Since the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) announced its acquisition of DMA in 2018, the IWCO Direct team has been listening and watching to see if, as my colleague Tedd Aurelius described it, the ANA lifeline would keep DMA afloat. As we prepare to attend our first ANA Masters of Data and Technology conference
I promise to avoid (almost all) references to 2020 hindsight, but it’s hard to talk about 2020 marketing trends without looking back at 2019. In researching earlier marketing trends, I learned that ANA started surveying their members in 2014 to determine the marketing word of the year. Here’s their list.
What does the Clint Eastwood classic have to do with direct marketing? When APTech proposed the movie title as a topic for APTech’s PRINT Innovation Exchange, my mind immediately went to the concept of targeting as the Good, Bad, and Ugly of today’s direct marketing. Whistle the theme song as I explain why.
When Julie Shaffer from APTech invited me on April 1 via LinkedIn to speak at the PRINT Innovation Exchange, I thought it might be an April Fool’s joke. She said it was my post on CCPA and taxing of professional services that caused her to reach out [...]
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet fans will recognize the original language, which is now often shortened to, “a rose by any other name smells as sweet.” This expression crossed my mind as I read überflip’s ebook, “10 […]
“Data Privacy Legislation Isn’t Confined to California.” A few weeks ago, I wrote that sentence in a blog recapping the work being done by ANA and DMA to advocate for the future of direct marketing amid the potential overreach of new data privacy restrictions like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). I have rarely been accused of being understated, but that statement now seems like the opposite of hyperbole [...]
Some of the most important issues facing our industry are also the most difficult to monitor, as initiatives at the state level seem to spread like the flu across the country. Our trade associations do an amazing job and deserve special thanks for embracing the thankless task of keeping us informed of all the ways […]
We couldn’t help but notice that this year’s Super Bowl ads would be reaching out to women, showcasing women, and focusing on women, so it only made sense to ask five women from IWCO Direct to review this year’s ads. While every response to this request was an enthusiastic variation of, “Count me in,” the […]
Those who know me understand I’m rarely at a loss for words, but after reviewing the direct mail response rates cited in the recently released 2018 DMA Response Rate Report (DMA membership required, fees apply), I was left a little speechless. Even though we’ve historically seen direct mail lead the pack when it comes to […]
Someone once told me an audience will pay more attention when you tell them you’ll be talking about three things. My interpretation of this advice when applied to marketing trends may have come from the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Talking about just one marketing trend is too narrow. Talking about two trends […]