Is using humor a good tactic—or strategy—for selling your product with direct marketing? Depends. That’s a good place to start. It depends on the product. If you were creating a direct marketing campaign for Depends Adult Incontinence products, humor might not be your strongest approach, a) because a certain sensitivity is called for in this category and b) it’s off brand. A humorous campaign for Huggies diapers? Different story.
From time to time, in direct marketing writing and design, we need to focus on the fundamentals to help us stay sharp in conveying the purpose and value proposition of what we’re selling. Why? Because so many direct marketing packages fail to answer these basic questions: Do we give our audience a reason to open? […]
Grammar is nit-picky and tricky, and it’s constantly evolving with our culture and turning hard-and-fast rules into bendable guidelines. Yes, there are still rules, but they can be a bit obscure or not entirely enforced in colloquial speaking, so we can run into situations in which following proper grammar rules makes writing sound overly formal […]
Do you still believe the tired platitude that everyone hates direct mail? Hate, tolerate, or love it, direct mail gets results. And it’s become a key, if not essential, part of the mix for any smart marketing strategy. But let’s concede that there may be a grain of truth to that old chestnut [...]
It happens more often than I’d like to admit—someone comes to me with a grammar question, and I think I know what the answer is, but I’m not completely sure. Or I know the answer but couldn’t tell you what grammar rule I’m using to reach that conclusion. In my mind, “not completely sure” or […]