Our first-hand experience with print marketing
Outhouse recently added two new members to our Sales Team: Erin Kearney, Business Development Manager, and Kaelin Kerr, Sales Coordinator. While Erin handles website leads and inbound calls, Kaelin spends most of her time on outbound communications. In addition to emailing and calling, she is also mailing postcards to prospective homebuilder clients and is having great success. Who would think that a tech-savvy 30-year-old would get more replies from a postcard with a handwritten note than she ever receives from emails?
At Outhouse, we are not entirely surprised. Many people think print is dead, but our experience with an in-house print shop tells us otherwise. We are seeing a resurgence in print. As email boxes overflow with sales messages, companies seek other avenues to reach target buyers, and print marketing is growing. With so little “snail mail,” savvy marketers know print isn’t dead – it is underutilized, and they are expanding print campaigns to take advantage.
Print is powerful! The smell of paper and feeling pages between your fingertips – these are things that just can’t be duplicated online.
How Print Came to Outhouse
Outhouse Partner Bill Gelbaugh is the reader in our office. A new book with his name on it arrives in the mail nearly every other day. Retooling the US Housing Industry by Sam Rashkin – check. Internal Family Systems Therapy – check. Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – check. Anatomy of a Great Home – check. 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die – double-check! With an incredibly wide range of interests, the topic isn’t of paramount importance. Affectionately referred to by staff as “Buddha,” Bill is a seeker of knowledge and has a voracious appetite for books. And, although he owns a Kindle (maybe more than one!) he prefers the hard copy any day. This, in part, is what led him to start his own print business in 1991, with the company becoming primarily focused in the home builder vertical market by 2000.
Today, the print division he started is an integral part of the Outhouse family of products and services. One of the first things people notice when they come to our office is the warehouse location. Depending on the day, as you enter, the scent of chemicals may greet you at the door. Our print and sign departments are on site, and the equipment is typically running. With a primary focus on builders, the Outhouse print and sign teams excel at delivering your community brochures and the signage you need for your sales centers on time, every time.
Trained as a professional Graphic Designer, craftsmanship is part of Bill’s DNA. Frequently spotted with his magnifying glass verifying color calibrations, he is serious about superior print quality. This is one of the attributes distinguishing Outhouse from a typical strip mall print shop. Also setting us apart are professional artwork creation, coordinated digital file and asset management, and builder-specific delivery. Yes, we deliver your brochures and price sheets timed to your weekly sales cycle!
When Bill and our founding partners came together to create Outhouse, integration of print and all other services was one of the mandates. Our motto, “Ready to Build, Ready to Market, Ready to Sell,” encompasses this philosophy. A point of pride for our team is the fact that all work is done in-house. This allows us to simultaneously work on CAD, renderings, interactive floor plans, virtual tours, print layouts, etc., reducing overall time to produce construction documents and digital and onsite marketing assets for your new communities. Furthering this continuity, a dedicated Account Manager coordinates each client’s projects, making changes and updates across all platforms so you don’t have to remember these details.
“When you touch something, it triggers a reaction. You feel differently about what you touch. You begin to feel you own it. And research shows this makes you value it more.”Dr. David Eagleman, Neuroscientist
Step Out From the Crowd With Print Marketing
One of the beauties of print is the unlimited potential for customization, thereby increasing the ability to trigger an emotional reaction. Builders can tailor renderings and IFPs to a point, but these platforms typically have technical limitations. On the other hand, print enables you to step out from the crowd and . The options for paper stock, finishes, shapes, sizes, and print techniques such as embossed, metallic, and varnishes are endless. Limited only by your marketing department’s creative minds, there is no other medium that encourages so much freedom. Print collateral also provides homebuyers with something tangible to take home from your sales centers or discover in the mail – a lasting reminder of your beautiful homes once visitors leave your sales center or website.
If you’d like to discuss print or simply have a conversation about a good book, feel free to call or set up a time for a video chat with Bill by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. A favorite pastime is sitting down with a good cup of coffee or tea and meeting people to exchange ideas and learn more about each other and the world.