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August 2012

5-Step Guide to Writing an Effective Call-to-Action

So you’ve decided to embark on a direct marketing campaign? You’ve already got your marketing list, developed a great offer, and designed an eye-catching creative – but wait! You still need one thing: A strong, convincing call-to-action! Having an effective call-to-action is crucial in any direct marketing campaign, because prospective customers need a little guidance when it comes to taking action. Luckily, it’s not rocket science; follow these 5 steps and you’ll be writing effective calls-to-action like a pro in no time!

Top 22 Funniest Sales Signs of All-Time

Are sales for your business lagging? Maybe you’re not tickling the buyer’s funny bone enough. Humor, whether intentional or unintentional, can...

Targeted Marketing: Why Exclusion Is a Good Thing

Here at US Data Corporation, we are big fans of targeted marketing; it’s the only practical way to plan a marketing campaign, especially in today’s economy. No business can afford to target everyone, and let’s be honest: The less you target, the less relevant your marketing becomes to the people who see it. This is why we strongly recommend that every business spend some time defining their target market before embarking on a marketing campaign: It will both save you money, and render your marketing more effective. However, many businesses shy away from targeted marketing, because they don’t want to “exclude anyone”. While this mindset may seem to make sense on the surface, it can actually hold your marketing efforts back in a substantial way. Here’s why.

The Dreaded Deal Hunter: Why Direct Mail Coupons Are More Effective Than Daily Deal Sites

For a while, it seemed like I couldn’t go two days without hearing about some amazing deal one of my friends got on a daily deal site like Groupon or Living Social. Daily deals were all the rage, and businesses were raving about the enormous boost in business they had been seeing. However, as time has passed and many of those businesses have faded away, people have begun questioning the efficacy of these daily deal sites. Amidst all the debate, one thing has become crystal clear: Direct mail coupons are, and always were, much more effective at creating loyal, repeat customers. Why does direct mail have such a distinct advantage over online deals in the coupon world?