By Greg Albright, Co-Founder and CCO of Production Solutions
Next week marks the return of one of the most sought-after and valuable direct marketing events in our industry. Formerly DMAW’s Innovative Formats and Inventive Techniques Forum (IFIT), the forum is back after a two-year hiatus as the Innovative Formats and Integrated Campaigns Forum (IFIC). I, along with a team of like-open-minded direct marketing volunteers (among them, DMAW’s current President, Mike DeFlavia), launched this forum 13 years ago to help connect decision makers with innovative suppliers in a one-day innovation showcase. The best part of the forum is that each attendee leaves with a portfolio of package samples and successful campaign outlines which are meant to kick start the creative planning and dialogue upon their returning to work.
I’m excited that the forum is back and better than ever this year with a new, and necessary, focus on integration. The marketplace is thirsty for new ideas and has recognized that integration is necessary to evolve and stay relevant. Still, we know that direct mail is a big driver in direct marketing, especially in the fundraising arena. IFIC provides the best of both worlds: innovations on the direct mail side, as well as real, tangible ways to embrace integrated campaigns across several channels, including email, mobile, web, social and DRTV.
IFIC will feature 13 direct mail innovators and integrators, showcasing leading-edge formats as well as state-of-the-art integrated campaigns. Each will distribute samples and has 15 minutes to present. In a comfortable, no pressure environment presenters will be available for questions.
IFIC is not only a showcase of the best our industry has to offer, but also our industry at its best. The forum was four months in the making and an all-volunteer effort by a diverse committee of more than a dozen members from both digital and traditional direct marketing agencies and production management firms. We can all benefit from their commitment to keeping our industry relevant and integration top of mind. IFIC is another example of industry engagement leading to industry evolution. This is what it’s all about.
See you there! For more information about IFIC and to register, click here.
Greg Albright is Co-Founder and CCO of Production Solutions, one of the largest marketing production management firms in the country. He received the DMAW Award for Distinguished Achievement in DM in 2012, and is the author of The Right Hook, a weekly blog that showcases the best integrated marketing practices of rising and already-shining industry professionals, as well as great advice about enjoying a rewarding career by putting volunteerism front and center.
The DMAW is seeking individuals interested in guest blogging!
What should you write about?
Something related to direct marketing or other popular/relevant marketing topics. Your post could be about best practices, tips and tricks, your view of a marketing related subject, professional insight (i.e. what I’ve learned), or event related (i.e. monthly luncheon recap), again, marketing related. Your post cannot be focused on selling or directly promoting your products and/or services.
Any guidelines? Yes, but very simple.
- Your blog should be a minimum of 400 – 450 words.
- Please put a title on your blog.
- Your post needs to have at least one photo related to the topic. If you don’t have one, we may insert a photo ourselves.
- Include a maximum of two sentences about you as well as a photo of yourself to be placed at the footer. For example, John Doe is the Vice President of List Company and can be reached at (999) 999-9999 or email@example.com.
- Your potential post should not be published anywhere else since search engines frown upon duplicate content.
- The DMAW can use discretion on posting content that is inappropriate and/or is focused on selling or promoting a product/service. The DMAW has the authority to edit posts (the author will be consulted, should this happen), if deemed necessary.
To see past posts from guest bloggers, go to http://thedmaw.wordpress.com/category/guest-bloggers/
If you are interested in writing a guest post on the DMAW blog, email firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line: Guest Blogger. Be sure to include a few sentences describing what you would like to write.
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For a printable version of the DMAW Call for Guest Bloggers, click here.
How do your fundraising efforts stack up against other organizations? Are you getting your share of the donor market? Gain some insight!
Paige Grainger, Senior Fundraising Analyst, Target Analytics (a Blackbaud company), will present the summary report on Index of National Fundraising Performance 2011 which will highlight how nonprofits fared in their fundraising last year. Learn how your nonprofit compares to others. Most importantly, gain insight to your 2012 efforts!
This Target Analytics report summarizes direct marketing giving for many of the largest non-profit organizations in the country. Paige will present a 2011 vs. 2010 comparison of fundraising revenue across sectors: Animal Welfare, Arts & Culture, Environment, Health, Human Services, International Relief, Religion and Societal Benefit.
(If you plan to register on-site, we may not be able to provide a meal for you – so please do not wait! Register in advance!) We have a few seats remaining!
There are two items that I do need your help with if you have available time:
- If you have 5 years experience in direct marketing (with a specialty in any of the channels) then I need you! Volunteer judges are needed to judge the 2012 MAXI Award entries on April 17th, 9:30AM – 5PM at Production Solutions, 1953 Gallows Road, Suite 600, Vienna, VA 22182.Just complete this form - DMAW MAXI Judge - and let me know your availability.
- Guest Bloggers for the DMAW blog – truly, it’s not hard! Only 400-450 words, about your thoughts on a particular blogging issue. Just send me an email and let me know that you would like submit a blog! (You will want to read the current blog by Allison King about “Getting Your ‘Mobile Mojo’ On!”) Click here for more details!
In the meantime, below is our great educational line-up for the next couple of months! The early bird deadline is coming up on a couple of them – so don’t miss out on these opportunities to save & learn!
Hope to see you soon at one of our events or even as a MAXI judge!
DMAW Monthly Lunch & Learn
Thursday, April 19, 2012
12 Noon – 2:00 PM
SEIU Conference Center
The ROI of Blogging
Digital Strategy, Merkle
Cross Channel Marketing Symposium
Wednesday, May 9
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Gannett/USA Today Conference Center
Early Bird Registration ends Friday, April 6
Save $55 off the regular registration fee
Group rates available for 3 or more from the same firm/organization
List Bazaar Summit
Wednesday, May 16
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
The Conference Center At Heart House | American College of Cardiology
Early Bird Registration ends Friday, April 6
Save 15% off the regular registration fee
Social Summit - Sharpening A Tool!
Capital Conference Center
Early Bird Registration ends Wednesday, May 23
Liz Strauss, Keynote
Wednesday, June 27
Thursday, June 28
8:00AM – 4:30PM
DMAW MAXI Competition
Tuesday, April 17
9:30AM – 5:00PM
1953 Gallows Road
Vienna, VA 22182
Lunch will be provided.
Aside from the privilege of being a judge…this is a great opportunity to sneak-a-peak at the campaigns of other marketing professionals and see the results that they are getting!
7th Annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference
Harness the Winds of Change!
August 7-9, 2012
Gaylord National Hotel & Conference Center
Lowest Registration Fee Available Now!
Special Offer: 2-night Gaylord Hotel Package Stay + Registration Fee = $100 savings!