Consider what millennials and Gen Zers spent their formative years witnessing: 9/11, stock market crashes, economic recessions, mass unemployment, global warming and climate change, and other none-too-pleasant events and worst-case scenarios. Oh, and a global pandemic, though classifying that as a “formative years” event—even for Gen Z—may be a bit generous. This has led to […]
As one of the most challenging years in recent memory draws to a close, we wanted our final postal issues update of the year to reflect on what has been a bumpy year for the U.S. Postal Service and take a look at what may be ahead in the coming year.
Before we explore the latest holiday shopping trends, I want to wish our readers and subscribers a safe and healthy holiday season! The holidays are a special time for traditions—decorating, baking, gift giving, and—my favorite tradition—shopping. For my annual shopping trip, I gathered my shopping list, my direct mail and email ads and coupons, and […]
Every year around Halloween, the Leone family gets together for Spooky Dinner. It all stems from past Halloweens when the Leone children were living at home and ate my mom’s halloweenies (pigs in a blanket) before trick-or-treating. My parents decorate their house and everyone arrives in costumes and brings a Halloween themed dish to share. […]
We’ve been analyzing how various verticals have adjusted their marketing approaches to COVID-19 and the impact on direct mail volumes. When the Winterberry Group released “The Outlook for Data Driven Advertising and Marketing 2020” in January, they projected direct mail to increase 0.6% and digital channels to increase an average of 14.5%. Then the COVID-19 […]
The second annual ANA Data & Analytics Conference, hosted by American Express, was virtual this year, but its impact and insights were very real. ANA promised the audience would hear from key experts on innovation in data-driven tools and new technologies, personalization, brand and creative techniques founded in neuro-marketing, as well as the latest in compliance and privacy laws. More than 20 of my IWCO Direct colleagues registered for the event, and all who dialed in agreed it was a rousing success.
I recently participated in a virtual panel for American Marketing Association’s southern Connecticut chapter on direct marketing trends titled "An Industry Reset: The Resurgence of Integrated Marketing and Direct Mail.” There were some 60 marketers from the greater New York area in attendance who had great questions for me and the other two direct and digital marketers on the panel. Here are a few of those questions and a summary of some of my responses:
The Human Element of Data Driven Marketing on Display at ANA Masters of Data & Technology Conference
At the beginning of March, a few of my colleagues and I attended the ANA’s inaugural Masters of Data and Technology Conference. This conference was started because ANA found that mastering data and technology is one of the top strategic priorities of CMOs, and it’s no wonder.
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
Our team always looks forward to überflip’s Trends Reports, and their recent “What Today’s Marketers Are Focused On in 2020” was no exception. The forward from President and CMO, Randy Frisch, echoed our thinking when he said, “Although looking at trends can give us an edge, it can also take us off track."