Category Archives: Direct Marketing

Are We Ready for AR for the Masses?

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This morning, I got to see a child experience AR in action. We had received one of those “everybody’s favorite” Easter gifts catalog, and in the center was a section on children’s outdoor toys. One of them had an invitation to scan to “watch the toy come to life” via AR. My daughter and I… Read More »

Data-Driven Marketing: Where Are We Now?

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When we look around, it feels as if there is more personalization occurring in marketing today. We hear more about it. We see it more in our inboxes and mailboxes. But what’s really happening on the ground? According to Forbes Insight’s new report: “Data-Driven and Customer-Centric: Marketers Turning Insights into Impact,” based on a survey… Read More »

Channel Preference Lesson from Super Shoes

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I have been reading about Super Shoes’ new approach to its new, more personalized direct mail campaigns. I must say, I love what they are doing. There is a lot going on there, but here I want to point to the issue of channel preference. When we think about successful direct mail, we think about… Read More »

10 Ways to Get Creative with Content Marketing

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Boring, wordy blog posts and repetitive social media updates are a surefire way to get your content passed over. If your content is stale and redundant, why would customers and prospects come back for more? Trust me, I understand that coming up with great, image rich content when there’s so much going on is no… Read More »

4 Ways to Get More Followers on Twitter

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Having more followers on Twitter is a direct reflection on your success as a micro-blogger. The more followers you have, the louder the voice you have. Being personable, engaging, and having a personality can go a long way when trying to gain Twitter followers. Below are some important housekeeping tips to keep in mind when… Read More »

Is USPS Real Mail Notification a Game-Changer?

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As if the USPS hadn’t pulled out enough tricks, it has expanded its latest invention, Real Mail Notification, digital alerts of mail about to arrive in recipients’ mailboxes. The idea is that since USPS sorting machines already take pictures of the fronts of nearly every piece of mail anyway, why not use those images to… Read More »

More Great Uses of QR Codes

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The other week, I talked about recent data showing that QR Codes are far from being on their way out. In fact, the numbers show that their use is growing. As if on cue, I then saw QR Codes in several new places, and of course, I scanned them. The first was on the label… Read More »

QR Codes: What the Numbers REALLY Say

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Lately, there has been a lot of talk that QR Codes are dead, that as a response mechanism they are passé in favor of sexier approaches like augmented reality (AR) and near-field communications (NFC). However, the data don’t support this claim. This week, I released a complete front-to-back update of “QR Codes: The Data Speaks,”… Read More »