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Below you will see a list of all our upcoming Pub Talks. Pub Talks are FREE and an easy way to keep up with our ever changing industry. Join the discussion and ask questions during a live session, or catch a recorded session later. Recorded Pub Talks are free for about a week and are always available to subscribers.

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October 2017

How to Make Your Workplace a Better Place

October 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

Sparking Communication and Relationships at Work In this interactive session, Susan Landay, President and Co-owner of Trainers Warehouse and sister brand, Office Oxygen, will look at why building relationships is so hard for adults. She'll discuss the different types of relationships you might want to build, then identify concrete ways to do it – by asking the right questions, setting ground rules when needed, and having meaningful conversations. Susan has helped foster a terrific, sharing atmosphere at her company by:…

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February 2018

2017 Year in Review, aka “Cats & Bacon”

February 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

Every year, Catalog University co-founders, Sarah Fletcher and I (Janie Downey), sort through several TONS of direct marketing pieces we received in the mail to find the best and the worst to share with you. We call this talk "Cats & Bacon" because there's always so much to like - just like Cats & Bacon. What are the trends we're seeing in catalogs and in smaller direct marketing pieces? What terrific cover treatments did we see this year? What are the…

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March 2018

It’s Catalog Critique Time with Woodcraft!

March 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

We're excited to host our first catalog critique of the year with new Cat U subscriber company, Woodcraft. If you aren't familiar with Woodcraft, take a peek at their website. Our catalog critiquer is Neal Schuler, VP of Creative for J. Schmid, a terrific creative agency based in Mission, Kansas. Neal has extensive experience in direct marketing and always offers powerful insights that help not just the catalog he's critiquing, but everyone who is listening. Cat U critiques can touch on…

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April 2018

Tips and Tricks for Acquiring New Publishing Technology

April 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

Publishing Technology continues to evolve and improve, allowing people to do more things much faster. But is that always necessary? Just because you can do something, does that mean you should do it? And is buying new technology enough? What do you need to do at your organization to make sure the tech you put in place really helps? Join Cat U Dean Scot Barker on Thursday, 4/26 at noon EST as he talks not only about technology, but processes…

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May 2018

Tips for Selling Effectively on Amazon

May 31, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

This month in the Cat U Pub, Dean of Ecom Chris Middings, brings you the inside scoop on Amazon advertising based on years of experience running pay-per-click campaigns for a mix of clients. Here's the bottom line: If you're selling products on Amazon, you should be advertising on Amazon. Amazon has the world's best data on what people actually buy, and you can leverage it to get incremental sales on the platform. Everyone on Amazon is at the "bottom of…

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June 2018

Managing New Privacy Standards

June 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

Consumer privacy issues and concerns are all over the news. As an ethical direct marketer, what can you do to assure your customers that shopping with you is safe? What are the new standards? And how can you best cut through the confusion? Please join us on Thursday, 6/21, at noon EST to hear from attorney Kevin Haley. Kevin's firm, Brann & Isaacson, specializes in direct marketing issues. Kevin is great at both understanding the law and explaining it in…

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July 2018

Processes, People and Products to Become 100% Customer-Focused

July 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

In the new consumer-driven age, direct marketer and retailer MacKenzie-Childs decided to shift their focus from individual marketing programs to a strategy based on reaching customers where and when they should be reached. Their improved ability to acquire and retain customers will be presented in this talk from two perspectives: from retailer MacKenzie-Childs, and from their technology partner, QuickPivot. This talk will help you see what happens when you stop thinking in marketing programs and instead shift to becoming 100% customer focused.…

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November 2018

Creative Review – Hammacher Schlemmer is in the Pub!

November 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

We are excited to announce that the creative team at Hammacher Schlemmer is allowing us to do a creative review for them in the Cat U Pub. We'll go live with the results on Thursday, 11/15 at noon ET. Neal Schuler from J. Schmid is hosting the review. We love when Neal is in the Pub because we always learn so much from him. If you've never joined us before for a creative review, you're in for a treat. What…

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February 2019

2018 Year in Review, aka Cats & Bacon

February 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

Every year, Catalog University co-founders Sarah Fletcher and Janie Downey sort through TONS of direct marketing pieces to pull out anything they find intriguing that we can all learn from. They call this talk "Cats & Bacon" because you just can't look away - like when someone mentions Cats. Or Bacon. Yum. What are the trends they're seeing in catalogs and in smaller direct marketing pieces? What terrific cover treatments did they see this year? What are the latest trends…

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June 2019

The Great Eight: What Catalog Marketing Will Look Like In 2025

June 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub

Where is catalog marketing headed in the next six years? In this fun and informative session, Kevin Hillstrom will leverage his experience analyzing ten billion purchase records for 225+ clients to explain what catalog marketing might look like in the year 2025. Utilizing his “Great Eight” format for evaluating growth strategies within brands, Kevin will offer actionable strategies related to: Audience Awareness Acquisition Welcome Programs Anniversary Programs Optimization Programs New Merchandise Existing Merchandise Join us to learn about how to…

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Looking for FREE classes and information on direct mail, direct marketing and the catalog industry? The Catalog University Pub is where you will see great presentations by top industry experts. The Pub covers a wide range of topics with classes on:

Direct Marketing
Catalog Design
Catalog Marketing
Catalog Merchandising
Marketing Analytics
Catalog Operations
Direct Marketing Best Practices
E-commerce Best Practices
Email Marketing
Marketing Strategy
and so much more!

Sign up for the Catalog University mailing list to get updates about upcoming classes and Pub Talks. We'll also send you a FREE copy of the Great Catalog Checklist. It's super handy and loaded with information you'll use over and over again. There's always something new to learn at Catalog University and we hope you join us in the Pub soon.