In 2012 we asked you what you'd like more or less of in Direct Marketing News, and what issues are important or overplayed. In 2013 we're responding.
Look for three things in the people you hire—whether you're adding staff or selecting your agency partners.
Successful marketing requires customer engagement. And the fastest path to that engagement—assuming the ad copy doesn't include the words free or complimentary—is entertainment.
How can organizations bring in cutting-edge people without bending or breaking them? Here are a few tips.
I love hand-dirty tasks and can't imagine not working in decks and spreadsheets.
As CEO, my job is to be completely and maniacally focused on ensuring that we have the best people.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but not every one of my observations is worth a full column. Or so my editors tell me. Most, however, are worth at least 140 characters. With that in mind, and to help ring in 2012, I proudly present my Twitter-ready views, insights, unsolicited tidbits of advice and meaningless random thoughts on the absurdities of modern marketing.
Our expert columnists this month offer practical advice regarding the most effective ways to use social media to foster greater loyalty among customers, including strategies around providing meaningful content for maximum engagement; how to use data collected to improve targeting in a way that is integrated with other marketing efforts; and how to measure and track social marketing efforts.
Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Co. unveiled the 2013 Ford Escape on Nov. 15 using social game developer Zynga's popular "Words With Friends" game and a competition against actress Jenny McCarthy, who played the Scrabble-like game live in Los Angeles.
Two longtime marketers weigh in on whether or not brands should keep print catalogs in their marketing mix.
The typical underlying objective of CRM practices, whether they be programs, creative, systems or processes, is to improve marketing performance and strengthen customer relationships, making them more profitable. It follows, then, that senior executives do not look kindly on marketing when CRM programs fail. The calamity and opportunity here is that 90% of CRM failures are completely avoidable with effective management and ongoing oversight.
Company of the week
R2C creates, produces, distributes and measures messages that inspire and compel consumers to do something with a brand to drive commercial advantage. The full-service advertising agency specializes in creative, production, media, analytics and performance.
What's in our mailbox this month: fitness postcards from Retro Fitness, American Woman Fitness Centers, Union's United Taekwondo Academy, and Bally Total Fitness. (We're totally pumped.)
Social data can improve a brand's bottom line and customer relationships. Just ask brands Infiniti and Diamond Nexus.
Here are three must-have data sets that every marketer should include in his or her email strategy.