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Five BIG Ways Small Businesses Can Leverage Print Marketing

Now more than ever, stay in touch and in favor with branded print assets.

The whole world’s gone digital. Or has it? As it turns out, the Great Digital Migration of 2020 has created a unique opportunity for small businesses to boost their marketing efforts with the power of print.

Here are a few successful forms of print marketing from our own small local businesses like us.

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Reach people at home with a tactile touchpoint

With so many people staying home and waiting for mail deliveries, this is a great time to dust off the ‘mailing address’ data from your customer database. We’ll help you design and deliver a branded postcard or mailer that catches your customer’s eye, offers real value, and maybe even gets a spot under a magnet on their refrigerator for future reference.

Tangible goods and swag items go a long way in a digital world. More and more, people must rely on screens in order to experience the world around them. With so much of our daily life reduced in this way, the physical things that we can touch and hold have more impact than ever.

Imagine: your branded, custom die-cut sticker flirting its way to a coveted spot on your audience’s water bottle, travel coffee mug, or notebook.


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Give a figurative hug with an empathetic print piece

We’re all going through it this year. If there’s any silver lining to the hardships 2020 has wrought, it’s the opportunity to connect in our struggles and show each other some genuine human empathy — in marketing and in life. Feeling stressed? Put yourself in your customer’s shoes and feel their stress. Feeling anxious? Lean into your customer’s anxiety and share that sentiment. As Dr. Brené Brown notes, “Empathy is feeling with people.”

It was this sense of empathy that compelled us to provide free fun printables to our audience. We created a coloring book, a cookbook, and a guided bullet journal as soothing comfort items to help others (and ourselves!) cope with stay-at-home orders, restaurant closings, and general stress relief.


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Remember these?

Partner with an allied business through a flyer swap

Don’t underestimate the power of print as part of a point-of-purchase display — both in your own space and in the space of a business ally.

Need a warm fuzzy story about how this has worked for us? You got it.

We met Jacob of shipist, a shipping startup here in the Denver area, on Instagram when we noticed we had some artist clients in common. These artists trust YellowDog with their canvas wrap printing, and they trust Shipist for order fulfillment and shipping. So that’s how we knew we should be friends. Jacob got in touch about placing YellowDog brochures in his space, in exchange for placing his business cards at our location’s point of purchase. We swapped print items and (virtually) high fived. Awww.

Who are your business allies? Think businesses that share the same clients with you, but offer different products or services. Once you identify them, slide into their DMs and start the convo about a print materials swap.


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Declare “WE’RE OPEN” and stay safe with COVID signage

With so many restaurants, retailers, and liquor stores doing deliveries to their customers these days, it’s great to have signage outside your store letting people know you are open. Nothing looks more dystopian than “We’re Open” handwritten with Sharpie on poster board on a storefront. Your business branding deserves better than that.

For the past five months, we’ve been helping local brick and mortar businesses communicate their “open” status with attractive signage such as a-frames, window clings, feather flags, and vinyl banners. On top of that, we’ve helped businesses stay safe and compliant with items like floor decals to mark social distances, compliance stickers, delivery vehicle decals, touchless sanitizing stations, and plexiglass barriers.



Print + Digital = A Perfect Pair

Whatever digital campaign you’re running, be sure to develop a print asset to reach the same audience and reinforce your digital message.

Here’s an example of ways print can amplify digital campaigns. When we launched our “New Neighbor” campaign after moving to a new location in Denver, we targeted surrounding businesses with a postcard mailer. Then, we used that same address list to run a digital hyper-targeting campaign across digital display networks. The result? Multiple touchpoints—both physical and digital—reaching the same target audience.

Ready to revisit your print marketing?

We got you. YellowDog is a full-service print, design, and marketing studio. We can do anything from a refresh of your current print assets to a full design and print campaign from scratch.


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Cynthia Ord

Cynthia Ord

Marketing Manager at YellowDog
Cynthia is YellowDog's Marketing Manager. When not making us look amazing to the rest of the world, she enjoys biking, hiking and the great outdoors.

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