The news of an available automation feature must be one of the best news you’ve heard all year. Forget about the endless stream of copy paste, because there is a better way. Flipsnack is interested in making any process easier and more time-efficient for you, so this is where the idea for an automated online catalog template came from. Try our catalog automation creator and practice with this tool.
For example, take an automated retail product catalog template and personalize it with your branding elements and product pictures. It’s encouraging to know that once you understand the steps you have to take for automating a catalog, you’ll save a lot of time for future catalogs.
Let’s start with creating a data source, which will be connected to your Flipsnack workspace. This can be done by uploading your product information on a spreadsheet and then saving it as a CSV file or by using an ecommerce product feed. In the case of a CSV file, it’s important to set your product descriptions as headers. These categories can include: product name, color, price or any other relevant information. Then, choose an automated product catalog template and in the automation field, import your CSV file.
Once you start personalizing an automated catalog, you’ll notice how convenient it is to showcase your products in which order you want and exactly on the specific page you want them. Know that you can resize the product boxes so they match the size of your pictures. Keep this in mind when customizing an already made template, with an established picture box size in the original design. However, feel free to duplicate info boxes and pages, if you want to include more products on a page. Then, effortlessly drag and drop the products in their rightful place and repeat this action until your catalog is complete. Whether you’re customizing an automated home decor catalog template or an automated fashion catalog template, the process is the same. This automation tool helps you create branded templates, which can be used to keep brand consistency, while automating every other aspect.
To recap: if you choose to create an automated catalog from scratch, there is a specific order in which you should follow the steps. Start with preparing the product feed, then connect it to Flipsnack’s workspace. The next step is creating the design and mapping the elements, finishing with drag and dropping products on pages. It’s easier than it sounds. However, templates make the process even easier, because once you connect your CSV with Flipsnack, you can simply skip to the last step of adding your items in the template design.
Eliminate the frustration of a long, meticulous system and replace it with one that does most of the job for you. What are you waiting for? Test this automation tool by using the existing CSV file. For any other questions, contact us via live chat.