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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.

Andy Jansons - The Career of a Print Professional

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

How did you get your start in the print industry?

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Categories: print industry, print marketing, variable data print, experience, communication, print


5 Print Strategies To Drive Innovation In Your Marketing

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


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


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


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


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


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: holiday mail, holiday, marketing, print marketing, direct mail, christmas, happy holidays, mail, USPS, direct mail campaign, 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: Data Science, Postal Service, direct mail, direct mail conversions, personalization, print marketing


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


Discover Why Sappi’s Marketing of Higher Education is a Must-Read

Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Where does one begin with the higher education market? It’s highly complex and marketers need to keep an eye on trends and customer behavior patterns to stay relevant and competent in the field.

I was delighted to discover Sappi’s incredible guide for higher education marketing professionals, The Marketing of Higher Education, which seeks to simplify everything for marketers in this field. Sappi provides a slew of information including industry stats, case studies with full spreads of creative, myths and facts to be cognizant of in marketing, and a jaw-dropping, 5-page pullout brimming with ideas for crafting a multi-channel approach.

Although there are many impressive things about the guide, I’ve distilled my top 3 insights for why you should read it and keep it for reference:

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Categories: print marketing, marketing, personalization, higher education


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