March 1, 1999




Listings

CHILDREN’S BOOK BUYERS The 22,903 buyers of children’s books from A Common Reader catalog are affluent and well-educated parents, grandparents, and gift-givers who spend an average of $51 per order.
Cost: 90/M
Selects: SCF, state, zip,
Contact: RMI Direct Marketing, 203-798-0448

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March 1, 1999




Catalog management systems: a wide range to choose from

Catalogers today can choose from dozens of catalog management computer systems. “These systems are designed for order entry [phone or mail, with prompts for phone order entry upsells and cross-sells], customer service, inventory management, order fulfillment, and customer database management,” …

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February 1, 1999




Multiple analytical tools

Despite a vast selection of analytical tools available today, many catalogers don’t stray from the traditional customer segmentation of recency, frequency, and monetary value (RFM). In fact, according to Catalog Age’s 1998 Benchmark Report on Lists and Databases (July 1998 issue), more …

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February 1, 1999




Clean up your act

In the business-to-business catalog world, maintaining good list hygiene goes beyond running files against Dun & Bradstreet corporate credit files and the U.S. Postal Service’s Delivery Sequence File (DSF) and National Change of Address (NCOA) file. Many business mailers rely …

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February 1, 1999




Thinking outside the mailbox

Let’s say a cataloger of tabletop items is discontinuing a china pattern. Database triggers could stimulate this mailer to telephone all the high-value customers who had bought that particular pattern and offer them the china at a special price. Another …

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January 1, 1999




View from The Hill

Newt may be gone, but as far as catalogers are concerned, little else has changed on Capitol Hill. “There wasn’t much turnover in terms of faces in Congress,” says Richard Barton, senior vice president of government relations for industry organization …

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January 1, 1999




listings

NEW LISTS POLITICAL DONORS Conrad Direct now offers a list of Heritage Foundation donors. These 153,938 conservative political donors are predominantly affluent, well-educated men over age 50.
Cost: $135/M
Selects: state/SCF/zip, gender
Contact: Conrad Direct List Management, 201-567-3200
DRINKER …

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January 1, 1999




The annual best and worst catalog copy

For some years, I’ve screwed up my courage and followed the happy holidays with opinions-some civilized, some savage. This year, I’m nonplused because in exasperation I’ve transferred a catalog I’ve lauded for years into the “five worst” dungeon. And-gulp-for the …

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In Email

January 1, 1999




‘Covering’ prospecting books

Lois Boyle: Using consistent creative elements, customer covers should announce that an old friend has come to visit. Besides the logo, consistent creative elements could include a unique border treatment or layout style, or a consistent color (think of the …

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December 1, 1998




A Y2K FIX crisis?

If your catalog’s computer system is not yet Y2K-compliant, you may have missed the deadline. With little more than 12 months remaining before the year 2000, many software vendors and consultants expect a mob of businesses-including catalogers-to be racing to beat …

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