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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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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.

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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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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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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Knowing your direct mail break even point

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It goes without saying that before you begin to use direct mail, you need to know your numbers – specifically, the direct mail break even point.

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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.

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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Is a direct mail postcard enough?

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The direct mail postcard is hot right now. Check your mailbox and notice how many business mailings are postcards. Ask anyone who is considering direct mail, and their first thought is almost always to use a postcard. Do a Google search and see how many postcard companies are out there.

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7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

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?

Account-Based Marketing and Direct Mail

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Are you familiar with Account-Based Marketing? It’s a hot new trend in marketing these days. It’s a marketing strategy designed primarily for B2B companies that sell into larger companies (defined any way you want).

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Thank you, online marketers, for preaching our gospel

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Whether they know it or not, online marketers are introducing direct marketing fundamentals to a much wider audience. . Rodney Dangerfield built an entire comedy career around a simple idea: “I don’t get no respect.”

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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.

15 Ways to Use Drip Email

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You’ve got to love drip email. I know I do. Anytime you can use automation to perform a critical step in your sales process – well, that’s a good thing.

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Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

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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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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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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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 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.

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.

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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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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DIY – Do It Yourself Direct Mail

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One of the most appealing aspects of direct mail is that you can mail any quantity at any time – all by yourself. The direct marketing industry may seem to be dominated by large mailers that send out millions of pieces at a time. But in fact a giant slice of the direct marketing pie [.]. The post DIY – Do It Yourself Direct Mail appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Copywriting Direct Mail Direct Marketing General Lead Generation

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The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Getting started with Content Marketing

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Content marketing can be very intimidating. It’s such a broad topic that covers a range of activities like web content, blog content, gated content, search engine optimization, keywords, lead capture, email follow up and social media. There’s too much to know and too much to do.

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 marketing niches – and why you should know them

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Direct marketing niches represent the various ways in which direct marketing is being used. As you will see, they have very little in common other than their use of direct response. . I hear from a lot of people who want to try their hand at direct marketing.

Let’s talk about response rates – realistically

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Twenty years ago, I developed a lead generation program for a technical recruiting employment firm. This medium-sized company placed highly skilled technical professionals into contract positions with technology companies. At the time, the owner of the firm was anticipating a growth in demand for contract employees – and he wanted to build his database of [.]. The post Let’s talk about response rates – realistically appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

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