The Ultimate Sizing and Concept Guide for Your Next Flyer or Brochure
Want to generate interest or keep the conversation going with your most promising leads?
Brochures and flyers are two of the easiest ways to generate the momentum you need. But what appears to be a straightforward design can sometimes be more complicated. After all, isn’t a flyer the same thing as a brochure? Is there a substantial price difference? And when would it be best to distribute a brochure instead of a flyer?
From folds to sizing, to finishes, finding the right promotional piece can be a little trickier than it first appears. Here are a few design basics to shape a print piece that does exactly what you need.
A flyer is usually a single, unfolded print piece used to draw attention.
Flyers can quickly convey small bursts of information and are great for highlighting sales, new locations, upcoming events, or coupons. Because they are easy to print, flyers can contain very targeted, time-bound information, or messages that are specific to a particular audience, neighborhood, etc.
Standard flyer sizes typically fall into these categories:
- Letter size: 8.5” x 11” or A4: 8.3” x 11.7”
- A5: 8.3” x 5.8”
- A6: 5.8” x 4.1”
- DL (dimension lengthwise): 8.3” x 3.9” or one-third of A4
Because flyers are meant to grab attention, they should be colorful, easy to read, and contain a clear call to action. Whether you distribute them on car windows or through the mail, flyers an effective tool for at-a-glance marketing. Need inspiration? Here are 100 stellar flyer examples to get you started!
The main difference between a flyer and brochure is this: a fold.
While brochures can also be straightforward and simple, brochures use strategic content panels to guide the reader through the piece. Brochure layouts are limitless (and lots of fun, too!), but here are several commonly used fold types:
- Double gatefold
- Parallel fold
- Accordion fold
- Roll fold
Because the paper quality and content of brochures are typically richer, brochures are best used for dates and details that don’t expire quickly.
Brochures can be distributed to qualified leads, to showcase products on the floor, and to help customers make purchasing decisions. Because brochures give a more comprehensive scale of information, they are seen as trustworthy, credible, and worth reading. They are also (typically) more expensive.
Where Do I Begin?
When designing a flyer, brochure, or even a sell sheet, remember that the product’s purpose should determine the size or format you select.
“Do I want to share multiple images or one basic message?”
“Where does this print piece strategically fit in terms of my sales funnel?”
Starting with the size and content in focus will lead you to the best size, shape, and material for your next work of art!
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