Tips for Writing Irresistible Direct Marketing Content: Part 4
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Tips for Writing Irresistible Direct Marketing Content: Part 4

Beat your competition with a variety of different direct marketing campaigns. Throw static marketing to the wayside. Generic Greetings: DO NOT say “Hello Customer or Greetings Friend.” Variable Data Printing (VDP) offers you the ability to personalize each greeting with your customer’s name and anything else you know about your customer. Include Numbers: Including numbers and symbols...

8 Ways to Improvise Your Way to Success
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8 Ways to Improvise Your Way to Success

Guest post by Michael J. Pallerino, taken from the April/May 2013 issue of our bi-monthly magazine, Connect. So, how do the worlds of improvisation and business compare? Tom Yorton, CEO of Second City Communications (SCC), shows you eight improvisation techniques that can help your business. No. 1: Seek Those “Yes, and …’ Moments Improvisation is about...

Why Marketing Artists and Marketing Scientists Need One Another
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Why Marketing Artists and Marketing Scientists Need One Another

Mark McGuinness of Lateral Action guest posted a terrific blog at Copyblogger: Are You a Marketing Artist or Scientist? In it he describes two distinct tribes that most marketers fall into (1) the right-brain types that like to create and find inspiration in coffee shops journaling and brainstorming about their next blog, podcast, video or creation or...

Agency Uses Interactive Sitelet to Land New Business
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Agency Uses Interactive Sitelet to Land New Business

When a Dallas-based advertising agency, VLG, needed to engage prospects, it opted to show off its interactive technology through a sitelet or mini-site. The sitelet used a mock company called Crescent Bluffs to demonstrate the amount of time VLG could engage the prospect in the demo. I was engaged for 1 minute 41 seconds. I took VLG’s...

How to Say Thank You in a Personal, Memorable, Trackable Way
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How to Say Thank You in a Personal, Memorable, Trackable Way

Nine times out of ten, a donor receives a letter that starts with, “Thank you for your generous donation.” Because giving is an emotional response, it deserves an emotional thank you with more pep and personality than a typical, status quo thank you. Read Shannon Doolittle’s 22 Delightful Ways to Say Thank You. Here’s a sample...

How Small Companies Doing Large Marketing Get Huge Results
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How Small Companies Doing Large Marketing Get Huge Results

Other than identifying a known brand name and automatically knowing the size of the company, have you ever thumbed through a publication or web portal, become impressed by a company’s logo or tagline, only to learn that this company wasn’t nearly as large as you thought? It happens to me all the time. I see...

How to Use the Pain Funnel to Drive Greater Direct Mail Response
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How to Use the Pain Funnel to Drive Greater Direct Mail Response

When your product closely resembles another company’s product, the difference in which company earns the prospect’s business is often the company that can make the prospect feel enough pain to switch services to their company. While many salespeople are trained to find pain, copywriters, account executives, and corporate marketers aren’t.  This is demonstrated when you...

Marketing Management & Execution Solutions: So What Do You Call Them?
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Marketing Management & Execution Solutions: So What Do You Call Them?

Marketing Asset Management. Print Automation. Marketing Automation. Communications Portals. Distributed Marketing. Web-To-Print. Confused yet? Wouldn’t it be nice if everything fit in a nice, neat package that is easy to understand and explain?  In the world of marketing communications management, many people would think the above terms all mean the same thing.  I actually think...

Posted by July 26, 2012January 1, 2017
Like Humpty Dumpty You Can Crack Open Your Campaign with Split Tests
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Like Humpty Dumpty You Can Crack Open Your Campaign with Split Tests

Testing one, two. Simply running an a/b split with all your marketing campaigns can pay dividends in the end. It’s as elementary as a nursery rhyme. To run a split test, you create two or more messages (either with different content or just a different subject line) and send the messages to randomized, equal portions of the...

Posted by May 30, 2012January 18, 2018