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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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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.

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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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 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

Must-See Examples of Marketing Success That You Can Replicate.

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 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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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.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

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 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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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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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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Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

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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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.

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?

Never feel bad about “cold calling”

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Never feel bad about “cold calling” Cold calling used to be part of every sales person’s repertoire. At some companies and for some sales people, it still is. But for the larger population, cold calling has taken a back seat to other lead generation tactics – everything from direct mail and email to paid [.]. The post Never feel bad about “cold calling” appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

7 B2B Marketing Strategies You Need to Know About

As B2B marketers, we know that our buyers' needs are ever-evolving, but it's not just our buyers that are changing.

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.

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.

Direct Mail Envelopes: To tease or not to tease

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One of the tell-tale signs of promotional direct mail is the use of so-called “teaser” copy and graphics on the direct mail envelopes. Over the years, I have had many clients who have been reluctant to use teaser copy because they thought their mail would look too much like advertising mail (better known as [.]. The post Direct Mail Envelopes: To tease or not to tease appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Copywriting Direct Mail Direct Marketing Lead Generation

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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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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

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 Marketing Formats: A strategic look at 9 mailer options

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Direct marketing is a complex business with many elements to consider. Chief among your considerations should be your list and your offer. These two elements will have the greatest impact on your response rate. Have you heard about the 40-40-20 rule?

Direct Mail Tip: Make your direct mail offer the centerpiece

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One of the easiest ways to improve the response rate of your direct mail lead generation campaigns is by giving more exposure to your offer (or lead magnet). Too often the offer is buried in the mailer, the reader never sees it and the response rate suffers. What a shame. How many times have you [.]. The post Direct Mail Tip: Make your direct mail offer the centerpiece appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Copywriting Direct Mail Direct Marketing General Lead Generation

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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.

Flip My Funnel - Guide To B2B Account Based Marketing

As modern B2B marketers, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the most dramatic shifts in marketing strategies and technologies.

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.”

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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My new-found appreciation for PURLs

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PURLs (Personalized URLs), better known as personalized landing pages, have been around for many years. When they first came out, I thought they were a gimmick – a new and interesting twist to the landing page that might generate additional response if only out of curiosity. But still a gimmick. My reasoning: even if you [.]. The post My new-found appreciation for PURLs appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Direct Mail Direct Marketing General

Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing

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Are you trying to decide between inbound and outbound marketing? You don’t have to decide. You can have them both.

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

9 Common Excuses for NOT Testing

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Testing is one of the most-preached and least-practiced activities in marketing. What is your excuse for not testing? Everyone pays lip service to testing, but how many actually do it? Very few, in my opinion.

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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.

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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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 Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.