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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 2016

Catalogs After Dark with Matt Fey

October 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

We can't wait to have J. Schmid Creative Director Matt Fey back in the Pub this fall. Matt will be talking about how to seduce customers with the provocative art of words and pictures. Matt will be showing how you can find the sex appeal in ANY brand, product, or service. Yow! How can you miss that!? Click below to register. See you October 12th, noon - 1:00 EST.

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The Power of Pain Points: Leveraging Your Customers’ Dilemmas to Create an Amazingly Useful Brand Experience

October 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

What problems are you solving for your customers? Have you made their lives easier or simpler in some way? Solved a tricky issue? Elevated a ho-hum daily experience for them is some way? Created a space in their day for refreshment? Made them feel special? Empowered them to reach one of their goals? Taken care of annoying little details for them? Beloved brands do indeed make a habit of solving problems like these for their customers.   Learn how your customers’…

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November 2016

How to Run Efficient and Effective Meetings

November 9, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

Meetings can take up most of your day at work. Are they worth it? Usually not! Join organizational expert (and Catalog U Co-founder) Janie Downey this November for tips and tricks to make meeting time more efficient and effective.

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Catalog Critique with Lois Brayfield

November 29, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

New date! We are super excited to announce our next Creative Critique on Tuesday, 11/29. Lois Brayfield is the President of direct marketing agency J.Schmid, and is Catalog U's Dean of Creative. In Lois' past reviews, she's found dozens of elements to comment on that are amazingly helpful. Her advice is guaranteed to give you great inspiration about ways to improve your own work. This November Lois will be walking us through Revival Animal Health and Mary Maxim. Check them out! And…

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January 2017

Cats & Bacon: Direct Marketing Year in Review 2016

January 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

Sarah Fletcher and I have a collective weird sense of humor which is a really good asset to have when you're running a website! Running a website AND keeping track of the twists and turns of our ever-evolving industry? That ALWAYS gives us points to ponder and a good laugh. Sort of like Cats and Bacon do on FB and YouTube 🙂 Each year, Sarah and I collect the crazy, cool and best stuff we see in print, in email,…

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February 2017

How Do You Keep Copy Fresh?

February 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

We recently got two great copy questions from our "Pub Regulars": How do you keep copy fresh when you sell the same product over and over? How do you give similar products a life of their own? Jeff Ryan wrote copy for L.L.Bean for 19 years and has gone on to write copy for dozens of other direct marketers. In this talk, Jeff will share ideas for ways to keep copy fresh and relevant, and to differentiate between two or more…

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March 2017

Catalog Review – The Challah Connection

March 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

We're excited for our first Catalog Review of the year. On Wednesday, March 8th at noon EST, Neal Schuler from the J. Schmid Agency, will walk us through his thoughts and suggestions for The Challah Connection catalog. What can you learn by hearing brilliant insights about someone else's catalog? How about... What makes a great cover? What works well on pages 2-3? How can you improve on your brand message? How well does your catalog work as a web driver? What copy works…

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May 2017

Finding The Business Within Your Business

May 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

John Miglautsch has deep roots in direct marketing. He loves the challenge of working with B2C catalogers to find their inner B2B business - and with B2B direct marketers to figure out a strong B2C strategy. He believes that it's not just your brand or your product that brings success. It's figuring out ways to unlock the attribution puzzle as you discover the business within your business. In this talk, John will discuss case studies from Industrial Safety, Mutual Group, Cabela's,…

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38 Ecommerce Tips, Tricks, and Tactics You Can Implement Today!

May 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cat-U Pub
Free

We are super excited to have Amy Africa join us in the Catalog University Pub on May 24th at noon EST. If you don't already know her, Amy is one of the brightest, most innovative thinkers on all things web. For this talk, Amy will focus  on ways your company can make more money this holiday season. I know. We're talking about Holiday 2017. It's time! This talk is for B2B, B2C, and anyone else who sells something - anything -…

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July 2017

Getting Social: Finding the ROI in Social Advertising

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

Social advertising is one of the hardest channels to attribute clear ROI. Yet its targeting offers the best way to connect more deeply with your customers. Most retailers think of social advertising as a necessary evil. In this talk, you’ll learn how it can be a great connector! On Wednesday, 7/12, at noon EST, Sandra Rand, VP of Marketing for OrionCKB, will talk about current best practices in social media, including: How paid social increases the efficiency of all other ad…

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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!

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