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Avoid These Three Direct Mail Bad Habits in 2020

Posted March 4, 2020 by in Creative

I’ve built a shiny metaphorical bandwagon, and I’m inviting you all to jump on and help me improve the quality and effectiveness of creative direct mail writing in 2020. At the same time, we’re going to—once and for all, I hope, although I know better—say a final farewell to a few nagging direct mail bad habits.

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Reading vs. Scanning: Sidebars Can Engage Any Kind of Mail Recipient

Posted August 20, 2019 by in Strategy and Analysis

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.

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Who Cares About the Oxford Comma? We Do!

Posted May 22, 2019 by in Creative

It’s the little things in life that bring real joy. A cool drink on a hot day, a favorite song on the radio, a well-placed Oxford comma. Ah, yes, the Oxford comma: grammar’s hot-button issue (you may be shocked to hear that grammatists have tempers, but oh boy—the Oxford comma gets us going) [...]

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Four Questions to Ask Before Using Humor in Marketing

Posted April 9, 2019 by in Creative

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.

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3 Grammar Rules Marketers Can Safely Break – IWCO Direct

3 Times You Can Break the Grammar Rules in Your Marketing Copy

Posted February 15, 2019 by in Creative, Direct Mail Tips

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  […]

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