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Hotcards fam: We’re launching a new version of our website! EXCITING STUFF!

Hotcards fam: We’re launching a new version of our website! EXCITING STUFF!

No really, it’s exciting stuff. This project has been nearly a year and a half in the making, proving our dedication to continuing to advance technology within our company. You can check out the beta site here, but stay tuned for the full release soon! Now, you might be asking yourself, “Why does a printing company put such a high value on its website and technology in general?” As long as you get your order, you’re all set, right? Well, kinda. You see, we’re more of a “technology company that happens to print.” Technology is at the core of our business and we wouldn’t be the same company without our dot com. It’s also worth noting that nearly EVERY industry is moving online. While this is nothing new, the frequency of storefront-to-web business is increasing at a high rate. Once companies get their customers online, the ease of ordering, looking up product info, and of course, conversing via social media […]

Political Printing – Circa 2014

Political Printing – Circa 2014

The 2014 Political Season is here. Print is more relevant than ever! If there are a few things that political candidates of all stripes can agree upon, it's a fondness for their own names and for winning elections. And as we appear set once again to enter the "silly season" that is political campaigning, we can be assured that the barrage of direct mail pieces, postcards, brochures, signs, flyers, t-shits and assorted other political printed matter is soon to be falling like rain. It's all about building name recognition and engaging in persuasion, with every last candidate staking out a selling proposition that, while not necessarily unique, he or she perceives to be one which will gain them the highest percentage of the voting electorate. And this season is a mother lode for the printing business, which is none too eager to avail itself of the largesse brought on by this ceaseless need for political matter. The aim of a […]

Vodka – A Scene Tasting Party at Hotcards!

Vodka – A Scene Tasting Party at Hotcards!

Hotcards Hosts – Vodka – A Scene Tasting Event We've all had our fair share of wine tastings and beer tastings. It's a pretty standard thing to do in Cleveland. But what about a vodka tasting? Well, here's your chance! Hotcards, partnering with Contrast High and Scene Magazine, is hosting the VODKA tasting party this Friday night in Downtown Cleveland! $25 gets you admission to the event and art gallery, complimentary vodka-infused snacks and ten drink tickets. As if that wasn't perfect enough, ticket sales benefit The Dancing Wheels Company and School, an organization that celebrates the art of movement and the human spirit. The shenanigans are going down at the Hotcards headquarters, inside the RED Space at 2400 Superior Avenue from 8-midnight. Tickets can be purchased online at http://scenevodka.brownpapertickets.com. As Hotcards CEO John Gadd promises, “The only thing you can predict about our events, is they'll amaze you.” Come out, Cleveland—this is a night you definitely don't want to […]

The Hotcards Burn Donates $10,000 to Charity

The Hotcards Burn Donates $10,000 to Charity

The Hotcards Burn Donates $10,000 to Charity! PRESS RELEASE October 30th, 2013 The Hotcards Burn Donates $10,000 to Charity The Cleveland Food Bank and Brick by Brick are scheduled to receive $10,000 in combined proceeds from the now famous Hotcards Burn, an event that set 21 people on fire in Cleveland's Flats on October 19th, to successfully break the Guinness World Record for the “Most People Performing Full Body Burns." The donation ceremony will take place at 10:00am on Thursday, October 31st, at Hotcards World Headquarters, 2400 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114. John Gadd, CEO of Hotcards and presenting sponsors, Scot Lowry, CEO of Fathom and Ken Lanci, CEO of Consolidated Solutions will award the charities. The media is invited to attend. About Hotcards.com – The Epic Renaissance of a Cleveland Icon: As Margaret Meade once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” […]

Hotcards to Light 20 People on Fire in Cleveland

Hotcards to Light 20 People on Fire in Cleveland

The Hotcards Burn – OCT 19, 2013 PRESS RELEASE September 25th, 2013 Hotcards to Light 20 People on Fire in Cleveland September 25, 2013 – CLEVELAND, OHIO – Just after sunset on October 19 2013, Cleveland-based print & design company Hotcards will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “The Most People Performing Full Body Burns” in Cleveland’s Flats district, all while throwing a giant spectator party at Shooters and raising money for a good cause. Hotcards’ never-ending love for the “burning river” city is on display as they seek to unite & ignite Cleveland. Guinness World Record officials will be flying in from New York City to judge the record-breaking attempt. If successful, the award will be presented at Shooters to the 20 burners, their igniter partners, as well as the City of Cleveland. The official Hotcards Burn party at Shooters will include food & drink specials, autographs and photos with the burners, Hotcards Burn merchandise sales, live […]

Lots of Stuff Cooking @Hotcards!

Lots of Stuff Cooking @Hotcards!

Hotcards is better than ever… just ask our Moms! Hotcards has a new goal: to reinvent the printing industry. Just wait and see what we have to announce to the world over the next couple months! Seriously, you've got to come back and visit. As we prepare for this epic journey, we first needed to snag a new office to hold the ever-growing DreamTeam. As they say, Happy Team = Happy Customers! Also, if you don't already, make it a point to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@hotcards) and Instagram (@hotcards)!   When you walk through our doors to pick up your order (if you're local), you walk through a long hall with magical lights and mood improving music.   Next, you make the turn from the long hall and enter our storefront. You open the HUGE glass doors and are now welcomed by the happiest people in the world greeting you with a Kool-Aid smile and […]

Interview With Your Friendly Neighborhood Print Blogger on M-Bossed

Interview With Your Friendly Neighborhood Print Blogger on M-Bossed

Actually, M-Bossed put together a whole week of Hotcards! Recently, our excellent friend Ryan McAbee over at M-Bossed asked me if I'd be interested in talking to him about how Hotcards uses social media to promote our printing services. He had some great questions, which I responded to with many a noble sentiment on the ability of social media to connect us and create online communities that parallel the communities we develop in our own neighborhoods and cities. I tried not to go too overboard enthusiastic in my responses, but it is core to the business philosophy here at Hotcards that caring about and interacting meaningful with people – customers and employees alike – is key to success in our industry. And although we've made a major move in recent years from doing business entirely out of our storefronts, to doing a ton of business online, we've always wanted to keep that feeling of friendship and community alive, which is, […]

Interview With Your Friendly Neighborhood Print Blogger on M-Bossed!

Interview With Your Friendly Neighborhood Print Blogger on M-Bossed!

Actually, M-Bossed put together a whole week of Hotcards! Recently, our excellent friend Ryan McAbee over at M-Bossed asked me if I'd be interested in talking to him about how Hotcards uses social media to promote our printing services. He had some great questions, which I responded to with many a noble sentiment on the ability of social media to connect us and create online communities that parallel the communities we develop in our own neighborhoods and cities. I tried not to go too overboard enthusiastic in my responses, but it is core to the business philosophy here at Hotcards that caring about and interacting meaningful with people – customers and employees alike – is key to success in our industry. And although we've made a major move in recent years from doing business entirely out of our storefronts, to doing a ton of business online, we've always wanted to keep that feeling of friendship and community alive, which is, […]

Hotcards Ranks Among the Country’s Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses

Hotcards Ranks Among the Country’s Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses

And yup, we're still a printing company. At a time when printers are supposed to be packing up their things quietly and going home, we got some pretty amazing news. Last week, ICIC (Initiative for a Competitive Inner City) and Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked Hotcards as 38th on a list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses in America. They threw a big party for us in Boston, we got to mix it up with other winners from all over the country, and listen to some pretty amazing speakers. “Business must find a way to engage positively in society, but this will not happen as long as it sees its social agenda as separate from its core business agenda.” – Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business School Some cool facts on the Inner City 100: “Collectively, the top 100 inner city businesses employ 10,700 employees and have created more than 6,300 new jobs between 2004 and 2008. Individually, the median Inner City […]

The Epic Odyssey of the LeBron2010 Banner

The Epic Odyssey of the LeBron2010 Banner

Edge-of-your-seat full color printing action! If you follow the Hotcards' blog, then you know that the team around here does a lot of cool stuff. In an interview we did a while back with graphic designer Glen Infante, he told us all about a side project of his, LeBron2010. For the last two years, Glen, and other RealCavsFans, have been trying to raise enough money to have a giant banner of LeBron James printed and posted in Cleveland. The message: keep LeBron in Cleveland and on the Cavs! Finally, after a ton of fundraising and a ton of work, the banner/billboard went up last week on the side of Nick's Sports Corner. But it didn't go up easy! On Friday, it seemed like everything was going to go off without a hitch. The massive 70 x 20 foot banner was printed, as were gorgeous matching posters that would be given away at Nick's over the weekend. Then, at the 11th […]

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