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What does your Letterhead say about your company?

Posted by in branding, design, marketing

Call it old fashioned, but your companya��s Letterhead is often the first point of contact that customers and suppliers have with your business. It is the ideal way to create a lasting first impression. When is the last time you had a look at yours?

It doesna��t matter if you stick your Letterhead on an email or print it on quality glossy paper a�� it says a lot about your business. From the font type you choose to the colours and the layout; everything represents your brand and gives the reader an idea of who you are and what you do.

Bprint.co.za Letterhead

Bprint.co.za Letterhead

You dona��t want to go too simple, nor do you want to look like you own an upside down carnival (unless you do, which would be pretty rad!)

A good Letterhead should:

a�? Compliment your brand
a�? Say something about your business
a�? Be eye-catching and recognisable
a�? Be simple, yet unique

As with most things in life too much of a good thing is never a good idea. Unfortunately, some companies lose the plot when it comes to their logo and general branding. They want to cram everything into one small design and usually end up with a hot mess.

Look at the following to determine the quality of your Letterhead:

a�? Can I read all the words clearly?
a�? Is here enough space left on the paper to compose messages of different sizes?
a�? Did I use colour wisely?
a�? Does everything make sense?

If you arena��t sure if you have a killer Letterhead or not, try to see it from a customera��s perspective and ask yourself: a�?would I conduct business with a company whose headliner looked like this?a�?

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How can I use Complimentary Slips in my business?

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Complimentary Slips can add that extra personal touch to your business dealings. Everybody loves to receive a compliment or a show of gratitude, and in the corporate world this can enhance your image and strengthen relationships.

Complimentary Slip

Complimentary Slip

How can you apply these small tokens of appreciation in your business?

Your employees: thank an employee for his/ her hard work and dedication. Because you can write anything in the space provided on the slip, you can make your message personal and unique to the individual. Use it to wish someone a happy birthday, to get well soon or even enjoy their well-deserved vacation. This will serve as a morale booster and make your employees feel like part of a family.

Your suppliers/ distributors: did you push your suppliers or distributors extra hard this month to meet your demands? Show your appreciation with a Complimentary Slips. They will be much more willing to work with short deadlines or give you priority over another client if you acknowledge their dedication to your business.

Your clients/ customers: giving corporate gifts to clients or customers helps to strengthen bonds and increase loyalty. Attaching a a�?thank youa�? note will add to the value of the gift. If it isna��t in your companya��s budget to hand out expensive presents, you can still give something simple a�� just make sure to give a sincerely written slip along with it.

Complimentary SlipsA�are a nice way to add some warmth to your brand and show you care about those who are contributing to the success of your business.

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Are Business Cards still relevant?

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How are sales looking in the business card front? Well, leta��s look at the numbers: a company like www.vistaprint.com have sold more than 6 billion sets of business cards since 2000. Current estimates are that the world has 7 billion people in total. I think the business card is still very much alive!

Barry Moltz, small business consultant and strategist, had the following to say: a�?What is clear is that business cards as a communications medium have changed. Therea��s no arguing that people have become more creative about how they use them, how they hand them out and what they include on them. a�?Standarda�? business cards are certainly fading, with a simple white background and text that includes your name, phone number and address. Cards are now dominated by unique logos and graphics, website addresses, Twitter handles, qr codes and multiple email addresses. For more information, please click here. The medium has changed, but their importance in connecting with people hasna��t.

The importance of a�?connectinga�? is ever increasing. The different ways of connecting is also growing by the day. Business cards will always be a part of that landscape. Handing out a business card says something about a person and that company, it says; a�?wea��re professional, wea��re serious about doing business and we want to talk a�� make contacta�?. Ita��s more than just a medium a�� it serves as an open invitation.

Full Colour Business Cards

Business Cards

Until someone develops a homogenous virtual business card tool thata��s as effective as a physical instrument, leta��s stop talking about the demise of the common business card; rather embrace this medium for what it is. Just make sure yours embodies you and your company!
Order your business cards online today.

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