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How This Company Uses Old School Marketing to Stand Out in a Crowded Market

Let’s take a little detour from the digital fast lane.

Imagine this:

You’re flipping through your daily mail, a routine filled with the usual suspects:

Bills Flyers Brochures

But this time, there’s a little throwback tucked between the mundane.

The Fedco Trees Catalog.

A charming relic, daringly donned in black-and-white, chunky text and sketched image, it stands out.

Not just for its charm, but for the nostalgic journey it invites you on.

Fedco Trees Catalog - 2023
Fedco Trees Catalog - 2023

Old School Marketing: An Inked Invitation to Simpler Times

Fedco Trees has made a bold choice.

In a sea of digital ads, they chose paper and ink.

And their catalog doesn’t merely list products; it tells a story.

The centerpiece?

A literal mail-in order form that harkens back to the days of jotting down credit card numbers and manually calculating taxes.

Mail-in Order Form
Fedco Mail-in Order Form

While some may view this as a company “behind the times”

I see it as an old school marketing masterclass with roots deep in brand authenticity and soul.

This tactile piece isn’t just about selling trees - it’s about making a statement.

And I have to say, it’s a pretty rebellious move from modern e-commerce.

The Marketing Gem Here? Simplicity.

Fedco’s approach is a breath of fresh air.

It’s a smart branding move that challenges our tech-centric norms and proves that sometimes, the most forward-thinking strategy is to take a thoughtful step back.

Choosing Brand Authenticity

So, what can we learn from Fedco’s example?

  • Authenticity Reigns Supreme: Trends will come and go, but staying true to your brand’s core values is timeless

  • Personal Touch Matters: Never underestimate the power of a personal connection. In a digital world, a handwritten note stands out.

  • Dare to Stand Out: When the world zigs, consider the zag. The opportunity to stand out from the rest.

Embracing Your Brand’s Story

Remember, your brand’s authenticity isn’t just a guiding star - it’s the foundation upon which lasting customer relationships are built.

It’s about creating not just sales, but stories and experiences that turn customers into raving fans.

As we wrap up this week’s edition, take a moment to reflect on how you can infuse more authenticity into your marketing.

May your brand flourish by being unapologetically original.

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