There is no doubt that the multitude of new channels and people’s ever-decreasing attention span make it a challenge for insurance companies to connect with their audience and get them to engage with their brand. As marketers, we must continually adapt to the new realities in the marketplace.READ MORE +
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To cap off our 2016 Trends and Insights Series, this week we are talking about omnichannel marketing. If you’re not already thinking about making the move from multichannel to omnichannel, then 2016 should be the year you decide to do make it happen for your company. Why, you ask? Let us break it down:
More than just interacting with potential customers on various platforms, marketers are going to begin this shift to better offer customers a true continuity to their experience. With more and more touchpoints available to interact with brands, there has to be feeling of congruency across each point. Marketers are now tasked with a customer who can come to them via a website, a social media account, a phone call, an email, a piece of direct mail….the list goes on.READ MORE +
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As 2015 comes to a close, we like to reflect on the successes the year brought – not just to the company – but to the direct marketing industry as a whole. In anticipation for the year ahead, it’s also our job to list our learnings from the last twelve months and see how they will translate and/or change in the coming twelve.READ MORE +
Universal Wilde wins the Gold Award of Excellence and the Silver Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards
We are thrilled to announce that two of our Marketing Communication entries were winners in the 2015 Communicator Awards competition!
The Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals. There were over 6,000 entries received from organizations across the US and around the world.
The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts. Current IAVA membership represents a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: AirType Studio, Condè Nast, Disney, Keller Crescent, Lockheed Martin, Monster.com, MTV, rabble+rouser, Time Inc., Tribal DDB, Yahoo!, and many others.
Linda Day, executive director of the AIVA, noted “The work entered in the 21st Annual Communicator Awards serves as a true testament to the innovative ideas and capabilities of communications and marketing professionals around the world. Each year our entrants continue to amaze by reinventing the ways we communicate and market in an ever-changing industry.” Needless to say, we are thrilled to have won two awards in this prestigious and highly competitive competition.So which two entries won?
I was fortunate enough to attend the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA) conference in Marco Island, FL. This conference brings together marketing executives from Insurance companies, Agents, and business partners. The purpose of this conference is to discuss industry trends, legislative issues and to create an environment to conduct new business partnerships.
Some of the major trends that were discussed were how big data is changing the business, the need for a better experience to engage with younger consumers and how new entrants to the market will increase competition. Maria Ferrante- Schepis, Managing Director from Maddock Douglas, a large consultancy focused on the insurance space, delivered the keynote speech on innovation. Her research shows that the insurance industry is ripe for what she describes as being Napstered. Much like how Amazon, Netflix and Uber have dramatically changed how consumers conduct business, acquiring insurance has similar inefficiencies that can be improved with technology. She believes that impartial advisers, crowd-sourcing to share deductibles, and global competition will greatly change this industry in the next five years. She also said that these changes will greatly increase participation with millennials.
Bill Sunneson, President of Mass Drive insurance, presented the findings PIMA's technology working group and continued on Maria's theme. His committee feels that companies like Wal-mart, Amazon and Google will change how insurance is shopped and distributed. In another presentation, Lou Geremia, senior adviser to Goji, stated that insurance companies are spending 100's of millions of dollars on paid search (up to $30 per click).
At Universal Wilde we feel we are well positioned to assist insurance companies succeed through these changes. As the leader in technology driven, "Thought to distribution" direct marketing we are able to quickly take advantage of trigger based campaigns. With only a very small percentage of the budgets discussed above, we are able to deliver high-quality direct marketing pieces to targeted consumers. Our technology also allows for seamless integration with insurance agencies to quickly deliver targeted follow-up correspondence.
UW will continue to participate with PIMA and we look forward to participating in this rapidly changing market.
I spent this past Saturday afternoon at Bed Bath & Beyond. I really do love the store. It’s filled with pillows, and comforters, and kitchenware, and signs that say “Bless this Mess” or “Home is Where the Heart Is”, and candles, and good smelling reed diffusers, and... I JUST LOVE IT! I’m a 20-something year old man and I am in the abundant company of 30-50 year old women, but the store is comforting and bargain-priced.
Have you ever wondered why logos are drawn the way they are? Or have you ever looked at a logo quickly and thought to yourself, "Gosh, I thought I just saw something..."
As an avid movie buff and serious super hero fan, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the premiere of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you don’t know who Captain America is or haven’t seen any of the latest Marvel Studios movies (ie. The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, etc.), I will bite my tongue and direct you to the nearest Redbox so that you may begin your movie education. Really, they are good!