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Choosing the Right Magazine Printer: 6 Tips for Success

Do you have magazine printing queries on your mind? It’s good to have questions – after all it’s an innovative process. You might be having questions regarding the cost, benefits, and whether magazine printing services create value.

Now, there are thousands of printing businesses. Some are great, and others are mediocre. When there is too much competition, you need a guiding light to help you choose the best magazine printing service.

Here’s a quick post that sheds light on the subject, ‘Choosing the Right Magazine Printer – 6 tips for success. Dive in to find out.

#1 Comparing Equipment & Printers

Every printing company will have its set of printers and specialization. You must know that there are all kinds of printers available out there. It is advisable to check the printer’s quality. How do you find out? You can check the quality of magazines they have printed. Printing technology has improved over the years, and there are innumerable features. The technology that they possess should be aligned with your magazine’s objectives.

#2 Checking the company’s history and current standing

You need to dig deep and find out whether the company is a known one and has the expertise to do the job. Even if the company does not have a rich history – you should certainly check their level of expertise.

#3 You know your business. Act wise.

Nobody knows your publication better than you. If you have a certain number in your mind and it exceeds the 1000 range but does not go beyond 5000 copies, you do not want to contact a large printing company. Moreover, choose a niche printing company who understands your needs and vision.

#4 Ask as many questions

When you choose a magazine printing company, you are the consumer. Ask as many questions till you are 100% sure. Ask the potential printing service about paper recommendations. You could ask the following questions too:

  • Is paper’s color the most crucial factor?
  • What should the paper weight be?
  • Can you share some samples?
  • Can I get a test print on a paper of my liking?

You and the magazine printing company have to be a team. Work with them to find the best paper for your magazine.

#5 Online reputation of the magazine printing company

What is the online reputation like? Does the magazine printing company have enough reviews and ratings online? If yes, do a thorough research about what the existing clientele says about the magazine printing service provider.

#6 Are there any hidden charges?

Before you narrow down your choices, it is crucial to find out if there are any hidden charges. Some printing companies will hide certain fees or charges just to get you onboard. Before giving them a green light, ask about all the associated costs.

Magazine Printing is Serious Business

Content is important, but the look and feel of the magazine is equally crucial. The first impression is created by the look and feel of the magazine, so don’t overlook this detail.

Start researching and get in touch with magazine printers who have a clientele and can show some samples.

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