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Recipients of the Direct Marketing News 2014 40 Under 40 Awards represent the most accomplished young talent in marketing.
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The heated data security and privacy debate is rich with contradictions, controversy, and complexity—and major challenges for marketers.
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The USPS has problems. Direct mailers have questions. Who better, we reasoned, to answer them than the Postmaster General?
15 mavericks, brands, and legislators that catalyzed the marketing industry over the past year.
Creativity in the age of marketing accountability.
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Privacy experts tackle the leading privacy issues surrounding on- and offline customer data.
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Using data to align marketers' perceptions with the actual customer experience.
Fast food restaurants often market the dining experience as much as the food itself. Take Taco Bell, for example.
Customer loyalty has become ever more tenuous. Marketers need to rethink their approach to building and sustaining loyalty—and data is how they'll amp up their results.
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SK&A is a leading provider of U.S. healthcare information solutions and databases. As ...