A MAGAZINE OF NEW IDEAS, DEVELOPMENTS AND SOLUTIONS
VOL. 3, ISSUE 2
IN THIS ISSUE
MIXING IT UP
Escaping commoditization through cross media marketing
THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION
Bizucate’s Peter Muir on the art of being cutting edge
VOL. 3, ISSUE 2 • SPRING 2013
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Cross Media & The Innovation of Print How printers are using cross media marketing to escape commoditization
Minding Our Business
The Change Game
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Minding Our Business ith the constant stream of new gadgets today, it may be easy to conclude that innovation is rooted in higher technology. Surprisingly, history proves successful innovation is not about technology. Innovation is genuinely about a new way of thinking, new perspective, making things happen and generating original ideas. History also proves that embracing innovation can pay dividends on many levels. :HKDYHDORQJOLVWRILQQRYDWLYHDFFRPSOLVKPHQWVDW)XMLĂ€OPVHHÂ´,QQRYDWLRQWRWKH&RUHÂľSDJH ,QIDFWRXUFRPSDQ\ZDVIRXQGHGRQWKLVSULQFLSOH Although we are proud of our advances, we recognize these milestones would not be possible without fostering an innovative culture. We understand capitalizing on innovation often means having the ability to challenge the status quo and taking risks, even though itâ€™s scary to stray from what is comfortable. A healthy desire to innovate means having the right mindset to make it happen. Energ yâ€™s FRYHUVWRU\Â´7KH&XOWXUHRI,QQRYDWLRQÂľGHOYHVLQWRWKHPLQGVHWQHHGHGWRGHYHORSDQLQQRYDWLYHEXVLQHVVHQYLURQPHQW:HKRSHWKLVVWRU\ZLOO challenge you to think differently each and every day.
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Ittability. allows It allows Itusallows tous to us to produce produce produce print more print print more cost-effectively more cost-effectively cost-effectively and, as and, sales and, as sales increase, as sales increase, increase, it allows it allows itusallows tousproduce tous produce to produce more without more more without having without having tohaving increase to increase to direct increase direct labor direct labor costs labor costs as well. costs as well. as well. Today,Today, nearly Today, nearly allnearly aspects all aspects allofaspects manufacturing of manufacturing of manufacturing are inare some in aresome way in some way controlled controlled way controlled by by by software. software. software. We’veWe’ve automated We’ve automated automated as many as many pieces as many pieces ofpieces theofprocess the ofprocess theas process possible as possible as and possible and and ® , Metrix an ®automated , an®,automated an automated job planning job planning job planning and imposition and imposition and imposition system, system, system, MetrixMetrix Software’s Metrix Software’s Software’s Metrix Metrix has been hashas abeen key been piece a key a key piece often piece often overlooked. often overlooked. overlooked. “Metrix “Metrix is “Metrix a tool is aprinters istool a tool printers can printers use canto can use become use to become to more become more efﬁmore cient efﬁcient in efﬁcient in in how work how how moves work work moves through moves through through their their operations,” their operations,” operations,” explains explains explains Bryan Bryan Bryan Hughes, Hughes, Hughes, product product marketing product marketing marketing manager manager manager for workﬂ for workﬂ for owworkﬂ products ow products ow products for FUJIFILM forfor FUJIFILM FUJIFILM NorthNorth America North America America Corporation, Corporation, Corporation, Graphic Graphic Graphic Systems Systems Division. Systems Division. Division. “Traditionally “Traditionally “Traditionally and even and and even stilleven today, still still today, today, planning planning planning has been hashas an been overlooked been an overlooked an overlooked area of area print area of print production. of print production. production. 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THE CULTURE OF INNOVATION
BUILDING A MINDSET THAT LEADS TO SUCCESS By Lorayne Bryan
the innovator’s day. Organizations must learn to celebrate and support people within the organization who are willing to challenge the status quo.” – Saul Kaplan, Founder & Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory
oogle the word “innovation,” and in Value is the Essential Element .39 seconds, you’ll have 382 million Experimenting with new business models must be part of the business-asresults. It seems that “innovation” is usual mindset. “Business models just don’t last as long as they used to,” the buzzword du jour. A lot of people are looking for says Saul Kaplan, founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory (BIF). BIF is a platform for transforming intractable systems such “the next new thing” (2 billion-plus Google results) as healthcare, education and entrepreneurship, where players — in both the private and public sector — can design and test new solutions in a realto revolutionize their lives and businesses.
Unfortunately, a lot of businesses merely are tweeting, chatting and blogging about innovation, and not actually making it a priority. That entails allocating the necessary resources and creating a culture that nurtures innovation. Oftentimes, organizations put all of their efforts into staying afloat rather than optimizing their current business model. Too many companies have a maintenancebased culture that minimizes their ability to recognize quantum changes that could threaten their relevance over time.
world environment. “Historically, CEOs have managed a single business model over their entire careers. Today, all organizations must be capable of designing, prototyping and experimenting with new business models.”
The threat of being disrupted, even to the point of being put out of business or no longer being financially viable, is true for every leader today. “If you’re not considering these issues and designing new business models, then you’re at great risk of being disrupted – of losing competitive position,” Kaplan says.
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software is a change and possible disruption to the business. I think innovative companies recognize this, but donâ€™t let that stand in the way or prevent them from adopting new technologies DQGQHZLQQRYDWLRQVÂľ &KDQJHKDVEHFRPHDVWDQGDUGEXVLQHVVSUDFWLFH for many companies that relied heavily on WUDGLWLRQDOSULQWVHUYLFHVDGHFDGHDJR7DNH 0HW]JHUVDQ2KLREDVHGPDUNHWLQJVHUYLFHV provider that has been evolving and growing for more than three decades. Starting as a typesetter, the company has transitioned into a premiere marketing solutions provider, with the infrastructure to support printing, mailing, IXOĂ€OOPHQWDQGDKRVWRIRWKHUUHODWHGVHUYLFHV $QGVHYHUDOPRUHOHDGLQJHGJHVROXWLRQVDUH LQGHYHORSPHQWÂ´$FRPSDQ\QHHGVWRKDYHD mindset of growth and a desire to change and be GLIIHUHQWÂľVD\V-RH0HW]JHUSUHVLGHQWDQGRZQHU Â´,IWKH\FKRRVHWRGRVRHYHU\QHZRUSRVVLEOH LQQRYDWLYHLGHDVKRXOGEHH[SORUHGÂľ When you view innovation from a market segment perspective, as most printers have learned, itâ€™s important to recognize that a lot of innovation and disruption come from RXWVLGHWKHVHJPHQWÂ´,IDOO\RXGRLVORRNDW innovation from the perspective of the printing or communications market you operate within and the competitors you compete against, you are very vulnerable to being blindsided by new ways to solve problems and leverage WHFKQRORJ\Âľ.DSODQVD\VÂ´0DQ\WLPHVQHZ approaches and different ways of doing things FRPHIURPRXWVLGHWKHVHJPHQWÂľ Kaplan encourages leaders to lift their heads up and look beyond the boundaries of the VHJPHQWVWKH\FRPSHWHLQWRGD\Â´/RRNLQJ through the lens of your current business model will most likely result in incremental changes, at best. Business model innovation
â€œA company needs to have a mindset of growth, change
or choose to be different. If they choose to do so, every new or possible innovative idea should be explored.â€? â€“ Joe Metzger, President & Owner, Metzgers
must be treated like an epoch journey with all the wide-eyed enthusiasm of a young child exploring new territory for the first time.”
Leverage New Technology The printing services industry has relied on conventional print practices, and printed materials as its primary method to communicate or market products, services and information. But Mitchell says all that is changing. “The quality and speed of inkjet, for example, is changing conventional thinking about cost-effective printing to meet the challenges of fast turnaround of short run length jobs,” he says. “There is new software that is helping harness the production power of high-speed inkjet printers especial ly when producing multiple versions or variable data printing. A trend toward digital delivery of information versus printed materials, and the integrat ion of web and mobi le commu n icat ions is sh ift ing demand for print. These are all factors for today’s pr i nt product ion shops to – Terry Mitchell, VP of Marketing, consider as they look to the Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division future of their businesses and how they need to change and innovate to be more successful.”
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companies recognize this, but don’t let that stand in the way or prevent them from adopting new technologies and new innovations.”
5 Reasons companies fail at business model innovation Saul Kaplan’s explanation for why organizations fail at business model innovation can be found in five simple reasons. In fact, the founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory, included them in his book, “The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant When the World is Changing.”
Business model innovation requires a lot more experimentation than many business leaders are comfortable with today. But simply tweaking existing business models won’t work. “Technology as a sustaining innovation may improve the efficiency of current business models, but it will not result in the transformation that we all want and need,” Kaplan says. “We need to learn how to leverage technology for disruptive innovation and to experiment with new business models—move out on the edge.” Going outside the silo is the key. “Out on the edge is where there is the greatest knowledge flow and where fresh ideas end up creating the most value,” Kaplan says. “It’s the innovator’s day. Organizations must learn to celebrate and support people within the organization who are willing to challenge the status quo, to bring totally different perspectives on delivering value to the table and are willing to take experimental risks to explore new models.” It’s about getting past innovation as a buzzword. “We need to be more willing to actually experiment and reduce the penalty for failing,” Kaplan says. “It’s time to get the ideas off the whiteboard and see if they work. It’s time to stop admiring the problems and to start exploring business model innovation as the new strategic imperative for all leaders who want to stay relevant in a changing world.”
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The Change Game To adapt to an ever-evolving landscape, Color Ink continues to transform itself
n its natural habitat, a chameleon will change its appearance â€“ from green to brown and even orange â€“ to adapt to a new environment. Itâ€™s key to the animalâ€™s well being, not to mention its survival. Itâ€™s not all that different
in todayâ€™s printing industry, where printers must adapt to an ever-changing environment, often changing their companyâ€™s appearance to maintain survival.
Thatâ€™s precisely what Color Ink has done over the companyâ€™s nearly three-decade history. Founded in 1984, Color Ink now is a $25 million printer with more than 100 fulltime employees. But the Sussex, Wis., company has undergone a number of changes â€“ even changing its â€œcolor.â€? The company started as an art studio, specializing in providing high-end creative services to several Milwaukee-based large industrial companies and aptly was named Black Ink. The companyâ€™s founder, Jim Meissner, also brokered a good deal of printing and, in 1985, installed the companyâ€™s first press, a Heidelberg MO single-color press. Through the years, printing became the driving force behind the company and there was less of a focus on creative services. With that in mind, the company changed its â€œcolorâ€? to Color Ink. â€œAs the industry has transformed, weâ€™ve been able to transform our business as well,â€? says Todd Meissner, Color Inkâ€™s president and son of founder, Jim. â€œWe realized several years ago that commercial printing was going to experience a downturn and that was going to mean that we would need to adapt â€“ once again. We realized we needed to diversify.â€? After enjoying several years serving mostly local customers in and around Milwaukee, Color Ink expanded and began working with customers on a more national level and, in 1995, gradually began moving the business into the visual in-store retail market. â€œIn-store retail was a natural progression for us,â€? Meissner says. â€œThere was a local printer that we were working with that had several national retail accounts and that printer was doing a lot of catalogs. So, they needed a shop with sheetfed capabilities to do the covers and the inserts and we partnered. They introduced us to their contacts that were buying direct mail, in-store signage and a variety of other types of pieces as well. As their needs changed, we changed as well.â€? Today, nearly two-thirds of Color Inkâ€™s business is in the in-store retail market, including in-store advertising, point-of-purchase displays, signage and posters. Quite a different look for a company that started out as an art studio with a handful of employees. That segment of Color Inkâ€™s business has continued to grow at a rapid pace, requiring Meissner and his team to keep pace 10
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How printers are using cross media marketing to escape commoditization
even years ago, after years of watching print volume decline at his father’s quick print franchise in Connecticut, Zachary Schwartz realized the marketing world had changed forever. Under pressure to cut costs and follow consumers online, more organizations were shifting their spending away from print and toward email, organic
search, digital advertising and other media. Like many such companies, the franchisor responded by adding a tagline to its logo to emphasize it provided both printing and marketing services. It even launched a national rebranding campaign. But it just wasn’t sticking. “All quick print franchisers are trying to do this by changing their names,” Schwartz says. “The problem is that if you look like a printer and smell like a printer, you’ll be treated like a printer, and you won’t be able to charge for the value of services you are providing.” In 2009, while still helping run his father’s shop, Schwartz decided to hold a seminar titled “1:1 Personalized Communication Strategies and Integrated Direct Marketing” to demonstrate how to stimulate consumer actions and improve campaign response and ROI. Using a personalized invitation, enclosed in red metallic envelopes, he invited 310 marketers to the his father’s shop to attend the seminar. The invitations asked each marketer to log in to a personal URL, or PURL, register online and answer a few additional questions.
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you look like a printer and smell like a printer, you’ll be treated like a printer, and you won’t be able to charge for the value of services you are providing.” – Zachary Schwartz, Founder & Creative Executive Officer, Fusion Cross Media
When marketers from several Fortune 500 companies showed up for the seminar, Schwartz demonstrated how he could use the PURLs, email, print and other media to craft a highly personalized, measurable, one-toone marketing channel. In late 2010, Schwartz opened Fusion Cross Media, one door down from the print shop, and began offering cross media marketing services. Cox Business Media, which sent representatives to the seminar, hired Fusion to craft a direct mail campaign using PURLs and QR codes that doubled their direct mail response rate. That surfaced a lead from a building supplies company that was able to generate a major business builder campaign for his father’s print shop. “Being a smaller shop, we have the ability to adjust and look at technology, and not just have these huge pieces of iron that we have to keep running all day,” Schwartz says. “We have to diversify.”
Why Cross Media Marketing is Your Friend Launching a cross media marketing business may seem counterintuitive to some printers, since email and online marketing are what’s cannibalizing their print business. In reality, printers can transition to a cross media marketing model gradually and in a way that greatly enhances not only the value they bring to clients, but their own profits as well. More to the point, there is no stopping it. Not only have consumers changed the way they shop, but in a slow growing economy, marketers are examining their spending more closely than ever, too. “It comes down to return on investment,” says Jim Mikol, a Chicago-based consultant specializing in advertising production and strategic marketing operations, and the former senior VP of print at the global marketing firm Leo Burnett. “Marketers are looking to squeeze efficiencies out of all programs,
whether that is television, print or radio. In the last five to seven years, there has been a real effort to look at what these spends are and apply metrics to determine their return on investment.” The good news is that just like Zachary Schwartz and his father, shops all over the country are making the transition and learning how print can become even more powerful when integrated into a cross media campaign. Consider a 2011 campaign by Stein Mart Inc. stores, one of more than 500 case studies available from PODi, a Rochester, N.Y.-based non-profit trade association dedicated to helping printers, manufacturers and marketers integrate digital technologies into their marketing. The campaign started with a mailing of 20,000 postcards, but ultimately drove 30,068 people to log onto a microsite. Of those, 84.7 percent had responses to social sharing via text message, e-mail or social media. Another 10.1 percent responded to direct sharing such as posting the URL in a blog. Only 5.2 percent of those who visited the microsite actually received the direct mail piece. The 7.8 percent direct mail response rate alone was more than two times higher than the 2 to 3 percent rate Stein Mart typically sees. By the end of the campaign, the retailer added 13,868 customers to its database thanks to the social media, email and text sharing, according to PODi’s case study.
Cross Media Economics 101 Cross media marketing can also enhance a printer’s margins. Consider the luxury car manufacturer that decides it can no longer justify the expense of printing and mailing 45,000 postcards a day. Its printer, which is earning a 5-cent mark-up on every postcard, stands to lose $2,250 a day in profit. But what if that printer told the manufacturer he could help them transition to e-mail with a print-led cross media marketing campaign that would provide much greater and continuous insight into their customers’ behavior and provide real-time metrics? The printer’s pitch might go something like this: We will print and mail a direct mail piece that will invite each recipient to visit a PURL, where they will be asked to provide their email address, other contact information, which of your products most interest them and any other information you, the client, deem appropriate. The PURL will then generate custom content provided in advance by you, the client, based on the consumers’ responses. That PURL then becomes a platform for both delivering and measuring their responses to future campaigns, including offers to coupons or special rewards. In this model, the printer continues charging 80 cents per postcard, but lowers his fee to 10 cents for emails. Because it only costs a penny to send an email, the printer actually increases its profit per name from 5 cents per post card to 9 cents per email. “If you know your printing volume will decrease and that you will only get 5 cents per piece, why wouldn’t you do this?” asks Wrich Printz, president and CEO of L2 Inc., a San Jose, Calif., firm that specializes in helping printers deliver multi-channel and cross media marketing campaigns to its clients. “If you can convert those names to email addresses and can control the campaign, it does not matter whether you are sending an e-mail or a direct mail. It’s irrelevant.”
Better still, the printer can better segment the client’s list based on e-mail open rates, their responses and the specific content they read on their PURL. “This way, you are only sending the consumer something relevant,” Printz says. “You make print the gateway to mobile and to the Internet. Print becomes the first stop for getting these consumers online.” From selling a commodity to becoming a trusted business partner Another advantage of this model is that the transition occurs gradually, because it takes time to convert all of a client’s postal addresses to email addresses. That means the client will continue to generate print jobs for months, if not years, to come. Perhaps most importantly, the printer transitions from the commoditized business of printing and mailing to a more value-added business of helping clients develop more intimate
relationships with their customers and prospects. As custodian of the data, the printer becomes more valuable. “It means the printer is a trusted partner, and the client does not have to call on their own internal resources to deploy the campaign,” Printz says. Finally, the printer’s business is in a better position to pitch higher margin premium print jobs because he’s helped his client identify its most valuable customers or prospects. For example, the printer can suggest the client reward its biggest spenders or its most inf luential brand ambassadors with custom posters, calendars and other printed products. Or, the printer could simply help them determine who should receive printed catalogs, which might have been otherwise phased out completely.
requires hiring creative talent or training an existing employee, either of which ultimately may leave the company. A printer could merge with a local marketing agency, but that might mean competing directly with other marketing agencies that are print customers. Printz formed L2 in 2001 to offer printers a third option, which basically is outsourcing cross marketing. L2’s online Fuse marketing platform gives customers a one-stop, single-vendor option for rolling out multi-channel marketing campaigns that use variable print data for direct mail, email, microsites, PURLs, short message service and QR codes. This enables the printer to become what Printz calls a “marketing operations prov ider.” I n t h is role, t he pr i nter becomes the client’s trusted go-to partner for executing cross media campaigns. This approach avoids conflict of interest wit h t h ird-part y market ing agencies and allows manufacturers with in-house creative talent to outsource execution to their printer.
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“ S end i n g t hose c ustomer s a not her e-mail is pointless, but sending them a nice envelope with two free tickets to an event is well worth it if your client is selling a big ticket item,” Printz says. “You are essentially taking print out of the realm of junk mail and making print part of the reward.”
is not nearly as effective when used by itself as it is when used in combination.”
Like Fusion Cross Media, many printers are finding the best way to break into the business is to launch an in-house campaign – Jim Mikol, Advertising Production & to demonstrate to prospects what cross Strategic Marketing Operations Consultant media marketing can do. “Any one media is not nearly as effective when used by itself as it is when used in combination,” Mikol says. “When you start Picking a strategy combining these things together in a campaign so that you have print The challenge for commercial printers is to find a strategy that makes – such as a magazine ad or direct mail – connected to social media sense for their business. For most, rebranding their shop as a marketing or embedding QR codes in printed material, that’s when a campaign service provider (MSP) probably doesn’t always make sense. Success becomes incredibly effective.”
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Entrepreneur. Educator. Consultant. Marketer and innovator. For more than 15 years, Peter Muir has been a trusted resource within the graphic communications industry. As president RI%L]XFDWH,QFKHKHOSVKLVFOLHQWVoQGSURoWDEOHRSSRUWXQLWLHVLQKRZWKH\XWLOL]HPXOWLĂŞ channel communications to learn, grow and go further. Energy sat down with him to get his take on the importance of innovation and where itâ€™s taking our industry. In general, how do you define innovation? Innovation is about translating an idea or invention into goods or services that create value that customers will pay for. What I like about that GHĂ€QLWLRQLVWKHOLQNIURPLGHDWRDFWLRQ Define innovation today as it relates to the printing industry. Innovation in printing isnâ€™t about the ability to print â€“ thereâ€™s nothing innovative about that. The ability to print is commonplace. Yes, new technologies are being developed around inkjet and nanography, but the printing industry is evolving into a combination of services, along with or in addition to, print. Being innovative is about using your business to create products and services that help your customers do more with their businesses.
is about using your business to create products and services that help your customers do more with their business.â€œ
What is the progress of innovation as i t r e l a t es t o t e c h n o l o g y ? There always will be â€œnewâ€? technology. Much of it will be an improvement on what exists. A small amount truly will be innovative, something never done before. But, again, I believe the use of technology to do more for your customers and their businesses â€“ beyond fast turnaround, lower costs and acceptable quality â€“ will be a key differentiator in the future in what people value and are willing to pay a premium for. It will be a combination of technology and unique services that are built around customer needs and opportunities. What is the progress relating to business models? Thereâ€™s more innovation in business models than in technology. Services that help printers grow their businesses by acquiring new customers, keeping the ones they have, selling more for more, helping the printer sell what they do, exploring with those printers where they can go, strategically powered by the innovative business models from organizations who can KHOSWKHLUFXVWRPHUVJHWWKHUHÂ˛WKDWÂˇVZKHUHWKHSURĂ€WVDUH
What factors are slowing down innovation? An assumption that there is no more innovation to be done. Closed mindedness. A disinterest in trying new ways to do the same things as well as trying new things never done before. Some of the best innovations in business have been simple and reactionary to customer needs â€“ but they also are combinations of services and products many customers never knew they could have. The only way that works is to keep an open mind and have a willingness to try. What factors are driving innovation? The need for differentiation, the need for customer satisfaction and the need to delight the customer. A genuine interest in being entrepreneurial â€“ taking risk where others havenâ€™t or wonâ€™t. Itâ€™s this kind of behavior that uses innovation to leapfrog competitive offerings and create something that takes an idea all the way to market â€“ a market that not only needs it, but wants it.
Whatâ€™s coming in the way of innovation? 7RPRUURZÂˇVLQQRYDWLRQVZLOOEHDERXWWKHSURĂ€WDEOH combinations of people, processes and technology making incredible services that are truly remarkable. Weâ€™re watching new roads of communication being GHĂ€QHGLQWKHZD\RIPRELOHORFDWLRQEDVHGVHUYLFHVVHDUFKLQWHJUDWHG PXOWLFKDQQHOFRPPXQLFDWLRQVDQGPXFKPRUH%DVLQJÂ´QHZÂľDURXQG PDUNHWQHHGRUGHĂ€QLQJQHZSRVVLELOLWLHVPDUNHWSODFHVFDQEHVHUYHGLQ ways they never knew. Thatâ€™s tomorrowâ€™s innovation.
Fo r m o r e i nsi g h ts o n i n n ova t i o n, yo u ca n r e a c h Peter Muir at email@example.com.
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