Remember in 1999 when the internet was “invented” and the advent of “you got mail” changed the world of print and direct mail forever? Advertising experts were convinced that the direct mail channel would quickly become extinct and email marketing would take its place. As you might have guessed from the title of this post, I’m here to remind you: that didn't happen.
My generation has a lot of names, including “post-millennials,” “the homeland generation,” and my personal favorite, “the iGeneration.” Whatever you call us, Generation Z is coming of age—and so are our wallets. Gen Z is the generation born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s […]
Are you a reader or a scanner? The world is full of both. That matters to those of us who include direct mail and direct response advertising as part of our marketing mix. If we don’t create direct mail designs that account for both of those information intake preferences, we risk losing a big chunk of our audience and their potential to respond.
At this point in my dating career, I feel like I need to rent a billboard on a major highway and throw my phone number up there. Marketers have the same concern when promoting their businesses—why don't they see ROI on their ad investments? The missing link is having a target market to narrow your audience from the big, loud world down [...]
You just launched a big direct mail acquisition campaign. Close to a million pieces are fanning out to carefully segmented audiences in areas where your research indicates high concentrations of verified prospects. Will it be a hit or a miss? Grab a stopwatch (or your mobile phone with its many timing apps) and let’s consider. […]