Category Archives: Campaign Strategy

Brand vs. Direct: Who Wins?

Anne Holland of Marketing Sherpa, someone for whom I have a great deal of respect, says brand should win, every time: My response to Anne: “Brand should always win …”? As a dyed-in-the-wool A/B tester, I respectfully say: absolutely not. What’s the purpose of an effective brand if not to… Read More

7 Tips for Increasing Free Trial Conversion Rates

If you work for a software company that delivers product on a SaaS platform, it’s likely that free trials, and the rate at which those trials convert to customers, are one of the primary drivers for your company’s revenue stream. Finding ways to increase that conversion rate by even a… Read More

Top 10 High-Tech Email Marketing Mistakes

I just updated one of CDI’s most popular white papers: “Top 10 High-Tech E-Mail Marketing Mistakes.” You can download your free copy of the new version here. Topics include: * the not-so-obvious ways most landing pages distract or confuse the reader … * how to eliminate “sure-fail” subject lines …… Read More

A New "Spin" on Dimensional Mail

Forwarded to me by a client (thanks Tim) … I’ve never been a big fan of dimensional mail, but this campaign is simply brilliant. Now that’s what I call thinking “outside the box.”

Direct Marketing: Rules vs. Laws

The following post comes courtesy of guest blogger, CDI Creative Director Dave Dumanis (thanks Dave!): In demand generation, we have this phenomenon called best practices. In other fields, they’d be called rules, or guidelines. They’re pieces of information or advice that, if closely followed, can boost our odds: frequent calls… Read More

"The most ignorant e-mail campaign ever …"

And you thought I was a harsh critic? In his column titled “Stupid E-Mail Watch,” Ken Magill, Editor-at-Large at Direct Magazine, rants about a recent e-mail he received from Bing energy drinks and the latest annoying trend in online media: “Here’s a hint: We don’t need surprise audio blasting out… Read More

Why Hire An Agency?

Apologies if, to the more cynical amongst you, this post seems simply self-serving and a thinly veiled excuse for a sales pitch. Bear with me as I explain … A few weeks ago we received a request from a potential client that we help her “sell” her boss (the CMO)… Read More