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A Guide to Email A/B Tests — Infographic

Email Marketing, A/B Testing September 16, 2021

Email marketing can be tricky. Online, consumer tastes and expectations change as quickly as you can open a new tab. What worked for you before may fail when you try it again. 

But it's not a crapshoot. You can learn a lot about your audience through a little bit of science. The bet way to improve your email marketing strategy is...

TEST, TEST, TEST. 

But before you do, you need to follow a few ground rules. Take a look at the infographic below to learn the basics of A/B testing for email. 

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The Making of a Direct Response Control Buster

Direct Marketing, Direct Mail, Creative September 9, 2021

So you have a killer direct mail control package. Well done. It's getting some results... it's been working for years... it's a control, after all.

But here's the thing. You can always improve your control. 

Whether little by little through split testing or head-to-head with a brand new creative execution, you should always put your control to the test. And if a new control unseats your original... it's time to do it again.

Read on to learn how to build a package that can bust your control.

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How to Create a Successful Insurance Mailing

Direct Marketing, Insurance Marketing, Direct Mail August 27, 2021

Insurance: it’s one of the most complex industries out there.

With all the intricate information about plans, premiums, benefits, and beyond… well, it can be hard to wrap your head around.

This is even harder to do when your goal is:
• Get people to open your package… then read it
• Communicate with them in the simplest language possible
• Inspire the reader to take action

It’s a difficult challenge, but worth the effort. 70% of customers prefer to receive information about healthcare and insurance through the mail. When it comes to the insurance industry, direct mail continues to outperform every other channel, including digital.

But what makes an insurance direct mail package successful?

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5 Things Email Marketers Should Know About Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection Feature

Email Marketing, Marketing Data August 12, 2021

When it comes to email marketing, you could have the cleanest list... the most pristine copy... the most eye-catching design. But success can often come down to metrics. With the advent of tracking pixels and custom tracking URLs, metrics like open rate and click-through rate have been easy to collect.

Until now. 

Apple is expected to release iOS 15 this Fall. And one key feature in this update is Mail Privacy Protection 

What is Mail Privacy Protection? 

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Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

Direct Marketing, Direct Mail, Creative July 21, 2021

Henry David Thoreau said we need to "simplify" over 150 years ago...

And it's still just as true today.

Especially in the world of direct mail design.

Because direct mail design, much like digital design, has been changing over the years.

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Short Copy is Having a Moment - Here's why

Direct Marketing, Direct Mail, Creative June 25, 2021

There is a long-standing debate in direct mail —

Long detailed copy? Or short, quick-hitting copy?

What’s the best? Most effective? Most responsive?

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2021 USPS Cost Hikes: Is Direct Mail Still Worth It?

Direct Marketing, Direct Mail June 21, 2021

Effective August 29, 2021, many USPS services will see their first significant cost hike since 2019. The cost of a first-class stamp will increase 5.45% (from 55¢ to 58¢), while the cost of a domestic postcard will increase over 11% (from 36¢ to 40¢).  

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12 Thousand Online Shoppers Reveal What Makes Them Click

Direct Marketing, Direct Mail, Creative May 28, 2021

Today’s online shoppers face an ever-growing number of choices and mountains of information as they traverse the long and winding path toward a purchase.

Well recent research from Google has revealed that there are some specific strategies to help marketers make sense of what’s often referred to as the “messy middle” of that purchase journey. And it may help your brand land in the right place with the right messaging to the right shopper at the right time.

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Smart Marketers Will Be Heading to the Post Office Post-Pandemic

Direct Marketing, Direct Mail, Creative May 14, 2021

You are ZOOM-ed out. You’re Webinar-ed out. You’re emailed out.

And — if you are — you KNOW your customers and prospects are. So, what’s the best way to reach the digitally exhausted, the weary-eyed masses in the post-pandemic world?

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The Surprising Secret to Building Brand Trust

Direct Marketing, Creative May 14, 2021

Trust. It’s hard to build… but easy to lose.  

Especially when it comes to brands.   

Brand trust is key to boosting customer engagement. People are more likely to recommend a trusted brand to family members and friends, pay more for a trusted brand’s product or service, and even share personal data with a brand they trust. Take a look at this chart to see exactly how it breaks down...

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