Successful Direct Marketing Methods / Edition 8

Successful Direct Marketing Methods / Edition 8

by Bob Stone

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ISBN-10: 0071458298

ISBN-13: 9780071458290

Pub. Date: 11/14/2007

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

Direct marketing has grown beyond its roots in traditional mail order to embrace a host of new technologies, customer relationship-building techniques, and performance measures. Today, businesses and nonprofits of all kinds use direct marketing, which now garners 25% of the U.S. marketer's budget, surpassing newspapers and broadcast TV.

Hailed as the “bible


Direct marketing has grown beyond its roots in traditional mail order to embrace a host of new technologies, customer relationship-building techniques, and performance measures. Today, businesses and nonprofits of all kinds use direct marketing, which now garners 25% of the U.S. marketer's budget, surpassing newspapers and broadcast TV.

Hailed as the “bible” of direct marketing for over 30 years, Successful Direct Marketing Methods has been completely updated and expanded with all the latest tools and techniques needed for success in today's digital, multi-channel marketplace. Written by world-renowned direct marketing experts Bob Stone and Ron Jacobs, the Eighth Edition of Successful Direct Marketing Methods contains major revisions to chapters on the creative process, fully covering the development of direct mail advertising, catalogs, and print advertising. The Eighth Edition also explores such new topics as:

  • The expanding objectives of direct marketing in the digital age
  • Techniques for optimizing customer acquisition, up-selling and cross-selling, reducing defections, extending loyalty, and improving retention
  • CRM applications, data mining, call center, campaign management, and sales force automation
  • Customer experience management—connecting customers and brands at every touch point
  • Brand building with direct marketing tools and techniques
  • The growth of direct marketing in Europe, Asia, and Latin America
  • Methods of international marketing—both direct and telemarketing

Successful Direct Marketing Methods offers professionals a comprehensive roadmap for direct marketing success across today's multiple marketing channels.

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Table of Contents

Section One: Direct Marketing Essentials

Chapter 1: The Scope of Direct Marketing

Economic Impact of Direct MarketingDirect Marketing DefinedThe Basics of Direct MarketingOne-to-One and Customer Relationship MarketingIntegrated CommunicationsCase Study: E*Trade Securities Inc. Pilot Project Key Points

Chapter 2: Business, Strategic and Direct Marketing Planning

Three Key Strategic QuestionsThe Strategic Business PlanThe Strategic PlanThe Direct Marketing PlanThe Creative Strategy PlanCase Study: Wells Fargo BankPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 3: The Impact of Databases

What is a Database?Sources of InformationDatabase Marketing and Customer RelationshipsCustomer Relationships and Lifetime Value (LTV)Accessing Data through Data Warehouses and Data MartsUsing Data Mining to Make DecisionsTaking Your Database GlobalDatabases Raise Privacy IssuesCase Study: 3Com: Building a Global DatabasePilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 4: Consumer and Business Mailing Lists

Mailing List BasicsTypes of Mailing ListsProfilingList Selection GuidelinesRenting Mailing ListsEvaluating Mailing ListsList HygienePrivacyCase Study: Staples Direct BackgroundPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 5: The Offer

Factors to ConsiderSelecting Response ChannelsAn In-Depth Look at Unique OffersMerchandising the OfferShort- and Long-Term Effects of OffersWays to Hype ResponseDanger of OverkillCase Study: Simple Pleasures LightPilot Project Key Points

Section Two: Media of Direct Marketing/H2>

Chapter 6: Magazines

Testing Regional EditionsPilot PublicationsBind-in Insert CardsBingo CardsMagazine Advertising ResponsePatternTiming and FrequencyDetermining Proper Ad SizeFour-Color, Two-Color, Black and WhiteThe Position FactorHow to Buy Direct Response SpaceCase Study: State FarmPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 7: Newspapers

Newspaper PreprintsSyndicated Newspaper SupplementsLocal Newspaper MagazinesComics as a Direct Marketing MediumDeveloping a Newspaper Test ProgramThe Position FactorColor versus Black and WhiteCase Study: Outsourcing a Newspaper CampaignsPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 8: TV/Radio

Broadcast ApplicationsInfomercialsRadioVideocassettesBasic Broadcast ConceptsBuying TimeCreating for Direct Response TVCreating for RadioTV in the Multimedia MixCase Study: Surety Inc.Pilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 9: Co-ops

Getting Co-ops ReadConsumer Co-opsBusiness-to-Business/Professional Co-opsOther Channels of DistributionWhy Offer Coupons?Co-op Testing RulesCase Study: WEB Direct Marketing/Hanover HousePilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 10: Telemarketing/Teleservices

A Study of Human PerceptionTeleservice ApplicationsInbound TeleservicesOutbound TeleservicesHiring: The Lifeblood of the Call CenterThe Mathematics of TelemarketingPrivacy and RegulationCase Study: Airborne Freight CorporationPilot ProjectKey Points

Section Three: Internet Direct Marketing

Chapter 11: Overview of Internet Direct Marketing

Internet ApplicationsFast Growth, Empowered BuyersPrivacy-A Growing ConcernDirect Marketing and the Internet: A Perfect MarriageThe Benefits of E-CommerceOnline Business ModelsConsumer E-Commerce GrowthBusiness to Business E-Commerce GrowthE-CommunicationsE-Care: On-line Customer Service A New Frontier: Wireless Internet ApplicationsCase Study: Dell ComputerPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 12: E-Communications

Using E-Communications to Build Customer PerceptionsBanner AdsBanner Ad Success Borrows from Direct ResponsePlanning Banner Ad Campaign ObjectivesMedia Planning and Testing Using E-Mail in Internet Direct MarketingCreating Effective E-Mail PromotionsCase Study: Autobytel.comPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 13: E-Commerce

Channel Conflicts ExistRedesigning Customer Business Processes for E-CommerceThe Buyer/Seller ModelE-Care: The Care and Feeding of Online CustomersCase Study: Barnes & NoblePilot ProjectKey Points

Section Four: Managing the Creative Process

Chapter 14: Creating Direct Mail Advertising

The Letter is King of the PackageEleven Guidelines to Good CopyWriting Letters to FormulaThe Seven-Step Formula for Winning LettersThe Problem-Solving Strategic ApproachOther Elements of the Classic Mailing PackageHow to Improve a Good Mailing PackageClassic Mailing Packages Get ResultsCase Study: Illinois Lottery Birthday Program Pilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 15: Creating and Managing Catalogs

Core Competency #1: MerchandisingCore Competency #2: Positioning the CatalogCore Competencies #3 and #4: New Customer Acquisition and Customer List CommunicationCore Competency #5: Creative ExecutionCatalog Competency #6: Catalog FulfillmentCatalog Competency #7: Catalog Database StrategiesCatalog Competency #8: Analysis-the Numbers Side of CatalogsCataloging and the InternetThree Factors of Online SuccessThe Future of CatalogingCase Study: Children's Memorial HospitalBackgroundChallengeSolutionResultsPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 16: Creating Print Advertising

Visualizing the ProspectWriting the HeadlineSelecting Advantages and BenefitsClassic Copy Structure Other Ways to Structure CopyEstablishing the Uniqueness of Your Product or ServiceCase Study: Prevention Magazine Pilot Project Key Points

Section Five: Marketing to Businesses

Chapter 17: Business to Business Direct Marketing

Value-Added Direct MarketingListening to the Customer's VoiceContact Channels and Communication StrategiesBuilding the Customer CenterCultivating Customers and Acquiring New CustomersMeeting the Challenges of Our DecadeCase Study: Contract Office ProductsPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 18: Managing a Lead-Generation Program

The Role of the Internet in Generating and Managing LeadsToday's Sales Force: People or ProcessTypes of Lead-Generation ProgramsPlanning Successful Lead-Generation ProgramsOther Ingredients of an Effective Lead-Management SystemUnderstanding the Art of CommunicationAdjusting Quality and Quantity of LeadsCapacity PlanningLead Flow Monitoring and Contingency PlanningLead Classification and ScoringInquiry Processing Cost AnalysisTracking and Results Reporting Decision Support ToolsSample Reports for Sales ManagersSample Reports for Advertising ManagersCase Study: Allstate Insurance Company Life Pilot ProjectKey Points

Section Six: Marketing Intelligence

Chapter 19: Modeling for Business Decision Support

The Purpose of Modeling: Looking Back in Order to Look AheadCustomer and Prospect ModelingDefining the VariablesUseful Modeling Techniques Modeling: Expensive, Essential, and Not for Statisticians OnlyCase Study: Benefiting from Predictive Modeling with DatabasesPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 20: Mathematics of Direct Marketing

Single Transaction Costs and Contribution to Marketing Costs and ProfitsKey Performance Indicators Setting the Market InvestmentContinuous Revenue RelationshipsInquiry Conversion ProgramsEngineering a Direct Marketing BusinessCase Study: The Dressing Under Duress Society or DUDSPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 21: Innovation through Creativity and Testing

Creativity and Being CreativeBrainstormingCreative StimulatorsTest the Big ThingsHow to Test Print AdvertisingTesting Hypotheses in Print AdsTesting OnlineCreativity and Testing, Not Creativity versus TestingCase History: Yamaha PianoPilot ProjectKey Points

Chapter 22: Research for Direct Marketing

Research and Testing: A Complementary ProcessTesting and the Total Marketing Research ProcessPrimary and Secondary ResearchDirect Marketing Research for Consumer ProductsUsing Attitudinal Research to Profile Target Audiences and Product CategoriesUsing Attitudinal Research for Customer SegmentationResearch for Business-to-Business ApplicationsPrimary Research for Marketing and Creative DevelopmentThe Future of Research in Direct MarketingCase Study: Latina Style MagazinePilot ProjectKey PointsAppendix: Careers in Direct MarketingCareers in Direct Response Advertising AgenciesCareers in the List FieldCareers in Database MarketingCareers in Catalog MarketingThe Newest Direct Medium: The InternetCareers in TelemarketingCareers in Customer Acquisitions and RetentionCareers with SuppliersYour First JobAdvancing in Your Career: What Skills Will Be Needed?How Do I Get Started?Where are the Jobs and How Can I Find Out about Them?Job Banks/On-line ResourcesA Word about SalariesMarketing YourselfGlossary About the Authors

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