Some years ago, I bought a pair of charcoal gray Monsanto socks. On the sticky label that holds the socks together was a little guarantee written in tiny type below the company name. It informed me that if, at the end of a year, my socks had worn out, I could return them, along with the receipt, for a brand new pair.
There's a common thread many nonprofit organizations share when it comes to direct mail fundraising appeals—they can fall into the trap of hyping up all the great things their organizations do instead of discussing all the ways the donors help.
Deluxe self-mailers appeal to publishers for a few main reasons: their creative potential, visibility in the mail, quick production time and low cost. Yet when publishers test self-mailers against more traditional letter packages, they may find that the more expensive letter packages still come out on top.
Direct mailers who love self-mailers love them because they're produced quickly and cost effectively, eliminate the problem of getting the envelope opened, and can really support a lot of creative that wouldn't normally fit into a typical direct mail package.
The obstacles were many for Microsoft and its business intelligence (BI) products. Not only were there many fellow BI products in the IT marketplace, many of those competitors had been on the market for considerable time, and Microsoft's set of BI solutions was more expensive than most of them-and adding to this were concerns about its ease of use among a wide range of workers.
Ever heard of Goodwill? Most likely you have. The 107-year-old global network of community-based organizations trains disadvantaged people for careers in such fields as financial services, computer programming and health care. It provides job education and career services for people with disabilities, welfare recipients, and others who are trying to enter the workforce for the first time or looking to get better jobs. The organization says it places someone in a job every 53 seconds of every business day.
In last month's edition of Inside Direct Mail, you read how a good promotional newsletter offers valuable, worthwhile information to its readers. This month you'll read pointers on choosing stories that interest those readers along with tips for writing headlines.
As you turn the pages of your favorite magazine, you'll find that most ads fall into one of two categories: They are either "image" ads or direct response ads.
Back in 1992, I received a phone call from the late Walter Schmidt, who was interested in having me present at the Montreux Symposium in Switzerland. Montreux was not only one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, nestling on Lake Geneva and dwarfed by the magnificent Swiss Alps—it was also home to the world's leading direct marketing conference.
One of the greatest advantages of the printed newspaper is its portability factor-you can take your newspaper with you wherever you go. But what if you're out of town and want all the amenities of the physical paper, however the locale you're inhabiting at that moment doesn't carry your hometown paper? What then?