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What Are the 5Is and 7Ps of the Marketing Mix? – IWCO Direct

The Hidden Drivers of Today’s Marketing Mix: The 5Is and 7Ps

Posted January 23, 2019 by in Strategy and Analysis

The concept of the Marketing Mix has been around since the 1950s when Neil Borden introduced it as the ingredients for an integrated set of marketing “tactics” to create a higher value relationship with customers (what we now refer to as “CX” or “customer experience.”) In the early ‘60s, a marketing professor named E. Jerome McCarthy created a mnemonic for his students [...]

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The #1 Opportunity in Your Direct Marketing Strategy and How to Take Advantage of It

Posted October 16, 2015 by in Direct Mail Tips, Direct Marketing Trends

Unfortunately, not every direct marketing strategy or campaign is a success. When things go south, there is usually no shortage of opinions on what the culprit was. But in all my years of experience, the number one reason a direct marketing strategy failed – or at least didn’t reach its full potential – is limiting  […]

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Who’s Your Daddy: Marketing to Men with Direct Mail

Posted June 19, 2015 by in Direct Mail Tips, Direct Marketing Trends

With Father’s Day rapidly approaching (that’s this Sunday for all you last-second shoppers), this dad would like to talk about something that doesn’t get much attention: marketing to men. Let me explain. Every year it seems like Millennials and moms get all the love from marketers. Of course both are key demographics. We’ve written at  […]

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