Category Archives: Vertical Markets

Eye Books

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Herein a long tale of history, technology, and media change. Several years ago, one of the community arts organizations I am involved with—the Saratoga Film Forum, an art house movie theater in downtown Saratoga Springs, N.Y.—had on its programming committee a serious film buff. He was, essentially, a veritable walking (or sitting, as the case… Read More »

Printing Is Easy, Marketing Is Hard

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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. —Groucho Marx It has been said, by whom, I’m not entirely sure, that everyone has a book inside them (insert your own “Marxist” joke here), or at least everyone thinks they do. I am regularly asked… Read More »

Are You Selling 1:1 Printing for Its Efficiency?

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When we think about data-driven printing, we think about elevated response and conversion rates, we should not forget to promote its benefits for cost savings, as well. These savings can come in hard costs such as the ability to reduce postal costs through co-mingling and in soft costs such as labor reduction, reductions in calls… Read More »

Printing in Spook Country

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“Spook Country,” the 2007 novel by William Gibson, introduced the concept of “locative art” to the reading public. Gibson’s character Hollis Henry is constantly searching for works of art with her smartphone; art that Gibson describes as akin to techno graffiti.  His descriptions of art tied to a particular GPS location and viewable with a… Read More »

Desperately Seeking… A Utility Bill

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As a utility consumer, I have needs. I need to be asked how I’m doing. I need to feel needed. I need to be understood. I desire warmth from more than just my HVAC unit. I want to know where my money is going and why I owe as much as I do. Once I… Read More »

Insurance and Retail get Married

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About this time last year I posted a release about the new retail sales branch opened by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Horizon was one of the first health insurance companies to take a “retail” approach to selling individual insurance policies under the then newly approved Affordable Care Act. In May of… Read More »

P&C: Agents of Change?

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There nearly 1 million insurance agents and brokers employed in the U.S. and you would think that they would be fiercely competitive with each other. More and more, agencies are merging, consolidating and forming agency networks to compete with the real enemy – Direct Writers. Creating innovative communications has historically not been a core competency of insurance agencies but most recognize that this needs to change. As the demand for more effective and consistent customer touches continues to grow, agencies are looking for partners to help them execute regular, cost effective communications programs with their customers.

Risky Business

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54% of P&C insurers have core systems that are more than five years old. 78% regard their capabilities inadequate to manage new forms and levels of risk, such as those presented by cybercrime, terrorism and increasingly frequent and severe natural catastrophes. Opportunities abound for reducing the costs of producing documents in parallel with core systems conversion. Savvy service providers are positioning themselves to help insures take advantage of newly upgraded systems and a wealth of new data to improve their customer experience throughout the insurance lifecycle.

Jell-O, Healthcare and the New Normal

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Running a hospital or healthcare practice is already labor and capital intensive, highly regulated and impenetrably complex. The Affordable Care Act and the growing trend toward consumerism has added constant change to the list of industry challenges. While the ACA itself is the law of the land and implementation is moving forward, the foundational elements… Read More »

Health Insurance – Change Brings Opportunities

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It’s fair to say that the business model for health insurance is in the process of being completely redefined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA). Health insurers can expect to spend the bulk of 2013 getting ready for the new post-ACA marketplace. How far reaching are these changes? Well, they… Read More »