Quark has launched QuarkPromote.com (http://www.quarkpromote.com), a
new online service that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses in
the U.S. create their own professional marketing materials that can
be picked up at a nearby neighborhood printer or received by mail in
just a few days.
The service allows people with no previous design or printing
experience to customize professionally designed templates for
business cards, postcards, flyers, brochures, appointment cards,
coupons, letterhead and envelopes. Anyone familiar with common office
software can create marketing materials in three easy steps, says Ray
Schiavone, president and CEO of Quark.
Customers first browse through a selection of free, professionally
designed templates, complete with suggested marketing text and stock
photos. Then they customize the template with information about their
company and, when finished, place their printing order to be picked
up at a nearby printer or received by mail.
Customers can choose from among hundreds of templates to create one
marketing piece or an entire matching set of items. Templates are
created by designers using QuarkXPress 8 and can be sorted by product
QuarkPromote.com offers four-color, two-sided materials printed on
high-quality paper and standard 5-7 day delivery by mail at a
competitive price, says Schiavone. There are no hidden fees, and
shipping is free. Major print franchises and independent printers
across the U.S. have partnered with QuarkPromote.com, including
Allegra Network, AlphaGraphics, PIP, Signal Graphics, and Sir Speedy,
QuarkPromote.com will also include a free directory of professional
graphic designers that customers can use to find a nearby designer
should they need other types of specialized materials. The designer
and customer can then work together to create a logo, advertisement,
or other items that go beyond QuarkPromote.com templates. Interested
designers can join by creating a free account at
http://www.ilovedesign.com. Listings in the free directory will be
available on QuarkPromote.com beginning in December.