Category Archives: direct marketing

Timing Is Everything

This time of year, most American marketers are hyper aware of timing their promotions just right.  For example, any mailings that don’t involve a Black Friday sale in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving have a high chance of getting … Continue reading

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Your Direct Marketing Campaign Goals: It’s the Brain, Stupid!

The digital versus physical advertising debate has been going on in one manner or another for a couple decades now.  Digital marketing isn’t going away.  But, the death of direct mail at the hands of digital* , which has been … Continue reading

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Five New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are a funny thing.  The general consensus is everyone makes them (if, by, everyone we mean “45% of Americans“) and no one keeps them (24% say they never succeed … which means … 76% are at least … Continue reading

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When Your Great Idea Is Dead as a Doornail

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon … Continue reading

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Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is? (Or, How Bob Gibson’s Fastball Should Influence Your Email Marketing)

  “What is the best time to send our email?” is a question we field on a fairly regular basis.  The question brings to mind a couple baseball anecdotes, because … well, because baseball is a metaphor for everything* in … Continue reading

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DM 101: Make the Message Matter

I am almost certain we have all seen some variation of this commercial – you know the one – that funny one … you know … the one where that guy does something really funny and then the girl … … Continue reading

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What Did You Expect?!! A Cautionary Tale of Baseball, Email Marketing, and the Supposed Death of Direct Mail.

As I promised back in late August, I am due for a full fledged rant on email marketing and here it is. But, I would like to ask a ginormous favor from you, Awesome Direct Marketer, before we get into … Continue reading

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Yeah, We Can Do That – A Segmentation Celebration

Okay!  A little bit of guitar player humor for you: Q: How many guitar players does it take to screw in a light-bulb? A: All of them.  One to screw in the light bulb and all the rest to say, … Continue reading

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Top 5 Tuesday: Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime To-Do’s

Whoa! I’ve been doing this list stuff for over two decades now and if I’ve learned one thing about the industry’s seasonality is after 20 years … I have no idea how the seasons will play out.  Sure, the first … Continue reading

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When Bad Trade Shows Happen to Good People

First, I have a sad, sad story to relate.  This sad story happened back in the early ‘70s.  I was just a kid and my father owned this motorcycle shop.  (This is not the story of my first ride on … Continue reading

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