Dos and Don’ts for Creating and Using Sales Brochures

Over the past few weeks, FEI marketing whiz Marka has given the FEI tribe some tips on creating print ads that get results. This week, Marka gives the tribe the first in a series of lessons on planning and creating effective brochure promotions. Remember, fire = print.

Marka and Zoot were hanging out at Grape Leaf frozen yogurt store, the hottest new chain in town. Marka watched in amazement as Zoot wolfed down a large mint chocolate chip cone in less than 30 seconds.

“I like the new brochure you created for FEI,” Zoot said, frozen yogurt dripping down his chin. “My sales staff likes it, too. In fact, they might like it too much. Lately, I’ve noticed that one or two reps have been ending calls with a casual ‘let me send you a brochure.’ What happened to scheduling an in-person appointment? They’re counting on these brochures to do all the legwork for them.”

“Sending a brochure in response to leads might make sense if you have a tiny sales staff, like Pyro, but FEI has an ample salesforce,” Marka agreed. “Our people need to spend their valuable time following up—in-person or on the phone–not sending out a mass of brochures.”

“Sounds like you know a lot about this topic,” Zoot observed.

“Yes. In fact, let me give you some of my dos and don’ts for using sales brochures.” Marka said, then began pulling a piece of paper out of her purse to write on.

• DO incorporate technology.

“QR codes can help continue the sales process that our brochure starts,” Marka explained. “Say we’ve invented a new ZX8 waterproof torch. We describe its waterproof capabilities in our brochure. Then, under that description, we include a QR code. This code links to a video that shows the ZX8 being dunked in a vat of water repeatedly, so prospects can see how waterproof and durable this thing really is.

T.J. is team leader of Grow Sales, Inc., a marketing and social media services company operating at the intersection of compelling content, clear vision and quality communication practices. In this blog, fire is a metaphor for print. Hang on, this ride will be weird...Prometheus crept into Mt. Olympus, stole fire, returned to the lowlands, ran from house to house distributing it, got caught, was chained to a rock, lost his liver to a huge ugly bird and was rescued by Hercules. Leveraging his fame, Prometheus started Fire Enterprises Inc.  (FEI). Since fire was the hottest technology of the time, company success came fast and furious. Two generations later, fire isn't such an easy sale. Now led by Prometheus' grandson Org, FEI's growth is non-existent, competitors are pounding and prices are in the toilet.
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