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e-NewsLetter Volume 16 Issue 17
Tuesday September 1, 2015

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In this issue:


Product Showcases


The 2015 SGIA Expo in Atlanta, Georgia November 4–6
Offering qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the markets and opportunities. This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.
Read on...


Pro Vehicle Outlines 2015 from CADlink
Over 860 new and updated templates included! More than 9860 templates in all make it the largest vehicle template library of its kind. FREE 12 month online subscription included with all Pro packages. Same great after sales support. Special upgrade pricing. Click for more.
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Smoldering New Colors from 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080
Stop car enthusiast in their tracks. Eight new colors, including Satin Smoldering Red and Matte Riviera Blue, bring the 3M collection to 83 colors and finishes. This high-performance film needs no printing or overlaminate, so it’s ready to use right out of the box. See colors and get samples online.
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EstiMate Sign Pricing Software: Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy
Get the tools you need to determine what you need to make in order to cover your costs and achieve your profit goals, then making sure every single job is priced to meet your target – all the while giving you professional printed, faxed or emailed estimates that you can have in your customer's hand literally minutes after getting the job specs. Click for more info.
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NEW Suite of 3M Envision Wrap Films -- High performance plus sustainability
The world’s first non-PVC, high-performing wrap film just got better. The new suite of 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films offers 100% printer compatibility and includes the only non-PVC luster wrap overlaminate on the market. Welcome to the Revolution. Click above for details & samples.
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The Simple Way to Create a Digital Message - modular e Digital Signage Software
modular e is a web-administered digital sign application that is easy to implement and use. No servers, no IT support, and no graphic designers are needed to deliver professional results. Choose from industry specific templates and customize your signs with modular e ACTIVE MODULES. modular e is cost effective for one display or thousands.
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Pay 'Em Big

    "I'm the first to admit this whole salary thing is getting out of control. In the final analysis, it's still about the work."
      --- Jim Carrey

Paying an employee for a job well done doesn't seem like it should be so complicated. The guy or girl performs a task, does well on the task, and is rewarded for doing so. Unfortunately, we've made it complicated by basing salaries on what the going rate is or what the market dictates. Of course, it is good to know what the competition is paying in order to keep good employees, but it appears we've lost sight of why we are paying an employee.

I still believe that if the person doesn't work, they don't eat. In other words, we shouldn't be paying an employee who is not doing their job. Although this sounds obvious, there are countless companies keeping deadbeat employees on the books for fear of firing them. But on the other hand, there are a lot of great employees not getting paid what they should.

    "The more they applaud, the bigger your salary will be."
      --- Anna Held

There are really three basic rules for small businesses when it comes to salaries. First, the business that attracts great talent should handsomely reward that talent. If an employee is top-notch, cream-of-the-crop, they should be paid very well. This keeps the employee from wanting and looking elsewhere and he or she tends to pay back the great reward with loyalty.

    "I just believe that the way that young people's minds develop is fascinating. If you are doing something for a grade or salary or a reward, it doesn't have as much meaning as creating something for yourself and your own life."
      --- Steve Wozniak

Second, encourage innovation and creativity with regular additional rewards such as bonuses, merit pay, raises, and gifts. I know of a professor who tells his students on day one that they all have already received an "A" in the class. He does this so they relax and can now focus on learning as opposed to chasing the grade.

The holds true for salaries. Give it out first and then keep giving. Your team members won't have to work harder to get more money. They can now work smarter out of loyalty to propel the business forward.

    "Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved."
      --- Theodore Roosevelt

Thirdly, don't schedule regular performance reviews. Instead, coach your employees daily, weekly, and monthly and as a team figure out what will make the business better. As you see a team member doing something extraordinary, reward them. Increase their salary a notch or two and reinforce what performance is expected. Regularly scheduled performance reviews like 90-day and annual ones allow too much time to go by without rewarding or correcting a course. Be generous with your salary increases and do it frequently.

    "Sure, sometimes guys pass you up in salary, and maybe it's a lesser player, but it's all based on what a team has as far as value in that person."
      --- Brett Favre


Advertiser - 2015 SGIA Expo
2015 SGIA Expo

The 2015 SGIA Expo (Atlanta; November 4–6) will offer qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the hottest markets and the hottest opportunities. (And we’re not talking about the weather.) This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.

For more info, visit:
http://www.sgiaexpo.org


Feature Articles

Coherent Laser Machine Tools Speed Sign Cutting

A look under the hood at Intersign producing letters for signs such as those found in the interiors of hotels, office building and hospitals, which are compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with CO2 lasers.
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Advertiser - 2015 SGIA Expo
2015 SGIA Expo

The 2015 SGIA Expo (Atlanta; November 4–6) will offer qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the hottest markets and the hottest opportunities. (And we’re not talking about the weather.) This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.

For more info, visit:
http://www.sgiaexpo.org

Funny Signs

As seen on veterinarian office sign:

    "Our Vets Love Your Pets… We Shih Tzu Not!"

Sign from a Dentist's office:

    "Pain Free. Any other services, we charge"

Biggs Septic Tank Service (near Nashville Tennessee):

    "Call Monday thru Friday. Sorry, we haul milk on weekends"

We need those funny signs you've seen in your travels, come on, we know they're out there.
Send them to us at: info@signindustry.com.


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