Johannesburg, 19 Oct 2023
In the digital age, sending or delivering a direct piece of marketing the old-fashioned way can have surprising impact. Standing out from the crowd is harder than ever, and savvy businesses are combining physical and digital in their overall marketing strategy.
“When targeting millennials and Gen Z, for whom receiving physical information is a novelty, an attractive physical, personalised document creates a lasting impression,” says Heidie-Mari Middel, Production Specialist at Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.
Inkjet production printers like Kyocera’s TASKalfa Pro 15000C make it possible to either do a low run of personalised marketing or a mass distribution of physical printed materials.
Here are five factors to consider when looking to inkjet to increase direct marketing productivity and quality:
1. Flexible workflows: Consumer habits continue to evolve and print providers must be adaptable. Single-function devices often force companies to outsource jobs – reducing profit margins – or risk losing business. With outstanding versatility across different paper types, the TASKalfa Pro 15000C has game-changing flexibility.
The device excels at printing personalised content, making it ideal for variable data printing (VDP) in both transactional and trans-promotional marketing. Users can customise each piece of direct marketing with recipient-specific information, such as names, addresses and personalised offers, improving response rates and customer engagement.
2. Consistent quality: Kyocera’s inkjet device produces vibrant and attractive brochures, posters and other material for short and heavy runs. In these uncertain times, peace of mind is priceless. A drop in quality leads to second or third versions of a job – productivity and profitability suffer as a result. With the TASKalfa Pro 15000C, users can consistently hit G7 colour targets on offset uncoated stock.
3. Efficient finishing: There’s no point producing top-quality output in a flash if it can’t get to the customer quickly. Kyocera’s inkjet device has a dual paper path and a highly efficient instant air-drying unit that makes flat printed output sheets ready to go straight to finishing.
A high-capacity stacker and features such as hole punching, booklet maker and staple functions speed up delivery to customers
4. A reliable inkjet printer: On top of productivity, printer downtime disrupts workflows, deadlines are missed and business is lost. Reliable machines are the foundation on which business growth is built.
Kyocera’s press has a projected duty cycle of 1 million A4 pages per month. In practice, print shops are running at twice that number, with more than 96% uptime.
With fewer moving parts and superior technology, paper jams are drastically reduced and paper edges remain smooth throughout. With maximum uptime, Kyocera’s inkjet printer allows print professionals and in-house marketing professionals to exceed customer expectations.
5. Sustainability helps productivity: Sustainable organisations are more productive and resourceful because they do more with less. Kyocera’s TASKalfa Pro 15000c prints at a much lower temperature than its toner counterparts; this low energy consumption reduces overheads and company carbon footprint for more sustainable operations. The press runs on standard 220 Volt power, simplifying installation and reduces energy consumption significantly. Cost savings free up cash that can be used to create value in other areas of the business.
“A device that allows for the unique benefits of direct marketing to be combined with the convenience and interactivity of the online world, drives engagement with your brand,” says Middel. “With short consumer attention spans, getting engaging material in front of people is key. We don’t get a second chance to make a strong first impression.”
Kyocera’s cut sheet digital inkjet printer
The commercial printing market has traditionally been split into two categories: expensive offset printers and large-size inkjet printers for commercial printing applications typically involving large print runs of identical content, such as magazines and flyers, and inexpensive toner printers for smaller, custom print runs, where total monthly print volumes are relatively modest. Enter Kyocera’s TASKalfa Pro 15000c, a cut sheet digital inkjet printer, which fits neatly between these two categories by providing high-productivity performance at an entry-level price.
The TASKalfa Pro 15000c prints up to 150 A4 pages per minute for up to an hour without pausing and boasts excellent image quality, thanks to the unique water-based pigment inks developed exclusively by Kyocera. Digital printers support variable printing since physical plates are not used, thereby allowing a much greater degree of flexibility. Digital printers do not require special skills or qualifications to operate, which reduces labor costs for greater efficiency and productivity. By leveraging the technological assets and resources of the Kyocera Group, a high-productivity, cut sheet digital inkjet printer at a surprisingly low purchase price is on offer.
Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa
Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa is a group company of Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. , a global leading provider of total document solutions based in Osaka, Japan. The company’s portfolio includes reliable and eco-friendly MFPs and printers, as well as business applications and consultative services which enable customers to optimise and manage their document workflow, reaching new heights of efficiency. With professional expertise and a culture of empathetic partnership, the objective of the company is to help organisations put knowledge to work to drive change.
For further information visit www.kyoceradocumentsolutions.co.za
KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc
Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. is a group company of Kyocera Corporation (Kyocera), a leading supplier of semiconductor packages, industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, smart energy systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2022, the Kyocera Group’s consolidated sales revenue totalled 1.8 trillion yen (approx. US$15.1 billion). Kyocera is ranked #603 on Forbes magazine’s 2021 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies, and has been named by The Wall Street Journal among “The World’s 100 Most Sustainably Managed Companies.”