Catalog Circulation

Report: Amazon Planning Holiday Toy Catalog
July 6, 2018 at 11:42 am

Amazon.com is planning to publish a holiday toy catalog in an effort win the toy business that has come up for grabs after the demise of Toys“R”Us, according to a report in Bloomberg. People familiar with the strategy told Bloomberg that the catalog will be mailed to millions of U.S. households and handed out at Whole Foods locations, the grocery…

Measuring Catalog Success in the Digital Age: Part 2
May 17, 2018 at 9:47 am

Part one of this multipart series ran last week.  Here’s the impact that sending a catalog to a lapsed customer can have on revenue: Best Customer Control spend per customer: $8.00 (blends conversion and order value) Test spend per customer: $8.50 Cost of mailing: $0.50 Return on ad spend (ROAS) of mail group: 17x Incremental revenue: $0.50 (breakeven) Lapsed Customer…

Measuring Catalog Success in the Digital Age, Part 1
May 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

You might think in this multichannel marketing world of increased personalization and automated response where consumers buy or pass in a split-second at a surging number of contact points, that the catalog is dead. You would be wrong. Times have changed, for sure, but the catalog has endured, often bringing in big numbers for mailers.…

Sears to Bring Back its Iconic Holiday Catalog
October 26, 2017 at 11:47 am

This week, Sears announced it's bringing back its iconic holiday catalog. The department store chain hasn't had a catalog since 2011. CNBC reports Sears has "reinvented" the 120-page gift guide, which includes holiday decor, home furnishings, games and toys, appliances, apparel and more. There will also be a digital version available on the retailer's app…

Naughty or Nice List?
October 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm

In his Catalog Spotlight column, circulation expert Jim Coogan offers a list of tips to help catalogers squeeze the most sales and profit from their circulation this holiday shopping season.

50 Best Tips of 2017
October 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

A collection of the top tips featured in Total Retail’s magazine and e-newsletters this year, from content marketing to inventory management to merchandising, and much more.

Turning Lists Into Profits
August 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Catalog marketers are overwhelmed with data. They need to measure what’s important and keep track of the data that’s critical to the health of their catalog’s circulation, and do away with the rest. Here are tips on how to do just that:

L.L.Bean Rebrands to Be More Digital
July 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

L.L. Bean is stepping away from its traditional back-to-school catalog. Ad Age reports the Maine-based retailer is rolling out a new website with a digital push and three TV spots centered around its new "Be an Outsider" campaign. It's all part of an effort from the traditional catalog business to become more digital centric.  "The campaign…

Solving the Attribution Puzzle
June 22, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Catalogers rely on matchbacks to compare catalogs mailed against the response rates from their various housefile and prospecting list segments. However, matchback attribution rates, which are the percentage of orders that can be allocated back to a catalog mailing, are decaying. It’s important that the attribution of orders can be as high a percentage possible.…

Fighting for Catalogers’ Futures
October 10, 2016 at 5:07 pm

It can be easy for a catalog, or really any type of retail CEO, to overlook things. After all, especially with a catalog operation, there are so many factors that go into running a profitable business, right? Unless you’re a small mom-and-pop shop, wherein you personally oversee everything from soup to nuts, if you can…