The New York Times

Going Where Your Prospects Go (927 words)
July 1, 2001

Strategies for using alternative media to surround your market By Denny Hatch When I started out in this business back in the 1960s, bulk mail postage cost as little as 2 cents and 3 cents. Consultant Paul Goldberg reminded me that when list rental prices went up from $12.50/M to $15/M, the industry screamed bloody murder. What's more, back in those halcyon days, people did not receive much advertising mail; your piece would be scrutinized and acted upon. Today, direct mail represents a very different story. The basic bulk mail postage rate is a whopping $250/M. If you mail a good deal and

Famous Last Words - Jayme
July 1, 2001

By Denny Hatch Bill Jayme: In His Own Words Note: Bill Jayme's first promotional effort, "The Cool Friday" letter for LIFE, was reproduced in the October 2000 issue of TM. This is Jayme's last promotional effort, written for The New York Times, which failed to run it. —D.H. Bill Jayme, a direct mail copywriter prominent in magazine publishing circles, died in his home in Sonoma, CA on May 18. The cause of death was emphysema. He was 75. Over the past 30 years, Jayme and his partner, Finnish-born graphics designer Heikki Ratalahti, created the mailing packages ("junk mail") that successfully launched more than three dozen

Internet Buyers-The New Castrati (676 words)
March 1, 2001

By Denny Hatch The equivalent of rock stars in the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe were the castrati, former choir boys whose soprano voices were so pure and exquisite they were subjected to castration. Said one writer, "[The castrati] were frequently described as having the 'voices of angels.' This was no doubt due to the combination of a child's fresh voice with the vocal power of a man, and the high register of a woman." Being neutered did not make for connubial bliss, but the money was great and, socially, these eunuchs were lionized. Recently, my friend Russell Perkins, one of the

Jayme & Ratalahti - Creative Team of the Century (3,454 words)
October 1, 2000

by Denny Hatch If any organization has put a stamp on modern direct mail, it's not the U.S.Postal Service, but rather the recently retired, two-man creative team of Pittsburgh-born freelance copywriter Bill Jayme and Finnish designer Heikki Ratalahti. In a four-decade partnership, their stylish direct mail solicitations launched some three dozen magazines including New York, Smithsonian, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Air & Space, Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street, Worth, Saveur, Tufts Nutrition Letter, Mother Jones and the Harvard Medical School Health Letter. In their heyday, Jayme-Ratalahti had a five-month queue of publishers and circulation managers, hats in hand, ready to pony

Is the Internet Eden or Armageddon? (1,887 words)
September 1, 2000

by Denny Hatch In the place without place, anarchy reigns once worked for a cherubic-faced, hard-drinking publisher named Franklin Watts. "Good morning, Frank," I would say each day. "How are you?" "Happy as a country without a history," he'd respond. How long has it been since the Internet was without a history and considered the new Garden of Eden—a paradise of investor and intellectual euphoria unmatched in the entire spectrum of human endeavor? Less than eight months. Remember the thinking of those heady times? • For investors, here were infinite horizons of obscene profits that turned traditional business models on their ear. "Those who