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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.

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"


Innovation in the Publishing Industry

Wed, Apr 25, 2018

I recently attended the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) Convention in Boston, and I’ve always found this event to be a valuable resource to gain knowledge about the latest issues and trends in the publishing industry, since I counsel and provide many publishers with a variety of print communications services. 

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Categories: marketing, trending, print industry, publishing, conference, technology


The Email Customer Experience: What To Do At The 4 Critical Moments

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Many of the email best practices posts I’ve read have a kaleidoscope of tips and tricks to improve results – anything from upgrading open rates, to avoiding spam filters.

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Categories: marketing, email, email marketing, email customer experience, communication, call to action, click rate, open rate, mobile


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


Email Subject Lines: 6 Magical Do’s & Don’ts To Increase Your Open Rate

Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Email communication can be a very successful vehicle in getting your message to your customers or potential customers.

However, it’s 2018 and as everyone knows, we get a LOT of emails on a daily basis. Everything from fundraising requests for your favorite political candidates to the latest deals and offers from your local hardware store – our inboxes are flooded with electronic mail.

According to a report by The Radacati Group, last year globally, there were on average 205 billion emails sent and received per day. PER DAY!

So with your customers receiving so many emails each day, how the heck are you supposed to break through all that clutter and get your target to open your email? Everyone knows there’s no magical phrase, a la “open sesame” that can ensure your emails are being opened, so how do we do it?

Effective subject lines, that’s how! So, here’s a list of some “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for putting together successful email subject lines.

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Categories: marketing, print industry, mail, content marketing, subject lines, email, spam mail, email marketing


Marketers discover new ways to engage with customers at Innovation Event

Mon, Feb 05, 2018

More than 60 data-driven marketers gathered at our headquarters in Westwood, MA on Thursday, January 25th to discover how print and mail are evolving to take advantage of tomorrow’s data and technology.  In addition to being treated to lunch and tours of UW’s processes and technologies that deliver complex communications programs, attendees listened to two industry leaders who engaged the audience with the latest innovations and strategies involving print. Here are some of the most compelling takeaways from the event:

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Categories: marketing, personalization, trending, print industry, statistics, direct mail campaign, marketing campaign, content marketing, QR codes, Augmented Reality, variable data print, data and technology


[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


Marketing to Millennials: Trends you'll see in 2018

Mon, Jan 08, 2018

Marketers have become infatuated with the demographic of millennials. This demographic includes a group of young adults that tend to be tech-savvy and free spirited. Through trends like content marketing, purpose-driven marketing, big data, and data privacy; it is evident that marketing to millennials is becoming more essential. Even though millennials haven't hit their peak purchasing power due to economic barriers such as student loans and starting a family, marketers are finding ways to target this huge demographic. Marketers are eager to get in front of this demographic because when they have the money to spend, marketers want them to spend it on their product.  The consulting firm, Accenture, found that millennials will spend $1.4 trillion annually by 2020. As a millennial myself, I was interested to see what 2018 will bring for marketers. 2018 will be jam-packed with new trends and ideas, and here are some of the important trends to keep an eye out for this year.

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Categories: marketing, advertising, personalization, trending, Data Science, new year, marketing campaign, privacy protection, content marketing


[INFOGRAPHIC] Make It Even Easier: 5 Ways To Increase Cognitive Fluency

Thu, Jan 04, 2018

By some estimates, we spend between eight and ten hours a day online, with much of our web content and social media surrounded by and including marketing messages. This doesn’t include time spent with offline media.

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Categories: marketing, print marketing, Behavioral Science, print industry, content marketing, simple, cognitive fluency


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