Is IT a pain point at your organization? Whether you have an in-house IT representative or a third party resource, your company’s technology needs to be working with your company, not against it! Take our short assessment below to determine the technology resources your business needs to grow and succeed.
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Bates numbering (also called Bates stamping) is used in the legal industry as a method to label and identify legal documents, for easy identification and retrieval. Nearly all American law firms use Bates numbering during the discovery phase of litigation, where a large number of documents need to be referenced and shared. Applying Bates numbering to your legal documents is now easier than ever as office hardware and software evolves to fit the needs of the modern workforce.
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Managing IT has become an overwhelming task for many organizations as innovations in technology become more advanced, and the risk of security threat seems more likely every day. If you’re similar to the majority of businesses who are considering hiring a third party to manage their IT, you’re probably feeling in over your head. And you may even be currently living out one of three common (and dangerous!) IT environments at your business:
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Utilize Ricoh/Savin’s 5th Color Printing Station at Your Business!
You may have heard of Ricoh/Savin’s 5th Color Printing Station, available on the outstanding C7100X series production printer. Introduced back in 2015, the 5th Color Station allows you to utilize clear and white toner on your print materials that leave an impactful impression. Marketing professionals everywhere leapt at the chance to integrate these toners into their print strategy–bringing the creation of visually exceptional marketing materials for their business to the next level.
Flash forward to today, and Ricoh/Savin keeps us interested by introducing another toner to its 5th Color Station–neon yellow! Read on for more information regarding Ricoh/Savin’s 5th Color Station capabilities and inspiration.
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At Advance, we are very often asked to explain how to print envelopes on Canon, Ricoh, and Savin printers. Those who have worked in an office for a while know how tricky this task used to be…in fact, we’ve updated this post to include the most accurate information so that we can better answer your questions about Canon, Ricoh, and Savin envelope printing. The good news? It’s easier than ever!
Envelopes in the “copier” industry have historically been a bit of an uncomfortable subject. Some machines could handle them fairly well, while others couldn’t reliably handle more than one at a time. Initially, digital copiers had issues with jamming or mis-feeding, and when envelopes did print successfully, they were usually wrinkled and curled. There was also a challenge with setting up the file to print in the correct orientation.
Nowadays, the landscape is a lot less hazy. Canon and Ricoh/Savin both offer the ability to copy or print envelopes through the side bypass tray. Some of their models have also developed an envelope feeding option, allowing Tray 2 to internally process envelopes. It provides greater convenience and reliability over using the side bypass tray – not to mention the ability to hold and print a large amount of envelopes at a time.
Canon, Ricoh, and Savin Envelope Printing: A Simple 3-Step Process
To begin printing your envelope, you must first setup your file to print under the right settings with your Ricoh, Savin, or Canon printer. To do so, open a new document within Microsoft Word and choose “File – Print”. Now, click “Printer Properties” and select the “Paper” tab.
Within Printer Properties, select the appropriate settings for “Document Size”, “Input Tray”, and “Type”. Your Document Size will coincide with the size of your envelopes (for more information on typical envelope sizes, click here). Choose whether you would like your envelopes to be printed from your Bypass Tray or from Tray 2. Lastly, set your Paper Type to “Envelope”. Select “OK” to save your settings. You can now return to your document to create your envelopes. Do not select “Print” at this time.
Activate the Envelopes and Labels Wizard by selecting the “Envelopes” option under the “Mailings” menu tab (please note that this function exists in Microsoft 2013 and 2016) and fill in your mailing and return addresses. Select the “Options” menu to adjust the Envelope size and print position. Under “Printing Options”, you can confirm how your envelopes will be fed from your specific printer.
By choosing “Options” you are able to change the look and style of your envelope. You may also designate your chosen envelope size and redirect your envelope to be printed from a different tray than has been automatically selected.
Click here for detailed instructions for envelope printing with Microsoft Word.
After choosing all of your settings in Microsoft Word, it is time to load your envelopes into the designated tray for printing. As this sometimes gets a little tricky, we have compiled a downloadable (and certainly printable!) guide to configuring your printer’s settings in order to get the best envelope printing available for your machine.
Is your business’ back up and disaster recovery plan up to speed?
Your systems probably hold a few Terabytes’ worth of CRM and vendor data, billing and payroll history, legal and other documents. You generate vast amounts of new data daily. Yet, if you’re like 40% of small-to-medium sized companies, you don’t back up that gold at various points throughout the day. Or you assume it’s backing up…but you’re not sure.
If you’ve dodged a data disaster so far, consider yourself lucky. Roughly 40% of companies that cannot recover data within 24 hours of an outage shut their doors within 24 months (Gartner). What would happen to your business if essential data were wiped? How long could you continue operating? What would it cost to rebuild your systems and win back clients? How do you prevent a recurrence?
You may think your back up is doing its job, only to learn too late that your data wasn’t fully protected. Unless you can say with absolute certainty that your back up systems are right-sized and reliable, it’s time for a critical update. Here’s what you need to consider.
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Most organizations have a variety of contracts from several different service providers for their multifunctional devices, printers, software, and supplies. This fragmented approach to buying is inefficient and expensive, but there is a better way!
What is Managed Print Services?
Managed Print Services optimizes your print environment to offer visibility into your print spend, a fixed monthly budget, reduction of waste, and increased end user productivity.
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Variable Data Printing, Uses and Strategies for Your Maryland Business
Everyone is impatient. We insist on getting what we want, when we want it. On-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime contribute to this culture, creating consumers that want everything customized specifically to their own tastes and preferences.
As a business, how do we play into this trend? Personalization is key.
Personalization is a win/win for everybody involved. By adopting this strategy, your business will collect rich information about your customers and prospects, and your audience, will in turn, have a much more positive interaction with your company.
And the statistics don’t lie…according to Print Shop Mail, with personalization at the helm of your digital and print strategies, companies report a 32% increase in profit, a 35% faster response rate, and a whopping 48% increase in repeat orders.
Convinced? Me, too. Let’s talk about how to adopt a print personalization strategy for your business.
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5 Ways to Achieve a Full Bleed Print Using Your Office Technology
If I had a penny for every time a customer has said that they “want the image to go right to the edge of the paper,” I’d be a very wealthy man. Full bleed printing is the envy of many, but the reality is that when it comes to doing it in-house, the process is pretty much limited to inkjet technology. Or is it?
As color printing equipment and production print have become more popular and cost effective in the modern office, more and more marketing departments are bringing print jobs in-house. However, whatever equipment they invest in, they are still finding that true full bleed printing is something that is much easier to talk about than to actually achieve.
And what is it with Ricoh/Savin’s “Edge to Edge” print option that does not, in fact, print full bleed? We’ll get to that later…
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Designing Your Business’ Print Media to Increase Visitors to Your Website
“Print is dead.” – We’ve all read this same article time and again for the last twenty years. Seemingly on a mission to prove the naysayers wrong, countless businesses’ print media has stood the test of time as an ever-important branch of their marketing tree. Product brochures and direct mail postcards alike continue to show fantastic results as we trek deeper into the digital era.
However impressive the return, as 21st century marketers, we can’t just focus on print media… buyers are spending their time online, researching options before contacting suppliers. In fact, 57% of the buyer’s decision-making process is done before they ever reach out to a salesperson. That’s why it is crucial for businesses to sustain healthy, robust websites that educate visitors and convince them that when they are ready to speak with a professional, your company is the one to call.
So, which is more important: your tried and true print mail campaign that continuously brings in calls or maintaining a digital presence that increasingly leads traffic to your website? The truth is, all of our marketing content, traditional and digital, is working together to drive results. Everything is interconnected: the magazine article you published last month leads readers to a related blog post. Your TV commercial sends viewers to a product-specific landing page. Even your email signatures act as a way to capture Facebook followers.
We’re all strapped for time, so let’s kill two birds with one stone: let’s use our reliable business printing tactics to drive website traffic from the masses. Digital strategies and print marketing working together to achieve results rather than splitting the funds, time, and manpower in half to labor over two separate initiatives. Can it be this simple?
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