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...

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...

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...

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...

Are You Part of the 73%?
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Are You Part of the 73%?

Mail is still first class in the eyes of 73% of consumers in America who still prefer to receive direct mail for brand communications. So despite all the press and pixels that social and email marketing get, direct mail is still tops in the eyes of consumers. Despite the exposure of digital channels, direct mail is expected to grow...

Customer Experience Soars from 20,000 Feet
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Customer Experience Soars from 20,000 Feet

Air New Zealand started in the ‘70s but is not stuck in the ‘70s. It knows batch and blast emails are a thing of the past. Instead of sending generic emails about promotions, it sends automated, personalized emailsprior to, and upon return, of each of their customer’s flights. Air New Zealand transformed its entire business in...

8 Ways You Can Start Mining For Data
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8 Ways You Can Start Mining For Data

Have you ever felt discouraged by data? Well never again! Today’s marketing is all about reaching your target market in an effective way. Whether that is by email, direct mail or social media, you need to target your communication and personalize it to the individual through data. However, collecting and analyzing data can be so...

6 Tips to Make Sure Your Variable Marketing Project Doesn’t Crash and Burn
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6 Tips to Make Sure Your Variable Marketing Project Doesn’t Crash and Burn

If your business wasn’t part of the early adopters of variable data printing, this blog post is for you. This piece will keep you far from the technical grenades that can burn you if you don’t prepare your database or file correctly for hand off to your variable partner for execution. Data First, Creative Second Start...

Has Your Ad Agency Made These 5 Shifts to Stay with the Times?
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Has Your Ad Agency Made These 5 Shifts to Stay with the Times?

  During the Mad Men era of advertising in the 60s, an agency wouldn’t work on an account that didn’t have several million dollars in mass media spending power. Then in the 90s, an agency wouldn’t work with a client that didn’t have huge budgets to build out an integrated marketing plan that included many...

10 Terminal Design Flaws in Senior Living Mailer
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10 Terminal Design Flaws in Senior Living Mailer

The postcard below from Excelsior Springs Hospital arrived in a mailbox of a 50-year-old living in a subdivision with mixed housing. For the recipient, it was off message. They were not interested in comparing residential care homes quite yet being that they are only 50 years old. I live in a subdivision designed for people to progress...