Creating an Effective Top-of-the-Funnel Lead Magnet

If you want to generate a steady stream of top-of-the-funnel sales leads, you need a dependable, relevant, compelling, worth-sharing-my-contact-info-for lead magnet.

Not simply an offer that gets people to “buy now,” but a strategic content marketing device designed to pull potential customers into an engaging lead nurturing process—so they’ll remember you, know you, “buy when they’re ready,” and keep coming back.

It’s easy to see why an effective lead magnet is the direct response marketer’s best friend. But it’s something that takes considerable effort to create, get up-and-running, and optimized for winning campaign performance. The good news is a well crafted and finely tuned lead magnet can help you meet (and why not exceed?) your top- and bottom-line business goals.

In this first of a series of three posts about top-of-the-funnel lead magnets, we’ll explore the DNA of a great piece of content: what it’s made of, what it needs to come to life, and how it takes shape. Let’s start at its not-so-humble beginnings.Read more


Improve Your Direct Mail Performance with Rapid Data Resources

When your company sends out a direct mail, your goal is recipient conversion, right? Interested customers will open the envelope to learn about your offer, and the most interested ones will take action—visit your offer’s landing page, call the toll-free number, return the reply card—and convert. Success!

But nothing can happen if your customer doesn’t receive your offer in the first place—or if what they do receive makes a bad impression. That’s why regularly putting your mailing lists (house lists and rented lists alike) into the care of a professional mail list and data processing service is essential.

Rapid Data Resources to the Rescue
You may not know about The Weinstein Organization’s Rapid Data Resources, designed to ensure your direct mail campaigns reach their potential. We provide a wide variety of mail processing services to ensure the highest degree of mail deliverability and postage savings for our customers—and in today’s competitive and budget-conscious marketplace, both make a big difference.

Of the more than 155 billion mail pieces processed by the U.S. Postal Service in 2014, 6.6 billion (4.3%) were undeliverable as addressed. What if 4.3% of your direct mail pieces didn’t reach their destination? Any amount of undeliverable mailRead more


You’ll Love These 4 Ways to Use Emotional Marketing to Boost Response

Which do you prefer? Option #1: “You may find this blog post interesting,” or option #2: “This delicious narrative is going to feed your desire for compelling thought leadership in the area of emotional marketing.”

We assume you find option #2 more, shall we say, provocative? It’s a little grandiose for a blog post, we agree, but it gets our point across: lifting a best practice from the emotional marketing playbook can change everything.

There’s a lot of science behind the study of emotive marketing—and some marketers specialize in its application for brand strategy, “scare-vertising,” or to encourage the viral distribution of social content.

All great uses.

But in this discussion, we’re going to start with a more conceptual wide lens and focus in on some proven tactics that canRead more


No Crisis Here: 5 Best Practices for Brand Reputation Marketing

Managing your brand’s reputation takes more than crisis management—it takes reputation marketing. While there’s no doubt an adroit response to a defamatory review or snarky Tweet can work to your advantage, why not let your marketing strategy proactively influence customers’ perception of your brand? Here, we take a closer look at how you can put the power of reputation marketing to work for your company.

Reputation: Customers Make It or Break It, but You Can Shape It
What impacts your brand’s reputation in the marketplace? Maybe the better question is, “what doesn’t?” At a high level, it’s what your customers say. And in today’s digital world, they are most certainly talking. Your prospective customers, employees, and business partners (and let’s face it, everybody else) are listening—and responding accordingly. That’s why you need to help shape the conversation.Read more


How Direct Response Marketing Can Keep Up With Customers’ Liquid Expectations

Customers compare their experiences with your brand to their experiences with Amazon, Disney, and Starbucks, even if you sell insurance, building supplies, or printing services. And you better believe these interactions are shaping their perceptions of your company—and they’re raising the bar for your direct response marketing efforts, too.

It’s Time to Widen Your Competitive Lens
Who’s setting the bar? Not your direct competitors. In fact, your competitors aren’t often who you think they are. Your competitors are also the brands that your customers engage with on a daily basis. That’s right, these include McDonald’s, Google, PetSmart, and Nike; the brands who pour billions of dollars into marketing research, product development, and advertising. And in the process, they’re redefining the customer experience and driving new consumer demands.

Accenture Interactive’s Fjord agency coined the term “liquid expectations” to describe when customer experiences seep over from one industry to an entirely different industry. For example, a customer might compare their easy-breezy coffee shop mobile ordering and checkout experience with their not-quite-as-simple online life insurance quoting and application process. They’re going to find the insurance company experience lacking. They’re going to feel dissatisfied, on some level, and think, “That should have been a whole lot easier!”

While this is clearly an apples-to-oranges comparison, it signals to insurance companies a need to prioritize the customer experience—an experience that’s getting easier everywhere else. It’s an opportunity to rise to consumers’ digital demands and improve the buyer journey, taking cues from how leading consumer brands are delighting their customers.Read more