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Check out some of our amazing products here at The Production House that we are so excited about we just have to sing and dance about it!

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SORT YOUR SPORTS TEAM / CLUB GEAR

It is that time of the year again. Spring is rolling around, and in New Zealand that means you better start getting organised for the upcoming summer sports season. Whether you are organising your work social touch rugby tops or are a club captain and in need of drink bottles for every team, we’re here to help get you sorted for this season.

We’re particularly proud to introduce two of our newest quality products. The Calypso Drink Bottle and Unisex Proform Polo which will both have your team looking sharp on the sidelines. The Calypso Drink Bottle is a Recyclable BPA free 600ml water bottle that features the patented X-Stream non drip self sealing lid. It comes in a huge range of colours to suit your corporate look or your favourite colours. We can brand it with your logo or team name. The Unisex Proform Polo is quick drying so makes for a great sports wear top, both on the field and at the after-match. Ask us about numbering or putting your teams name / logo on it to give a more uniformed look.

Both of these items are on special for the month of September, so get in quick to secure these sharp prices. View our Sale Items here.

Two other options for your corporate team or sports club are the ever reliable Action Man Sipper Bottle and our Basic Coloured Unisexed T-Shirts, both are able to be customised for your needs. Also ask us about Sports Team Singlets, Corporate Golf Umbrellas, Sports Club Pens, Sports Club Magnets, Sports Club Hats and any other sports club printing needs. We have a huge catalogue (not shown online at www.tph.co.nz) for you to browse here, and then we can assist you with ordering, artwork and printing from there.

Feel free to freephone our team at 0800 533 677 to discuss your sports team needs, and help us get you sorted for the upcoming kiwi summer!

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Go into the draw to WIN one of 4 Double Movie Passes…

WIN one of 4 Double Movie Passes to the Avengers – Age of Ultron

You’ll know by now that we’re big superhero fans. Huge fans! So it makes sense to celebrate the new Avengers movie with another competition.

During the month of May (2015), simply place and pay for an order and you’re in the draw each week (for the next 4 weeks) to win a double pass to the Avengers latest movie (or any other movie currently on).

Orders must be in each full week by midnight Sunday to qualify for that week. Winners will be notified by email and Hoyts vouchers couriered out the following week.

First week ends Sunday 10th May. Final entries close Sunday 31st May 2015. 

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Gift Vouchers, Loyalty/Discount Vouchers, Thank You Vouchers…

Getting your customers (new and existing) to come back to your  business AND to refer your products or services to their friends and family is what this article is all about. Today, we at TPH Print tell you how to make this happen and to help build loyalty and love for whatever you are selling.

So how would you do this. Well, as the title says – Gift Vouchers, Loyalty/Discount Vouchers and Thank You Vouchers are 3 of the ways we recommend. What’s more, the method of implementation for getting people to come back or to tell others is relatively simple.

Let’s start with the following scenario…

You own a clothing store. A client has just walked into your store and selected a couple of items, tried them on, then paid for them and walked out. Who were they and what incentives did you include to get them to return, or recommend your shop to someone else?

Here’s just a few ideas…

1. Include a printed Loyalty or Discount Voucher in with the items they just purchased. Even something that offers an additional $10 off their next purchase, within the next 2 months. This will incentivise them to either return or pass the offer on to a friend, who may have never walked in to your store before.

2. Advertise that you sell printed Gift Vouchers. That way your customer knows that if they get stuck for a present for someone that you have vouchers they can purchase. I went into a shop and asked to purchase a printed gift voucher for a friend. They didn’t have any. They said they were “just a small shop”, but they were in a busy area! I walked out and went elsewhere, and they never got my business or my friends.

3. Operate a database. Collect your customers name, address and email. That way you can email or post out any offers. Better still, I recommend that you send your client a Thank you letter and include a printed Thank you Voucher that gives them, say, 10% OFF their next purchase or a a printed voucher for a free pair of socks (depending on how much they spent with you). That way they come back into the store.

And because printing Gift Vouchers and Discount Vouchers is what we do (here’s a popular product of ours - http://www.tph.co.nz/products/gift+vouchers/), TPH Print can also help you with any terms or wording that you need on the vouchers.

Need more ideas? Check out our other blogs or call us on 0800 533 677. The Production House – NZ’s Leading Online Print Store.

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Increased Printing Power Under Our New Roof!

New factory, new machinery and increased productivity can only mean exciting times ahead for us all at the Production house.

In a couple of weeks the team at TPH will be moving into our new custom built printing factory, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the benefits with you!

Our new home will allow us to house a majority of our printing power all under one roof. This includes several of our large offset printing presses, state of the art digital printers and wide format machines to name a few.

Having an array of both traditional offset printing and digital printing onsite gives us the option to print your job the most productive and economic way for you. Whether it’s a large quantity offset job or short run digital project, every option will have the same high quality finish and quick turnaround.

A growing trend in the print industry is the emergence of digital printing. There had previous been a perception that digital printing delivers a lower quality finish than it’s offset counterpart – a hangover from the nineties and earlier digital print technology. This however is no longer the case. Huge advancements in colour control, options of gloss or matt toners and auto stock calibration systems to name a few, have brought both print techniques side by side in being able to deliver a high quality printed product for you.

Here at The Production House we have kept up with the ever changing landscape of digital print and recently invested in two new machines to go along with our existing fleet of digital printers. The coming weeks will see the introduction of a brand new Konica Minolta C1100 bizhub PRESS and a brand new Fuji Xerox Versant 2100, both the latest machines from each company respectively. These will allow us to continue to offer you high quality, short turnaround print options, including such features as variable data, inline overgloss, envelope printing and packaging solutions.

Keep an eye on our blog for more updates on our exciting shift, new machinery and products spotlights that will put your company ahead of the pack.

Feel free to stop by and say ‘hi’ to the TPH team, and check out our brand new home. As always, keep visiting our other home at TPH.CO.NZ.

Our new street address in Cnr Lodestar Ave and Stark Dr, Wigram, Christchurch (off Parkhouse Rd)

Business Cards made from 390gsm Coaster Board. Awesome!

NEW Business Card Printing Stock by NZ’s Leading Online Printers of Business Cards

Have you ever been in a bar and placed your ice cold drink on one of those thick promotional card coasters? The ones that have that super soft cardboard feel and usually stick to the bottom of your glass when you pick it up?

Well, this stock is BRILLIANT as a retro – recycled style business card (plus it doubles as your own personal printed coaster!) We started printing these business cards in Christchurch only 3 months ago and our clients love them. The 390gsm coaster board is a whooping 900 um thick (thats like sticking 2 of our super thick n chunky laminated business cards together). With a slight texture, environmentally friendly and luxuriously thick this is ideal for clients wanting something different. It features a subtle fine grain with one side slightly smoother than the other. Really effective for one colour printing.

For more info and pricing on this new business card product, simply visit;

http://www.tph.co.nz/products/business+cards+specialty/product2067/390gsm+drink+coaster+board+business+cards/

However, if this isn’t your style of business card, then make sure you check out our other full colour business card options and order a FREE sample pack of business cards.

http://www.tph.co.nz/products/business+cards+standard/

…or contact us on 0800 533 677.

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Which Business Card is right for your NZ business?

When people are wanting business cards, the choice of business cards available (and who to get them from) can be quite daunting. Which business card is right for my business? What is the right sort of stock? Why does the cost seem to vary so much? What about these cheap business cards online that I see advertised? Should I have printed information on the back of the card? Is it worth paying a little bit extra to get my business cards laminated?

Having been involved with providing business cards throughout New Zealand for nearly twenty years, I’ve written down some suggestions which I hope will help with the decision making process. Searching NZ Business Cards will reveal a range of suppliers of business cards around NZ. Whether you’re looking for “business cards online”, “business cards nz” or even locally with “business cards auckland” etc. the list of printers will be long and varied.

Some companies will only supply digital business cards. These are fine for short runs of up to 500 and usually relatively quick to turnaround. The downside includes the limitation of stock thickness and whether you’re wanting extras such as foiled or embossed cards. Because digital print can move slightly from sheet to sheet – it is a lot harder to get a foil, diecut or emboss finish in the exact place each time on a digital card.

Other companies will offer business cards that are printed using commercial offset presses. This will normally allow a far wider and thicker range stock to go through the machine, resulting in a heavier, solid card on a variety of stocks that won’t dog-ear in your pocket or wallet as easily. But at the same time it does mean that you’ve had to wait a few days longer than the digital option and you’re likely to pay more for these cards, especially if they are being printed on their own (ie. not in conjunction with any other business cards). These cards are more suited to extra finishes such as foil or embossing and will more likely result in a higher quality premium finish. Ideal for those specialty stock runs where you are not limited to the stock weight or texture of the board, in comparison to digital work. Also best for companies that have specific Pantone colours that they wish to stick with.

A third option will be companies that offer “gang printing” or “group printed” business cards. Although these companies may not say that their cards are printed together with other  print runs, they can often result in a high quality offset print run, turned around in 2-3 days and at less than half the cost of a standard commercial offset business card. Cards will normally be limited to a choice of 2-3 specific stocks with the option of uncoated, matt or gloss laminate (either on one or both sides). These cards will be printed using a CMYK process and are not designed to be Pantone Colour accurate. These cards will not normally allow for additional finishes either…

…unless you’re using The Production House.

At http://www.tph.co.nz/ we offer all three options for printing business cards. In fact, we probably have the largest range of business card on offer in NZ. Whats-more, we have additional options of spot silver, foil, embossing die-cutting and hole drilling as part of our group printed product range. So whether you’re wanting a thick and chunky business card for under $100, or you’re needing some quick business cards, or you want a top end look and feel with the extras, I would suggest checking out what http://www.tph.co.nz/ has to offer.

And here’s a few additional points to consider…

• If you write estimates or notes on the back of your business card then look at getting a card that is laminated only on the front.

• If you have a bright colourful image on the front, then a gloss laminated business card will make the colours more bold and punchy – whereas a matt laminate will soften the colours and look of the image.

• If you’re a builder, truckie or someone who usually has dirt on your hands, then a double sided laminated card is probably best for you. This way any fingerprint marks will be easily wiped off – where a single sided laminated card will hold the finger prints… and a dbl sided laminated card is also stronger and less likely to dog-ear.

• A touch of foil or a simple rounded corner will make your card a lot more attractive and memorable, especially if you’re in the design or higher end market.

A free sample swatch of all the core business cards (including one mentioned above) can be requested from - http://www.tph.co.nz/products/free+samples/product1577/free+business+card+sample+swatches/

There is also a range of online printing templates for you to simply drop your design on to.

http://www.tph.co.nz/templates/

So the next time you’re searching online for NZ printers or NZ printing companies, make sure you check out what sort of printer they are and whether their print options are limited or they can offer you an adequate range of printing options.

Article by Nigel Matthews.

 

 

TPH prints stickers and labels for businesses throughout NZ.

Stickers and Labels NZ

When we’re printing labels / stickers for NZ businesses we like to make sure we understand our clients sticker needs and what they plan to do with the stickers – or rather where and how they will be stuck. Not all labels are created equal, so differing sticker or label stocks will suit specific situations.

Did you know… many New Zealand sticker or label stocks take 24 hours to fully cure. So, for example, if you were wanting to put a label on a shiny plastic bag (ie. a flexible surface) – it will be better to have the bag sit flat for 24 hours after applying the sticker (or use an industrial adhesive) to quicken the adhesion, so that the label doesn’t simply lift away as the bag is  used.

You can find a number of our sticker or label products here;

 http://www.tph.co.nz/products/stickers/

Stickers or labels come in different styles / finishes and with different adhesives. Here’s just a few of the sticker terms and types of labels that a client might need and what results they will achieve.

Permanent Labels.  These can be either paper or synthetic based. The ‘permanent’ refers to the standard permanent adhesive we use. Permanent labels can usually be repositioned within a few minutes but the longer you leave it (and if they are paper based) then the harder it is to remove them from the applied surface. These stickers will usually fully cure with 24 hours. Paper labels will then normally shred if any attempt is made to remove them.

If you are looking for a sticker in New Zealand that can be removed then we recommend either ‘removable’ label stock or running with a permanent adhesive on a vinyl / synthetic stock. Synthetic stocks will be a little more forgiving and be able to be removed while not destroying the sticker.

Removeable Labels. This stock will continue to remain removeable in most situations, however they can end up peeling off without assistance depending on the surface they are applied to.

Freezer Grade Stickers. This label stock is designed specifically for cold, damp environments and is a slightly stronger adhesive.

Splitback (or crack-back) Stickers. This refers to the backing of the label stock having cuts (usually several) spaced evenly apart (at approx. 50mm intervals), on the back of the sticker sheet. This allows for easy peeling by cracking the back along the split and then peeling the one side before peeling the other.

Solidback Stickers. There are no splits on the back. We use this stock where the client requires a single split on the front of the label stock (usually along one edge of the artwork with a tab) to make peeling easier.

Synthetic Labels. Ideal for outdoors, this type of stock usually comes with a stronger permanent adhesive and is waterproof. We have a synthetic stock that we can print onto digitally, allowing short-run orders and very quick turnarounds.

Pre-kisscut Stickers. These are usually A4 sheets of label stock that have been pre-cut (only on the front – not the backing stock) for a specific size. We hold a variety of square, rectangle and circle sizes which we can print digitally, allowing for quick, short print runs.

If you have any questions on what type of label or sticker will best suit your needs, please feel free to contact one of our team on 0800 533 677 or visit;

 http://www.tph.co.nz/products/stickers/

 

 

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Using print to promote your colours…

When you’re at your local hardware store – have a look for the BRIWAX products. They’re the ones you would use to colour or stain wood or use to restore and touch up your antique or rimu furniture after the puppy that you really wanted for Christmas, and finally got, has chewed three out of the four legs.

Briwax is a name that has been around for over 150 years in the UK, supplying formulations to the industry to help improve and protect floors and furniture.  It’s used on all kinds of wood, from Windsor Castle to the latest New Zealand superyachts.

With all that experience they have a great name for restoration products. TPH.co.nz has been producing their stickers, labels and product hangers for nearly 14 years. Charles Steadman, Managing Director for Briwax NZ, says “When we launched our product range in to the New Zealand market, we needed to ensure all labelling met NZ requirements. As part of our move, we looked for a local NZ Printer that could produce our labels and promotional material. We have been dealing with The Production House for sometime now and have been pleased with the product.” So, the next time you’re looking to revive or protect your furniture or floors – make sure to look up Briwax: The Professional’s Choice.

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The Value of Handwritten Cards and Letters

In a world of mass emails, it’s the simple personal touches, like a handwritten card, note or letter that we value the most. Whether it’s a long letter, a thank you card or a simple postcard, eight out of ten respondents say that receiving a handwritten note ‘makes them feel special’ – that’s over three times the number of us that feel special getting just a tweet to say thank you. While life becomes increasingly more fast-paced and convenient, it’s the inconvenient acts that begin to shine as the most thoughtful.

We did a little research on the subject and came across five interesting findings, gathered from a sample group of ‘London’ites:

• A handwritten envelope gets our attention – seven out of ten of us open it before all of our other post. So, if you want to stand out in a pile of post, it’s an easy way to do so.

• Handwritten notes aren’t just about birthday cards and love letters – they’re highly valued in business too, with over a third (37%) of the folks we asked feeling that sending a handwritten note or letter at work builds better business relationships than an email or printed letter, and the same number feeling it adds more gravitas. We couldn’t agree more – little notes to share a short message make really great personal thank yous to customers and clients. It helps a business stand out in the mass of daily communications that we all get.

• A fifth (20%) of us believe that handwritten communications at work reflect well on our reputation and the company we work for. Sounds like it’s certainly worthwhile putting pen to paper then.

• Unlike emails, 48% of us keep handwritten letters to re-read them, and will keep certain handwritten letters forever. Who hasn’t got a box of secret letters from a long lost love under their bed?

• Handwritten letters aren’t only for older generations – the group most likely to keep them to re-read are 18-24 year olds.

Unfortunately though, despite the number of us that think letters show a deeper sense of consideration, in an average month, over half of us (51% to be precise) don’t send any form of handwritten communication at all. A third of us say it’s because we just don’t have enough time and 40% of us blame the expense of stamps.

The Author suggests to start out simple and drop notes to the people within easy reach. Who knows what it might inspire you to do next! Think about the positive impact it could have on your career or business. A little bit of thoughtfulness can go a long way.

For design or card ideas simply visit http://www.tph.co.nz/products/greeting+cards/

Adapted from a post by Jamie on the Effectivesness of a Handwritten Card. http://www.moo.com/blog/

Chameleon Mug

The Magic Mug…

Remember those pens that you used to be able to get where there was a small boat that you could pretend to slide up and down the inside of the pen just by tipping it up and down… or the one with Marilyn Monroe in a black swimsuit that would disappear when tipped upside down? Ok, so maybe not – and you missed out – however we found this great technology which shows a full colour image when heated…. and it’s a mug.

Simply pour yourself, or a client a hot drink and watch any image or branding slowly appear on the surface of the mug. It’s something a bit different that could catch your clients eyes! To find out more about these mugs, check out www.tph.co.nz and search ‘chameleon style’ mug.

To see this mug in action click here.

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