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Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

You don't have to be a word nerd — or a writer — to appreciate the power of a well-chosen verb to increase opens, clickthroughs and conversions that lead to more sales. With most of today's digital and ink-on-paper marketing including at least one call to action, verbs are more valuable than ever.

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.

The small business marketplace needs this service... MyRepMan is a reporting tool and syndication service developed by Acxiom’s technology partner Moon Valley Software. Using the service, business owners can find out where they are listed online and what customers are saying about them. The comprehensive MyRepMan report includes data from Internet yellow pages sites, local search sites, regional directories, social networking sites, category-specific sites, blogs and news sites. In addition to reporting on the state of your Internet reputation, MyRepMan takes action, as designated by the business owner and on the business owner’s behalf, to create, correct, or improve

You may not picture golfers as seekers of luxury and quality—in fact, if you’re not a golfer yourself, you probably picture them only as older men wearing plaid pants and berets with pom-poms on top. But if that’s your mental image of golfers, you’re missing out on a great market with dollars to spend.

When I was a kid, I tried golf—once. I found my eyesight was so lousy—even with glasses—that every ball was a lost ball, even those that went straight down the fairway (which was almost never). I have not picked up a golf club since. In my Friday Philadelphia Inquirer, I received a massive lead-generation piece—a 16-page, 91⁄4˝ x 11˝ (one spread opened up to 361⁄2˝ across) color brochure flogging membership in The Cliffs golfing communities of South Carolina, and especially the new Tiger Woods-designed golf course at High Carolina. This piece—which must have cost 50 cents with printing and insertion—came through my door mail slot in

It is high season for politicians scrambling for dollars. The Hillary Clinton juggernaut continues apace with a record $26 million in the till in the first quarter of 2007—over three times what any other candidate has ever raised at this point. Meanwhile, America is looking at the strangest election in history. By the end of January 2008, two states will have held their nominating caucuses for president and vice president (Iowa and Nevada) and two more states—New Hampshire and South Carolina—will have held their primaries. On Feb. 5, 2008, an estimated 21 additional states will hold primary elections including such behemoths as California, New

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