unless an agreement is reached the schools will be closed for at least the first three days while the district trains substitutes.

If you have employees who have kids in these school districts, then you have employees who may be preoccupied with finding child care, worrying about the impact the strike may have on their kids or their own jobs. Even if your employees don’t live in these areas, it’s still a good idea to have a plan in place in case your local schools temporarily close. It could be a teachers’ strike, or it could be something else, such as weather, fire, or contagion. As an employer, the best things you can do for your employees in these uncertain times are to plan and to communicate. READ MORE HERE- See more at: http://ppiconnects.org/blog/index.php/page/2/#content

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PPI Partners with iMirus to Bridge Print & Mobile

Posted Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Jules VanSant.

“If you don’t have a mobile strategy, you don’t have a future strategy.” –Eric Schmidt

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The explosive growth in popularity of smartphones and tablets has created an increasing demand for mobile content. This demand has generated a new category of multi-channel marketing service providers: MSPs who provide content optimized for print, online, smartphones, and tablets.

There are 2 compelling reasons that bring market leaders to explore adding mobile into the multi-channel marketing mix:

The exponential growth of smartphone and tablet ownership and usageThe low number of businesses that provide optimized content for mobile (only 28% of companies have content optimized for web)

The graphic communications industry is one industry that stands to benefit substantially from offering mobile-optimized content. By utilizing a multi-channel content solution, graphic communication firms are able to effectively increase the value offered to their clients by presenting multiple ways to extend their brand message to a targeted audience.

PPI Digital Publishing Partner iMirus

The days of offering a single touch point for your clients are over. iMirus can help youextend your multi-channel marketing campaigns to mobile for your clients, by offering a turnkey mobile content solution for smartphones and tablets. iMirus’ platform takes PDFs and auto-builds, auto-publishes, and auto-deploys content across digital channels. MSPs can be up and running with the new offering in days with dedicated marketing support from iMirus’ staff. iMirus also offers a robust email marketing platform, push notification capabilities and more.

PPI and iMirus have recently partnered, and members of PPI are offered special benefits from this agreement. Benefits include a 5% discount off iMirus rate card and 50% discount off first 2 iMirus alpha licenses when becoming a reseller.

To learn more about the agreement between PPI and iMirus and how you can open up a new revenue channel with mobile solutions for your clients, attend our upcoming webinar on January 28, 2014 at 1:00pm ET. To sign up, please visit this webpage and complete the form.

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Printing Industry Safety BLOG – Check it out!

Posted Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Jules VanSant.

Safety– Know It, Live It

Due to higher-than-average machine related injuries, OSHA has placed the printing industry on its list of high hazard industries for amputations. As a result OSHA has been very aggressive under its National Emphasis Program on the prevention of amputations through inspections of and enforcement on the printing industry.

Safety in the workplace needs to be a top priority in print shops—especially when there’s the risk of serious injury and hefty penalties. We know accidents do happen and to help keep safety at the forefront of people’s minds we’ve developed a series of safety posters.

This set of posters communicates the importance of equipment safety practices as they relate to basic lockout/tagout procedures, machine guarding, and proper use of safety controls. These posters stand out with their bright colors and pictures to remind employees to practice safe techniques.

There’s even a QR code on the poster that, when scanned, provides the contact information for our manager of environmental health and safety affairs, Rick Hartwig.

The set of posters is available as a free high-resolution PDF download for members ($15 for non-members) to print and display around equipment, hang in the pressroom, break room, or common area.For more information about the safety posters or any of the products or services offered by Printing Industries of America’s Environmental, Health, and Safety department visit www.printing.org/compliance or call 800-910-4283, ext. 792.- See more at: http://ppiconnects.org/blog/index.php/page/2/#content

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