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Dean Lois Brayfield



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President J. Schmid & Assoc. Inc.
LBrayfield@CatalogUniversity.com
Lois Brayfield, has been making a difference in direct marketing for 30 years. She has worked with Hallmark, American Express(UK), HoneyBaked Ham, Wolfermans, IKEA, Sears (Canada), Ezibuy (Australia) and Marks & Spencer (UK.) She is a frequent speaker at conferences including the DMA Annual and NEMOA, a contributing writer for Multi-Channel Merchant and serves on the boards of NEMOA, ACMA and the Editorial board for Target Marketing.

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From the Catalog Blog:

Does Flow Matter for Catalog Pagination?

Over the last few years, we have been working with several internet pure play companies who are just getting into cataloging. One of the things I’ve noticed is they are very focused on the flow of the catalog. I think that coming from the internet they really value a narrative, because it’s really hard to […]

Ignorance gone to seed

My friend Lois shared a bit of Ozark wisdom with me a while back. Whenever the Trader Joe’s weekly mailer comes in it springs to mind. If you haven’t seen the Trader Joe’s weekly flyer, it looks like a throwback to 1865, one color, printed on newsprint, no images, everything the same size. But in […]

Part 1: August 18th is National Mail Order Catalog Day

August 18th is National Mail Order Catalog Day! What? Yes, it’s a day dedicated to catalogers everywhere. Seriously. Not kidding. As a catalog consultant, I often tell clients that cataloging is in my blood. Part of my DNA. I recall my first real job after I graduated from college: Macauley’s Office Supply in Detroit, Michigan. […]


Welcome to the College of Creative!

New Classes

 

Is there a class that can teach you how to design a great catalog?

The answer is both simple and infinitely complex. There are design “rules” which, if understood and followed, can increase catalog demand, increase customer engagement, increase time on page, increase average order value, reduce returns and eliminate common inventory problems. Sounds amazing right? Great catalog creative does wonderful things but, (with something that amazing there is always a “but”), every catalog is different so the answer is not the same for everyone. Learning and understanding the most important design concepts is Job #1 for any new catalog designer.

And great catalog design intersects with catalog marketing and catalog merchandising. Think of them like a three legged stool – all three legs have to be in good working order. While the most important ingredient for catalog success is great merchandise, great creative is where the magic happens. If you are looking for a good basic course in catalog creative start with “Core Principles in Catalog Creative” It will walk you through the creative process starting with the macro elements like Brand and Marketing Strategy, then drill down into the micro elements like Pagination, Hot Spots and Messaging. There are lots more classes on catalog design as well as recorded Pub Talks with catalog all-stars like Lois Brayfield, and Jeff Ryan.

Creating a compelling Brand

One of the most important jobs in catalog creative is making sure that the design, photography, and copywriting are in sync and are a reflection of your company’s brand. If you are looking for a great class on how to create brand cohesion across channels check out “Consider a Brand Campaign“. You’ll find it in the creative strategy courses.

Pick up copy writing tips

Wouldn’t it be great to have the head writer at L.L. Bean give you pointers on how to write great catalog copy? Check out “10 Ghoulish Copywriting Mistakes NOT to make” with Bean alumnus Jeff Ryan. Want to take it to the next level? “Storytelling to Create Product Stickiness” delves into how using stories can increase engagement and make an ordinary product into something compelling.

Take catalog design and strategy classes whenever it’s convenient

And for a fraction of what a single class would cost. There are a great selection of design classes at Cat-U and we are adding more all the time. If you have questions or aren’t sure where to start just ask the Dean of Creative, Lois Brayfield. She would be happy to answer questions and point you in the right direction.

Catalog University is dedicated to helping catalogers succeed! Half of your subscription goes directly to our deans and presenters. We feel that’s the best way to reward the working professionals who are taking time out of their busy schedules to help you succeed in the complex and fascinating world of catalogs.