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How To Be More Productive At Work

Are you someone who struggles to keep up at work and feels like you’re always a few steps behind everyone else? If so, then it’s in your best interest to learn more about how you can be more productive at work and complete your tasks in a timely manner.
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What Equipment Do You Need To Start A Business?

Starting a business entails a lot more than merely having a good idea and the funds to begin with. You will also need to have the right pieces of tech and equipment in order to start work right away. So what is it that you need to enable you to work well and professionally from the word go? Here are some of the basics.
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3 Ways To Improve Your Maths Skills

Some people have an innate ability to do maths and to do it well, and that means that they can have the upper hand when it comes to business. Being able to do maths is the basis of budgeting and costing, and without these elements, your business is not going to do as well as it might otherwise do. If you feel your maths skills are lacking and you want to be able to improve them to help move your business along (or simply because it is a useful life skill), below are three of the best ways to do it.
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In a Digital Age, How Can Print & Digital Marketing Interact Together?

Online advertisement and digital platforms are the main channels selected for marketing strategies amongst many businesses today.But canprint advertising fit into an era where digital is booming?There is evidence to indicate that print is still very powerful, with the very unique offering it provides. Let’s dig into this subject a little more with our guide below. You may learn something new…

Digitalmethods are the first choice for many firms

Many campaigns today are lost without digital. With more consumers than ever before spending time on the internet, businesses would be foolish not to get involved with online marketing.
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4 Reasons To Take Time Off Work

Work can easily become our main focus in life. Although it is clearly important, it shouldn’t be everything, and if it becomes the only thing we think about, then it might be time to step back and reassess. Sometimes it becomes absolutely essential to take a break from work for other reasons, and as soon as you feel that you are no longer as productive or efficient as you once were, you might want to use up some vacation days. Here are some of the reasons to do this.

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The Best Security ID Card Software for Your System

Choosing the right software to fit your security ID card printing system can be a challenge – especially after you’ve already taken the time to pick out the perfect printer and accessories. In both situations, it’s always a good idea to get some help from security solutions experts who can provide everything you need to know about ID card printers and the software required to run them. In the meantime, if you want to get a basic overview of a few different criteria that might help you decide, then you’ve come to the right place!

Mac Versus PC

Before you even think about what you want to achieve with your security ID card printing software, you’ve got to be sure that the software package you purchase will be compatible with the computers you use at your place of work.

While Windows computers are far more common for home users, Mackintosh computers are still preferred by professionals in many industries – so it makes sense that at least some security ID card printers are built for Mac users. If you’re a Mac user, then you probably already own one of the 5 Mac compatible ID card printer systems that are currently widely in use, which include the DTC1250e, the Fargo HDP5000, the Fargo DTC4500e, the EvolisZenius, and the Evolis Primacy ID card printing systems. In that case, you’ll need Mac compatible software to match, such as Secure ASP CardPresso ID card design software.

Security and Design

First and foremost, the security ID card software that you’ll use with your new printer should allow you to design and print the type of security cards that you need for your business. Since the printer takes care of most of the work regarding security features, your main concern should be that the designing tools are easy to use and are able to accommodate the types of cards used by your security ID card printer.

A Range of Software Options

No matter the brand, security ID card software tends to be offered in different editions depending on price range and how many features you’re interested in utilizing. At their most basic, these programs only offer minimal control over design and limited other capabilities. At their most advanced, security ID card software can come equipped with complicated professional-standard graphic design software and other useful features, such as unlimited record keeping, personnel database capabilities, security technology encoding, face-finding photo features, and more!

Advanced Designing Features

An employee with exceptional design skills will be able to put a basic software edition to its full potential in crafting surprisingly nuanced ID cards; however, usually it’s a better idea to match your software capabilities to the level of security ID card printer that you’ve purchased.

If you haven’t purchased a security card ID printer yet, then you might also consider inquiring to your security solutions provider about whether they offer complete security systems, which can help make the entire process easier on the consumer.

Finding the right design and employee management software to suit your security ID card printing system will depend on the needs of your company. If you’re looking for a good software package for starters, go with CardPresso, or better yet, contact your security ID card distributor for further advice!

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A guide to connecting to your customers with colour

Making an impact with the visuals of your marketing piece, be it a pull up banner or a brochure,will determine the success of your campaign. Colour and design go hand in hand — and according to studies, each hueevokes a different emotion, which could beanything from urgency to trust. Considering some experiments imply that colour can dictate how long we are able to remember an offer, it’s clear knowing how to use in marketing is important.

 

Want to learn more? If so, take a read through our marketing colour psychology guide for tips…

 

Use colour in campaigns to communicate emotionally

Colourhas long been linked to psychology, but more recently colour has been connected to industries such as marketing and interior design.An experiment commented on by Canberra-based, Content Group, found that 90% of snap decisions about products are based on colour only.

 

Does your business target a more female or male dominated audience? If so, a study published in the Journal of Retailing found that malesthink that sales are greater in value when promoted in red rather than black. Conversely, fewer women believed the same. Also, purple was considered a second-favourite colour for female respondents in a colour study while it was the second-least favourite among males. Equally, women prefer softer hues, while stronger shades are the hue-of-choice for men.

 

Colour psychology demonstrates that you can aim to generate a bigger a response if you use colour wisely.Use yellow to catch the eye of a passer by in your store window and red to signify discount prices — this is because, apparently, red evokes ‘urgency’ and indirectly encourages you to act fastand so, is good to boost a sale. Red and yellow are warm shades, and according to an experiment, warm colours are better at staying in a person’s mind than cool colours (such as blue). Could you use warm oranges, reds and yellows to keep your brand logo or newest promotional offer in the mind of someone driving by one of your billboard ads?

 

Consider blending colours together as another useful tactic when it comes to your designing a new campaign. Another study found that opposingcoloursenhanced readability levels — vital if you want your pull-up bannersto remain readable from a greater distance than usual.

A personal understanding of colour can be enhanced from experiences and culture according to Art Lovers Australia. Although this may be true and not all consumers will be affected in the same way, colour psychology has been researched multiple times and is worth bearing in mind to boost your future campaigns.

Successful brands and colour

Around nine out of ten shoppers claim a colour is a major reason for buying and that colour boosts the ability to recognise a brand by approximately 80%, states research compiled by Kissmetrics.

 

Here are some examples of the successful brands andthe emotions associated with the colours they employ:

 

Colour Effect Logo
Yellow Hopefulness and warmth [yellow tail] and McDonalds
Green Growth and relaxation Starbucks and Spotify
Pink Romance and femininity Barbie and Very
Purple Creativity and intelligence Cadbury and Hallmark
Black Power and luxury Chanel and Adidas
Orange Confidence and happiness Nickelodeon and Fanta
Red Energy and excitement Coca Cola and Arnott’s
Blue Trust and safekeeping Facebook and hp

 

Starbucks provides a good example of a strategic approach, by choosing green and evoking relaxation in their coffee houses. And has Arnott’s got it right by evoking excitement to encourage its consumers to by its treats, like Tim Tam? Perhaps, and you could do the same. According to June Mcleod, author of Colour Psychology Today: “One of the greatest assets and one of the easiest ways to sway decision or attract an emotive response — or alienate a consumer — is through colour.”

 

Is colourresponsible for brand identification? Eight out of ten people believe so.Take a look at the colour red and the power Coca Cola has had with it, even changing the colour of Santa Claus!To help customers build familiarity with your brand, make sure your logo reflects what your offer and the persona you want to adopt.

Inject some colour into your marketing strategy, it’s never too late

Danish beer company, Carlsberg, rebranded itself perfectly. Opting to use mainly white in its Carlberg Export packaging and altering its once-green bottles to brown, Carlsberg enjoyed a sales increase of 10% in just 12 weeks.

 

A few highlights to driving success with colour?

  • Use red and yellow to grab attention.
  • With onlyseven seconds to make a bold first impression, use opposing colours to boost clarity and readability.
  • Think about if you sell to mainly men or women and remember the above research about different colourperceptions…
  • Determine how you want to be recognised as a brand and tweak your campaigns accordingly —include orange to inject fun into your ads or use sleek black to infuse your promotions with an air of luxury.

 

Hopefully you’re now convinced about the power of colour and ready to boost your marketing success today!

 

Sources:

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0258042X1103600206

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022435913000031

https://neilpatel.com/blog/color-psychology/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2235253

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4347302/

https://www.businessinsider.com/only-7-seconds-to-make-first-impression-2013-4?IR=T

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Solutions for Managing A Setback At Work

Life is full of unexpected turns of events that you don’t always see coming. However, you’ve got to learn to manage them and keep going.This can especially be the case in your place of employment. There are likely to be challenges that you’re going to encounter on a regular basis. It could be anything from not doing so well on a project to having to take unexpected time off because you aren’t feeling well. The good thing is that there is always a way to get back on track no matter what the setback is. See solutions for managing setbacks at work below.
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Colour psychology and marketing strategies

Colour can massively influence the success of a marketing campaign. According to multiple scientific and psychological studies, each shade creates a different emotion in the viewer — from urgency to buy now, to trusting in a brand. With other experiments suggesting that colour can determine how long we can recall an offer or brand logo, it’s clear that being colour-savvy when designing a marketing campaign is essential.
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