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Snap Partner with Quark to Bring New Service to Irish Market

Denver, CO and Dublin, EIRE - 8/10/2011 - Snap have partnered with Quark, a worldwide leader in graphic design and publishing technology, to bring a new online design, print, and marketing service – MyDesignbySnap.ie – to the Irish market.

Built on the Quark Promote platform, MyDesignbySnap.ie is an online design and print marketing service that allows customers to choose from thousands of templates for business cards, brochures, postcards, posters, flyers and much more. With a couple of mouse clicks users can select color themes, add logos and images, add business information, and send their customized designs to a local Snap center for printing. The design tool is free to use and a test print is included in the service. Customers are charged only when they place their print order.

This is a great “Irish” solution – it’s designed to give customers an excellent design and print service and to compete directly on price with the big international players. The print will be produced in Ireland in local Snap centers. Irish manufacturing companies can compete with their international rivals. In addition, Quark’s advanced technology platform is hosted in Ireland and Quark has an established office in Dublin. 

Speaking about the launch of the new product John Eager, CEO of the Snap Group, said “We are very excited to be partnering with Quark to launch MyDesignbySnap.ie into the Irish market and we hope it will be an invaluable tool for small and medium Irish businesses. The SME sector will be a major contributor to the recovering Irish economy. This solution will give businesses the competitive edge, at an affordable price. With MyDesignbySnap.ie they can move to the next level in terms of marketing themselves.”

Professional designers have created the templates and the resulting material gives entrepreneurs and businesses professional-grade marketing collateral without having to hire an outside design agency and then separately manage and buy the print.

Each design template includes a full suite of products including business cards, letterheads, brochures, postcards, flyers, posters and other key marketing collateral. Customers get a consistent brand image and access to a full range of marketing promotional print products. The templates include stock photos and marketing copy specific to different industries. Copy can be easily changed and different color schemes and photos can be added to suit the customers’ requirements.

Customers can choose from 22 Snap centers nationwide for their print requirements. The finished product may be collected at the center or shipped to them directly.

Ray Schiavone, president and CEO of Quark, said, “Small business owners and entrepreneurs around the world continue to voice their need for easy-to-use solutions for creating marketing materials that look professional and stand out from the competition. We are excited to work with Snap on the launch of MyDesignbySnap to help the Snap network of printers support entrepreneurs and local businesses in Ireland.”

About Snap
Snap is a national brand, founded in 1984 by Irish businessman, Michael Kearney and employs 120 people across its 22 Irish franchises. Snap offer a comprehensive range of products and services including, marketing communication advice, graphic design, direct mail, hundreds of promotional products, point of sale, personalization and fulfillment services, presentation of quarterly and annual reports and all forms of digital and litho printing. All Snap centers now also provide web design, fully managed email marketing campaigns plus ePublications which convert printed materials into interactive digital files with embedded rich media such as videos, and audio files, and links and changing color palettes and much more.

The company is a franchise business and is wholly Irish owned and funded. The Snap brand operates in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and China. Each Snap business is owned and operated by individual franchise owners. Snap are proactive in delivering new on line products to help their customers drive their businesses.

About Quark Promote
Quark Promote is the technology platform that powers the online marketing services QuarkPromote, Snap Promote Australia, and now MyDesignbySnap.ie for Snap Ireland. QuarkPromote offers small businesses in the United States thousands of templates for marketing material that can be customized using a free template editor to easily change color themes, add contact information, insert logos and images, and edit the suggested marketing text included in each template. After customizing a template, QuarkPromote users can choose to receive the prints by mail or can select from a list of the top printing franchisees and independent printers in their area. QuarkPromote is owned and operated by Denver-based Quark Software Inc.

Contact: Sarah Rector, Quark Inc., 303-894-3753, srector@quark.com