Catalogue Manager: Building an iBrochure Catalogue
Wetu's Digital Catalogues are extremely powerful marketing tools, enabling you to distribute multiple Sample Itineraries and iBrochures to direct clients, operators and agents with a single link. This article explains how to build an iBrochure Catalogue as well as a Rack.
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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, iBrochures and/or Day Tours, 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.
Step 1: Naming and Language
Fill in the name of the Catalogue that you want to build. This will be the main heading across the top of the Catalogue.
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 if you want to add iBrochures or Sample Itineraries. You can only have one type per Chapter.
Step 3: Populating a Chapter
Select 'Add Item' and a browser window with a list of all iBrochures will appear.
You can filter the iBrochures by service name, Country or Area. In this case we have used Area and filtered by typing 'Cape'. Then tick the boxes for the iBrochures you wish to add to the Section and click on 'Add Selected Items'.
Once you have added the iBrochures to your Chapter, they will be listed under the Chapter heading. You can reorder the iBrochures in your catalogue using drag and drop. You can also reorder your Chapters, by using the arrow or drag and drop.
Repeat Step 2 and 3 to add additional Chapters to this Catalogue.
You can view your Catalogue by clicking on the 'View' button at the top of the Catalogue or copying and pasting the link into your browser. The link to the Catalogue will only reflect what was last saved.
Step 4: Customising your Catalogue
The cover image that appears on the Catalogue can be changed by clicking on the image icon next to the iBrochure.
A pop up will appear and show you which image is currently selected for that particular iBrochure. From here you can keep this image, select another image from within the system or upload your own.
Once you have chosen your images, your catalogue is ready to be sent out to the world! If you want to send out multiple Catalogues, try building a Rack as detailed below.
Building a Rack
To navigate to the Rack Builder, click on the drop-down menu in the top left-hand 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
The same as with your Catalogue, give your Rack a name. This will display across the top of your Rack. 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: Customising your Rack
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 popup window will display a list of options for you to choose from that are a collection of images from within the Catalogue.
Select an image by clicking on it (a blue rim will 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.
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.
You will send the link on the top right-hand side to your clients, embed it in your website or add hyperlinks to your emails.
If you would like to send your Catalogue or Rack with different branding on it, you can use the drop-down menu on the Catologue or Rack and select one of your Identities .
The branding will change throughout the entire Digital Catalogue (all the way through to the iBrochures that are included in the Chapters). Use the new link to distribute your rebranded Digital Catalogue.