American List Counsel (ALC)

The Top 50 Mailers
September 1, 2006

Target Marketing blended mailing history from the Who's Mailing What! Archive with list activity from full-service list and data firm American List Counsel to develop a proprietary compilation of the top users of direct mail in the United States. Included in this Top 50 listing are some of the industry's most venerable members, such as Readers Digest Association, Time Inc., American Express, Highlights for Children and AARP. And a number of these firms have practically built their businesses on the backs of direct mail packages; I'm talking about Boardroom Inc., Rodale Inc., AOL and International Masters Publishers. Particularly gratifying is the fact that the owner

Market Focus: Amateur Woodworkers
April 4, 2006

Nailing Down a Niche Thinking small can generate big results. At least, that’s what some marketers are finding when it comes to the woodworking hobbyist market in the United States. A survey conducted by National Family Opinion on behalf of Wood magazine found that approximately 5.5 million Americans actively participate in woodworking as a hobby, says Mark Hagen, the magazine’s publisher. That’s a relatively minute segment of the population but, in the case of woodworkers, it’s not the market size that counts—it’s the demographics. The typical amateur woodworker is male, 50 to 55 years old, educated, married and a homeowner, says Lawanna

Taking Risks, Increasing Response
April 1, 2006

By Linda Formichelli Assurity Direct gets creative with mail and models to energize its prospecting. Assurity Life Insurance Co. is a study in innovation, change and risk-taking—from its history to its direct mail program. Innovation: In 1890, Dr. E. O. Faulkner created Modern Woodmen Accident Association because he saw a need to make accident coverage available to working people—not just the wealthy. This Lincoln, Neb., company continued to expand and add products over the next century. Change: In 1954, three Woodmen companies were merged to create Woodmen Accident and Life Co., and in 1997, the Assurity Life Insurance Co. was formed as a

Taking Risks,
Increasing Response
March 9, 2006

Assurity Life Insurance Co. is a study in innovation, change and risk-taking—from its history to its direct mail program. Innovation: In 1890, Dr. E. O. Faulkner created Modern Woodmen Accident Association because he saw a need to make accident coverage available to working people—not just the wealthy. This Lincoln, Neb., company continued to expand and add products over the next century. Change: In 1954, three Woodmen companies were merged to create Woodmen Accident and Life Co., and in 1997, the Assurity Life Insurance Co. was formed as a subsidiary of Woodmen Accident and Life. Risk-taking: Assurity Direct, the direct marketing division of Assurity Life,

TM0106_Market Focus
January 1, 2006

Dieters: The Skinny on Weight Conscious Consumers Irene Cherkassky No pun intended, but weight loss is a big concern throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 30 percent of Americans 20 years of age and older—some 60 million people—are obese. The percentage of overweight young people also has increased exponentially, tripling since 1980. Currently, 16 percent of teens aged 6 to 19 years are considered overweight. And, since being overweight or obese can lead to serious health problems, many Americans now actively are fighting the battle of the bulge. The Scope of the

Wine Connoisseurs 'Nosing' a Choice Market
December 1, 2005

By Kendra Clayton I'm certain you've heard the expression, " ... like a fine wine," referring to something rare and extraordinary. But what, exactly, determines a fine wine? First, there's color and clarity. Second, a fine wine's aroma is scintillating and rich. Third comes the much-anticipated taste. It must be savored for the full body to come forth; a perfect balance of fruit, alcohol and acidity. This process, used to determine a wine's worth, can be broadly applied across the market of its connoisseurs as well. Oenophiles, or wine connoisseurs, are a rare breed, made all the more difficult to hone in on

Market Focus - Graphic Designers
November 1, 2005

By Irene Cherkassky In direct marketing, it's always important to have creative that stands out and makes an impact. Stunning creative may be even more imperative when you're reaching out to graphic designers. After all, these folks are paid to know and create good design. Rich Media According to Rick Grefé, executive director for the New York City-based American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the professional association for design, there are "160,000 graphic designers of the kind we normally consider fully qualified." And approximately another 320,000 have engaged in some aspect of graphic design at a more amateur level, according to the organization.

Sell 'Em Lock, Stock and Barrel
September 1, 2005

Sell 'Em Lock, Stock and Barrel By Lisa Yorgey Lester Hunting is an American tradition shared by the young and old, rich and poor. It has no geographic boundaries and crosses all racial and ethnic groups, according to Economic Importance of Hunting in America, a 2001 report conducted on behalf of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (IAFWA). Demographics, however, do point to a decidedly male market. Of the more than 15 million active hunting participants in the United States, 88.2 percent are male. While hunters come from all walks of life, their demographics might vary slightly according to the type of

Market Focus Yoga Enthusiasts
August 1, 2005

Stretch Into a Healthy Market By Irene Cherkassky Americans are concerned with their health more than ever before. Not only are we struggling with the battle with bulge, but we're also trying to improve the overall quality of our daily lives. It's not surprising then that the practice of yoga, as a form of exercise and as a way to achieve well-being, steadily has gained popularity, particularly within the past decade. Yoga's Reach The number of yoga practitioners is growing by leaps and bounds. According to Yoga in America, a February 2005 study conducted by Yoga Journal, a consumer magazine serving yoga

Special Report List Buying Guide
August 1, 2005

Introduction At a not-so-long-ago List Vision event held by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), I remember hearing either Don Mokrynski or Mal McCluskey state that the number of datacards had practically tripled in recent years. The result: An overwhelming job for brokers trying to make sense of the prospecting opportunities for clients. While I understand the difficulty such datacard proliferation presents to brokers and mailers, it also represents a step forward in the list industry recognizing a need for more segmented and digestible list files. And that diversity is showing up all over the list business. This special report details the immense work