Talk 2 Printing & Business Communication, a company that’s been serving Hermanus businesses since 1994 , is owned by Neville and Alet Sherriff.
Our service area While we service mainly businesses in the Overstrand area, we also provide printing services for clients as far away as Upington, Durban, Hanover, George, Ceres and Johannesburg. Then, we are very active countrywide and even abroad in the medical sphere, as we design and print special forms for medical practitioners and institutions. To date, close to 2000 such forms have been designed. We also provide fillable PDF versions of these forms, so that medical practices can email them to patients for completion at home before they are emailed back. Please visit our website www.mediform.co.za for examples and more information on this.
Fillable PDFs Our fillable or editable PDF service extends to commercial forms as well, such as invoices, quotations, statements – whatever is required.
Lower print volumes Our print side is focused primarily on the small to medium size business, so we print lower volumes and specialise in the design and supply of carbonless books for businesses. For example, a customer need order only 1 A4 carbonless book or 2 x A5 books at time. Our business card range starts at a minimum of 100.
Good reputation We are proud to state with complete confidence that any of our clients can be contacted for references on our service, quality, customer care and reliability. In fact, by far the majority of our new business comes from referrals.
SME Marketing background helps us give practical advice Because of my SME marketing background I also write and publish practical marketing/promotional guides, so please visit www.nittygrittymarketing.net for details. (In 1995 I published a book aimed at the local market, called Marketing Your Small Business and published by Delta Books, an imprint of Jonathan Ball Publishers). In 2000, at the invitation of the Institute for International Research, I held a workshop in Dubai on the subject of incentive communication strategy.
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Isn't it so much better having an invoice, receipt or delivery book that's designed to your specific requirements instead of some mass produced product? Identified with your own logo and contact details? It's a great way to project a more professional image for your business.
The problem for many smaller businesses has always been the need to order a large number of books in order to obtain a viable price, forcing one to spend on items that will only be consumed over a period of time. If something changes during that time, or you find you'd prefer some adjustments to the layout, you're stuck with your stock.
At Talk 2 you can overcome that hurdle by ordering only what you need when you need it. We supply 1 x A4 book at a time, or 2 x A5 or 4 x A6 size. And, there's no charge for designing it to your requirements.
These are Appointment Books used by Hair & Beauty Salons, Medical Practices — any business which needs an appointment book structured to their individual requirements.
One such example is an Appointment Book designed for a Sole Operator with 2 days per page, from 08:00 till 18:00. The front cover is printed with the individual business's logo in colour with a year-calendar on the inside. The front and rear covers are laminated and the entire book is wire-ring bound.
There are 100 pages printed on both sides in black ink. A 50-page book is also an option. There is the option of using some of the pages towards the rear of the book as contact lists — name and telephone number, for instance. A sample is shown at the back of this example.
Another example of an Appointment Book is one designed for a salon with 2 operators. Each page has 3 panels of 2 columns each. So, Name 1 would use the first column, Name 2, the second, Name 1 the third, then Name 2 would use the first column on the reverse of the page. Or, Name 1 could use all 3 columns on the page and Name 2 the 3 on the reverse.
The times run from 08:00 till 16:45. The specifications are the same as for Example 1. Download the PDF versions of this example HERE.
Option 1: Purchase template only: R100 You will be e-mailed an editable version of the template in both PDF and Word formats. You can either edit this yourself or give it to a designer or printer of your choice and get them to make whatever changes you would like to see prior to printing.
Option 2: Purchase the template & get Talk 2 to make the required changes: R175. You will be e-mailed the final version of the template in both PDF and Word form for printing by a service provider of your choice.
Option 3: You purchase the template, get Talk 2 to make the changes AND print and bind the book: R275 A 50 page version of this option costs R195.
These prices include delivery within the Hermanus area. For areas outside of Hermanus, courier or postal deliveries can be arranged.
Please contact Talk 2 with your requirements HERE.
Let us design your personalised medical stationery for you – and print them if you like. We design to the specific requirements of the individual practitioner, and types of stationery include:
Patient Information forms, with terms and conditions on the reverse. These are supplied in gummed A4 pads of 100 sheets per pad and are printed on superior bond paper. If required, they can be produced on carbonless paper – 50 sets in duplicate per book.
Prescription pads. 100 sets per A5 pad, printed on superior bond paper. (Also available on carbonless paper).
Medical Certificate pads. 100 sets per A5 pad, printed on superior bond paper. (Also available on carbonless paper).
Appointment Cards. Printed single or double-sided on 300gm white board. (85mm x 50mm to fit all wallet slots).
Carbonless Receipt Books. In duplicate, numbered, bound.
Having a notepad with your logo and contact details on it is a great alternative to fliers and even business cards - or as a supplemental tool to both. Plus, in A6 size it can be used as a compliment slip - helping you cut down on another form of stationery. As an A5 it can be used for business meetings and conferences.
Businesses can use it as gifts along with a worthwhile order
Accommodation establishments can leave a small pad in every room and at reception.
It creates a good impression when used as a notepad during meetings or conferences .
One need not distribute an entire pad every time - if the pad consists of 100 gummed sheets you can simply pull off what you think is needed, e.g. a pack of 5 per room if you're in accommodation, or 20 sheets for one kind of customer and 50 sheets for another.
Talk 2 provides 4 A6 pads per order or 2 A5 pads at a time.
No matter where you print, we can help you with a professionally designed form which properly reflects your brand. You get it as a PDF as well as in Word format, which you can print yourself or give to a printer of your choice.
What kind of forms are we talking about? Any form a business might use, which is normally printed and bound into a book:
Why have a form designed when you can get one at your local stationer. Your company stationery is an integral part of your brand – a visual expression of the image you wish people to have of your enterprise. Clients and customers should not be presented with a piece of "shop-bought" stationery ... they are paying good money for your services and the last thing you want to create is an impression that their perceptions of your enterprise's image are of little concern to you. Or, that you are skimping on your image.
Isn’t it so much better having a form that’s designed to your specific requirements instead of some mass produced product? Identified with your own logo and contact details? It’s a great way to project a more professional image for your business.
From a practical point of view, it can save both time and frustration when a form has been designed to suit your requirements, with fields that give you the exact information you need – in the order that you need it. No need to write in a missing line of text, or cross out something that's irrelevant (yech!)
What does it cost? While the cost of each form might differ according to document size and complexity, the following basic rates give an idea of costs. A final quote and timing shcedule will be emailed to you when the project enquiry is received and evaluated:
Existing form which requires changes (moving fields, adding logo, contact details, or additional fields). Quoted per project, but use R100-150 per page as a guide. You will have to provide the existing form in either a PDF or a MS Office application such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Artwork such as a logo must be provided in either vector format or as a 300dpi JPG file. You could also select a form on the website and let me know what changes you would like made.
Completely new form to be designed. Quoted per project based on complexity. Once the initial design stage is complete you will receive the unlocked PDF version for printing purposes, as well as a Word version. All the information must be provided: field headings, number of lines per field, sequence of fields. Artwork such as a logo must be provided in either vector format or as a 300dpi JPG file.
We also design or convert existing PDF files to make the fields fillable, so they can be mailed to cusotmers or patients prior to their visit to the your business or practice. They can fill in all the required information and mail it to back to you. Read more here.
It is a PDF form you can send your readers to fill out using a PC, tablet or mobile phone. They can save the form, print it or send the form back to you. Or, it can be a form you fill in on your PC and then send it to them, such as a quotation.
Easy distribution. Getting them to clients or prospects is easy. Forms can be downloaded from your website or emailed to the user.
They’re convenient. There’s no need for them to first visit your office. The user can fill out and submit a form using a web browser or save it to fill out off-line on their own time and return it by email.
These forms are easy to use and corrections can be made. You can even include helpful hints above fields to guide the recipient.
They are more efficient because they help cut down on time taken in your office or waiting room.
Flexibility. The same fillable PDF form can be used for both electronic and printed distribution.
Consistency. Because it is a PDF, you can be assured your form looks the same on any computer platform or printed format
They also allow you and your staff to review information and ask for additional details or documents which the customer must forward or bring along.
Because they are stored electronically, they are easy to file or access and save on physical storage space.
Files can easily be shared with other staff or relevant parties, even if they are in separate locations.
While the cost of each form might differ according to document size and complexity, the following basic rates give an idea of costs. A final quote and timing schedule will be emailed to you when the project enquiry is received and evaluated:
Existing form. You send me your form and we convert the fields and make them fillable. There are no changes required to the design or layout of the form. R200 per A4 page. Where there is only text on a page, there is no charge as nothing gets changed. There are no calculations or scripts required to the fields. You will need to provide the form in either a PDF or a MS Office application such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Existing form which requires changes (moving fields, adding logo, contact details, or additional fields). Quoted per project, but use R250 per page as a guide. You will have to provide the existing form in either a PDF or a MS Office application such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Artwork such as a logo must be provided in either vector format or as a 300dpi JPG file.
Completely new form to be designed. The design/preparation is a separate project/cost to converting it to a fillable form. Quoted per project based on complexity. Once the initial design stage is complete you will receive the unlocked PDF version for printing purposes. For the conversion to a fillable type, base costs on the Existing Form as per above. All the information must be provided: field headings, number of lines per field, sequence of fields. Artwork such as a logo must be provided in either vector format or as a 300dpi JPG file.
It's best to start by sending me a sample of your existing form, or a good idea of what it is you're after. I'll respond with an evaluation and quote within 24 hours. If you're unsure of your requirements or need some guidance, I don't charge for that, so just get in touch and let's chat.
Once you've given me the go-ahead based on my quote, I'll get cracking and you'll have your first draft within 48 hours (unless there's missing information or questions we have to resolve before then). I obviously have to password-protect my files, so while you will be able to do a low resolution print in order to help with proofing, the file cannot be edited in any way.
Once the final draft is approved I'll require payment. I'll email a proforma invoice and payment can be made via EFT or credit card at https://pay.yoco.com/talk-2-printing. When your payment is received, I'll send you the password for the final draft so you can give it a test run, as well as a new unprotected PDF and a Word version. I'll also email you an official invoice.
Can you be trusted to deliver?
One can give all kinds of assurances, but I think the simplest is for me say that after 26 years in a brick-and-mortar business in the same community, with my first clients still with me, I'd be foolish to tarnish my reputation at this stage. I own a printing business which interacts with clients all around South Africa, I've designed hundreds of forms for a huge variety of SMEs, and almost 2000 forms for medical practitioners and institutions (a special niche of mine).
Because I also write and publish fiction and marketing non-fiction, you can find me all over Google, so I'm easily traceable!
Raffle Tickets, or tickets being sold for an event, are also an item of promotion and should reflect one's company image.
Such tickets also offer a very good sponsorship opportunity, as most organisations will gladly allow the sponsor to place a marketing message on the ticket. Opt for the front whenever possible, or go for a more detailed advert on the rear.
We pack them according to client needs, as little as 10 tickets per pack. This makes it easier when there are quite a few people selling the tickets. Tickets can also be individually numbered if required, e.g., F001 - F050 to identify a particular seller. This can be useful if there is a sales incentive involved.
Apart from the raffle style of ticket there is also a 105mm x 99mm size which is generally used for concerts, and printed on board. These are numbered - most are numbered twice so one section can be torn off upon entry to facilitate better control. Having two numbers is of course essential if there is a lucky draw.
Designed specifically for places of accommodation, our self-carbonized Registration and Indemnity books are a great way of overcoming loose sheets of paper having to be filed. Because a duplicate sheet remains in the book, you always have a record to fall back on. And, you can capture the email addresses at your leisure.
These are A5 size books, with 50 or 100 duplicate sets per book. They come in a set of 2 and are also known as Guest Register Books or a Visitors Register Book.
Top copy perforated for easy handing to guests
Duplicate copy remains in book
Your logo and star rating in full colour on the front page, text in colour, 2nd page has logo and text in black ink
Full address and other contact details
Standard text can be personalised
Choice of paper colour
Can be numbered if required.
Creates an image of professionalism
Makes the registration process more "friendly”
A bound book makes it easy to store details of guests – no loose sheets of paper for filing
Guests are more likely to retain their copy which contains all your information, making it a form of advertisement.
Contact us and ask for a sample form to be emailed to you.
The perfect guide for those about to embark on starting their own business or for those who feel their company name and logo is not working the way it should. Starting my Business: My Name, Logo & Slogan provides all the information you need to consider when it comes to these three elements of your new enterprise.
Making the wrong choices at the start cannot easily be rectified, and this guide gives all the necessary pointers that can save you a great deal of marketing expense at a later stage. It covers aspects such as:
Knowing the difference between Branding and Corporate Identity
The types of business names one should consider
Do’s and Dont’s when considering a name
Elements of a logo
Who should design your logo?
What colours should represent your company?
What is a slogan and should you have one?
What type of artwork must you get from designers or printers?
Implemented by enterprises of all sizes and types, these two marketing tools are integral parts of any marketing plan. They both possess huge potential to help achieve sales and marketing goals, but if not thought through and structured correctly can work against us.
Effective Use of Gift Vouchers & Special Offers reveals in concise and practical terms how to evaluate the options available to the SME, which actions should be avoided under what circumstances, and how to achieve even more than just the desired result.
The real value of a Gift Voucher
Who can use Gift Vouchers
What Gift Vouchers mean for your business
Promoting Gift Vouchers and Special Offers
Setting Special Offer goals
Types of Special Offers
If you’re making use of Gift Vouchers or Special Offers – or both – then this guide is for you.
The Business Card Booster is a practical guide that can help anyone make their business cards work more effectively for them. From planning what must be included on your card to getting it distributed as widely as possible, this book is suitable for any size of company that realizes how important a role the business card plays in its overall branding strategy. Still more topics include overseeing logo creation, the use of slogans, printing options, traditional vs online printing, when to use a photo on a card, what to print on the rear and how to use colour effectively.
Business card etiquette – both in routine card hand-out situations as well when traveling abroad – are also covered.