Please Share Pics Of Brochures

Business By lexi55033 Updated 4 Feb 2009 , 4:07pm by Cakenicing4u

lexi55033 Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 10:46pm
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My next project is going to be creating a brochure. For those of you in the business already, could you please post pictures or a link to any brochures you have? I'd really appreciate being able to see the ones that others have done to get a feel for what works and ideas for different layouts.

Thanks in advance!

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cakesdivine Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 11:10pm
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Try Vistaprint brochures, they are always running specials to get some free or at a big discount. They are beautiful and you can customize them as you need.

todolomio Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 11:13pm
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check your local staples or and pick up in the nearest staples. I used them for my cards and got 1000 for $18.00 on sales with color!!!

I don't have any but I'll check the thread for ideas.

Good luck!

karenm0712 Posted 15 Jan 2009 , 3:24pm
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Giving a bump on this thread. icon_smile.gif

Bonnie151 Posted 15 Jan 2009 , 8:39pm
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I don't have a wedding brochure yet, but here is my celebration cakes one. I've had a fabulous response - I stuck about 500 through postboxes back in September (still have another 2000 to distribute!) and after the initial flurry of orders, I still get at least one call a week on the back of them- i.e. people have actually hung onto them. icon_biggrin.gif

cakesdivine Posted 15 Jan 2009 , 9:42pm
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Here is mine I got through VistaPrint...totally FREE! All I paid was shipping which was minimal.

karenm0712 Posted 15 Jan 2009 , 11:07pm
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Wow! Great designs Bonnie151 and cakesdivine. Thanks you so much for sharing!!

kellertur Posted 17 Jan 2009 , 4:39pm
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save icon_smile.gif

Bonnie151~ is your's double sided, or two separate sheets?

Bonnie151 Posted 17 Jan 2009 , 11:31pm
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It's double sided. I was just working out tonight that I spent £145 for 5000 brochures, have distributed around 500 back over August-Sept and from that 500 (so about £15 worth) have had nearly £700 worth of orders direct from those leaflets (i.e. not including business that then followed on from a direct customer/repeat customers) and still get calls every week on the back of them. I need to get out there and distribute more!!

Cakenicing4u Posted 18 Jan 2009 , 1:20am
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Yahoo... I'm not the only one using vistaprint's cakes on my flyers!! LOL... My first order is on it's way! I just did generic stuff with my email and phone number on it-- I am this close } { to sub-leasing a kitchen and want to get the word out quickly!

kellertur Posted 18 Jan 2009 , 1:24am
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I just noticed you're from Scotland. icon_smile.gif

We visited a few years back and have decided we will eventually settle in Stirling ~ when our daughter is a bit older.
I miss Stirling everyday... it just felt like "home".
I've never met such nice people as we did in Scotland.

korkyo Posted 18 Jan 2009 , 5:30pm
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How do you go about getting the postcards in the mail? Do you buy a mailing list from the post office? Not sure if that would be different than in the US.

Anyone else do direct mail with any results?

Cakenicing4u Posted 18 Jan 2009 , 6:13pm
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I placed an order for every stinking free thing I could get-business cards etc... this is what I planned for each-

I decided to use the postcards as coupons or handouts... I don't want the expense of mailing them yet, and I know you can't go stuff boxs... besides it's 5 degrees outside.. who wants to?? So I put a 10% off first order coupon on the postcard with the essential info for my family to hand out to their friends.... kind of an 'insider' coupon.

A rubber stamp that says 'Thanks for your order, please come again' to stamp onto boxes before they get folded

Folded greeting cards with cakes that just say Congratulations on the front, so when I drop off wedding cakes, I can drop off a card for the bride and groom with a anniversary cake coupon

return address labels that say 'Thanks for your order' for when I'm too lazy to stamp it

business card magnets to hand out..

Car door magnet of course, for the car..

Lawn signs for the back window of another car...

Xlg postcards to hand out, same idea as the small ones...

My next order will be more of the same, I think! But the rubber stamps are going to be flavor stamps ie.. vanilla, choc, marble etc... to save time when setting up for a large bake off.

Bonnie151 Posted 18 Jan 2009 , 8:07pm
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Originally Posted by korkyo

How do you go about getting the postcards in the mail? Do you buy a mailing list from the post office? Not sure if that would be different than in the US.

Sorry, I just stuck them through letterboxes which we're allowed to do here (and it's good exercise icon_smile.gif ). I have half thought about doing them as an insert with a local paper who don't charge that much for adding them as an enclosure and it'd be a great time saver.

k2cakes - if you do ever move to Scotland you'll be able to keep doing cakes as it's fairly easy to get your kitchen OK'd! icon_biggrin.gif

yeastconfection Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 6:26pm
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I got these when I thought I would be getting a kitchen. They are also from vista print and I only payed for shipping and picture upload fees

kellertur Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 7:23pm
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I ordered premium business cards last weekend for roughly 20.00. I wanted to upload my logo, so I decided to do the premium instead of free. It was easy.

icon_confused.gif Where/when did you see that brochures were free???? I looked and they were pretty expensive-for me. ( think $39.00 ). Is this a luck of the draw type deal? Bad timing?

alvarezmom Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 7:53pm
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K2cakes-here is a link. I just googled free brochures and vista print was 1st. See if this doesnt get the 39.00 to nothing.

cakesdivine Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 8:51pm
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K2cakes - you have to hit the special's tab or if they email you a special use the link in the email to get that special price. Sometimes if you just log on instead of using a discount link as on google or from a direct email from them you won't see the free price. It was free for 25 brochures. I wait ever so often as they run this special at least once or twice a month and order again the 25 when they are running them for free.

kellertur Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 11:45pm
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Originally Posted by alvarezmom

K2cakes-here is a link. I just googled free brochures and vista print was 1st. See if this doesnt get the 39.00 to nothing.

I don't see a link. Could you post it again please?

cylstrial Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 1:54pm
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So Bonnie, Cakesdivine, and YeastConnections -- Did you all design your own little pamphlet or did someone else design it for you?

KathyTW Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 3:53pm
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try the link below, on the home page you can go to "free products" and see all they have to offer! After you place your first order - you'll get emails every couple of days to tell you about other free stuff. This week I ordered:

25 brochures
15 postcards
1 pad of Sticky notes
1 Baseball hat
1 Keychain
1 Pen
1 Car Door Magnet
1 Window Cling
1 Yard Sign
1 2009 Calendar

I uploaded two images at 4.99 each and I had a $5 credit from a previous order, with shipping and the image upload my total was around $30 for all that.

SweetArt Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 4:10pm
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I've attached my brochures below. I put a little more detail in mine, because I use them during consultations with brides. That way they can have in had the flavors and pricing and such.

I usually use for my orders, but they don't have templates for brochures, so I went with

What I do is, whenever I'm ordering something online, I Google the store name and "discount code". And search for any active discounts before I submit on my order. Here are just 2 that came up for vistaprint.

Uniqueask Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 4:31pm
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Thanks to everyone for this info.

aligotmatt Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 4:37pm
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I wrote up all the words I wanted and gave it to my graphic designer friend who put it all together. She's like magic! lol.

I got a quote from a bunch of different companies to print 200, one side was color, the other side b&w on glossy paper, folded a tri-fold.

Kinko's: $2.10 PER brochure'
Staples: $1.90
Office depot: $1.75

Local Company 1: $2.00
Local Company 2: $1.30
Local Company 3: $0.65!!!

Shouldn't be a surprise as to who I went with. I brought in a flash drive, it was all ready 2 hours later. They have my stuff on file now and if I want more I just call and it'll be ready in 2 hours or less.

I used to use vista print for my business cards, but this local company comes out cheaper, the cards are higher quality, and they are ready fast.

I'm not saying everyone should leave vista print, but if you get the slow boat shipping you wait forever, or if you pay speedy shipping they end up kind of pricey comparatively. It was a really good move for my business to switch. AND I really like to support local business, because that's what I am icon_smile.gif

kellertur Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 6:01pm
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Thanks for the info. I found the correct link. I accidentally clicked on the link for my business cards, which were the premium ones for 14.99 or something like that.

Thanks again!! icon_smile.gif

yeastconfection Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 8:03pm
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I did design my own at Vista Print (to answer the question) and about the question about why the price changed in one day.....Vista print does that....their sales change ALL the time... so design your brochure and save it and then keep checking for the free special...because it will come back again!

cylstrial Posted 23 Jan 2009 , 8:13pm
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Originally Posted by yeastconfection

I did design my own at Vista Print (to answer the question) and about the question about why the price changed in one day.....Vista print does that....their sales change ALL the time... so design your brochure and save it and then keep checking for the free special...because it will come back again!

Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing! I'll have to go and check it out! I just loved your design!!

kellertur Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:38pm
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YAY~ my business cards just arrived! HORRAY... thanks Vistaprint (winks at camera while holding card between fingers)

I also ordered brochures (the free ones) last week so hopefully those will come in a few days. And I'm working on postcards... it takes me forever to complete a design.
Who am I supposed to mail these to? I have no clue? icon_confused.gif

Thanks for starting this post~ very helpful.

Cakenicing4u Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:47pm
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Ya I got my first order this week too--- Take your time making these things though... I found two typos on the 100 postcards I got. Did you ever watch that ventriloquist Jeff Dunham with Peanut? He has a skit where Peanut talks about Jeff's name, saying it should be Jefafa because there are two f's.... I have a special Occashashaion... Occassion. on mine. In the past, I would type it into a spell check program before pasting it in Vistaprint... I didn't do it this time. =( That'll teach me.

Otherwise, I'm so happy with everything I already have a second order coming. BUT--- Thanks to whoever did online and local price comparisons, that was a real eye-opener! I'll use these to get going, then when I have my own logo and design ready, I'll do it local. You're right... Locals should support locals!

KHalstead Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:06pm
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I also got mine from vista print........I got the rack cards though.......basically because I ordered the "free bus. cards" and got an email for the rack cards and thought, what the a brochure only it doesn't open lol and it was FREE!
I've had a ton of luck ordering with far I have bus. cards, bus. card magnets, postcards (which I plan to use as a "Congratulations on your Anniversary" to all my brides from wedding cake orders.....I started selling cakes a yr. ago so my first wedding cake anniversary is coming in March so I thought that would be a nice touch and I also put a 10% off coupon on the postcard......but I can also wish some of the customer's happy birthdays and such too if I want, makes for good customer service.
Anyhow here is a link to my rack card.....I was just kinda messing around with the photos and stuff that I chose because I didn't really expect them to look that nice in person being that they were free, but I've actually had MORE orders from them than I have from handing out bus. cards. I guess they just make more of a statement having larger photos and stuff on them. They're glossy and really nice looking in person (I wish I would've picked better cakes)

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