David Ogilvy is one of my heros. He explains the power of Direct Marketing. He also encourages general ad agencies to use DM to train their people. Much of what he hoped for has happened – so now everyone measures, everyone generates responses (at least clicks and likes) but much of the art of testing (and so the power) has been forgotten.
The WDMA is committed to showing how Direct Marketing applies to the media and methods of today’s marketers – without leaving the proven fundamental principles of scientific marketing.
“President Barack Obama transformed modern day campaigning by elevating the importance and use of data. Since then campaigns have prioritized it. Hillary Clinton has been building her data operation since she launched her campaign, but Trump has largely dismissed its importance.” NBC News May 31 2016
The golden age of direct marketing has arrived. Nearly all advertising and sales are “interactive” and “measurable”. At the same time, attendance and enthusiasm for local and national direct marketing trade shows is almost dead compared to 20 years ago. (I wrote this article almost 20 years ago, as the Internet gurus claimed everything would change.)
Since 1968 the definition of direct marketing has been examined and refined. Here is a composite definition from 28 text books: “Direct marketing is a database-driven interactive process of directly communicating with targeted customers or prospects using any medium to obtain a measurable response or transaction via one or multiple channels.” (reconciled from 28 published textbook variations, Scovotti & Spiller) Continue reading “So You Think You’re Doing Direct Marketing?”
Several past Presidents of the WDMA board got together for the 30th anniversary meetup. We weren’t exactly sure what happened to the WDMA but around the turn of the millennium, we all started feeling pretty irrelevant. And if Direct Marketing is just about data & measurement, then anyone who can hook up Google Analytics is already doing it. Are we irrelevant?
This week I had a long conversation with someone involved with the original Direct Mail Advertising Association – which became the DMA in 1983 and now has been re-branded as the Data & Marketing Association. I guess its now just about data & marketing… ? Well here, we’re about Direct Marketing, the most powerful force in your advertising and sales arsenal. Continue reading “Welcome to the *NEW* WDMA”