See Our New AlphaWraps Truck by Bryan Baker
AlphaGraphics West Valley has added a new truck to our in-house fleet. This one belongs to project coordinator, Joseph Wootan, who requested a design to incorporate his love of the Oregon Ducks and bike riding.
Joseph manages sales support for AlphaWraps, our vehicle wrap service. In addition to professional vehicle wrap services from design to installation, our award-winning team produces all kinds of custom signage solutions as well.
Give Joseph a call today and to get things rolling. Vehicle wraps are one of the most cost-effective advertising methods for any business. Check out alphawraps.com for more information about what it can mean for you.
Alphawraps Receives Best Sign Shop Award in 2013 Best of West Valley City Award by West Valley City Award Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alphawraps Receives 2013 Best of West
Valley City Award
WEST VALLEY CITY October 21, 2013 -- Alphawraps has been selected for the
2013 Best of West Valley City Award in the Sign Shop category by the West
Valley City Award Program.
Each year, the West Valley City Award Program identifies companies that we
believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community
and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive
image of small business through service to their customers and our community.
These exceptional companies help make the West Valley City area a great place
to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the
winners in each category. The 2013 West Valley City Award Program focuses on
quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered
both internally by the West Valley City Award Program and data provided by third
About West Valley City Award Program
The West Valley City Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the
achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the West Valley
City area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability
to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive
advantages and long-term value.
The West Valley City Award Program was established to recognize the best of
local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with
local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other
business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the
small business community and its contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: West Valley City Award Program
West Valley City Award Program
Nancy Stevens Promoted To Account Manager by Gail Singley
We are pleased to announce that Nancy Stevens has been promoted to Account Manager. Ms. Stevens will be responsible for client consultation, product satisfaction, and project coordination for some of our most loyal and strategic business partners.
"Nancy's experience in understanding client goals and executing solutions will strengthen AlphaGraphics West Valley City's position as an industry leader. Her proven track record of successfully managing and delivering a wide variety of projects, as well as advocating for our clients when they are in a pinch, makes her well suited for this new position," says Gail Singley, Director of Business Development of AlphaGraphics, West Valley City.
Ms. Stevens brings several years of experience to her new position. Most recently, as a project coordinator for Brian Johnson, VP and top producer in the AlphaGraphics Worldwide Network, where she managed every aspect of supporting his high visibility clients.
Nancy Stevens received her BA in History from the University of Utah and her Teaching accreditation at Westminster College.
It's Your Brand After All by Evan Perry
It's Your Brand After All -- Consistency in Branding Development
In the communications business, we talk a lot about brands. Much goes into a brand, and the conversation about developing a brand can be a long one.
You as a business owner or an employee-agent of your company are an "insider," and can impact what others think about your brand: the product you provide, the services associated with what you sell, your perceived value, and your reputation.
Keeping your brand consistent and recognizable in both print and online is one critical factor in maintaining the value of your brand. At AlphaGraphics West Valley, this is the area of your brand we typically focus on as marketers: your logo, your color scheme, fonts you use, the type of photo images, how people perceive your online presence, and how they interact with you.
Your Brand, Your Graphics
When it comes to your brand, maintaining consistency is paramount. By using the same logo with the same color, on similar layouts, your logo starts to become one that people recognize as belonging to you. This is a simple definition of your brand identity's application. The idea is that when people see your logo or brochures or signage, they immediately think of you: your quality, your service, and your reputation. It can be tricky at best to get everyone in your organization to use your visual graphic elements properly to support your brand. Today it's an even bigger challenge to tackle, when so many have the computer software and the skills to pull together a pretty decent document on their own. Kudos to those that can do it, but not everyone understands the finer points of type, color and logo usage.
When we create or build upon your brand, we usually end up making a style guide. The style guides are for all those internal and external that may interact or touch your brand elements. The guide provides usage requirements for your logo, the fonts used in ads and documents and brand colors, to name a few. Below is an example of a logo and how it should be proportioned.
Be a Control Freak!
Your company really needs someone in charge of keeping your brand elements consistent and always recognizable. If you don't have that person, you should ask us for help. We are as passionate as anyone about our AlphaGraphics brand, and we love helping others either maintain the brand they've created or to create the brand they need to succeed.
With agOnline, we can help you control your print collateral and how it's procured. AgOnline is system we provide to you via a web browser, which allows people within your organization to order properly formatted and branded printed collateral. In addition to print, we host files, PDFs, Word and PowerPoint Documents. With one online location, simple ordering, and files distribution, you can have more control of your brand’s visual components than ever.
Before coming to AlphaGraphics, I had been that person, handling the policing of the brand elements. I was a graphic designer at two large corporations. My role not only included my design work, but I was also the deputy to the “logo cop”, our marketing director. Our logo had to be perfectly executed, or you were. When spotting the improper usage of a logo, I would provide the correct version and educate those misusing our logo on its proper use to support our brand and its message. Doing this also allowed me to find out what other departments were doing and how we could help them. By letting them do their job and allowing the designers to do the design work, we had our consistency well maintained.
Don’t Go Changin’
The Sun Maid Raisins girl has been redesigned carefully over the years so that the branding stays consistent but still looks modern as times change. What you don’t want to do is haphazardly change your logo’s color, try a different font or make the elements of your design completely different and unrecognizable.
Sometimes it’s appropriate to redesign your logo or realign the graphic elements that make up your brand. If you have always been consistent in the past, you will want to tread carefully with your redesign so you don’t confuse your loyal customers. Too drastic of a change can literally cause upset in your customers and in some cases can send them running. That doesn’t mean you should never update your look, but it’s important to keep in mind that your customers may have a deeper loyalty to you and your brand than you realized, so any updates should be made with this in mind.
Imagine logos you know well. When you see the GM logo, you think one thing when you see the Volvo logo, you think of another. It happens almost automatically, and it happens with any kind of brand that has a lot of exposure. Dairy Queen, Tide, Wonder Bread… what do you think of? Bank of America… what do you think of now? It All Comes Down to Experience.
Perception of a brand is tied to the way it operates.
Brand perception is determined by the collective of what your customers’ actual experiences are with you and your product. If you claim to be on time, deliver as promised and provide a fair exchange, people will be watching to see if it’s true.
What’s Good for Them is Good for You.
Brand perception develops over time and is subject to many levels of evaluation. This is true whether you run a restaurant, a shoe repair shop, a contracting business or an industrial manufacturing facility. If you are working hard to maintain your business as an attractive brand, you will want to maintain your logo and all of your brand elements so that when people see your image out in public, they will immediately think of the great experience they’ve had or the other good things they associate with you.
Spot UV Gloss Effect on a Digital Print! by Evan Perry
To achieve Spot UV Gloss Effects on our new Xerox 800 is easy, just follow these 6 steps if you are working in InDesign.
AlphaGraphics West Valley will even do it for you or walk you though it if need be!
- Create a layer above all others, call it clear.
- Create a spot color, name it exactly: Clear.
- The color can be anything, to make it obvious, use 100% magenta (has to be designated as spot!).
- The objects that are to beclear spots need to be 100% of Clear (the spot color) and on the Clear layer, above all else.
- The objects need to have their attributes assigned to Overprint, for either the fill or stroke, depending on the art.
- Export your document to a PDF and include the Acrobat layers, with no color conversion, no spot conversion, and include all tags, rgb and cmyk.
For more explanation and ideas, checkout this link by Xerox--2013-09-04 19:46:22