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When I talk to younger fundraisers, they often say: “Why would I use the phone? I never answer it.”  Not surprising –  they’re just like our sons, who are now 29 and 31 years old. But herein lies the problem. What you as a (young) person may think to be true may not actually be…

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If you were in the audience of the 2017 DMAW Innovative Formats Integrated Techniques (IFIT) Forum on March 7th in lovely Arlington, VA, you know what I mean when I exclaim, “What a buffet of ideas!” The presentations kicked off promptly at 9:00 am with introductory remarks from the ‘time captains’ and brilliant co-chairs Shannon…

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by Jared Schwartz, Vice President, Strategy & Innovation Beaconfire RED “Why I’m Co-Chairing Digital Day Again (and You Should Join Me There)” is reposted with permission of the author. This will be my 3rd year involved with DMAW’s Digital Day and my 2nd year as the conference’s co-chair. It’s been very rewarding to watch Digital…

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Raise your hand if you never planned on a career in direct mail. You, too? I knew I wasn’t alone. My initial foray into direct marketing happened the way it happens for many: by accident. I had set out on a quest to find the perfect job in book publishing, and while interviewing for entry-level…

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As we list professionals know, the most important part of any direct marketing campaign is the list.  If you are not reaching the right audience your goals will not be achieved.  And on May 11th, The Direct Marketing Association of Washington is holding the one and only annual List Bazaar exclusively for list professionals. That’s right;…

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Part two of a new blog series. In Direct Marketing, data plays a crucial component to measuring the success of a campaign. How is it collected? Processed? Received? Our data helps garner our results and tells us what worked, what didn’t work, and what we can do next to improve on the next campaign. In…

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  On March 2, I had the pleasure of attending DMAW’s DM 101 Course – The Basics. It was a wonderful event and like most ideal association communities, DMAW provides an excellent full day introductory seminar that has become the standard for bringing industry newbies, mostly 1-4 years in their careers, up to speed. Held…

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Part one of a new blog series. If you missed the sold out DM 101 workshop on March 2, 2016 below you will find some important key takeaways you need to consider for a successful direct marketing program! So what were some of the key takeaways from industry leaders at the DM 101 workshop? Kerri…

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The biggest challenge to anyone’s effort to get elected is similar to that faced by everyone seeking a job:  Somebody else wants the same job.  In this event, the best laid campaign plans often help, but in the end, things frequently become much messier than initially expected (see: Election 2016 Presidential Polls).  What happens if…

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It’s not easy to be an innovator in the digital direct response world. We have to stay laser focused on the dollars, which means being strategic and careful with our choices. But…we have to test and expand into new channels in order to grow. So, how do you know where and how to innovate? What…

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