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G. David Dodd is a principal of Point Balance, LLC ( www.pointbalance.com ), an executive education and management consulting firm. Point Balance provides cutting-edge management education programs designed for printing and publishing executives. The firm also provides management consulting services involving business strategy development, strategic marketing, cost management (including activity-based costing), business process management, and balanced scorecard performance management systems. Dodd is a co-author of Activity-Based Costing for Printers: An Implementation Guide, the authoritative resource relating to the use of activity-based costing by printing and publishing firms. Dodd also co-authored Making Value Added Services Work, a comprehensive reference tool for printing company managers who are just beginning to consider diversification or who have already added new services and are not receiving the benefits they expected.
Crit Driessen, VP Strategy and Alliances at Canon Océ sat down Senior Editor David Zwang to talk about the launch of the Océ ProStream. The ProStream is a continuous feed production inkjet system targeting the mid-to-high volume commercial printing market. The device leverages Océ technology from its previous continuous feed systems as well as the its sheetfed Océ VarioPrint i300.
The obsolescence of marketing materials constitutes a major problem for many companies. The CMO Council has said that obsolescence creates an "epidemic of waste" that undermines the development of an efficient marketing supply chain.
A growing number of print service providers are seeking to increase revenues and profits by adding web-to-print services and applications. Some companies have used web-to-print solutions to drive impressive revenue and profit growth, but many others haven't been quite as successful.
For the past several years, printing company managers have been urged to practice a value-based approach to selling and pricing. Value-based selling and pricing are particularly important for companies that provide more complex offerings such as personalized direct marketing campaigns and online collateral management systems or other web-to-print solutions.
A recent survey by Target Marketing magazine indicates that B2B direct marketing budgets will grow only slowly in 2010. Over half (55%) of B2B marketers responding to the "Media Usage Forecast 2010" survey (conducted in January 2010) said they expect 2010 budgets to be the same as 2009, while 23% of respondents expect 2010 budgets to be higher, and 13% expect further cuts. Nine percent of respondents indicated they weren't sure how 2010 spending would compare with 2009.
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