7 reasons to swap from print to digital brochures 

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18th March 2020
Author: Natasha Keary
Posted in: Strategy & Planning, Technology

Let’s be honest, we all have that stash of unread brochures somewhere. Where are yours? Tied away in your your filing cabinet? Collecting dust on your desk for all to see? Wherever they are, the brochure pile of shame is an unfortunate aftereffect of attending conferences and events. 

The truth is that these brochures do contain valuable content, it’s just too overwhelming and time-consuming to read through the whole thing. Furthermore, it’s too wasteful to throw that much paper away. 

As events start to return, and you have to start playing Jenga with your growing brochure collection, let’s consider a new world without printed brochures. Here are seven reasons (embarrassing brochure-Jenga excluded) why it would be better for everyone if we switched to digital brochures. 

Reason 1: Save money 

Having printed brochures as part of your strategy puts significant strain on your marketing budget. Brochures don’t just accumulate costs in the designing and writing stages. They include costly additional steps like printing, physically picking up (or receiving in the post), and distribution. Each one of these added steps comes with a large price tag. 

The price of printing 5000 budget brochures alone is around $500, according to PSPrint. Add to this the costs of designing the brochure (around $1500 for a mid-quality designer), shipping to your office – or even international shipping to your offices around the world – and you’re going to be looking at a minimum spend of at least a few thousand dollars. Whew. 

Creating digital brochures means you can save money on distribution and shipping. In addition to this, you can keep your design in house. Online design platforms – like Turtl – make it easy for anyone to pick up design skills and create quality content. 

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Reason 2: Make it personal 

Ever thought how nice it is to have a physical brochure in your hands at an event? Have you ever enjoyed how nice it feels to be directed to specific page numbers to find the content most relevant to you? OK, yes, it feels good. But wouldn’t it be far nicer to not have to carry around all the content that isn’t relevant to you and won’t be any time soon?

Well, the solution actually exists. Digital platforms are now at the point where you can speak to a prospect at an event. Then, you can create a digital brochure that only contains content relevant to their needs. You can then send it to them to read on the train home. 

Reason 3: Keep it real 

All of the information you printed in your brochure was accurate in January 2021, but by March it’s only half-true. Meanwhile, by the time it gets to June you might have reconsidered your product offering or switched up your visual brand identity. Printed brochures are quickly out of date. In extreme cases they can even spread false information. 

There’s also the possibility that your outdated brochure is still in circulation. You simply have no control over it once it’s been unleashed into the world. Digital brochures, on the other hand, are simple to edit, easily replaced and updated, and alleviate the concerns that your reader might be reading something which is no longer true. 

Reason 4: Wait – did someone say ‘event canceled’? 

It’s pretty obvious that physical brochures have to be physically given to someone – whether in-person or through the post. If you’re looking at saving costs on mailing, then that leaves you with events as the sole distribution method for your brochures. 

But we all know that events don’t always go to plan – for a whole variety of reasons. And when the going gets tough, marketing needs to get digital to make sure that people can still access their outreach comms. The truth is that far more people are going to be reachable online too – meaning that digital brochures give you that extra international reach power.

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Reason 5: Greener wins 

It’s the obvious one next. Going greener with your marketing is better for your ESG rating, kinder to your community, and better for your carbon offsetting. The fact is that consumers are now proven to be more in touch with their environmental impact that ever, and more likely to favor a greener alternative when it comes to choosing who to invest their money in. 

Your company might not be the only one handing out wads of paper at the next event, but you’re sure to stand out in a few months once digital becomes the norm – and not in a good way. 

Reason 6: Get stats 

There’s no way your paper brochure is going to be able to tell you who read it, or how long for, or what parts they spent most time mulling over, or if they shared it with someone else – and so forth. 

The best statistic you can report with a printed brochure is how many have been handed out – but when it comes to the increasing demands on marketing to prove ROI – this just isn’t going to cut it. 

Digital brochures can report everything from read times to bounce rate – meaning that you can change up your brochures depending on what most people read for the longest, and which pieces of content aren’t keeping readers engaged. 

Reason 7: It’s far, far more exciting 

We all like a good experience. A good experience in the world of digital brochures means interactive polls and charts, embedded videos, enlargeable pictures, and clickable, shareable quotes. A good experience in the world of printed brochures means shiny paper. Need we say more? Find out more about joining the digital revolution here