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Tactics and tips on how brands can effectively use print catalogs as part of their multichannel marketing mix. Areas of focus include catalog circulation, catalog design, copywriting, printing/production, postal, direct mail, B-to-B, lists, content marketing, product photography and digital catalogs.


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Catalog Doctor : Rules to Live By

Susan J. McIntyre, editorial advisor August 2014

PATIENT: "Doc, you've been around the block a few times in the catalog business. In all that time, have you come up with any overarching...

USPS Says Click N Ship Technical Issues Are Over

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A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service told EcommerceBytes that a database migration on the agency's Click-N-Ship website on July 16 was the cause of...

Measuring the Incremental Value of Catalog Mailings

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Catalog marketing is a simple economic model: profits are maximized when you mail all circulation that exceeds your break-even point. However, knowing the incremental sales...

Retailers Mail Style Guides to Entice Shoppers

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Retailers such as Ann Taylor and J.Crew have refashioned their direct mail brochures as "style guides." Besides magazine-type content like interviews with celebrities, these print...

Staples, USPS End Program to Set Up Mini-Post Offices in Stores

Staples July 15, 2014

Staples said it will end a pilot program with the U.S. Postal Service to set up mini-post offices in the company's retail outlets, after several...

Cataloging is Rocket Science

Susan J. McIntyre July 10, 2014

Over the years, I've come to realize that in many ways cataloging  is  rocket science. Here are four reasons why:...

What a Cataloger Learned at IRCE

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There was an energy — not to mention growing audience — to the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) last week that reflected the fast...

Restoration Hardware Weighs in With 17-Pound Catalog

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Everyone is talking about Restoration Hardware. Not about the massive Moorish, walnut-studded, king-size bed or the vintage leather boarding school boxing gloves you'll find in...

FedEx’s Price Rise Is a Blessing in Disguise for Amazon

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No. 1 on the list of chores the Internet has done away with: dragging yourself to the store to stock up on unwieldy items and...

Don't Let Your Catalog Creative Schedule Drive You Crazy

Susan J. McIntyre May 12, 2014

It seems like catalog creative/production schedules, just like budgets, have gotten so tight they drive everyone crazy. Here are nine tips for bringing sanity...