Getting Social: Finding the ROI in Social Advertising

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, […]

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 […]

Catalogs After Dark with Matt Fey

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 […]

Amazon, Athleta and Man-Buns

The Art of Keeping it Simple. “Simple is harder than complex.” – Steve Jobs Browsing through a catalog of one of my favorite brands, I found myself completely frustrated, to the point that I eventually threw the catalog aside. Why? Because they made it hard for me to shop. We are in an era where […]