Get Out of the Weeds

Companies spend so much of their time consumed by evaluating their business and looking inwardly. Is there a point at which there should be a shift? Chief Creative Officer Brent Niemuth suggests that looking outwardly can greatly benefit your company…. Continue Reading →


To truly stand out in today’s marketplace, you must do more than offer a product or service. You must create an experience, one that will resonate with customers. Don’t just serve, impress. Don’t just deliver, elevate. Make their time interacting… Continue Reading →

J.Schmid Introduces Bonfire5: A New Branding Agency

We’re excited to announce the creation of a sister agency that will focus exclusively on branding. We’re calling this new group Bonfire5. Essentially, we’re taking everything that clients loved about our proprietary BrandQuest process and serving it up to companies… Continue Reading →

Writing Catalogs to Millennials, From a Millennial

By now, you’ve figured out that you want – and need – to start reaching a younger audience. But how do you accomplish that in a catalog? Well, as a Millennial who happens to write catalog copy for a living,… Continue Reading →

“Alexa, can you help me work smarter?”

Oh my. I just read an article about the future of search marketing called “What Amazon Echo and Google Home mean for online retailers.” The next thing I see is a UPS package on my doorstep with “voice shopping with… Continue Reading →

The Future of Brick-and-Mortar in the Millennial Age

Much has been written about the demise of America’s brick-and-mortar retail institutions due to the expansion of e-commerce and mobile technology. With slowing population growth, the future of retail sales will depend largely on increased individual spending, much of which… Continue Reading →


Ever wonder what goes on at photoshoots? Or need to know how to make your photoshoots more successful? At last, the truth can be revealed! Let me pull back the curtain and show you how the magic happens. Just follow… Continue Reading →

Aliens, Content and Conversion

There’s a conspiracy underway in the catalog business. It’s happening right under our noses. You know what I’m talking about, copy kidnappers! Someone has been rounding up copywriters and turning them into CONTENT EDITORS! “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” comes… Continue Reading →


Catalogers have a choice to make in the coming weeks. In this case, there are only two possibilities: Do something or don’t do anything. The choice involves good and evil. In this case, “good” is defined as spending a lot… Continue Reading →

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