How to Use Custom Stickers to Record Your Baby’s Milestones

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The days are long but the years are short. The precious time you have with your baby is brief and before you know it they are sitting on their own, standing, walking, talking, opening doors, and eating table food. Blink and they’ll be getting on a school bus. Blink again and they’ll be driving. Don’t miss out on preserving those fleeting moments so you can look back on their important firsts. Using custom stickers by Blue Bee Printing, you can record those milestones as they happen.

Stickers for the Month or Week Shirts

Baby clothing is expensive and it’s heartbreakingly short-lived. Sizes last anywhere from one to three months and even if you get the right size you will need to change for the right season. It may be tempting to order custom onesies for monthly or even weekly photoshoots, but you’ll be spending a fortune in clothing that will be worn exactly once. Using custom stickers, you can print labels for each week or month old your baby is and attach them to plain white onesies.

Holiday Shirts

You can apply the same principle to holiday shirts. Why spend the extra money on shirts that say “Baby’s First Christmas” when you can use custom personalized stickers for a fraction of the cost and include their name? You can even celebrate every holiday with a new design. “Hugs and Kisses and Valentine’s Day Wishes,” “I’m Mommy’s Good Luck Charm” for St. Patrick’s Day, Patriotic Memorial Day and Fourth of July stickers with the year. If your family has Taco Tuesday, why not celebrate baby’s first taco? You can be creative and come up with your own holidays and days that are important to you.

Stickers for Baby Books and Photo Albums

Very few parents faithfully fill out the baby books. Most have one or two entries and then life happens. You get busy and prioritize and filling out a book that may or may not ever be read is not as important as changing diapers, midnight feedings, and doctor visits. It’s time consuming to record dates and times, special messages, and find the matching photos. Save some of the time by pre-printing stickers that will go into the baby book. You can attach identifying stickers to photos of first solid food, first birthday, and first time meeting a sibling. Stickers are a great way to fill your baby book without filling up your whole day.

Stickers can help you keep track of what your photos are for. Once you’ve picked up your prints from a photo center or printed them at home, it may not make it into the album right away. Writing on the back of a photo can ruin your prints. The pen will make indentations that show through the front, and if you don’t wait until the ink is dry you can smudge it or transfer it onto another photo in the stack. You can create cute stickers for the backs of the photos that allow you to write on them first and then affix to the photo. Record the baby’s name, date, and what was going on in the photo. If you have twins or more than one child, you may be surprised at how it can be difficult to tell siblings apart in their baby photos, so always include their names!

Stickers for Calendars

Including a blank calendar in your baby book is a fun at-a-glance way to keep track of the first year. Print out blank calendar pages starting the month your baby was born. Create milestone stickers you can have at the ready for when they happen. First steps, first smile, first laugh, first word, first time watching Star Wars– be creative! Don’t just be confined to traditional milestones. Think of the things you’ll want to remember that are important to your family. First time meeting great-grandma, first skinned knee, first trip to the beach, first haircut, first pizza.

Custom stickers by Blue Bee Printing are a creative way to record your baby’s important firsts. And if this is your first time using custom stickers, we can make the process easy because being a parent is hard enough.

Custom Car Magnets Make the Perfect Fundraiser

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Coming up with creative fundraisers can be a real challenge. Sponsored restaurant nights, bake sales, and car washes are all old standards but involve a lot of work and preparation. Merchandise like T-shirts and hoodies is a bit of a tough sell because of the high price tag. A great fundraiser that requires little setup time and is an impulse buy that you can sell over and over are custom car magnets.

Car magnets are everywhere and people are looking to get in on the trend. They can be bought in bulk and sold over time, so you can place an order for a large amount to keep your unit costs down. If your fundraiser is successful you can always order additional runs of magnets and even change the design so you’ll take advantage of repeat buyers.

There are so many organizations that can benefit from a car magnet fundraiser:

Schools

Parent-Teacher Organizations run fundraisers throughout the school year. They coordinate the book fair, holiday fair, school store, plant sale, gift wrap, candle sale, gift auctions, and many more. With so many intensive fundraisers that require hours and hours of setup and volunteer time, it is a no-brainer to add car magnets to the list. They are an easy fundraiser for a novice PTO member who’s looking to gain experience. Simply order magnets and set up a table at Back-to-School Night. Parents will gobble them up, especially families new to the school. They can say “Proud Parent of a Jefferson Elementary Student” or simply the school name with its mascot. Any remaining magnets can be stocked at the school store or be sold at other events like parent-teacher conferences.

Teams

Sports teams are always looking for easy fundraisers to help purchase new uniforms and equipment since those items are constantly in need of replacement. You can order general magnets for the organization as a whole. These won’t change from year to year so you’ll have the ability to order a large amount to have on hand at the snack stand or merchandise area. Individual teams can sell magnets to support travel fees or other supplies. You can customize them with the year and date so parents will buy them each season. They also make great congratulatory items for tournament winners to help pay for trophies and prizes.

Non-profits

What better way to spread the word about a charity you support than by driving it all over town? Raise awareness about autism, pediatric cancer, muscular dystrophy, and lupus for example. The magnets act as advertisements and fundraisers for the cause at the same time.

Support groups can benefit from car magnet fundraisers as well. They can simultaneously advertise their group and gain the funds they need to support their members. Increasing a group’s visibility can help with membership recruitment. It’s a win-win.

Crowdfunding

Local families in need of financial assistance often resort to gofundme.com for their fundraising needs. It’s an amazing thing when a community rallies to support one of their own. Families crippled with medical bills, loss of home, or other tragedies need support. Fundraising for these families with car magnets can connect people to their cause.

The beauty of custom car magnets as a fundraiser is that it is so simple. All you have to do is upload your logo or design, select the style of magnet you want, and we’ll do the rest. Blue Bee Printing’s magnets are made to be durable with bright fade-resistant colors. They’ll stand up to wind and water for years. You don’t have to worry about losing them because their strong magnets won’t fall off cars.  Visibility, accessibility, and profitability: it’s the perfect combination for any fundraiser.

Be Memorable with Save-the-Date Magnets from Blue Bee

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Planning a wedding can simultaneously be the most fun and most stressful time in a young couple’s lives. You can get lost in the dos and don’ts of the process and understanding the etiquette can be confusing. Make your wedding date memorable with save-the-date magnets from Blue Bee Printing.

What is a save-the-date?

Traditionally a save-the-date is a precursor to the formal invitation. It is a way to let guests know of the event well in advance so they can clear their schedules and not plan any trips at the same time. If you are planning a destination wedding, you will definitely want to give your guests notice beforehand so they can clear several days and book travel arrangements. Typically you will want to send a save-the-date six to eight months before the wedding, or earlier for a destination wedding.

Do you really have to send one?

If you have a short engagement, then you may not need to send a save-the-date and will go straight to the formal invitation. Wedding invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the event, so if your engagement is only a few months, skip to the formal invite.

Can you send an electronic notice?

While it is more common now to send evites for events like birthday parties and anniversaries, it is still best to send a physical save-the-date for a wedding. You may have relatives who want to keep it as a memento. With email you’ll never know if the recipient actually received the message, if it went to their spam folder, or if they changed their email address.

By sending a physical item you get the added benefit of ironing out your invitation address list beforehand. Invitation stationery and postage is often more expensive than save-the-dates and you’ll find out who of your friends and relatives have moved and forgotten to send you their new address.

Should you announce on social media instead?

Announcing your wedding date on social media may seem like a good idea at first, but when you think it through the problems start to emerge. You probably have a lot more friends and followers than you’ll have guests at your wedding. Some people may be expecting an invitation that you are not planning to invite simply because they saw your cute announcement post.

On the flip side, some people that you want to see your post may miss it altogether and unless you tag all the guests individually, you’ll definitely miss some people, especially older family members who might not be on your chosen platform. Announcing it on social media also opens you up to solicitation from people looking to cash in on your wedding. You’ll find out everyone you know who works as a photographer, DJ, florist, baker, caterer, wedding planner, and videographer. So unless you want to open your wedding up to the public, keep the save-the-dates off of social media.

What information should you include?

The rules for save-the-dates are relatively loose. You’re safe with keeping details to a minimum. The couple’s names, wedding date, and location are the essentials. You can include your wedding website for additional information and if you do, please make sure that it is live before you send it out. Do NOT include your wedding registry on the save-the-date, but you can include a link to it on your wedding website.

Why should you use a magnet instead of a card?

Save-the-date magnets are very popular so you’ll be on trend if you send them out instead of a postcard. They’re durable, and most people will stick it right on their refrigerator if they are planning to attend the wedding. People are more likely to keep magnets over cards and some will keep them hung up long after the wedding has passed. Cards can get lost easily and unless people write down your date, they may forget it. A magnet is a visible reminder.

What style should you use?

Be yourselves! A save-the-date is a great place to express your personality and set the tone for the wedding you want to have. You can include a photo of the two of you, or a design that will go with your wedding theme. Since invitations are mostly text, you can get more graphically creative with a save-the-date.

Sounds great! What are my options?

Magnets can be ordered as rectangles, squares, circles or ovals. They come with a standard gloss coating, or you can upgrade to UV gloss or matte laminate. Simply upload your file, choose your options, and we’ll do the rest! With these save-the-dates, your wedding date will be truly magnetic.

Personalize Your Ride with Custom Vinyl Decals

Dear Suburban mom with 2.5 kids: You traded in your sleek sport coupe for a mom-mobile. A little piece of your early-twenties may have cringed, but you did it and now you’re the coolest soccer mom that ever was. You can fit your kids, your dog, a cooler, a diaper bag, stroller, folding chairs, gear, and team snacks all in your new minivan. You feel like a goddess riding around high above the traffic where you can see everything.

Emerging from the grocery store armed with your reusable tote bags ready to unload – you realize you’re beeping your keys at the wrong car. You look around, taking in the sea of identical gray minivans. Suddenly that cool mom feeling starts to fade and you feel a little deflated about your new wheels. You start to feel like the individual in you is crumpling under all this conformity. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can love your sleek minivan again if you just give it a little bit of personality. It’s easy to do with custom vinyl decals. You are only limited by your creativity.

Show Your Family Pride

Some of the more ubiquitous decals on vehicles you’ll see are family-oriented. A stick figure family is a common sight on the rear window. Take it one step further – make your stick figure family characters from your favorite movie or show. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, have a mama Daenerys, papa Khal Drogo, and three baby dragons. A Star Wars fan can have a mama Padme, papa Darth Vader and little Luke and Leia. Get creative with your characters and have them doing things you do together as a family like camping, skiing, or playing sports.

You can also use decals to brag about your amazing family. “Proud _____ Parent,” fill in the blank. Military roles are obvious bragging rights, too. Activities your children are involved in also can be filled in here: sports, dance, drama, band, art, you name it. Of course you can also proudly show off your honor student, dean’s list recipient, PhD candidate, NHS member, and any additional academic achievement your child has made.

Announce your family milestones. Do the modern alternative to tin cans and get a “Just Married” vinyl sticker for your rear windshield. Have a “Baby on Board” decal instead of a sign. Or honor a lost friend or relative with a memorial decal.

Get Decorative

Who says a minivan can’t have flames on the side doors? Think of your car as a blank canvas where you can express your personality. Consider giving your car a feminine touch with vinyl flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies. And you can have a leaping unicorn or a swimming mermaid on your hood. You can have all of your favorite things to decorate your car. Alternatively, if you’re a proud papa driving the ‘van around town, don’t be afraid to let your masculine side show with some shark fins, barbed wire, or racing stripes on the sides.

Advertise Your Business

You probably underestimate how much visual coverage your car gets just driving around; how many hundreds of people see your vehicle every single day. You can hand out stacks of business cards over a few months or you can get your business name out there just by running your normal errands. Remember that someone driving may only have a few seconds to see your information, so don’t make it too wordy. Even your business logo along with a web address can be enough. You can include a phone number and hope that the person driving next to you has a passenger who can snap a photo of your decal. Otherwise, you can expect to gain some potential customers from parking lot foot traffic.

Custom vinyl decals are easy to apply, durable, and versatile. They can adhere easily to glass or metal, and remove without damage when you decide to change your style. Blue Bee Printing will guide you through the design process and make your car a custom ride.

Shape Up Your Image with Custom Die Cuts

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In the world of marketing, you have to reach out and grab your customer’s attention with both hands because there are so many other factors fighting for it. Your customer has only a few seconds to acknowledge you and your company. Sometimes the slightest difference can create perceived value. Blue Bee Printing has an innovative solution to capture your customers’ fleeting attention: custom die cuts. Die cut printed materials can help your business take shape.  

About our Die Cut Stickers:

Square, rectangular, and circular stickers are everywhere.  A sticker with a custom die cut shape will make it stand out in the pack. The type of cut you choose depends on your type of business. You can cut the sticker in the shape of your logo. You could cut in the shape of the first letter of your name or your business name. Think about creating a sticker shape with special effects around the edges. Simply upload your file and let us take care of the rest.

About our Die Cut Magnets:

Die cut magnets are a new trend and one that we at Blue Bee are definitely excited about. Businesses use them to get their customers to stick their information on their refrigerator — making their information front and center for all visitors to their home. Doctors’ offices create a list of important numbers with their number and Poison Control pre-printed as a marketing tool that is also helpful to their patients. Consider printing your business card information on a magnet so that your customers will always have your contact info at hand instead of shoved into a pile with the rest of their paper card collection.

Car magnets are incredibly popular since they don’t do any damage to the car’s paint and are easily removable. You can use die cuts to make your business stand out, make your logo clearer and easier to see, and make your text easier to read without a lot of empty white space.

About our Custom Printed Decals:

Vinyl decals are a multipurpose item. Then can be applied to any smooth surface including windows and mirrors. Decals can be used on office doors to designate the name and position of the employee. This gives your offices a professional look.

They can even be used on entrance doors to print your business name in case passersby miss your sign, or print important information like store hours. You can print changeable information to be applied to windows, like limited time sale offers, or holiday specials. Their removability means you can change them on an as-needed basis.

Decals can also be used to brand your equipment with your logo. Put them on company laptops and iPads. Apply them to work phone cases or pop sockets. If your business uses production equipment, you can add die cut decals to any flat area. This will give your production area a professional, branded feel.

There are so many ways you can use custom die cut printing to enhance your business image. Blue Bee Printing’s user-friendly site will guide you through the process. Simply select your product, choose your finish, upload your file, and let us take care of the rest. Optionally, you can choose from any of our pre-made templates to make your design process easy and painless. With no minimum quantity we can print single units for one-off needs, or large sets for customer giveaways. With Blue Bee custom die cuts, you can shape your business success.

Bumper Stickers- They’re Not Just for Cars Anymore!

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Typically, if you see a sticker in the shape of a long, horizontal rectangle, you know what it’s called and what it’s for. But not all long rectangular stickers have to end up on your car’s bumper. People are exploring new opportunities for these traditional unitaskers. Bumper stickers are popping up everywhere and in surprising new ways.

Car bumper stickers have a variety of purposes. They can be funny phrases, decoration, declaring allegiance to a certain band, expressing political affiliation, or advocating for a social cause. “If you can read this you’re driving too closely” can commonly be found on the rear of an automobile. Now this product is showing versatility that can be used in advertising, the workplace, schools, and more.

Creativity in Marketing:

Rectangular stickers have endless uses in marketing your business. You can leave some on the counter for your customers to take. Create a dedicated hashtag and social media contest. Have your customers place your stickers somewhere, upload a photo with the hashtag, and draw a prize from all of the entries. Your business and logo will gain exposure, and you will create excitement among your customers.

Custom square stickers are perfect for packaging when you are just starting out. You might not be able to afford custom bags with your logo and brand information. A sticker on a bag is a great way to get started. You can use them on boxes for your product, containers of food if you’re in the food service, or even in your mailing packaging.

Bumper stickers are weather-proof so you can leave them outside. That means you can use them in locations where other stickers or advertising might not hold up. You can stick them on windows, walls, and posters and they won’t be damaged by the elements.

How Teachers Can Make Their Lessons Stick:

The classroom is a great place to use bumper stickers. Younger students need reference points for their letters and numbers. Teachers often order cards and signs that can be applied to students’ desks, then laminate them and tape them to the desktop. Bumper stickers are a durable, water resistant alternative that can save teachers and school districts money and be customized for their grade level.

Additionally, bumper stickers can be used all over the classroom for labeling shelves and materials so students can learn organizational skills. They can be used for cubbies and closet hooks. They can help keep the art supply closet neat and orderly.

In the lunchroom or cafeteria, bumper stickers are great for identifying which tables belong to each class, and to designate allergy-free areas. Since they are durable, they will last all year.

Coaches can use bumper stickers to label equipment. This is a great solution for games where schools are traveling to other locations and can easily get their supplies mixed up. The stickers are resistant to water, so they will still remain after a game in the rain.

Work Your Stickers in the Workplace:

Taped up notices with office policies can be an eyesore. Use custom bumper stickers instead and you won’t have any more papers flapping everywhere. Alert your staff that cell phones are prohibited in the work environment. Remind the lunch crowd that food in the microwave must have a cover. Any policies or notices can be posted with a sticker for a more durable solution.

Stickers can be used to label offices or desks. They can be affixed to computers with network log-in information. You can create an important phone numbers list with technical support, ordering, managers, shipping, etc.

There are so many uses for custom bumper stickers. They can be found where you’ll least expect it. Now that you’re looking for them, you’ll start to see them everywhere. A sticker with the words “Eating Animals” on a STOP sign. A band name on a bus stop wall. A sticker discreetly placed in your shopping bag. A restaurant counter with a stack of stickers next to a display of business cards. Bumper stickers are jumping off bumpers and into the marketing mainstream.

Print Easter Stickers Online: Holiday Stickers with a Personal Touch

Easter is just around the corner and if you’re running low on ideas for your baskets, look no further than Blue Bee Printing. Holiday stickers are a great way to put personal touches on your family traditions.

Personalized Easter basket: Surprise your kids with a sticker for their basket with their name on it and the year. Add a special delivery sticker from the Easter bunny with postage, ground delivery.

Easter Basket treats: If you’re hesitant to fill your baskets with just candy, try some of these original ideas.

An Easter-themed book with a custom bookplate label that says “Happy Easter—From the library of _____________”

Attach green tissue paper to the top of an orange bubble wand and affix a label that says “Have a 24-Carrot Easter!”

Make homemade slime and put a label on the jar that says “Bunny Sneezes”

Buy square wooden blocks or cut them yourself. Make an Easter sticker large enough to cover them all and cut it for a DIY puzzle. Turn the blocks over and cut a new sticker set so you have 6 different puzzles altogether.

Egg Hunts: Create custom stickers for boring dollar store plastic eggs. Change up your backyard hunt by making each egg have a clue to the next egg printed on the sticker. Or if you’re part of an organization, school, church, or business that offers public egg hunts, customize the eggs with your business or event logo on each egg.

Egg Dyeing: Create custom stickers to stick on your dyed Easter eggs. Give your eggs emoji faces, or turn them into unicorns. Let your imagination run wild!

Crafts: Print yellow stickers with little chick eyes and beaks and adhere them to juice boxes.

Be the hero of your child’s class with custom Easter treats:

               Powdered donut holes or marshmallows with a “bunny tails” label

               Mashmallow peeps with a “for my favorite peeps” sticker

               Cadbury or Reese’s eggs with a “You’re egg-straordinary!” label

Easter cards: Wish your family and friends a Happy Easter with beautiful holiday cards. You can customize plain note cards with Easter stickers, and make bunny print envelope seals.

Bunny Poop: Fill a Ziploc bag with jelly beans and add a cute “bunny poop” label. Use the poem:

I got you something special,

And here’s the inside scoop.

It’s very rare and magical,

A bag of bunny poop!

Gift tags: Make custom gift labels that say “Some bunny loves you.”

Easter dinner: Make place cards for your dinner guests for a fanciful touch. If you’re serving dinner buffet style make labels for each dish.

Easter flowers: You’ve bought beautiful Easter flowers for your table, don’t ignore the vase! Decorate it with vintage Easter artwork that Beatrix Potter would be proud of.

Easter outfits: After you’ve changed out of your photo-ready Easter church clothes, get the whole family together for an Easter photo in matching t-shirts. Save by buying plain solid-colored shirts and print stickers for customized holiday wear.

Get creative with your holiday with affordable, easy Easter stickers. With a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes, Blue Bee has the custom printing to suit every need.

Best Stickers Online: Make Your Own Personalized Favorites!

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Stickers are a versatile, easy, affordable way to advertise, show your pride, be creative, and connect with people. The best stickers you’ll find online are right here at Blue Bee Printing. When it comes to the uses for custom stickers, you are only limited by your imagination. Here are some of the ways you can incorporate custom stickers into your business, hobbies, events, and everyday life.

Make your business stick…

Logos and branding: If you’ve ever bought a new Apple product, you might have noticed a small sticker of an apple logo in the package. No words accompany it – just the apple. Sending their logo out into the world ensures brand loyalty. If they’ve sent you a sticker of their brand, chances are good you’re going to find somewhere to use it. You might give it to your kids to play with, thereby inducting a new generation of future Apple fans. Where Apple has succeeded, so can you. Stickers that contain your company logo make your brand recognizable and memorable.

Giveaways for marketing: People love free stuff. They are more likely to remember you or your business if you’ve given them something of perceived value. Most people throw away business cards, but a sticker is something that stands out. If your business has a brick and mortar location, leave stickers on the counter for customers to take or place them in customers’ bags with their receipt. If you’re attending an event – bring stickers and other marketing materials imprinted with your logo and web address so people know how to find you online.

Are there any local events where you could advertise? PTA associations, church groups, and charitable organizations hold fundraisers and gift auctions frequently. These groups love free donations that they can include in ‘swag bags.’ You can donate your product or service in exchange for advertising and get a tax deduction in the process. Attend local vendor events and have a stack of stickers for passersby to take with them.

Stick them in your store: Use stickers for wrapping merchandise and sealing delicate items with tissue paper. Use them to brand your handmade products like candles or soap. Put them on your jewelry boxes or clothing. You can even print ‘limited edition’ stickers that get people coming back to your store to get the latest collector’s item.

Show your pride…

Events: On Election Day, your social media feed will be filled with photos of people proudly displaying their ‘I Voted’ stickers on their shirts and jackets. At a blood drive, your reward for a good deed is a sticker that announces ‘I Gave Blood Today.’ Stickers are often used as badges of honor. The next time you have an event or a party, print stickers for everyone to wear. You’ll be the talk of the town with your ‘I Survived Jen’s Game of Thrones Premiere 2019!’ stickers at your viewing party. At next year’s Super Bowl party, consider giving out stickers that say ‘Tom Brady Won His 7th Super Bowl and All I Got Was This Lousy Sticker.’

Video Games: Video games are no longer a solitary activity. Friends from near and far can now interact with each other via a multitude of gaming systems, allowing them to play multiplayer games and team events, turning gaming into a social event. Teams can interact competitively with each other. Having a video gaming team has even become a spectator sport with some leagues now broadcasting on ESPN. Get in on the action by creating a logo for your game group. Set up a YouTube channel where you can broadcast your adventures and, of course, give out stickers to direct new viewers to your channel.

Stickers for everyone:

Kids: Children love stickers. They put them on their shirts and show them off to their friends. Make Happy Birthday stickers so everyone knows it’s your child’s birthday. Give your little one a boost with heart stickers that say ‘My Valentine,’ or ‘I’m the Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow’ stickers for St. Patrick’s Day. Additionally, have children place stickers of their favorite characters on paper and draw creative scenes to accompany them.

Family and Friends: Family members love to receive printed photo stickers as gifts. Use stickers instead of invitations for parties to make an impact. Create memorable photo stickers for wedding Save the Dates, sweet sixteen mementos, religious sacrament events, and more!

Co-workers: A great way to use stickers in your professional life – even if you don’t own your own business – is to improve workplace morale. Give everyone from your department a sticker with a silly tagline for your group like ‘We Put the HR in tHRill!’ and change the word every month to keep things fresh.

It’s easy to create stickers to enhance your life. If you’re feeling stuck, Blue Bee Printing has a variety of shapes and finishes that are guaranteed to allow your creativity to shine.

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution with Custom Stickers

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it can be hard to keep those New Year’s resolutions from fading from memory. How do you keep enthusiasm up when the days drag on and it’s so easy to slip back into your old routine? Custom stickers by Blue Bee Printing may be the answer you’re looking for to give you the edge to succeed.

To keep your resolution from adding to the overwhelming majority of failed ones, you’ll need to change your behavior. Research shows that permanent behavior modification is a process that takes at least 66 days. That means you’ll be well into March before your resolution stops being a force of will and becomes a habit. You can use custom stickers to influence yourself in these five ways.

  • Track your progress: Whether you use a wall calendar, a notebook, or a planner, have a tangible reminder of your progress. On days when you were successful, give yourself a positive sticker. Use a smiley face, a photo of a loved one, or something that makes you happy. Leave the unsuccessful days blank. When you start seeing fewer and fewer blank days you’ll know you’re on the right track.
  • Accountability: You can give all the excuses you want to, but when the results are in black and white, there’s no glossing over it. If you’re using stickers to keep track of your resolution, you’ll know why you’re successful or not.

 

  • Visual reminder: Having the visual aid of a calendar makes it harder to ignore or forget your goal. You can always choose not to open the app on your phone that you’re using to keep track of yourself, but it’s harder to close your eyes to a calendar on the wall or your desk.

 

  • Set mini-goals: Large goals and resolutions can be intimidating. Set smaller goals so you can feel accomplished. Mark your calendar with a new sticker when you achieve your mini-goal.

 

  • Reward: Set milestone rewards for yourself to keep motivated. But through the process, the stickers are the daily reward. There’s a reason teachers use them on tests. Stickers make you feel as if you’ve achieved something. Don’t hold out on yourself by waiting to the end for a reward. Constantly congratulate yourself for working towards your goal.

 

Here are some of the most common new year goals and how to stick to them using custom stickers:

 

Lose weight: Create photo stickers of yourself to track your progress. Start with a before photo and at each mini-goal you achieve take a new photo. You’ll stay motivated when you see how much you’ve improved.

 

Exercise more: Create fun stickers that show what activity you did. On running days, use a photo of Forrest Gump. On swimming days, use Michael Phelps. If weightlifting is your goal, use a photo of the body part you worked. This will help you keep track of your leg days and your arm days.

 

Save more money: In many cases, saving more money is a set it and forget it plan. You can decide how much money you want to save per month and have it automatically withdrawn and transferred to a savings account. However, not over-spending is where the real challenge lies. Saying no to going out to lunch and bringing a brown bag every day isn’t immediately rewarding. Use your reward stickers to highlight small victories like a no-spend day, or cancelling a paid subscription service. Set a weekly budget and sticker the weeks where you were able to stick to it.

 

Learn a new skill or develop a new hobby: Hobbies are difficult to track because they’re more open-ended. Ideally there’s no end goal, you just keep improving your skill. If you’re taking formal lessons for your new hobby, sticker the lesson days with one sticker and the days you practice at home with a different sticker. You’ll be able to see when your practice days are dropping off so you’ll be prepared for the lesson days.

 

Quit smoking: Sticker every day that you are cigarette-free and reserve milestone stickers for the first week, ten days, two weeks, three weeks, and then monthly. You can also create stickers where you can write in milestones like ‘First time going to a bar and not leaving for a cigarette,’ or ‘Refused a cigarette when offered one.’ It’s important to keep the benefits of not smoking in mind as well, so use stickers to track improvements like ‘Saved $30 this week by not smoking,’ or ‘Was able to climb three flights of stairs without coughing.’

 

Read more: Set a daily goal of how many minutes you want to spend reading and give yourself a sticker for each day that you meet it. Challenge yourself to finish a certain number of books for the year and sticker the days when you finished one. Write your thoughts on the book in your planner so you can always have a visual reminder of it.

 

If you’ve made resolutions before without success, make this the year that you change your behavior. You can stick to it with custom stickers.

Advertise Your Business Like a Pro with Oversized Postcards

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Whether your business is a startup or you’ve been in the field for years, advertising is essential. So much advertising is done digitally through email distribution lists, websites, social media platforms, and text alerts. Information overload has overwhelmed consumers to the point of saturation and only a select few ads have any resonance or impact. Emails and messages are easily deleted without even opening them. How do you reach consumers through all the noise of digital marketing? The answer may lie where you least expect it– direct mail marketing and oversized postcards.

Why is print media seeing a resurgence in popularity as an advertising form?

  • There’s less mail:  It may seem counter-intuitive to go with an advertising method so conventional, but it is the rapid departure from print media that has made the return to it so inviting. People are receiving fewer mail advertising pieces: unsubscribing from magazines and newspapers in favor of digital versions and opting for paperless billing. Less mail means that your piece is more likely to be viewed and not accidentally stuck in the pages of a magazine.
  • The consumer has to touch it:  Unlike an email or text message which can be discarded without opening, a postcard has to be touched. The recipient will see some part of the postcard. In many cases it will be saved for later reference.
  • It’s trustworthy:  There’s a reason print media was the chosen form of advertising for so long. It works. People have an inherent view of print advertising as more reliable than digital versions.
  • People like feeling appreciated as customers:  Your easiest way to increase business is through your current customer base. Sending them invitations to special events or sales is a great way to reward their customer loyalty.

How to start your mail campaign:

  • Choose your postcard size:  Oversized postcards will allow you to have more surface area seen by your customers and generate more of a response than standard size.
  • Use a mail house to reduce postage costs:  Since oversized postcards cost more in postage than standard ones, use a mail house to reduce your cost. They will take your mailing list and pass on to you a discount on bulk mailing.
  • Create targeted marketing campaigns:  Get the best value from your campaigns by marketing to specific people. Maintain databases of current customers, former customers, and potential customers. Design pieces specifically to market to them. Former customers respond to feelings of guilt when they hear that their patronage is missed by a business. Current customers want to be rewarded by the businesses they frequent. Potential customers can be swayed with the right incentives to buy. Design pieces to appeal to each group separately to get the most return on your investment.
  • Design is important:  If your advertising piece is going to be noticed, you want the design to be pleasing. Most people have a location in their home for mail. In a perfect scenario, the mail will be seen by others visiting the household. Let Blue Bee Printing help with our easy design platform. Concentrate on the content of your piece and ideally give it emotional resonance. That will bring optimal response from your customers.
  • Drive traffic online:  Include your web address and a QR code so you don’t have to cram your postcard with too much information. Get your customer to your website and allow them to explore.

You can take advantage of time-tested method of direct mail marketing with the quality postcards offered by Blue Bee Printing.