Monthly Archives: October 2014

Print Your Own Office Halloween Party

Halloween is a wonderful season, especially for businesses. Many companies experience a peak during this time and enjoy a significant spike in sales. Halloween doesn’t just provide an opportunity for seasonal marketing though; it is also a great time to show your employees how much you appreciate all of their hard work with a mini Halloween celebration.

If you don’t fancy leaving the office for a sparkling soiree, there are plenty of other options too, including throwing your very own Halloween party. This idea is not only cost-effective, but it means you can make use of old resources like scrap paper, to reduce waste.

Halloween Office Party

Another benefit of hosting your own Halloween party is that you have the option to invite other businesses in your area, make it company-wide or keep it on a smaller departmental scale. Unlike public parties where you’d have to share the space, by throwing your own office Halloween party, you can decorate and celebrate however you like.  

This might mean playing a few team games, watching a series of scary movies to get everyone in the Halloween spirit or popping on some spooky jams. However you decide to celebrate this season, do it in style by printing your own office Halloween party.

Below we have compiled just a few ideas on how to print your own Halloween decorations for the office.

Bunting

Bunting is fantastic for every occasion; birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and of course, Halloween. Plus, nothing beats having a strip of bunting, running from wall to wall. For this idea, you could look online for a few basic bunting templates and pop your own design onto your favourite. Then, all you need to do is print out a few triangles, grab some string and scissors and hang them up! You could even brand the bunting using your company’s logo along with a few scary pumpkin faces, witches on broomsticks or bats and black cats. 

Halloween Printables – Window décor, hanging pumpkins, etc.

Along the same lines as the print-out bunting, there are plenty of spooky figures on the internet for you to print off. Halloween printables and stencils are great for sticking on windows and doors, not to mention giving employees a bit of a fright by hanging them from the ceiling. You can use a mixture of silhouettes, letters and coloured figures. A few ideas for the characters you might use include zombies, ghouls, skeletons and spiders.

Trick or Treat Office Game

Our final suggestion isn’t centred on decoration, but it is a great idea if you’re looking to break up the day with a few games. All you need for this game is a small, hand-held cauldron or plastic pumpkin. Next you need to ask all employees to submit a trick or treat, simple right? After you have everyone’s submissions, simply print them off and cut them up into rectangles before popping them in the cauldron or pumpkin. Everyone will then draw a trick or treat and they will have to do what’s written on the paper. For this activity, the person handing out the trick or treats can even dress up as a famous horror movie character for a fun, themed Halloween surprise.  

These are just a few ways you can have fun printing out your Halloween office party.

If you’re using one or all three of these suggestions, you need to make sure you’ve stocked up on supplies. Here at Prink, we offer a wide range of cheap ink cartridges available to businesses based in the UK. Please feel free to browse our collection to find exactly what you need.

Is it Time to say Goodbye to Conventional Printers?

With 3D printing well and truly entering its own, is it time to say goodbye to conventional printers?

Well, so far, 3D printing has never failed to impress and amaze us. Whether it is news relating to medical wonders or a new fashion line being printed as we speak, it is fair to say that the world is in awe of this new technology. In fact, there has been a lot of talk about how this technology can revolutionise several different industries as a whole.

According to the BBC, Dan Walmsley, of Strakka Racing, said: “It’s a very exciting technology. It gives us the benefit of reduced lead times, reduced costs and increases the flexibility for our engineers to be creative.”

He continued: “Concept to final product used to be a minimum of maybe four weeks, whereas now it can be the next day.”

With a cut in costs and a speedy delivery time, 3D printing has the potential to change the racing industry as we know it. But how does it help in other industries?

In the medical world, there has been a very exciting development in the way that 3D printing is used, specifically during surgery. According to Inside3DP, Dr Hélio Rubens Machado performed an operation on a baby using 3D printing. The infant was suffering from a disease known as Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS). Sufferers of SWS grow an additional layer on the surface of the brain.

During the surgery, Dr Machado used a model that had been produced by 3D printing technology as a guide.

This model allowed him to remove the parts of the brain that had been damaged, and gave him an accurate replica to study beforehand too. The operation is said to have been a success and Inside3DP claims that this “could prove to be a benchmark for further surgeries concerning infants with SWS.”

Whilst 3D printing itself is still a relatively new concept that is now being put to good use, has it really pushed conventional printers below the bar?

In short, no. Admittedly, conventional printers aren’t yet capable of such achievements, but they still have plenty of room for development and in a few years’ time, they too could be hitting the headlines. In addition, without conventional printing, we wouldn’t have things like traditional means of marketing and entertainment, such as flyers and books.

A printer is essential for a business, small or large, and even in the high-tech medical word, printing is used every single day for things like discharge letters. Without conventional printers, all the little details would essentially be lost.

Here at Prink, we are a leading third-party supplier of cheap ink cartridges in the UK. So if you need some advice or you want to enquire about a product, please do not hesitate to get in touch today. Alternatively, feel free to browse our site for everything you need for your printer.

Marketing Ideas for Businesses: Halloween

 

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Halloween is a busy time of year for many businesses, especially for those who work with companies who specialising in festivities or operating in industries that focus on seasonal events; this includes event planning, costume stores and decoration departments.

If, however, you work in an office doing a job that is completely unrelated to this spooky season, you may be wondering how you can get ahead of the competition. Even if your company doesn’t specialise in festivities, there’s no reason why you can’t take a risk and celebrate Halloween with your consumers?

Seasonal marketing, though a broad term, is one of the best ways to capture the attention of your target audience. It helps companies to promote special offers they may have around this time or even start a themed competition to get their consumers engaging.

There are other ways to get your customers interested in your products or services too. Whether you decide to release a frighteningly good discount code or celebrate this holiday with employees and customers alike, it’s time to start putting your plans into action.

So, to help you make this Halloween your best one yet, we have listed just three marketing ideas for the season.

Plan an Event

One of the most obvious ways to get to know your customers better and encourage them to engage is to plan an event. You can use the event to launch a new product or as a taster for a few of your popular services. Use Halloween themed display stands, but put your company logo on it; you could even use specific products for brand promotion.

As for guests, you can invite new or existing customers, or both depending on the size of the venue.

If you are thinking of planning an event, it is important you remember to set aside a budget. More often than not, they don’t come cheap, so it is vital that you ensure you’re ready not only prep-wise, but financially too.

Themed Promotional Material

If an event isn’t within your budget, themed promotional material and resources can also help to spread the word. Depending on your industry, you can use traditional Halloween characters or themed bordering; an easy, cost-effective and seasonal way to spruce up the appearance of your promotional literature and a great way of getting everyone in the Halloween spirit.

If you are planning to distribute themed promotional material, you may want to consider stocking up on cheap ink cartridges from a company that supplies to the UK. This way, you don’t have to worry about some coming out faded or the ink running out halfway through printing. Other supplies you will need to stock up on include paper and stationery, just in case you need to highlight any changes or errors in the first draft batch.

Decorations

If you notice that your employees are feeling a little demotivated, why not take the time to decorate the office for Halloween? You can get your employees involved with printing off decorations to use around the office and sticking them on doors and windows for a true Halloween feel.

Once you’ve decorated your office, you could invite a few clients in for a catch up. Decorations are great for marketing as they show the ‘fun’ side of your business, without taking away from the professional aspect of your company.

These are just a few marketing ideas for businesses for this spooky season.

Streamlining Your Business: How Printing Can Help

Whilst the benefits of a streamlined business are there in abundance, you may be struggling knowing where to start. A lot of thought should be put into company policies and procedures to ensure an efficient business, but too often, we overlook the basic necessities of day-to-day office life.  Printing is one of these essentials that we take for granted.

If you are looking for ways to streamline your business, read on. In today’s post, we will be looking at a few ways printing can help your company, efficiently and effectively.

Schedules

If you find your meeting room constantly overrun with staff when you need it most, it may be time to put your foot down. A great way to keep a check of everyone that uses the meeting rooms, and at what time, is to create a timetable that everyone can see and has to stick to. All it takes is a printed table, a pen and your employees remembering to fill it out before they enter the meeting room. This way, you can make sure you have the meeting room when you need it and it helps to reduce conflict between employees too, as everyone has equal opportunity to book themselves in.

Furthermore, printing off work schedules for the week is also a wonderful way for managers to keep track of individual and team progress, plus they allow everyone to come in, settle down and crack on with their work. You could even ask each employee to tick off their tasks throughout the day, so it is easier to see what’s been done.

Cost

Printing efficiently is a great way to save money on office bills. However, in order to do so, you need to set some boundaries and implement procedures that all employees must adhere to. Check out the below tips on how to save on printing costs:

Third-Party Suppliers

UK third-party suppliers of ink cartridges usually offer a cheap and cheerful deal when it comes to purchasing high-quality ink. This can help you save money upfront and allows you to stock up on ink without completely blowing your budget.

Don’t be Wasteful

You should encourage your employees to save digital copies instead of printing out documents they really don’t need. This way, not only do you save on resources, but you also save money because you don’t need to keep stocking up on supplies every week.

Keep it Green

Lastly, keeping it green can help your business to maintain an eco-friendly status which is great for business as well as for the environment.  Below we have listed a few ways that you can keep it green in the office:

Print on both sides of the page

Too often, we waste paper by not printing on both sides of the page. This would not be the case if you simply implemented a policy that requires employees to print on both sides of the page. If everyone follows procedure, it will help to save on paper and, in the long run, it will offer economic benefits too.

Recycle!

If you have printed out a page that you don’t want, don’t forget to recycle! Recycling is so important and if you already recycle then a big green thumbs up for you! If you don’t, it is never too late to start. All you need is a bin to pop all of your paper and recyclable goods in and you’re off.

These are just a few ways that efficient printing can help you to streamline your business. Do you have anymore that you would like to add?

Walking Away from your Printer Duties

The water cooler and the photocopier are not the only sites within an office that can be the cause of awkward conversations, followed by an awkward silence while the water agonisingly drips out. The printer also plays its part in the office environment as a pivotal object of good favour or dreaded use. The printer has the power to bring admin assistants and managing directors alike to their knees in frustration. So what are some of the deadly sins that can be committed while using the office printer?

Denial

Having printed off your 30-page document, the printer has run out of paper and a red flashing light is highlighting that you have not fed the printer. Fight or flight kicks in and you decide the best possible solution is to walk away and ignore the lack of paper and red flashing light. However, another member of the team comes to use the printer next and of course fills up the paper and openly questions who it was that left it empty… You shamelessly continue to ignore the issue. This is a terrible crime and it must be addressed for the benefit of all businesses. Stand up and accept your paper filling duties. The office clerk would rather show you how to fill it up than have to structure their day around re-filling the paper.

Don’t be jammy

A jammed printer is not what any office needs on a Friday afternoon; nerves are beginning to fray, the air-con is broken and now the printer has been left jammed until 4:45pm. Gulp down your pride, raise your hand and admit to your part in creating printer-anarchy. A jammed printer is easily fixable 98% of the time. It is a simple case of opening up the paper tray and removing any crumpled and jammed paper, including any torn pieces. It is also advised to remove any unused paper that has creases or crumples in it, as these can cause another potential jam.

A lack of ink can cause a stink

You’ve printed off your documents and left them in the printer while you reply to some emails before the end of the day. Most of the office is now vacated and you’ve just noticed that only half the words are legible because the ink has run out. There is no need to be shy with ink; cheap ink cartridges are available in the UK at competitive prices here at Prink. So, in the interest of keeping a placid office, keep the ink flowing and consider giving a brief tutorial to everyone on how to change the ink and where it is kept.

These are just a few of the minor, but incredibly frustrating issues that can arise in an office surrounding the printer and the correct conduct relating to it. As with anything in life, putting things off never achieves much apart from extra stress. So for the benefit of all within your business, keep the ink cupboard stocked up, the paper store plentiful and ensure everyone is aware of some basic printer maintenance. Should you require any advice regarding printer cartridges, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful staff here at Prink.

Troubleshooting Common Printing Problems

These days, offices around the world would struggle to operate effectively without the humble printer; however, sometimes they fail to work as well as they should causing frustration and annoyance. Luckily, the majority of problems associated with printers can be easily remedied. Below are a few of the most common problems that can occur how to solve them.

Running out of ink quickly and frequently

As a basic rule of thumb, higher end printers are usually more economic when it comes to ink but the majority of printers will have an ink saving mode built in. Also, to make things more confusing, low ink warnings vary drastically between manufacturers.

Ultimately, the best way to save on ink is to use a little common sense when it comes to printing office documents; you don’t need to print everything. Also, if you find that you are going through ink a lot, but it is unavoidable, then Prink has a wide range of cheap ink cartridges available so you can keep your costs down.

Not printing

Firstly, without being condescending, you should ensure that the printer is properly connected to your computer and, more importantly, switched on. Also, you should check the printer software installed onto your computer if it is corrupt or out of date then you may need to uninstall and then reinstall the printer for it to work.

If you are unsure if you have the correct software installed then simply check the devices and printing folder on your computer. Should you find that you do not have the necessary software, and then, it can usually be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

The infamous paper jam

Though uncommon in modern machines, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind. To begin with, don’t fill your paper tray to capacity and keep it properly aligned; most paper trays come equipped with a slider to ensure paper is fed neatly into the printer.

Try to stick with plain paper when you are printing, if you must use photo paper of another sort, then check to see that your printer is properly set up for the task.

Here at Prink, we appreciate that a printer is nothing without its ink, so if you need a reliable source for your business ink needs, then look no further. We have a wide range of printer ink cartridges from all the major manufacturers. Our complete range can be browsed and purchased through our website!

Reducing the Hidden Costs of Printing

Though on the surface printing seems like a fairly simple procedure – paper goes in, ink is applied, and your document comes out – there are actually a great many costs associated with this simple process. For a small to medium business, these costs can add up if they are not properly managed.

But what are said costs? Obviously you have the initial cost of the printer as well as the ink and paper, but what else do you end up paying for? Here at Prink, we understand that businesses are looking to save money wherever they can. So we have compiled a list of a few of the often overlooked or even ignored costs of printing, and how you can reduce or eliminate them.

Poor print management

Since printing is so commonplace, it is natural that those who work in an office environment will take it for granted, after all, if you print off dozens of documents a day then you are not going to think anything of it. However, it is this indifference that ends up costing companies money; especially when it comes to paper and cartridge ink costs.

Arguably, there is no such thing as a paperless office; you are going to have to print something eventually! But, you can reduce the amount you print by having a set company policy as to what and what does not need printing.

Colour Printing

Sometimes it seems that your colour ink cartridge is always running out faster than the black, and this could be a real indication that your office documents are too colour heavy. If you print documents regularly, but they all have pie charts, or the company logo on them, then you are going to go through a lot of ink very quickly.

At the risk of stating the obvious, simply print in black and white or “draft mode” when you are printing internal documents. If it is for a client, then obviously make sure it looks as good as possible, but if it is just an internal memo then black and white will suffice.

Personal Printing

Some employers may be shocked to learn that some of their employees use their printers for personal use, but it is more common than you may think. Most people will think there is nothing wrong with printing off a few cheeky documents as and when, but if everyone in the office is doing this on the sly, then it will start to impact on the company’s resources.

It might be worth implementing a stricter policy when it comes to personal printing; simply put, the office printing is for work related documents only.

If you want to further reduce your printing costs, then here at Prink we have a wide selection of cheap ink cartridges suitable for all manufacturers. Our full range can be viewed online but if you have any further questions then do not hesitate to get in touch!

Saving Money on Printer Ink Cartridges

When it comes to printing gripes, the one at the very top of the list is always the cost of ink; especially if you find you need to print documents regularly. Luckily for you, Prink stocks a wide selection of cheap ink cartridges for all the major printer manufacturers!

However, since the cost of ink doesn’t seem to be going down anytime soon and with businesses looking to save as much as possible, we have compiled some useful advice which will hopefully save you money on your printing costs.

Use compatible ink cartridges

Third party or compatible ink cartridges have an undeserved reputation for being of low quality; in recent years though, compatible cartridges have seen a dramatic improvement in both quality and longevity. There are alternative ink cartridges available which work in all manufacturers’ printers and Epson compatible ink cartridges, for example, are now on par with the original genuine ink products. Because of their cost effectiveness, compatible ink cartridges are ideal for those who seldom print many documents, or for those who are looking to save a little extra money when it comes to printing costs.

Consider refill packs

Though it can be a bit fiddly and certainly takes some practice, refill kits can be a very cost effective way to replace ink cartridges. Kits are compatible with most types of inkjet cartridges, and all refill kits come with instructions explaining how to get the most out of them and how to use them in conjunction with certain cartridges. However, you may find that you need to purchase a resetter so the cartridge will accept the refill kit.

Draft mode is your friend

Sometimes you can save money, not by hanging your cartridges or refilling your old ones, but by changing the settings on your printer. If you need to print a lot of documents, but they don’t need to be high quality, such as in-house communications or the minutes from a meeting, then Draft Mode can save you ink and ultimately money. You can setup Draft Mode easily by changing your printer settings via the Control Panel. In addition to saving ink, you will find that the pages tend to print much faster as less ink is applied, making the documents seem paler than usual but otherwise serviceable.

Check the cost per page of your printer

This will largely depend on your make of printer, but most manufacturers publish how much mileage you should get per cartridge on their website. If you have an older printer, the cost per page is going to be higher than a newer model. So, if you find that your printer is guzzling ink, it might be time to upgrade to a more efficient and affordable printer.

These are just a few ways in which you can save money on your printing costs. If you are in need of cheap and readily available ink cartridges, compatible with all manufacturers, then Prink has an extensive selection as well as same day dispatch! Full details are available on our website.