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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.

Penton, a leading professional information services company, today formally announced that it has formed Penton SmartReach, a division focusing exclusively on the development, management and delivery of targeted data and subscriber information to help direct marketers identify, reach and activate more prospects and generate more effective leads. The database has 16 million business-to-business records, representing 7.8 million unique businesses.

The world is flat; better get used to it NAFTA will cause a giant sucking sound as jobs go south. --Ross Perot "Save Your Job, Save Our Country," January 1993> To watch Lou Dobbs on CNN rail nightly about the loss of U.S. jobs to overseas workers is to believe that we are all doing each other's laundry, but nobody is making the shirts, and that the entire economy will implode tomorrow. Dobbs, 60, a Harvard graduate with a degree in economics, briefly worked for Union Bank in Los Angeles before moving to Yuma, Ariz. to take a $75-a-week job as a police and

At one point or another, everyone is a new mover. Whether it's striking out on your own from the family home and into that first apartment, or moving up to a single-family residence with your spouse and new baby, or trading in that empty nest for a chic condo in a warmer climate—it's not often that you find a life-stage event that touches so many consumers' lives. Every month—in fact every week—there are new movers packing up boxes in one locale, only to put down roots in another, be it two blocks away or on the other coast of the United States.

Connecting with the college crowd is a prized goal for many a marketer. For most young adults, college is their first time away from home and a critical time to formulate their own opinions. It's also a key time to reach out to them as they start making important purchasing decisions and brand choices.

By Alicia Orr Suman If you want to reach a general contractor, chances are you won't find him in his office. In all likelihood, he's working out of his truck. That's the busy nature of the business—especially right now; home construction is at its highest level in 17 years, according to an article titled "Building the Perfect Career" in The Philadelphia Inquirer in October. The recent home-building and home-remodeling boom means general contractors are making money. It also means they're spending a good deal—on items from tools and equipment, lumber, and other supplies to office products and computers. To sell to this market,

Mailers are having success with package Inserts, co-ops, Blow-ins and statement stuffers—they'd just rather not talk about it By Alicia Orr The title for this piece came from a conversation I had with Leon Henry during the Annual Catalog Conference in Boston last June. "You know," said Henry, chairman of Leon Henry Inc., "inserts fly below the radar screen. We're quite a large industry if you'd take the time to look. We're a factor and no one knows it." So I accepted Henry's challenge and decided to tackle this story. No easy task. It's difficult, if not impossible, to accurately quantify the size of

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