Frequently Asked Questions

We print tens of thousands of paper placemats at a time and deliver them FOR FREE to local restaurants that meet our minimum qualifications… enough light to read by, enough time to read your ad (their choice), and decent cars in the parking lot.

A.  A bunch of them, sorted by service area!  We think it’s easiest if you find your answers on individual web pages so you can find exactly what you are looking for with very little effort and no distraction.  Here’s how:  Look in the top menu for Restaurant Maps at the far right.  In the drop down list is each of our service areas.  In each page, you find a list of restaurants, a map showing the location of each restaurant and approximate usage for that area.  Some restaurants are seasonal such as the two in the East Brady area which have summer camps nearby along the river.  FYI, Outlook Inn is listed as Rimersburg but local residents associate it with East Brady.  It’s just up over the hill on Rt 68.

A.  First, we need your help in figuring IF there is a problem.  Some possible reasons for your ad not being on placemats on tables:

  • Whoever was setting tables got into the wrong box of placemats.
  • Restaurant staff did not tell us they were low and they ran out.
  • One of their servers is having a bad day and doesn’t care.
  • Good news, you can help!

A.  Along the bottom of each placemat, our phone number is printed which means, until every placemat has been used AND the dumpster is emptied, our phone number is somewhere nearby!  Make sure restaurant personnel know they can call us and SHOULD call us when they are running low.

A small number of locations have placemats from two or three sources and each set of placemats has time on tables and time off.  Since we invoice by quantity, you can be sure you are still getting the value you paid for, even if your ad is not on tables all the time.

A. When we print special issues, we order 10,000 (10k) at a time.  For geographic service areas, we might print 10k or 15k but we have printed 40k of the same placemat in some rare circumstances.  Bulk pricing applies so you get a better price per thousand the more we print.  Pricing information here.

A.  Generally 6-8 weeks each order.

A.  We offer 14-18% off if someone wants an ongoing ad.  Some companies call it auto-renewal.  Basically, we put your ad on the placemats you want and you send a check when you receive our invoice.  Specials are posted on our website.  For the most up to date information, contact one of our sales reps or call our office at 724-548-7249.  See below on how to save money as an ‘ad sponsor’.

A.  Most of the placemats we print can be used in any restaurant in the targeted service area.  They are non-branded for a specific restaurant, aka “generic”.

A.  Yes, as long as it meets our technical specifications.  Many of our customers’ existing ads are sizes we don’t use and some are in color which have to be redone in grayscale since we print using only one ink color.

Grayscale, 200 dpi minimum resolution, 300 dpi preferred in PDF format with embedded fonts.  A single ad space is our basic building block but multiple spaces can be used for oversize ads.  A double ad would measure 2″ x 4″, triple = 2″ x 6″, etc.  Although it’s a rare occurrence, we have sold quadruple ads which are 4″x4″.

A.  Ad sponsorships are where local businesses pay a relatively small amount for a nonprofit organization’s ad or community announcement to be placed on our placemats.  Ad sponsorships are priced to save you money, sometimes as low as $25 per 10,000 placemats.  When these community-friendly ads tug at our hearts and pricing goes way way down, our company acts as a silent ad co-sponsor.

 

Sponsors are often recognized on the backs of T-shirts but only the higher levels of sponsorship have a logo showing.  We will print your website URL or phone number along with your name so people who see your sponsorship can find you on the Internet or call you.

Ad prices vary by size and the quantity of placemats printed.  We do give a price break for large quantities but it’s often impractical to print so many at one time.  If your ad needs to run over an extended period of time, we offer bundling (same ad on multiple issues) or discounts for ongoing ads, often called auto-renewal.  Pricing information.