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 ageTechniques for optimizing customer acquisition, up-selling and cross-selling, reducing defections, extending loyalty, and improving retentionCRM applications, data mining, call center, campaign management, and sales force automationCustomer experience management--connecting customers and brands at every touch pointBrand building with direct marketing tools and techniquesThe growth of direct marketing in Europe, Asia, and Latin AmericaMethods 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.
Chairman Emeritus, Stone & Adler, Inc.
President, Bob Stone, Inc.
Member of Direct Marketing Hall of Fame. Eight-time winner of the Direct Marketing Association's Best of Industry Award. Recipient of the Charles S. Downes Award for direct marketing contributions. Recipient of the Edward N. Mayer, Jr. Award for contributions to direct marketing education and two Gold Echo Awards as well as the John Caples Award for copy excellence.
Articles and Books
Bob Stone was a feature columnist in Advertising Age for 12 years, writing over 200 articles on the subject of direct marketing. He is the author of Successful Direct Marketing Methods, now in its seventh edition. (Over 200,000 copies in print, including foreign editions.) He has also authored Direct Marketing Success Stories and co-authored Successful Telemarketing. NTC Business Books of Lincolnwood, Illnois is the publisher of Stone's books.
Stone has taught degree programs at Northwestern University and University of Missouri. He has lectured extensively in the States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Former Director, Direct Marketing Association
Former President, Chicago Association of Direct Marketing
Former President, Associated Third Class Mail Users
Former Trustee, Direct Marketing Educational Foundation
Ron Jacobs is President of Jacobs & Clevenger, Inc., an integrated marketing and professional services company with a focus on customer relationship marketing and based in Chicago, Illinois. He is also Senior Lecturer in the Medill/Integrated Marketing Communications Program, Northwestern University, where he teaches interactive marketing and E-Commerce. He was Program Coordinator for the Certificate of Direct Marketing Program at DePaul University from 1991 to 1995. Ron is a 1994 recipient of the Direct Marketing Education Foundation's Outstanding Direct Marketing Educator Award.
A frequent speaker in the United States and internationally, Jacobs is the author of articles on such direct marketing issues as customer acquisition, database development, interactive/new media, business-to-business campaigns, integrated marketing communications, privacy, and customer relationship management.
Jacobs is on the DMA Information and Interactive Tech Council and served as Vice Chair 1997-199 and E-Commerce Chair 1998-1999. He has served as an expert witness on the uses of consumer data and privacy. He is on the Advisory Board for the DMA Political Action Committee.
A past president of the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing, Ron has served as Trustee of the CADM's Education Foundation and is past General Chairman of the CADM's Education Foundation Campaign Committee. He was CADM's 1998 Direct Marketer of the Year. Prior to beginning his direct marketing career, Ron spent 10 years with Trans World Airlines, where he worked in Customer Service, Operations, and agency sales.