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The Universal Wilde blog features the latest news on marketing, printing, fulfillment and distribution. Here you'll find posts on emerging trends in marketing services.

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


2016 Insights + Trends:                                         Technology-Informed Strategy

Wed, Jan 06, 2016

Picking up from last week’s post on Data-Driven Marketing, we’re continuing our 2016 Trends and Insights Series this week with our second trend for the New Year: Technology Informed Strategy

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Categories: marketing, personalization, direct mail, direct mail conversions


A Word With the Postmaster General

Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Direct Mail depends on the US Post Office. Yes, this is an obvious statement. At the same time, some are concerned about whether the Post Office can remain a viable institution.

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Categories: direct mail, direct mail conversions


Going Postal Over Mailings

Tue, Dec 03, 2013

Earlier in November the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)  ruled that Full-Service Intelligent Mail Barcoding (IMB) constitutes a rate increase when implemented. Supposedly in effect on January 26, 2014, automated price discounts are being delayed until PRC says otherwise.

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Categories: direct mail, direct mail conversions


3 Common Mistakes Of Direct Mail Marketing

Wed, Apr 25, 2012
Improved direct mail conversions is a goal for most direct marketing services. When creating a direct mail campaign, there are three often overlooked opportunities.  These are simple things that could enhance a marketing mailer, lead to greater conversions and result in a more effective and efficient program.  It's all about the bottom line, and improved direct mail conversions means improved return on marketing dollars. 
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Categories: direct mail, direct mail conversions


3 Reasons Your Direct Marketing Campaign Isn't Effective

Wed, Mar 28, 2012

 Direct marketing programs are an attempt to create a highly targeted campaign that will yield results. Whenever you reach out to your prospects and customers it's a good idea to assure that you are covering the bases of a well thought-out program.

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Categories: personalization, direct mail conversions


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