• Designing an Effective Postcard

    One of the best ways to use direct mail is to use postcards. Postcards are an inexpensive way to get your message in front of potential customers, and when done well, they can produce great results. How do you design a direct mail postcard that moves people to action? Read on to find out. 1. […]

  • Four Data “Buckets” and How They Can Benefit Your Messaging

    Shoppers today expect their marketing messages to be highly targeted to their wants and needs. The good news is there is a ton of data for use in targeting, whether you gather it yourself or purchase it from a reputable list company. But what are the best ways to use that data? There are many […]

  • Want It to Be Personal? 10 Questions to Ask

    According to the research firm McKinsey, 76% of consumers say that receiving personalized communications is a key factor in prompting their consideration of a brand, and 78% say that personalized content makes them more likely to purchase from the brand again. That’s a powerful incentive to put time and effort into getting personalization right. “Personalization” […]

  • What Is Reciprocity? How Can It Boost Sales?

    It’s happened to all of us. We receive a fundraising mailer that includes a set of free address labels or an inexpensive bookmark. There is no obligation to donate, yet we feel compelled to give anyway because of the gift. This is the power of reciprocity. Reciprocity is a powerful psychological principle that works as […]

  • Get the Most Out of Personalized Print

    You increase your response and conversion rates by personalizing your message, whether in print or email. But “personalizing” doesn’t just mean using data to swap out images and text based on information you have in a database. Personalized printing has to feel personal. Let’s look at four best practices that must be the foundation of […]

  • Personalization Spells “Respect”

    You come home from work and discover that you received a direct mail piece. Nice! We all love mail. But then you talk to your neighbor, and they got the same piece in their mailbox. Then you talk to another neighbor, and they got one, too. So did the neighbor across the street and the […]

  • 5 Ways to Maximize Your Print Investment

    Have a limited print budget and want to make the most of it? Even if your dollars are limited, your impact can be significant. Start with focusing your efforts on the customers most likely to give you the best return. Let’s look at four strategies to help you make the most of your investment. 1. […]

  • Not All Targeted Marketing Looks the Same

    Targeting is the foundation of any highly effective marketing campaign, but there are different ways to slice and dice your list based on your marketing goals. Here are four different ways to target your audience. Which approach might work best for your next marketing campaign? 1. Demographics.  Demographics such as age, gender, ethnicity, and household […]

  • What Matters More Than Products, Services, and Price? Customer Experience!

    When two companies offer similar products, what differentiates one from another? It’s more than the price. There is something even more critical when it comes right down to it. It’s the customer experience. While “customer experience” can be an overused buzzword, there is a lot of truth behind its importance. At lunchtime, for example, there […]

  • The Best Place to Get Data About Customers? From Customers Themselves!

    Just as making an outstanding meal takes the freshest, most flavorful ingredients, creating an exceptional marketing campaign starts with the newest, most accurate data. But what is the best way to get that data? You can purchase a mailing list and third-party data, but it’s always more effective if customers are willing to provide it […]