About – Mike Stevens
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
MikeStevens.com is a place where printers can come to find fresh marketing ideas and business management tips that are free, uncopyrighted, and available for everybody to use. I hope to provide some clarity so you can focus on what’s important, sell some printing, and find happiness in your work.
Gutenblog.com is my marketing ideas blog. Here, I will provide three powerful marketing articles a week, designed to help you find print buyers so you can grow your business.
And it’s all done without harmful cookies, Flash, or spam, and we do not accept paid advertising.
My name is Mike Stevens, and I’m the creator and writer here. I’m married to Jenny, and I am the father of two daughters, Paige, age 16, and Sunday, age 13. We spend parts of each summer vacationing in Michigan, while we spend our winters at home in Fargo, North Dakota, where we look forward to surviving another year.
On February 25th, 1983, I became a printer, cold turkey. I had no idea what I was getting into. It took two years for us to get our act together, and then things took off like a rocketship. Express Press became one of the most celebrated printing firms in the country, and Jill Roth, the editor of American Printer magazine (now retired), once called us “the best managed printing firm in the country.”
Well, enough about me. If you’re a glutton for punishment and have a lot of time on your hands, you can take a gander at my story. You can find pictures of Express Press, along with a brief history, here. Also, you might enjoy visiting Jenny’s website because, in addition to being the most amazing estimator and front-counter person I’ve ever seen (she entered over 30,000 print orders into our system), she’s also an inspiring example of how a working mom can keep it all in balance… and maintain her joy. She’s the most centered person I know.
I am the founder and previous owner of Marketing Ideas For Printers, a marketing services company that focuses exclusively on the printing industry. The two best-known products are the websites and direct mail advertising solutions provided by Marketing Ideas For Printers. Over the years, more than 7,000 printing firms have used one of these marketing products to help them sell more printing.
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