SOLO welcomes two new Account Managers

SOLO is very pleased to welcome two new Account Managers, Shana Howard and Sarah Jackson.

Both Shana and Sarah are consummate direct marketing professionals and regularly receive commendations for the exemplary way with which they conduct the accounts under their control.

Shana  and Sarah have excellent backgrounds in customer services, with Sarah having specialist knowledge of print.  Both manage the day to day running of projects, ensuring that there are sufficient resources and materials available and manage the production staff who are responsible for printing, enclosing and distribution.

The Gardens at Churchend Primary Academy

SOLO and Thames Water sponsor the gardens at Churchend Primary Academy  in Tilehurst. 

In the last couple of years we have provided and planted trees, helped to weave willow domes for the children’s playing field and more recently supplied and built a poly tunnel so that they could grow their own vegetables for school lunches.  

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Partners in Quality with Royal Mail

The Partners in Quality Scheme has replaced the original Royal Mail Bronze Member quality mark which was awarded to qualifying mailing houses that supply enclosing and despatch services.

SOLO were one of the first to receive this award and are proud to now be a Partner in Quality with the Royal Mail ‘Mailing House scheme’, which reflects high quality standards within the mailing industry.

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Put your hand up if you don’t know who delivers your mail!

In case there is any doubt I can tell you that it’s most likely Royal Mail.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be!  Of course the mail may have the usual Royal Mail Postage Paid Impression (PPI) or it may have the PPI used by one of the downstream providers such as TNT or UKMail.  In any case the PPI will tell you who it was that picked up the mail and injected it into the Royal Mail system.  What it won’t tell you is who actually put the letter through your letterbox and just so we’re clear on this; it’s very likely that it was the Royal Mail.

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Poll Results on Internet in the UK

Last month the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published a summary of their recent opinion poll about Internet use.

There are some of the Internet statistics:

  • Among all households, 77 % now have access to the Internet, up from 73 % last year. 93 % of these access the Internet via an ADSL or cable broadband connection.
  • The use of wireless hotspots almost doubled in the last 12 months to 4.9 million users
  • 45 % of Internet users used a mobile phone to connect to the Internet
  • 6 million people accessed the Internet over their mobile phone for the first time in the previous 12 months

And no survey would be complete without a mention of Social Media:

  • Social networking is becoming ever more popular. Overall, 57 % of adult Internet users used online social networks in 2011, up from 43 % in 2010.

And of concern to us all is the issue of privacy:

  • 21 per cent of Internet users did not believe their skills were sufficient to protect their personal data


Office  for National Statistics

‘Mr Complete’

You know when you have an idea and then you find out that someone else had a similar idea and perhaps it worked out but not in exactly the way you had imagined?!  OK, well that’s Mr Complete.

About eight years ago I came up with the idea that SOLO should offer Origami services to our clients.  Bear with me here because its not as daft as it sounds.  The idea was that we could print a letter, fold that letter into a shape, an animal or a tree or a penguin (you get the idea) and send it in an envelope for 2D pieces or a box for 3D.  Perhaps the letter would have instructions on how to make the document into a shape or the shape could be unfolded to reveal the letter.

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