A Look at the London DM Fair

| MCM staff

Nearly 7,500 direct marketers from 53 countries gathered in London May 9-11 for the International Direct Marketing Fair (IDMF) and Internet World show. For the first time, the two shows were presented concurrently at Earls Court Exhibition Center.

Database Marketing’s “Playground Problem”

| MCM staff

Relying on an incomplete view of your customers is a sure way to doom your database marketing efforts to failure, says Jeff Hassemer, director of product strategy at the data management solutions division of marketing solutions provider Abacus.

Three Alternatives to Product-Level Marketing

| Jim Coogan

Several of the cooperative databases collect product-level data. Marketers are finding product-level data very useful in data mining for customers who buy specific products through direct marketing. But using the co-ops

How Many Times Should You Mail to Your Housefile?

| Stephen R. Lett

A consumer catalog company typically mails to its housefile 11 times a year, while a business-to-business cataloger mails on average 15 times to its customers. Does that sound like awful lot of mailings to you? If so, your business might be able to benefit from an increase in the number of drops to your housefile.

When Is it Time to Rebuild a Model?

| MCM staff

Database models tend to be remarkably resistant to nondramatic changes in creative and price, says Jim Wheaton, a principal in Chapel Hill, NC-based Wheaton Consulting Group. Therefore, as long as the fundamentals of your business remain reasonably stable and there is no change in the structure of the source data, models are likely to retain their potency for years.