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Robert Godwin on The Value of Tradeshows… As I Head to drupa!:
Stop by at DRUPA and say "hey!"
 

Robert Godwin on The Value of Tradeshows… As I Head to drupa!:
As an exhibitor, we have the team prepare by reviewing what the competition has to offer. This prepares them to differentiate our product based on the value. Total cost of ownership, unique features and capabilities, labor savings, etc. are points th
 

Robert Godwin on Commodity Printers: "They're Ruining the Business for the People Who Love It":
If you want to see the Wizard, the market will guide you on the Yellow Brick Road. Being a Cowardly Lion will not allow you to see opportunities that technology has opened up. The Wizard is no more than improvements made to a highly manual process.
 

Warren Werbitt on Commodity Printers: "They're Ruining the Business for the People Who Love It":
Hi Guys, I don't meant to insult the elderly :) or the hairless (me) As for the young I think we have to make it interesting and let people know its great. I think if we don't make change the young people won't want to be in it. As it stands most
 

Peter Cober on Commodity Printers: "They're Ruining the Business for the People Who Love It":
Also as a gray haired owner, I agree with some of what Warren has to say but I strongly disagree with his comment that there is not much in our industry for the up and coming younger generation. There are so many opportunities today for us to expand
 

George Platt on Commodity Printers: "They're Ruining the Business for the People Who Love It":
Warren: You're preaching to the choir as far as I'm concerned and I'm a 62 year old gray head. I still love what I do and do a pretty good job marketing our company. If you are interested I'll put you on our mailing list so you can see our monthly
 

Frank Romano on Pat McGrew to Join InfoTrends as Director of Production Workflow Solutions :
As the head of your fan club, I wish you all the best
 

David Murphy on Pat McGrew to Join InfoTrends as Director of Production Workflow Solutions :
Congratulations, Pat, and our best wishes to you in your next exciting adventure. InfoTrends is fortunate to have you.
 

ed FEBINGER on What Will It Take to “Mainstream” Digital Printing?:
since print quantity still only supports fulfilling demand, using short run ink jet as the print process only satisfies having a true variable cost. To achieve a higher mainstream level the other components of printing need to be altered, Inventory p
 

Eric Vessels on My Favorite (Mostly Free) Software Tools:
WhatTheyThink has used Basecamp since it was just one tool in a broader 37 Signals suite of tools. It's still our project management method of choice. We once used Campfire for team communications, but since moved to Slack pretty much when they
 

Jennifer Matt on My Favorite (Mostly Free) Software Tools:
Joe, Adoption is hard work. Don't we all know that from working in web-to-print for so long. Funny thing is, web-to-print's number 1 competitor is email! So in your job at EFI you're trying to help customers understand why moving their order en
 

Joe Fedor on My Favorite (Mostly Free) Software Tools:
I forgot to include this - great video on using Slack: https://youtu.be/B6zVzWU95Sw
 

Joe Fedor on My Favorite (Mostly Free) Software Tools:
Talk about coincidence... I and all my mates from the various teams I'm on live on email, and it's insane the amount of messages we generate - and disheartening the number that I miss because of the volume, and how tedious it is to find something. I
 

D. Eadward Tree on Frank on Retail Magazine Prices:
Dr. Joe, I got the phrase "portmanteau word" from Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass." It's a favorite book of mine, which might explain a few things. Talk about augmented reality! As for your question, there are some "zombie" brands like
 

Joe Webb on “Perfection” in Packaging: Nice, but Now What?:
There's always talk about printers "getting into packaging." While most all can't, this video still has an important lesson for typical printed goods. The content creator has different goals for print than they did in the past, now a gateway for futu
 

Joe Webb on Frank on Retail Magazine Prices:
Oh, Mr. Tree, aren't you the one with the big woids... "portmanteau" -- hmmm.... didn't a cruise I was on stop there? :) I've gotten some of the bookazines over time and can't say that I enjoyed them, especially since my expectations were low. Many o
 

HARVEY LEVENSON on The Printing Industry and Patent Trolls – The Industry Responds— What to Do and Not to Do:
Henry, thank you for your thoughtful note. I am fully aware of the Research & Engineering Council patent reports. In fact, they were the basis of a Content Analysis I did of 22,552 patents spanning 30 years (1968 – 1997) issued in 42 nations. This
 

Jane Mugford on Working In vs. Working On Your Print Business:
Joe - thanks for the comment and you weren't in a bad habit. The article was initially tied to Jen - it shows you read WTT promptly because it was swapped out to my name pretty fast! Tony Robbins quote is so true. Your suggestion is a good one for a
 

Henry Freedman on The Printing Industry and Patent Trolls – The Industry Responds— What to Do and Not to Do:
Glad to see your offering good "shark repellant to help protect the trade and craft companies we have in our industry. Just a point about patents and printing. For years The Research and Engineering Council of the graphic arts was comprised of re
 

Joe Polanco on Do You Have a Culture of Honest Data?:
Joe, Good comments about honest data! How can anyone plan effectively if you're not seeing the real picture. Just ask those companies which had their rose-colored glasses on in '08-09. Oh, what do you mean you can't find them? JP
 

Joe Fedor on Working In vs. Working On Your Print Business:
Sorry Jane... I said "Jen" but meant "Jane!." Habit.
 

D. Eadward Tree on Frank on Retail Magazine Prices:
The usual magazine-industry name for these products is bookazine -- a portmanteau word that combines "book" and "magazine." They are not sold as part of a subscription, usually contain few or no ads, focus on a single topic, and are generally priced
 

David Straub on What Will It Take to “Mainstream” Digital Printing?:
Looking forward to the video cast when digital surpasses offset for quality, practicality, cost per print piece and environmentally sound, recyclable reality. Have a feeling this could be a very long wait.
 

Joe Fedor on Working In vs. Working On Your Print Business:
Really good post, Jen. And applicable not just to the printing industry, but rather to any business, especially any SMB. Though you're right, printers especially susceptible to 100% reactionary - reacting to customer requirements, impossible deadli
 

Lisa Bickford on Pass the Word: Print Drives America:
Great article. And yes, I posted it on our FB page, which links to our website, which later this week will make it onto our e-newsletter, which will then make it onto twitter and LinkedIn. Led with this quote from the article: "Printers sell print
 

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