Don’t Let Cold Calls Make You Shiver
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Don’t Let Cold Calls Make You Shiver

It seems like every time I open my e-mail box these days there’s a webinar, a white paper, an Info graphic, a You-name-it, about content marketing. It is quite the buzzword right now and without question, an important part of a strong marketing mix in 2014. It just seems to me that, in our rush...

What the heck am I supposed to write about?
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What the heck am I supposed to write about?

Content creation is all the rage right now and for good reason. Buyers are looking for answers to their problems by searching the web for answers. Back in the day, they’d call your company and start asking questions but these days, they look for as much information as they can possibly find without talking to...

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...

Trends Marketing Needs to Stay on top of Due to Data
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Trends Marketing Needs to Stay on top of Due to Data

As a result, more businesses — even small and medium-sized businesses — are turning to solutions that help them harness the power of big data to do everything, from more accurately tracking inventory to listening and engaging in relevant online social conversations. As the data universe continues to grow exponentially, tools are rapidly being developed...

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...

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...

It’s Not Too Early to Know the Latest Marketing Trends
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It’s Not Too Early to Know the Latest Marketing Trends

Do you feel like you’re constantly playing catch up? If so it’s particularly hard to stay ahead of trends. We can relate; thus the reason we’re posting a 2013 marketing trends piece in late April. Take a breather and read the eight trends projected by Forbes and CIO Network magazines. 8 Marketing Trends Projected for 2013 #1  Businesses will...

Alo Uses QR Code Like a Cracker Jack’s Surprise
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Alo Uses QR Code Like a Cracker Jack’s Surprise

Remember how fun it was as a kid to dig into a box of Cracker Jacks® caramel popcorn and get that treasured prize inside the box? Well history repeats itself with Alo’s Free Music in Every Bottle campaign. Alo, makers of an aloe vera health drink, have a marketing tagline — Goodness From Inside Out ™. ...

Seven Part Nonprofit Multi-Channel Campaign Touches 7 Million Donors
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Seven Part Nonprofit Multi-Channel Campaign Touches 7 Million Donors

Two years ago in April, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission saw a dramatic drop in donations simultaneously with seeing a dramatic increase in homeless cases. Based on advice from its marketing agency, it learned that the days of single-channel marketing were over. Donors now function in a multi-channel mode. Even if a direct mail acquisition piece is sent...