Brochures are usually a small magazine that is 4 to 12 pages in length. brochures are used effectively to convey a quantity of information. One page that is printed on both sides and folded in thirds it is referred to as a pamphlet. One page not folded is a “flyer”. Of course you can just fold them in half and send out as inserts in the local paper or mail out as bulk mail.
A tear-off flyer or tab-flyer is something commonly seen pinned up on bulletin boards, stapled to telephone polls, or in other high foot traffic areas. These have little ‘tabs’ that have been cut on the bottom that have a quick little reminder message or phone number whereas the main part of the paper has the main message. The biggest mistake I see people make with these are to have a phone number but no other information on the tear tab. The tear tab gets lost in the pocket with 20 others from the same billboard.
Using Flyers and Brochures for Marketing
This is another opportunity to print your logo to cement your brand.
Use your flyer to announce the benefits of your company as opposed to just listing all your company / product features. With an 8.5 x 11″ piece of paper and two blank sides, it can be tempting to fill it with ‘stuff’. Unless you are using it as a mini newsletter or pamphlet, it’s better to get your point across quickly and legibly for a “passerby”.
You need to have a captivating headline that raises the interest of the person who has happened upon your flyer.
The flyer isn’t your sales pitch, it is a lead generating tool to get people to take a specific action. You want them to call you, come into the store, or sign up for a catalog service.
Make sure your message is clear and relevant. A picture of an elephant wearing a tutu might get people to look but unless you are advertising the circus is in town, your headline has to be clear.
Make your flyers more effective by having an expiry date. Each flyer can be for a special promotion, limited quantity, or event.
Use brochures as a ‘more information’ system to leave behind after a meeting, or a ‘take one’ for clients as they leave your store. Send these out direct mail as a follow up or reminder.
Don’t waste the cost of printing and mailing. Make sure there is a call to action that your prospect will respond to immediately. Example – “Like our Facebook page for a chance to win…” That way you will have another point of contact for this prospect.