Where does your printing company fit in?

By Katherine Tattersfield

Hey print providers—are you targeting me yet?

Maybe you’re ignoring me because I don’t own a business…yet. Well, do so at your own peril.

Those of us on the older end of the Millennial spectrum are 30 already. It’s high time you started taking us seriously. We are pushing forward with our careers, and ready to take over corporate America. In fact, a few of us own some of the largest companies in the nation—surely the name Zuckerberg rings a bell.

Most of us are comfortable engaging with our favorite brands, although we are selective about our loyalty. We expect companies to live up to their brand promises, which makes us appear fickle to outsiders. Obviously I can’t speak for every member of a generation larger than the Baby Boomers; still, I believe the following list will give you a better idea of what the 18-30 year old demographic wants from your printing company.

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Communicate via direct mail- Otherwise we won’t pay much attention to you because we spend our lives consuming crap online. Print impresses us since we don’t encounter it as often in our daily routines. Send us your offers on postcards, your products in catalogs, and holiday greetings in beautiful cards. We’ll remember you for it.

Help us – We’re a DIY generation raised on information overload. As a result, some of us might not even realize that print design isn’t the same as digital. So please be prepared to catch our mistakes, and then point them out to us to we can learn from them. Don’t worry, we will pay you more for the hand holding (at least most of us will, myself included).


Inspired packaging design.

Invest in product packaging- Do you want us to tweet about you? Put your stuff in sweet packaging. gets this. They sold me on their mini business cards because of those adorable, colorful boxes.I still have my die cut eyeball cards, but I’ve promised myself a set of Moo minis in the near future. Note: I realize custom packaging is pretty pricey. You don’t have to go all out to stand out. Throw in cool branded stickers with our orders or handwritten notes.

Be findable- Google knows everything. If we can’t use it to find you easily, we’ll probably go elsewhere unless a friend recommends you.

Use social media for customer service- we’re just not that into the whole email thing. We’re notorious for burying our faces in our phones yet we rarely make phone calls. Stay on social, and we’ll be able to reach you through our preferred channels.

Make your website mobile friendly- Your site needs to work on our phones (every platform except for Blackberry). Period.

Show some personality- Lighten up, especially on social media. We want to talk to fun brands, companies who represent a lifestyle we want to be associated with. Let us know you see us as people and that you’re human, too.

Talk to me

Do you have a question about marketing to my generation? Ask me anything about bridging the generation gap in the comments below!


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