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15 Ways to Make the Most of Stay-at-Home Orders

Posted April 1, 2020 by in Announcements

Stay-at-home orders are in place in Minnesota and Pennsylvania—where our production facilities are located and the majority of employees reside. IWCO Direct provides essential services according to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and has been allowed to remain open; however, the stay-at-home orders make nights and weekends at home a bit bleaker looking. But  […]

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Communicating During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted March 25, 2020 by in Creative

If you haven’t been sending out messages related to your COVID-19 response to employees, customers, prospects, and others, you need to start now. Consistent communications regarding how your business is dealing with this public health issue serve a broad range of purposes.

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Five Gruesome Grammar Rules You Can Bury

Posted October 30, 2019 by in Creative

Horror! Terror! Grammar! Halloween is supposed to be spooky, but you don’t need to be filled with fright at the thought of mastering grammar. In fact, some of the more terrifying grammar rules you were told around campfires as a kid (…No? Just me?) aren’t even real. Here’s a list of five grammar rules that have been slaughtered, slain, or were never really there in the first place [...]

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Who Cares About the Oxford Comma? We Do!

Posted May 22, 2019 by in Creative

It’s the little things in life that bring real joy. A cool drink on a hot day, a favorite song on the radio, a well-placed Oxford comma. Ah, yes, the Oxford comma: grammar’s hot-button issue (you may be shocked to hear that grammatists have tempers, but oh boy—the Oxford comma gets us going) [...]

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What is a Xennial? – IWCO Direct

Xennials Explained: When is a Millennial Not a Millennial?

Posted March 29, 2019 by in Direct Marketing Trends

The problems millennials have created have been a point of conversation more than once around the Saturday coffee table (a time-honored Leone tradition). My two oldest siblings are staunch believers that millennials ruin just about everything (though, they add, it’s not always their fault). When I point out they are millennials—Pew Research lists millennials  […]

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3 Grammar Rules Marketers Can Safely Break – IWCO Direct

3 Times You Can Break the Grammar Rules in Your Marketing Copy

Posted February 15, 2019 by in Creative, Direct Mail Tips

Grammar is nit-picky and tricky, and it’s constantly evolving with our culture and turning hard-and-fast rules into bendable guidelines. Yes, there are still rules, but they can be a bit obscure or not entirely enforced in colloquial speaking, so we can run into situations in which following proper grammar rules makes writing sound overly formal  […]

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