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How to Turn Daily Planners Into Collections

by Vervante •

You've got a daily planner you love - and your customers love it too. What's next? Give them even more!

Creating products that complement and boost the value of your daily planner is something that will drive your fans wild with joy this holiday season. And you’ll love how easy it is to support the success of your planner while also adding to your revenue.

Established planner companies and planner visionaries like Erin Condren, Emily Ley, Inkwell Press, and Dayspring know that people who love daily planners love to get extras to make them even more fun and functional. You can do the same by creating and offering products such as:

STICKERS: Who doesn't love stickers? If you like the idea of sending custom stickers with your own branding, design and message as gifts, we can help you create them. Learn more on our blog by reading "How to Create Your Own Stickers."

DOOR HANGERS These are easy to create and can be customized with any design. If you missed last week's newsletter about these fun products, check out the details and ideas on the blog here: "How to Create Custom Door Hangers"

CARD DECKS: Card decks can be printed any size. Packaging can be a custom printed tuck box, a clear tuck box, drawstring bags, and we have magnetic boxes too! Samples are available with examples of the different paper stocks we offer for cards on our Samples Page here. 

For even more ideas, how about....

  • Notepads
  • Bookmarks
  • Recipe cards
  • Greeting cards

Planners are great, but turning them into collections really gives them serious pizzazz! For more ideas, be sure to check out the Vervante Video Vault for videos that show ideas for products that can easily be bundled with daily planners. You can also check out our Samples Page to see everything we have to offer there for fun extra products.

We can help you turn your planner into a complete collection with all the products and services you need. For questions or to get started, just send us an email at sales@vervante.com.


2021 Holiday Shipping and Printing Deadlines

by Vervante •

If you plan on selling products this holiday season, this is one of those emails you need to keep on hand. No matter what you need - from extra print runs to calculating postage and shipping - we can help.

CHOOSING SHIPPING METHOD
Vervante gives our customers the ability to choose the best shipping method for your needs. Our shipping system will automatically default to Media Mail for domestic shipments. However, if you want your orders to arrive by Christmas, we don't recommend Media Mail after November 30.

If you want to set a specific shipping method for a product, you can do this from your Author Dashboard. Here's how:

  • STEP #1: Log into your Vervante Author Dashboard and select the link that says "Select Specific Shipping Methods." You will see a list of your products, their estimated weights, and the default shipping methods. Initially the shipping methods are set to the default of "Best Way." This means that we will use Media Mail unless you change (or have previously) changed the shipping method to something else. (Remember, if you want your packages to arrive by Christmas, we don't recommend using Media Mail after Nov. 30).
  • STEP #2: FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING please click on the link at the top of the page for International Shipping Methods.
  • STEP #3: TO SET DEFAULT SHIPPING METHODS for each of your products, select the desired method you prefer in the right hand column, then click on the "Update Ship Methods" button at the bottom of the page to save your preferences. (VERY IMPORTANT: Don't forget to save your changes)

For more details and tips on things like using Media Mail and making sure you're choosing the best shipping method, be sure to check out our article on the blog here: "How to Set Up Shipping for the Holidays."

CALCULATING POSTAGE
We offer a postage calculator on the Vervante website for our customers. Here’s how to use it:

  • Log into your Vervante account
  • Scroll down to the Support section and select Calculate Postage
  • You will see your products listed and their weight
  • Below your product list you’ll see a USPS shipping calculator.  You can then enter information such as destination, dates, weight, etc to calculate shipping costs.

PRINTING TURNAROUND TIMES
Be sure to allow time for your products to be printed as you plan your holiday sales deadlines.

  • Turnaround time for products printed on demand is usually 5-7 business days. 
  • Due to increased volume in December, orders may take an additional 2-3 business days to print.

HOLIDAY SHIPPING
Did you know that because Black Friday falls on Nov 26 this year, you only have less than a month to make sure all orders make it to your customers on time? For that reason, it’s a good idea to get familiar with shipping deadlines.

  • UPS: If you use UPS, check here for their November and December deadlines
  • US POSTAL SERVICE: For USPS, you can check here for shipping deadlines and postage information

2022 DAILY PLANNERS
If you’re planning on selling a daily planner for 2022, here are some important dates and information to know.

  • Turnaround times for hardcover planners is approximately 4-6 weeks. For all other planners (laminated, board covers, poly paper, etc.), turnaround time is approximately 4 weeks. 
  • If you are planning on selling a hardcover planner, we are still accepting orders, but cannot guarantee that they will be finished and shipped in time for the Christmas holiday. Please email our team at sales@vervante.com for questions or assistance.

FULFILLMENT HELP
If you already printed your products and need an easy to manage distribution resource for the holidays or for any time of the year, we can help. Here’s how:

  • Store your products in our modern warehouse facility located in Utah
  • Provide us with order information and we will pull the required products from inventory, package and ship directly to your customers
  • This can be done for individual orders or bulk orders
  • Click here to learn more about our Fulfillment Services
  • Click here to learn more about our Warehousing and Inventory Management Services

Board Covers for Hardcover Planners and Books

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If you're looking for a budget-friendly, durable and attractive alternative for hardcover books or planners, board covers might be the answer for you. A popular (and affordable) cover we have been offering is a 2-ply. We are now also offering a 3-ply and 4-ply option. To produce these covers, we use our standard 12 pt C1S cover stock, the same cover used for a paperback book. We litho laminate (glue) two pieces together, three piece or four pieces of cover weight stock together to create a great option to a traditional hardcover.

Advantages of board covers

  • Depending on the size of the cover, board covers cost about 50% less than hardcovers
  • The turnaround time is at least two weeks less than hardcovers
  • We can wire-o bind or spiral bind (metal or plastic) board covers
  • Board covers can be printed 2-sided

So, if you’re working on a product that you’d like to have ready sooner than it would take using a traditional hard cover, a board cover might just be the solution for you.
 
You can order samples by clicking here: SAMPLES. We also have a quick video (CLICK HERE) demonstrating the different thickness options. If you have any questions about the products or design tips we shared with you here today, our team is ready to help at customerservice@vervante.com.