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Tips on Tri-fold Brochure Design

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A brochure is an important tool for marketing and promotion for any organization. The design, content, and the layout of a brochure is very important for a good first impression and a long lasting one. There are different kinds of marketing collaterals, which organizations use for different purposes like brand building, brand visibility, promotions etc. A tri-fold brochure is one such brochure, which are effective due to its compact size and can be placed in any holder. It is also easy to carry, so prospects might retain it. It is also easy to display it on the desk or somewhere else in full visibility.

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What is a tri-fold brochure?

A tri-fold brochure is basically a bi-fold and a tri-panel brochure made by folding a 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper, twice. It creates 3 panels and content is printed on both the sides of each panel. As mentioned above, it is quite handy and popular due to its compact size. Small businesses prefer this as it can easily mailed in a #10 envelope. Every panel can have a different unique design or a single design can be spread over the three panels. It is an attractive and a low-cost sales tool, which helps you and your business to stand out in the crowd, if designed effectively.

What is the importance of a tri-fold brochure?

Apart from the size implication, the following factor or trends also contribute to the importance and growing popularity of tri-fold brochures over others:

  • The emergence and usage of the Company website for information and sales conversion have done away the need for elaborate, printed brochures. Rather, people prefer smaller ones, which can store easily or display. Tri-fold brochures serve just the purpose and hence preferred by many.
  • Continuing from the first point, these brochures are also cost effective. They are low cost on printing and hence contribute towards cutting down of marketing expenses.
  • Finally, today people prefer environment friendly ways to run their businesses. So, these brochures are helpful in avoiding wasteful paper promotions.

Overall, this is an effective tool for spreading the word around, at an economical cost.

A few design tips for a tri-fold brochure have been listed below:

A tri-fold brochure has three panels- front, back and interiors. So, the design has to be such that every panel is utilized effectively and the message is conveyed in the right way.

The Front Panel needs to be attractive with the logo, tagline or an eye-catching image. Not much of textual information should be given here.

The Interior Panels can be wisely used with content like features, products, testimonials (back interior) and others. Offers, promotions, discounts and call to action can also be put there.

Back Panel is mostly used for contact information or something to reinforce or remind them like an image or a catchy line or note. Do not put important information there. The contact information should be crisp and clear.

Margins should be carefully designed. There should be enough gap or white space, so that when it is folded, no content gets hidden and broken.

The flow of content needs to be designed properly. You need to plan what comes next, so that people do not get confused with so many sides. They should be able to understand, which panel follows.

It is important to choose an existing template from the printer. The design and layout will be based on it, so that it is easy to print. The inner flap is a bit smaller than the outer one, so that it opens neatly. It is important to ensure that the design meets the printer’s expectation.

Once the design is in process, you probably need to print and fold them as a mock test, to decide which looks better. This exercise helps to see the ‘look and feel’ of the final product. Once you print and fold, you will be able to figure out if the edges are proper and the contents are in place.

You can experiment and try something new with the design. It is not necessary that every panel will have a discreet and separate image. You can also select an image, which can bleed over the edges and spread across the panels to convey an idea. Sometimes, these kind of graphics is more attractive and impactful.

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5 Reasons Why PPC & SEO Are Better When Used Together

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PPC and SEO are two sides of the same coin. However, most of the time businesses consider them individually and a combined strategy is never implemented. There are many benefits for a combined SEO and PPC strategy than both done singular.

SEO

Search Engine Optimization is the act of improving the code, content and presence of a website to increase its chances of ranking well in popular search engines. By using SEO techniques organic search results are generated. Organic search results are the non-sponsored search results that display in the top ranking of a web search.

PPC

Pay Per Click is a way of marketing in which advertisers pay a fee each time one of their ads is clicked. It allows business owners to list their website in search engine by paying for sponsored advertising.

5 Reasons Why PPC & SEO Are Better When Used Together

Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of a combined PPC&SEO strategy.

Search Visibility

A combined SEO and PPC approach will give your business a better visibility. Top results on most Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs) are PPC ads. Along with a better SEO practice you can dominate the organic search results. Being on top of sponsored and organic search results would give your company an impression of an established firm. Having a paid and organic search listing has proven to increase the total web traffic and influence the customer to make a purchase.

Keyword Selection

Running SEO and PPC simultaneously generates double the amount of keyword data to analyse. This way you can get to know better which organic and PPC keywords are getting high conversions. PPC ads are a good way to optimize keyword strategy which can be used to refine keywords for the evolving SEO marketing technique.

Combat Negative PR

Businesses are prone to negative reviews and comments in online platforms. These can be combated effectively by targeting SEO and PPC for these negative keywordsand redirecting to compliance pages. PPC can be used effectively if your company is facing allegations on products or quality. In the recent past several companies have come up with paid campaigns to restore consumer faith and brand loyalty.

Social Media Analysis

Social media is the next gen market where companies are concentrating most of their sales pitches. Targeted ads provided by social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIncan be used to deliver custom ads to selected group of people. PPC ads like this can be targeted on specific users within specific area and age group. The information analysed this way can be used to build a better SEO strategy. This data from PPC ads will be helpful in discovering user preferences, search keywords and other useful information.

Organic Content Strategy

Strategies working for PPC can be used as a torch light to frame organic content strategies for SEO. By determining which PPC ads returns more conversions, you can create title tags, meta descriptions and content for the page you want to rank organically. PPC ads return test results very quickly and you come to know what works and what does not. On the contrary organically testing the same will take more time.

Combing PPC and SEO technique, your business could harvest the trust generated by organic search and boost sales and visibility in a faster period using the power of paid advertising. Both are complimentary and each have its own ups and down. Please refer to the infographic for a comparison between SEO and PPC techniques.

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5 Types of Corporate Presentation Styles

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Corporate presentations are an important aspect in today’s business scenarios. Most of the organization’s decisive elements are finalised based on a business presentation. A good presentation can bring you lots of fortune and a bad one will bring great loss. One aspect to think while preparing a presentation is to define the purpose of the business presentation. This can be a business proposal, or a project review or even a simple informative slideshow. Knowing the purpose definitely serves for the effectiveness of the presentation.

5 Types of Corporate Presentation Styles

The following is an overview of several common types of corporate presentation styles and their purpose.

Informative

As the name suggests an informative corporate presentation is one which is informative in nature. Things like time, place, cause and effect and logical order should be considered while preparing for an informative presentation. These kinds of presentations are common in corporate and mainly used to share information about an event or project or basic information.

Decision Making

Decision making presentations are interactive ones where a presenter presents an idea and a group works on it to conclude at a decision. This is often done when policies are to be formulated or an important decision regarding any organizational issue should be finalised.

Instructional

The purpose of an instructional presentation is to give specific directions or orders. Usually this kind of presentation is a bit longer, because it has to cover your topic thoroughly. The aim is to educate the listener with a new knowledge or skill.

Persuasive

The purpose of a persuasive presentation is to convince your listeners to accept your proposal. In a business these kinds of presentations holds a very important role. A project proposal, or solving a controversy, dispute, or problem providing suggestive measures etc. are main examples of a persuasive presentation.

Arousing

These kinds of presentations are generally not very common in business world. Arousing presentations are used to make people think about a certain problem or situation. TED talks usually contain inspirational presentations like this. However, in times of need an arousing presentation can definitely up the tempo of the employees and bring mood in the business house too.

The ultimate purpose of a presentation is to communicate the idea with the listener in an easily understandable and clean manner. The entire above mentioned can be termed as only various approaches to it.Also read the strategies for delivering effective presentations

 

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