I’ve actively worked in direct marketing for more than 30 years, and never before has it been this easy to be a great marketer. The Internet now provides access to virtually unlimited free information on marketing best practices through blogs, webinars and more. Yet in spite of this pervasive availability of information on how to make […]View Post
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SXSW Follow-Up: Pondering the Perils of Social Media Analytics Like a fine meal, the redolence of South by Southwest lingers to this day. In particular, I’m thinking about a session called What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You, hosted by Alexandra Samuel from Vision Critical, Colby Flint from Discovery Communications, Jeremiah Owyang from Crowd Companies, […]View Post analytics, marketing channels, media, social media, SXSW
“In order to understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded, and obsessed with one small section of truth.” -Xun Zi, 312–230 BC Successful DRTV direct marketers know you need to approach DRTV with a consideration of the totality of circumstances and factors. DRTV is usually a high-profile, high-stakes effort for clients. It […]View Post creative, direct marketers, DRTV, production, results, TV
It’s not an exaggeration to say the world is going digital. But does that mean direct mail—long the standard for highly focused, results-driven marketing—is no longer effective and relevant? On the contrary. In truth, printed direct mail has never been more effective. Not only is it the most targeted of all mediums, but according to […]View Post digital, direct mail, direct marketing association
The thing that makes targeting Hispanic consumers a bit tricky is not that they are vastly different from other segments, it’s that sometimes the cultural nuances are hard to put into words. You often hear, “Hispanics consider family to be extremely important.” Well, that’s the case for all segments. But it’s how this sentiment is […]View Post Brand Positioning, Culture, Hispanic Marketing, Look and Feel, Messaging, Segments
When looking for the right direct mail partner, it’s important to find a firm that is committed to quality. Following are some direct mail quality best practices that will ensure your campaign is executed without a hitch. Proofreading Proofreading best practices include: Check for spelling and grammar errors. For example, Anderson proofreaders have a full-page […]View Post best practices, Check, intelligent mail barcode, proofreading, Quality, U.S. Postal Service
Anderson has some specialty equipment on the production floor that streamline our print and mail jobs. These machines coat, stitch, perforate, and so much more, and allow us to process unique jobs in-house with efficiency and high quality. The following pictures, video, and descriptions will demonstrate our productivity in action! Here’s a bit more information […]View Post die cut, direct mail, direct mail production, mail machines, saddle stitch, uv coat
Think your current direct mail package is worn out and ready to retire? Well, it may only appear that way to you and others in your organization—but not to your prospects. When creative has been in use for some time, there can be a tendency to think it is “fatigued” and want to change it. […]View Post #10 envelope, 6 x 9 envelope, buckslip, creative, direct mail, envelope, lift note
Have you ever tapped a customer on the shoulder (and by “shoulder” I mean mobile device), and offered them an incentive just as they’re about to walk away from your product? The technology has been around for a while, however it wasn’t until this year’s 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference that these shoulder-tapping devices, […]View Post Apple iTunes, beacons, iBeacons, SXSW
It’s been two months since I attended South by Southwest (SXSW), but the experience hasn’t gone stale. The food was tasty, the music was invigorating, and the technology was pretty impressive. There were also some helpful and insightful pieces of information that I vividly remember, and continue recalling today. Social Media and the 50+ Market […]View Post content marketing, social media, SXSW