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Direct Mail and Those Pesky Millennials

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For as a long as I can remember, marketers have turned themselves inside out trying to adapt to every new generation that comes along.

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Do you have the patience for content and inbound marketing?

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There are many good reasons to embrace content and inbound marketing as a strategy for building website traffic and generating sales leads. We use it ourselves and believe it’s an important long-term strategy for every business.

In Direct Response, All Roads Still Lead to the Offer

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You’re about ready to kick off a new direct mail campaign and you are hoping for the best response ever. Look at your offer. You’ve been running search ads on Google Adwords. You get plenty of clicks (sometimes expensive clicks), but your conversion of clicks-to-leads is very disappointing.

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So you thought Facebook was free

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If your business has relied on Facebook to communicate with your customers and prospects, this article in Duct Tape Marketing should be a must read for you. What it says is what we’ve all known about Facebook for the past few years – except it’s much worse from a marketer’s standpoint.

The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

Fulfillment Direct Mail: A Different Way to Look at (and Use) Direct Mail

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For the longest time, direct mail has been used as a first-touch marketing channel – reaching out to prospects to generate sales leads, direct orders, memberships, subscriptions and donations. The process typically involves: renting or buying a mailing list, developing an offer that fits the objective, creating a mailer that persuades the prospect to [.]. The post Fulfillment Direct Mail: A Different Way to Look at (and Use) Direct Mail appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

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The hidden benefit of coupons in print advertising

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Print advertising may be old school for some, but for others, it is still a vital media channel. This is especially true for local businesses which continue to rely on local newspapers to reach local audiences.

Where should you put your Call to Action?

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Advertising and marketing programs are supposed to generate results – measureable results. Too often, we forget that. Too often, we are led down the path of brand building and product awareness. We are seduced by creative ads, clever headlines and eye-grabbing graphics.

The 5 Levers of Direct Marketing

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Direct marketing is a results-oriented business. Whenever you conduct a campaign, you track and measure results – and then you look for ways to improve on those results. This ongoing adjustment and testing is what makes direct marketing so powerful.

How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy.

Have you overlooked Local Search?

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By now, we’re all at least somewhat familiar with the term SEO or Search Engine Optimization. But ask anyone what SEO means to them and you’re bound to hear different answers. For some, SEO is a series of strategies designed to get your web pages to appear on the first page of Google or the [.].

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The Problem with Most Taglines

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Today, I spent a good 10 minutes in my car following a National Grid truck on my way home from an appointment. It was a slow, stop-and-go ride through several back roads with no way to pass. With each stop, I would come face to face with the National Grid logo – and its tagline, [.].

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9 Questions to ask about your Direct Mail Creative

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So you’ve been given the job of writing a new sales letter or direct mail postcard. You gather all the information, outline your message and then you write … and rewrite … and rewrite … and then you polish. Your mailer is ready. You’re happy with the way it reads and looks.

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Direct Mail Mistakes – Measure Twice, Print Once

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I am not much of a handyman. In my house, if something needs fixing, the go-to people are my wife and my daughter. At Christmas, I give them tools for gifts. In fairness to me, I do change light bulbs and twice a year, I install and remove our air conditioners. So you can only [.].

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Direct Mail vs. Google Adwords (PPC)

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On the surface, Direct Mail vs. Google Adwords seems like an odd comparison. To be sure, these are two very different types of marketing programs. Direct mail is traditional offline marketing. Google Adwords is the cornerstone of online marketing. Apples to oranges, right?

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GDPR & Demand Generation: What Your Team Needs To Know

Speaker: David Crane, Head of Content & Thought Leadership, Integrate

The coming month will test the boundaries of change management for marketing organizations (and their colleagues in sales, finance, IT and legal) as they ready their teams for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect May 2018. Much of what we’ve seen in B2B marketing publications, martech vendor blogs and from word-of-mouth borders on fear-mongering. Not to say this isn’t understandable – a lot of rather quick changes must be made to ensure GDPR compliance, and they can feel overwhelming. However, some of the wisest B2B marketing experts continue to reiterate one very important point: GDPR, while causing significant stress now, will lead to more efficient and effective marketing and sales down the road.

Landing Pages: Do you need a squeeze page or sales page – or both?

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By now, you’re probably familiar with the concept of the landing page. You run some type of marketing promotion – a paid search, online display ad, email or direct mail campaign – and you set up an online landing page to handle the response. In the beginning, you might have sent people to your website, [.]. The post Landing Pages: Do you need a squeeze page or sales page – or both? appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

How to create a direct mail test matrix

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Testing is the path to success in direct mail. Generally, testing involves just two elements – testing one item against another … such as two different mailing lists, or two offers, or two formats or two messages or two of anything else. This is known as an A/B split test.

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How the Marketing Funnel brings order to your marketing plan

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Are you familiar with the marketing funnel? You may know it as the sales funnel or the lead funnel. Whatever the name, I think it’s very useful graphic. For me, it provides a good visual framework for individual marketing activities as they apply to your sales process. Let me put it another way.

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Why Remarketing is a MUST for every business

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We can always think of some reason not to do a particular marketing program. Not enough money” and “not enough time’ are the most common. With Remarketing, those excuses won’t fly. What is Remarketing?

Top 20 B2B Marketing Charts of 2017

Discover critical data and insights with MarketingCharts' most popular B2B marketing charts of 2017. This deck covers both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective across topics such as lead generation, vendor relationships, and content marketing.

How to build a Sales Lead Funnel

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As marketers, most of us spend a lot of time worrying about of the “front end” of our marketing efforts. Advertising campaigns … direct mail campaigns … email campaigns … search campaigns … PR campaigns … content marketing campaigns … trade show campaigns … etc.,

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The nuances of the free trial offer

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The free trial offer is one of the most common types of direct response offers. You see it everywhere – online, in print, on TV and radio. The free trial offer has been around forever. And for certain products or services, the free trial will always have great appeal. Here’s why: For consumers, [.].

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A Two-Tiered Direct Mail Strategy

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Which direct mail strategy is better? Frequent mailings to the same audience or fewer mailings (maybe just one) to a broader audience? This is a common problem for many business owners and marketers who look at their market size and then look at their budget – and realize they can’t do both.

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Generating a Lead vs. Buying a Lead

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I get calls occasionally from people who want to know what I charge for a sales lead. For a while, I was confused by this … because, frankly, I didn’t have an answer for them. I never know what it will cost to generate a lead for a particular client until after we’ve run some [.].

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2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

What I don’t understand about this failed email campaign

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I just finished reading an interesting article in B2B Online that provided details on a failed email campaign for Level 3 Communications, a multi-national telecommunications company.

How do you qualify an inbound lead?

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So you write a post, distribute it to your subscribers, share it on social media and then watch as visitors come to your blog or website and download your free report in return for their email address. This is how leads are generated through inbound marketing.

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The real difference between outbound and inbound marketing

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Lead generation can be so frustrating. First, you want a campaign that will produce a high volume of leads at the lowest possible cost. But that’s not enough. You also want those leads to be qualified – meaning they have real potential for becoming a customer.

Direct Mail Postcards – Which side is UP?

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If you’re using direct mail postcards in your marketing, let me ask you a question: Which side is the front? No, this is not a silly question. It goes to the mindset of the person creating the postcard. And it will impact your response. As most people and they will say that the “front” [.].

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Empathy: Your Lead Generation Superpower

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO & Founder of markempa

Today’s sales and marketing environment is a paradox. There has never been more marketing channels to reach potential customers. But, connecting and building trust with buyers has never been harder. That's why we need to go beyond rational-logic based marketing to understand how our customers feel. Empathy is not just a “soft” skill, it's an incredibly powerful tool to understand customer motivation and increase lead conversion.

An introduction to the 3 different types of search marketing

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What’s not to love about search engine marketing? As a direct response marketer, I spend a lot of time worrying about my target audience – trying to find the right list or the right media for my outreach campaigns.

Direct Mail Personalization – knowing the options and costs

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Personalization in direct mail – it should go without saying, right? I mean if your marketing to people on a one-to-one level, don’t you expect it to be personalized? Maybe today, but that wasn’t always case.

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How many more customers will DirecTV and Rob Lowe offend?

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You must have seen them by now, those DirecTV commercials featuring Rob Lowe – the good Rob Lowe and the other Rob Lowe. The concept is pretty simple. The good Rob Lowe is using DirecTV. The other Rob Lowe is using cable TV.

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Direct mail vs. print advertising

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Long before the Internet, direct mail vs. print advertising was the critical debate among both B2B and B2C marketers. For some, it still is.

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Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.

How to measure Lead Quality

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You hear a lot about lead quality these days. That’s encouraging news. It used to be that when you talked about sales leads, the focus was always on lead quantity – getting more leads. High response rates always seem to rule the day.

Direct Response Advertising on the Google Display Network

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As many of you know, I have a long history in direct mail. I began as a direct mail copywriter in 1980 and have been at it ever since. But I would be the first to tell you that direct mail is not the solution for every business or every situation. Direct mail is but [.]. The post Direct Response Advertising on the Google Display Network appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Direct Marketing General Lead Generation Online Advertising Web Marketing

Are direct mail brochures necessary?

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This may be counter intuitive for many of you. But bear with me. I think it might make sense in a minute or two. So you’re planning a direct mail campaign and you’ve decided to use a letter package – and now it’s time to spec out the package. You have the three essentials components [.].

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Small business SEO: What finally turned me on to SEO

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You may have thought SEO was only achievable by the most sophisticated online marketers. But in fact, small business SEO is very much a possibility. ————– Like many small business owners, I never took search engine optimization (SEO) very seriously.

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.