To spotlight how Sparkfactor can better your business, let’s look at how small organizations broadcast their stories and achievements through annual reports. Many companies often wonder – what is the importance of an annual report? To put it simply: it is the best way to tell the background of your business, with you as it’s grand author. To an audience, your business narrative must be an engaging and lively one, and can also include a list of your personal achievements. Read further for an in depth look at why Annual Reports are so crucial for your business, how they can shape your story, and to see the Reports that Sparkfactor has successfully helped other businesses create.

How To Tell Your Story

All businesses start with a story, either how they came across their product or how they realized their community was missing a crucial service that they could provide. With this background, it’s important to show customers and clients how you came from the ground up and worked hard to prove yourself as a valued member of the community. The way you tell it can be as important as how your clients access it and understand it – on paper, or through the About Us Section for your website. 

 

Annual Reports are also a simple way to impart a great impression of your company to your customers, and get them engaged in what you’re doing that year. The design of your Annual Report can help with that engagement, and serve as a way for your audience as well as investors to understand your story. A well written and well thought out Annual Report can not only leave a great impression, but keeping records consistent and well documented further builds and brands your company as  established and professional.

 

Why Reports Are Crucial

You may wonder how Annual Reports are made, what they include, and how to write one – since they are an important reflection of your business’s reputation. An Annual Report has a comprehensive and in-depth report of a business’s achievements as well as their key metrics over the preceding year. Think of it as a victory lap for your business, to round up all the incredible goals you’ve achieved and the key performance standards you have set in the last year. 

Most important, it is a great opportunity to set even higher goals for the next year, and predict which parts of your company you can grow and expand upon. At Sparkfactor we have helped many small organizations and companies talk about their achievements through Annual Reports. One such organization is the Special Service Area of Greektown in Chicago, where we assisted in designing the Annual Report you see below.

 

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A page from one of our recent Annual reports

 

Within the Report were many ways to advertise Greektown and what services the area offered to its community. This second page neatly organized a Financial Report, new initiatives, recapped achievements, and measured other programs. With graphics, charts, and photos you can highlight both achievements and events from your past year, making the Annual Report a more interesting extension of your brand.

 

How We Can Help

Telling a strong, creative and compelling story in an Annual Report is how Sparkfactor can help your business or organization. With both great format and design, we have also helped out the Special Service Areas in Irving Park and Albany Park.  These reports were designed not only to generate attention and drive additional new businesses but to inform the community about upcoming projects and changes. 

Annual Reports with clean and clear graphics, generate buzz in the community and help serve a community purpose as well.

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A section of a different Annual Report, with graphics and statistics.

Let Sparkfactor assist in all matters of design, from cover photos to graphics to the layout and what content should be within your Annual Report. Our goal is to make your story easy to understand, and visually engaging, so that consumers are excited about what is happening within your organization and company.

 

Annual reports are large projects for companies and organizations to take on, they require a heavy amount of research into financial metrics as well as finding a way to summarize a year’s worth of achievements into only a few pages. But they can be perfect for engaging consumers or the community where your business thrives. By creating an Annual Report, not only can you take a victory lap for your business, but you can also set sights on new goals for the next one. If you are interested in creating an Annual Report, please look to Sparkfactor if you want to make yours shine!