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The Best & Worst of Agent/Dealer Direct Mail: 2 Case Studies

Direct mail is a common marketing tactic for supporting dealers and agents who sell consumer products and services. Using geographically targeted data, the home office or corporate headquarters sends direct mail to prospects with content personalized to the local dealer or agent. When it works, it can be marketing dynamite. Effective agent/dealer campaigns generate leads from qualified buyers, drive retail traffic, and make the phones ring. When it fails, it can be a disaster. Campaigns that miss the mark irritate prospects, waste the marketer’s money, and wind up in the trash. Here are...

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Media Marketing Strategies | Smart Marketing Cleveland

Paid, Owned & Earned Media: Why Marketers Need All Three

The term “media” used to have a simple definition in marketing: "Media" were the paid advertising channels marketers used to deliver promotional messages to prospects. But today’s definition of "media" is decidedly different. If fact, there are three kinds of media that belong in a marketing plan: Paid, owned, and earned media. Here’s what "media" means today and why paid, owned, and earned media should be part of your smart marketing strategy. New Elements of a "Media" Plan When I studied advertising at Ohio University, my textbook defined a media plan as “the overall...

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7 Reasons Banks Fail at B2B Direct Marketing

Banks are spending big money marketing products and services to small businesses via direct mail. Most of these direct marketing campaigns are terrible. Here are seven reasons why so many banks fail at B2B direct marketing and some lessons for your smart marketing strategy....

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Modern E-Newsletters | Smart Marketing Cleveland Ohio

Old School No More: Why E-Newsletters are Back in Marketing

Email newsletters used to be part of almost every organization’s marketing strategy. Then blogging and social media came along and e-newsletters lost their luster. Many marketers stopped producing them. But as more and more companies embrace content marketing and customer relationship management, marketers are rediscovering the value of e-newsletters. In part one of a two-part post, here’s why an e-newsletter can be a powerful tool in a smart marketing strategy and some tips for e-newsletter success. Out of the Trash Heap and into Your Inbox When web technology created dynamic new channels for communications,...

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AT&T Tries Every Trick in the Direct Mail Book for U-verse

Direct mail is a proven tactic for cross-selling products and services. But how much is too much cross-selling direct mail? Especially when it's promoting the same product – over and over and over? AT&T is investing vast direct marketing resources to sell U-Verse to wireless customers. Here’s a profile of AT&T's very aggressive cross-sell direct mail campaign and four lessons for your smart marketing strategy....

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6 Reasons to Use Your Own Name in Your Company’s Branding

Building your company’s brand around your name can be a smart marketing strategy, especially for professional services companies. Here are six reasons why it’s smart to name your company after yourself, three ways it can be problematic, and some tips for branding success....

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Content Marketing Expert Joe Pulizzi Shares Strategy Tips

Content marketing is essential to every smart marketing strategy. But what exactly is content marketing? And how do you do it right? The world’s expert on content marketing is right here in Cleveland: Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute, publisher of Chief Content Officer, noted author of a new book, and the genius behind Content Marketing World, the biggest global conference for content marketing practitioners. Pulizzi shared tangible steps to take in 2014 with content marketing at a recent meeting of the American Advertising Federation-Cleveland. Here’s what he had to...

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New Report: How to Use White Papers to Market Your Business

White papers can be a powerful tool in a smart business-to-business marketing strategy, especially for marketers of professional business services. But how do you develop a great white paper? And how should you use white papers in a marketing plan? Gianfagna Strategic Marketing has just published a comprehensive, free guide to using white papers in B2B marketing. Our report explains why white papers are so effective in establishing credibility, the steps of creating a high-impact white paper, and how to maximize the value of white papers in your B2B marketing...

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