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10 Ways to Put a Twist on Your Marketing Plans in 2021

In this highly competitive business climate, decorated-apparel shops need to find unique ways to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Traditional marketing techniques may still work, but it’s time to start thinking about more unusual forms of marketing to build your brand...

Why Am I Getting Duplicate Customers When Integrating SAGE and QuickBooks?

A reader asks, “I am integrating SAGE Online with QuickBooks Premier. I am getting duplicate customers and vendors. Why is that happening?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Think "SHALT" Before You Communicate a Message

In this short #RyansRemarks​​ video, Ryan explains that we must think through what we say, text, write and communicate when we are "Sad, Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired" (SHALT rule) or...

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In this highly competitive business climate, decorated-apparel shops need to find unique ways to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Traditional marketing techniques may still work, but it’s time to start thinking about more unusual forms of marketing to build your brand...

A reader asks, “I am integrating SAGE Online with QuickBooks Premier. I am getting duplicate customers and vendors. Why is that happening?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “I have used OrderMaster for a long time. Is there any support for the software?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Sales + Marketing

In this short #RyansRemarks​​ video, Ryan explains that we must think through what we say, text, write and communicate when we are "Sad, Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired" (SHALT rule) or...

Nick Friedman started College H.U.N.K.S Hauling Junk and grew the business to a multi-million dollar national franchise. The junk removal and local moving company now has over 100 franchises and $150 million in annual sales. As an entrepreneur and best-selling author, Friedman provides insight from his journey to success with Host Greg Muzzillo on Million Dollar Monday...

In this short #RyansRemarks Video, he explains his take on what the word PIVOT means. He describes it in acronym form to think about it in a deeper manner...

Business Strategy

In the waning days of 2020 (Sunday, Dec. 27, to be exact), President Trump signed HR 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a combination COVID-19 stimulus/relief and omnibus government funding bill passed by the House and Senate on Dec. 21, 2020...

The Small Business Administration is providing information on how to apply for loans and grants. Here is what you need to know.

Can you believe 2019 is coming to a close? It feels like just yesterday I was watching New Year’s resolutions gone wrong—not mine, because I don’t make them. I do, however, want to continue my November editor’s note tradition of giving thanks...

Industry News

As the U.S. economy continues its climb from the depths of recession, there are still many questions regarding the second stimulus package. Further delays in an agreement could possibly lead to a deceleration of economic recovery...

While we were on summer vacation, the ugly state of politics brought the USPS to the top of the news cycle. Maybe that’s a good thing...

If you think about it, we are all in customer service, simply doing our best to make clients feel heard, understood and supported. But, customer service representatives (CSRs) in the traditional sense typically are at the front line fielding the brunt of criticisms. Add to the mix the worst global pandemic...

Mergers and Acquisitions

It’s easy to forget that just a few months ago, we were all monitoring a flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity that signaled good economic health. But then the coronavirus arrived, impacting nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Some sellers pressed the pause button on deals in hopes of obtaining pre-COVID valuations; buyers, on the other hand, wanted assurances that all lost business would return...

Peter Schaefer, a principal at New Direction Partners, and Mark Michelson, editor-in-chief of Printing Impressions, a sister brand of Print+Promo, predict how the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Div., will rule on the pending acquisition of LSC by Quad. They also discuss—assuming the deal gets finalized—how it will ultimately impact...

Just four months after closing on the acquisition of Madison Forms Corporation, Signal Hill, California-based PDF Print Communications is welcoming Trade Printers Inc. to its portfolio of companies...

Print Products

COVID-19 may have frozen ad budgets, including direct mail, but the financial woes of the U.S. Postal Service have pre-dated the current crisis. Calls for postal reform to facilitate all types of fiscal fixes have gone unanswered, despite bipartisan support to get the job done...

What direct mail experience do your customers and prospects get when they receive your mail pieces? The first moment when they touch and interact with your mail piece is the moment when you either get a second look or get tossed into the trash. How many of your pieces are going into the trash? Probably more than you think, especially if...

Promotional calendars are hardly a new tool for printers to use when wooing customers and prospects. But, when a specimen like the 2019 wall planner from Diamond Packaging comes along, it asks us to think of printers’ calendars not just as marketing giveaways, but as works of art and platforms for interactive “smart” technologies as well...

Technology

A reader asks, “Do I need to make changes to my supplier’s purchase order to match the supplier invoice?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “I have recently purchased a new computer with Microsoft Office 365 which includes Windows 10. Why won’t my QuickBooks work now?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “How can I find out if I have to collect sales taxes on additional charges such as screen charges and freight?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…