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Print & Digital: Working Better Together

Thinking of trading in your print collateral for a suite of digital assets? Think again. A recent article by the ICEF Monitor offers some interesting insight on the benefits of supplementing your online marketing efforts with quality printed materials. 

Customers who received a printed catalog spent more meaningful time on the company’s website and purchased 28% more on average than customers who did not receive a catalog. And that held for every age category.

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Selling the Sandwich: More Than You Think

What do we mean by a “Sandwich?” For the fourth consecutive year, Gilson made the trek to GlobalShopthe world’s largest annual event for retail design and shopper marketing. Anyone who’s ever been involved in an annual event or campaign knows that repetition is the key to success. Moving forward with that in mind, our team knew this was potentially a BIG year for Gilson at GlobalShop.

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Pre-show Marketing: A Turn for the Tasty

Trade shows. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. On the one hand, you need to attend to be considered a viable player in the industry. On the other hand, you’re sharing space with hundreds of your biggest competitors—all vying for the attention of people who may not even be the decision-makers you’re trying to reach. On top of that, you’re juggling freight charges, booth fees, hotel charges, entertainment and travel expenses, and (of course) the costs associated with developing a whiz-bang, knock-out, show-stopping trade show promotion.

Whew! So the question is, with all that pain and suffering, how can marketers make it worthwhile? Let’s take a look at how we handled our most recent trade show experience, and the takeaways you might borrow for your own event marketing campaign.

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Variable Data: More than a Name

If there’s one thing Gilson’s marketing team knows, it’s the importance of using your data to your advantage. So when we set out to plan our pre-show campaign for GlobalShop, we carefully considered the use of variable data.

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Meijer: A Gilson Case Study

In business since 1934, Meijer is widely acknowledged as the pioneer of the American superstore – it opened the first “hypermarket” in 1962, 26 years before Walmart. Today, Meijer owns and operates more than 200 supercenters and 177 gas/convenience stations throughout the Midwest. It is one of the nation’s largest privately held companies, with annual sales topping $15 billion.

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New Website: Gilson’s Upgraded Look

Gilson has launched our new website! At Gilson, we are always focused on our clients’ needs. Whether we’re printing a big job at a moment’s notice, delivering store signage to one of the Midwest’s largest retailers, or developing creative solutions to complex marketing problems, our number one goal is helping our clients to succeed.

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BDO

BDO: A Gilson Case Study

BDO is a national accounting and professional services firm that provides assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. The company, one of the largest of its kind, serves clients through 34 offices and more than 300 independent alliance firm locations nationwide.

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GM

General Motors: A Gilson Case Study

General Motors is the world’s largest automaker. It was founded in 1908 and shortly thereafter became the industry’s annual global sales leader — the title it still holds today, in the face of fiercer-than-ever competition. With global headquarters in Detroit, General Motors manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries.

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Viking

Viking Corporation: A Gilson Case Study

The Viking Corporation has led the world in the design and manufacture of fire protection products for more than 80 years. Today, Viking systems protect many of the world’s most invaluable properties, from the White House in Washington, D.C. to the Grand Theatre in Shanghai to the Palace Hotel in Madrid.

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Hello World

HelloWorld (Formerly ePRIZE): A Gilson Case Study

HelloWorld, based in Detroit, is a world leader in interactive promotions for more than 60 of the nation’s top 100 large-brand advertisers including Adidas, Colgate-Palmolive, Dell, Disney, General Mills, General Motors, HBO, and Wendy’s. Since its founding in 1999, HelloWorld has grown into the largest company of its type in the world — more than twice the size of its closest competitor — and has opened offices in Chicago, Dallas, New York, and London.

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