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10 Types of Marketing Collateral: Connecting Your Audience to Your Brand

In the world of business, your marketing collateral plays a crucial role in conveying your brand’s message, building credibility, and driving customer engagement. Marketing collateral isn’t a single asset used for business growth efforts. It refers to a combination of different assets used to communicate with your audiences, raise awareness of your brand, and encourage your audience to buy. 

Being successful starts with having the proper marketing material with consistent messaging, branding, and calls to action. The combination of these materials is part of your custom marketing toolbox.

Here are 10 common types of collateral you should have in your marketing toolbox:

1. Brochures

Brochures are versatile pieces of printed material that offer a condensed overview of your products, services, or brand. They’re ideal for trade shows, networking events, and direct mail campaigns. A well-designed brochure should include attention-grabbing visuals, concise copy, and a clear call-to-action.  Always make sure to include various ways to contact you – website, email and phone.

2. Flyers

Flyers are single-sheet documents that are perfect for promoting events, special offers, or limited-time deals. They can be distributed in high-traffic areas, handed out at events, or even included in shipments to existing customers.  A QR code can easily direct people to a landing page or directly to your website.

3. Business Cards

Business cards are essential for leaving a lasting impression after networking events or meetings. They include your contact information and often feature your brand’s logo, helping you establish credibility and build connections.  

4. Posters

Posters are attention-demanding visuals that can be displayed in various settings, from retail stores to public spaces. They’re great for promoting events, products, or campaigns that require maximum visibility.

5. Presentation Decks

Presentation decks, often created using tools like PowerPoint or Keynote, are essential for meetings, seminars, and webinars. They feature slides with compelling visuals and concise text to illustrate your message effectively.

6. Case Studies

Case studies provide in-depth insights into how your products or services have positively impacted your customers. They showcase real-world success stories, instilling confidence in your services to potential customers.

7. Whitepapers

Whitepapers are authoritative documents that delve deep into a specific topic related to your industry. They demonstrate your expertise and provide valuable information to your audience, helping you establish thought leadership.

8. Catalogs

Catalogs are comprehensive collections of your products or services. They are often used by retailers or businesses with a wide range of offerings, allowing customers to browse and choose what suits their needs. 

9. Product Sheets

Product sheets are concise documents that detail the features, benefits, and specifications of a particular product. They are effective tools for sales representatives to communicate product information to potential buyers.

10. Infographics

Infographics combine visual elements and data to present complex information in an easily digestible format. They’re perfect for conveying statistics, processes, or comparisons in a visually appealing manner.

In the end, the purpose of marketing collateral is to help your audience connect with your brand!  

If you are ready to maximize your business growth efforts by creating your own custom Marketing Toolbox of marketing collateral, the Edmiston Group would love to help. Email me at [email protected] to see how we can help solidify your marketing collateral efforts.

About the author: Autumn Edmiston is the CEO and owner of the Edmiston Group. The Edmiston Group is a multifaceted Pittsburgh-based marketing consulting firm providing senior-level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. Core areas of service are business development strategies, website creation and management, social media management, marketing, strategic planning, and public relations. The Edmiston Group has consistently delivered and implemented real-world, proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business.

Why Does Your Business Need Marketing Collateral?

Why do businesses need marketing collateral? The answer is simple. Marketing collateral is a critical component that helps connect your audience with your brand! And this connection ultimately leads to new business growth and to sustainability with existing customers.

A logo is a great example of the importance of your marketing collateral. Does your audience recognize your logo? When your audience sees your logo, do they automatically connect it with your brand? A logo is a foundational piece of your branding. Be sure to get it right and to use it on all your marketing collateral.

Marketing collateral goes well beyond your logo. These marketing assets include all of your sales and marketing materials that you use to promote your products and services, as well as to increase sales and conversions, and to build loyalty. Examples include flyers, business cards, and brochures, as well as many other types of collateral.  People may think that printed material may not be necessary in today’s world, but electronic versions of your materials can easily be forwarded to potential customers.  QR codes on flyers can drive traffic to a landing page or directly to your website.

An effective service description and call to action communicate why potential and existing customers should do business with you, above all others. This is another reason why your business needs quality marketing collateral. It is also why your marketing materials need to communicate your message consistently and effectively.

Many businesses also choose to integrate the power of storytelling into their marketing collateral. Storytelling can be one of the most important aspects of your marketing collateral. Being able to tell your story in a creative and easily digestible way prevents your message from getting diluted, documents your story, and helps anyone understand exactly what it is that your company does. Examples of this can include case studies.

In a cluttered landscape, well-crafted collateral cuts through noise, delivering information, evoking emotion, and driving action. Your marketing collateral is more than paper. Marketing collateral helps form a bridge between your brand and your target audience and helps you effectively communicate your message, thus influencing your customers’ decisions. 

By understanding and leveraging the different types of marketing collateral available, you can create a cohesive and impactful marketing strategy that resonates with your customers. Whether it’s a well-designed brochure, an attention-grabbing poster, an informative case study or white paper, each piece of collateral contributes to building a strong brand presence and fostering meaningful connections.

If you are ready to maximize your business growth efforts through marketing collateral, the Edmiston Group would love to help. Email me at [email protected] to see how we can help solidify your marketing collateral efforts.

About the author: Autumn Edmiston is the CEO and owner of the Edmiston Group. The Edmiston Group is a multifaceted Pittsburgh-based marketing consulting firm providing senior-level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. Core areas of service are business development strategies, website creation and management, social media management, marketing, strategic planning, and public relations. The Edmiston Group has consistently delivered and implemented real-world, proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business.

Planning for a Strong 4th Quarter and Beyond

strong fourth quarter: Business people in office holding a conference and discussing strategies.

We are just about to start the fourth quarter of the year… are you prepared? The fourth quarter is the most important business growth quarter of the year. You have about 12 weeks left and want to end this year strong and prepare for whatever is coming in 2024. This period often holds immense potential for revenue growth and can establish a strong finish to the year. To make the most of these final months, strategic planning is essential.

Follow these key points to help plan for a robust 4th quarter in business:

1. Make a Plan

Reflect on the year so far. Analyze the performance of the first three quarters, then work with your team to determine which customers you are going to call on… more specifically, when and how you are going to call on them. Set clear objectives about what goals you are going to accomplish, how you are going to accomplish them, and who from your team will be involved. These goals should align with the company’s overall annual objectives. Be prepared to use the holidays to your advantage and determine where you want your sales to come from during the 4th quarter and in the new year. Once you implement your plan, review it every three weeks or so and take the time to adjust based on real-time data and market shifts.  

2. Reach Out

Networking and connection are key. There are many ways to reach out to your customers and open the door for opportunity. You can invite your customers to parties, take them an end-of-the-year gift (just be sure to comply with any regulations around gift-giving), or just stop by and wish them a happy holiday. 

The holidays and the relaxed party atmosphere provide a good reason for you to get out of the office and visit with your current customers and stay in touch with those all-important prospects you have been nurturing all year long. You can also invite them to a fall trade show you are taking part in. This is a great way to reconnect with your current customer base and attract new prospects. You can learn more about the benefits of networking and attending fall trade shows here.

3. Set the Stage

With the next year’s budgeting being reviewed, the fourth quarter may not always be the right time to ask your client for their business. However, it is the perfect time to set the stage to ask in the coming weeks or months. By setting the stage, you can plant a seed for the new products or services you will begin offering. Knowing and catering to your customer’s needs will help differentiate you from your competitors. So when you give them a call the first week of January, they are not only expecting your call, but they are open and ready for the conversation to purchase your new products or services.

4. Strategize

While pushing for a sale can be the wrong strategy during the holiday season, it is a great time to add value and position yourself for success for the first quarter of the following year. When all your competitors are using December to celebrate the holidays, you can meet with your team. Having team meetings will help clarify which customers you called, what you discussed with them, what gifts you delivered to them, and how they enjoyed your holiday visit. More importantly, having discussions on what decisive actions to take for each customer can help turn the holiday visit into a sale, thereby creating more revenue. Strategizing with your team during these slowest weeks of the year (the week before Christmas and New Year’s) can help you create a very clear and precise action plan. You and your team will know exactly what to do when you walk in your customer’s door and close those deals before your competition even know what hit them.

By planning for a strong 4th quarter, businesses can capitalize on the unique opportunities that arise during the holiday season. Taking proactive steps to align strategies with changing consumer behaviors and market trends will position your business for success and set the stage for a prosperous year. Remember, the 4th quarter isn’t just an ending — it’s an opportunity for a remarkable new beginning. Are you ready to get started?

If you need help planning for your fourth quarter strategy, please give me a call at 724-612-0755. Together we can help your business end this year strong!


About the author: Autumn Edmiston is the CEO and owner of the Edmiston Group. The Edmiston Group is a multifaceted Pittsburgh-based marketing consulting firm providing senior-level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. Core areas of service are business development strategies, website creation and management, social media management, marketing, strategic planning, and public relations. The Edmiston Group has consistently delivered and implemented real-world, proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business.