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2021 Holiday Shopping Recap: Season was Strong Despite Supply Chain Concerns

Posted January 19, 2022 by in Direct Marketing Trends

If you read my blog posts, you know that I love shopping. The holiday season, November 1 to December 24, is my favorite time of year for shopping…the decorations, the music, and the sales. The 2020 holiday shopping season was disrupted due to COVID-19 restrictions and in-person shopping included social distancing, a facemask, and hand sanitizer. What would disrupt the 2021 holiday shopping season?

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Direct Mail Strategies to Engage a Hispanic Audience

Posted September 29, 2021 by in Strategy and Analysis

Today, Hispanics make up 20% of the U.S. population. At 62.3 million, they are the fastest growing population segment that fuels demographic changes, cultural transformation, and economic growth. Yet, many marketers struggle to engage with this large audience and often fail to provide them with culturally relevant direct mail. There are three myths we hear  […]

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After the Pandemic, Customer Journey Maps Are More Important Than Ever

Posted June 16, 2021 by in Strategy and Analysis

At IWCO Direct, our number one priority in building successful omnichannel marketing campaigns is to understand our clients’ business. Not just what our clients’ needs might be from a brand and corporate standpoint, but truly, what are the needs of their buyers. We have a rigorous approach to our campaign planning that involves understanding the  […]

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A 4-Step Process for Developing an Effective Marketing Strategy Based on the Cost Per Sale

Posted May 19, 2021 by in Strategy and Analysis

In my last post, I defined cost per lead (CPL), cost per sale (CPS), and allowable cost per sale (ACPS) in relation to your direct marketing budget and mail quantities. That being said, effective marketing strategy is not just about these costs, but how you use that information to inform future campaigns and measurably improve the ROI of your marketing efforts. These four simple steps will help you and your team use this data to your advantage.

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What Does it Take to Create Great Direct Marketing?

Posted March 24, 2021 by in Strategy and Analysis

It’s a big question. True direct response marketing starts with putting relevant, personalized marketing communications in front of targeted prospects. Done well, great direct marketing campaigns target more than just small groups with similar demographics―they target individuals. Every mailpiece or advertisement should reflect the needs of the individual targeted. Effective direct marketing drives response by  […]

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Holiday Shopping Trends Reshape Retail Direct Marketing Efforts During the Pandemic

Posted December 9, 2020 by in Direct Marketing Trends

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  […]

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