Lee Gallagher

An email blast is a thing of the past. Marketers must embrace today’s marketing requirements that involve a shift away from generic email marketing, and a move to dynamic, personalized messaging that will engage customers and boost results. Email provides marketers with an easy, low-cost opportunity to connect with consumers, yet this channel can often cause a rift in the customer relationship if not targeted toward individual behaviors and needs. While email lends itself to frequent conversations, irrelevant messaging undermines the potential for dialogue by alienating the customers before they fully engage.

Marketers have often asked whether it is better to use email or direct mail for a marketing campaign. From much research and many case studies, I have found that the answer is not an "either/or" choice. A sound integrated marketing strategy is like an orchestra, with all the different parts coming together at the right moment to create the customer experience. To develop a "Boston Pops" approach to your campaign, I recommend a score based on good data and a communications matrix to understand where your potential customers are in the buying cycle.

The term "transpromo" is getting out of hand. Depending on who you talk to, it could have many different meanings. By original definition, transpromo is the concept of placing relevant and personalized promotions or advertisements on must-read documents, such as bills or statements.

Bills, bills, bills. Even marketers can think of them as so mundane as to be ignored as possible advertising vehicles. But that’s a mistake, says Lee Gallagher, manager of global solutions for InfoPrint Solutions Co. of Boulder, Colo. There are three trends emerging in transpromo, or the growing marketing method of placing promotions on transaction statements, illustrated by the rewards statement work InfoPrint recently performed for Phoenix-based Best Western International.

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