Direct mail is a huge portion of the ad business. Lots of people inside the business and outside love to hate it, but it often has a measurable effectiveness rate. Even in the Internet age, plenty of direct mail gets sent. It can be quite targeted, by demographics or neighborhoods, and often customized for the […]
Direct marketers are directing people to their online stores, as more and more consumers forgo dialing a toll-free number and instead log on to complete their purchase. Sonia Makurdsik, a marketing consultant for Hampton Direct, which owns PajamaJeans, told The New York Times that 70 percent of nonstore sales came from online purchases as opposed […]
As Editor of this fine publication, I get a lot of email. My email address is publicly displayed here, thus easily “harvested.” But here’s the thing, companies harvest my email and then subscribe to me their “opt-in” email newsletter, many of which come each week day. So, I end up opting out of something I […]
“If your marketing is good enough, then selling becomes unnecessary.” -Peter Drucker Guy Kawasaki asked Dave Kerpen of award-winning social media agency Likeable Media how to be “more likeable online.” It’s a cheese-filled question, for sure, but that doesn’t bother me as much as the 10th of 10 suggestions on Kerpen’s list. 10. Don’t sell […]
Colle+McVoy is one of my favorite agencies. Their work is consistently excellent and they understand the art of public relations like no one else. I feel particularly well qualified to make that last statement, given that I’m assaulted by blunt PR objects all day long, Monday through Friday. Jen Stack, Director of Corporate Communications at […]
Who says the classic TV commercial is dead? Go ahead, try to avoid this trainwreck.
Seattle-based retailer, Nordstrom, which operates 193 stores in 28 states, is investing in its online store. Seattle Times reports that Nordstrom’s new site–three years in the making–promises easier navigation, bigger photos and a prominent place where people can express their thoughts about the latest trends. Executive Vice President Jamie Nordstrom, who oversees the company’s direct […]
American Family Insurance has no gecko, but they the company’s marketing pros do have a clue. According to Ad Age, the brand’s content play, “In Gayle We Trust,” is now entering its second season with an even stronger focus on targeting and tracking new customers. American Family is also bring gaming to the forefront with […]