Category Archives: Travel and Tourism

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? The food is good but there’s no atmosphere… 

In honor of today’s full moon on Friday the 13th, we’ve raided our book collection and client portfolio to gather up some of our favorite space-themed pop-ups…


“Tip + Top on the Moon” by Vojtech Kubasta, 1965

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Back in 1965, when landing on the moon was still just a distant dream, Czechoslovakian artist, architect and book designer Vojtech Kubasta was already taking people there. His works were the subject of an exhibition at the Grolier Club in New York this past spring.


Evolution
by Raymond Hawkey, 1987

evolution

You can’t timeline human history without concluding in space. Breaking the bonds of earth still remains one of mankind’s greatest achievements. The classic book details how we got there and what may be to come.


Sonoma State University / NASA SlideShow, 2008

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Do you know what a Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope is? We didn’t, but this SlideShow we created for SSU / NASA certainly peaked our interest. These interactive cards were commissioned to commemorate the launch of the telescope at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in 2008.


The Space Shuttle Action Book by Patrick Moore, 1983

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The shuttle program may have come to an end, but there’s no denying it was one of our most progressive periods in space exploration. This book features some of the most detailed Space Shuttle pop-ups that any enthusiast could ask for.


Star Trek: Giant in The Universe
, 1977

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No space collection is complete without an icon of science fiction history. Sorry Star Wars fans, but we’ve chosen to highlight the 1977 Star Trek book Giant in The Universe. It’s a great example of mystical pop-ups combined with space and imagination.

If you’re looking some great space themed cards we’ve done with our clients, check out the Software/Technology section of our Custom Gallery.

Smithsonian X 3D

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At any given time, the Smithsonian Institution can only display about 1% of their complete collection to the public. Many of their artifacts are often fragile and irreplaceable, meaning they can only be experienced from limited perspectives in controlled environments.

So how do you display these items to people around the world? How do you share locations like archeological dig sites, or educate on cosmic events occurring in space?

Here in the digital age the solution is 3D modeling. That’s why the Smithsonian has introduced Smithsonian X 3D, a beta version of the 3D software that allows everyone to experience some of the greatest exhibits of science and history. There’s already a sampling of items that can be previewed by clicking Browse Models on their site.

Whether it’s unique museum artifacts or intricate 3D paper products, 3D models help further exploration and understanding. A single model can be shared with an infinite audience without the expense of physical samples or in person handling. Motion can be incorporated to demonstrate functionality. Colors can be changed to provide alternate appearances. The options are limitless.

To learn more about Smithsonian X 3D, check out this video. To see what we’ve been up to with 3D modeling, check out our BrandStand Business Card demo.

Brand Building – Yes, it is important.

This slideshow from The Economist shows the importance of continuing to build your brand even in down times.  People are inherently very visual.  They want to look, feel and touch which is why Dimensional Direct Mail and Marketing is so effective.  See slides 39-43 to see a great example of how important it is to establish your brand through visuals.

3D Paper Graphics is a valuable resource for the IDEAS PEOPLE like yourself.  See Slides 50-57 to see how important the IDEAS PEOPLE are within an organization.

Dimensional Direct Mail goes Flat. What?

What is a flat dimensional direct mail piece?  Isn’t that an oxymoron?

First of all, I have seen many articles and blog posts that refer to the successful use and high ROI of dimensional direct mail, but most refer to any mail that has dimension.  This includes everything from a box with a label applied to it, a poster inserted into a tube or a pen inside of an envelope.  While these tactics do fall into the category of dimensional direct mail and have shown some success there is another category of dimensional direct mail that takes it to a whole new level.  I’m sure at some point in your life you have experienced a Pop-Up book.  These Pop-Up books start flat and as you turn each page you are treated with a new and exciting creation that pops up off the page.  I think everyone can appreciate the effect this has on the reader.  This same concept is being successfully implemented into corporate marketing plans all over the world within their direct mail campaigns.

All paper engineering, design and illustration was done by 3D Paper Graphics on this Harrah’s New Years Direct Mailer. The fan was designed to be detachable and used by the recipient.

Without the internal resources available they call on the experts.  They call on 3D Paper Graphics because of their dedicated team of paper engineers, designers and illustrators that can take a concept and create a stunning dimensional direct mail piece that highlights their brand and gets results.  The results are immediate and lasting.  Lasting because a dimensional direct mail piece is saved by the recipient and passed around.  No one wants to throw away unique and inspiring marketing material, which means your message is viewed many times over.  The best part is that each and every dimensional direct mail piece designed by 3D Paper Graphics is created so that it folds flat for mailing.  This means less money spent on postage and more money in your pocket.  Is your company ready to stand out from the competition?  Visit 3D Paper Graphics website to see some examples of how other companies have utilized a dimensional marketing campaign.

Thank You Cards – Make an impression!

A good salesperson strives to be in front of customers as often as possible. But, when we think about it, our clients and prospects give us many opportunities to make an impression. Usually, these opportunities are overlooked because we get busy or think that our prospects and clients won’t notice.

By sending a unique and memorable dimensional thank you card your client or prospect will appreciate the gesture and more than likely show it around the office and display it on their desk.

Here are four suggestions on when to send a “Thank You” to a client or prospect that will keep you one step ahead of your competition.

1. When customers do business with you. Write a short, personalized “thank you” in a unique and memorable dimensional card that says, “Thank you, I appreciate your business.” You can never say thank you enough. We all appreciate when people go out of their way to make us feel important and recognized.

2. When customers give you a referral. This is one of the most important ways to generate new business. It’s so easy and important to take the time and go back to your referrer , and say, “Thank you for referring me to —–. It means a great deal to me to know that you’re willing to recommend me. I appreciate it.”

3. A random thank you. Sometimes it’s a great idea for a salesperson to send out a random thank you to a client they may not deal with on a regular basis to let them know their business is important.  Did one of your clients get some positive publicity recently that you could acknowledge?  Did your client or prospect get a promotion?  There are countless occasions that occur on a regular basis that you should be taking advantage of.  Set aside some time each week to brainstorm on how you can make these special contacts with your clients and prospects.

4. Did you get a “No” recently? You submitted a proposal to an account and then found out you didn’t get their business. This is a great opportunity to use a dimensional thank you card to write a short note thanking them for their time and consideration. This will keep the door open for future business by being friendly and courteous.  This account will remember you and most likely save and display the unique dimensional card.

These were just a few ideas on when to send a thank you card to a client or prospect.  You’re limited only by your imagination and creativity when it comes to making sure you’re the one they call when your product or service is needed.  Make sure you send a dimensional thank you card to create that lasting impression!

USPS Rate Change – May 11, 2009

On May 11, 2009 the USPS will be adjusting prices for mailing services – First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Special Services. A First-Class Mail stamp will be $0.44. Customers can continue to use the Forever Stamps that they purchased prior to May 11th at $0.42, even after the price change. Below is a list of the basic increases.

First-Class Mail 1oz
Straight First-Class
Letters
$0.44
Postcards
$0.28
Flats
$0.88
First-Class Automation
Letters
Postcards
Flats
5digit
$0.335
$0.205
$0.380
3digit
$0.357
$0.218
$0.542
AADC
$0.360
$0.220
$0.603
Mixed AADC
$0.382
$0.230
$0.725
First-Class Mail Int’l
Canada
Mexico
All Other Countries
Letters
$0.75
$0.79
$0.98
Postcards
$0.75
$0.79
$0.98
Flats
$1.03
$1.03
$1.24
Standard Mail 1oz
Standard Automation
Letters
Flats
5digit
$0.233
$0.346
3digit
$0.251
$0.418
AADC
$0.253
$0.486
Mixed AADC
$0.270
$0.496
Std NonProfit Automation
Letters
Flats
5digit
$0.132
$0.212
3digit
$0.150
$0.284
AADC
$0.152
$0.352
Mixed AADC
$0.169
$0.362
Priority Mail 1 lb Zone 1
thru 8
$4.95

Travel and Tourism – Dimensional Direct Mail that Works

New York ShowStopper Oval

Dimensional marketing in the Travel and Tourism sector

As marketing budgets continue to shrink, market­ers of all kinds are forced to look for cost-effective and useful ways to reach consumers. For those in the travel and tourism sector, dimensional direct mail is considered an excellent marketing tool because of its ability to bring a tactile, visual campaign straight to a recipient.

Strong visuals, enticing descriptions and relevant offers can easily allow direct mail recipients to imagine traveling to the destination. It’s all about giving the recipient a “10 second vacation.”  There’s  a nice pass-along effect with dimensional mail and the desire to leave it on your coffee table and pass it around.

With dimensional mail, marketers have the opportunity to grab a recipients’ attention and to spend more time with them.  They will take the time to read it, go to the website and then save it.

Important things to consider when sending dimensional direct mail:

  • Make sure you’re mailing the piece to the right prospects.  Do your research!
  • Mine your databases and build offers that are targeted to a customers specific needs and desires.
  • Make sure you’re marketing to past clients and develop a way to capture what their preferences are.  This information is vital when trying to build a new campaign to target past clients.
  • Sometimes for travel and tourism your target market may be in the immediate vicinity of the destination.  Based on today’s economic climate your best prospects may be the ones that can jump in the car and travel to somewhere close.
  • People expect a lot more from your offers.  Provide them with bundled offers that go well beyond just a special room rate.  Give them restaurant, golf and spa offers.  They are looking for the complete experience without breaking the bank when they arrive.

Direct mail for travel and tourism is used as a means to open a dialog and establish contact with prospective clients or generate loyalty amongst previous customers. A dimensional mail piece can be the first step in the establishment of a relationship between a business and a customer.  A dimensional direct mail piece will draw a recipient in and make them take the next step because it is memorable and stands out from all other direct mail they receive.

Custom ShowStopper Examples

Custom Globe Carrier

A great way to showcase a custom ShowStopper Globe is to create a brochure carrier and send it as a direct mail piece or use it as a handout.

Custom Holiday Greeting Cards

Custom Holiday Examples

Many clients prefer to have us design and produce a custom holiday globe greeting card design for their company.  This option is very cost effective for quantities as low as 500 pieces.