The 5 Most Popular Blogs of 2018: Recycling Cartridges, Business Processes, and More

By Dave Quint | Jan 10, 2019 12:02:31 PM

As we dive into 2019, here’s a look back at the five most popular posts of 2018. Plus, we’ve created a “Hall of Fame” for the two blog posts written by Mike Andrews about full-bleed printing.

Since they were originally written in 2015, they’ve been read and re-read by tens of thousands. To give our other blogs a fighting chance at the top 5, we’ve put those two posts on their own special pedestal. You can read them below.

What are you interested in reading about this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Drumroll, please . . . . .

Here are your top 5 most popular blogs in 2018.

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Canon Research Shows Businesses Waking Up to Digital Transformation -- Act Now Or Be Left Behind

By Dave Quint | Jan 7, 2019 1:38:01 PM

As the calendar turns over to another year, I found Canon’s recent research (Office Insights 2018) into office productivity an interesting read.

As the president of a company that sells and services office equipment, I found two statistics encouraging for our own continued success:

  1. One in 3 enterprises print more often than they did a year ago

  2. 43% of companies consider multifunction printers critical office technology to keep business running (the 2nd and 3rd most mentioned were laptops at 36% and smartphones at 30%)

As we continue to support our customers with top-of-the-line printers and copiers, those stats show that’s a winning strategy for us.

At the same time, digital transformation is continuing to gain traction as 40% of businesses are scanning more often than the year before.

Let’s dig a bit more into the research and what it means for your business.

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7 Marketing Documents That You Can Cost-Effectively Produce With an In-House Production Printer

By Mike Andrews | Dec 27, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Ever wondered; while you tossed another bunch of ads for plumbing, catalogs for different stores you’ve shopped at, and the assortment of other offers you received in the mail into the trash; why companies keep sending them?

It’s a simple answer: printed materials work.

Have you ever kept a coupon mailed to you and then bought something you needed (and maybe a few more things) a few days or even weeks later?

How about kept a catalog around and then needed a last minute gift idea?

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Why Bring a Production Printer In-House? Control, Costs, and 3 More Reasons

By Mike Andrews | Dec 20, 2018 2:19:57 PM

It’s easy to say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

But, honestly, you’ve probably been influenced by a book’s cover art to buy it -- or at least pick it up.

When it comes to your printed marketing materials, your offer is going to be judged by the quality of the printed output-- color, design, shape, and, of course, the offer will all combine to pick up or dump your efforts into the “circular file.”

Decades ago, to get the high quality needed for marketing mailers (we’re not talking about the weekly circulars from local outlet stores or grocery stores) you needed an offset press. These are huge machines, often the length of an entire warehouse, designed for huge volumes and high quality.

Over the last decade, digital presses have become both less costly while their quality now is nearly equal to traditional presses.

Digital production printing is now cost-effective for businesses who need to print high-quality documents for marking or internal presentations.

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7 Steps to Change Your Thinking and Begin Transitioning to a Less-Paper Office

By Lane Lebahn | Dec 19, 2018 3:54:51 PM

Reducing your office’s reliance on paper delivers a number of benefits. A partial list of benefits includes:

  • Faster response time to customer questions and ability to find documents for internal use
  • When combined with a solid data backup strategy, additional protection against lost data
  • Decreased storage costs
  • Automated workflows for faster approvals on documents, e.g., invoices

I don’t think paper will disappear in my professional lifetime, but using less paper will be good for your business.

What are the steps you need to take to get there? These seven steps will get you started on the path to a successful less-paper journey.

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How Long Should My Copier Last?

By Dave Quint | Dec 8, 2018 4:45:00 PM

When you spend thousands of dollars on a piece of equipment, this is an important question. Of course you want to maximize the ROI from your purchase (or lease). 

This is a loaded question though and the answer, I’m sorry to say, is the same as it often is: it depends.

I will say that with average use and regular maintenance, a mid-range floor copier can operate for about five years and a decade for high-end models or .mid-range model that’s lightly used. 

There are two filters to look at the lifespan of a copier:

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Every Business Suffers From an Overload of Information -- 3 Capabilities to Look for When Seeking a Solution

By Dave Quint | Dec 5, 2018 4:04:34 PM

Remember when the encyclopedias on your living room shelf held the answers to everything?

Now we have Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia as accurate as those volumes on the shelf.

We have the Internet with websites for everything under the sun -- not to mention the 2,000,000 million blog posts per day (and then there are all of the infographics, ebooks, pins on Pinterest, videos on YouTube, Facebook updates, Instagram, and someone probably invented a new something as I typed this).

In the office, we have crucial business information spread throughout our offices in paper files stored in filing cabinets or lost on a co-worker’s desk somewhere, in email, in shared drives, in online storage (Dropbox, GoogleDrive), and (if we’re smart) in document management repositories.

I could cite stats for months, but you get the point, information is everywhere and we are drowning in it.

How do you handle this information overload?

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