Catalog Design

Sizzle AND Steak
September 22, 2015 at 10:52 am

Good brands have personality, and frankly, The Kansas City Steak Company lacked one. That was the harsh assessment from John McKinven, president of The K.C. Steak Co.’s direct-to-consumer business, during a keynote presentation at the NEMOA directXchange Fall Conference in Schaumburg, Ill. last week. The purveyor of high-quality meats was suffering from a lack of…

Sales Down? Looking for Causes? Here's a Checklist
August 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

PATIENT: “Doc, we've recently experienced a sales drop and I don't understand why. What's the best way to track down why it happened and how to fix it?” CATALOG DOCTOR: “You're doing right to quickly dig into causes behind the sales drop. The quicker you know why, the faster you can fix things. Here's a…

Aging Audience Dying? Or Just Evolving?
July 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

“Our audience is dying. We need to attract a younger audience to get sales back up.” I've heard this over and over for years from both consumer and business catalogers. Yet their age-range demographic reports usually show counts remaining stable, not declining. What's up? While it’s true for catalogers with older customer bases that a…

Why and How Creative Should Talk to Circulation
June 22, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Catalog creatives generally feel like they live in a different universe than circulation folks. However, both share the same catalog goals and you'll find you can achieve those goals faster and better by communicating with each other. Here are some tips on how and when to talk. Before You Begin Your Next Design Cycle 1.…

Time for a New Design or Just Bored?
May 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Being bored with your catalog design is a terrible reason for a redesign. Your feelings don’t count; your customers’ feelings do.

Who Killed the Catalog?
May 1, 2015

For years now, critics have been saying the print catalog is dying. Going away. A relic that's being replaced by the internet. It was almost like the word "catalog" was dirty. Something out of date or old fashioned, or so it seemed.

Benefit + Unique Sells
April 23, 2015

Are your catalog and products unique? Are they loaded with customer benefits? If "yes" to both, are you also telling your benefit and unique story well enough to your customers?

How Two Catalogers Managed Brand Refreshes
March 13, 2015

At the center of everything your business does is its brand. It's the core of your existence. A well-defined brand is critical to attracting and retaining customers in today's ultra-competitive retail environment. On the flip side, an aging or stale brand that lacks direction, innovation and creativity will turn customers away.

Catalogs, After Years of Decline, Are Revamped for Changing Times
January 26, 2015

In this digital age when filling a shopping cart requires little more than a click, the printed catalog keeps vying for a place on the coffee table. From Anthropologie to American Girl, Pottery Barn to Patagonia, retailers are still relying on direct mail even as they spend considerable resources on improving their websites to accommodate the steady increase in online shopping. Some of their catalog forays, however, barely resemble the traditional merchandise book. These days, retailers are employing devices like adventure tales and photo spreads of wildlife to catch shoppers’ eyes, hoping to secure purchases online or in-store.