Direct Marketing: 6 steps to drive more through sales pipeline

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet We’ve all heard about how the digital age has been brutal for print media , and I fully expected direct mail to be taking a hit as well. A report-writing software generates $12,000 in weekly revenues from a direct mail investment of $1,930.

The 5 Levers of Direct Marketing

Direct Response Coach

Direct marketing is a results-oriented business. This ongoing adjustment and testing is what makes direct marketing so powerful. The post The 5 Levers of Direct Marketing appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

Direct Marketing Formats: A strategic look at 9 mailer options

Direct Response Coach

Direct marketing is a complex business with many elements to consider. The rule says 40% of your direct marketing program will depend on your mailing [.]. The post Direct Marketing Formats: A strategic look at 9 mailer options appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

4 Elements that drive B2B direct marketing results

Biznology

They range from marketing managers to sales managers, and even presidents of smaller firms. If you’re an experienced B2B direct marketer, this is probably not for you. This is lead generation, not branding. Do You Know the Basics?

B2B: Where Social Media Meets Direct Marketing

Biznology

Business marketers have embraced social media with enthusiasm. One of the reasons social media is working so well in B2B, in my opinion, is that business marketers tend to wear their direct marketing hats when they strategize and plan how to apply social media to their marketing objectives.

Is Direct Marketing Relevant Anymore?

The Point

DM News, the venerable tabloid that I remember reading while cutting my direct marketing teeth back at Oracle in the late 1980s, is switching from a weekly to bi-weekly publication schedule. This prompted a discussion on LinkedIn wondering if the change augured tougher times ahead for direct marketers.

Join me at the Direct Marketing Innovations Symposium – Monday, March 3

Direct Response Coach

This coming Monday, March 3, I will be speaking at the New England Direct Marketing Association’s (NEDMA) annual Direct Marketing Innovations Symposium at the Microsoft Iconic Center in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. My 60-minute presentation – The Power of One-to-One: How to combine direct mail, email and telemarketing in the B2B sales process – will [.] Direct Mail Direct Marketing Email Marketing General Lead Generation Lead Nurturing

PowerViews with James Obermayer: Lead Management & Integrated Direct Marketing

ViewPoint

Jim's career has been equally divided between marketing and sales. He has written over 95 articles around sales and marketing management and is the author of four books. He is a speaker on sales lead management, sales enablement, and marketing ROI.

Infographic: SiriusDecisions on How to Evaluate Demand Creation Agencies

The Point

Just as B2B marketing has evolved rapidly in the last decade, so too have the marketing agencies who service those B2B companies.

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Generating a Lead vs. Buying a Lead

Direct Response Coach

I never know what it will cost to generate a lead for a particular client until after we’ve run some [.]. The post Generating a Lead vs. Buying a Lead appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

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Marketing 101: What is Direct Marketing?

US Data Corporation

Direct marketing is making direct contact with a specific audience to promote your products and services. Direct marketing can be executed through various channels, including direct mail , email marketing , and telemarketing. Unlike indirect marketing which includes billboards and social media posts, direct marketing lets you target a specific audience with a personalized message. Direct Mail Marketing.

ClickLaunch: Connect Direct's High-Tech Direct Marketing Handbook

Ambal's Amusings

T he High-Tech Direct Marketing Handbook is packed with 65 tips and techniques on demand generation strategy. Sewell, the author of T he High-Tech Direct Marketing Handbook to get an insider look into the making of this Handbook. Sewell: Connect Direct Inc.

Does Creative Still Matter in B2B Marketing?

The Point

At Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit last month in San Francisco, there was much talk about the shifting function of marketing towards a more strategic, data-driven role within the modern corporation. You see similar sentiments echoed throughout the marketing press.

Branding is Not Demand Generation. Stop Pretending That It Is.

The Point

Demand generation is hot. It’s the marketing movement of the moment. It’s why demand generation managers are suddenly as common as, well, marcom directors. It’s why systems consultants are reinventing themselves as “demand generation agencies.” Call it content marketing.

3 Tips for Getting Prospects to Say “Yes” to a Meeting

The Point

In the long run, it pays to extend the reach of your demand generation campaign to include not only those prospects ready to buy, but also anyone else that might be facing the specific issue or problem that your product or service can solve.

A clever way to generate more tweets – and expand your audience

Direct Response Coach

Thanks to John Jantsch’s blog at Duct Tape Marketing, I discovered a new tool yesterday called DashThis. It’s a marketing app that allows you to create your own dashboards using data from various marketing platforms like Google Analytics, [.]. The post A clever way to generate more tweets – and expand your audience appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Copywriting Direct Marketing General Online Advertising Web Marketing

Database Marketing: Five Important Things to Know

Webbiquity

A form of direct marketing , database marketing uses business and consumer databases to generate targeted recipient lists. What distinguishes database from direct marketing is the awareness to the analysis of data. Database Marketing Types.

Stop Asking Your Marketing Agency for Client References

The Point

As one of the principals at a B2B marketing agency , I get asked for them frequently (though not always) by prospective new clients and, quite aside from the hassle of selecting (who have we not asked recently?), Use LinkedIn to identify clients/past employers directly.

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6 Steps to a Successful (B-to-B) Direct Marketing Campaign

MLT Creative

A current campaign I’m involved with got me thinking about my roots in consumer direct marketing. Whenever we launch a campaign that relies heavily on direct, I’m reminded that the rules in business-to-business direct marketing are really the same as they are in the consumer space.

Do you have the patience for content and inbound marketing?

Direct Response Coach

There are many good reasons to embrace content and inbound marketing as a strategy for building website traffic and generating sales leads. The post Do you have the patience for content and inbound marketing? appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

Is Technology Making Marketing Agencies Obsolete?

The Point

Over at the IDC Technology Marketing Blog , analyst Sam Melnick posted an article recently with the intriguing title: “Are Ad Agencies Keeping Pace with the Marketing’s (sic) Massive Digital Uptake? Helping clients achieve closed-loop demand generation.

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Thank you, online marketers, for preaching our gospel

Direct Response Coach

Whether they know it or not, online marketers are introducing direct marketing fundamentals to a much wider audience. . ” Sometimes I wonder if the direct marketing industry shouldn’t be following the same mantra.

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Where should you put your Call to Action?

Direct Response Coach

Advertising and marketing programs are supposed to generate results – measureable results. appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Copywriting Direct Mail Direct Marketing General Lead Generation Online Advertising Print Advertising

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My 5 Simple Wishes for Better Lead Generation

Direct Response Coach

Direct Mail Direct Marketing General Lead Generation Lead NurturingAs an industry, we are flooded with new products and technologies that promise to improve response, reduce costs and close more sales. For the most part, these are tactical improvements, but if you want to see real change in your results, consider these attitudinal improvements. My Wish #1 I wish we would stop focusing on [.].

Direct Mail vs. Google Adwords (PPC)

Direct Response Coach

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.

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DIY – Do It Yourself Direct Mail

Direct Response Coach

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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If You Write B2B Copy, You Need This Blog Post

The Point

Only AcmePro …” In marketing copy, there’s a fine line between assumptive and presumptuous, and this example crosses that line in leaps and bounds. Adapted from “The High Tech Direct Marketing Handbook”.

5 Ways To Incorporate Direct Mail Into Your Marketing Mix

The Point

Direct Mail is: a) more expensive than email. Yet many B2B marketers continue to be allergic to the idea of using direct mail, simply because it seems such a throwback in our mobile-social-online era. Customer Marketing. Pop Quiz!

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In Direct Response, All Roads Still Lead to the Offer

Direct Response Coach

You’re about ready to kick off a new direct mail campaign and you are hoping for the best response ever. The post In Direct Response, All Roads Still Lead to the Offer appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

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Knowing your direct mail break even point

Direct Response Coach

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. The post Knowing your direct mail break even point appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

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How to create a direct mail test matrix

Direct Response Coach

Testing is the path to success in direct mail. The post How to create a direct mail test matrix appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Direct Mail Direct Marketing Email Marketing General Lead Generation

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Is a direct mail postcard enough?

Direct Response Coach

The direct mail postcard is hot right now. Ask anyone who is considering direct mail, and their first thought is almost always to use a postcard. The post Is a direct mail postcard enough? appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing.

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Direct Mail and Those Pesky Millennials

Direct Response Coach

For as a long as I can remember, marketers have turned themselves inside out trying to adapt to every new generation that comes along. The post Direct Mail and Those Pesky Millennials appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Direct Mail Direct Marketing General

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New Approaches To Understand Customers Needed In A Digital Transformation World

Tony Zambito

Relying on a status quo of traditional means such as focus groups, win/loss oriented interviews, surveys, and buyer interviews that are grounded in conventional yet outdated sales and product marketing concepts. One that leads to organic growth in existing and new markets.

The First (Almost) Clickable Direct Mail

The Point

Marketing pundits have been proclaiming that direct mail is making a comeback ever since I first cut my teeth in direct marketing back in the late 80s. Hardly the kind of immediate, instinctive response we direct marketers look for.

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