Most of us can easily spot the differences between a book and a magazine, but it’s a much steeper challenge to explain what distinguishes a flyer from a leaflet, a brochure from a booklet or a prospectus from a pamphlet. Some may argue that they’re all virtually the same the thing, while others will say they’re not. Either way, it’s easy to get confused with all these terms being thrown around so we decided to shed some light on these mainstays of the business printing world.
What all of these print products have in common is they are economical and efficient for promoting your product, brand, event or anything else. This makes them very attractive options for small businesses, startups and other organizations that need to be very careful with their budget when targeting a specific regional audience. To get the most out of these print products, we recommend you to consider combining them with custom posters in order to launch a powerful guerilla marketing campaign. Additionally, don’t forget to track the ROI of your print products by adding promotional coupon codes and links to specific landing pages.
Flyers, also known as handbills, are one of the most popular print marketing products because they are so cheap to produce and easy to distribute. They are usually flat, rectangular and approximately the size of a adult hand making them perfect to pass out to passersby on the street. However, flyers come in all sizes and formats, ranging from small 2’’ x 3.5’’ papers to large squared flyers. What they have in common though is that they are typically double-sided so that they include more information and visuals. The small exception comes if you want to hang them somewhere, then of course it makes more financial sense to merely print on one side.
In regards to the usage of flyers, we’ve all come across them many times in our daily lives. They’re often handed out on the streets, exhibitions and events, even though many people throw them away instantly. Since you’ll probably only have a few seconds to connect with your potential customers before the paper lands in the next bin, a good flyer needs to stand out visually to be effective. However, that doesn’t always mean you should overinvest in flyer printing. Their main objective is typically to merely inform a customer, so you should try to be cost-effective with paper and ink quality. The great thing about flyers is that they can be leveraged for almost any cause from events, promotions or political campaigns that you’re trying to highlight. Keep in mind that they work best when you are targeting a small region, since flyers allow you to get your message out to a large number of people within a physical location at a low price point.
This print product is quite similar to flyers so it’s only natural that most people struggle to tell the difference and some are actually convinced they’re the same thing. While the terms leaflet and flyer are often used interchangeably, there are some minor differences. In general, leaflets tend to be a bit smaller and they are usually supposed to be of the better quality too. Of course, this makes them more expensive as well.
The boundary between flyer and leaflets becomes clear when looking at how they are used. As we mentioned above, the main function of flyers is to hand out as many copies as possible to a broad audience in specific location. To achieve the highest ROI, they need to be cheap. On the other hand, leaflets could be used in the same way, but their superior quality and design make them a more attractive option for targeting a more specific group or promoting a product or service with higher value. As a result, leaflets can be inserted in local newspapers, they can be stored in shops, restaurants and other popular places, or they can be placed in your own corporate offices for potential customers. In short, you could make the case that flyers are for one-time events and promotions, while leaflets are better suited for content and company information that has a longer shelf life.
Brochures, also known as pamphlets, can be differentiated quite easily from flyers and leaflets because they aren’t flat, but folded. This third dimension makes them stand out a bit more as you can be more creative with the design. In regards to their format, brochures can be found in many different shapes and forms, from a 11’’ x 8.5’’ double folded design to a single fold square paper. What has to be noted, however, is that they are neither stapled nor bundled.
Whereas flyers are designed for large volume hand-outs and throw-aways, brochures are much more likely to be read. This is because they are usually distributed to people who actually show at least a minimum level of interest in the company, brand, product or service. As a result, it’s easier to justify a higher production cost and spend more resources on this print product. Brochures are often handed out at fairs, trade shows, exhibitions, and corporate meetings.
Marketers love brochures because they’re a great way to give potential customers more information about your offering and boost sales leads. However, that also means that brochures must be high-quality and look professional, after all, they are essentially the visual business card of your company. You definitely want to ensure your brochures feature great design, are well-written, free of any grammar errors, and that they engage your target audience. Remember, the main goal of brochures is to boost sales, so include a strong call-to-action as well.
Booklets are often confused with brochures, although they are quite different. Compared to brochures, booklets are flat and not folded. What makes them further stand out is that they usually consist of multiple pages (typically between 8 to 72 pages) which are brought together through a saddle stitch, spirals, staples or other binding methods. As booklets consist several pages, the choice of paper becomes more important too. Most booklets consist of text stock gloss, text stock matte or even a ultra heavy cover stock paper. The optimal choice of binding method and paper type depends on the number of pages, budget and the desired level of quality.
As booklets are durable and more expensive print products, they make little sense for throw-away or guerilla marketing campaigns. Instead, they’re often used for moving interested prospects along your sales funnel. As a result, the most common forms of business-related booklets are catalogues featuring more in-depth information about your company’s products and services. The main idea is to give a prospect more information about your offering, technical specifications and prices to help make a choice about whether to buy something from you and if so, what solution. Outside of the marketing world, booklets can also be used as manuals or rule books.
Please note that a prospectus is not a separate print product, but rather a specific type of brochure. It describes small books that give information about an academic institution or a financial company.
There are definitely subtle yet important differences between these common print product terms, but each one is different and serves a unique purpose. Typically, a company would not use just one of them exclusively. In fact, the most successful businesses hand out several different types of print products and also leverage custom posters to further boost their print marketing campaigns.
Now that you have discovered the different specifications and applications of flyers, leaflets, brochures and booklets, we hope that we cleared up any doubts and shed some light on which formats are best for your next print campaign. So the next time you’re planning a print marketing campaign, keep in mind the benefits of each print marketing type and choose your product wisely. Of course, remember that with Chilliprinting you get first-class printing products delivered to your office at the best price in just a few simple clicks.