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 […]
This year has proved to be stressful and challenging for most businesses, and Mail-Gard is no exception. When the COVID-19 pandemic began this spring, we had the challenge of protecting our employees and finding ways to safely work together while also supporting our clients with their own challenges caused by COVID-19. We’ve all discovered a […]
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 […]
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:
It’s hard to believe that more than six months have passed since we had our first COVID-19 preparedness meeting. Clients began reaching out to Mail-Gard about their disaster recovery plans in late February after officials from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes […]
Wondering how to restart your marketing during COVID-19? We’ve seen extensive change in consumer behavior over the past few months. Some of the change is expected to be temporary, and some is expected to continue long into the future. You’ll need to accommodate these changes as you restart your marketing while COVID-19 continues. The national […]
“I don’t know.” “We’re not sure.” “Even the experts can’t say.” “Everything is still so uncertain.” The comments above aren’t about the coronavirus. They’re about when business will “get back to normal.” Welcome to marketing in the COVID-19 era.
As marketers continue to develop their Medicare marketing plans for this year’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), the impact of COVID-19 means we are no longer marketing within a business-as-usual setting. While some AEP tactics will change, and others will remain the same, direct mail will remain a key part of an omnichannel strategy. For example, […]