National Standards with Local Creativity

December 19th, 2012

Why The Grounds Guys Chose Big Bark

Ticket Jackets Make Us Unique

December 19th, 2012

“Ticket Jackets make us Unique”

Scott Allen
Worldwide Central Travel

DYO Print

December 19th, 2012

Design Your Own Everything

That’s right – It’s Simple, It’s Fast and it puts the creativity in your hands.

With the smallest quantities available anywhere  – you  have control over the ultimate marketing niche.  You can DYO your Ticket Jackets, Bag Tags, Envelopes, Welcome Home Cards , and even full-sized calendars.

WHY is DYO so important? Nowadays you need to stand out and you need to connect with your customer!

Your customers can book online, but they come to you instead – so why reinforce an online mentality by sending them an e-ticket?

With DYO your brand will stand alone, your Ticket Jackets become keepsakes and they will keep it (and your brand) with them forever.

If you want to see what Travel agents think – check out this testimonial from Jolyn Saramaga, Wander Love Travels.

Are ready to DYO Today?  Email us at sales: sales@bigbarkgraphics.com

Big Bark Graphics Has Twins – A New Digital Xerox 700i!

December 19th, 2012

3 years later after the arrival of our first press, we are pleased to announce the arrival of our twin digital press.

In 2009, Big Bark made a huge leap forward with the addition of a Xerox 700 Digital Press which increased our productivity by 500%.

Our next generation 700i not only allow increased performance but allows us to be in two places at once and allows us run multiple jobs at the same time.

If you have any digital print job, we can handle it!

Talk to our customerservice team today at: customerservice@bigbarkgraphics.com

8 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolutions Didn’t Stick (and What To Do Differently Next Time)

December 19th, 2012

         Image by Vinni123 via Flickr

I know the title of this article assumes the worst in you and maybe that’s not fair. But let’s be honest here. Statistics show that, right now, about half of you have already given up on your New Year’s resolution. And, in another few weeks, half of the people left will have forgotten all about it as well.

It’s not that I don’t have faith in you. It’s the research. How can I argue with math?

So, should you happen to realize that your New Year’s resolution has fallen by the wayside (now or in the future), don’t beat yourself up. You’re not alone! There are several common reasons this happens.

Instead of getting down and thinking of this as a “failure“, focus on figuring out what happened. Do some analysis and find ways to ensure that, in the future, things will be different.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of the top eight reasons people don’t follow through on their resolutions and I’ve also provided some tips to make next time more successful. And by the way, “next time” doesn’t necessarily mean January 1, 2013. You can make a resolution any time you’d like. Just sayin.

1. You didn’t make a plan for it.

A lot of people forget that a resolution is really just a GOAL. It has to be treated as such. It doesn’t have additional superpowers just because it starts on January 1. A goal requires structure. Otherwise, it’s a wish.

Next time: Be proactive. Make your plan. Look for possible obstacles and prepare for how you’ll deal with them. Don’t just cross your fingers and hope for the best.

2. You forgot the reasons why you were doing it.

Motivation matters. If you don’t know why the goal is important, it’s easy to drop.

Next time: Clarify exactly why you’re doing this, why you NEED to do this. Write it down. Post it in visible locations. Create small reminders to help keep you focused when times get hard.

3. You didn’t plan for setbacks.

Let’s face it: No one is perfect. We all fall off the wagon at some point. You need a clearly defined plan for what to do when this happens and how you’ll get back on that horse.

Next time: Recognize that things will get hard and unexpected obstacles will get the better of you. That’s no reason to give up completely. Give yourself some leeway. Find ways to forgive yourself and reignite the passion.

4. You didn’t have a strong support network.

Friends and family are important. They can help raise you up or push you down, depending on the nature of the relationship. With any goal, it’s important to surround yourself with people who believe in what you’re doing and want to see you succeed.

Next time: Gather your groupies! Let them know what you’re doing and why and ask if you can count on them to help you reach your goal. If they’re not supportive, keep them at a distance. Who needs toxic relationships anyway?

5. You took on too much too fast.

Many of us get a little over-zealous around the New Year. We want to make huge leaps of progress overnight, but real growth is a slow and steady journey.

Next time: Take it one step at a time. Go in with reasonable expectations and be patient. It’s not about how much you achieve and how quickly. Focus on one, really important goal. Put one foot in front of the other each and every day. Momentum will naturally build as you make incremental improvement.

6. You weren’t accountable to anyone.

Sure, you wanted to succeed. But, in the dark of night when you’re all alone, it’s easy to get persuaded by that nagging negative voice inside your head. You know the one. The voice that says you’re not cut out for this. An accountability partner helps keep you focused and on track, even when you think you’re ready to throw in the towel.

Next time: Find one person who promises to hold you accountable. When you say you’re going to do something, this person follows up to make sure you’ve stayed true to your word. An accountability partner will help silence the saboteur in your head. (And of course, if you need assistance, I’d love to help out.)

7. It wasn’t that important in the first place.

Perhaps you set a goal that others wanted you to set. Or one you felt you “should” set. That’s not very motivating. It’s easy to give up on something that never really mattered that much to you in the first place.

Next time: Choose a goal that matters. Don’t do it for anyone else but YOU. If it’s not something you truly believe in, you’ll never succeed.

8. You’re afraid of success.

This sounds counter-intuitive, I know. Truth be told, a lot of goals sound great in theory but once you actually start thinking of what life will be like once it’s accomplished, fear can easily set in. Sometimes, we’re so attached to who we are and life as we know it—flaws and all—that we unconsciously sabotage ourselves.

Next time: Be prepared for this. Recognize that fear is just another part of the process. Think long and hard about what you want from life and what you’re capable of. While it’s scary to push past your pre-conceived limits, it’s also a necessary part of self-growth. Use fear to fire yourself up.

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Why Trafalgar Tours Canada uses Big Bark

October 23rd, 2012

On Location at TIFF 2012

October 23rd, 2012

“Finally a Printer, that Gives me Control”

October 23rd, 2012
Jolyn Saramaga, WPICC
Travel Consultant, Wander Love Travels

I was so delighted when I found a printer that would allow me to custom design a travel document wallet and luggage tags for my clients. I made my first design – not really knowing what to expect – but on the arrival of my first order – I was absolutely delighted.

My clients love them! In reviews from my couples in the past, they’ve always commented that the items in my travel packs were what made me stand out from others – and now I have some beautiful branded wallets to gather up all those items, to make their trip extra specially packaged just for them!

More than just a jacket!

I decided to use the travel wallet for sharing information that every passenger would need: consulate contact information, baggage limits & costs, airport arrival times, preparation details for the airport. Along with my branding and trip photos to inspire my clients to try somewhere new for their next vacation.

The quality and size of the 2 pocket large ticket wallets with velcro closure is perfect for this! It’s a perfect size for my destination info sheets, airline e-tickets, airport parking vouchers, packing checklists and hotel/tour vouchers.

And bag tags too!

Paired with branded poly luggage tags – now my clients will have every reason to show off what ‘their’ travel agent provided to them.

What I’m most excited about is that because of your low minimum orders – each of my destination wedding groups will now have their own custom travel wallets and luggage tags.

Weddings, Brides & Photo’s

My brides and grooms are already excited that they can add their personal photos, wedding week itinerary, maps and more to their travel packs. And as I speak with new couples, it’s a great selling feature when I tell them I can provide them with these complimentary personalized items for their destination wedding – it really helps me stand out from other travel agents they may be speaking with.

I’ll be placing many more orders with Big Bark Graphics – my only regret is that I didn’t discover them sooner!!

Jolyn Saramaga, WPICC
Travel Consultant, Wander Love Travels

Big Bark Graphics and Travel Agent Revolution TEAM up!

October 23rd, 2012

Scott Barker and Travel Agent Revolution principle’s and co-founders Cory and Cheri Andrichuk share two passionate traits.  They all share a passion for travel, and all share a passion to help travel agents succeed and grow their business.  All three entrepreneurs believe in the personal and professional services of a travel agent today and for many years to come.  Big Bark Graphics is teaming up The Travel Agent Revolution to help spread the word that the professional travel agent is here to stay, and is more useful, valuable and relevant that ever!  The two companies are planning to launch a series of Travel Town Hall Expert Webinars that will educate travel agents on the value of personal branding, marketing and promotion using Big Bark Graphic items.

The Travel Agent Revolution offers 5 reasons to Join the movement:

1. Access to personal and professional business development resources to help you grow you
    and your business.

2. Learn from and collaborate with leading business experts in and outside of the travel
    industry.

3. Share your experience and exchange ideas with other passionate travel entrepreneurs.

4. Exclusive access to partner promotions, and member-only pricing in the Travel Agent
    Revolution marketplace.

5. A low-cost membership.

Travel agents can learn more and join the Travel Agent Revolution here and to also like and engage in the Facebook conversation here at https://www.facebook.com/TravelAgentRevolution.

It’s True – Big Bark Graphics has Doubled in Size!

July 26th, 2012

After two great years at 60 Healey road and with the support of our clients, and incredible growth Big Bark Graphics has had to move.

So, Big Bark is now at 68 Healey Road and doubled our space.

But, what does that mean to you?

  • New equipment for new products and improved effeciency
  • A controlled environment  for production and print department.
  • Added a new in-house creative team – We are Creative!
  • A new bindery and fulfillment department
  • Doubled the size of our warehousing
  • 2 additional loading docks to

We welcome you to come in for a visit and meet the team!