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In today’s world, everyone has access to the same stock photography. So how do you choose it better, and use it better, to help make your marketing efforts unique and have your message cut through? Set parameters. Your choice of stock photography should reflect your brand, and most of our clients here at Anderson have [...]View Post crop, parameters, photography, Stock photography, storytelling, trends
For 28 years, Anderson has been hard at work creating and producing the best direct mail(DM) in the business. We are an ever-evolving organization, committed to staying fresh and providing our clients with the best services possible. As a one-stop shop, our people do it all— strategy, creative, data, interactive, production—you name it! But what is the [...]View Post agency, business return device, business return envelope, direct mail, proofreading, USPS
Super powers aren’t just possessed by comic book characters and actors in movies—you can discover and cultivate them in all of your employees if you give them the opportunity. At Anderson Direct Marketing, we take pride in our high-quality relationships, products, production processes and services, which can only be achieved by having superstars within our [...]View Post awards, excellence, Pinterest, Quality, Quality Mission Statement, Quality Superstar
Big Data is a term that both inspires and confuses many of us in the marketing industry. We hear about it at our conferences and in the boardroom on a daily basis. But what does it mean? And more importantly, what does it mean for your business? In 2001, Gartner defined Big Data as “high-volume, [...]View Post analyze, big data, business, consultant, data
Does brilliant design inspire exceptional copy…or the other way around? Or, are they inextricably intertwined? And what role does the medium play in what takes center stage? Cue the orchestra, the dance is about to begin. After weeks of proposals, market analyses, research, performance projections, budgeting, and a host of other pre-launch activities, the writer [...]View Post art, copy, creative, design, marketing, ROI
On April 24, 2013, Anderson Direct Marketing participated in its first Google+ Hangout. Creative director Carlos Perez represented ADM in the second episode of Xerox’s “Ask the Experts” series. Joining Perez were Gordon Kaye, editor and publisher, and Ilana Greenberg, creative director from the magazine Graphic Design USA. The question that brought these experts together was, [...]View Post design, expert, Google+, Hangout, print, Xerox
We’re all familiar with the formula—the success of a direct mail package is 40% list, 40% offer, and 20% creative. So why do we spend 90% of our time on creative—edits, revisions, etc? Oh wait, that’s another blog topic. Today, let’s talk about direct mail offers—when they work, and when they don’t. Delivering the right offer [...]View Post detective, direct mail, marketing, offer, research, results, testing
1) You know the difference between a hyphen, an en dash, and an em dash, and how to use them. 2) You keep a list of interesting names and addresses you encounter in your data checks. (Who wouldn’t want to live on Real Princess Lane or Camino de Pizza? And we’re going to try to avoid moving [...]View Post proofreaders, proofreading, quality assurance, total quality
I don’t know about you, but I trust my gut on most things. But what I don’t take chances with is my clients’ or my company’s money. Gut decisions can drive great insights into what to test, when to test and where to test, but these need to be calculated decisions. Decisions made with consideration [...]View Post data, data analysis, data driven, decision making, gut instinct, testing