Complex Variable Data Printing Made Easy
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Complex Variable Data Printing Made Easy

The evolution of digital printing has transformed the world of direct marketing. No longer must the same static messages be sent to every customer on your mailing list. Instead, the use of customer information databases and variable data printing (VDP) allows a business to completely tailor the content of their mailing to each individual customer. Complex variable data printing...

Direct Mail is on the Skids – Or is it?
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Direct Mail is on the Skids – Or is it?

The Response Rates of Cross-Media Marketing Campaigns still support the need for “hybrid marketing”, better known as cross-media marketing techniques. Digital media and direct mail actually complement each other, and because of this fact, there will continue to exist a strong need for direct mail marketing in the indefinite future. The integration of print and digital media is still generating...

Catalogs 2.0: Meaner, Leaner and Incredibly Manipulative
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Catalogs 2.0: Meaner, Leaner and Incredibly Manipulative

Flash forward to today. Rather than becoming extinct, like some people wagered with the advent of the Internet and digital catalogs, print catalogs have proven the power of pictures and touch by remaining an unbeatable means to get consumers to place orders online. Print catalogs influence twice as many consumers as both Pinterest and Twitter...

How to Lease a Mailing List that is Solid Gold
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How to Lease a Mailing List that is Solid Gold

If you’re supplementing your existing donor database by also buying an outside list, know that there are two types of lists (1) compiled lists and (2) response lists. A compiled list is a database of names and records that have been compiled through public records such as vehicle owner registrations or mortgage loan applications. These...

10 Ways to Get Your Direct Mail Read by Millennials
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10 Ways to Get Your Direct Mail Read by Millennials

Look around the next time you’re in a coffee shop, airport, bookstore or public area and you’ll see Millennials (often called Gen Ys) pecking away on their smart phones or iPads like there wasn’t another human being around for miles. However, just because Generation Ys are completely absorbed in technology that doesn’t mean the only...

Priceless Takeaways from Casino Marketing Award Winners – Part II
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Priceless Takeaways from Casino Marketing Award Winners – Part II

This is the second part of a blog post series gleaning lessons from the direct marketing successes of four casinos that won the Romero Awards in 2012. Romero Awards recognize outstanding, accountable, measurable casino marketing. In this post you can learn takeaways from Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs, Ark., and Seminole Casino, Coconut...

Turning a Slow Day into a Hay Day
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Turning a Slow Day into a Hay Day

Turning a Slow Day into a Hay Day Gold River Casino employees used to dread Sundays because the floor was barren and therefore food and beverage sales were slow, too. To increase Sunday play, Gold River put a reusable coupon into its monthly direct mail piece. The additional free-play offer increased revenues more than $200,000...

VDP Allows Bridal Service Companies and Brides to Get Personal
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VDP Allows Bridal Service Companies and Brides to Get Personal

When Savvi Formalwear, a group of 35 independent formal wear retailers, wanted to connect with more soon-to-be brides, it chose the print and digital trifecta — direct mail, email and personalized landing pages. All of Savvi Formalwear’s direct mail pieces were personalized using variable data printing (VDP), with coupons or incentives such as the two free airline tickets...

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...