Why brochures are dead

Brochures (stapled together marketing material) will soon be consigned as an anachronism to the dustbin of history.


Why? Because they are costly and ineffective, that’s why.


Should you spend your money on something that no-one reads, that has become so devalued that people get angry if they receive it (and call it spam), that goes straight into the paper recycle bin thus wasting time and material resources AND that cost a moderate sum to produce? The answer is yes, only if you’re an idiot who doesn’t want to be in business for very much longer.


But you do still need to have something that you thought the brochure was going to do. Something that:


– Makes you look like you know what you’re talking about

– Is professionally designed, branded and unique

– Lays out your stall and clearly shows what you offer


I’m here to tell you that you still need all that (and more) but you won’t get it from a brochure, you’ll get it from a book. Your book. Your very own book.


In addition to the above, a good book will:


– Position you as THE authority and expert the reader should be dealing with

– Create kudos and brand recognition

– Create good will towards you. More people will like you. (And people buy from people they like)

– Have longevity and value. People don’t throw books away

– Be transferable. Who ever recommends a brochure? But they’ll recommend your book

– Make you money, directly and indirectly


A book has value. It contains stories and meaning for the reader in a way that a brochure that just mouths off about how good you are can never do. It’s more truthful. It gives something to the reader, something useful. Instead of you just shouting about yourself, you’re effectively talking to them, about them, about what they want to hear.


As a free give-away to prospects or as a product sold in bookshops and online stores, a great book written by you will do all these things and more.


And the cost?

It’s actually costs less to produce a book than a brochure. Not only that, but if you sell the books, your new ‘brochure’ will actually make you an extra income all of its own.

3 comments on “Why brochures are dead

  1. Ayd, agreed. It always was a case of present for show, close for dough. I won’t miss the passing of brochures, though I think they are more likely to transform then die off completely. Think personalization, magazine-style editorial, remain in sectors like luxury goods.

  2. Really interesting Ayd. As you know, I’m just building my business and have been pondering this question of brochure v book… thanks for the great insight.

  3. Thanks for this Ayd I’ve been on with my book for ‘years’ now in my head and suddenly it has become urgent! Unfortunately I’m not able to attend your book writing master class, wish I could, but the info you have provided here has helped motivate me to get on with it and have a VERY good reason for doing so especially as a speaker 🙂

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