137 posts categorized "Purls"

Marketers Must Follow Through on Sales Cycle

April 01, 2011
Posted by JFM Concepts at 5:24 AM

 
The following email from AT&T is a good example of direct email marketing.  We like this example because the call to action is clear, above the break, and there are multiple ways to respond.Att email before no call to action

Once the link for the new Atrix phone is selected, the link takes the user to a content specific page on the AT&T site, which is good. The missing link here is that there is no way to continue to get more information on the phone or a “buy now” link.  There are other options below the fold, but they are difficult to find.  (The address in blue is actually part of an image and not a link and is not a next step in any event...)

Att no call to action

The simplicity and directness of the email is lost on the landing page.  When thinking about the customer experience, always remember not to make the user think.  Make it painfully obvious at each and every step what he next action should be.  The email does a good job of this, but the landing page drops the ball and maybe the sale.

Additionally, AT&T should consider personalization and segmentation to improve response rates.  It is odd that the same offer and text would go to a business account and then the recipient be asked to enter a “student email address.”  They have the data – they just need to use it.

New Cross Media Book from Schooner Press

February 08, 2011
Posted by JFM Concepts at 10:41 AM

Schooner Press is proud to announce the publication of Cross Media Marketing 101, The Concise Guide to Surviving in the C-Suite by James D Michelson.

Cross Media Marketing 101 is the perfect guide for executives and managers looking to be sure that they have considered the major challenges facing them as traditional marketing methods are eclipsed and even supplanted by new channels.  Taking a completely agnostic approach to the marketing mix, the author offers practical insight into the changing marketing world and how marketing leaders can beat the odds. Order now at https://www.createspace.com/3537914

“This book is a must read for any marketing leader looking to be sure they have a thorough grasp on the current marketing landscape.” Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler

About the Author
James Michelson is an internationally recognized thought leader on all aspects of cross media. He has extensive international experience in the development of advanced cross media and one to one (1:1) marketing campaigns in a variety of verticals. James has developed and executed industry recognized cross media marketing strategies for such firms as Caterpillar, Marriott, Hartford Insurance, California Closets, and many more. Visit his personal site at http://www.jmichelson.com for more information.

2011 Cross Media Marketing Outlook Webinar

January 10, 2011
Posted by JFM Concepts at 3:26 PM

JFM Concepts, the industry leader in cross media marketing, is pleased to announce the next session in the firm’s  popular webinar series.  Join James Michelson and John Fager of JFM Concepts for this free educational webinar.  Discover lessons learned in 2010, the trends for the upcoming year, and benchmarks you can use to develop your own strategies throughout 2011. The last session for this topic is Thursday, January 13th at 1:00 pm EST.

Please visit http://webinar1.vdpconcepts.com/ to register.

Cross Media Audit - Brought to you by VDP Web

December 30, 2010
Posted by Joshua Driver at 10:57 AM

Learn right from the experts. Increase your revenue.

Start the new year off right with a cross media audit from the experts at JFM Concepts, makers of the industry leading VDP Web integrated marketing platform. The audit is a critical planning and operational tool for small to medium sized businesses or business units of large firms. Without support from other departments, including IT, marketers can discover how their current efforts are part of the overall cross media marketing mix and how those channels can work better together to expand reach without increasing budget.

To discuss the options available, please call Josh at 800-735-2578 or submit the opt in form on http://www.audit.vdpconcepts.com for more information

From the Corner Office – “What’s coming for 2011 & VDP Web?”

December 08, 2010
Posted by JFM Concepts at 8:41 AM

2011 promises to bring continuing change at a pace that shows no sign of slowing.  The economic and political landscape continues to be remade and uncertainty abounds.  Political considerations include corporate and personal tax insecurity, “Do Not Track” legislation on the web and a floundering Postal Service struggling with relevancy. A new Congress suddenly bent with the most populist agenda in recent memory is about to convene.  How will marketers react?

Here is how we see the coming year.  There will be continuing pressure on justifying the value of print and traditional media channels while at the same time a vague call for change and more social media.  The trend for firms of all sizes to hoard cash and maintain a war chest for contingencies will continue while the tax and inflationary issues sort themselves out.  At the same time, industry consolidation will increase as investors pressure firms to show growth despite the environment and that war chest of cash starts burning holes in pockets.

VDP Web will continue to focus on the providing the best platform to handle any direction the market takes.  Whatever the next big thing is, regardless of what it is, VDP Web is built on a unique provider model to adapt.  In 2010 the buzz was all about QR Codes and if I knew what the 2011 and 2012 buzz would be I would be sitting on a beach in Maui rather than contemplating the first winter snow. 

Our basic principles remain unaltered.  VDP Web will add features that provide value and ease of use across multiple channels.  We have added powerful and elegantly simple tools for the inline production of QR Codes, JQuery and JavaScript for powerful  variable pages and “if-then” functionality, and much more.  Whatever comes, we’re ready.

The entire team at JFM is looking forward to working with you, your teams, your clients and your stakeholders in 2011 and beyond.

Best Wishes – James Michelson

VDP Web & Social Media – JavaScript and JQuery

December 01, 2010
Posted by JFM Concepts at 8:39 AM

By Eleanor Heins

The marketer’s challenge is to be able to distribute information across multiple channels as widely as possible with minimal effort.  A natural next step would be the ability to add social media functionality to landing pages.  We now offer the ability to “like” and “publish” landing pages and “retweet” the link for your friends to receive the offer. 

This can potentially expand your distribution methods many times over.   Allowing people to send an offer through their own channels will cost less for you, and grow your list exponentially with no direct effort on your part.

For a sample of this in action, look for this ability on our holiday mailing, coming soon.  Not on the mail list?  Click here.

How is it done?  JavaScript, JQuery and HTML

I’ve heard of Javascript. What is it again?
Definition: JavaScript and is an object oriented scripting language that emphasizes interaction between JavaScript and HTML. It simplifies the creation of animations, communications to server requests, document transversing and event handling. JQuery is the most popular JavaScript library used.

Great. What does that mean?
Implementing JavaScript/JQuery takes a rudimentary knowledge of html and a few conditional statements, such as “if-then” statements. This method allows users to create conditional questions and display variable content with the same functionality used to make a slick accordion menu or an image slideshow. With Javascript/JQuery, it is very easy to show/hide different sets of content based on information in the data file. In this manner one can custom tailor the content on the landing page for each prospect by changing text, images, movies, and even surveys. The options are endless.

Why not just use a form to create the conditions?
VDP Web decided to open our platform up to Javascript/JQuery because it gives us a single solution for nearly limitless functions. Conditional questions, variable content, animations and visual effects are all possible, keeping the control of scope in our clients hands. Complicated rules based forms can be limited in scope and can require quite a bit of extra training for an end result that is centered around a single function and does not make use of anyone’s existing skill set. We also knew that a large portion of our clients already had staff in house that either knew enough JavaScript to work with the system or were in the position to learn. JavaScript and its many reference libraries such as JQuery are either already known – or really, really easily learned – by pretty much every web designer out there. 

It was time to put the creativity back into the functionality instead of relying on a form that tells you what you can and can’t do with your landing page.

Enhanced QR Code Generation Available in VDP Web

November 17, 2010
Posted by Joshua Driver at 1:19 PM

JFM Concepts has just announced additional QR Code functionality to further enhance its industry leading VDP Web® cross media marketing suite.  The creation and implementation of QR Codes, with a seamless integration into reporting, allows immediate and easy coordination of Personalized URLs (PURLs), SMS-Text, Unique 800#s, static landing pages and more.  A complete integration of response mechanisms avoids data silos and fragmented work environments that isolate data and complicate coordination.

 

According to John Fager, JFM Concepts’s Chief Technology Officer, “The new print-ready QR Code functionality in VDP Web allows one-click generation of an infinite number of QR images that are automatically tied into reporting without the need for an additional platform.  The export database is formatted for easy implementation to any print driver.”

 

Since 2004, JFM Concepts (http://www.jfmconcepts.com) has developed and executed national cross media marketing strategies for direct clients, traditional agencies and commercial printers. Campaigns include broadcast and print media, direct mail, SMS-text, email, PURLs (personal URLs) and variable data landing pages with surveys and opt-ins.

VDP Web and James Michelson in new PODi Webinar

November 11, 2010
Posted by JFM Concepts at 12:04 PM

VDP Web® is proud to announce a new webinar from PODi featuring James Michelson from JFM Concepts, “Cross-Media Strategy: Keeping More of Your Customer’s Marketing Budget” on November 16th at 12:00 pm EST.

Originally scheduled for last month, this extremely popular topic should be on your calendar for November! How does print fit into your customer’s total marketing strategy and how can you increase your share of their marketing spend? Find out how to tap into your client’s marketing budget by generating more leads for them and creating activity that puts more ink on paper.

With case studies for Harrah’s, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, & CyberChrome, James will present a practical guide to using cross media applications (SMS text, email, unique 800#’s, static web pages, & Personalized URLs) that do both.

Also see James at the 2011 PODi AppForum January 31st until February 2nd in Las Vegas, NV.

Key Takeaways include: How to get a larger share of marketing spend; The top 5 tactics printers can use to deliver both new leads and more print; and, where direct mail fits into the marketing mix.  Marketing Service Providers – owners, upper management, sales & marketing pros should attend.

Cross Media Automation – Not for the Faint of Heart

October 27, 2010
Posted by Joshua Driver at 1:56 PM

By Joshua Driver

Recently, I was on the phone with a valued client and we discussed the latest automated technologies for cross media integration.  There are numerous platforms that can execute messages across various channels, automatically, but who is really doing this right?

With the economy and buyer behavior being as predictable as Lindsey Lohan’s rehab calendar, marketers are looking for ways to automate targeted messages over direct mail, email, social media, and more.  This can help reduce long term internal resources, but there is a significant upfront investment: You have to prep your data, beef up your content and implement a manageable segmentation and rules strategy.

A male colleague of mine received a postcard that proudly proclaimed, “For Women Only.”  The piece was urging him to try out the latest in feminine products.  There is no short cut for keeping your data clean and accurate, for targeting appropriate prospects and for creating good content.  If your content and data isn’t up to a certain level, automation will not benefit your organization.  If you send blatantly inappropriate messages, it will damage an existing relationship.

Data has a shelf-life.  Things change.  People change.  Often what our internal database tells us about a customer may not be entirely accurate.  It takes a savvy marketer to deliver the right message at the right time.  Marketing automation can certainly increase productivity and returns, but with challenges involving technical knowhow, data accuracy and content relevance, it falls short of being truly effective for most organizations.

Much like goal setting, you must set initiatives for the short, medium and long term.  It is imperative that you are continuously reviewing the data, and how your technology is segmenting this.  Take the time to gather survey responses and reevaluate future campaigns.  Be prepared for content changes and rule revisions throughout the year.

Take Away:
Before you jump on the automated marketing technology band wagon, be sure to evaluate the premium cost of not only the solution but also the heavy internal lifting that will be required to get your strategy, data, content and touch point rules in place.

Software Costs driven up by sponsorships? You bet they are...

September 28, 2010
Posted by JFM Concepts at 10:21 AM

Is a software provider you are considering in bed with every trade show and industry media outlet on the planet?  Do their paid search words cover the internet in all sorts of odd places?  Are they a Platinum Sponsor of VDP SnoozeFest 2010 and Cross Media Boondoggle 2011 in fabulous Maui?  If so, consider for a moment the high cost of sponsoring and exhibiting at these events. 

Who is really paying for all this?  The massive marketing expenses that these events and sponsorships entail are simply built into the cost of the product.  As we approach another large industry tradeshow, I have to stop and ask myself about the costs incurred and the value generated for the end user.

We believe that these funds should be spent on customer service and product development, not on dunnage, airfare, hotels and hefty sponsorship fees. Even firms lavished with venture capital don't have have unlimited resources.  Exhibiting at one major show buys a lot of customer service hours.  Which would you rather have – a demo by a hired "host" on a $4000 rented plasma TV or domestic phone support available on demand with quick turnaround on custom projects?

So the next time you are wandering through the aisles of flashing lights and cheesy contests and giveaways, ask yourself a few questions.

1. Should a software as a service firm really need a booth and high pressure sales people to educate prospects?

2. Is there anything going on at this software booth that my entire team couldn’t better appreciate during a webinar?

3. And Finally, who’s Paying for all this?

The answers are pretty clear.

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