April 1, 1999




GOOD TIMES-FOR NOW

Judging by early spring sales results, most catalogers continue to benefit from the still-strong economy. Multititle gifts mailer Good Catalog Co., apparel marketers Barrie Pace and Children’s Wear Digest, and seed cataloger Territorial Seed Co. all report double-digit sales increases …

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April 1, 1999




Breaking away from the pack

Carving out and maintaining a niche in the catalog industry is becoming more difficult each year. To protect market share, several mailers have been beefing up their brand image and identity, protecting their brand, building brand loyalty, and using their …

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April 1, 1999




Trolling for customers

Bill Guyre is vice president of the not-for-profit, New York-based Lighthouse Catalog, which sells specialized products for people with impaired vision. Annual sales, less than ñ10 million; annual circulation, 2 million.
Our parent company, Lighthouse International (a not-for-profit foundation that supports advocacy, …

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March 1, 1999




Listings

CHILDREN’S BOOK BUYERS The 22,903 buyers of children’s books from A Common Reader catalog are affluent and well-educated parents, grandparents, and gift-givers who spend an average of $51 per order.
Cost: 90/M
Selects: SCF, state, zip,
Contact: RMI Direct Marketing, 203-798-0448

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February 1, 1999




Multiple analytical tools

Despite a vast selection of analytical tools available today, many catalogers don’t stray from the traditional customer segmentation of recency, frequency, and monetary value (RFM). In fact, according to Catalog Age’s 1998 Benchmark Report on Lists and Databases (July 1998 issue), more …

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January 1, 1999




listings

NEW LISTS POLITICAL DONORS Conrad Direct now offers a list of Heritage Foundation donors. These 153,938 conservative political donors are predominantly affluent, well-educated men over age 50.
Cost: $135/M
Selects: state/SCF/zip, gender
Contact: Conrad Direct List Management, 201-567-3200
DRINKER …

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January 1, 1999




The annual best and worst catalog copy

For some years, I’ve screwed up my courage and followed the happy holidays with opinions-some civilized, some savage. This year, I’m nonplused because in exasperation I’ve transferred a catalog I’ve lauded for years into the “five worst” dungeon. And-gulp-for the …

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January 1, 1999




‘Covering’ prospecting books

Lois Boyle: Using consistent creative elements, customer covers should announce that an old friend has come to visit. Besides the logo, consistent creative elements could include a unique border treatment or layout style, or a consistent color (think of the …

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December 1, 1998




New Lists

Weekend Scientists The 35,027 American Science & Surplus catalog buyers are primarily men 25-45 years old who have children living at home. They’ve bought from American Science merchandise as varied as toys, air compressors, and test tubes. Cost: $85/M Selects: gender, marital …

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December 1, 1998




Tailoring the text

Let’s suppose you come upon an attractive-looking catalog and open it to a random page. Four items are on that page-1) a garment that, in loose art, resembles a Nehru jacket; 2) a drinking glass; 3) a floor-length skirt; 4) a piece of …

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