6 Commercial Characters Who Make Great Halloween Costumes
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6 Commercial Characters Who Make Great Halloween Costumes

Halloween is one day a year when brands can really see how much their advertising has impacted American culture by how many costumes look like their mascots. It’s a one-of-a-kind PR tactic. Kids and adults love to dress as their favorite movie and TV characters, but sometimes it’s the guys from commercials that people honor. ...

6 Ways Digital Marketing Has Enhanced Print
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6 Ways Digital Marketing Has Enhanced Print

In just a few short decades, we have seen the meteoric rise of the internet, cell phones, smartphones, ebooks, and countless other digital media. A popular contention is that the modern digital age has made printing obsolete, eventually going the way of typewriters and film cameras. The truth is print is still very valuable and...

How High Value Direct Mail Can Increase Response Rates
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How High Value Direct Mail Can Increase Response Rates

NextPage publishes a magazine called Connect, mailed to over 4,000 individual marketing leaders 6 times a year. In a recent issue, we wanted to do something special, something that really showcases how creative you can get with high value, personalized direct mail. Personalized direct mail, or variable data direct mail, uses unique content specific to each...

How Brick-and-Mortar Businesses Compete with Online Shopping
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How Brick-and-Mortar Businesses Compete with Online Shopping

According to Business Insider, there are 300 million users of Amazon.com and 50% of US online shoppers are on the Amazon mobile app. And recently, Walmart and Google joined forces to go after Amazon with voice-activated online shopping using Google Express. Today’s busy lifestyles and the ease of online shopping continue to cause trouble for...

They Posted Something Bad About My Brand, What Do I Do?
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They Posted Something Bad About My Brand, What Do I Do?

Remember the time before social media when word of mouth spread from talking to people face to face? I don’t. I have always heard about products and services online, it gets around quicker that way. I often see Facebook posts about movies and how good (or bad) they were. The main reason I saw Dunkirk...

Millennials Like Getting Direct Mail, Here’s Why
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Millennials Like Getting Direct Mail, Here’s Why

The internet came naturally to me as a millennial. I got my own computer at age 12, started using Facebook at 14 and got my first smartphone at 17. It’s true that my generation spends a significant amount of time staring at screens, so marketers target us with their digital advertisements online because that’s where...

4 Easy Ways to Track the Success of Your Direct Mail Campaign
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4 Easy Ways to Track the Success of Your Direct Mail Campaign

Ask marketers how to gauge the success of their direct mail campaigns, and the answer inevitably points to ROI. One of the biggest reasons a direct mail campaign fails is the inability to measure success. If you cannot accurately track results, your enthusiasm level drops. The key, according to Allegra Marketing Services, is to establish...

You Get What You Pay For With Mass Market Direct Mail
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You Get What You Pay For With Mass Market Direct Mail

One variable that will many times dictate what route marketers will take to brand their products is price. Too often, unfortunately, the value that is received from these channels is negligible. Such is the case with mass market direct mail products. Vendors will print and mail postcards on your behalf for nearly half the usual...

What Can Marketers Learn From The Beatles’ 4-Track Masterpiece?
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What Can Marketers Learn From The Beatles’ 4-Track Masterpiece?

Hard to believe it’s been 50 years this week since the Beatles released their landmark album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album is not only regarded as one of the best of all time, but forever changed the way music is performed, recorded and mixed. Many of the innovative sounds and techniques applied...

The Big Three of Marketing in 2017: Data, Personalization and Content
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The Big Three of Marketing in 2017: Data, Personalization and Content

  In the past year, I’ve been researching and writing blogs that deal primarily with marketing trends and best practices. And through this analysis I’ve been able to distill the direction of marketing in 2017 and beyond into three words: data, personalization and content. Here’s 9 stats that speak to the importance of these three...