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Are Marketers Getting Too Personal?

Are Marketers Getting Too Personal?

The definition—and appropriateness—of personalization is in the eye of the beholder. Here's how today's marketers define it, and what they consider to be too much.

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5 Factors for Maximizing the Impact of Video

5 Factors for Maximizing the Impact of Video

Although some marketers will argue that virality is a kind of magic, there are strategic ways to increase the likelihood of your video's success.

Is the Inbox Out for Mobile?

Is the Inbox Out for Mobile?

Even the most data-centric marketers find it challenging to analyze a key mobile touchpoint: email.

How to Rock the Data That You Have

How to Rock the Data That You Have

Four data experts break down the do's and don'ts of how marketers can make the most of the data that's served to them directly.

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Digital Marketing New Dimensions in Customer Analytics

New Dimensions in Customer Analytics

Marketers at Expedia's Egencia, FreshDirect, and MasterCard explain what it takes to adopt today's more customer-centric analytics.

Database Marketing Q&A: Peter Fader, Codirector, Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

Q&A: Peter Fader, Codirector, Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

The Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative matches global companies overflowing with untapped customer data to the academic world's top analytics researchers.

Postal One Cataloger's Dim Prospects for Mail Volumes

One Cataloger's Dim Prospects for Mail Volumes

Experienced direct mailers and catalogers enter a new year with well-defined strategies and cutoffs for their house file and prospect mailings.

Direct Mail Mailers Prepare to Turn Down the Volume

Mailers Prepare to Turn Down the Volume

USPS's five-year plan is built on forecasts of 3% volume declines, but this year's huge rate increase has direct mailers and catalogers talking double-digit cuts in mailings.

Case Studies

1-800-GOT-JUNK? Cleans Up Its Email Marketing

1-800-GOT-JUNK? Cleans Up Its Email Marketing

The junk removal company trashes the batch-and-blast method and focuses on customer loyalty.

Columbia U. Puts the "Do" in "Donation"

Columbia U. Puts the "Do" in "Donation"

Columbia University raises nearly $7 million in donations in just 24 hours with a combination of social media, live events, and gamification.

A Toast to Marketing Attribution

A Toast to Marketing Attribution

Vino accessories and storage company Wine Enthusiast indentifies top and underperforming affiliates using algorithmic marketing attribution.

WOOFipedia: The American Kennel Club's Loyal Companion

WOOFipedia: The American Kennel Club's Loyal Companion

WOOFipedia provides educational and engagement opportunities to help pet owners strengthen their relationships with their dogs.

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Battle of the Brands

Multichannel Marketing Marketing That's Anything but a Gift

Marketing That's Anything but a Gift

Ah, the holidays. 'Tis the season for back massagers, key locators—and less than stellar marketing from these two titans of the stocking stuffer.

Multichannel Marketing Apple's Marketing Does the Job; Samsung's is Less Than Galactic

Apple's Marketing Does the Job; Samsung's is Less Than Galactic

The biggest rivalries are born of great passions: Red Sox versus Yankees, Coca-Cola versus Pepsi. This year the prevailing matchup is between Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S4.

Multichannel Marketing Does M&M's or REESE'S Win the Real Candy Crush?

Does M&M's or REESE'S Win the Real Candy Crush?

In a battle of the taste buds, there's no clear winner between Hershey's-owned REESE'S and Mars-owned M&M's.

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