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Am I your partner or just the order taker? Value, Trust, Partnership….these are the building blocks as a vendor. Direct mail production lead times have tightened up over the years. Current events of all kinds have affected the supply chain. Everyone is trying to do more with less. Now more than ever, it is imperative…

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Why Designing Direct Mail for Fundraising is Different A Designers Take When you think about graphic designers, you probably picture one of those “creative” types — colorful and slightly different. But, being a designer is more than just “being creative.” It’s really about problem solving. A graphic designer analyzes the situation, and makes decisions about…

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Who wants $8 Trillion Dollars? I honestly can’t think of a nonprofit organization in the world that would say no to that question. But the sad truth is, many organizations are still forgoing significant revenue because of their failure to invest in marketing planned gifts. An estimated $8 trillion is expected to pass to charities…

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WARNING: “Spoofing” Attack Targets Local DM Companies At least three DMAW member-companies recently fell victim to an Internet hack that has cost one of them several thousand dollars so far. It’s an important wake-up call that shows an Internet connection can leave a company as vulnerable to thieves as a wide-open front door. Interpol is…

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Aiming for Inspiration   On Thursday, February 25th, I have the honor of hosting the DMAW’s “Breakfast with an Expert” series. We will discuss ideas on the important topic of inspiration, and specifically how to lead yourself and others towards closing the gap between employee satisfaction/engagement and employee inspiration. When researching the topic of inspiration…

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#DM101: The Fundamentals of Innovative Marketing This year, I think I am more excited than I have ever been for DM 101. The event is always energizing, and I love the opportunity to connect with new talent in our industry. After 2020, however, connections like these mean more. I also love the virtual format. Though…

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What’s Old is New Again How Direct Mail and Email can influence each other as they work together. Let’s look at Direct Mail first. It still has a lot going for it. It demands response – even if only to recycle. It’s familiar to older demographics and can be a novelty to younger ones. And…

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The Election is Over, Now What? In theory, a webinar held 2 weeks after election day on learnings from this cycle, should have delivered the “over” in terms of the final result. Unfortunately, this was not to be. While all the votes were cast, the counting continued and even now the efforts to change the…

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How to slay your mailings – this spooky season and all year round Want to know the secret to killer creative, this spooky season and all year round? Then look no further than the insights shared in this spook-tacular webinar by three seasoned industry pros. From strategy to creative to the mailhouse, read on to…

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On with the Show! When the pandemic first hit in March (which seems like several years ago at this point), we were riddled with nonstop questions… “How long will quarantine last? What will happen to our results? Will donors still give?” As a DMAW Board member, the most common question I was asked during those…

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