AlphaGraphics in the Cultural District Named One of the Best Places to Work in Western PA 2012

October 19, 2012

The Pittsburgh Business Times honored AlphaGraphics on October 18, 2012 at a luncheon recognizing the 2012 Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania.

An online employee engagement survey formed the basis of the rankings of the 96 companies named to the Best Places to Work list. AlphaGraphics ranked 84th overall and 64th among the Small Companies category.

Congratulations to all the 2012 Best Places to Work winners!

Meehans Receive Franchisee of the Year Award

September 19, 2012

Clare and Bill Meehan, franchise owners of AlphaGraphics in the Cultural District, were honored in Washington, D.C. on September 10, 2012, by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. 

Franchise owner-operators representing 31 franchise systems from across the country were recognized during the IFA’s 13th Annual Public Affairs Conference for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising. 

The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major component of the IFA’s Public Affairs Conference, which brings more than 400 franchise business leaders together to carry the key messages of franchising to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The conference is a powerful way to help forward IFA’s advocacy efforts and further increase awareness about how franchising can contribute to economic recovery and job growth. 

According to a study conducted for the IFA Educational Foundation by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic impact of franchising, there are more than 825,000 franchised businesses in operation across the country which is indirectly responsible for providing 18 million jobs and generating $2.1 trillion in economic output.

“As Washington works to strengthen and renew our economy, lawmakers should remember that franchising counts in local communities all across the country, says IFA Chairman Jon Luther.  “With available credit and sound regulatory policies, franchise businesses like AlphaGraphics will create the jobs necessary for sustained economic recovery and growth.”

Pittsburgh 100—Fastest Growing, Again!

August 29, 2012

AlphaGraphics in Pittsburgh 100 and Ranks as City’s 8th Fastest Growing Marketing Firm

AlphaGraphics in the Cultural District has once again been named to the Business Times’ Pittsburgh’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies list and climbs to an eighth-place ranking among our private-sector peers in the Marketing/Publishing/Advertising industry.

This is AlphaGraphics’ third year on the list, with a 51.31% growth in sales revenue between 2009 and 2011.

President and CEO Clare Meehan states, “At the heart of our phenomenal growth is a strong team, and each of our clients can count on our team to be an extension of their team to guide them to success. As our clients’ needs expand, we eagerly evolve to meet and exceed those needs.”

AlphaGraphics in the Cultural District Wins Two International Awards

January 26, 2012

The AlphaGraphics team is proud to share the news that we have received two very prestigious awards: the NAPL Management Plus Silver Award, from the National Association for Printing Leadership, a leading management education and industry research organization; and the PODi Best Practices Award for Self Promotion, from PODi, a global organization for the advancement of direct marketing driven by digital print.

Recognizing Comprehensive Management Excellence: The NAPL Management Plus Silver Award

The NAPL Management Plus awards are unique in that they recognize overall achievement across many disciplines. Entrants are judged on performance against industry standards in seven key management areas: Leadership and governance, human resources, strategic planning, marketing and sales, operations, community/industry relations, and financial performance.

Rich Cichoski, AlphaGraphics’ Manager, states, “We’ve built a team-based, results-oriented culture. No matter what facet of the business they’re in, each team member strives for excellence through continuous improvement. As a team, our greatest reward is earning the trust and loyalty of our customers—and, of course, an occasional, awesome industry award.”

The 2012 NAPL Management Plus Silver Award will be presented at the Vision 3 Summit, February 19-22, 2012, in Marco Island, Florida.

Recognizing Strategic Cross-Channel Innovation: The PODi Best Practices Award for Self Promotion

Our case study on our popular “Use Your Coconut” multi-channel campaign earned the 2012 PODi Best Practices Award. These awards recognize innovation, technical expertise, and the delivery of excellent, measurable results in direct marketing from around the world.

Our “Use Your Coconut” campaign used outside-of-the-box thinking that raised the bar for what can be accomplished using dimensional mail, then strategically employed ten marketing channels with appropriate imagery and messaging to drive results.

Clare Meehan, our President and CEO, extends her gratitude not only to the team, but to all of our wonderful clients. “Our amazing staff is to be commended for brilliantly developing this promotion that demonstrated the power of direct mail when approached as an integrated, multi-media marketing campaign. Pittsburgh is still buzzing about those coconuts! The campaign was a huge success thanks to the enthusiastic response of our clients, and many successful marketing campaigns and conversations with them have followed.”

The case study was presented at the 10th annual PODi AppForum conference, January 23-25, 2012, in Las Vegas.

It has also been added to PODi’s Digital Print Case Study Database, the largest collection of digital print case studies and only compilation of its kind for the digital print marketplace. To download our case study, select AlphaGraphics Integrated Direct Mail Campaign – Use Your Coconut on the AG website.