Everytime you add new product you have to position it. Positioning is the story you tell the customer about why they want it and what it will do for them. The first and most important question is “What is it good for?” That isn’t a simple question—consider the avocado. In the 70’s, when avocado growers were […]
From the Catalog Blog:
When someone says “Can we promote this in the catalog?” how do you answer? Catalogs can move the needle on a lot of fronts: customer acquisition, inventory issues, brand enhancement, and customer education. To do things effectively there needs to be a pretty relentless focus on the catalog’s strategy and costs. If you need to promote […]
Last year I took a fresh look at swapping out covers for versioning and realized that changing how the catalog signatures (pages that get printed together) were bound together allowed clients to have greater flexibility at very little cost. Here’s how it works. The traditional pagination for a 36-page catalog has a 4-page cover and […]
Welcome to the College of Leadership & Finance!
Find the catalog training classes you need to get ahead
Whether you are looking to improve your own skills, or find catalog training courses for your staff, Catalog University is a great value. We offer discounts for groups over five individuals and can work with you to develop individualized training programs.
Take catalog training classes whenever it’s convenient
And for a fraction of what a single class would cost at $24.95/month per person. There are many interesting catalog leadership classes at Cat-U and we are adding more all the time.
Leadership training tips
If you are having trouble with difficult employees start with “Bad Apples and Effective Leaders“. If you want to get a better deal from vendors by honing your negotiation skills check out “Negotiation Training“. Want to improve company moral? Check out “Powered by Positivity!“.
Build your skills
Take the Catalog University class on “Preparing for Media Interviews” and never say “Shoot, I wish I had remembered to say ____” again. You can also learn more about other areas of cataloging that directly impact the bottom line by taking classes in any of the other colleges.
Looking to shake things up? Watch Andy James, of New Pig, talk about “Web First Workflow: Is It Right for You?” and learn how changing to a web-first workflow radically increased efficiency for Merchandising, Marketing and Creative.
If you have questions or aren’t sure where to start just ask, Janie Downey, 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 tuition goes directly to the 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.