Do Strange Things Happen When There Is A Solar Eclipse?

August 21, 2017

I think that strange things must happen when there is a solar eclipse, because as I sit here writing this blog, I am alone at my business.  It seems that the solar eclipse has made all of my employees leave for the day.  I sure hope that they come back tomorrow and don’t just disappear forever. Who knows for sure.  Also another strange event is that there was hardly anyone at Wright’s Cafeteria today.  Now that is strange.  It will be interesting to see the news reports tonight about all the things happening in different cities.  I had originally planned to go to Sweetwater until I heard about all the predictions about how many other people would be there. I have an employee who is involved in a project with NASA through Pellissippi State to launch a balloon to gather data.  She is doing that in South Carolina.  As for me I will be watching on top of Overlook Drive, here in our Industrial Park. Happy eclipse day.


Phyllis Burns, Owner of Burns Mailing & Printing Has Been Appointed To Mayor’s Business Advisory Council

August 16, 2017

Phyllis Robinette Burns

Aug. 16, 2017

NEW MEMBERS OF BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL APPOINTED

The new 12-member Business Advisory Council, appointed by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, reflects a broad range of local businesses and owners. The Mayor’s appointments were unanimously supported by City Council at its meeting Tuesday night.

Members of the Business Advisory Council, or BAC, serve in an advisory and partnership capacity to promote regular and open communication between City government and businesses. The council gives advice to the Office of Business Support; brings issues and concerns related to doing business in Knoxville to the attention of the City administration; proposes responses and solutions to address these concerns; and provides feedback on City initiatives and proposals affecting business.

“This is a key advisory panel, so it’s crucially important that its members represent the wide diversity of entrepreneurs, professionals, retailers and service providers that make up Knoxville’s business community,” said Patricia Robledo, the City’s Business Liaison.

“These are business leaders who have volunteered to serve as a sounding board. We’ll be asking them how issues or policies affect local small businesses. But it’s very much a two-way street. They’ll have great ideas that they’ll be sharing to help make Knoxville even more business friendly.”

The newly appointed members (and their businesses) are:

n Mackey Brownlee, Brownlee Realty;
n Phyllis Burns, Burns Mailing & Printing;
n Jody Collins, Feral Giant;
n Lisa Cyr, Nothing Too Fancy;
n Wade Esau, Elo Touch Solutions;
n Deidra Harper, B&B Lawn Services;
n Charles Houston, CA Inc.;
n Raul Rangel, Work Now Inc.;
n Josh Smith, Master Dry;
n Tommy Smith; Ackermann PR;
n Kira Frazier-Jones, KIRA/The Spa Suites; and
n Mary Ann Stackhouse, Lewis King PC.

The new BAC members will serve two-year terms through summer 2019. The BAC meets every other month, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, in Room 549 in the City County Building.

Paige M. Travis
Public Information Specialist
City of Knoxville Communications Dept
Office of Mayor Madeline Rogero


Our Graphic Design Department Does More Than Just Design

August 11, 2017

Since Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. operates three businesses in one, our graphic designers wear many hats.  Yes, they are very creative and design, logos, brochures, catalogs, calendars, presentation folders and much more, but they also are well versed in United States Postal specifications, and the many nuances of mailing.  They must insure that the mailing panel meets postal specifications for post cards, catalogs and flyers.  The mailing panel must be correct or it can cost the customer more money in postage or the direct mail piece may not be mailable at all. If we are just mailing for a customer, we like to check the mailing panel before it is printed to insure that the customer gets the lowest postage possible.

Another thing that most people don’t know is that our design department actually programs several pieces of equipment that we use for production.  The first piece of equipment is our digital press. The files are sent to the digital press ready to print from the graphics department.  For variable data that is printing at the same time as the direct mail piece, the mailing list is sent to graphics and they run the file through software called Print Shop Mail.  This allows the digital press to print, front and back and address for mailing…all on one pass of the digital press.  Cool huh? The second piece of equipment that they program is our computer to plate system.  The files are send to the plate maker and our production team pulls up the file and makes the plates that go on to our offset presses.  The computer to plate system has enabled us to make plates in 10 minutes and this is a great improvement over 1 1/2 hours before we had the computer to plate system. The third piece of equipment is our paper cutter.  The jobs go through our plant by job ticket numbers.  The bindery simply pulls up the job ticket number and the paper cutter is programmed for each particular job.

Want to try our one-stop convenience for graphic design, printing (digital and offset) and our direct mail services?  Call me at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.


Direct Mail Is Still The Preferred Way Of Contacting Your Clients, Customers Or Donors.

August 10, 2017

Direct mail is still the most trusted form of contacting people.  Mail can be read at their  convenience and saved for a later date, if it is something of interest to the recipient.  It is not as intrusive as emails and does not go into spam filters. Everyone loves getting mail, make your next contract with your clients, customers and donors by direct mail.

At Burns Mailing & Printing Inc., our experienced staff can take your project from the concept to the mailbox.  Call me at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.


What You Need Is A Good Mailing List.

August 9, 2017

What is a good mailing list and how do you get one?  The best mailing list is your own.  It is people who have a known association with your organization or business. If you want to add more names or know how many people are within your desired demographics in a certain area, we can do a list count for FREE and tell you how many people are out there. You might want to do a radius count of your address, for instance one mile, two miles etc. We recently had a deli shop that had remodeled their shop and wanted people within a 5 mile radius to visit their shop.  We did a radius count using their demographics and came up with the number of households that they needed.  An of course, since we are graphic designers, printers (both digital and offset) and are direct mail company, we were able to handle all of it right here, all under one roof.  It truly is a big roof!

We are also able to combine the customers list with a list that they have purchased.  To make sure that we are not purchasing names that they already have, we have the list company do a suppression and they do not send any names that our customer already has on their company list.

Before any mailing, we provide a FREE NCOAlink update to take out any undeliverable names.  In most cases we can provide forwarding addresses if the person has moved.  We then send our customer a list of the undeliverable addresses so that they can correct their own list.  If they do not make the changes when they receive them from us, then on the next mailing they might have dropped off the National Change of Address database that the USPS maintains and the address may be lost to them. It is important to do the list clean up and list hygiene BEFORE printing so that you don’t print to many or too few of your mailer. After list clean up, we can give you a project price to the penny before you commit to the project.  We don’t like surprises and we assume that our customers don’t like surprises when it comes to pricing.

If all of this seems complicated, no worries, just call or email me and we will walk you through the entire mailing process.  phyllis@burnsmp.com or call 865 584-2265.

We are a printer who knows mailing and a mailer who knows printing.

 

 


Little Known Facts About Bess And Harry Truman

July 25, 2017

Harry & Bess
(This seems unreal.)

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!

I say dig him up and clone him!

 


Looking For A Mailing List? Burns Provides FREE List Counts With Maps To Our Customers.

July 20, 2017

When looking for a mailing list it is best to have a targeted list.  There are several ways that Burns Mailing & Printing can search for your demographics;

  • Radius Count of your organizations
  • Zip Codes
  • National Searches
  • Demographics such as income, ethnicity, annual sales for businesses, people who give to charities etc. The possibilities are numerous.
  • For realty companies, we can find people who are interested in buying, renters and more.

For radius counts we can provide a map of the area that we have searched. If you have been searching for a hard to find list please call me Phyllis Burns at 865 584-2265 or email me your demographics at phyllis@burnsmp.com

Of course, after deciding on a list, we can design, print and mail your direct mailer.  Since we know postal specifications, our designs meet USPS specifications, we print on paper that will meet USPS specifications and we provide a FREE NCOAlink update, that cleans up the list before mailing.  Why print, pay mailing labor and postage for an address that is never going to be delivered. When all of this is done you will have the lowest possible postage.  IT IS A WIN/WIN SITUATION.

We are conveniently located in West Knoxville, near the United States Postal Service at 6131 Industrial Heights Dr.