Pull up! Pull up! Behold the slide to irrelevance

A friend and colleague, Kristen Stetson, asked me recently if I knew someone at The Company Store. I don’t, but when you are done reading this please pass it on if you do. The disconnect Kristen saw a headboard that she liked in The Company Store catalog. She was looking for a headboard so this […]

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 […]

Convert Those 1x Buyers

For circulation planners, the 2017 holiday season has begun. If you’re interested in FREE options using a few tricks to improve catalog productivity of your 1-time (1x) buyers, keep reading. Determine how many 1x buyers you have. My guess is 50% of the customers on your database have only made one purchase in their lifetime […]

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, […]

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 […]