Top 4 reasons why do you need a catalog designer

Product catalog showcases your products to your customers and so connects you with your target audience. A catalog could become a new breath of fresh air to your business in increased sales, advanced branding, and better customer relations. So, all you want to achieve with the marketing efforts. However, not every catalog could bring the expected result. This is why we are offering you to rely on the professionals and let us create a catalog for you. 

Catalog to boost your business

In this article, you will find more information on how the catalog designer could make a difference for you and some tips you want to keep in mind if you’re going to build a catalog by yourself.

Why do you need a catalog designer?

1. To make your catalog look attractive 

There are thousands of catalogs out there, and one of your main goals is to stand out. An excellent and professional-looking design is one of the first steps on your way towards the selling catalog. 

This point is tightly connected to the idea of branding. Using simple words, your brand is the emotion that would associate with your products among the customers. An experienced designer knows how color and font could provoke the ‘right’ feeling. If you still have not decided on the main branding components – logo, color scheme, font, design of icons, the Catalog Machine team could help you do it. Vice versa, if you already have established branding attributes, we will make sure that they are used in your online or PDF catalog. 

Crate your brand

Tip: Use similar branding attributes among all your marketing materials and your landing pages. By doing this you are creating brand recognition among your target audience.   

2. To decide on the most relevant content 

The main difference between the general designer and the one specializing in the catalogs, line sheets, lookbooks, and price lists is understanding the most relevant content for your clients. Of course, you know your business from the bottom, so before designing marketing material, an experienced catalog designer will discuss the most crucial information with you. For example, the target audience’s understanding and the action that should be taken after reviewing a catalog will affect the result. 

The main reason for that is the limited amount of space for the information. A designer presents it on the page the way, so the most important pieces will be evident from the first glance. For example, if your goal is sales, the information on how the client should do it must be formulated as a call-to-action sentence and include supportive materials – ‘Call us to make an order, +1XXXXXXXXX’

Tip: You may want to include the call-to-action sentence and supportive materials on each page of your catalog, footer, or header, especially if your catalog is a 100-page-long. 

3. To stay unique 

The is always an option to use a pre-designed template for your catalog. On the one hand, all the templates are general, and they won’t consider your specific business needs. It means that you will need to update product fields and/or branding colors manually. 

On the other hand, you want to avoid the situation when you and your competitor are using the same template. As we have already discussed, the design of your line sheet, lookbook, etc., is strongly associated with your brand. You don’t want to confuse the client to confuse you with the other brand just because you are using the same template. 

Catalog layout

What we are doing to avoid this situation is the competitor analysis. Firstly, you can tell us what part of the design you like. There is nothing wrong with taking advantage of the publicly available materials. Secondly, we will make sure that there is no one like you out there. 

4. A catalog designer will save your time and money 

A time part is pretty obvious. Transferring the responsibilities to the professionals makes you available for other urgent business needs. Creating a professional-looking design requires specific skills, which is another time-consuming action you will need to take if you want to create a good-looking catalog by yourself. 

The distinctive characteristic of the Catalog Machine platform is automation. What does it mean in practice? Once our designer has a ready catalog for you, you don’t need to order another one next season or once you update your product database. You can connect the catalog to your website or Shopify page with the help of Zapier. So, it will include only up-to-date products. No need to pay the designer twice!  

Design on several devices

Now you know why you would ever hire a catalog designer and why Catalog Machine is the right choice. To order your catalog, log in to catalogmachine.com, upload your products to the system, and message us about the type of your catalog (line sheet, datasheet, lookbook, price list, etc.) and share your design ideas. It usually takes us 3 to 7 days to finish your order.  

You have full flexibility to decide with Catalog Machine – when you need our professional help with creating a catalog or when you are ready to do everything yourself. Both options are open!

 

Order form: All you need to know

A purchase order form is a necessary tool for every business. It helps to improve financial and inventory control, manage incoming orders, and streamline the procurement processes. In this article, we will see in detail what is a purchase order form, what is necessary to include there, and how to create one for your business in a couple of minutes.

What is a purchase order form? 

A purchase order form is a template that is used for a purchase order. Generally speaking, it is a written agreement between the buyer and the seller about quantity, quality, time of delivery in the form of a document. It is mostly used at the B2B market when wholesaler, manufacturer, or retailer sells a high number of products at once.  

Digital order form template

Products & Services

An order form is used when businesses purchase both products and services. For example, you need to print out a brochure as a part of your marketing campaign. A printing agency will ask you to fill out a document where you will tell how many brochures do you need, what type of paper the agency should use, etc. 

Online & offline 

We have defined a purchase order as a document. However, it does not mean that it should be printed out. Lots of businesses that are operating online use a digital purchase order form. The difference is that in the online world it can be used for people, not just companies. Imagine the last time you bought cloth online? You need to select a size, color, and quantity before submitting. In other words, you are filling up an order form. 

What to include in your order form?

Based on the Purchase Control article, a general order form should contain the following fields. 

  • Information about the seller – the name of the company, address, contact info.
  • Information about the buyer – the name of the company/person, address, contact info. 
  • Purchase order number – a unique numerical identifier of the order. 
  • Information about the products – quantity, characteristics, etc.
  • Pricing – total and for each particular product.
  • Shipping details – when a product will be shipped, approximate date of arrival, address for delivery. 

After filling up a form, the customer usually received a confirmation via email, message, or even a phone call, if a seller needs to confirm any details.

How to create an order form? 

Catalog Machine is online software that allows you to create an order request form ready for printing or design a catalog with an embedded order form. Let’s see how you can create a PDF purchase order form in 3 Steps.

Step 1. 

After logging in to the system, go to Catalog and click Crete New on the top right corner. 

create new catalog

Select the Blank option on the very left. Click Create your catalog. 

catalog type

Step 2. 

Now you need to select a proper layout. 

Click More types on the right part of your screen. 

Working area for creating catalogs

Select Order form from the appeared page layout options. 

Order form layout

Now you need to select a template that suits your business needs: with product images, wholesale or static order forms. All of them are fully customizable, so no worries if you need to add extra information or change the design. 

Step 3. 

Customizing order form. 

Add products you would like to include. 

You can add products one by one, all products at once, or a group (collection or category). 

After adding, you can click Update Products to finish creating. The other option is to select Fields and Design to add more or delete some product fields and change the design. 

Play around with the available options to find the one that you like the most.

Adding products to order form

To preview how it will look like a PDF document or download it to your device, go to View/Download, PDF section, and select the option you need.

Adding an order form to an existing catalog

… is even more comfortable. 

Go to the catalog, click on the Orders on the left sidebar.  

Creating catalog

Here you can enable orders right from the catalog. 

As you can see from the image below, it will appear here once someone makes an order. 

List of orders

Advanced Settings 

Configure order request settings from the Order Requests page.

Configure order request settings from Order Requests page.

  • Custom caption for the button and order form
  • Enable product prices and totals for order requests
  • Enable product variants (displayed for products that have variants) with fields
  • Fill in the order form header and footer.
  • Add custom fields
  • · Select product fields that will be added to a notification email, presented at the order request form for your client and order request details page for you.
  • Configure a notification email sent to your customer

Order Request Settings

Order Request List, Details, and Management

Go to the Order Requests page from the right sidebar to access the list and details pages. 

the list and details pages. 

On the list page:

  • Manage simple order request life-cycle: Accept, Reject or Close order requests or delete them. These actions are available from list and details pages.
  • Filter orders by text, status, products, and dates
  • Export orders in CSV format

Order Details

Click on Order ID to access the Order Request Details.

You can add your notes on the Order Request Details page.

Manage order numbers

Change order request number by clicking on it and entering the number that will be synchronized with your system. After that, all new orders will be automatically enumerated using your system (ex. Renamed last order is 1234, the next one will be 1235). The system recognizes only the numerical part of the order name. So, if you name the order ABC1234, the next one will still be 1235. 

Manage list of orders

Back to Order Request

Now you know what a purchase order form is, why you need it, and how you can easily create one with Catalog Machine

How to create a beautiful template to present your products?

A template is a design tool used to present text, symbols, and images. Templates are widely used in social media and for advertising and marketing.

Why are they so popular?
  • Time efficiency. It only takes seconds to present your product or information using a template.
  • Cost efficiency. Hiring a designer is way more expensive than using templates. Moreover, you can easily find free templates or create some yourself.
  • Guaranteed results. We will talk about catalog templates. Here, the term “catalog” includes line sheets, look books, data sheets, brochures, and sales sheets. If you want to create these, keep reading to learn some tricks that will make your life easier.

What to consider before creating a template

While you can create a template for the whole catalog, it’s hard to predict how it will look once you fill in the actual product information. Therefore, we recommend generating a template for each product individually. In this way, you can easily add or delete products without affecting the overall document. However, you should keep three things in mind.

  1. What is the purpose of your catalog?

A line sheet and a look book have different purposes. A line sheet targets retailers who will make a rational decision about further collaboration with you. So, you want to include all the data about the product. Conversely, a look book aims to target consumers and appeals to their emotions. A good look book has a large image of the product and minimum information, usually, the price and some product variants such as size and color.

As you can see, based on the type and purpose of the catalog, your template will look different. Always check twice to confirm whether the catalog you are using or generating serves your initial goal.

  1. What are your customers’ expectations?

Your target audience expects a certain type of behavior from you which is based on industry standards and brand identity. For instance, companies in the toy industry should always convey positivity and use bright colors and optimistic language. At the same time, businesses in the same industry could have different images. Let’s look at the automobile industry. Toyota aims to produce the best family car, Tesla the most environmentally friendly car, and BMW the most luxurious car. So, define who you are in your industry and try to maintain this image in the product template.

  1. How many products per page are you presenting?

The more products you have, the less information about one product you can fit on the page. Remember, leaving some space between images and the text is the golden rule of today’s design. Based on our experience, the ideal maximum number of products per page is 6. However, if you have 10000 products in one catalog, you would want to fit in as many products per page as you can. In this case, you should think carefully about the information you include.

How to create a template for your catalog? 

Catalog Machine is an online platform that allows you to generate templates from scratch. Let’s use it as an example of template creation.

After you create an account and upload your products, select Catalogs and click on New Catalog in the top right corner. From the options that appear, select Grid. 

You can also find existing templates based on the industry and catalog types.

Click on Select Catalog Products and move products you want to include in the catalog from the right-side column to the left.

The next step is the most interesting for us because it’s time to create the template. But first, let’s select how many products per page you want to present. Then click on +New Template to design one from scratch.

Here, all you need to do is allocate the desired elements on the canvas. An image, product name, price, and description are the most common, so, we will continue working with them.

Make sure the image file is big enough, and that the client can easily see the details.

The text also should be easy to read. However, the font may be even more important than the size. This template has a Monserrat font, which is straight and clear. Do some font research on the platform and select the one you like the most.

Make essential parts of the text bold to attract customers’ attention.

Don’t forget to align the text as it generates a neat presentation.

On the left side of the screen, you can see your products. Click on any one of them to see how the template will look with actual product information. Make changes if the text or image doesn’t fit.

Once you are happy with the template, click Save.

Now it’s time to see how the products look arranged together on one page. You can always go back to the template and change it if it does not meet your expectations.

If you are satisfied with it, click on Create a Catalog.

Template creation can be challenging if you don’t know your goal, your customers’ expectations, and how to structure the page. Once you answer these questions, sign up on https://www.catalogmachine.com/ and create your template quickly and easily!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to create a Price List: All you need to know

A good price list will benefit your business in the following ways:

  1. Standardized prices enhance your trustworthiness as a brand and help avoid miscommunication with clients and retailers.
  2. A defined price list makes discounts seem more significant.
  3. It simplifies price management for business owners.

However, you can only achieve all this by creating a professionally structured price list. Here, we offer you some design and structure tips to craft a price list, accompanied by step-by-step instructions.

What makes a good Price List?

Structure everything

Most price lists have a tabular format. Clients are already used to it, so they know where to find the requisite information. For example, a common listing practice puts the product name and code on the extreme left with the prices on the extreme right. Implementing a table structure allows you to arrange numerous products simultaneously, which helps keep the document short. This brings us to the next point.

Beauty Price List

Keep it short and clear 

A professional price list is merely a few pages in length; there is no need to include all the product information in it. Usually, the list contains everything a client needs to pick a product and confirm an order. We recommend you include the following items:

  • Product name
  • Short description
  • Price (Retail and wholesale, if necessary)

Some industries may also require a product code (e.g. supply industry) or a small image (e.g. fashion industry).

Include contact information

Make sure the client can find contact information at first glance. For instance, if you have a multiple-page price list, put the information at the top-right corner of every page. Apart from this, also include it on the front page and the bottom of the cover page, if you have one. Remember, a purchase decision is usually a matter of seconds. So, a person who can’t reach out to you quickly is a lost client. Let us also clarify that we are not including houses, cars, etc. in this point.

Clothing Price List

Use a simple design 

Use two or three brand colors that look good together. If you are still not sure, you can find some eye-catching color combinations here. With the font, the safest option is to go with one type. You can play around with thickness or size to attract attention to specific points. Having a background full of colors can be irritating and distract from the primary purpose, so keep it simple.

Now you know the basic design rules to build a professional-looking price list. Let’s see how you can implement them in practice.

How to build a Price List?

Catalog Machine is an online platform that you can use to create a gorgeous price list. I will use it to illustrate the above theory in practice.

Once you log in and upload your product database, go to Catalogs and click on Create New Catalog. From the presented options, select Price List.

Price List as a type of a catalog

Now, add products from the database to the price list and click on Set Up a Price List in the top right corner.

Add products to the Price LIst

Now it’s time to select a structure for your price list. All the templates have a table layout that agrees with the first point made above, so, you can choose any of them and be sure of the result. Here, I select the first one as it has a predefined place for contact information.

I have already received a unified table, as you can see from the picture below. However, I am not satisfied with the design and still need to insert information such as company name, contact information, and logo in the predefined fields. For the company name and phone/address, you can directly type it in. To add a Logo, click on the sign. On the right-hand side of the screen, select Change Image, and upload an image from your computer.

To fix the table design, click on the Edit Product List button.

Price List Layout

Let’s start with the information that I want to include. To keep it clear and simple, I will remove the filled-in product description and add the image file to make my price list more appealing.

I then click on the Field button on top of the screen and use the Remove and Add options to manipulate the fields.

Now it’s time to change colors and fonts. I like the combination of Light Blue (#89ABE3FF) and White (#FCF6F5FF) with Josefin Sans font. With this choice, I achieve a light and stunning design.

To do this, I click on Design and Structure and select the needed font from the list. I then type in the color HEX number in the header. The header and borders should have matching colors. So, the table seems consistent and does not distract a reader from the text. Since I am going with white and blue, I will make the borders blue as well.

We have covered almost everything, except for a few details. Ensure that the font inside the table and the font you use for the other fields match. I will use a Josefin Sans for all the text in my price list. You can also center text inside the table.

To see the result of your work, click on Preview and select a format. The beauty here is that you can get your price list in both digital and PDF formats simultaneously. Here is the result of our work.

Click on https://www.catalogmachine.com/templates/price-list to create your professional price list!

What is a line sheet?

A line sheet is a marketing material that companies use to present their products to the retail stores and make an order. The last feature is crucial because the primary purpose of the line sheet is to sell. 

What is a line sheet?

In the past, PDF and printed line sheets were the only options, so an order form was usually included. Unless this presentation format is still popular and proves its effectiveness, some of the companies are shifting their marketing materials online. In the case of a digital line sheet, there is an ordering function that is already inbuilt in the file. Moreover, when there are any changes to the product information, the printed line sheets become outdated. 

From the retail buyer’s perspective, a line sheet is a document with all the essential information presented clearly. So, they can quickly and easily make a decision if the product is the right fit for their store. Additionally, some retail stores have a list of requirements of how the line sheet should look like. 

Long story short, every wholesale business uses a line sheet to present their products. This statement is true across almost all categories – apparel, jewelry, furniture, toys, etc.  

The Line Sheet Structure and Design 

A good line sheet has a well-organized structure. The main rule to the line sheet design is to make it absolutely clear. A line sheet is a reference guide for the buyer to find product details. 

So, the client can easily search for the information needed. The buyer should see the product range, how much it costs, and where to order it from the first sight.

 Line Sheet Design

Usually, a line sheet has a landscape layout. On the top edges, you can find contact details, such as company name, email address, phone number, website and street address, and company’s logo.

A line sheet is a few pages long. The shorter, the better. So, the products are placed on the page in a grid format (2×4, 4×4, etc.) with several lines of product details. These details usually include price, sizing, color options, and any other important information like that.

Plain background and high-quality images are two contributors to the professional-looking design of the line sheet. This is where a designer departs from lifestyle photography and focuses more on straight product shots.

As we have already mentioned, a good line sheet has an order form, and all the information needed to fill it out. 

Line Sheet Structure

A line sheet is also often customized for each client. So the “one size fits all” approach does not work in this case. Different retailers have different needs and expectations from suppliers and their products. 

The line sheet is an essential part of the sales process. So the B2B businesses put time and effort into using the best practices and strategies to create them.

What’s the difference: Line Sheet, Catalog, Lookbook?

A line sheet is sometimes referred to as a product catalog or even a lookbook. However, each of them is a separate and unique way to present products to the buyers. 

A lookbook is a visual guide to the brand. It is a compilation of fashion and lifestyle photographs of the product with minimum product information. Lookbooks are usually used in the B2C market. So, they are appealing to the emotional part of the clients. In a most common scenario, a lookbook will have one product per page layout with eye-catching font and colors. 

Lookbook

As you can see, a line sheet is opposite to the lookbook. First of all, it appeals to the buyer’s rational part with a clean design and structure. 

A catalog is in between a lookbook and a line sheet. A catalog often has several products per page, with appealing images and a limited amount of text. Usually, it includes product price, variances, and description. So, it is more information compared to a lookbook and less compared to a line sheet.

Catalog

A line sheet contains pure facts about the products, while a catalog will discuss this fact in the advertising way. A catalog is also usually bigger compared to the line sheet in terms of the number of pages. This structure allows the companies to use a catalog for B2B and B2C markets. 

Line Sheet

Overview

A line sheet is an essential part of the wholesale business in any industry. This is why today, some software programs help businesses with this issue. Here is a list of some examples of what can be done with the help of the line sheet creation platform.

– Creating a PDF and digital version of a catalog alongside the linesheet. 

– Automation of product detail updates.

– Professional-looking templates and advanced design functions. 

– Online Ordering and Payment System embedded in the digital line sheet.

Catalog Machine presents all the features mentioned above. Click https://www.catalogmachine.com/line-sheet-template to check it out. 

 

Overcoming fundraising barriers

The importance of fundraising in the modern world can’t be overestimated. This practice is widely used by non-profit organizations or some governmental institutions, such as schools. However, it’s not easy to convince people to participate in it. Let’s see what could keep your potential donors away and how you could deal with these barriers with a straightforward move. 

The fear of fraud 

Donation is a sensitive question for some people. On the one hand, if you are sure that the money you spend will make a difference for the better, you will feel good about yourself. On the other hand, if you find out that other people used you for their purposes, you will feel fullish. This concept is tight to the idea of “self.” 

Self-concept is a way how someone thinks about, evaluates, or perceives themselves. People tend to feel good about themselves as far as they can. Because, when the self is heart is a psychologically painful process. This is why you will prefer to stay away from the experiences that could threaten your self. For example, the threaten of feeling foolish after donation. 

To overcome this barrier, a fundraising company should build trustful relationships with the clients. It’s easy to say and not that easy to achieve.

First of all, make the organization’s processes as transparent as possible, especially regarding the payment process. 

Secondly, give a tangible asset in return. It would be nice if the asset has an emotional connection with the purpose of the fundraising. For instance, you are collecting money for the orphans center. Send a picture to drawn by a child. It will cost you almost nothing, but the donor will feel great about himself. 

Thirdly, create a brochure that will include information about your goals and current achievements. The impression that other people have also participated in it gives the feeling of safety.  

There is someone else to help 

It’s called the Bystander Effect. The presence of others discourages the individual from intervening in an emergency. Moreover, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is for any one of them to provide help to a person in distress.

If a person understands that you are asking for money from many people, he will be less likely to donate. 

To overcome this effect, you should make the message as personal as it can be. For example, if you target other organizations or public personas, create a catalog with the product that would be interesting specifically for them. For example, you are fundraising with a help bakery done by school parents. It appears that the major has noticed your school. Send him a catalog of pastries done according to his preferences. Ask him about it before and then offer something based on his answers. Such a personalized approach would be highly rewarded at the end of the day. 

In this case, you want to make the catalog production as automated and straightforward as possible. Catalog Machine may help you with that. You can create a PDF and online catalogs in minutes by using the 50+ beautiful templates, connection with external platforms, and many more. Click here to know more and to start creating a catalog. 

Online fundraising

Online fundraising is challenging all along the way. It’s not easy to get people to pay attention to you instead of the massive volume of other causes (and videos and games and news stories and pictures and messages) battling for their attention.

To overcome this barrier, you want to make an eye-catching fundraising catalog and share it on all possible platforms – your website, social media, has a separate page indexed by Google. 

We have already created a list of advice on catalog design, which you can find in our blog article “User Experience: Make your Catalog Appealing.” At the same time, if you decide to go online with the fundraising catalog, Catalog Machine will give you a chance to share the one all over the platforms fast and easy. You can inbuild a catalog to your website or even share it across your email list. 

Now you know what you can expect on your way to successful fundraising and how to manage these obstacles. The best solution is an integrated platform where you can display your products in an appealing way, share with people online, and collect payments from this catalog. 

 Start your fundraising catalog today with Catalog Machine!

 

How to design a catalog template?

How to save your energy, time, and money?

How to create appealing templates?

How to use and customize pre-designed templates?

Keep reading to find the answer! 

How to save energy, time, and money when creating a product catalog?

Using the templates! They are a helpful marketing tool, used among different industries and business types. 

Firstly, templates help to present information in an appealing way. Black text on the white background with the image behind stayed far in the past.

Today you need something bright, outstanding, and remarkable. Unless you are a professional designer, it may be hard to achieve. So, templates are here for you to keep you up to date design. 

Secondly, a professional-looking digital catalog will help you to achieve better SEO results. As you know, the first impression is the most important one. Transferring this to the digital world, the better the first impression the more time a client will spend at your digital catalog. 

Apparel Industry Template

Besides that, you will receive a lower bounce rate. So, the catalog will receive more credibility from Google, while you will achieve more potential customers.

Thirdly, templates are a crucial customer communication tool. This argument is like the previous one, but now we are looking from the customers’ perspectives. A well-organized design helps to improve customer satisfaction. For example, you can customize the product catalog for each client in a few clicks if you are using templates. 

Last but not least. Design templates save marketing managers or business owners the energy it takes to recreate the same design time and time again.

Jewelry Industry Template

To stay unique, create your own templates. Make them easy to maintain and update. That will help you to achieve the best result with the least costs. 

How to create appealing templates?

Here you will find the list of tips on how to build an eye-catching template for the product catalog. We have created this list to help you make the most of product catalogs for your business. 

Beauty Industry Template

Stay flexible. 

In case if you want to add/delete information in the future, the template should be modular. So, you can easily adjust I, rather than create a whole new one. The trick is, the simpler your design is, the easier it can be modified. 

Be clear.

Reach out to the audience is your main goal. Be sure your information is presented in a clear and easy way. No one will spend hours with your product catalog, no matter how appealing the design is. 

Keep the hierarchy. 

One of the ways to present the information clearly is to practicing proper hierarchy. You can play around with geometrical shapes and icons to achieve it. 

Make it colorful. 

But not too much. Designers recommend staying within 4 main colors. At the same time, culture impacts how people react to different colors. So, keep in mind your customers’ background. 

Use bright colors to highlight information only where it is necessary.

Do contrast. 

Add some dark colors. You can even make a dark background. Together with white font and minimalistic design, it will look stylish and sophisticated.

Be minimalistic.

We would recommend you to use 2 different fonts. One may be for the main text, while the second one for the titles or the catalog name. It’s always better to experiment with different styles of the same font (bold, italic, etc.)

Don’t go all in. 

Playing with fonts, colors, shapes, and icons may be fun. But don’t use everything at once. In this case, your template may start looking overwhelmed. 

Select a 2-column layout.

It will make your catalog look structured and organized. The 2-column template creates a satisfying sense of rhythm in the design.

Moreover, put your image to the left and text to the right. It has been scientifically proven that this combination is the most effective. Because the more creative part of the brain will focus on the picture, while rational one – on the information. 

Become efficient.

Creating a template for the whole catalog at once may be too overwhelming. The solution is to create a template for each product and share it with the whole product database. This template should include all product fields common for the products (ex. material, size, etc.) and design (fonts, color, product fields allocation). Click here to know more about a single product template.  

Be up-to-date.

With the help of automation. Your catalog can be updated every time you change your product database. Imagine how much time you will save! Read more about how you can automate catalog management with Catalog Machine here. You can also connect the catalog creation process with external platforms with help of Zapier

Use diversity.

Use different types of product presentation. For example, include a price list in your lookbook. So, the client can easily manage through the list of products. This section should still be consistent with the rest of the catalog in terms of fonts, main colors, and style.

Home Industry Template

Now you know how to design your professional-looking template. All you need to do is to sign up http://catalogmachine.com/ Upload your product database. And you are free to create any template you want. 

How to use and customize pre-designed templates?

If you are still not sure, that you are ready to build your own template, there are lots of predefined and customizable options. 

Catalog Machine has created a bunch of templates for different industries and purposes. Click https://www.catalogmachine.com/templates to select the one that suits you the most.

Parts Industry Template

All our templates are fully customizable. So, if you want to change the color, font, or add a new field, you can easily do it. 

We would recommend you keep the design setting of the templates and simply add more information. 

 

Is the Brochure still that effective in marketing?

Compare to other marketing materials, brochures are used in a printed format more often. You will find here the answer to the question above. If a brochure is still an effective tool for business success during the era of digitalization?

The marketing brochure…

… is an informative marketing document that is usually used for advertising purposes. A brochure contains information about the company and its products or services. We use them to target new customers or inform the existing audience about the updates.
 
A brochure has 3 formats, based on the fold type: single fold; bi-fold; tri-fold (also known as a pamphlet). A tri-fold type is also differing in its purpose and style. Its aim is rather informative than selling. Plus, it is usually a single page document.  

Why would you need a brochure?

  • Inform about the recent updates
  • Attract new clients
  • Promote products and/or services
  • Increase customers trust and loyalty
  • Decrease marketing costs
As we already mentioned in most of the cases, the brochure has an ‘old-fashioned’ printed format. Many modern businesses mistakenly claim their ineffectiveness in today’s digital world. Yet, traditional marketing techniques, like brochures, are not going anywhere.
 
“Direct mail is more action-oriented than digital media. Because its physical format stimulates the underlying mental processes that guide consumer behavior.”
 
At the end of the day, they have proved the hypothesis. These findings suggest that physical media is better. They close the marketing-sales loop or the gap between interaction and action faster.

Marketing brochures and Small Businesses

Using marketing brochures is important and useful for small businesses. Here is a list of the reasons that will prove this statement.
 
With the marketing brochures, you can meet various business needs.
 
Inform and entertain your customers. You can give a brochure to your customers when they are waiting for the service. In this case, you would better include different product information there. Retail stores with high customer traffic often have brochures at the front of the store.
 
Increase brand awareness. To attract new customers you can hand a brochure to people at the public event.
 
Use in combination with a media kit or promotional giveaway. Adding a brochure to a tangible item like a skirt may attract more attention to it.  
 
With the marketing brochures, you can decrease marketing expenses. Surprised? It is because they have low prime cost and prove its effectiveness. So, you will have a higher return on investment and profit at the end of the days.
 
A single brochure may cost as little as $1. But, as you are going to order mass-production of them, the cost will decrease. Usually, the cost will also vary based on the size and paper type, that small business owner chooses.
 
You can be more time and process efficient.
 
This issue was already mentioned in this article. Every business, despite its size, is a combination of various processes, that are taking place almost at the same time. For example, do you want to build a successful business? You should develop a product, build relations with customers, do financing and accounting, etc.
A brochure covers most of the marketing needs. So you can stop focusing your attention there.
 
A brochure is a good way to start your marketing campaign.
 
As it covers most of the marketing goals. Plus, it is a safe choice for small businesses.
 
Moreover, unless a brochure has a printed format in most of the cases, there is no restriction to post it online. If you create it with Catalog Machine there won’t be a need to do the same job twice. You can create one high-quality copy and publish it online or download a PDF file for further printing.
 
Going online can be also a little bit tricky. If you are a business that already has a website or has already established a digital presence, you can add your brochure there.
 
Yet, if you have just started there is no need to dive into this complex digital word right away. The only thing that you should do, if you are using the Catalog Machine platform, is to make your brochure public, so Google starts ranking it.
 

How to make a professional-looking brochure?

 
Here are some tips on how to make your brochure the most attractive for your customers.
 
Firstly, define the clients’ objectives. Why would your customer need a brochure? Or why would he/she want to open it?
Answering this question, you will know what information to include and how to do it. Remember, the brochure is usually small in size. So, don’t overwhelm it with unnecessary for your client information.
 
Secondly, be super clear. Sometimes simplicity is the best way to attract customers’ attention—especially today when the ads are almost attacking people every minute. Make a clear statement on the cover, instead of cliched images. Unless you should think hard to include the information that your customers want to see.
 
Brochure design should also be created with the customer’s needs in mind. If you are targeting B2B, think about what will fit into their business model. For a new product announcement, you want something stylish and bright. For a startup, something innovative and cost-efficient.
 
Lastly, you should know where you want to go. In other words, what do you want your customers to do after looking through. Put the desired action into the sentence and be sure they have everything to do it. For example, you want the customers to call you. There should be a “Call us” sentence with a phone number. Moreover, they should be bold out and allocated the easiest for the reader way. No one will waist more than 15 sec searching for your contact information.
 
Now you know that even today, a brochure is an effective marketing tool. It will benefit your business by reaching out to new customers, increasing brand awareness and ROI (return on investment).
 
Moreover, you can save money with the Catalog Machine brochure maker. There is no need to hire a designer. You can create everything by yourself. Use and customize our eye-catching and professionally designed brochure templates.
 
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Price List: A guide for creation online

Create beautiful Price Lists that compliment your business and increase sales. Nowadays, a price list is one of the essential tools to present your products in the marketplace. This is why to achieve the best results; you need to consider the following points.

1. The purpose of the Price List

Here we are talking about both your target audience and the business itself.

A price list could be distributed among the existing and potential clients. If it is a client-oriented, you need to present only the information relevant to them. In addition, whenever you are sharing a price list to a new client, it must be engaging enough to stand out among the competitors.

In addition, the characteristics of the target audience will have an impact. For example, the demographic aspect influences the currency and a language.

Except for marketing purposes, a list has an internal to the business value. It can be used as an operational organization’s document to track changes in the prices and stock of the products. If this is your case, you may want to include as much information to the document as possible to track changes in the future and prepare reports. As well as, it transmits the information about the product to the company’s various departments, agents, and suppliers.

Price List: target clients or use for the internal business processes

2. Is the Price List going to be digital or printed?

Both options have the right to live and be profitable.

Digital: As well as most of the digital world, it is about efficiency.

Firstly, the digital price list has lower production costs. Especially when you realize that the price list’s core characteristic is a possibility of constant changes. So, there is no way you can create one list for a long period of time.

Secondly, it is easier to share among the wider target audience. You can present a digital price list on your website or even Social Media pages.

Summing up, you will interact with more potential clients and save money at the same time.

Printed: Selecting this option, you are playing the long game. The printed price list will cost you more and is harder to manage. However, it is a proven way to establish good customer relationships that improve the probability of final negotiation. Why? A printed version will always be more user-friendly and shows a personal approach to each client. Who does not like to be valued?

Price List: print or keep digital?

Design and structure

Creating a price list, you should keep in mind these key elements that need to be included.

  1. Size and content. A good price list is always a balance between all the possibly relevant information and the amount of data your client can handle easily.
  2. The design should stay comparatively simple. It might be a good idea to use your 2 main brand colors at it.
  3. Cover and back cover pages. As well as, one introduction page about your business and products.
  4. Contact information. Phone number/website/Social Media.
  5. Sorted products. You may divide your products by collections and organize them in alphabetical order.
  6. Order form. Give your customer a chance to order something right away.

Price list design elements

Catalog Machine is a platform that will help you to meet all the requirements above. Our easy-to-use design editor is packed with lots of resources and can allow you to print and share your price list in minutes.

Start creating today at https://www.catalogmachine.com/price-list-template.

 

How to make a jewelry lookbook?

Every top seller in the jewelry industry knows the importance of a lookbook for the business.  Learn tricks from these successful jewelry sellers to compete with them online. Read this article carefully to find your way to victory. 

Why would you need a lookbook in the jewelry industry?

A lookbook is a trend of the last few years. It also seems to lasts for a long time from now. There should be some good reasons for that. We have defined the top 3 reasons why a lookbook benefits a business if you are in the jewelry industry.

1. Jewelry sales shifts online

According to online jewelry sales statistics, the jewels e-commerce business grew by 14.2% in 2018. In 2019, more than 29 million people purchased jewelry online daily. In 2020, COVID 19 revolutionize the jewelry market by forcing most companies to shift sales online. As well as rethink their digital strategy. For example, the Courbet jeweler has decided to invest part of its capital in enriching the platform with functionalities based on 3D video and augmented reality. From now on, it will be possible to choose a ring in conditions similar to those of a physical store (LUXUS, 2020).

However, most of the companies in the industry do not accumulate that much capital to copy the Courbet strategy of dealing with crises. In this case, creating a digital version of a catalog allows the business to reach out to customers and don’t spend millions of dollars on R&D and innovation.

In addition to environmental forces, the power of buyers also encourages online sales. Millennials and Generation Z wield around $200 billion in buying power. At the same time, 67% of Millennials prefer to shop online, and 73% of Gen Zers shop online. By connecting the dots, you can see how attractive this niche at the market has become. 

2. The is always an emotional connection with a brand or/and a piece of jewelry 

… especially if we are talking about expensive jewelry. R. Bates (2020) came up with 9 psychological reasons why people buy diamond jewelry: I’m worth it; let’s celebrate; I did it; I want something exceptional; reflecting the qualities of a diamond; making the write impression; the promise of a diamond; redemption; purely a gift. We are not going to discuss each of them separately, but let’s sum it up. Usually, people are buying expensive jewelry as a gift for someone to show the importance of the person by the high price. Or to themselves as a reward or a method to underline their status in society. 

Why would you need to know that? To create a brand identity. It has to meet the main reasons for the purchase. For example, despite the broad product line Tiffany always associates with the engagement rings; Rolex is a way to show who is a boss here, and Pandora is about traveling and collecting memories. Every successful brand has a clear and distinctive story behind it. So, the first thing you should do is to come up with the story, whereas the lookbook will help to tell the story to your buyers. 

To achieve it, all the professional lookbooks and catalogs makers advise presenting a product on a person and within a context. For example, a golden diamond necklace on a white background says nothing. But if you put this necklace on the grandma’s neck and imagine a grandpa hugging her, you will see that this necklace is a symbol of life-long love. So, would you prefer to spend $1000 on a chain or the never-ending love?

3.  Jewelry is a fluid industry 

You want to stay up-to-date and engage your customers by updating the product range almost every season. It’s all up to you how to provide a supply, but a lookbook is a point where the supply and demand are crossing each other. So, what do you want to do is to present your latest collection as fast as possible, and a digital catalog is the best way to do it. 

First of all, updating the digital catalog is a lot faster than transporting a new collection to the store, reorganizing other products, and do the documents connected with this action. With a digital lookbook, it’s a matter of a few hours. If you decide to save your time, keep in mind that with Catalog Machine, you can not only update your lookbook with a few clicks but also start receiving orders and payments right from the catalogs. 

Secondly, going online is the best way to reach out to thousands of people at once. Selling from the store, you limit the target audience with a location factor. Whereas, if you can manage cross-country or even international shipping, you will pop it up in times.

Now you see the importance of the lookbook for the jewelry industry and maybe even want to create one for yourself. What should you know to succeed?  

What is the trick? 

The main focus of each lookbook is a photo. We would recommend you hire a professional photographer to be sure of the quality of the image. But what if you don’t have free money for that or want to create everything by yourself? We have created a list of rules; you should keep in mind to create a professional-looking photo of the product

  1. Product positioning – no matter who or what is at the picture, the product that you are selling should be the first that your clients see. You can use bluer everything else around to make it stand out, put it at the center of the picture, or brighten it up a little bit. 
  2. Be careful with the lights – if you are shooting indoors, set up your white background “studio” with a window to either the left or right and a white reflector of some sort on the opposite side. You want to light your product evenly and without shadows.  
  3. Never use zoom unless you have a professional camera – it will bluer the image. Come as close as it is needed. 
  4. Keep your camera clean – even a little bit of dust at the lens could spoil the image. 
  5. Don’t use a flash – unless it is removable. Remember, to strait light at the ‘face’ of the product. 
  6. Don’t move the camera – use any kind of camera holders. Everything is better than hands.
  7. Edit the image after – you can find plenty of paid or free courses on the Internet on how to improve the photo.

Summing up, to be able to compete in the jewelry market, you want to create your lookbook. Go to https://www.catalogmachine.com/ to start improving your business!