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Vendor News Bulletin

NPOA Publishes 1st
Vendor News Bulletin

NPOA has just released its first "Vendor News Bulletin." The bulletin is designed to serve regular NPOA members as well as its Associate Members by providing the latter with an opportunity to communicate directly with our regular members regarding upcoming seminars, programs, webinars and other offers being offered by our Associate Members.

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Industry Profits Increase Modestly

NPOA Benchmarking Study Reports
Profits Are Up For "Some" in Industry

Average industry profits are up for the first time in eight years according to preliminary data coming out of early analysis from NPOA's recently concluded 2014-15 Benchmarking Survey.

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Six Conference Videos Now Available

Six 2014 Conference Videos Now
Available For Members Only!

Delivering as promised and ahead of schedule, NPOA has now posted six of eight key conference videos (along with their respective handouts) on the members-only portion of our web site. Videos by Warren Werbitt, Gina Testa, Larry Hunt, Mike Stevens, Jennifer Matt along with a special video of NPOA's popular "Retired Printers Panel" are now ready for viewing. As noted on the Conference PDF and Video Page, we strongly advise setting aside some dedicated time to view these videos. They are packed with information you can use to improve the way you run your business, but only if you are willing to take the time to view them, take notes and then take some of the follow-up actions suggested by the speakers.

What About Future Conference Sites?

Conference Site Survey Results Released

NPOA members can now view the results of our recently conducted survey of our membership that explored preferences for future Owner's Conferences. View and read about some of the factors that will be considered as NPOA decides on site for the 2015 NPOA Owners Conference.


Check-out Conference Highlights Video

NPOA Conference Speaker Highlights Video

Although the initial release of videos from our 2nd NPOA Owners Conference is still about a week away, you can go here to view a nine-minute video of the nine speakers who addressed our conference. We will update you when full videos become available. Until then, enjoy!

Free Benchmarking Study

Critically Important Financial Report
Available to All Survey Participants

NPOA has just launched a new survey on financial ratios. The 2014-2015 Financial Benchmarking Survey is being distributed free to more than 30,000 printers in the U.S. and Canada. The results of the study are expected to be published in early May, and they will be provided free to all participants who submit their survey form by the March 31, 2014 deadline. This survey and the resulting publication of the data is considered by many to be the most valuable document published in the printing industry. "Although the subject matter is not quite as 'sexy' and studies dealing with pricing, mailing services and sign-making, the results of this specific study, if analyzed carefully and implemented by an owner, can turn almost any firm from an 'also ran' into a true 'profit leader' in a very short period of time," explains NPOA Executive Director John Stewart. For further details go here.

FREE 2014 Conference Videos!

Conference Videos Available
Free to All NPOA Members!

Within the next nine weeks, NPOA will begin distributing FREE videos of all major presentations from our our highly successful Owners Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Available to All NPOA Members - Videos will be made available not only to 2014 conference attendees but also to all NPOA members who are current on their dues. Members who have allowed their dues to lapse will have to reapply for membership and pay the new dues of $335 recently approved by the NPOA Board.

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NPOA Link Center Expanded

Check-Out Expanded Links

Thanks to NPOA member David Doost, we have added some very useful links in our NPOA Link Center. Doost offers up some very good links for obtaining free, high quality photos, most of which require no credit, while others require minor credit or attribution to the photographer. Check them out!

Conference Attendance tops 140

NPOA Owners Conference Tops 140

Attendance at NPOA's 2nd Owners Conference, set for Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, in Fort Lauderdale, FL will top our 2013 New Orleans attendance numbers.

More than 140 registrants, speakers and vendors are expected to attend this information packed conference. The conference Program Agenda is packed with speakers addressing a variety of topics ranging from marketing challenges, keys to success, cornerstones of success and web-to-print basics. Other topics will include valuing a typical medium size printing firm, planning for retirement, healthcare and insurance, pricing large format plus various breakouts on web-to-print, mailing, and wide format.

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Larry Hunt Newsletters

Larry Hunt Newsletters Prove Valuable

"Many of us have touted the value of Larry Hunt's various newsletters for years," notes NPOA President Jace Prejean. "Larry saved me enough money on one purchase to subscribe to all of these newsletters for a lifetime." Prejean adds. (Download Sample PDFs Here)

"Since then," adds Prejean, "Dirck has saved me that much more many times over. I would never buy a color, b/w or wide-format printer without first getting his opinion. Plus, if you are a subscriber, he will review your proposals personally and tell you where it's strong and where it's weak."

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Your Preferences Regarding Future Conferences

NPOA Wants Your Input Regarding
Future Conference Site Selection

Whether or not you are planning on attending our upcoming Owners Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, we really need your input and feedback regarding future dates and locations for future meetings. We have prepared a very brief 9-question poll that should take you less than three minutes to complete. We would really appreciate your input. Take Our Survey Here! Please note that while the deadline is Jan. 23, 2014, completing it as early as possible will be a great help. Thanks so much.

Register Early for Owners Conference

Register Now - Time is Running Out!

Please don't delay your decision to register for this exciting conference until next month! The 2nd Annual NPOA Owners Conference, Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is expected to be a sell-out. This is your opportunity to get away from the cold weather (at least for a few days) and attend great seminars and rub shoulders with fellow printers. Read more here.

Conference Agenda Available Now

2014 Conference Agenda Packed
With Information-Packed Seminars

Beginning with an energy-packed presentation by YouTube sensation Warren Werbitt, and continuing throughout the next two days with seminars by popular speakers such as Larry Hunt, Mike Stevens, Jennifer Matt, James Harmon and David King, this program is guaranteed to leave you with dozens and dozens of ideas to take back to your firms for implementation in 2014. Check-out 2014 Agenda here.

NPOA Publishes PrintOwners Poll Results

Most PrintOwners Subscribers Check List Serv Daily

Most subscribers to the popular PrintOwners list serv check their email at least once a day, according to the latest results of a survey conducted by NPOA. However, the vast majority of subscribers only attempt to post 1-3 times per month or less, notes this just-released study. Approximately 186 PrintOwner list subscribers responded to our recent poll.

A large percentage of subscribers are self-described "old-timers" with approximately 50% of our survey respondents claiming they have been members of the list serv for more than six years. More than 95% of our survey participants said they would highly recommend the list to fellow printers, with the only reservation expressed by many that, "The volume of email traffic on the list serv can overwhelm some owners." You can download a PDF of this detail report by clicking here: PrintOwners User Poll.

NPOA Link Center

Members Only Link Center

NPOA Members can now take advantage of some valuable links provided by Scott Cappel, one of NPOA's founders and industry expert when it comes to social media and anything "tech" related. Scott has provided an initial set of 19 links and resources pertinent within our industry. Scott is the owner of Sorrento Mesa Printing in San Diego. We appreciate Scott's efforts in providing these links, and we encourage other NPOA members to submit links of their own. Feel free, when submitting a suggested link, to provide 1-3 sentences describing your link and why you consider this site valuable.

The NPOA Link Center can be accessed through the "Members-Only" portion of our web site.

Notice to Our Newest Members

User Names & Passwords

If you joined NPOA prior to Oct. 24, 2013 you should have received an email on Nov. 1, 2013 between 8-10 p.m. with the subject line: "Welcome to the new NPOA website!"

That email contained details about our new site and included a User Name and Temporary Password to enable you to log-in to the Members Only portion of our site. Please check your spam folders and folders containing recently deleted emails for this important message. If you cannot find your User Name or Temporary Password, please contact us at [email protected] or email NPOA's Director of Communications at [email protected].

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Discounts on Xerox Printers

Purchasing a Xerox Printer?
If so, remember you can now save 10-15% at the final configuration level when purchasing Xerox
Digital Color or Monochrome Printers. This offer is available only to NPOA members. Simply mention your NPOA membership to your Xerox Representative.

BLOG - NPOA Newest Members

NPOA Membership Reaches 344!

We want to welcome some of our newest members. Be sure to visit our Newest Member item on the main menu of our site. As printers join the association, they are added almost automatically to our Membership Map as well. Once again, you'll find that map on our Main Menu.

Wages Appear Stagnant Notes Study

Industry Wages Appear Stagnant

NPOA Offers Preview of New Wage Study

With the expected release of NPOA’s 2014-2015 Wage & Benefits Study less than three weeks away, we can already offer a preview of what this new study will reveal. 

Of the 19 key positions covered in this study, wages have either dropped or remained stagnant for 13 of these positions when compared to the wages reported in early 2012. With an overall “margin of error” of less than 1%, the drop or stagnation in wages is not a “fluke” or a reflection of differences in data bases, but rather a clear indication that, for whatever reason, owners have chosen to freeze wages during the past 26 months.

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Sales Per Employee Trending? [Unpublished]

Another Member's Only Benefit from NPOA...

Sales Per Employee is a Popular
Metric for Measuring Productivity

If you haven't had a chance to download your "Executive Summary" of NPOA's 2014-2015 Wage & Benefits Study do it today. The "Executive Summary" offers far more than just a teaser look at the full study. The summary is 42-pages in length and gives a good insight regarding trends in wages and benefits. One of the more interesting graphs in both the complete study as well as the summary, is a chart dealing with Sales Per Employee. This a popular metric that allow you to compare your firm's productivity against others. To calculate, simply divide gross annual sales by the total number of employees used to produce those sales - that would include all owners, partners and spouses whether they receive a paycheck or not. You should calculate your SPE at least every couple of months, and projecting two-months of sales out 12 months. Approximately 62% of all respondents to this recent survey reported SPEs of $130,000.