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The Substitute Sasquatch

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In the state of Washington, The Wide Format Company helps replace the Renton History Museum's stolen banner.

For museums, exhibit banners are a key part of getting the word out about their frequently changing exhibits and other events. In Renton, Washington, however, the Renton History Museum found out that a well-done banner can attract the wrong kind of attention as well.

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ISA Sign Design Competition Seeks Entries for 2012 Competition

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The deadline for entries is February 3.

The annual ISA Sign Design Competition is returning online and is open to any ISA member company for sign projects completed in 2011.

This year, the competition includes two new categories: Electronic Message Centers and Banner Signs and Vinyl Graphics. The two new categories join six others, including historic reproduction/restoration, wayfinding, freestanding and building signs. In addition, an overall winner will be named.

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Question Four - Social Media: A Virtual Storefront

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Ten print shops weigh-in on utilizing social media to market their businesses.

To see how social media works for those of us in the wide-format industry, we talked to 10 print shops who, through trial and error, have found a way to make their mark in the world of online marketing.

Each day over the next week, The Big Picture will post a new, critical question centered around the use of social media in the world of wide-format with invaluable answers from our panel.

Our Social-Media Panelists

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Question Three - Social Media: A Virtual Storefront

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Ten print shops weigh-in on utilizing social media to market their businesses.

To see how social media works for those of us in the wide-format industry, we talked to 10 print shops who, through trial and error, have found a way to make their mark in the world of online marketing.

Each day over the next week and a half, The Big Picture will post a new, critical question centered around the use of social media in the world of wide-format with invaluable answers from our panel.

Our Social-Media Panelists

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Question Two - Social Media: A Virtual Storefront

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Ten print shops weigh-in on utilizing social media to market their businesses.

To see how social media works for those of us in the wide-format industry, we talked to 10 print shops who, through trial and error, have found a way to make their mark in the world of online marketing.
Each day over the next week and a half, The Big Picture will post a new, critical question centered around the use of social media in the world of wide-format with invaluable answers from our panel.

Our Social-Media Panelist

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Social Media: A Virtual Storefront

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Ten print shops weigh-in on utilizing social media to market their businesses.

The old adage “you need to spend money to make money” has stood the test of time throughout the history of marketing. Price has always acted as the gatekeeper of exposure – if you didn’t have the big bucks to throw at advertising, the chances of your business succeeding were often slim to none.

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Imagine! Print Solutions to Acquire DigiGraphics

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"Our strategy is to develop a complementary set of companies to solve our customers' design, print, and distribution requirements.”

Imagine! Print Solutions, the Minneapolis-based large-format and commercial-printing company, has entered into a letter of intent to acquire DigiGraphics, Inc. also based in Minneapolis. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of January 2012.

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No Melting

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Ampco Grafix helps create 20 festive snowmen for the holiday Torontoland event.

Ampco Grafix worked with the SMAK agency to help create 20 festive snowmen for the holiday Torontoland event, sponsored by Tourism Toronto.

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Roland Extends Creative Awards Deadline

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The deadline is now January 29, 2012.

Roland has extended its Creative Awards contest deadline until January 29, 2012. To date, the contest has received more than 570 entries since its launch in September, 2011.

“This contest has truly been one of the highlights of the year for us,” said Rick Scrimger, Roland DGA vice president and general manager. “We are getting such a wide variety of entries, from wall murals to vehicle wraps and jewelry designs, and each entry is so imaginative. We invite everyone to visit the site and vote for their favorites.”

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Patrick Chapuis Appointed President and CEO of Océ North America

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He succeeds retiring Joseph Skrzypczak, effective in 2012.

Océ has announced that Patrick Chapuis has been appointed president and CEO of Océ North America effective January 1, 2012. Chapuis succeeds Joseph Skrzypczak, who has informed Océ of his intent to retire in 2012. Chapuis will also retain his current responsibilities as president of the Wide Format Printing Systems division of Océ North America.

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