Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

Yesterday during his press conference, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to bring jobs to the states whose voters helped him win. He talked about car manufacturing jobs that will remain in the U.S. once he takes office in a few days and the companies that won’t be offshoring work because of his intervention.

Old friends rented a villa in Florida and invited us down for a long weekend. Peggy and I departed the day after Philly's worst snowfall, in freezing weather. We picked up a rental car at the Orlando airport for a one-hour drive north on Florida's Turnpike. We had never heard of The Villages, but when we arrived...

Congratulations! Mazeltov! Happy Wedding! There are all kinds of ways for travel, hospitality and more marketers to be welcome at nuptial celebrations, and same-sex marriages seem no different. That's even truer now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear cases from Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. On Monday, the court declined to hear arguments from those states that were opposed to the marriages, in effect bringing the total of states allowing same-sex nuptials to 24.

We’ve all witnessed how impaired corporate or brand image can undermine both consumer trust and financial performance. Recently, Target’s CEO was relieved of his duties because of the massive customer account security breach which occurred during his watch. The poster child of negative reputation, at least in the U.S., has been British Petroleum. BP’s then-president of U.S. operations was forced from office because of some ill-conceived and dismissive language, and BP’s corporate behavior since the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has been of little help in image recovery.

Many young direct marketers have indicated total disinterest in direct mail. "Direct mail is dead," I have been told over and over again since the mid-1990s. "This is the era of the Internet—a new medium and a new paradigm with new rules of marketing and communication. We make the rules now."

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