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Twitter as a Direct Response Channel

February 4

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By Hilary Baar Yes, Twitter is now main stream.  When I first learned about Twitter at DMAW’s New Media conference two years ago from Geoff Livingston, I had no idea how it would be used.  The day after the conference, I dutifully went back to my office and signed up for a Twitter account.  And, that’s where it stopped for two years.  Then, one day I wanted to follow the UT vs. LSU college baseball World Series game.  I wondered if there was a Twitter update of the score – and there was.  Then, I found out that my favorite frozen custard shop, the Dairy Godmother, twittered the all-important flavor of the day.  Following these two tweets started to get me hooked.  I love the immediacy and brevity of the tweets – and ...Read more


Guide to finding a job in the rough economy – NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!

January 28

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By Mike Thornsbury As I think back over my years as a member of DMAW (going on 10 years now), I can always point to one of the biggest values I have gotten from the membership, networking.   The strong network of colleagues I have made from DMAW, many of whom I call my very good friends these days, has been an invaluable resource. All the events and conferences that DMAW provides to its members and members-to-be is an opportunity to expand your network.   As a member, don’t look at just the stated networking events as opportunities, but all the educational sessions, luncheons, the Bridge Conference are all great times to meet new colleagues and find additional resources for what you may do now, or could do in the ...Read more


Measure For Measure: Three Things You Can Do Now

January 21

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By Eric Andrade Eric's views are his own and do not necessarily represent those of the association. David Ogilvy contended that the most important word in advertising is TEST. While he spoke mainly about pre-testing prior to launch, testing is more important than ever as budgets shrink and the demands for accountability are grow. From email marketing to social media, marketers need to focus their efforts on developing communication strategies that are tied to their business objectives, so conversions can be measured, and campaigns can be optimized to deliver better results over time. It’s common sense, and a marketer's dream come true … and one that’s not easily realized. Here are three things that you can do right ...Read more


A December to Remember … looking back on 2009

December 10

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by Graham Ruffels, president, Direct Marketing Association of Washington Lexus may not of coined the phrase (here's at least one reference I've found to Aaron Tippin - Either way, this past year taught me (or reminded me) of many things. And I had the unique opportunity to experience them from the perspective of not only a marketing professional and business owner - seeing the economy, marketing and world around me rapidly change; but as President of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington - an organization with a past to celebrate and a need to change and grow for the future. Here's a few things that are top of mind: Indulgence is only good in certain forms. Passion, yes. Brownies, no. ROI has never been ...Read more