In this digital age, print catalogs waste a lot of paper, but companies continue to use them as a basic marketing tool because they work. Over 12.5 billion catalogs were mailed last year resulting in more than 89.6 million purchases totaling an average of $850 a year per family.

It turns out that catalogs create a customer loyalty that Internet sales can’t match.
Customers who receive them have a higher purchase intent and make larger resulting order. The newest innovation is to make catalogs more of an experience, like a fashion magazine. Another alternative is to send out smaller, less expensive teaser catalogs that drives traffic to the website. If you’re interested here is the full report about the state of catalogs.

Meanwhile, if you would rather not receive all that paper, here is a free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more.

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