• Union Printers Make Great Political Direct Mail Campaigns

    May 27, 2020 by Joe Fuld

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    Union Printers and Union Printing - Why We Use Them.

    Here at The Campaign Workshop (TCW), we work with union printers. Union printers are not only committed to providing a safe workplace and fair wages but also benefits to their employees. Without going into a massive labor history lesson, unions are really important both to the middle class in this country and the progressive movement; something we certainly can get behind at TCW! 

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  • Political Direct Mail Part 2: Size Matters

    Jun 30, 2016

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    When it comes to political direct mail...size matters

    With regards to mailing for direct mail, we have discussed the weight of paper and the two general measures used, U.S. Basis Weight and GSM. So onto thickness and size. Both of these are characteristics of printing papers that can affect mailing costs and mail-ability.

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  • Production Youtility

    Nov 26, 2015

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    Production Youtility

    I was reading a printing blog the other day in which the writer was emphasizing how printers should be selling themselves to designers, so that designers know the newest trends and are able to make cost effective decisions based on new technology. I was reminded of the book Youtility by Jay Baer. This was a book The Campaign Workshop read in a recent company retreat. This book focused on the future of marketing, customer support, and the importance of being useful to your clients. This got me thinking about our company and my position as a production manager. 

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  • USPS Streamlining

    Oct 26, 2015

    USPS Streamlining

    How is the USPS Streamlining?

    The USPS is starting to clean up their data and streamline mail entry so that it is not as manual and paper based. One part of this is that companies don’t need to open up permits at every facility location where their mail is verified, and can instead utilize a “Mail Anywhere” service. Entering mail is all being streamlined to a digital process where fewer eyes look at it and fewer hands touch or physically verify.

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  • Die-Cut Mail Pieces

    Jun 01, 2015

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    Die-Cuts Are a Great Way to Ensure Your Mail Stands out and Reinforces Its Message

    Two things off the bat to consider are costs and timing. First, die-cuts add costs, so it's not something to suggest on every campaign. Second is the time factor, die-cuts do add time to the production of the piece, so this needs to be worked into the schedule.

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  • Political Direct Mail Printing, Ultimate Guide Part 4

    May 19, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

    Ultimate Guide to Political Direct Mail Printing

    Political Direct Mail Printing—Everything You Were Afraid to Ask.  Final Installment

    Political direct mail printing: #4:  In previous installments of this series we covered finding a printer, managing schedules, specifying paper and digital vs. offset printing. This week is the final installment of the series and we’re going to talk about photos, file preparation and proofing.

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  • Political Direct Mail Printing—Ultimate Guide Part 3

    Mar 31, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Political Direct Mail Printing: Everything You Were Afraid to Ask —Part 3

    Political direct mail printing part 3: In previous installments of this series on political direct mail printing we covered finding a political direct mail printer, managing schedules and specifying paper. Today, we’re going to get technical and talk about presses. We couldn’t have political direct mail printing without presses to get the job done, so let’s examine the differences and uses for digital and offset printing.

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  • Ultimate Guide to Political Direct Mail Printing—Part 2

    Mar 27, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Everything You Were Afraid to Ask About Political Direct Mail Printing—Part 2

    In part one of this series we talked about the characteristics of a good printer for political direct mail printing and how to find them. This week we’re going to talk about schedules and paper.

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