Brochues are a tactile tangible call to action used to inform and assists you in closing the deal. They develop a key message that will convert a buyer to your service rather than your competitor.
If you have the time, are creative and willing to learn the file requirements which are easy to find online, then this is a project that may be fun and self satisfying. The first thing you need to do is think about the benefits you customers will get from your product and service. Explain what makes you different. Every company advertises they are the best, lowest price, high quality, etc. The message is why they should buy from you, what makes your company unique in its field. Write your copy and decide the size and the number of panels you need to tell your story. Once you’ve thought this out gather the photos, illustrations and charts and any other visuals you need to make your brochure easy to understand and visually attractive. Now think about the layout, design, fonts and background. Now you’re ready to do it yourself.
TIP: Don’t make your brochure about your new equipment or your company and how great it is. Your customers don’t care about how you do it; they only care about the results. Buyers are only interested in how your products and services can solve their problem and make their lives better.
There are many sizes and folds of paper you can use when you are thinking about designing a brochure. The most common brochures are an 8.5 X 11 piece of paper folded in half to 5.5 X 8, have 2 panels on the ourside and 2 panels on the inside which separate information. A trifold, also called a letter fold has two folds that create 6 panels. Other standard sizes are 8.5 X 14 to make 4 panels, 11 X 17 that folds to an 8.5 X11 four page, 8.5 X 22 which folds to three 8.5 X 11 panels 8.5 X 11 panels and l1 X 25.5 six panel brochure. These sizes are standard sheet sizes that fit most efficiently for the least paper waste on large color printing presses.
Another option is to hire a professional that specializes in print design and knows the rules needed so your job will print correctly. Most designers that are not experts in print design will create technical problems when your brochure goes to print. It takes more than a pretty design to create great out come. Most printers cannot or will not take the add liability to correct your mistakes. If they do they will charge you for your designers. This will slow down your job. If you have the budget to pay for a graphic designer it will be the safer, faster way to do the project. Don’t try going cheap
, you get what you pay for. You can find excellent, affordable print designers online.
Do it yourself or hire an expert print designer, the end result will be an effective marketing tool that will strengthen your brand, move your products and sell your services. Brochures are essential for trade shows, direct mailings, counter displays and business meetings. When distributed to your target audience they provide a high ROI.