Direct marketing designs that get attention and customers

Direct marketing designs that get attention and customers

Obtaining more paying customers in today’s economic climate is both challenging and a must for you to keep your business doors open. How can you produce fantastic direct marketing that will pull in the customers and get your message out there? To produce and design direct marketing that works for your specific business requirements the(…)

Eye tracking insights for effective copy

Eye tracking insights for effective copy

The ability to create effective marketing collateral can be greatly improved with the knowledge of how we scan and perceive typography and copy. Making the right choice of type face, use of colour and layout is a key step to success. In this post we again take a look at eye tracking research by Professor(…)

Eye tracking shapes marketing

Eye tracking shapes marketing

The art of effective online and offline communication has benefited greatly from eye tracking research. The study of how the human eye registers and perceives visual communications has delivered some fascinating insights, especially on how we automatically filter the information. Research by Professor Siegfried Vogele of the Institute for Direct Marketing in Munich revealed that(…)

Get your marketing message right

Get your marketing message right

In the age of Twitter and web 2.0 the power of the written word is fast becoming an underrated concept. The basic knowledge of how to craft compete sentences with engaging and effective messaging is a dying practice. Who was it that said, “The pen is mightier than the sword”? So let’s dust of this(…)

Marketing briefs that work

Marketing briefs that work

Producing a great brief is the first critical step towards an effective direct marketing campaign. The brief can be compared to a road map which allows your agency to understand what your goals are and how best to achieve them. To overcome the challenges of producing a great brief we look at guidelines that will(…)

Marketing in a downturn

Marketing in a downturn

Research shows that companies that continue to invest in marketing are far more likely to survive an economic downturn. Key to this success is the ability to maximise revenue from existing customers as well as the foresight to develop strategic partnerships to target new customers. All marketing activities need to be targeted, cost-effective and results(…)

The sales and marketing divide

The sales and marketing divide

The sales and marketing divide is often blamed for poor campaign performance and missed revenue targets. The inability of the two business functions to see eye to eye and work collaboratively can be a paralysing factor for any company. There are many external and internal factors that have an impact on a company’s culture and(…)

Top tips for planning and measuring marketing success

Top tips for planning and measuring marketing success

Sound planning is an important part of any marketing activity whether you are a small business or a large one. The adage “fail to plan – plan to fail” holds true for most situations. Good planning also removes most of the surprises when it comes to the execution phase of your campaign. When you have(…)

Unique selling proposition – USP

Unique selling proposition – USP

You’re USP Developing an effective Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is one of the key foundations of creating a competitive and successful business. Getting your USP right from the outset can make your marketing and sales activity a lot more effective. It also makes it easier for you to communicate a consistent message in a variety(…)