Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Diversifying with Direct Mail
Direct mail is the steady hand every digital marketing campaign needs to boost performance
Rather than putting more resources and energy into the same digital channels and hoping that results will improve, marketers should try sistering digital tactics with physical ones.Some of these digital channels perform well across the customer journey, helping brands build awareness and consideration, influence conversions, and earn loyalty. But many others see drop-offs in effectiveness at various stages. In fact, a 2019 report by London Research and dotdigital shows that social media is highly effective for building brand awareness but less effective for converting leads into customers. While 59 percent of respondents noted social media as most effective at building visibility and awareness, only 32 percent said it was most effective for converting customers.
Stage 1: Awareness
Stage 2: Consideration
Stage 3: Conversion
Stage 4: Loyalty
Building Integrated Campaigns that Deliver
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
5 Ideas for Holiday Marketing Inspiration
At Duplicates INK - marketSMART we see our clients an partners are all taking new out of the box actions marketing this Holiday Season. As life evolves as it continues to do, successful businesses adapt and make challenges and barriers and actually embrace them in order to create an opportunity our to the forsaid challenge.
This is where Duplicates INK - marketSMART shines. We can help you think and see outside of the box.
If you are like many people, you may be wondering about the best way to celebrate the holidays this season.
As the world grapples with COVID-19, everyone will be making adjustments. This includes families, businesses, and even brands.
What will the 2020 holidays look like? And how will you adjust your sales and marketing plans accordingly? Agile marketing requires you to anticipate customer needs now and pivot to the demands of this new season.
Need inspiration? Here are just a few ideas about how to market your business this year.
1. Spread Out the Sales
Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the holiday season, is seeing the biggest change this year, with many major retailers like Target Corp., Walmart Inc., Macy’s Inc., and others instead hosting month-long sales and online initiatives to offer their customers safer ways to shop.
In particular, Target’s “Black Friday Now” initiative offers four weeklong sales, starting with a focus on electronics, then kitchen items and floor care, then electronics apparel and beauty, and then ending with deals on toys, kitchen items, floor care and electronics. The deals also qualify for the retailer’s Price Match Guarantee, where shoppers can request a price adjustment on any item between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24.
2. Push Local Pleasures
Since people are traveling less, consider how you can offer a hometown experience that is both safe and special.
In some communities, local businesses are banding together to compile curated boxes tailored to specific buyer personas. For example, a coffee box might feature a mug, a book, a pair of cozy socks, and several specialty roasts from 3-4 local businesses. A foodie gift box might include a few baked goodies with several gift cards for specialized, private dining experiences in your neighborhood.
Whether you offer a retail item or an unforgettable outing, today is a great time to put your community on a pedestal!
3. Offer Early Shopping Incentives
When people want to avoid the rush, offering freebies can tip them toward your business.
Can you build a unique stocking stuffer to go with each purchase? Or offer a fun experience with grab bags or surprise items they can purchase at a discounted rate for unwrapping at home? From BOGO specials to free shipping, make it worth their while to buy early!
4. Make Returns a Snap
With so much uncertainty this year, people will be craving extra assurance.
How do you publicize your return policy? Make things as simple as possible and spread the word far and wide. If you have a retail space, post it on your wall, your front counter, your cash register, or on customer receipts or purchase inserts. On your website, spell it out on a page and make sure that links to that page are visible on the home page. Add it to your flyers, social media pages, or anywhere you can assure clients you’ve got their back.
5. Add Custom Packaging to Brighten the Mood
Whether it’s getting the mail each day or unwrapping a customer appreciation gift, the ”unboxing” process has become a critical part of the customer experience.
Around 45% of surveyed people say they were more excited about receiving their order when it included customized wrapping. Be creative and colorful to make this season merry and bright!
Tis the Season to Set Yourself Apart
Want to increase the emotional attachment customers have to your business?
From a dash of color on your envelope to a custom print piece, holiday pizazz can be a part of any business budget. If you'd like to chat about options, give us a call!
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
I've been working Business Development, Sales, Account Management or whatever you want to call it for almost 30 years. One of the most powerful ways to rekindle or reignite a conversation that has gone dead is send a Handwritten Note! At Duplicates INK - marketSMART this has been a great tool to re engage prospects.
Adding new customers to your sales funnel is essential for growth, and lead generation is vital.
For many industries, generating a lead can cost anywhere from $25 to $300. So, after you’ve made an initial contact or pushed for a commitment, what should you do when prospects disengage?
Don’t give up! When leads stop responding, hope is not lost. Smart entrepreneurs can use many strategies to rekindle interest. Here are a few options to consider:
Prime the Pump
Leads go cold for a variety of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon them.
According to Jim Obermayer, author of Managing Sales Leads: Turning Cold Prospects Into Hot Customers, 56% of people who indicated they might like to buy a product are still in play six months later, and 35% percent are still in the market after one year.
“Leads do not go cold as much as it is not yet their time to buy in the one-year cycle,” Obermayer said. “A rep may approach them before they are ready.”
Though it’s challenging to follow up after a long window of time, Obermayer suggests priming the pump, using an email first, followed by a personal call.
Ask One Key Question
Don’t start a conversation without a strategy or direction.
When you reconnect, remind the prospect of the last time you spoke, the level of interest they expressed, and any questions you discussed.
If they weren’t initially ready to buy, tell them you’re following up to gauge interest or update them on what’s changed since the last interaction (like a revamped product or updated subscription options). If they still seem non-committal, don’t be afraid to ask this question:
“Should I close your file?”
Differentiate Your Approach
If leads have been ignoring your outreach attempts, try adding value, or shifting your approach.
Consider a direct text message campaign, an email with a link to a freebie, or a direct mail invitation to a special event. Custom videos can also provide a non-threatening way to break the ice. Call prospects by name, refer to your previous conversation, and send an encouraging message to show you care about them personally.
You may be surprised by what a kind word can do!
Send a Break-Up Email
If you’ve followed up with someone multiple times and your prospects seem bleak, it’s ok to send a farewell message.
In fact, a last chance email can elicit a 76% response rate. Used in a friendly, conversational way, giving final notice can jolt someone out of complacency and get them moving.
Here’s one example:
After several attempts to reconnect, it seems your interest in _____ may have waned. That’s totally fine, but I’m just wondering if we should keep trying or find a better time?
To keep things simple, I’d appreciate if you could respond with a simple keystroke (reply with either A, B, C, D, or E) to indicate your level of interest:
- A. Stop emailing me with attempts to connect but continue to send event invitations.
- B. Please remove me from your list.
- C. I may need your help, but the timing isn’t right. Please keep trying!
- D. I want to schedule a time to talk – could you please send your availability?
- E. I forgot who you are. Can you refresh my memory?
Thanks again, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Think of Reconnecting as an Opportunity
One of the best ways to revive a cold lead is to stay positive.
Don’t worry about annoying a prospect; the only way you’ll know if someone’s interested is by asking! While you don’t want to be pushy, it’s better to error on the side of optimism. In reality, only 10% to 25% of all leads are followed up on. By following up, you stand a chance of standing out.
Give us a Call at Duplicates INK - marketSMART and we can get you set up with some personalized Branded Note Cards. 843-248-2574 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.duplicatesink.com
Thursday, October 29, 2020
My 2 daughters are Generation Z'rs (lol) It is intriguing observing how they make purchasing decisions. Actually when they get a direct mail piece they get excited. In this quick read I will share a few ways to connect with Generation Z since they are over 40% of consumers....Enjoy.
With the oldest of Generation Z graduating and entering the workforce, it’s time to set your sights on this powerful consumer demographic.
Who are these Gen Z individuals, and what is the most effective way to reach them? While many media companies have written them off as “screen addicts,” Gen Z is actually very nimble, engaged, and unique.
Here are a few facts to consider:
- As of 2020, Gen Z makes up more than 40% of U.S. consumers.
- Born after 1996, most members of this generation are not yet old enough to vote.
- Generation Z represents the leading edge of the country’s changing racial and ethnic makeup. 52% are non-Hispanic white, 25% are Hispanic, 14% are black, 6% are Asian.
- Gen Z logs on to social media for roughly two hours and 55 minutes each day. This is almost an hour longer than the average millennial.
Want to engage younger prospects? Here are five tips to consider:
1. Diverse images are extremely impactful
Gen Z has a natural awareness of how diversity is depicted (or overlooked) in your media.
Whether it’s custom photography or variety in your testimonials, it will seem strange (or even offensive) if your media is too homogenized.
2. Gen Z loves a good deal
Estimated at having $4 billion in discretionary spending, the buying power of Gen Z is significant.
But having grown up during the 2008 recession, Gen Z has an innate appreciation for a bargain. Gen Z will hunt for value in two ways: buying from inexpensive brands or purchasing expensive items with durability guarantees. Generous warranties and engaging in-store experiences are also a way to offer them more bang for their buck.
3. Gen Z was born social
Over 91% of Gen Z kids have a digital footprint, and Gen Z spends more time on mobile devices than Millennials.
Gen’s Z’s favorite sites are YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat. Because they are so visual, whenever possible you should “show,” not just “tell.” Image-based advertising and short-videos are especially effective!
4. Real is best
Gen Z people seek uniqueness in all walks of life, and particularly through the brands they buy from.
Gen Z-ers prefer brands that are authentic: 82% said they trust a company more if it uses images of real customers in its advertising, and 72% said they're more likely to buy from a company that contributes to social causes. Product quality, positive reviews, and customer service are the top three characteristics that fortify their trust in a brand.
5. Give them a voice or a role
Given how socially aware this generation is, remember Gen Z-ers love opportunities to contribute, create, lead, and learn.
Whether you allow them to personalize your product or you prioritize ethical marketing (like partnering with nonprofits or standing for a cause), Gen Z appreciates buying from brands that give them a role in the journey.
Help Them Live in Person
Finally, remember that Gen Z longs to engage, and this doesn’t have to be online.
A new A.T. Kearney study reports that 81% of Gen Z respondents prefer to purchase in stores, 73% like to discover new products in stores, and 58% browse in-store selections to disconnect from social media and live in the moment.
From gorgeous window banners to sharp point-of-purchase displays, sensory impact plays a principal role in creating the right mood for an impulse purchase.
Our team at Duplicates INK - marketSMART our experts at connecting with the right audience you are trying to connect with. Give us a call or email and lets simply chat about what you would like to accomplish. Duplicates INK - marketSMART 843-248-2574 or email@example.com
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Over the years Duplicates INK - marketSMART has been extreemly successful in getting our name out in the news. Sharing our story of overcoming obstacles like floods and recessions. Thriving in times when it seems impossible actually provides inspiration and motivation to others. So here is a quick read for you. I hope you enjoy.
Have you recently won an award, reached a milestone, or done something pretty incredible?
Whether you’re launching a product or expanding to a new market, your business or organization can share the news far and wide with printed announcement cards. In a world of digital noise, the medium is just as important as the message, so why not opt for something more personal and pristine with gorgeous custom announcements?
Share Something Special and Significant
Announcement cards offer a wonderful way to market your events, products, achievements, or stay in touch with your clients. These stylish notes are more than just fluff; they denote something of significance that boosts your brand and business.
Want to put your news at their fingertips? Here are just a few catchy headers:
- Launching SOON
- Coming to a neighborhood near you
- We’re Hiring
- The Future is HERE
- You asked, we answered . . .
- Save 20% more time with _____!
- We’re growing. Find us at our new location __________
- The best in the business: presenting our award winning ___________
- Your new investment expert: welcoming MBA Edwin Harris to our endowment team
Want to have some fun with your announcements? Try one of these energetic theme ideas:
Take a photo of your team holding a sign announcing the news. Add colored party hats, streamers, or sparkling confetti.
Try peel-to-win cards or scratch-off tickets. Everyone loves a surprise, so include peel-to-win promotions (for example: 20-50-75 percent off or an exclusive 10 grand prize winners) as part of your announcement card.
Post a picture of a new location or featured team member using eye-catching props (like pulling a $100 bill from a magician’s hat or posing with a llama that is wearing a birthday hat).
Print a customized puzzle and send it in an envelope, so recipients have to put together the pieces to learn about your exciting news.
Do a mailing to your key referral contacts (or top clients) with a note and gift relating to the announcement. You may use a simple postcard for the majority of customers but add an incentive for others. For example, when announcing your new GOLD status, send bags of gold chocolate coins or gold-dusted chocolate strawberries to your VIP clients.
Keep Readers Curious
Remember, while announcements involve your news, readers will enjoy them more when you make it about THEM.
In all your messaging, focus on how your news translates into value for your friends and customers. Reiterate a special offer, a time-bound coupon, or a free sample for clients who attend your event. Use powerful action calls or “you” statements that convey benefits for the user. Whether you are a political candidate or a neighborhood business, reader-focused messaging gets the best results.
Measure Strain Without Stress
Make the Most Out of Your ________
Advancing our Community Together
Save $100 on Your Subscription When You Bundle _________ and __________
Something to Write Home About
Printable announcement cards make it easy to send exciting news to your friends and associates without breaking the bank.
From elegantly embossed envelopes to oversized foil-stamped postcards, ensure your message shines strong as you share events, grand openings, sales announcements, and more.
If you would like to discuss some options on creative marketing solutions for your company or brand give us a call. We have a team of EXPERTS that would love to help - Duplicates INK - marketSMART
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
We take Branding serious at Duplicates INK - marketSMART. For close to 30 years we have been leaders in creating brands for our partners. If you're starting a new business, a new division, product or service Branding will help the success.
If a picture paints a thousand words, then brand imagery is one of the most dynamic means for communicating with your customers.
From stained-glass church windows to the world-renowned Nike swoosh, images add immediacy, power, and clarity to your ideas, with a transformative effect on a brand’s overall impact. Colors and graphic metaphors have surprising staying power, so it’s important to consider every element you include in your brand imagery.
Brand Identity vs. Brand Imagery
So, what is the difference between brand identity and brand imagery?
Brand identity is the image or character of your business as people relate to it. For example, the BMW image of elite luxury has grown naturally from customers’ repeated exposure to BMW’s ads, endorsements, and products.
Brand imagery is the aesthetic appearance of your brand’s core identity and messaging. This is a result of all the visuals that represent your brand’s identity. These visuals may include anything from billboards to print ads or website banners to product packaging. Great imagery goes beyond simple appearance; the idea is to connect the right messages with your target audience so that they will have strong feelings that prompt a response.
Choosing brand imagery isn’t rocket science, but it takes some careful planning. Before you start slapping images on the page, think about these foundational elements:
How do the best brands convey their identity? They use graphics consistent with their brand character.
Burt’s Bees, an international personal-care company, has focused its products on nature from day one. Whether it’s their infamous lip balms or their newer makeup line, Burt’s always sticks to this mantra: “Providing customers with the best nature has to offer.”
From their “Whoa, Natural” print ads to their “unfiltered” social media posts, every image they use has an element of nature. Sometimes it’s through an eye shadow pencil held against a background of trees, while in others, it’s a little bit of honey accompanying a facial scrub.
While colors offer a great deal of flexibility, it helps to define larger color palettes that encompass your brand.
Since colors carry psychological weight, selecting color patterns in advance can help you convey the right emotions or moods. Start with identifying a base, accent, and neutral blend. Cohesive color schemes should be woven into your logo, store design, advertisements, and even uniforms, so choose carefully and have fun!
The GoPro technology company is all about taking their cameras everywhere you go, no matter the journey.
GoPro photos scream adventure, with deep, natural blues or stunning orange reflections. But beyond the colors, many brand photos are taken from the perspective of the camera operator. For example, perhaps a landscape with bike handlebars in the perimeter or a shot of a pair of feet on the high dive as a viewer gazes down into an Olympic pool.
When you want to generate intense emotions, set your viewers in the driver’s seat as you put them behind the lens of the delightful experience you’re offering.
Finally, it’s essential to ask whether your images are truthful.
Can you deliver on the experience you promise in your advertising? Aesthetic is important, but it’s not enough to win over an audience on its own. Brand loyalists will only arise when they see your brand imagery as authentic to the experience your business can bring.
Compelling Images Create Community
Successful brand imagery can build an internal narrative and external community, prompting customers not just to “buy” your product but to “buy into” to your brand image.
Finding images that perfectly represents your brand is more than a strategy, it’s an essential part of your identity. Spark consumer confidence and generational loyalty as you mobilize fantastic images to shout your identity in unique, inspiring ways.
Call or email one of our Branding Experts today at Duplicates INK - marketSMART