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Vouchers have been in favor with publishers and fundraisers for years because they are not as expensive as larger 6" x 9" or 9" x 12" packages—and they still capture good response rates

Vouchers have been in favor with publishers and fundraisers for years because they are not as expensive as larger 6" x 9" or 9" x 12" packages—and they still capture good response rates. The voucher is bare-bones by definition, consisting of a one-page description of benefits and a reply device, usually carried in a #10 outer.

It's a connection that's been made by mailers I've reviewed over the last year: using less energy saves the consumer money. And, in September, two new "home improvement" offers continued the trend. Home Depot's 5-1/2" x11" self-mailer proclaims "Save Money. Save Energy." on the outer. Inside, the copy notes possible energy savings on new insulation, windows, water heaters and Trane HVAC systems. The prospect is invited to call a toll-free number or go online to schedule a free in-home consultation (Archive code #390-172889-0809).

Charles Dickens the Victorian era author, should be considered the Great-grandfather of Direct. What Dickens did for the business of direct marketing is history. For example, Dickens gave us: * “Buy One, Get one Free” * Continuity and club programs * White mail * Seasonality studies * Chat rooms * Testimonials * Contrast pricing * Installment payments * Market research * Customer relationship And these are just the beginning. To this list you also can add that he was the great-grandfather of soap operas and paperback books. When Dickens came up with all these innovations he was only 23 years old and had just

By Lois K. Geller It started with a phone call. A pleasant female voice asked, in delightfully accented English, did I want to speak about direct marketing in Istanbul? The next thing I knew, Mike McCormick, our creative director, and I were relaxing in the business-class section of Turkish airlines. Nine hours later, we met the wonderful Meltem Karateke, president of IMI Conferences and the greatest hostess in the world. Until then, I had only a vague idea of where Turkey is. I wasn't at all sure I wanted to go there, but it was a new and exotic place, and I'm a

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