Building a Sample Itinerary Catalogue
Digital Catalogues are extremely powerful marketing tools, enabling you to distribute multiple Sample Itineraries and iBrochures to Operators and Agents. This article explains how to build a Sample Itinerary Catalogue.
Useful Tips before starting out:
- It is important to understand the basic structure of the Digital Catalogue before start building. The Digital Catalogue is made up of 3 pieces - Racks, Catalogues and Chapters. Chapters are populated with Sample Itineraries or iBrochures, Catalogues are populated with Chapters and, finally, Racks are populated with Catalogues.
- You will start by building a Catalogue and it's Chapters
- You can use Catalogues in multiple Racks
- Always Save before leaving a page
Building a Catalogue with Chapters
From your Dashboard click on Catalogue Manager
The Catalogue Builder will open a new Untitled Catalogue
Note: If you have existing Catalogues, they will be listed here and the Catalogue Builder will open on the first Catalogue in the list of Catalogues. To start building a new Catalogue, click on Add +
Step 1: Naming and Language
Give this Catalogue a name. Remember that this is not the name of the Digital Catalogue, but of one of the sections inside the Digital Catalogue. You will notice that when you navigate away from naming the Catalogue, that it will automatically change the name in the list of Catalogues. This does NOT mean that the Catalogue is saved.
Next, choose the language of the Catalogue and save. When you have saved, the button will turn green and the link to your Catalogue will be generated.
Step 2: Creating a Chapter
Click on Add Chapter to begin building the first Chapter in your Catalogue. Give the Chapter a name and choose between a type that will make up the Chapter - iBrochures or Sample Itineraries. You can only have one type per Chapter - ie you cannot build one Chapter including iBrochures and Sample Itineraries.
Step 3: Populating a Chapter
Click on Add Item and a list of your entire company's existing Sample Itineraries will be available on a pop-up. You can filter your Sample Itineraries - in this case we have used Name and filtered by typing 'Safari'. Then tick the boxes for the Sample Itineraries you wish to add to the Section and click on Add Selected Items.
Note: The Itineraries that you have selected will remain selected even if you change your search filter to look for other itineraries to add. The number of Itineraries selected will be displayed in the brackets on the Add Selected Items button.
Click on Add Selected Items when you are ready to add the Itineraries you have selected to your Chapter.
Once you have added the Itineraries to your Chapter, they will be listed under the Chapter heading. You can rearrange the order of the itineraries in the Chapter by using drag and drop. You can also rearrange your Chapters, using the arrow.
Note: You have made changes to the Catalogue and so you need to Save again.
Repeat Step 2 and 3 to add additional Chapters to this Catalogue.
Don't forget to save before navigating away from this page!
You can view your Catalogue by clicking on the View button at the top of the Catalogue. The link to the Catalogue will only reflect what was last saved.
To change the image that appears on your Catalogue, click on the little image icon next to your Itinerary.
A pop up will appear and here it will show the current cover image. You can then select from a list of available images on the system or upload your own.
Building a Rack
To navigate to the Rack Builder, click on the drop down menu in the top left corner and select Rack.
As with the Catalogue, the Rack Builder will open a new Untitled Rack unless you have existing Racks, in which case the Rack Builder will open on the first Rack in the list of Racks. To start building a new Rack, click on Add +
Step 1: Naming and Language
Give this Rack a name. This will be the name of your Digital Catalogue. You will notice that when you navigate away from naming the Rack, that it will automatically change the name in the list of Racks. This does NOT mean that the Rack is saved.
Next, choose the language of the Rack and save. When you have saved, the button will turn green and the link to your Catalogue will be generated.
Step 2: Populating your Rack
Click on Add new catalogue to begin choosing which catalogues you would like to include in your Rack. A list of all your Catalogues will be available on a pop-up. Tick the boxes for the Catalogue/s you wish to add to your Rack and click on Add selected catalogues.
Step 3: Customization
All the Catalogues you selected will appear in the Rack. You can rearrange the order they appear in, by clicking on the Catalogue you would like to move and dragging it to where you would like it to be.
The cover image of each Catalogue can be changed. To do this, click on the icon in the left corner of the specific Catalogue. The pop up window will display a list of options for you to choose from that are a collection of images from within the Catalogue.
Only a small selection of images are showed, but you can view more by clicking on Toggle more images.
Note: The numbers shown in brackets next to each category does not represent the number of images available, but the number of sub-categories available.
Select an image by clicking on it (blue rim appear to indicate it is selected) and click on Save Changes. Alternatively, if you do not want to use any of the images available, you can click on the upload tab and upload your own image.
You will see that the Catalogue's cover image has been updated. Don't forget to save.
You can view the Rack you just built by clicking on the view button.
On the top right of the Digital Catalogue, you can toggle between Grid View (images) and List View.
The link for you Digital Catalogue is the Rack link. This is the link you will use to distribute your Digital Catalogue.
Step 4: Rebranding
If you would like to send your Digital Catalogue with different branding on it, you can use the drop down menu on the Digital Catalogue and select from one of your Identities.
The branding will change throughout the entire Digital Catalogue (all the way through to the itineraries that are included in the Chapters). Use the new link to distribute your rebranded Digital Catalogue.