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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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Authenticity and Transparency Are Key When Connecting with Millennials and Gen Z

Posted January 6, 2021 by in Direct Marketing Trends

Consider what millennials and Gen Zers spent their formative years witnessing: 9/11, stock market crashes, economic recessions, mass unemployment, global warming and climate change, and other none-too-pleasant events and worst-case scenarios. Oh, and a global pandemic, though classifying that as a “formative years” event—even for Gen Z—may be a bit generous. This has led to  […]

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Interactive Content Management Delivers Direct Marketing at the Speed of Need

Posted November 4, 2020 by in Dynamic Content Management

What do we mean by “Direct Marketing at the Speed of Need”? Simply stated, it is the ability to quickly reach existing or potential customers or members with pertinent and personalized marketing content regardless of the channel. Web browsing offers a great example of rapid response marketing with its ability to provide relevant content based  […]

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How Verticals Have Adjusted Marketing Approaches to COVID-19

Posted September 30, 2020 by in Direct Marketing Trends

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  […]

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A Discussion of Direct Marketing Trends with the AMA Southern Connecticut

Posted September 16, 2020 by in Direct Marketing Trends

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:

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Tips for Restarting Your Marketing During COVID-19

Posted July 8, 2020 by in Strategy and Analysis

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  […]

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What Should Your Outer Envelope Say?

Posted April 22, 2020 by in Creative

You probably know the expression “the eyes are the window to the soul.” It’s much the same with direct mail: the outer envelope (OE)—with or without a window—gives insight into the inner contents. The OE is a blank slate for your direct mail package, and has the potential to telegraph what someone will find inside.  […]

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