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.

Big Data is big business. Sensors, GPS tracking, math modeling and artificial intelligence offer companies real-time market insights at massive scale and open the door to unprecedented ways of monitoring, targeting and measuring employees and customers. Analyst firm Gartner predicts enterprises adopting Big Data technologies will "outperform competitors by 20 percent in every available financial metric." Big Data might well be "the new oil," but I would caution us not to worship it as the new religion. Amidst all the data frenzy, we are not only losing a more holistic view of business but also a part of our humanity

If you’ve spent any time at all on Twitter and Facebook during the last week or so, you’ve undoubtably heard about KONY2012. The campaign by the nonprofit advocacy group Invisible Children centered around Joseph Kony, the Ugandan warlord and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerrilla group with a long and violent history that includes the kidnapping of children. With striking and dramatic imagery and Hollywood-style editing, the campaign video presents an utterly compelling message in the age of “social” media: by simply clicking “share,” you can make a difference in the world. And “share” the world did …

Promotional copy I did not write: “As the kick-off to NEDMA ’06, at the much heralded Direct Marketer of the Year Awards Banquet on June 14, we will be graced by the presence of none other than legendary direct mail guru, Denny Hatch.” “Legendary direct mail guru?” Gimme a break! Peter Drucker once said people use the word “guru” because nobody can spell “charlatan.” However, the theme of the NEDMA (New England Direct Marketing Association) bash is, “It’s a Brave New World.” The title of my talk? “In a brave new world, old is better.” In college I was a D+ student and skinned out of Columbia with

Cingular to bite the dust, joining Marshall Field's and NDL May 4, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 35 IN THE NEWS AT&T Plans to Kill Cingular Brand But Analysts See Change of 'Cingular' to 'AT&T Wireless' as Mistake SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) -- It cost $4 billion to turn it into one of the best known names in the country, a future-forward, dynamic brand with a strong connection to young consumers and a share lead in the wireless marketplace. Yet, in 2007, Cingular will be tossed aside like an old sock. —Alice Z. Cuneo, AdAge.com, May 2, 2006 Reviving the past Famous

Are bean counters, lawyers and newbies making marketing decisions? Feb. 21, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 14 IN THE NEWS Bank Gift Cards Come Wrapped With Limits Consumers Rankled By Obscure Charges, Rules Visa likes to say that "finding the perfect gift just got easier" with its gift card. But recipients of those cards—or similar ones issued by MasterCard or American Express—are discovering that using them presents unexpected difficulties. —Caroline E. Mayer, The Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2006 Rental Car Customers Chafe at Tougher Rules It is not difficult to find a business traveler who is hopping mad at Hertz these days. Krishna Kumar,

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