2018 Year in Review, aka Cats & Bacon

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 […]

2017 Year in Review, aka “Cats & Bacon”

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 […]

Finding The Business Within Your Business

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 […]

Catalog Review – The Challah Connection

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 […]

What Have You Learned Today?

In the “old days,” you attended K-12 classes. Then maybe you went to college, got a degree, got a job and progressed by working hard or making lateral moves to other companies to get ahead. Throughout your career, you learned from experienced people you worked with, and maybe you got a grad degree, but even […]

How Do You Keep Copy Fresh?

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 […]

Cats & Bacon: Direct Marketing Year in Review 2016

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 […]

Tips for Building a Great Team

In his new book Smarter, Faster, Better, Charles Duhigg looks at what makes a great team. One case study looks at Google where a group of innovative thinkers spent four years trying to answer this question. First, they looked at who was on a team and could find no pattern. It was only when they looked […]

Want to be more productive in 2017?

Want to make 2017 the year you get a spectacular amount of good work done? Start by getting organized with these organizational basics. Take care of yourself. If you don’t feel well, aren’t eating right, aren’t getting enough sleep, or are feeling generally stressed out, guess what? It’s going to be very hard for you […]

Winning Email Headlines

While most email boxes are full to the brim, email continues to an effective way to talk with existing customers and to find new customers. I loved an article this morning in FastCompany about what to include or not include in a winning subject line.