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5 Print Strategies To Drive Innovation In Your Marketing

Wed, Jun 20, 2018
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Categories: marketing, personalization, direct mail, print marketing, trending, print industry, publishing, campaign, mail, direct mail campaign, USPS, marketing campaign, QR codes, Augmented Reality, variable data print, data and technology, email, technology, communication, "innovation"


Interview with UW Summer Marketing Intern Meg Ennis

Fri, Jun 15, 2018

I sat down with Universal Wilde's new summer marketing intern Meg Ennis to get her perspective, as a millennial, of the print industry and thoughts of the UW Company.

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Categories: personalization, direct mail, print marketing, print industry, direct mail campaign, variable data print, data and technology, data, technology, "innovation", millennial


AI Drives Discussion at 2018 Nedma Marketing Technology Summit

Fri, Apr 06, 2018

If there was one main thing that I have learned so far in my short marketing career (going on 5 years) its that marketers love to talk about marketing! That's not a bad thing. But my inbox is constantly getting invites to different events that I MUST attend or the FOMO will set in. I can only imagine being a marketing professional for 15, 20 , or 30 years and seeing the growth of the career path we call Marketing. Marketers are constantly trying to get smarter. To learn more about what new technology, strategies, or who is leading the pack by reaching their target audience most effectively. Of course, this results in information overload. A marketer today has to be selective in which events they attend because eventually we have to put to use all the information we are gathering! Out of the conferences, marketing forums, and webinars I have attended in 2018 there has been one so far that has really stood out. I was very impressed by the Marketing Technology Summit that I attended back at the end of January at Bentley University. This conference was hosted by Nedma, a direct marketing association that provides "information, guidance and tools you need to implement your strategies throughout every medium and channel". 

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Categories: marketing, advertising, direct mail, print industry, content binge, variable data print, data and technology, data, data insights, ai, artificial intelligence, nedma, conference, technology


Why “Effective Data” is a Marketer’s Gold Mine

Wed, Mar 07, 2018

There was a time when understanding how your customers make decisions required guesswork, dart throws, or focus groups that, more times than not, did little to increase ROI, cash flow and margin.

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Categories: marketing, advertising, personalization, direct mail, print marketing, Data Science, marketing campaign, data and technology, neuromarketing, data, behavioral data, data insights


[New Survey Results] Discover the 3 most important topics to marketers in 2018 

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

What communications topics are data-driven marketers focused on in 2018?

Universal Wilde wanted to understand this, and recently commissioned our 2018 Marketing Priorities Survey, in which we asked data-driven marketers what their priorities and challenges are for the new year.  One question focused on what are their most important communications topics for the upcoming year – and three topics came out on top:

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Categories: marketing, advertising, personalization, direct mail, print marketing, trending, Data Science, higher education, customer interaction, new year, mail, marketing campaign


Cheer Up Their Mailbox - How Customers And Marketers Benefit From A Strategic Holiday Campaign

Mon, Dec 04, 2017

For many it is the happiest time of the year. For some, it causes stress and anxiety. For all, there is no doubt when the holiday season is back in full swing. It seems that every year (similar to back to school) retail stores and TV commercials alike are pushing the boundary of when it is acceptable to start rolling out the holiday "cheer". As marketers, we have learned to take advantage of the holiday-based interests and needs of our customers. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, or New Year's, selection of which specific holiday marketers want to base their campaign around is important.

Marketers' next choice is what is the offering/message based on their customers' needs/behaviors; and lastly, what channels to use to reach these valued customers. Since consumers are using an average of 5-7 channels before making a purchase, an omni-channel marketing approach with a strong direct mail component may be a wise strategy.

The USPS estimates 15 billion pieces of mail will be sent this holiday season. See below a helpful infographic on USPS facts and deadlines for the 2017 holiday season: 

Who doesn't enjoy a personalized, dynamic mail piece around the holidays? After all, Santa's main form of contact is a wish list sent by letter to the North Pole! As marketers, we need to embrace this concept to ensure the best response from our valued customers.

 

Below are four guidelines to follow when designing and implementing your holiday-focused campaign.

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Categories: marketing, direct mail, print marketing, holiday mail, christmas, holiday, mail, direct mail campaign, happy holidays, USPS, marketing campaign


How USPS’ New Informed Delivery Service Modernizes Mail

Thu, Oct 26, 2017

The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently rolled out a new service available to consumers and marketers called Informed Delivery Service. I learned about this at the recent &THEN DMA Annual Event in New Orleans. I was intrigued with the idea because it integrates digital and mail channels, and I wanted to understand how it will benefit consumers and marketers.  First, here’s how it works:


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Categories: personalization, direct mail, print marketing, direct mail conversions, Postal Service, Data Science


3 Marketing Takeaways from &THEN Annual Event

Mon, Oct 23, 2017
I recently attended the &THEN® DMA Annual Conference in New Orleans, where our company exhibited and we took advantage of the many experiences, events, speakers, and content. I was inspired and motivated to take action on a number of ideas and perspectives that were shared with us at the two-day conference.  There were several common themes which I've captured here that I felt were compelling and actionable for marketers.
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Categories: marketing, advertising, personalization, direct mail, direct mail conversions, trending, Data Science, statistics


Innovative Mail Technology Presentations Inspired and Educated Marketers at UW Forum

Mon, Oct 02, 2017

I recently attended our 2017 Open House & Forum, which featured two great presenters who spoke about the power of direct mail and the latest innovations in combining technology.  And it made me wonder...How many e-mails did you delete this morning, or any morning for that matter, with only looking at the subject line and sender? How easy was it? Was there much thought behind it?

Every day, our e-mail inbox is flooded with information. Many people may have two or even three e-mail accounts. Now, I would like for you to ask yourself, when is the last time that you threw away a physical, tangible, dynamic piece of mail without even opening it to discovering what is inside? If you are like 86% of Americans, you will pick up the mail and spend an average of 8.4 minutes sorting it at your very first opportunity. Is it not true that many will send a more personal, heartfelt, caring message in the mail rather than an e-mail? Imagine getting an e-mail from Mom of yet another cooking recipe. The subject line reads “Check Out These 10 Delicious Cookie Recipes”. What are the chances that the e-mail is saved? Now, what if Mom sends in the mail a handwritten cookie recipe with one of her famous baking masterpieces? Are you going to throw it away? I doubt it. You may even take that handwritten recipe and proudly display it on your refrigerator for all to see. Oh, the power of mail...

USPS' Irresistible: The Integration of Mail and Technology

On September 12th at our 2017 Open House & Forum, I had the pleasure of witnessing, along with a captivated audience of 80 or so other marketers, Coakley Workman, Manager Mail Innovations of the United States Postal Service, and Stephen Flood, CEO of Universal Wilde, present the very idea that mail is not dead, but is very much alive and is combining the latest innovations in data and mobile technology and what it can mean for marketers. 

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Categories: marketing, direct mail, print marketing, direct mail conversions, Postal Service, Universal Wilde News, print industry, statistics


Legacy of a Great Business

Thu, Jun 08, 2017

You have to watch this video. Seriously, watch it, and then read the rest of what I love about it.

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Categories: direct mail, Storytelling, print industry


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