When is it Time to Hire a Direct Response Marketing Agency?

It's time to look back at our top blog posts of the year!
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It’s easy for us to say (we’re just a little biased!), but hiring a direct response marketing agency might be the smartest thing you can do for your internal marketing team, customers, marketing budget and, most importantly, sales growth.

Direct response marketing campaigns are the workhorses of your growth strategy—and you depend on their performance to take your business to the next level.

But how do you know it’s the right time to partner with an agency?
See if a couple of these hit home:

  • The phrase “omnichannel marketing” scares the bajeebers out of your marketing team…and you’ve been unable to effectively expand campaigns to the digital channel, including social media.
  • You spent several weeks (and several thousand dollars) on a direct mail campaign…and response rates were dismal, or worse yet weren’t even able to be tracked and measured.
  • That absolutely fabulous, no-chance-for-failure offer you came up with? It didn’t drive ANY action.
  • You have inconsistent results across campaigns because you’re not testing to find out what works—and what doesn’t work

We’re marketers ourselves—and we come face-to-face with these challenges every day. So take it from us: there are times, like these, when the agency perspective really matters:Read more


How to Evaluate Direct Marketing Creative: Our 5-Point Checklist

How do you know if your direct marketing creative -- the integration of copy and design ­­-- is up to the task of connecting with the target audience and doing its part to drive a successful campaign? Nothing—no direct mail piece, email, website or social media ad—makes its way out the door without careful evaluation.

  • “It’s pretty” doesn’t necessarily equal “It’s effective.”
  • “That’s such a cool idea” doesn’t always translate to “It’ll resonate with our target market.”
  • “Wow, that really pops!” doesn’t mean “It’s on strategy.”
  • “I wouldn’t respond to that” doesn’t mean “It isn’t right for the target audience.”

Our creative team, which consists of art directors, designers, and copywriters, approach each project with a clean slate—and fresh ideas. But they also takeRead more


7 Scary Direct Marketing Mistakes—and How to Escape Them

When it comes right down to it, the scariest direct marketing mistake you can make is missing an opportunity to profitably connect with a customer or prospect. It’s that simple.

But if you’re investing in marketing campaigns, how do you miss these opportunities? What are you overlooking? What’s going wrong? Well, the answer to that is not so simple.

If you’re not seeing the results you expect, you’re probably making some combination of direct marketing mistakes that add up to a whole lot of ho-hum. But never fear!  Let’s take a look at the mistakes you may be making—and how to escape making them next time.Read more


The 5 Top Direct Response Marketing Myths

As direct response marketers, we strive for measurable results that help define success. But sometimes a sticky perceived misconception gets in the way and inhibits good planning.

We’ve got to debunk these myths and shed light on the truth, the facts, and the realities behind why we do what we do—and why it works.

So, please, don’t let these direct response marketing myths stop you from making your marketing the best it can be!Read more


37 Power Words to Use in Direct Response Marketing—and Why

 

From the time we were kids, we’ve been told by family members, teachers, and marketing gurus to “use the right words” and avoid using the wrong ones. Most of us have figured out how to communicate effectively—in most situations, anyway—and we know how powerful words can be. The right ones can make your heart sing, and the wrong ones can cut like a knife.

Write the Right Words, All Right?
In direct response marketing, the right words can work like magic. Word choice is fundamental to creating a message that resonates and building an offer and call to action that performs. Let’s take a look at which words tend to “work” for today’s direct response marketersRead more