Let the Results Do the Talking

Last week I wrote an article about why Contribution Per Order (CPO) should be the critical revenue metric that businesses use rather than Return On Ad Spend (ROAS). As a reminder, while ROAS is an efficient measuring metric, it cannot assign health to a channel, making it a relatively useless tool. In contrast to ROAS, Read More Let the Results Do the Talking

Why ROAS is Not a Useful Metric

More often than not, we engage with seasoned ecommerce professionals tasked with running print programs while simultaneously holding some measure of responsibility for Profit & Loss statements. And as such, they tend to look at performance metrics with a ROAS (Return on Ad Spend) lens instead of a more critical metric – Contribution Per Order Read More Why ROAS is Not a Useful Metric

COVID-19: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines

The economy expands and contracts in response to thousands of independent variables – one such variable, the COVID-19 coronavirus, is just the latest in a long list of examples. Still, periods of economic and social instability can be a scary time. In the interest of recalling lessons from past periods of uncertainty and helping brands Read More COVID-19: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines

Holiday Results Are In! And They Might Surprise You

Hardly a day goes by without a business pundit predicting the demise of another retailer and whether brands continue to be relevant to consumers. This holiday season, our retailers continue to fight that narrative with a variety of strategies and tactics with a mixture of results. Now that the season is almost over for online Read More Holiday Results Are In! And They Might Surprise You

Print is the New Digital Champion

Recently, I sat down with Lois Brayfield, CEO of J.Schmid, to chat about challenges and opportunities around brand position across channels. During this conversation, she mentioned the phrase, “Print is the New Digital Champion” and how they are using this in their client conversations. That discussion and Brent Niemuth’s video resonated with me so much Read More Print is the New Digital Champion

It Pays to Incorporate Segmentation

This year at our annual Integrated Marketing Summit, I taught a workshop discussing the ways retailers should incorporate segmentation to boost topline sales and increase bottom-line profits. Segmentation and relevancy would also help to counteract the continued decline in open and click-through rates as indicated in our annual benchmark report below. As the volume of Read More It Pays to Incorporate Segmentation

Using “Tried and True” Direct Marketing Tactics to Improve Email Performance

By most ROI analysis, email is one of the top ROI channels, but contributing to this high ROI figure is the very low cost of sending an email on a per customer basis. And that is part of the problem – ease and cost. I challenge you to think about this…. you are probably over-emailing Read More Using “Tried and True” Direct Marketing Tactics to Improve Email Performance

The One Test You Should Perform This Year!

By now, you’ve probably heard the term triggered postcard program. The question now is, why aren’t you testing this as part of your integrative marketing efforts? In today’s cluttered marketing environment, many retailers are challenged to find innovative ways to stand out in the print and digital marketplace. The beauty of triggered postcards is that Read More The One Test You Should Perform This Year!

Crush it This Holiday Season with 10 Great Tips

Whether you’re a seasoned vet or newbie, you know firsthand how important marketing is for the holiday season. Now with the holiday season quickly approaching, an integrated marketing strategy is even more important for customer satisfaction and company profits. Here are my top 10 initiatives to implement immediately: 1. OPT IN APPEND. One of the Read More Crush it This Holiday Season with 10 Great Tips

Using Website Data to Understand Intent

We all use purchasing data to guide our marketing plans. The recency since last purchase, frequency of purchases, and the total amount spent have been the cornerstones for predicting customer performance in direct marketing for over 50 years. We have gotten better at refining RFM using other purchasing signals, such as products or category purchased Read More Using Website Data to Understand Intent