Seattle Publishing

Seattle Publishing has been doing business in the Pacific Northwest since 1972. On our blog we talk about a diverse range of topics, ranging from publishing hurdles we've overcome to that new cd we've been listening to. Thanks for reading!

Crowd Sourcing with Gutenberg

According to Wikipedia, crowdsourcing is a term that has become popular with business authors and journalists as shorthand for the trend of leveraging the mass collaboration enabled by Web 2.0 technologies to achieve business goals.

SP’s Gutenberg Publishing System® is SP’s version for this popular term. With the power of Gutenberg’s database, managers, editors, and designers discover how multiple departments and vendors can work together through collaboration for the development of content for a variety of publications and websites.

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Keeping up with Brand standards- One product at a time

Recently, Seattle Publishing and Tacoma Screw Products entered into an  Agent of Record agreement where SP will support Tacoma Screw Product’s private label products program with graphics, project management, and production for products that carry their brand. With over 50 years of excellent products and customer service, Tacoma Screw’s brand standards are critical to their continued growth and success.

After years of producing and managing their sales flyers, annual catalog, and their content. Tacoma Screw is now entrusting that SP will help them to ensure that every product that carries their name will be true to their brand standards.



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Strong ROI with Gutenberg

Did you know? A recent Six Sigma audit of our Gutenberg Process showed that after three 300 page publications and monthly web updates, one Fortune 500 company saved $70k in production costs.

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SP Closed Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day Seattle Publishing will be closed Monday, May 25th. The SP crew wishes you and yours a safe holiday as we honor our veterans and those currently serving in the military.Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 5.11.41 PM

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Being Green through sustainable forests

FSC labelThe U.S. is the largest market for paper products in the world, producing 90 million tons of paper annually and, in-turn, consuming about 100 million tons.  Despite improved technologies for refining post consumer pulp, virgin fiber is still a significant requirement, as only 35% of current consumption is met by using recycled fiber.
While recycled fiber is a key element for responsible paper consumption, it is has become clear that sustainable forest management, with regard to paper manufacturing, is critical. Paper and printers that have been certified by the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program meet the strict standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) By choosing FSC certified printers and materials for your next print publication, you can be assured that the wood for the paper has been selected and harvested with care to the environment.
Seattle Publishing works with FSC certified printers for all of our print publication projects.
For FSC’s Smart Guide for paper, click



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We’re Hiring!

SP has an opening for a Programming Specialist. Please see our ad posting for more information. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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Quote of the Week

“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.”
-Daniel Keys Moran

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Bertha- our troublesome neighbor

Here is a good article that explains the history and current situation with the world largest tunneling machine. Bertha is located a block to the south of SP’s offices.

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Creating an omnichannel with Print and Video

Tacoma Screw Products is using product videos in support of their printed monthly savings flyer.

Check it out

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SP’s Top Five Advantages of Software Subscriptions

Now that SP offers the Gutenberg Publishing System® with month to month, one and two year subscriptions, we thought it would be timely to review the advantages of subscribing to software. Also If you’re finding your software needs fluctuating from project to project, or are concerned about the steeper upfront costs of licensing software, subscribing to software may be a better solution for you. Consider these five reasons why subscribing rather than purchasing software can make business sense:

Lower Upfront Costs

Typically, purchasing software can require an upfront investment, which can be particularly challenging and expensive. A software subscription, on the other hand, allows immediate access to software for much less money compared to perpetual licenses.

Flexible Payment Options

Many businesses are often project focused. A month to month subscription provides more payment flexibility to access software solely for the duration of a project. In other words, you have the flexibility to pay for software when you need to use it and not pay for it when you don’t. Subscribing makes it easy to scale software access with the needs of your projects by allowing you to add or subtract licenses/seats on a temporary basis.

Capital vs Operating Expense

Related to #2 above, subscribing to software puts you in a much better position to pass on the cost of software access to clients by rolling it into your project estimate. In this way, you’d simply be treating software access as an operating expense rather than a capital expense. Where as purchasing software is rarely include in project costs and classified as a capital expense, which requires more effort to get approved.

Upgrades Included

One of the benefits of renting software is that you typically get access to the latest versions without having to pay additional upgrade costs. Depending on the cost and frequency of upgrades, renting software could even represent longer-term savings for small businesses.

Additional Support and Services

Software vendors often have basic support plans in place for software purchasers. With subscription plans, however, software providers tend to up include additional support and services not included with their licensed software sales. A good example is hosting and serving software which be an additional expense if you purchased your software where as it is usually included as part of a subscription.


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