Fifteen years ago, Matt Simms saw a need for quick, quality printing. He had a vision: to create a company that made customer service a top priority. He had to start small. Really small. He made use of the minimal resources available: a plastic chair, his laptop, the local Kinko’s and his own two feet. Most importantly, he used his humor and friendly demeanor to make connections. Now, Advocate Marketing & Print is home to the best equipment and ten passionate employees. At amp, we make the impossible, possible.
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Sad-looking business cards ruin an initial greeting faster than you can say “amp.” First impressions are critical, and you need a professional business card to boost your brand name. Let us help you find the best paper and printing options to make your name unforgettable. Our wide variety of materials and finishing options will undoubtedly make any print or graphic design nerds (like ourselves) happy as a clam.
There are four things you need to consider when purchasing and printing custom business cards. First, you need a design. We print custom-designed business cards, but we also have our own designer if you need help. Using an in-house designer is beneficial because he or she knows how a design will translate from the computer screen to the physical business card.
You will also need to decide on paper type, weight and finishing types. There are hundreds of different papers. Hundreds! If we don’t have it in shop, we will order it for you. Our standard types are uncoated, silk, gloss, felt, matte and linen. As for weight, our standard is 100-lb cover because it is thicker and more professional-looking. We can sandwich papers together for an ultra thick business card, which looks and feels amazing. It certainly leaves a good impression on the viewer.
Finally, we have many different finishing options, including embossing and debossing, foil stamping, UV coating, die cutting, folding and laminating. Die cutting is one of our favorites. We love die cuts so much that we created our own business cards in the shape of a hand that reads “Need help with your printing?” A die cut business card is one of the most underused and unique design tricks to make you, your card and your brand memorable. Check out our blog “Business Card How To” to learn more about other finishing options and business card tips.
Try us out! You won’t find more professional-looking business cards in all of Nashville.Request a Quote
Do you have a super, rad, awesome, graphic design idea but don’t know what to do with it? amp’s graphic designer, Mykie, can help you bring that idea to life! Whether you are starting a new business or just giving your old work a makeover, Mykie can take a large or small role in your project. We enjoy being a part of the journey to make you look good! Our designer has been with us for years and has tons of experience with large and small companies alike . Your competition winning all the local work with their cool visuals? Yep, I bet they use our graphic design.
You can find examples of our graphic design under the design tab on our site or by following us on amp’s social media channels. Mykie also designs all of our in-house marketing materials! If you receive anything with information about our company, you have your very own sample of his work. Another important aspect about our graphic design services: Mykie is always easy to reach, and you communicate directly with him. Additionally, if face-to-face conversation is the preferred method of contact, we will be happy to set up a meeting in the shop. FYI: He likes Red Bull and lollipops.Request a Quote
Need to pitch your idea, but didn’t get a chance to talk to everyone at the trade show? No sweat. Make a kick-ass brochure that does the selling for you. All you need to do is lie back and tell us what to do. It’s that easy.
We have ideas galore when it comes to creating impressive brand materials. Create brochures with multiple folds to display a variety of products and services in detail, or create bifold brochures to get right to the point. Create a gate fold to create anticipation for readers, or use a z-fold (6-panel) or accordion fold (8-panel) to produce a design that spans the entire sheet of paper. Are you constructing a map? There’s a brochure fold for that — appropriately called the “map fold.” French folds can also serve as a conducive fold for a map brochure. And last but not least — there’s the classic trifold. Always a winner! Jazz it up with a short-fold or making it more square.
Ask us for design tips, too. We have printed several brochures that were die cut in the shape of its company’s message. For example, an email marketing company created an iPhone die cut brochure to emphasize that phones are becoming a mobile email inbox. One customer was trying to convince out-of-state businesses to hold conferences in Nashville, so he created a brochure in the die cut shape of a CD. We can help you decide which type of paper to use, the thickness of the paper, and appropriate finishing techniques. Some customers would like foil stamping, while others want their brochure UV-coated. It all depends on the project. For more tips and design ideas on brochures, check out our blog.
Let’s make that initial point of contact to your customers a great one. We are ready when you are!Request a Quote
If there’s one thing we love, it’s banners. How better to say something than to have it printed in two-foot tall letters? A banner is great because it is an extremely cost-effective medium of advertising. It quickly grabs the attention of passersby with its size, color and illumination. It has a high repeat exposure, creating a cumulative impact on the viewer. It can be located inside near point-of-purchase to drive immediate sales. It is excellent for communicating short messages or simple concepts, and if a banner is placed outside, it has an audience 24 hours per day.
Forget about sales for a minute. Do you have an event and need everyone to know? A party banner is perfect for graduations, anniversaries, baby showers, family reunions, weddings and holiday parties. How about that birthday for Dad? We all know Dad likes news of his birthday spread across the entire neighborhood. A good party banner adds decoration and color to the occasion, and it can be saved as a keepsake to remember fun times. Some banners, such as holiday or birthday banners, can be used repeatedly!
Ask us about size, layout, materials and finishing options. We can print custom banners up to 5⅓′x150 ′ in size, and we love creating cutouts or die cuts. You don’t need a wide-format banner, and we certainly print mini banners, but we think large-format is more fun! We have several materials that we can use, but our two most popular are matte or gloss vinyl banners. These types of banners are waterproof, so they can be used indoor or outdoor. They have a great sheen, making the colors and design pop. If you’re expecting harsh weather conditions and would like an outdoor banner, we can use mesh vinyl to allow rain, wind or snow to pass through the banner instead of tearing it. Don’t have enough wall space for a banner? We create cool stand-up banners, as well.Request a Quote
Die cutting — we don’t know why cutting things into shapes makes people happy; we just know that it does. What better way to stand out from the competition than with a die cut business card or brochure? It will create a lingering impression on your viewers and make your brand more memorable. If you own a coffee shop, why not make a die cut business card of a cup of joe? Or if you’re a dentist, how about a die cut business card of a tooth? Or toothbrush? And you know pediatricians and librarians will want a die cut wall cling of a giraffe for the children. Even simple die cuts, such as rounded-corner business cards, can significantly increase your brand’s appearance. For one thing — round corners eliminate the chance of paper cuts!
We have many options when it comes to die lines. We can cut small shapes on our 1971 Heidelberg Windmill letterpress or HUGE contour cutouts on our Colex Flatbed Router. We can make the cutouts as large as 4′x8′! And we’re not just talking paper canvases here — amp has the capability to cut foam, Gator Board, wood, acrylic and aluminum into the shape that makes you the happiest. Our VUTEk machine can cut any rigid material up to 2-inches thick. For our letterpress, we have hundreds of ready-made dies, which cut down on cost. Most of our in-house dies can be found here in our blog. If you don’t see something you like, we can create a new die line just for you. Turnaround time is as quick as a couple days.
Some examples of cutouts we have done are hands, animals, name badges, santa beards and even a Veggie Tale character! If your mind can think it, we can make it a reality. For more die cut visuals, check out our Pinterest.Request a Quote
Ready to close that big deal? Make an impression with custom pocket folders, a professional yet functional printing choice. Make it original with foil stamping, embossing, die cutting or textured coating. Add a business card slot for a media kit or new customer packet. We have dies (or templates) of several variations of the standard 9″x12″ pocket folder, as well as some pocket folder dies with vertical sleeves. We have one-pocket dies, two-pocket dies, landscape pocket folder dies, two-slit business card slot dies, four-slit business card slot dies, two-business-card slots dies, one-business-card slot dies… the list goes on. You can see images of our dies on our blog post “die cuts: amp’s die inventory.” If we don’t have a die of what you’re looking for, we can design and create one customized to your liking. Want a pocket folder with a special shape at that top? We can do that.
Once you have a pocket folder die line selected, you can start selecting finishing options. Most people want a coated or uncoated paper option, and we occasionally have requests for lamination, such as soft-touch. If you want your employees or customers to never lose their pocket folders, add a soft-touch laminate!
A branded pocket folder can be the perfect introduction to what your company has to offer. If you have no idea what any of this means, but you want a good end result — chat with our in-house graphic designer. He will be happy to explain the process, work with your ideas and create a remarkable outcome.Request a Quote
Are you throwing a party? Are we invited? Why not? We’ll bring the drinks! At least let us create the perfect invites for little Tommy’s first birthday party. I know he wants the best paper and those perfectly pointed flap envelopes. All kids do, right? All kidding aside, we do print some fabulous-looking invites and customized envelopes. Give us a shout, and we will create invites that will stay up on your guests’ refrigerators long after little Tommy’s bumpin’ party.
Choose from a variety of paper colors and textures. Feel free to stop by the shop to see the paper and design options in person. We encourage you to get your hands on the project; you’ll want invitations and envelopes that make a lasting visual impression AND one that feels high quality! Add embossing, foil stamping or soft-touch lamination for that extra-special touch. Not sure what kind of design you’d like? Our graphic designer can give you suggestions, make small edits or take on your whole project. We can create variable data envelopes, stamp and mail your invitations if you are too busy. Take another task off your hands, and let us do the extra work.
If you’re nervous or have questions about anything, our customer service representatives will help you every step of the way. We know creating invites may involve tweaks and printing samples until it looks perfect. Our staff is is experienced in this process and will make the necessary changes until you are completely happy with the end product.Request a Quote
The shining star for any company is a product booklet. These tiny books or magazines are an advertising and promotional staple. Jazz up conference halls, offices and waiting rooms with booklets broadcasting your company information, history, products, services and values in a concise and visually appealing manner. Need to promote your new special offers? Booklets can boost your sales. Need to connect with your customers, earn loyalty and establish trust? You can do all of the above by solving your clients’ problems, offering advice and engaging your target audience through a booklet.
We have been helping our customers create the most eye-catching, creative booklets for years. Along this journey, we have picked up a few tricks that will make you look the best in your trade. Want your booklet die cut? How about in the shape of your company logo? No problem. Want it coated for protection and shine? Done.
Binding options are where the cat really starts meowing. Our four most popular methods include saddle stitch (saddle staples), coil, wire-o and perfect binding. Other options include center sewn, side sewn, plastic binding, screw binding, tape binding and, heck, even carabiner binding! Bring us what you currently use, and let us gussie it up. We help you find the most appropriate binding methods for your project, and we also make sure you stay within your budget. Advice is free, but be warned: the boss man is long-winded and talks tractors more than print. The southern sayings in this paragraph should have tipped you off!Request a Quote
Similar to indoor architectural graphics, outside pavement and window graphics are cost-effective methods of advertising and invoking passersby curiosity. As opposed to traditional advertising, architectural graphics are instant, inexpensive and flexible. They create repeated brand exposures, the cumulative effect of which increases brand recognition more so than isolated advertising techniques. Along with a normal cling, we can print vinyl window stickers that add dimension and texture. Ask us about our other substrates for a more unique branded adhesive.In addition to architectural graphics, adhesives can brand furniture, cars and normal household or office items, such as a calculator. We have customized coolers, chairs, coasters and mouse pads in the past, to name a few. With a quality sticker, any item can be branded! Request a Quote