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A Direct Mail Marketer’s Secret To Success in a Digital World

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When you think of cutting-edge marketing, direct mail is not what comes to mind. And yet, despite previously declining numbers, it’s proving to be a resilient marketing niche, and still represents the largest local advertising spend of $38.5 billion in 2020. There is a sort-of minimalist purism in direct-mail marketing. The message is delivered to the prospect, and that’s it. No cookies, no click-throughs, just a pass or fail, convert or wind up in the garbage can. And, with open rates of up to 90%, and a 28% better conversion rate than digital channels, there is at least one key principle that can help any digital marketer concentrate their efforts more efficiently.

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I have no competitors! Why don’t I make money?

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Whether you’re an in-house marketer, a consultant, or an agency, hearing the words “We have no competitors” can be the kiss of death for the brand. Competition is good, but here is how young entrepreneurs screw it up sometimes…

How to uncover authentic (brand) values.

A practical exercise in saying something more than “I like good things and dislike bad things”. Thousands of hours of agency and in-house branding, PR, marketing, and miscellaneous “communications professional” work time is spent on trying to dress up the flaccid and the obvious as “brand values”. Marketing and communications people act as if repeating meaningless words strung together like an incantation will actually convince… Read More »How to uncover authentic (brand) values.

Your customer wants to see themselves in your brand.

A Brand is a set of values.

Don’t be confused. You, the consumer, are the product of branding. The doctrine of “no-self” in Buddhism describes the idea that there is no single, indivisible, permanent self. You are not your perceptions, your thoughts, your feelings, not even your body that replaces every component of itself many times over during a lifetime. There is no permanents self, but what you call your self is… Read More »A Brand is a set of values.

For Sale: baby peanut shells, never worn.

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What do Groot and Baby Yoda have in common? They both think Baby Nut is a poser.

The Planters Baby Nut ad is an example of poor brand storytelling. The Baby Nut campaign undermines itself and the brand. It makes me not want to buy Planters nuts. More generally, this ad campaign violated a couple of basic brand storytelling principles, taking a risk and trying to make us care, only to roll everything back and strip out any emotional investment in the story, or the brand.