John Stewart

First-Ever Survey Covers Pricing
For Signs, Banners & Decals

NPOA is proud to launch a brand new survey designed to help small to medium size companies currently providing sign and wide format services get a better handle on pricing practices! Every firm that submits a completed survey by the April 3, 2015 Deadline will receive a complete copy of the final study. We estimate this survey should take less than 20 minutes to complete. Don't miss out on receiving what promises to be a premier pricing study on signs and wide format.

The Process for Receiving you FREE copy is simple - First,  click here or the link to the left to download the PDF worksheet. Once completed, you will then go to our survey site where you will re-enter your prices into our on-line Electronic Survey Form. You will receive your FREE study within 45 days after the deadline.

Signs and Wide Format Pricing Topics Covered...
Below are a few of the services and products covered in this brand new survey:

Primary & Secondary Printers & Rips, plus ratings
Popular Plotters, Cutters and Laminators
Laminating Prices
Square foot pricing for more than 15 distinct substrates
Sample Banner Pricing
Pricing for Foam Core, Coroplast, Aluminum and Magnetic Signs
Decal Pricing for square and contour cuts
Vehicle Decals and Window Perfs
Installation & Travel Charges

This Study will retail for at least $195, but it can be yours absolutely FREE if you complete and return the survey by the April 3, 2015 Deadline.

PUBLISHER NOTES: Since the survey was first released, we have made two minor changes in questions for clarification purposes. Part 2, Question #5 asks you to provide prices (Retail and Discounted) on a Per Square Foot Basis. For those who use sliding scales for this type of pricing, we have specified that these laminating jobs would involve a total of 12 square feet. A similar change has been made for the listing of substrates in Part 3, Question #1 where we ask you to provide per square foot pricing on jobs that would involve a total of 24 square feet.( i.e. one 2' x 12' banner, two 3' x 4' wall graphics, or four 2' x 3' posters on Foamcore white 3/16")

Ever Wonder if a NPOA Member is Nearby?

 Traveling across the country or just looking for a fellow NPOA member that might be located nearby? Simply visit the NPOA  "Our Member Map" where you can zoom in or out as well as pan across to find specific members and their locations. Sorry, the map above does not depict our three members in Hawaii, the West Indies or our long-time NPOA member Harry Brelsford located in Australia.

Still looking for a SD Printer - P.S. We are still looking to complete our list of having at least one printer in every state  by recruiting a printer from South Dakota. If you know of a printer there and can convince him or her to join both you and the firm in South Dakota will be entitled to a special publication offer from NPOA. 

Will Rogers

"A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and 
the other by association with smarter people."
 
NPOA offers the ideal opportunity to associate with smarter people at its upcoming Owners Conference, April 16-18, in Orlando FL. 
We've assembled a great cast of industry experts, consultants, vendors as well as individuals such as yourself and provided the forum for attending some outstanding educational sessions designed to help you grow your business, AND It's not too late to register for this conference. Click here to view the conference agenda, or go directly to our conference registration form. We look forward to seeing you in sunny Florida.

NPOA Releases New Webinar Video

The Power & Simplicity of Every Door Direct Mail

Eighty percent of consumers’ disposable income is still spent on businesses within 10 miles of their homes. Are you helping your printing-buying customers reach their customers within those ten miles? Direct mail is still relevant in a digital world, and Every Door Direct Mail makes connecting with consumers fast, easy, and effective. This webinar features USPS expert Connie Jacoby, Direct Marketing Specialist at United States Postal Service, who speaks on "The Power and Simplicity of Every Door Direct Mail." Connie provides the audience with a quick introduction to EDDM basics, and then talks about how you can use EDDM to bring more value to your print-buying customers’ direct mail projects. Click here to view this an other videos. You will be requested to sign in with your user name and password to access this webinar.

Proudly sponsored by... This webinar, provided by NPOA as an exclusive, members-only benefit, is being presented by the USPS for the National Print Owners Association, and is sponsored by Marketing Ideas For Printers. More than 140 printers attended this webinar when it was first offered, but if you missed it and you are an NPOA member you can now view the video as well as download a PDF of the presentation.

Xerox Video Features NPOA Member

Xerox Releases Video on New Versant 80

Betsy Allen, owner of Cortland Press & Carbon Copies, Cortland, NY, and newly elected member of the board of directors of NPOA, is star in a new video released by Xerox. Cortlant Press is currently beta-testing the brand new Xerox Versant 80 Production Color Printer. Because of Cortland's reputation for superior quality, attention to detail and the diversity of the jobs they run, Cortland was one of only two test sites in the world selectedby Xerox for the initial beta testing. The video highlight's Allen's shop as well as the versatility of the new digital press. For additional information on the Versant 80, go to: www.xerox.com/versant80. Check-out our blog in the next week or so for additional information on Betsy's recent election to the NPOA Board of Directors, where she will fill the position of NPOA Secretary. 


 

NPOA Needs Your Input

Please Give Us 5 Minutes of Your Time

Our latest member-survey will close-out Wednesday, March 4th at midnight, and we'd definitely like to hear from you before that happens. We are constantly striving to improve our member services, and one of the best ways to do this is simply by asking for your opinions and asking you what you want from your association. Please take our five-minutes survey by clicking here.
As always, there are no secrets at NPOA. This is an association run by printers for printers, and consequently we will report the results of this survey probably within the next two weeks. Thanks for your help.


OFFICIAL NOTICE:
"Early Bird" Registration Deadline
Extended to March 15, 2015!

Procrastinators as well as printers who are still digging out from record-snowfalls this winter just got some great news!
NPOA's Conference Coordinator Becky Whatley announced this weekend that the "Early Bird" Deadline for registering for NPOA's Owners Conference has been officially extended to March 15th!
Instead of paying $525 (post "Early Bird" rate), attendees can still save $80 and register for this outstanding conference for only $445 for primary registrants and $395 for additional registrants... plus, of course, our low, low social registrations fees of only $99.00.
Conference Highlights - Click here to view our Conference Highlights page as well as to complete our easy-to-use, two-minute registration form.  Remember to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible sine our guaranteed room block is filling up fast!
Take our five-minutes survey...
NPOA Needs Your Input
NPOA is constantly striving to improve member services, and one of the ways we do this is simply by asking for your opinions and asking you what you want from your association. Please take our five-minutes survey by clicking here. As always, there are no secrets at NPOA. This is an association run by printers for printers. We will report the results of this survey probably within the next two weeks. Thanks for your help.

Another Members-Only Service from NPOA...

Mailing Study Executive Summary Now
Available in NPOA "Members-Only" Section

The "Executive Summary" of the 2015-2016 Mailing Services Pricing Study is now available for download from the Members-Only portion of our web site. The summary is 52-pages in length and provides a solid, in-depth look at many of the mailing services covered in the complete study. Although we constantly urge NPOA members to participate in all surveys and thus receive complete copies of the final studies, we know that is not realistic. Therefore, we do the very next best thing and that is to provide all members, regardless of whether they participated or not, with a thorough summary of some of the basic findings contained in the study.

To download your copy, simply click here. You will need your user name and password to download the study.  (P.S. If you have lost or can't remember your user name or password, there are two links to on the sign-page to help you retrieve them. To purchase the complete 130-page study, visit the NPOA Bookstore. Retail Price of the Mailing Study is $195. The NPOA Member-Only Price is $117, a 40% member discount. Studies are available either as a PDF or hard-copy

Former US Customs Officer to Help
Attendees Tap Their Leadership Potential

Lisa Marie Platske, from Upside Thinking, will deliver the opening keynote at NPOA's 3rd Annual Owners Conference in Orlando, FL April 16-18. You've never met a keynote speaker quite like Lisa Marie. From the piers of New York City as a US Customs Officer to working long shifts during the aftermath of 9/11, she spent 10 years in federal law enforcement, leaving with pride, the nickname "Mary F'ing Sunshine" and a serious education in what it took to be a leader. Lisa Marie brings her background, her education, her enthusiasm and her energy to every presentation. Click here to read more about this exciting conference. 

Michelle Maynor, owner of Interior Graphics & Printing, NPOA member and 2014 conference committee member had lunch with our keynote speaker Lisa Marie Platske while they were both in Southern California last fall. Michelle says: "Lisa Marie is a dynamic, focused woman who asks intuitive questions, even at lunch! She has a genuine interest in helping business owners succeed, and will be a great start to our conference in Orlando this year. Here's a link to her blog to get an idea of how she will connect with us." http://platske.com/upside-thought/what-you-focus-on-expands/

NPOA Releases Latest Study...

2015-2016 Mailing Services
Pricing Study Released!

The NPOA Mailing Services Pricing Study, a 130-page report packed with the latest pricing data in the mailing industry has just been released. All eligible survey participants have been notified via the email addresses they provided as to how and where to go to download their Free PDF copy. Survey participants, some of whom spent 2-3 hours completing their survey, will also receive a hard-copy of the publication in the mail - it's just our way of saying, "thanks for all your help and participation."

NPOA members who did not participate will be entitled to download an "Executive Summary" of the study within the next two weeks. Look for further info. The Study is now available in the NPOA Bookstore. NPOA Price $117 (a 40% discount); Non-members $195. Available as both a PDF or hard-copy. Orders begin shipping 2/16/2015.

 

 

Don't Miss "Early Bird" Registration Deadline

For 2015 NPOA Owners Conference

It's time to get moving! If you haven't made your hotel or airline reservations for this information-packed conference then do so this week! Miss the "Early Bird" registration deadline of Feb. 27th and you will end up paying $80 more!
 
Plus low, low hotel rates -  Not only are the hotel room rates at the Buena Vista Hotel & Spa (only $149 per night) a bargain, they include extra amenities such as...
  • Free self-parking
  • In-room wireless internet
  • In-room Showtime and other select cable channels
  • Daily membership to fitness center, spa and pool
  • Concierge Service
  • Disney Bus Transportation
  • PLUS, no snow to deal with!

 

There's no better opportunity to meet with fellow printers and key vendors, share ideas
& suggestions, 
and learn more about our  industry than by attending an NPOA
Owners Conference - 
a Conference created BY printers FOR printers.

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BindRite Offers 10% NPOA Member Discount
On New MBM Triumph 5260 Paper Cutter

Advanced Programmable Electric Paper Cutter. A precision engineered programmable cutter featuring the exclusive SCS Safety Cutting System improves productivity and safety.

For more product details as well as how you can get the 10% discount, please click here.

Offer good through the NPOA show (April 18, 2015)

Marketing Ideas For Printers 
Launches 4th Webinar on Wednesday!

John Henry, Director of Programs for NPOA, will join Marketing Ideas For Printers on Wednesday’s Quick Win Webinar to share his stories of SEO success. The webinar is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2015 at 3 p.m. EST. This webinar is the last in a series of Quick Win Webinars.

Each 20-minute webinar is designed to show you the "quick win" ideas to help you immediately increase the efficiency and profits your Websites For Printers website creates. Registration and more information can be found at: http://on.mi4p.info/1643KHt.

NPOA MEMBERS ONLY...

FREE WEBINAR VIDEO OF POPULAR
MATTHEW PARKER PRESENTATION...

"How To Stop Buyers Choosing On Price"

Sometimes it feels like every conversation is about price. That’s all buyers seem to be interested in.  They won’t talk about anything else.  They don’t want to hear about your company heritage, your quality levels or your web to print software.

But do you really have to be the lowest price to win? There is another way. There are a number of printers out there at the moment who are selling print and making good profits. These printers have (1) Clients who will go out of their way to work with them and (2) Clients who are even prepared to pay extra. Wouldn’t you like to be one of those printers? Wouldn’t you like to break the cycle and stop ending up in price battles again and again? Then be sure to register here for this informative, 45-minute Webinar. Plus, a special offer for NPOA Members Only - a free report title, "Seven strategies to increase profit margins by over 12%."

To view this just-released webinar video, NPOA members must first log-in, then select from the left hand menu: Membership > Media & Videos > NPOA Webinars > "How to Stop Buyers from Choosing on Price"

 

 

SEMINAR SERIES

FREE WEBINAR PROGRAM - Jan. 13, 2015, 1 p.m. (EST)
"How To Stop Buyers Choosing On Price"
By Matthew Parker, President, Profitable Print Relations

Sometimes it feels like every conversation is about price. That’s all buyers seem to be interested in.  They won’t talk about anything else.  They don’t want to hear about your company heritage, your quality levels or your web to print software.

But do you really have to be the lowest price to win? There is another way. There are a number of printers out there at the moment who are selling print and making good profits. These printers have (1) Clients who will go out of their way to work with them and (2) Clients who are even prepared to pay extra. Click Here to Sign-up for this webinar. ATTENDANCE for this webinar is limited to 95 enrollees!

Wouldn’t you like to be one of those printers? Wouldn’t you like to break the cycle and stop ending up in price battles again and again? Then be sure to register here for this informative, 45-minute Webinar. Plus, a special offer for NPOA Members Only - a free report title, "Seven strategies to increase profit margins by over 12%."

 

 

 

 

 

Conference Program Now Available

NPOA Posts Agenda for
2015 Owners Conference

Thanks to the efforts of John Henry, NPOA Director of Programs & Events, Becky Whatley, Conference Coordinator for NPOA, and the hard work of the entire 2015 Conference Committee, the association has just released its 2015 Conference Agenda. This year's conference also features a pre-conference User's Group meeting sponsored by SoftUse/Printer's Plan. Details on the latter will follow. 

The conference program promises to be the best ever and we are looking forward to seeing as many NPOA members as possible. Of course, as usual, printers who are not members of NPOA are also encouraged to register for this conference so they can mix, mingle and share ideas with printers from across the U.S. 

19 Printers Pitch-in to Start New Association

NPOA Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

1st NPOA Web Site

NPOA was officially launched as a printing trade association two years ago on Dec. 17, 2012 with the help of 19 printers ("Founders") who collectively decided there was a need for a new printing association, one more willing and better prepared to serve the small format printing industry, both digital and offset. By the end of that first month NPOA had attracted 57 additional members. By January 2013 NPOA attracted an additional 146 members, and was well on its way to becoming a viable trade association. Our association is nearly 400 strong and continues to grow. To read more about the history of the association go here.


Many industry leaders and suppliers were skeptical at first, with many questioning whether there was a need for a new association and whether this new upstart association could survive. Well, the association has proved the old adage, "where there is a will there is a way.". The association brazenly scheduled it's first Owners meeting in March of 2013 in New Orleans. More than 120 printers and vendors turned out for that first conference. Many attendees (some long-time members of other trade associations) called it one of the best conferences they had ever attended, offering a great opportunity to learn and meet with fellow printers.


The tradition of holding an Annual Owners Conference continued the next year when the association selected Fort Lauderdale as the site for its 2nd Owners Conference in March of 2014.


Now planning for the 3rd Owners Conference is well underway. Scheduled for April 16-18, 2015 in Orlando, FL, this conference promises to the be the best ever, but only with your support. Be sure to visit our 2015 Conference Page for more details.


NPOA had definitely come a long, long way in the past two years and we want to thank every single member for all their support in helping us grow this association. If you're not a member of NPOA we strongly urge you to consider joining our ranks. Click here to read more about joining NPOA. Happy Holidays and a safe New Year.

NPOA is proud to welcome our latest Associate Member - Discount Labels. Discount Labels will also be joining NPOA members in April 2015 as a Silver Sponsor for our 3rd Annual Owners Conference.

 

 “EXCLUSIVE offer for NPOA Members only: 6-months FREE added on to any AccuZIP6 5.0 software package of one-year or greater”*
*Offer valid for new customers only and offer must be referenced at the time of purchase.  Offer subject to NPOA membership verification.  Offer subject to change or be discontinued at any time.