What The Heck Is A Campaign And Why Do I Need To Do One?
by: Joy Gendusa

Many people ask me, “What is a postcard campaign, exactly?” “And why do I need one?” As I have been educating my clients one on one for years now, I suddenly had the bright idea that I needed to explain this for more than just one at a time and in further detail. So here goes…

Campaigns for marketing are, in a nutshell, a series of repeat mailings that are strategically planned so that there is maximum benefit (more new customers) for your business.

10 Sizzling Offers That Sell Like Crazy
by: Eugenijus Sakalauskas

One of the best way to increase your sales is to offer your potential customers a special offer. It could be trial offers, discounts, purchase awards, etc. Below are ten sizzling offers you could use to sell your products like crazy.

1. You could offer your potential customers a free sample of your product. If the sample proves what you claim, there is a high chance they will buy it.

The Big Debate Continues – Internet Mortgage Leads vs. Direct Mail
by: Brian Rice

The world is flat. India is one of the fastest growing economies and SMS and SEO are the buzz words of the present moment. Content is king and the word “marketing” should be changed to what-the-heck-works-these-days-to-get-customers.

As it relates to mortgage marketing and the industry, it's important to understand how to differentiate direct mail with direct marketing over the Internet (including internet leads and email marketing). As a direct marketer, I always encourage my clients to diversity their tactics, by using a hybrid direct marketing approach. One that combines the traditional method with the interactive approach.

New Sources for Targeted Web Site Traffic
by: Lee Traupel

Qualified traffic is the lifeblood of any web site today, especially for ecommerce sites that are selling goods or services online. But, many media buyers and/or owners of web sites are paying too much for traffic by relying on top tier PPC ("pay per click") search engines like Overture or Google's Ad Words Select programs and others.

There is a new breed of web site traffic brokers emerging in the interactive marketing world that are brokering qualified traffic to the highest bidder on a CPC ("cost per click") basis. Traffic brokers bypass tried and true business processes by flipping the business proposition 180 degrees. They don't find clients and then optimize their web site for search engines; they do it the other way around, by developing and optimizing their own domains for top tier search engines and then reselling this traffic by redirecting it to a destination of their choosing in real time.

How to use Emotional Content to Increase Visitor Response
by: John Alexander

Did you know that many folks make "buying decisions" when they are moved emotionally? Other traditional medias have made the most of these principles and taken advantage of them for many years, whether it be a TV commercial or an ad in a magazine. People are emotional beings and people make decisions (either good or bad) when they are emotional. If something causes a customer to become upset, they become angry and try and solve it. If they become upset enough...they'll make a decision to perhaps discontinue your service and hire another service. On a positive side, the TV media bombards us with commercials that try to make an advertisers product seem fun or cute. The "emotional content" tactic is in nearly every advertising and communication media from print to radio to TV and yes, even the web. Emotional content is used to sell everything from fast food to children's toys.

What every Toy Marketer knows: