I have a confession. I am absolutely fascinated by all-things history. It’s an unquenchable thirst–my wife calls this a compulsion–but whatever. To-MAY-to, to-MAH-to. Those who know me understand studying ancient Greek and Roman civilizations is one of my great passions. However, what may not be as clear to the casual observer is why this period Read More What Lessons Can the Modern CEO Learn from Julius Caesar?
Whenever our team meets with a client to review results and current best practices for mailing, we inevitably hear the same question: how can we lower our printing and postage costs? It is a pain point to write that check to the printer, plus, the USPS requires postage payment upfront – there is no getting Read More Mailers: It Pays to Test Paper Stock
The retail landscape has become more complicated over the years, but as direct marketers, our mission remains the same: to find a group of people that desires a set group of products or services and lead them to a place where they can learn more about them (a store, website, etc.). I call it “inviting Read More The YOU in Team
Let’s begin by affirming a core belief. It’s one that our agency, CohereOne, considers foundational in terms of service to clients and our interactions with partners. It’s one that the direct-to-consumer advertising ecosphere (inclusive of retail brands, as well as companies in service to those brands) deeply believes. The best predictor of future behavior is Read More The Best Predictor of Future Behavior is Relevant Past Behavior
Recently at the CohereOne Marketing Summit during the pre-conference intensive, we reviewed direct mail testing ideas, how to properly set them up, and how to accurately evaluate the results. During a portion of the presentation revolving around how to properly read the results of a test, I noticed many people in the audience looking wide-eyed Read More Importance of Proper Testing and Evaluation
The marketing landscape has changed very dramatically since I started in the industry. Ten years ago, catalog marketing was thought to be complex, but in hindsight, it was reasonably straightforward. Fast forward to today and incorporating several digital marketing channels now affords far greater insights into boosting catalog and direct mail performance. Typically, when we Read More Integrating Digital Channels into Your Marketing and Circulation Plans
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
As I talk to industry colleagues, I frequently hear the lament that prospecting and the cooperative databases do not perform like they used to. The common response is to simply reduce prospecting until cost-of-customer-acquisition goals are realized. Unfortunately, this also results in fewer new customers being added to the buyer file and, eventually, significantly fewer Read More Optimizing Cooperative Database Response
The adage, “everything old is new again” applies to many industries, and ours is no different. Catalog and print marketing, after years in decline, are experiencing a resurgence in the consumer marketplace. As consumers are facing an increasing barrage of emails and other digital remarketing efforts, the role of targeted catalog and print programs as Read More Print and Catalog Marketing: A Smart Choice in a Crowded Digital World
As marketers, we spend more than half the year gearing up for a strong holiday season. Despite all of the preparation, there still may be some “blind spots” where we may not have allocated enough resources in a comprehensive marketing strategy. Our Marketing Partner, Emarsys, has taken their holiday planning learnings from thousands of clients, Read More Marketers, Are You Still Holiday Planning? Check Out These Tips!