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How to Create an Effective Document Portfolio

Large Portfolio Design

Forget everything you know about those brown, boring, store-bought document portfolios -- they do nothing to promote your work, your brand or yourself as an individual. Custom portfolios can be designed to give recipients a sense of who you are before they even look at examples of your work. It's time to show the world what you can do, and that starts with a smartly designed portfolio. Go for Big Designs Since a portfolio is printed in a horizontal position, you have a very wide canvas to … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Make Binders Better

Customized Pocket Binder

You've created a masterful design that speaks to your company's personality and you're ready to turn heads with your custom printed binders - but your work isn't over yet. The best binders are the ones that go the extra mile in both function and fashion. If you want to optimize your binders so that they best represent your company's interests, there are a number of different ways to take that final step towards perfection. Binder Accessories The best binders have add-ons that help your … [Read more...]

5 Awesome Report Covers for a Presentation

Die Cut Report Cover

When you prepare to give a presentation, you pick out a professional outfit to make you look your best. Report covers are like business attire for your presentation materials — they help you make a good first impression by making your documents look as fantastic as you do. Of course, nobody has just one outfit in their wardrobe—sometimes you want a full-piece suit and sometimes you need something a little more business casual. Report covers are just as diverse, with different cover types … [Read more...]

How to Add Flourish to Custom Binders Using Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words - so using the right pictures on your custom binders can add an abundance of information to your design without making it cluttered. Humans retain images better than we retain words or things that we've heard; therefore, it's crucial to have some sort of visual element in your binder design if you want to make an impact. Placement Matters Pictures can go anywhere on a binder that you think a visual touch is needed. The front and back covers are the most … [Read more...]

Accounting Binders: 7 Custom Binder Ideas for Finance

Financial Binder Design

Keeping accurate financial records is crucial to the success of a small business. Custom business binders keep companies of all sizes running like clockwork by making financial records organized and easily accessible. The following ideas will help you make the most out of your accounting binders and help transform them from simple storage space to helpful business tools. Store More with Pockets Extra pockets give you additional room to store files. This is especially handy in situations … [Read more...]

What Is a Report Cover?

One-Piece Report Cover

You would never buy a book with no cover -- not only would the book be unattractive, you'd have no idea what the title was, who wrote it or what it was about. A report cover is a lot like a book cover -- it answers the vital questions a reader might have about your documents and keeps them looking professional and enticing. Report Covers 101 A report cover is a piece of printed stock that goes over your business reports, creating an effect similar to a booklet or pamphlet. Unlike folders … [Read more...]

4 Ideas for Designing Creative Presentation Binders

4 Ideas for Designing Creative Presentation Binders

When it comes to binders, it's easy to get stuck in a rut. There are a lot of unoriginal designs out there, making it tough to get inspired. And nobody can open up your head and put creative binder ideas directly into your brain -- you must draw from your own experiences and imagination. Luckily, you can get started by shopping our 70 styles of custom presentation binders -- and then using these four creative ideas to get your artistic juices flowing and your binders looking truly amazing. … [Read more...]

7 Presentation Folders That Are Perfect for Clients

Pocket Folder

Clients are the lifeblood of your business, so much of your company’s time and energy are spent seeking out new ones and keeping the ones you have happy and satisfied. Client presentation folders can be effective in marketing to new customers and reinforcing your company’s commitment to quality to your current clientele -- but it's crucial to use the right type of folder for your particular clients. If you aren’t sure what type of folder to use for a particular client, then pocket folders … [Read more...]

How to Create a Dynamic Project Binder

Custom Pocket Design

Has your company been putting off a big project because the logistics have left you with a headache? Use project binders to ease your suffering and make your next company project a successful one. Here are just a few considerations, that great binder designs include, to help achieve your goal efficiently and smoothly. Include Practical Design Functions A three-ring binder on its own is usually enough to hold all the information you need, but consider additional features that will help with … [Read more...]

Custom Medical Binders: How to Create a Helpful, Efficient Healthcare Binder

Medical Binder

The reason why many patients prefer to see family doctors instead of visiting a hospital is because they know that a smaller practice will provide them with more personalized care. Medical binders are a great way to give your patients that extra level of care that they've come to expect from a family practice. Binders are the perfect informative tool to help patients through recovery, prepare for a medical procedure, deal with an illness or just start a new healthy lifestyle. If you're … [Read more...]

7 Custom Binders That Give Your Office an Advantage

Binder with Pockets

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there for small businesses, which is why your company should use whatever extra help it can get to make it to the head of the pack. Custom 3-ring binders provide that little extra advantage that separates your business from the competition by making it much more organized and efficient. Pocket Binders The best corporate materials include pockets inside for maximum storage and design aesthetics. These are great for any miscellaneous material that you want to … [Read more...]

6 Signs of a High Quality Custom Binder

High Quality Binder Image

When people look for a high-quality product, they don't just want something that is well made and long lasting; they also want something that will look good. Custom binders portray a positive message about the caliber of your business - but only if they actually look professional. Consider the factors that go into making a high quality binder and design yours accordingly. High Quality Pictures The eye is naturally drawn to pictures and images before any text or other design elements. High … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Making Gorgeous Luxury Binders

Binder with Images

They say that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have - in that case, your presentation binders should be dressed up for the company you want to become, while still representing the company you currently are. Designer binders can make even the smallest of businesses look big and important, projecting the image of luxury and success to your clients. Fortunately, you can design affordable binders that only look like a million bucks by using a few inexpensive techniques and … [Read more...]

7 Good Alternatives to Presentation Folders

7 Great Marketing Alternatives to Presentation Folders

Although presentation folders are handy marketing tools, they're only one dish in a vast smorgasbord of promotional materials. There are several alternatives to presentation folders that also offer storage for your documents and plenty of customization options. However, these materials each have their own unique flavor that brings something new to the table.   Binders A branded business binder is a slightly bigger, slightly sturdier folder with a three-ring mechanism inside to bind … [Read more...]

A Complete Guide to Types of Custom Binders

Custom Vinyl Binder

With our many types of custom binders to choose from, you've got a wealth of creative options at your fingertips. But that can be a bit overwhelming for the uninitiated. You don't want to miss out on all the special features that are available to you or accidentally select a special feature you may not use. Knowing what options you have and what benefits each can offer will give you a greater degree of success when ordering a custom binder. Types of Binder Materials There are a number of … [Read more...]

The 5 Advantages of Presentation Binder Sleeves

Custom Binder Sleeves

A presentation binder without protective sleeves is naked and exposed, because there is nothing separating your presentation materials from potential spills, marks, scuffs and tears. Binder sleeves are pockets made from clear plastic with a reinforced edge that easily fits into a three-ring binder. Consider the following reasons why you should bring protective sleeves into the mix whenever you order custom binders. Protective Surface for Your Documents The basic function of presentation … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Designing 4-Color Custom Binders

4-Color CMYK Printing

Four-color custom binders are the best choice if you want to portray your business as modern, professional, and attractive. There are literally dozens of styles to choose from; you can shop more than seventy custom binders on our site to select the die-cut and manufacturing material that are best for you. Cool die-cuts and unique materials are a great start. But let's face it: even the coolest, best made binder won't magically fix a bad design. If you want to make the best impression on your … [Read more...]

5 Real Estate File Folders for Realty Rock Stars

Vertical Pocket File Folder

Although a personalized file folder may not be as flashy or as well accessorized as its cousin the presentation folder, it's a crucial tool for the success of many types of businesses-- especially real estate. Using real estate file folders can give you a leg up on the competition as long as you know what kind of file folders are best to use in certain situations. From sparking a client's interest to closing the deal, here's just a few ways you can utilize specific real estate … [Read more...]

Custom Estate Planning Binders: 6 Powerful Design Tips

Grieving Widow with Estate Planning Will

Due to the delicate nature of the business, custom estate planning binders have to be designed with the utmost attention to the needs of your clients. They should help your clients handle the sensitive issue of preparing for their own death and offer peace of mind to their families when they pass away. Follow these guidelines to ensure that your printed binders are not only practical, but that they give potential clients the best impression of your law firm. Less Promotional, More … [Read more...]

6 Great Custom Legal Binder Ideas

Courtroom Trial with Custom Legal Binder

Custom legal binders do all of the organizational heavy lifting for you, freeing up your mind to focus on the case itself. However, if you order the same binder for every aspect of your law firm, you're not utilizing this tool to its full potential. There are several types of binders to choose from, and some may be better-suited to one aspect of law than others. For best results, choose your binder design according to its intended use. Shop more than 70 different custom 3-ring binders to … [Read more...]

6 Advantages of Business Proposal Binders

Business Proposal Meeting

There's no reason to be nervous when giving a business proposal, not if you come prepared to use every trick up your sleeve to win over potential investors. Proposal binders are like the ace in the hole-- they may not guarantee victory but they can definitely put the odds in your favor. Consider the many different ways that custom printed binders improve your chances of securing financing for your next big project. Show Off Your Brand and Product The custom design of your binder can help … [Read more...]

5 Design Ideas for Sales Presentation Binders

Different Binder Designs

Even the most charming, likeable, friendly salesperson needs to be able to explain to a customer why their product or service is the best choice. Custom sales presentation binders help you to get this information across in a way that's easy to understand. However, much of your success comes from the binder design itself. Without the right look and features your binder can actually work against your interests. Here are five design choices for your binders that can help you increase the … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Designing Custom Binders for Presentations

Simple Binder Design

Sometimes it's the little things that can make you successful in a business presentation--the way you carry yourself, the clothing you wear and even the design of your display binders. One look at your binder can tell the audience a wealth of information about you and the message you're selling. When designing your custom presentation binders, consider these tips to maximize your odds of making a connection with your audience. Select Simple Design Choices You don't want your binder to … [Read more...]

5 Awesome Design Ideas for a Custom CD/DVD Binder

Customized CD Pocket

When you think about it, a CD or DVD has a lot in common with a binder—both have colorful, attractive covers on the outside and a wealth of information on the inside. Combining these two resources lets you create an amazing multimedia presentation, especially when you use a CD/DVD binder. CD/DVD binders provide the best of both worlds by storing papers and electronic data. With so much important info in one place, you have to create a binder design that's worthy to contain it all. Browse our … [Read more...]

Custom Report Binders: 6 Tips to Make Them Compelling

Visual Report Binder

You always strive to look your best when giving a business report-shouldn't your report binders do the same? You have two options when designing presentation binders: you can either take the easy route, creating drab designs in the hopes of looking professional, or you can customize your binder so that it's both classy and compelling. Opt for imagination and intrigue the next time you design a binder for business reports. Use Enough Visuals to Stay Interesting Your report binders need a … [Read more...]

Real Estate Folders: How to Design Folders That Sell Realty

Real Estate Presentation Folder

Success in the real estate industry is dependent on image - both the image of the properties for sale and the image of the realtor selling them. A real estate folder is a simple accessory that can really go a long way towards improving your image to clients. The real estate industry is heavy on contracts and paperwork. Real estate folders keep you organized and look more appealing to clients than a stack of loose papers. To find success using real estate presentation folders, you have to pick … [Read more...]

Custom Binder Dividers, Inserts & Index Tabs: 5 Stylish Ideas

Tab Binder Dividers

Designing a custom binder without matching custom binder dividers is like making a peanut butter sandwich without jelly. Sure, you can technically have one without the other, but why would you ever bother? Without jelly, a peanut butter sandwich tastes somewhat dry and hard to swallow—which is exactly how your binder information will come across if you don’t have dividers and tabs to help break it up into easily digestible pieces. Organize With Color Coded System The tabs on custom binder … [Read more...]

The 6 Elements of an Eco-Friendly Binder

Eco Friendly Binder

Whoever said that it's not easy being green never realized how easily a business can cut back on waste by deciding to go green with their binders. In the United States, we use roughly 208 million tons of paper products and generate 31 million tons of plastic and vinyl waste a year. With eco friendly binders, your business can do its part to help reduce these numbers. When you're shopping for green binders, there are a number of factors that you need to consider to minimize your impact on the … [Read more...]

4 Foil Stamp Options That Make Your Folders Look Fancy

Holographic Foil

Sometimes when you want your presentation folder to make a big impact, traditional ink printing just won’t do. Foil stamp folders are an alternative option that creates a textural and visual effect simulating metal, plastic or other materials. Presentation folders foil is usually added to an embossed image or text to make the details pop off the page. However, foil can be added to any folder design to create an effect that is both classy and chic. Knowing your foil stamping options gives you … [Read more...]

How to Save the Earth with Recycled Presentation Folders

Unnecessary Paper Waste

If you don't want to see the last 15% of the world's forests clearcut or fragmented for use as commercial timber, choose recycled folders instead of those made with virgin fibers. In our eco-conscious society, it's important for businesses to show that they are ecologically responsible. In fact, companies who promote green practices generally have a better reputation with consumers than those who don't take the effort. If you're exploring the idea of reducing your company's environmental … [Read more...]

5 Dazzling Die Cut Designs for Presentation Folders

Die Cut Window Folder

To design creative folders that are a cut above the competition, consider adding one of the many available die cut options. Die cutting is a process where a portion of the paper stock is cut away to create a visual effect that is also tactile. Since die cut options are completely customizable, the only limit is your imagination. However, even the most imaginative of folder designers can use some inspiration every now and then. Check out the following examples of die cut presentation folder … [Read more...]

5 Tax Presentation Folders That Keep You Organized

Embossed Presentation Folder

Income tax season is a stressful time of year, which is why an accountant should do everything they can to make sure their clients feel comfortable and confident that their taxes are in good hands. Tax presentation folders help relieve the stress of tax season by making better organized people out of you and your clients. The best way to be successful using customized tax return folders is to choose the design and style that is right for your client's needs. Pocket Folders Pocket folders … [Read more...]

The 6 Advantages of Corporate Presentation Folders

Corporate Folder With Branding

If a corporation is a machine made up of different parts all working together for the same goal, then corporate presentation folders are the motor oil that keeps those parts working smoothly and efficiently. Business presentation folders can be so much more than just a convenient place to store your files if you take the time to learn how to best use them at every level of your corporation. Stay Efficient From accounting to your HR department, corporate presentation folders keep your … [Read more...]

4 Efficient CPA Presentation Folder Ideas

Being a successful CPA is about more than just being good with numbers--it's about staying organized. If you're not using CPA presentation folders, then chances are you either have photographic memory or you're buried under a pile of documents. However, tax return folders for accountants can do more than just keep your desk free from clutter-- they can help you improve all aspects of your business to make you a lean, mean, number crunching machine. Consider the following ways that CPA … [Read more...]

Specialty Binders: 7 Situations Our Custom Binders Fulfill

7 Special Situations Where a Custom Binder is Vital

The life of a small business is nothing but a collection of little moments that come together to make a big impact. Like dropping a pebble into a pond and creating ripples, specialty binders can turn these small moments into big opportunities. The best time to implement a special binder is whenever it can produce the best results for your business. Here are just a few good opportunities to implement custom binders. Business Presentations Specialty binders come in handy during a business … [Read more...]

How to Add Your Logo to a Custom Folder

Foil Stamped Folder

If your company was a living person, your logo would be its face-- the visual component that people associate with its identity. Logo presentation folders put your company's face out there for the world to see and help with brand retention and awareness. Creating custom folders with a logo is easy when you know what options are available to you. … [Read more...]

Why Should You Print Your Folder in Full Color?

Dynamic Full Color Folder

When we see something for the first time we often focus on the whole picture instead of inspecting the details. Full color pocket folders make it possible for the whole picture to be vibrant and engaging to the eye so that recipients will want to find out what's inside. Printing in full color has a number of advantages that will make your folder the best possible presentation tool for your needs. … [Read more...]

Glossy Presentation Folders: 5 Reasons Why Glossy is Glorious

Glossy Folder Full-Color Photo

You would never want somebody to consider your presentation dull—so why risk using a dull material in your presentation folder? Glossy folder printing produces a shiny surface that catches the eye and feels smooth to the touch. A gloss presentation folder invokes the high-quality aesthetic of a photograph, magazine or catalog and provides a textural finish with a number of advantages over matte or satin finishes. Here are just a few reasons why you might want to consider printing glossy when … [Read more...]

Letter vs Legal Size Folders

Using Both Folder Sizes

Like any bi-partisan issue, the debate between letter size vs legal size presentation folders has support on both sides. Most people select their folder size without hesitation, depending on their particular business needs. After all, a salesperson uses letter size while a lawyer uses legal, right? But what if it's not that easy? What if you're missing out on what the other side has to offer? Take a closer look at presentation folder sizes and decide for yourself which one would best help you … [Read more...]

How to Create Distinctive Branded Folders

Branded Folder With Slogan

Your brand is like your company's fingerprints-it's what makes you unique over every other company in your field. Therefore, you want your fingerprints on everything that represents your company, including presentation folders. Create a bigger impact by focusing on your brand identity in your custom folder designs. Branded folders should reflect your company's values, image and company message so that customers can get to know you a little better. Making an Impact with a Logo The first … [Read more...]

How to Use Sales Folders to Help You Seal the Deal

Sales Folder With Branding

It doesn't matter whether you sell real estate or rutabagas-you never know when you'll have the opportunity for a potential sale. If everything you need to make a sale is contained in a sales folder, you're always ready to seal the deal. Custom sales folder designs put your company in the spotlight and can help you be more successful when selling your product. However, you first need to know what to incorporate into your design and how to best use the folder as a sales tool. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide to Presentation Folder Styles

Gatefold Folder Design

Folder styles are unique like snowflakes in that no two custom presentation folders are ever alike. … [Read more...]

6 Presentation Folder Accessories and Add-Ons

Folder with Stepped Inserts

A designer folder, like a designer dress, only looks better when it's paired with the right accessories. Some folder add-ons provide a functional purpose to your design, while others are purely for look. No matter what the purpose, an accessory can enhance your folder by adding a personalized touch, which allows it to be a more effective marketing tool. Here are some of the best add-on options available for your custom folder design. Index Tabs Add index tabs to your designer folders … [Read more...]

The 4 P’s of Presenting a Business Proposal with Poise

Confident Buisness Proposal Presenter

A business proposal presentation can make or break your chances for attracting investors. If you don't know how to reach your audience, you won't make a big enough impact to land the investment-even if your proposal is solid. You may be selling them on a potential business venture, but you're also selling yourself as part of the package. That means you have to be just as attractive to a potential investor as your business plan. The following tips can help you find success when selling … [Read more...]

A Complete Guide to Designing Folders with CD or DVD Holders

Presentation Folder with CD Pocket

It's a common misconception that presentation folders are only good for storing physical media, such as documents, fliers, booklets and brochures. Presentation folders with a CD pocket make it possible for your digital media to look just as attractive and professional as your physical media. … [Read more...]