Don Neal

Thorin McGee is editor-in-chief and content director of Target Marketing and oversees editorial direction and product development for the magazine, website and other channels.

When DMA decided it was time to overhaul its annual convention, one of the longest running shows in marketing, the first step was to do a thorough assessment of what today's marketers want in a convention. The result is a unique look at the wants and needs of marketers today.

The balance of power has shifted: Consumers have put a premium on their time. Inundated with countless marketing messages competing for their attention, the American public has expressed its displeasure through its demand for Do-Not-Call and Can Spam legislation. Moving forward, successful marketers will be those who embrace the principles of permission-based marketing and begin to court consumers’ favor by building relationships. Break Through the Clutter “The days when all can graze cattle on the village green are gone,” says Don Peppers, founder of the Peppers & Rogers Group and co-author, with Martha Rogers, Ph.D., of a series of international best sellers on relationship

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