Category: Technology

Brain Learning Mind

People learn in a variety of different ways, whether through listening to instructions or working in a team. Delivering content that works for a spectrum of different learners can be difficult, but there are ways to make the material easily digestible.

Lou Russell, the Director of Learning at Russell Martin & Associates, gave us some tips on how to appeal to many types of learners online in our on-demand webinar, How to Deliver Valuable E-ContentBelow are three of the most important tips that Lou shared with us:

1. “Weird Wins in Learning”

Don’t be afraid to get weird, Lou says! Making students laugh or having a quirky method of remembering something helps students connect with the material more easily and sticks better in their mind. It wakes people up, and, most of all, makes them want to keep attending if they have a great time.

Multiple Intelligences Assessment

2. Integrate 3 – 4 Learning Styles

Every learner has three to four primary intelligences. There are eight in total, (seven shown above). It can seem daunting to attempt to use three to four of these in every class, but Lou shows it’s not as difficult as one would think. Starting a lesson with energising music is a great way to pump up learners and get them excited for the lesson. Playing music with a slower tempo — called the Mozart Effect — facilitates concentration. Additionally, appealing to kinaesthetic learners doesn’t mean having everyone do jumping jacks or click on the screen. Kinaesthetic doesn’t just mean movement, it also means emotion. Like in the tip before, making the lesson weird and funny engages kinaesthetic learners.

3. It’s Not About You

The most important thing to remember, Lou says, is that the lesson isn’t about you. It’s about reaching your learners. Create a safe and fun learning environment and they’ll be sure to retain a lot and enjoy their time in your classroom.

[Webinar] How to Deliver Valuable e-Content 

Learn how to better manage your classroom and more from Lou Russell by listening to the on-demand version here.

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Web to Print

The relationship between a printer and client is one of legend. How does technology play into that story?

 

“Technology does not replace the relationship between printer and client; it provides opportunity to strengthen it.”

 

Learn how Web2Print technology continues to shape the future of the graphics industry, with Heath Cajandig’s recent thought leadership piece published in In-Plant Graphics Magazine (IPG, March 2018 Issue) here:

Don’t Need Web-to-Print? You’re Doomed

 

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The average person sees upwards of 10,000 ads per day, switches screens 21 times, and, though debated, seems to have an ever-decreasing attention span. However, the more technology is integrated into our lives, the easier it has become to ignore it.

The ever-polarising Millennials are the first generation to have grown up with an integrated internet presence. Millennials are some of the most technologically savvy people, but they prefer to spend their time online talking with friends and family.

As Millennials unplug from the digital advertising world, advertisers have to get increasingly creative. Millennials want an emotional connection with a product, which is difficult to do through a phone or computer screen. Additionally, with the rise of clickbait and ad-blocking applications, Millennials have a natural distrust towards online marketing. They want to be engaged and feel a personal connection with advertisers, something that is directly reflected in the fiscal and technological age that they grew up in.

Despite the distrust, Millennials increasingly prefer printed material, such as books. In that same vein, 82% of Millennials read direct mail, and 54% of them look forward to receiving hard-copy catalogues. A generation of individuals that were taught to be careful on the internet has continued to turn towards print for their information.

As newspaper subscriptions rise with young people, so does the impact of print advertising and media. Millennials feel a gap between themselves and formal institutions that they typically don’t feel with the news. One of the best ways to reach Millennials is in an avenue that they feel comfortable in, which is increasingly print news.

While this is certainly good for the eyes, it is also great for industries that have felt a hit after the rise of digital. As Millennials grow up and became one of the largest consumer groups, it’s important now more than ever to keep print around.

Trends always seem to re-surge every few decades; as print joins the list of industries popular with Millennials, it’ll be interesting to see what else they resurrect.

 

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Creative content can survive

With instructional design and content creation, digital templates vie as an appealing content distribution opportunity. This is even more the case when you are unsure of what foot to put forward in your L&D material design. While it’s true that templates yield many benefits, they also kill one of the most critical values in your L&D content: creativity.

In truth, templates aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. What usually attracts L&D professionals to templates also usually drives them away. With their rigidity, impersonal touches, lacklustre graphics, and style limitations, templates can often be more of a burden than a resource. Using Dr. Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints, we identified some creative constraints in using templates. The Theory of Constraints states that every system, no matter how well it performs, has at least one constraint that limits its performance. Although Dr. Goldratt’s theory is intended to improve upon lean manufacturing, we took the liberty to break down some of these digital template constraints and provided advice on how you can restructure your L&D strategies to better improve on your creative output.

Break Past Impersonal Barriers

One of the more obvious drawbacks of using a digital template is that it is inherently limited. With a template, you can never truly customise its style, flow, or design elements to be akin to your own. Ironically, L&D professionals are often first attracted to the idea of using templates for their training documents because of a template’s design, but they soon become trapped by it. A template is, as Learning Solutions Mag defines, merely the separation of content and design elements. It is this separation that can poise your content to miss its mark. A template is not exclusive, nor is it unique. Your choices are limited when it comes to fonts, colours, content format, and length. Limitations on customisation are often so impersonal that your learners will most likely not want to interact with it. It’s the same song and dance they’ve done before.

Staring at a blank page in the instructional design process can be intimidating. To overcome this, use the perimeters of a template as your muse or starting point. Capitalise on what benefits content in the template’s design, but define its limitations and how you can work past them. Always remember that a template’s boundaries will end up confining your content and stifling creativity – so establish your own.

Create Content Under a Flexible System

Ultimately, when you decide to use templates, you end up paying a price on your content. If you thought importing content was a struggle, most templates aren’t smooth when it comes to exporting content. When you decide to export your content from a digital template, the software will most likely spit it back at you in an HTML format that jumbles the order of the original content. You’ll have to revisit each piece of content, disassembling the HTML and restructuring the content to its intended syntax. This becomes especially problematic when you face a tight deadline.

It’s also how people become stuck in the template cycle. Even if they know that the template structure isn’t working and it is stifling their creative outlets or even hurting learners, the challenge of transitioning the content out of its digital template is sometimes too much for busy L&D professionals. Not only will you be doing a disservice to your learners, but you’ll find that your motives for creativity will be shot. It may seem trivial, but the best way to survive a template is not to use one. If you’ve worked with templates successfully, how did you ensure that your creativity survived?

Look for Better Graphic Alternatives

Graphics are a big selling point for digital templates. If you have a lack of confidence or experience in graphic and layout design, templates can be very influential when planning your L&D strategies. After all, the idea of being able to simply drag and drop images right into your training collateral seems like an easy enough action. Yet, templates often lack high-quality graphic design. Digital templates are not designed under the direction of one-size-fits-all – instead, they are designed for high use by the masses. Image optimisation requires skills.

Since templates aren’t made for individual needs, they often result in poor graphic quality and usually demand strict picture parameters. Even if you learn to crop and edit your images, these same images will have to be updated repeatedly over time. If you choose to use the graphics in the template by default, you run the high risk of completely disengaging with your learners. As eLearning Industry points out, pre-made graphics and templates can cause learners to become disinterested in part by overused graphics and images. Additionally, pre-made graphics are likely irrelevant to your unique L&D content. Try to hack your way through graphic design with design sites like Canva. You can size and create images that pertain to your content. Canva also provides a platform for you to update your images as needed, downloading and saving as you go.

 

Digital templates can be restricting

Don’t Lock Your Content Behind Template Building Blocks

Most digital templates are designed to keep you in the cycle of using them. While templates are marketed for their ease-of-use, L&D professionals are often left to connect the dots when it comes to template account management. It’s abundantly clear that L&D initiatives are not at the forethought of a template’s design, neglecting the necessity for automated content updates. With templates, content updates that were once simple are now complex. L&D professionals are more inhibited in creating new content if the means of implementing it is too troublesome. Without easy editing capabilities, your document will become more stale and comprised as time goes on.

A template’s rigid nature results in difficult content updates, but it also sets your learners up for failure. The majority of digital templates lack annotation capabilities. This absence can make life more difficult for everyone involved. Without annotations, you can’t track content engagement. Without tracking, how can you render what content is effective? If you can’t measure content effectiveness, how do you know which content you should focus on creating more of? It’s this lacklustre quality and cookie-cutter design that works against your learners’ creativity. This sets up a learning curve not only for your learners, but also creates a blind spot in your content analytics. Choose a platform that allows you to customise as you go based on the value learners provide in their annotations.

 

Top 10 Things to Consider When Delivering Training Content Digitally

Free L&D Toolkit: Top 10 Things to Consider When Delivering Training Digitally

Whether you’re struggling to reach more mobile learners, keep the ones in front of you engaged, or start an entire digital training program from scratch, this toolkit will help.

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8 of the Best TED Talks Every Professional Should Watch

There’s a lot of content out there, but how much of it is valuable to you and your career goals? TED Talks is a great source of inspiration, with over 2,400 talk tracks to choose from. We took the time to create a list of 8 of the best TED Talks that every professional should consider watching.

These videos can broaden your knowledge and change the way you apply yourself, no matter if you work in an office, freelance, are applying for a new role, or lead a team.

Some of these TED Talks are long, but they’re worth taking the time to watch. If you don’t have the time now, bookmark or save this page for later!  

1. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Watch: 14 minutes, 3 seconds

Are we all procrastinators? You may not agree. Yet Tim Urban, co-founder and author of Wait But Why, explains how everyone has tendencies to procrastinate.

Funny and inspiring, this TED Talk uses stick figures to illustrate the process of procrastination within the mind.

Urban investigates two types of procrastination. One can lead to achievement, while the other is the source of long-term frustrations. The latter type has extended effects that can be detrimental to a person’s self-perception and career.

2. Your body language shapes who you are

Watch: 21 minutes, 2 seconds

Amy Cuddy, American social psychologist, author, and lecturer, delivers a captivating talk on the power of body language. Cuddy’s research shows that non-verbal communication governs how we think and feel about ourselves and how body language alters other people’s perception of our confidence.

Science shows that our body language can change our mind; in turn, this affects our behaviours, and ultimately changes outcomes.

So, fake it ’til you make it? Not quite.

This is a must watch for anyone looking to advance their career.

3. 10 top time-saving tech tips

Watch: 5 minutes, 44 seconds

The content of this talk track is solely for practicality. These tips help to save you time through shortcuts you may not have known even existed. Time is something you can never get back, making this one of the best TED Talks to watch.

While there are a lot of apps you can download to save time, there are plenty of shortcuts you can apply to everyday technology. For instance, try hitting the spacebar to scroll quickly down a webpage.

Listen to the technology columnist David Pogue for his other top time-saving tech tips. These shortcuts will help you gain back precious time!

4. Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed

Watch:  18 minutes, 18, seconds

Roman Mars, radio show and podcast host, delivers a riveting talk about vexillology — the study of flags. Why? Mars explains the importance of flag design:

“What I love about flags is that once you understand the design of flags, what makes a good flag, what makes a bad flag, you can understand the design of almost anything.”  

In short, the North American Vexillological Association outlines the 5 design principles of good flags:

  1. Keep it simple. A flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
  2. Use meaningful symbolism.
  3. Use 2-3 basic colours
  4. No lettering or seals. Never use writing of any kind.
  5. Be distinctive.

Brace yourself for some of the worst violators of these principles. Yet, during Mars’ talk you’ll learn how successful design inspires those around you.

5. How great leaders inspire action

Watch:  18 minutes, 4 seconds

With over 31 million views, Simon Sinek’s TED Talk delivers a powerful message on how great leaders inspire action. Sinek, a motivational speaker and marketing consultant, maps a simple “golden circle:” What? How? Why?

The circle can be applied to organisations and leadership. What do you do? How do you do it? Why do you do it?

The last question is what spurs inspiration. The why statement is the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires leaders to do what they do.

Mapping consumer decision-making to neuroscience, Sinek shows the biological causes of behaviors and responses; in particular, the impacts of belief on decision-making.

6. Your brain on video games

Watch:  17 minutes, 57 seconds

Whether you’re a gamer or not, this fascinating TED Talk compares the neurological effects of regularly playing video games. Neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier directly measures the impact of video games on the brain.

The results of Bavelier’s research are surprising.

For example, brain imaging shows that action video game players have a larger attention span. Further, regularly playing action video games has even greater impacts. They’ve been shown to improve vision and improve learning performance. Discover how action video games can positively alter brain plasticity.

7. The surprising habits of original thinkers

Watch:  15 minutes, 25 seconds

New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant is an expert on “originals.” Grant defines originals as non-conformists; people who not only have new ideas, but take action to champion them.

Through his studies, Grant has discovered that original thinkers don’t have to be the first – they just have to be different. Further, he finds power in procrastination:  

“Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity.”

You’ll leave this talk understanding how to apply original thought to succeed, and you’ll be slower to dismiss other people’s “bad” ideas.

 

8. Tales of creativity and play

Watch:  27 minutes, 58 seconds

Beach volleyball courts. Wooden huts and decorated caves. A fireman’s pole and giant slides. Imagine all these fun objects… in your office.

IDEO, Pixar, and Google mix play with work. But what are the benefits?

There are a series of behaviours that kids learn through play that can be applied to design: exploration, building, and roleplaying.  

Tim Brown, CEO of the innovation and design firm IDEO, explains how playful exploration can spur creativity. Brown, who is also an expert on design thinking, summarises how roleplay in design establishes empathy and can prototype experiences.

Take the time to listen to this interactive talk. You’ll learn how to apply rules to brainstorming and establish productive playtime through negotiation.

Here Is Our List of the Best CRMs

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is critical to an organisation’s success. A CRM gives you a clear look at the future of your business by showing up-to-the-minute dashboards of leads, opportunities, pipeline status, closed deals, and more. Here is a closer look at several of the best CRMs to give you a better idea which one is right for you.

Salesforce

Salesforce is far and away the world leader among CRM brands, garnering 19.7 percent of total market share worldwide, with SAP coming in second at 10.2 percent. As one of the first companies offering cloud-based CRM solutions to market, Salesforce allows you to access data from the office and on the road. Salesforce is a powerful, full-featured package that helps you generate leads, close sales, and increase profits. It includes full contact management, opportunity management, lead generation, collaboration features, workflow automation, and sales forecasting tools in one comprehensive dashboard.

SAP

While SAP has only entered the CRM market in the last few years, their strong presence in enterprise computing paved the way to the number two spot in global market share behind Salesforce. Their existing customer relationships also allows SAP to tie their CRM solution seamlessly end-to-end with their well-regarded Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Give SAP strong consideration if you are already a customer.

HubSpot

Better known for their inbound marketing solutions, HubSpot also has a surprisingly robust CRM product. Even better, it is free for small businesses. It tracks customer interactions in real-time across the marketing spectrum, including telephone calls, website visits, emails, and social media. You can add up to one million contacts, more than enough for most businesses. It syncs nicely with Outlook, Gmail, or HubSpot’s main sales product to log every contact detail.

The Best CRMs will Keep You Out of the RedInsightly

If you are operating a small business with only a few employees, Insightly offers a low-cost solution that scales easily as your business grows. A free plan gets you started with a basic application, while the monthly fee is affordable and provides full functionality. Insightly is known for its ease of use and tight integration with Google Docs. It also automatically pulls social media information for each contact, making it easy to track social interactions.

Choosing the right CRM takes some careful evaluation, planning, and testing of different platforms. Review each of these products to see which one best meets the needs of your business.

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These Lean Manufacturing Principles Can Be Applied to More than Production
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy implemented because of the value it creates.
Major manufacturers use lean manufacturing to improve efficiency, eliminate waste, provide higher value to customers, and improve employee morale. But what is lean? In this blog post, we look at the five key lean manufacturing principles and their benefits to both manufacturers and customers.

What is Lean Manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing is a series of applied processes and tools that eliminate waste from production. Improved efficiency, effectiveness, and even profitability are all byproducts of lean manufacturing.

Further, lean manufacturing is an adaptation of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and its 4 principles. At its core is waste elimination and continuous improvement.

Five Key Lean Manufacturing Principles

1. Specify Value
What do your customers value? Value goes hand-in-hand with what customers are willing to pay for a product. When thinking lean, identify what drives value for your specific customers. Questions to assess value include:  What problems does my product offering solve? What specific product features are my customers looking to pay for?

Always be sure to determine value from the customer perspective (not yours!) and by product family. Lean Manufacturing Tools states that a product or service is only valued for just 5 percent of time. In Lean Manufacturing Tools’ article on lean thinking, the author continues:

“The rest of the time we spend in wasteful pursuits; we are waiting, reworking, transporting, moving and a host of other wasteful things that the customer does not consider to be something that they should pay for.”

2. Identify the Value Stream
Any processes and materials necessary to deliver a product to customers make up value streams. Lean thinkers map value streams to analyse delays, inefficiencies, and production limitations as well as value-creating steps.

Any steps that don’t create value should be eliminated. Flagged process steps that create no value due to technology or manufacturing limitations become opportunities for improvement.

3. Establish Flow
Once value-creating steps have been identified, they should occur in sequence. Flow ensures smooth progression from production’s start to the finished product delivered to the customer. This lean manufacturing principle ensures the product will flow smoothly to your customers. The goal in creating value stream flow is having continuous, synchronised production.

4. Pull Value
Lean manufacturing principles are core to eliminating excess waste. Establishing pull is no different. Once flow is introduced, customers will begin to pull value from the next upstream activity. Pull creates a just-in-time or on-demand model. Ideally, production does not begin until customer orders are received. Pull eliminates work-in-progress inventory and waste from incorrect production forecasts.

5. Strive for Perfection
The final lean manufacturing principle is seeking perfection. Lean thinkers look for opportunities of improvement in each part of the value stream. Identify and remove root causes of issues from your production processes to target perfection. This principle is a group effort and requires everyone to drive it – from the production floor to the C-suite.

Remember: when going lean, you’re always pursuing perfection!

Applying Lean Manufacturing Principles Continues ImprovementOther Benefits of Lean

When it comes to lean, manufacturers aren’t the only ones to benefit. Lean manufacturing eliminates practices that don’t add value to customers. In ASME’s article, 5 Lean Principles Every Engineer Should Know, contributor Mark Crawford writes that lean isn’t pigeon-holed to manufacturing. Crawford suggests applying lean thinking to improve team efficiency, inventory management, and client interaction.

Additionally, lean drives higher quality and increases customer satisfaction. “When waste is removed from customer service processes, delays, inconvenience, mistakes, and costs also are eliminated,” summarises CompuData Inc.

Likewise, lean principles are applicable to workforce management. Lean manufacturing is made up of key principles. Lean manufacturing removes defective machinery and equipment. As a result, lean increases workplace safety by lessening the possibility of machine breakdown.

 

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David Uyttendaele, Co-Founder & CTO
Mimeo.com

Writing the first sentence on a blank page can often be the most challenging, as is starting anything from scratch. To the print industry, the Internet was that blank page in the 1990s. Naturally, we took the initiative to create a virtual printer connected to the Internet that anyone could use. It was called Easy Copy (now Mimeo).

Mimeo Ezviewer Patent

Ezviewer patent, filed in 1999, enabled users to see the first real-time proof of a printed document online, complete with binding and finishing. A separate patent was created to run the print service through this website.

At that time, as enterprise businesses were fully implementing the Internet throughout their remaining divisions, the print industry reacted by trying to mold themselves around this revolution. The antiquated workflows and production facilities of existing printers, however, were not ready for this shift. Mimeo disrupted the industry because we were not just another printer scrambling to adapt our business for the Internet; instead, Mimeo was born to solve a problem for customers through technology. This gave us a serious advantage –  we were able to invent precisely what we wanted in order to drive down costs and increase efficiency, rather than being limited by an existing process and customer base.

We set out to create a technology company… that printed. We invented an entirely new workflow for printing, and built production facilities whose core focus was to only print documents ordered online.

Mimeo has always been a visual solution, and we knew very early on that the best way to communicate our value was to show it. People were spending hours waiting in line at local copy shops, driving back and forth to submit their material. They would then receive a hard copy proof, wait again, and then finally pick up their order. Co-founder, Jeff Stewart, took his frustration of waiting in line to produce business proposals on the road, and thought that there must be a better way.

“When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.” ~ Elon Musk , Speaking to The Los Angeles Time

That better way was inventing an instant, visual, digital process. Mimeo’s UI was designed to be as intuitive as possible; we needed a platform to eliminate all of these antiquated copy shop steps. There was a real opportunity to create a platform that gave people back the time they were wasting. The more we boiled down the fundamental truths behind print, the stronger our clarity became.

Mimeo Ezviewer Patent IllustrationPatent Illustration of uploading, building, proofing, and ordering on what would become Mimeo.com

We developed a method to store files and documents for organisation and easy reordering called the library. We invented the first web-based document building “WYSIWYG” technology – what you see is what you get. Customers could now view a detailed, interactive proof of their documents in real time. Flipping through the pages, we invented a way to view where staples, hole punches, and bindery options align with the actual content of the document. As a result, this greatly eliminated waste and error for our customers, and the groundwork for Mimeo was set.

The patented Exact Print Mimeo.com SoftwareThe patented Exact Print Mimeo.com Software allowed customers to select Mimeo as their printer under their desktop ‘File >Print’ 15 years ago.

Additional features, such as tabs and slip sheets, could now be added instantly online. Our real-time pricing tool allowed customers to receive quotes instantly, reflecting the features that were added and removed from the document. With every step we developed in the Mimeo process, we eliminated several steps from a traditional process. Our customers began saving hours of time using Mimeo compared to their previous processes. By breaking things down to their core, we were able to print and deliver higher quality documents more quickly. We hired full-time print professionals instead of part-time retail employees. Cost savings were passed on to our customers by eliminating the overwhelming expense of owning a network of brick and mortar locations. Through our efforts, print was finally ready for the 21st century.

Screenshot from Mimeo Patent enabling users to ship documents to multiple locations. Screenshot from Mimeo Patent enabling users to ship documents to multiple locations. Today, our corporate customers use this feature to send documents to hundreds of locations by placing a single order.

Almost two decades later, we haven’t stopped disrupting the industry by introducing new ways to produce and distribute content. Our entire solution now encompasses the ability to manage and distribute content both digitally and physically, whenever you need it. Since 1999, Mimeo has produced and delivered 140 million documents to over 140 countries.

We realised something while waiting in all of those copy shop lines: if there isn’t a better way out there, you just simply have to invent it.

Free Account  Organization Apps like Mimeo Help You to Control Your Print and Digital Content

Mimeo was created to give people back time. Customers can upload content to their digital library and organise files by folders. Want a hardcopy printed? Build, proof, and ship in a few minutes. Content can even be shared with varying levels of permissions to other Mimeo users. No order minimums, no commitments, 24/7 support!

flipping (6)Customers can place a print order for delivery to hundreds of locations with a single click. Instead of hundreds of emails, easily view and map the status of each shipment. What would have once been a massive undertaking is now organised in one screen.

Click around a free account and start organising your content, regardless if it’s a single poster or 1,000 different corporate brochures varying by geographic region or brand.  No minimums, real-time pricing.

Now cross a content-related project off of your to-do list!

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Digital Proofs Save You From Mistakes

How you represent your content is important, no matter if your materials are being read by a dozen or a thousand people. The way your content is presented, its value, and its accuracy significantly impacts the way people will receive it. Mistakes in a document’s style, formatting, and layout design will reflect poorly on you. From the granular level to the surface level, when you provide better documents, you make better impressions – the two aren’t isolated, but rather go hand in hand.

Why Digital Proofs Create Better Print Projects

Proofing isn’t a new concept. Reflecting back to 1999, Mimeo co-founder David Uyttendaele filed a patent for the first technology that could enable users to see a real-time proof of a printed document online, complete with binding and finishing. This proofing technology, though it has taken different shape and form, is still in use today.

Mimeo offers the unique ability to proof your document, make changes, and see those changes reflected in real time. Proofing a document is one of the last, but undoubtedly one of the most crucial steps in building a document with Mimeo. 

By proofing from the cloud, it enables users to make changes to materials in real time, and see a visual representation of these changes. Users can make unlimited amounts of changes until they see what document specifications best fit their project from both a cost and design perspective. Digital proofs are instant, eliminating time associated with either driving to a local printer or receiving a shipment. Additionally, many traditional printers charge their customers for proofs, further adding costs for businesses.

What You See Is What You Get

Taking a cue from Plato’s philosophy on forms, Mimeo’s virtual proof of your document is the representation of exactly how your document will be printed. You can see the previous selections made in the proof, like the document type, colour, and if it’s a single- or double-sided print. The virtual proof allows you to flip through each page of the document from front cover to back cover, just like you would if it were in your hands.

Any changes that are made in the proofing process are reflected immediately. Likewise, the document’s price will be updated in real time in consideration of any changes.

Using Mimeo’s Virtual Proof

Proofing lets you see the document from the perspective of its intended audience. The practice of proofing establishes a platform to assess what works and what could be modified for the better. You can take advantage of the proof’s flexible features with the power to:

  • Remove or change the binding type
  • Add clear, matte, frosted or cardstock covers
  • Choose how you want the front and back covers printed
  • Change the paper stock
  • Play with colour and plex
  • Create sections with inserts like tabs or slip sheets

To make any changes, simply go to the left pane of the proofing screen. You can select, remove or change different finishing types and so forth. After you make changes, you can navigate through the document page by page or section by section.

Mimeo encourages customers to take advantage of our real-time pricing. If you have to adhere to a tight budget, choosing certain finishes and paper stocks over others will lessen the price. If you’re focused less on the economics but more on environmental responsibility, Mimeo offers 100 percent recycled paper in addition to a wide variety of recyclable paper. All things considered, once you’ve finished making your changes and proofing the document, you can increase or decrease the quantity.

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Save For Later or Add To Cart

When you use Mimeo’s document proofing tool, the next steps don’t require you to directly purchase or order the document. Requirements change over the time, and so does content. You can save the document and reopen the proof later to make any necessary changes. Once you’ve established what’s needed in coordination with what fits to your budget, you can then proceed to ordering and purchasing.

By submitting documents through our online proofing tool, Mimeo customers avoid taking multiple trips to printing facilities and eliminate the wasted paper that comes from mistakes and overstocks.

If you’re interested in learning more about proofing with Mimeo, check out our video on how to create a document.

Proof Your Print Materials in the Cloud – Free Account

Mimeo was created to give people back time. Users can upload content to their digital library and organise files by folders. Want a hard copy printed? Build, proof, and ship in a few minutes. Content can even be shared with varying levels of permissions to other Mimeo users. No order minimums, no commitments, 24/7 support!

Users can place a print order for delivery to hundreds of locations with a single click. Instead of hundreds of emails, easily view and map the status of each shipment. What would have once been a massive undertaking is now organised in one screen.

Click around a free account and start organising your content, regardless if it’s a single poster or 1,000 different corporate brochures varying by geographic region or brand.  

Now cross a content-related project off of your to do list!

Speak to one of our experts today.

Let us show you how we can meet your unique print and digital content distribution needs, giving you back your time and reducing your costs.

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Employ security best practices for your organisation

Recent revelations revealed that a shocking number of UK businesses don’t have a cybersecurity blueprint in place. We illustrated the Top 5 Cyber Security Threats to Your Organisational Data, and now we’re looking at how organisational leaders can take initiatives to develop, create, and strengthen their cyber security measures and network perimeters.

Understand Your Risks

At one point, firewalls were enough to protect a business. Today’s technology has evolved at an unprecedented scale and rate, and so has the sophistication of tactics behind hacking and other forms of cybercrime. Virtual, traditional, and hybrid networks require different types of protection and defense. Organisations are now tasked with providing security for the entire network infrastructure, including its users.

In the US, cyber security crime has made shockwaves. Four years ago, Robert S. Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, remarked on the growing state of cyber security issues: “I am convinced that there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be. And even they are converging into one category: companies that have been hacked and will be hacked again.” Now in 2016, with an abundant awareness on the lack of cyber security structure in UK businesses, many organisational leaders are scrambling to take back control of their data.

“I am convinced that there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be. And even they are converging into one category: companies that have been hacked and will be hacked again.”
Robert S. Mueller
March 2012

Creating a response plan is essential. However, many threats don’t come alone. Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are challenging when it comes to maintaining security. These threats use multiple attack vectors and entry points to commandeer defense mechanisms, with the ability to breach a network in mere minutes, but escape detection for months. Likewise, other cyber security threats come in droves and purposely raise alerts to distract security teams from other network activity. This, in combination with false alarms, can cause alert fatigue – costing UK organisations £885,000 annually. Organisational leaders must be able to communicate with security professionals and IT departments to improve prevention, detection, and resolvement of APTs and other cyber security threats.

Enforce Employee Accountability

Every employee at an organisation has a different role. Each employee role grants them access to different data. It is critical that each employee understands who has access to what. As such, every employee should be held accountable. A data compromise or a cyber security breach doesn’t have to be an overtly advanced tactic. Sometimes, a security compromise is as easy as leaving an unattended computer logged in, or an unprotected device out in the open for the taking.

Employees should be restricted to network data and be given proper facility clearances. There should be some form of literature that catalogues these restrictions and clearly details the levels of security clearances. Additionally, this document should illustrate when an organisation’s facilities are accessible to particular groups of employees.

Employee accountability should also be enforced for security and IT teams. Role-based access controls (RBAC) must be regulated. RBAC restricts users’ access to computer and network resources within a team or organisation. This means employees are kept on a need-to-know basis, and are given varying degrees of access, depending on relevance and necessity, to data and file modification rights.

Update Security Policies

Cyber security risks have changed in their nature, scope, and damaging potential. Organisations are now employing different modalities in their internal and external communications. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies have been established in many businesses to reduce and control enterprise costs. However, when adopting a BYOD policy, there are numerous risks incurred. Even if an organisation hands out PCs, employees are likely to access email and other sensitive data through use of their personal smartphones and tablets.

Endpoint protection measures must be installed onto devices and remote desktops. This stratagem should include:

  • User download restrictions
  • Enforced password credential updates
  • Access to a virtual private network
  • Password tokens, like cryptocards, for secure login

As more endpoints are added into the network environment, security policies and measures must be suitably updated to reflect these changes.

Train Your Security Staff

Train Your Security Staff

Sometimes what’s masqueraded as a performance issue – network latency, application unavailability, degraded quality of service – is actually a manifesting security issue. Would your team know the difference? It’s of paramount importance to have insight into the nature of your network, and to recognise the differences between a performance issue and security issue.

Along with general security policies, a security response plan must be developed. This plan should be implemented, maintained, and updated to prevent, detect, and respond to network incidents. Each member of security staff should be knowledgeable on how to identify and escalate issues to the appropriate support tiers. Your response plan should detail different types of security issues and the level of urgency. These issues vary and can include cloud breaches, APTs, malware, and phishing campaigns.

Your Secured Content

Mimeo deals with a lot of mission critical, and highly sensitive, organisational data from every industry. As a result, we are entrusted to protect data with end-to-end security detection, and in defense security management and protocols.

Mimeo’s cyber security team has carefully taken into consideration complete network and end user protection through strengthened encrypted data transfers and critical data safeguards. This includes recording and capturing all transfers on our internal network, and encrypting your data from the time of upload to deletion – at rest and in flight. In addition to regular audits and network penetration tests, Mimeo utilises a PCI compliant payment portal. This means your content, your organisational data, and your financial data is robustly secured.