Leave COVID Behind, NOT Your New Old Online Buyers
July 1, 2021 at 4:43 pm

For decades, most retailers depended on foot traffic to their brick-and-mortar stores much more than the website they felt compelled to build late in the last century. Furthermore, “direct to consumer” isn’t really a new concept; thousands of prosperous companies marketed by direct mail and catalogs only, collecting orders via mail and phone before “that…

Apple iOS 15 and Privacy Issues: Why I'm Not Worried
June 23, 2021 at 10:29 am

There has been a lot to say by marketers lately about Apple’s latest iOS 15 release and how it will harm, even destroy our digital businesses. In short, if you've been living under a rock, Apple has put consumers in the driver’s seat allowing them to be selective in who they want to be tracked…

Post-COVID Prediction … The New Normal
May 26, 2021 at 2:18 pm

We've rounded the corner and thank goodness we feel the country is on the backside of the COVID pandemic. What a ride it has been! It's far from over, but under control. For many consumer companies, COVID caused a surge in business with more people working and shopping from home. It has put pressure on…

Catalog KPIs … Keeping Your Eyes on the Ball
April 28, 2021 at 7:02 pm

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are important to any print catalog or digital marketing business. Knowing how often and which KPI to track can make a huge difference to your profit and loss (P&L) statement. You need to separate the “nice to know” from the “need to know” information. Tracking nonessential KPIs might make you feel…

Catalog Costs: How Low Can You Go?
March 29, 2021 at 5:19 pm

Direct mail is experiencing a long overdue resurgence for retailers, hastened by the pandemic. Increasingly crowded ads on social media and Google, full email inboxes, SMS dings all day long ... while the much-maligned mailbox remained emptier as credit card offers dwindled and in-store postcard coupons were recycled. It’s not surprising that many e-commerce brands…

Next-Gen Experience Management: Stop Reacting, Start Anticipating
February 23, 2021 at 2:51 pm

In a rapidly changing retail environment, there's one seemingly obvious constant. A positive experience, whether with a brand, product, service or an employee, forms the foundation of meaningful customer engagement and drives sales. The imperative, therefore, is for companies in all industries to figure out how to create experiences that reflect exactly what their customers…

Tips on Optimizing Category Pages for Conversions
February 23, 2021 at 2:02 pm

Would you like the category pages on your website to convert better? It sounds like a silly question, I know. A well-planned category page informs the user and moves them closer to checkout. A poorly planned category page will often send users back to Google to look for another site that carries products like yours.…

Catalog and Digital Marketing … The Future is Here Now
January 20, 2021 at 1:55 pm

2020 is a year we will always remember, yet one we would like to forget. It was a year that changed our lives forever. Some have been affected more than others, but we all have a story to tell. People talk about “the new normal,” but what exactly does that mean to retailers and direct…

Here Comes 2021. What Do I Do With All These New Customers?
December 18, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Many of us crave the coming of Jan. 1 as a symbol of a fresh, new year dangling its promise of being oh so much better than the last. On many fronts, particularly humanitarian, we're anxious to move past the fear, upheaval and political angst of 2020. On the flip side, 2020 was an unprecedented…

Competing With Amazon: It’s All About Trust
November 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Amazon.com is big. Powerful, too. The vision of Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is remarkable. It's astounding to consider Amazon’s ascension began just 26 years ago in 1994. While I don’t always agree with Amazon’s practices, I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Bezos as an entrepreneur, a visionary, and for the brand…