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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.

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


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


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: marketing, personalization, print marketing, higher education


Bed, Bath, & Beyond Great Marketing

Tue, Apr 29, 2014

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.

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Categories: marketing, direct mail, print marketing


3D Printing Has a Heart

Wed, Mar 05, 2014

Sometimes, a two-dimensional idea just doesn’t work.

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Categories: print marketing, trending


GameTime Tags

Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Interested in creating a new loyalty program? Want to incentivize fans and sponsors of sports teams? Want to keep people engaged and aware of your team schedule? Want to bring your custom designs to life?

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Categories: advertising, print marketing, promotions


What's Your REAL ROI?

Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Seems like all people want these days are results, results, and more results.

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Categories: marketing, direct mail, print marketing, trending


Postal Rates...Going Up, Up, Up!

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

All USPS rates increased as of Sunday, January 26, 2014.

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Categories: direct mail, print marketing, trending, pricing


How Good are 3D Printers?

Tue, Jan 21, 2014

3D printers are all the rage these days, allowing for just about anything to print. So what happens when someone decides to make a knife from a 3D printer?

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Categories: marketing, print marketing, trending


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