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Major VDP Web Upgrades Show Huge Client Benefit

January 26, 2014
Posted by John Fager at 11:07 AM

The recent upgrade to our PURL enabled Cross Media Marketing software is helping our reseller clients provide tangible and immediate benefits to their clients.

Rather than splitting our software into two separate platforms as some providers have been forced to do, we’ve been able to keep new innovations under one roof. This means that we don’t have the distraction of supporting and updating separate systems. Likewise, our clients don’t have the headaches of different accounts and pricing models.

We’ve also kept our platform as a true "software as a service," with nothing to install on the desktop. VDP Web works cross-platform with a normal web browser.

In this post, we’ll highlight some of the new features.

A Better White-Label Platform

Our architects have updated the whole system to a modern, clean design that incorporates large, crisp fonts. We’ve eliminated unnecessary content and design elements. The new interface makes a fantastic impression on users and keeps our resellers looking good.

  • Easily upload and white label with your logo
  • Choose a primary and secondary exact color
  • Select between two layout styles
  • Select rounded or square corners
  • Use a vanity domain for client access

View Screenshots of White Labeling

Easy Enterprise Security that You Can Customize

The other guys just don’t have this. Agency and Reseller accounts can choose their default security settings and also choose custom settings for each client. This keeps resellers from frustrating those that don’t need the extra security while accommodating financial, medical and insurance clients with more exacting requirements.

Protect logins from hacking and unauthorized access:

  • Can use traditional, no-hassle email/password login access
  • Optionally activate email confirmations for logins from unknown locations
  • Optionally protect accounts by restricting login access to known company locations
  • White list IP addresses for instant access
  • Dual authentication

Automatic security notifications:

  • Branded, white-labeled and professional security notifications
  • Automatically notify users when an incorrect password is entered
  • Automatically protect accounts after 5 failed login attempts
  • Notify users when a password, security question or account information is changed

Granular control on individual user permissions:

  • Control system access to creative, data and reporting
  • Limit specific users to reporting relevant to their role
  • Limit sales reps to data only from their region
  • Allow managers overview access to see all data and reports

Format PURLs Your Way

Our competitors squawk about whether PURLs with the personalized part in front of the domain name is better than PURLs that come after the domain name. We don’t make you choose. VDP Web let’s you do your PURLs either way. In fact, you can always access a PURL using either method as long as your domain is correctly configured!

Powerful New Content Management Tools

VDP Web is the only system on the market that allows you, the client, to develop and drop in your own custom web and email templates in minutes using standard HTML and CSS.

Three great ways to work with our variable data enabled content:

  • Custom web templates
  • Content Wizards
  • HTML pages

New Web Templates

The power of being able to create web templates that are available to every client account under an agency or reseller cannot be overstated. It allows for tremendous speed and cost reductions in setting up custom designs and launching new clients.

We estimate that this new functionality will cut production costs for our clients by up to 70%.

  • Create your own re-usable templates in minutes with standard HTML and CSS
  • Perfect for franchise marketing
  • Lock down disclaimers, legal language and control assets
  • Keep designs fresh and modern across all accounts by making updates in just one location without overwriting customizations that your clients have made
  • Make your own designs or choose designs from our well-stocked library
    • Responsive designs
    • HTML5 and CSS3 based designs
    • Traditional old school HTML designs

Unlike with other systems, you can allow your clients to unlock templates for full access. You are never "stuck" in a template! This makes the creative like a fully customizable springboard for quickly launching complex sites across hundreds of accounts.

Every agency or reseller account can create templates that are automatically available to all of their clients. Any changes to the template immediately update the design throughout the system, no matter how many client accounts are using it.

Even our Basic accounts have full access to our new web templates!

Rapidly Deploy Complex Content with Content Wizards

We still offer our Content Wizard tool to rapidly deploy sets of complex content with multiple pages, surveys, opt-in forms, images and CSS. The variable sections that require customization appear on the screen for quick editing that can be done by a non-technical user. Click the build button and a multi-page, full featured website with all of the appropriate cross-linking is deployed in seconds.

Always Open, Full HTML and CSS Access

Our founding premise has always been that normal HTML, CSS, and JavaScript should work perfectly in our system. And it does.

Both Content Wizards and Web Templates can be unlocked for full access editing if desired. Choosing from our great library of templates will never hold you back from customizing the design. Simply unlock the template and you have full access to the HTML and CSS.

Enhanced Image & Asset Management

Quickly upload images, CSS, JavaScript and other assets from your desktop editing environment. Edit files online. Upload files from directly inside the HTML editor. Choose between our traditional HTML editor or our new HTML5 oriented editor, or if you’re a hard core coder, turn off the HTML editors and work directly with code. It’s all become so much easier and faster.

Streamlined, Simpler Navigation

We’ve worked hard to cut back on the number of buttons on the page! The new interface separates less used commands to the footer menu, leaving the primary areas as the main focus.

You won’t need any “university” or group message board to figure out our software. No 3-day training or special employees that have been trained in the system.

VDP Web can be figured out in minutes. Our video tutorials are extremely detailed along with simple and clear online documentation. Our phone-based support is immediate and you’ll know the person who answers the phone.

Try VDP Web Anytime

If you’re looking for a better provider, come and see what we have to offer. We’ve always had clear, transparent pricing posted online at www.vdpweb.com/pricing with a no-risk 14 day free trial.

If you’re already offering PURLs and cross media services or if you’re looking to start, we invite you to speak with us!

  • No license fees
  • Month-to-month
  • No long term commitments
  • Transparent pricing
  • Cancel anytime
  • The best support in the industry

New cross media webinar from VDP Web

May 07, 2012
Posted by JFM Concepts at 10:22 AM

JFM Concepts, the makers of industry leading cross media marketing package VDP Web, is proud to announce the “How To Bid Cross Media & Effective Sales Strategies” cross media marketing webinar part of the 2012 VDP Cross Media Webinar Series. Join John Fager, Principal of VDP Web® to discuss effective pricing strategies for cross media. Learn how to up-charge and price jobs without the dreaded "scope creep" and maintain a positive cash flow while showing value to your clients.

The webinar will be held twice, once on May 8th at 4:00 Eastern time and once on May 10th at 1:00 Eastern time. Register online at http://webinar1.vdpconcepts.com.

JFM Concepts is a full service cross media marketing technology firm featuring the VDP Complete® marketing system and VDP Web® Online software as a service. JFM specializes in creating variable data cross media marketing technologies with Personalized URLs, Email, SMS Text, QR Codes, Phone Tracking, Video, QR Codes, and more for commercial printers, agencies, and marketing departments of all sizes. The firm knows that technology development and marketing should come together to document both improved response rates and improved return on investment (ROI).

VDP Web Announces Cross Media Marketing 101 Webinar

March 07, 2012
Posted by JFM Concepts at 7:04 AM

JFM Concepts, the maker of VDP Web, is proud to announce the Cross Media Marketing 101 for 2012 webinar.  Learn the ropes of cross media with this informative webinar that details what cross media marketing is and ways you can enhance current efforts without breaking the bank.

The webinar will be held March 8th at 4:00 eastern Time.  Register at http://webinar1.vdpconcepts.com.

VDP Web and Zodiac Pools Systems at PODi AppForum 2012

January 05, 2012
Posted by JFM Concepts at 6:21 AM

Join JFM Concepts and VDP Web for a practical guide to “Generating Leads with a Cross Media Marketing Platform” on Tuesday, January 24th at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of the 2012 Print on Demand Institutes AppForum.

Zodiac International is a world-class manufacturer of a wide range of recreational products. Zodiac Pool Systems required a cost effective, easy-to-implement marketing platform to improve efficiency, add tracking and increase ROI on its existing marketing mix without adding complexity.

The effort was focused on getting consumers to print out rebate forms and download brochures for more complex products. Learn how Zodiac's marketing team created, implemented, designed, and executed their program. We'll share results and samples.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to leverage multiple marketing channels with minimal effort to generate sales leads
  • Discover how Zodiac increased revenue & efficiency while lowering costs
  • See how one effective manager decreased man hours for fulfillment, limited dependence on other departments, and lowered cost
  • Explore how consolidated tracking improved search, banner ads, direct mail, and email results

As a special offer from VDP Web, use promo code SPK2012DIS to save $100 on every ticket.  See you there!

Can't make the show? Email sales@vdpweb.com for a copy of the presentation or to schedule a one on one discussion.

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2012 Cross Media Marketing Webinar Series

January 03, 2012
Posted by JFM Concepts at 9:15 AM

Join JFM Concepts and VDP Web for the 2012 Webinar Series "Tools for Successful Cross Media Marketing."

In its 5th year, the popular JFM Cross Media Marketing Webinar Series is the industry standard in bleeding edge information and business strategies that can be practically implemented to show immediate results for service providers and practitioners. Discover the best professional training available anywhere, for free, all with no travel required. Register here.

Sessions

2012 Cross Media Marketing Outlook

Join James Michelson and John Fager of JFM Concepts on this comprehensive analysis of the 2012 Cross Media Marketing Outlook for both marketing service providers and internal marketers. Discover lessons learned in 2011, the trends for the upcoming year, and benchmarks you can use to develop your own strategies for 2012.

January 17, 2012 1:00 Eastern & January 19, 2012 4:00 Eastern

Cross Media Marketing 101 for 2012

Learn the ropes of cross media with this informative webinar that details what cross media marketing is and ways you can enhance current efforts without breaking the bank.

March 6, 2012 1:00 Eastern & March 8, 2012 4:00 Eastern

How To Bid Cross Media & Effective Sales Strategies

Join James Michelson, Principal of VDP Web to discuss effective pricing strategies for cross media. Learn how to up-charge and price jobs without the dreaded "scope creep" and maintain a positive cash flow while showing value to your clients.

May 8, 2012 4:00 Eastern & May 10, 2012 1:00 Eastern

More Effective Self Promo's

Our valued clients have had great success with creating self-promos and marketing cross media services. Check out the do's and dont's with James and learn why self-promotion is the way into your client's budgets.

July 17, 2012 1:00 Eastern & July 19, 2012 4:00 Eastern

Cross Media Holiday Marketing 2012

Now is the time to think seriously about holiday marketing! Join JFM Concepts to discover how holiday cross media marketing can provide sales leads and good will even without an offer or sales call to action. Learn how cross channel communications with mail, email, social media, and landing pages can turn an expense into a revenue generating activity. Your customers, clients, and prospects will love it!

October 2, 2012 1:00 Eastern & October 9, 2012 1:00 Eastern

2013 Cross Media Marketing Outlook

Join James Michelson and John Fager of JFM Concepts on this comprehensive analysis of the 2013 Cross Media Marketing Outlook for both marketing service providers and internal marketers. Discover lessons learned in 2012, the trends for the upcoming year, and benchmarks you can use to develop your own strategies for 2013.

December 18, 2012 1:00 Eastern & January 8, 2013 4:00 Eastern & January 10, 2013 1:00 Eastern

Register here.

What They Think Video on Cross Media Marketing

October 25, 2011
Posted by JFM Concepts at 8:24 AM

VDP Web founder and principal James Michelson was recently featured on a What They Think video published on October 25th, 2011.  The short is an overview of Cross Media Marketing 101, The concise guide to surviving to surviving in the C-suite.

What They Think Video

Click here to watch the video

VDP Web Featured by Print Professional

September 26, 2011
Posted by JFM Concepts at 10:44 AM

VDP Web is proud to announce that founder and principal James Michelson, the author of “Cross Media Marketing 101: The concise guide to surviving in the C-Suite” has been featured in several articles both in print and online by Print Professional Magazine in the their most recent issue.  In articles about landing pages, PURLs, email, SMS-Text and other channels, the experts at Print Professional interviewed James on a variety of topics from education, not for profits, fundraising, and general business marketing.

The articles are entitled “The anatomy of a cross media campaign” and “Knowing your audience and its needs help a cross media campaign make its mark” and are available online.  For case studies, more information or to execute your own campaigns, visit www.vdpweb.com.

VDP Web at Exact Target Conenctions 2011

July 27, 2011
Posted by JFM Concepts at 8:44 AM

JFM Concepts, makers of the VDP Web cross media marketing platform is proud to announce that James Michelson, founder and principal, has been invited to present in the Advanced Marketing Track at Exact Target’s Connections 2011 to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 13-15, 2011.

The title of the session will be “Integrated Cross Media Marketing with Email, Direct Mail, SMS Text, SEO and Landing Pages for the Print Services Distribution Association (PSDA)”.

Join James Michelson, author of  “Cross Media Marketing 101: The concise guide to surviving in the C-Suite” and founder of embed partner VDP Web® as he creates and executes an integrated cross media marketing campaign that combines email, direct mail, landing pages, web, SMS-Text  and more into an integrated campaign to market the 2011 Print Solutions Expo.   In this session, discover how multiple marketing channels were coordinated and how personas were developed to deliver highly personalized content to prospects of the Print Services Distribution Association.  The speaker will re-create the process from start to finish on how content was created, channels selected, and follow up conducted in order to boost response rates, improve tracking, lower costs, and document return on investment.

The session will explore acquisition, lead generation, and sales techniques from this highly successful integrated campaign.  James will detail how pre and post-show follow up was conducted in order to maximize the impact of the event and to cross-sell / up-sell other association products and services during the campaign.  Detailed reporting metrics will be shared as will actual samples of content.  Items to be covered include:

  • Developing personas
  • Determining the correct contact channel
  • Coordinating content and channels
  • Developing a contact matrix and content for each persona
  • Follow up techniques
  • Results
  • Lessons Learned
  • Best Practices

Attendees will leave the session with a checklist of activities required to design, implement, and effectively track an integrated cross media marketing campaign using any combination of channels.

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Connections 2011 is a must-attend event for ExactTarget customers. Sessions will appeal to those responsible for interactive marketing strategy and execution at all levels—from Vice Presidents to Email Marketing Specialists to Web Developers. Anyone looking for new ways to engage with customers through the latest interactive marketing tools and best practices is encouraged to attend. And because the educational value of Connections is unlike any other in the industry, attendees will be able to immediately apply what they learn to their marketing campaigns, prompting extraordinary impact on program results.

VDP Web Publishes New Education Cross Media Marketing Case Study

June 24, 2011
Posted by JFM Concepts at 4:15 AM

JFM Concepts and VDP Web® are proud to announce the publication of their latest case study on direct marketing for Education. Successful cross media tactics for admissions, events, alumni relations, planned giving, donations and more are covered. Campaign goals were to decrease cost, improve response rates, document and measure return on investment, and simplify the follow up process. Download the case study for free at http://education.vdpconcepts.com.

The VDP Web® cross media marketing platform has been deployed by public and private educational institutions of every size to deliver outstanding results. Successful projects have been launched by organizations as diverse in size and mission such as The University of Michigan and Northeast State Technical Community College to regional Christian institutions such as Calvin College and Grace Bible College. Not-For-Profit institutions such as Harrison College and various secondary schools have also used the system for admissions, alumni relations, fund raising and planned giving. Integrated campaigns have been cost effectively run for multiple departments without the need for internal technical assistance or support.

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University of Michigan Landing Page, one of many samples in the case study.

There are common challenges faced by the academic institutions detailed in this case study. The goals of all the campaigns that follow were to decrease budget, lower man hours required for follow up and fulfillment, increase response rate and add personalization to generate leads. Each of these projects was executed by one decision maker and did not require the support of other departments. The cases examined assume that additional budget expenditures for new projects is unlikely, IT and other internal technical support is not available, and that the department does not have additional manpower resources to dedicate to a new project. If any of these assumptions are not true, so much the better.


It is possible to implement a basic cross media marketing strategy without any major changes to the current marketing mix. Unique landing pages, QR Codes, new 800 numbers, and SMS Text can be added to any existing marketing channel to add new data collection mechanisms and start a two way conversation with prospects, students, alumni and donors.

Canon Can't - Major Mistakes in PURL Email Marketing

June 05, 2011
Posted by JFM Concepts at 10:46 AM

Everyone makes mistakes.  The first time that Canon sent us an email a few months back that had a data mismatch on the PURL and took us to someone else’s landing page, we were shocked but willing to overlook it.  Stuff happens sometimes, no matter how hard you try.  But as an OEM manufacturer of digital presses, there is no excuse to have ongoing data errors in an ongoing campaign.  Here are the emails we received Thursday– two of them – within minutes of each other. 

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The PURL in question on both emails is: http://luciaex.cusa.canon.com/cp/jm186.  Try it.

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You’ll notice the following issues with this landing page in addition to the fact that the data is crossed:

  • The links on both the email and the landing page are not dynamically rewritten and sent through a collection mechanism to allow link tracking.  There are lots of links to click, but no way to know if we clicked them.
  • There is a broken image at the bottom of the page.  See the little X.
  • Even after changing the contact info in the survey form, the page still says “Thanks, Jerry.”
  • We also dispute the claim of absolutely amazing accuracy, at least if they are referring to the data...

Recently, we also received a standard billing communication from a medical billing company that opened the wrong user account and displayed a different patient’s detailed billing summary.  The repercussions could be dire for both the medical facility and the billing partner. 

Take Away

Despite our best efforts mistakes will happen, but follow these tips to minimize the risk:

  • Be sure to test live data and real records every time
  • Use a checklist to assure all the details are handled
  • Never manipulate data in Excel or any other spreadsheet
  • Test again, be sure, wait ten minutes, and test again
  • Compare and test original data files versus lists that have been appended with data such as a PURL

Follow these steps, and fewer mistakes will happen.

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