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Cal Poly workshops to focus on finding vertical niche markets

July 30, 2014

Participants will be introduced to new digital media options – big data, VDP, QR codes, NFC, RFID and more.

The Graphic Communication Institute (GrCI) at Cal Poly and Schnoll Media Consulting will offer a three-day workshop, Grow Your Business with Vertical Niche Marketing, Sept. 8-10 at Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA. The workshop will explore how graphic communication-related companies can acquire new, profitable business through niche growth-oriented markets. Participants will learn to balance print with non-print digital imaging to develop the most effective communication for nonprofit, travel and leisure, and retail markets. Participants will leave the workshop with an immediate plan for entering the three markets.

The workshop will cover cross-media options and how to integrate them into a print-product mix. Participants will be introduced to new digital media options – big data, variable data printing, QR codes, near field communication, radio frequency identification (RFID), augmented reality, web design, mobile apps, digital asset management, and how to leverage personalized marketing through the options.

“There is no question that personalized communication brings the best results in attracting new clients and in eliciting new business from existing clients,” says Harvey Levenson, GrCI director. “Such personalization is meant for specific individuals and specific markets. This program is the first of its kind for teaching print industry professionals how to enter very focused and specific niche markets, and how to understand their special needs and interests.”

Steven Schnoll, managing director of Schnoll Media Consulting, will lead the workshop in conjunction with Cal Poly experts in digital and traditional imaging, social media applications, and personalized print communication.

“Exploring new business opportunities is often a daunting and scary task,” Schnoll says. This program will bring practical solutions to attendees by providing easy-to-understand steps that couple new technology ideas with proven time-honored methods.”

The workshop is designed for graphic communication service providers, including printers, publishers and packaging companies. However, advertising agencies, marketing firms, graphic designers, web developers, and social media users will also benefit from the instruction.

To register for the workshop, visit and click on: Grow Your Business with Vertical Niche Marketing. Registration is limited to 20 participants on a first-come basis.

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