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Jennifer Matt

Jennifer Matt is the managing editor of WhatTheyThink’s Print Software section as well as President of Web2Print Experts, Inc. a technology-independent print software consulting firm helping printers with web-to-print and print MIS solutions. You can reach her at jen@whattheythink.com.

Recent Commentary & Analysis from Jennifer Matt

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Premium Content Frustrating, Tedious, and Detail-Oriented Print MIS Work

Published December 12, 2018

The topic of Print MIS software can be a dangerous topic to bring up if you want to keep things low-key or drama-free. Most printers are really frustrated with their MIS. I’ve been working on customer-facing technology (web-to-print) my whole career—the Print MIS is by far the most important software tool you have in your business.

 

Premium Content Understanding the Software Feature Request

Published December 5, 2018

Software is never done. It has to keep moving to stay compatible. It operates in business processes that keep changing. The consumer expectation of how fast and easy software can change is being set by some of the most valuable companies on the planet.

 

Premium Content Print Business Differentiation

Published November 28, 2018

What are you investing in that will result in the true differentiation of your print business? An important question in a market where many commercial printers look alike (same equipment, same sales approach, similar online tools). I think differentiation is about solving additional customer challenges that your competitors don't even know about.

 

Premium Content After Your Print Software Strategic Decision

Published November 14, 2018

Once you make a print software decision, you have to enforce it by communicating the strategy clearly and then repeatedly. Your people will forget, your business will evolve, sales people will appear from other solutions trying to convince your team of a different path.

 

Premium Content Is Your Print Business Freewheeling or Process Driven?

Published November 7, 2018

If you make decisions about your business based solely on the intuition of you and your staff, you are limiting the growth and the scale of business learning that can take place in your organization.

 

Premium Content Optimal Use of Your Web-to-Print System

Published October 31, 2018

Your web-to-print solution is underutilized. Do all functional areas of your company—sales, customer service, technology—understand all the challenges your current web-to-print system solves? Probably not. You can’t be “solution focused” without understanding the challenges your toolset solves.

 

Premium Content Make Your Print Business a Learning Organization

Published October 17, 2018

A print business that learns is one that has a foundation for tracking its business processes and improving on them. From a cultural standpoint, a learning organization has to be able to talk openly about mistakes made from all levels of the organization.

 

Premium Content The Hidden Secrets of Print Software Implementation

Published October 10, 2018

The implementation of print software is as important as the software itself. With every software tool there is a foundational knowledge that will help you be more self-sufficient. Those printers who understand their software tools succeed in spite of lack of support from print software vendors.

 

Premium Content Print Ecommerce Data vs. Print MIS Financial Data

Published September 26, 2018

The ability to make data-driven decisions is critical to your business success. The various software systems (Print MIS, web-to-print) are your primary tools for managing this data. When you do integrations make sure you keep the control of right data in the right hands.

 

Web-to-Print Product Spotlight: printQ by CloudLab

Published September 24, 2018

Jennifer Matt reviews printQ by CloudLab and its modular approach to web-to-print.

 

Premium Content Accurate Press Specifications in Your Print MIS

Published September 19, 2018

The process of getting your Print MIS into a “trusted state” can be difficult, but the effort is well worth it. Printers who 100% trust the data in their Print MIS move faster and are more profitable than those who are constantly questioning the data.

 

Premium Content Print Software Fit to Your Technology Stack

Published September 12, 2018

Print software is a powerful tool to create efficiencies in your business. Your success with print software is dependent upon how well you can make the various technologies work and play together in your overall technology stack.

 

Premium Content The Costs of Supporting Multiple Print Software Solutions

Published September 5, 2018

Buying more software isn’t always the best option. Duplicate solutions that solve the same set of challenges (e.g. multiple web-to-print solutions) have extra costs and require extra understanding by your sales team. Buying software should be at the same strategic level as buying presses is in your print business.

 

Premium Content Make Your Print Business Work Smarter

Published August 29, 2018

Working smarter is an evolution. Digital tools are providing us ways to work more efficiently, but it comes down to being able to work with other humans. Efficient communication is the key to working smarter and optimizing the digital tools at our disposal.

 

Premium Content Collaborative Print Sales

Published August 22, 2018

When sales become more complicated, involving more people on both sides of the equation, you need a team player to facilitate collaboration. A winning sales team is a combination of subject matter expertise and relationship building.

 

Premium Content The Impact on the Printer of Software Acquisitions

Published August 15, 2018

A disruptive market creates the conditions for acquisitions. This has been happening with printers for years and print software vendors are experiencing the same conditions. As a customer of these products, you must understand the conditions of the acquisition in order to prepare for how it will impact you as a customer of the software.

 

Premium Content Buying Print Software is a Marriage

Published August 8, 2018

When you invest in software for your print business, it’s like a marriage because you want to have a healthy long-term relationship with the vendor. Changing software is painful and expensive (like divorces).

 

Premium Content Software Tools for Teamwork in Your Print Business

Published August 1, 2018

You work with a team. It’s time to upgrade the tools you use to foster more efficient teamwork and better management of the artifacts that are created in projects. Email with attached files doesn’t cut it anymore. We are creating an isolated mess of artifacts that cannot be effectively found or used in the next project.

 

Premium Content Succeeding in Spite of Print Software’s Weaknesses

Published July 18, 2018

A culture of finding ways to optimize software in your business is something you can control. The successful printers will be the ones who are getting the most of their print software tools—mostly by being open to evolving their own workflows to fit the how the software works best.

 

Premium Content Innovation with Print Software

Published July 11, 2018

The source of our innovation is moving from the production floor to the customer’s mobile device. We are going from the differentiation based on speed, quality, and finishing to differentiation based on solving customer’s data challenges way upstream of the printing press.

 

Premium Content Delivering Relevant Benefits in Print Sales

Published June 27, 2018

Sales is about catering your company’s solutions to the specific challenges that are relevant to their current situation. There is no better way to lose a prospect’s attention then to talk about subjects that aren’t relevant to them.

 

Premium Content Leadership Is Essential to Web-to-Print Implementations

Published June 20, 2018

The transition between sales and implementation of web-to-print systems can be a rough road for the implementation team and the customer. The leadership of the implementation belongs with the printer—all too often the customers take the leadership and run the project off a cliff after spending lots of time and money.

 

Premium Content Latest Innovations in Your Print Business

Published June 13, 2018

Do your innovation projects take into consideration what would be best for your customers? Your customers want to know that you’re innovating to solve their challenges.

 

Premium Content Learn from Print Sales Losses

Published May 30, 2018

When you lose a sales deal, how does your company react? Do you have a culture of learning from losses or do you have a culture of blaming? A sales loss is a treasure trove of learning—successful companies evaluate and adjust for their next pitch.

 

Premium Content Web-to-Print is a Tool for Your Customers

Published May 23, 2018

Prepress automation, streamlining your customer service department, and reducing the time between inquiry and jobs getting on press – these are common feature requests for web-to-print systems. They are all about you (the printer) – web-to-print isn’t about you! Web-to-print is for your customers!

 

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