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InfoPrint Solutions Company Demonstrates TransPromo Leadership Momentum With CMO Council

August 19, 2008

InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, today announces another step in its on-going program with the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council through the formation of the Corporate and Faculty Leadership Committees, in support of a milestone research initiative. These groups of leading marketers, experts, authors and academics will provide insight to support InfoPrint’s commitment to and continual drive to educate the marketplace on the value of TransPromo. The company has also been working in partnership with the CMO Council to launch several pilot TransPromo projects with blue chip brands across North America.

The Committee group includes representatives from companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Best Western, Capital One, Deloitte, Liberty Mutual and many more blue chip brands.* This is accompanied by a Faculty Board of prominent industry analysts, academics and gurus, from Gartner, IDC, InfoTrends, Interquest, Madison Advisors, RIT and Marketing1to1.**

The marketing research initiative undertaken by the CMO Council is titled “Precision Promotion: Timely, Targeted and Trackable” and aims to drive the adoption and the uses of technologies, solutions and professional services that drive deeper interaction and communication with customers.

Centered on Customer Revenue Optimization (CRO), this program, sponsored by InfoPrint, will drill into ways targeted solutions like TransPromo significantly impact customer acquisition, monetization and ROI while exploring new developments in database and print technologies.

“There has been much talk to date about TransPromo, and now we are really starting to see traction as companies move to implement real applications,” said Sandra Zoratti, Vice President, Global Solutions Marketing for InfoPrint. “Our joint program with the CMO Council demonstrates InfoPrint’s unique approach to create both awareness and education and is a perfect complement to our leading color technology, software, professional services and customer support. We are working to help our customers learn about the right solution for their business, and how to form stronger and longer relationships with target audiences using the personalized and captive power of TransPromo.”

InfoPrint will soon launch a TransPromo innovation center in Boulder, Colorado, another industry-first that will allow partners and clients to run trial TransPromo campaigns using InfoPrint technology and support in preparation for the transition to a true TransPromo environment.

TransPromo transforms printed transactional documents such as statements into high-value communications by incorporating relevant personalized marketing content to promote products, services, and ultimately, brand loyalty. It also presents a growing opportunity for marketers to see higher response rates and increased return on investment. Industry analyst firm InfoTrends predicts that such output will grow from 1.6 billion pieces in 2006, to 21.7 billion in 2010, a huge growth rate of 91 percent.

Solutions Suite Combines Best of Breed Components

The InfoPrint suite of TransPromo solutions provides the core components of a robust TransPromo infrastructure that can be tailored to match to an enterprise’s specific requirements. It comprises the InfoPrint 5000, a state-of-the-art, full-color, continuous forms, inkjet, drop-on-demand printing system with high print quality, even at high speeds. With the InfoPrint 5000, businesses can use color to make TransPromo communications even more attention-grabbing and effective. Added to this, new InfoPrint 5000 models support the new AFP Color Management Architecture (CMA), which provides accurate and consistent color rendering.

InfoPrint’s TransPromo software solutions also includes the InfoPrint ProcessDirector which provides a scalable output management workflow system and InfoPrint Manager which allows optimization of database analytics, statement design and composition and direct marketing content from one, centralized suite of software solutions.

InfoPrint integrates leading software solutions in data analytics and document design and composition. Partner Prinova’s messagepoint(TM) manages campaign and message content, while also streamlining messaging workflow. It sits alongside offerings from Mapping, StreamServe and Exstream.

InfoPrint was one of the Platinum sponsors of the InfoTrends TransPromo Summit taking place in New York on August 13th and 14th 2008. InfoPrint’s team of experts presented on TransPromo best practices strategies at the event, to an audience of more than 300 business leaders at the Hilton New York Hotel.

*The full list of companies on Advisory Committee is: Ameriprise Financial; Aon; AT&T Business Segment Marketing; Best Western; Bertelsmann Direct North America; Broad Ridge Financial; Capital One; CSC; Cox Communications; Deloitte; Discover Financial Services; Feld Entertainment; ING; Liberty Mutual; The Kroger Co; Motorola and Satmetrix.

**The analysts on the Faculty Leadership Committee are: Pete Basiliere, Gartner; Riley McNulty, IDC; Barb Pellow, InfoTrends; Gilles Biscos, Interquest; and Kemal Carr, Madison Advisors. Patricia Sorce of RIT and Keith Wardell of 1to1Marketing complete the group.

For more information on the CMO Council’s partnership with InfoPrint please visit http://www.precisionpromotion.org/index.htm. More information on InfoPrint’s suite of TransPromo solutions is at https://www.infoprint.com/transpromo. Other useful links include www.the-dma.org/ and http://store.infotrendsresearch.com/product_p/82828.htm

InfoPrint Solutions Company

InfoPrint Solutions Company, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, brings to market the advantages IBM and Ricoh have in the development, manufacturing, marketing and building of strategic solutions for customers, creating a growth-oriented global enterprise that is strategically focused on the output market.

The InfoPrint Solutions Company portfolio includes solutions for production printing for enterprises and commercial printers as well as solutions for office workgroup environments and industrial segments. The company offers customers the highest quality output solutions that optimize productivity by providing efficient workflow and, at the same time, delivering low cost of ownership and high return on investment. The heritage of InfoPrint Solutions Company includes the development of the IBM Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) Architecture — now an industry standard — and Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS), which has since become the standard for mission critical business printing. The company also leads the industry in print management solutions with both InfoPrint Process Director and InfoPrint Manager. Please visit www.infoprint.com for more information.

 Media and Industry Analyst Contacts: Gemma Craven / Tracey Sheehy Breakaway Communications for InfoPrint Solutions Company Email Contact / Email Contact 212.616.6005 / 212.616.6003  

SOURCE: InfoPrint Solutions Company




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