Delivering Results: Why Marketers Are Coming Back to Direct Mail

Jul 20, 2017

A client recently asked me, “Why should I consider including direct mail in my marketing mix? And if I were to use direct mail, how would I track it in a meaningful way?”

You may have asked yourself these very same questions. With the shift to less expensive, metric-rich digital channels, many marketers abandoned mail as a way to reach customers and track engagement.

But marketers are always looking for the most effective ways to break through to media overloaded consumers, which is leading a growing number to revisit direct mail, particularly as part of a multichannel marketing strategy.

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Tags: direct mail, multichannel marketing, email marketing, direct mail marketing, marketing resource management, local marketing, multi-channel marketing

Nuggets of Franchise Marketing Wisdom Heard at #FCMCon 2017

Jun 29, 2017

Hats off to the team at Franchise Update Media for a terrific Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference last week in Atlanta. The Vya team came away from the event with some great connections and an instructive view into the realities faced by today’s franchise marketers. Here are just some of the powerful insights and recommendations we heard from those who are on the frontlines of franchise marketing. 

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Tags: marketing resource management, local marketing, franchise, franchise local marketing

How to Help Franchisees Up the Quality Quotient of Their Local Marketing

Jun 15, 2017

Experts estimate today’s US consumer is exposed to as many as 10,000 brand messages a day. More than ever, marketers need to deliver relevant messages, through multiple channels, with enough frequency to gain recognition and engagement. Every consumer touchpoint counts. Which means the quality of marketing campaigns is critical to breaking through the noise.

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Tags: marketing resource management, local marketing, franchise, franchise local marketing, ad systems

Don’t Get Knocked Off Balance by the Swinging Pendulum of Bank Regulation

Mar 23, 2017

With the recently signed executive order requesting a review of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Trump administration has taken a first step toward potential regulatory relief for banks and financial services companies. Experts and influencers on both sides of regulation are already fiercely debating the merits and failings of the current law and any possible rollback of it. At this point, the result of such a review is uncertain. What is clear is that change is most definitely in the air.

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Tags: bank marketing, bank marketing compliance, brand consistency, financial services, marketing resource management, legal and regulatory compliance, mortgage marketing

How to Foster a Marketing Culture at the Local Franchisee Level

Jan 26, 2017

Running a local franchise business requires a broad skillset. From day-to-day operations management, customer service, accounting and business planning, to HR, inventory control and facilities management—franchise business owners wear many different hats. For many franchisees, one hat that never seems to fit quite right is that of marketer.

That’s not to say that franchisees lack an understanding of the importance of marketing and promotion to the success of their business. In fact, in a recent survey of franchise SMBs by local media researcher BIA/Kelsey, franchise owners reported more than half of their business is derived from promotions.

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Tags: localized marketing, marketing productivity, marketing resource management, local marketing automation, franchise, streamline marketing, scale local marketing, franchise marketing software, getting franchises to do marketing campaigns, turnkey marketing campaign, local marketing resource management

Step Up to Creative Production Management that Won’t Leave You in an Abandoned ‘MOOD’

Nov 29, 2016

If you’ve been managing your creative projects with IBM’s Marketing Operations OnDemand (MOOD) system, previously known as Unica Marketing Operations OnDemand, you might be feeling abandoned since IBM announced it plans to end support for the product on June 30, 2017.

Instead of feeling abandoned, how about feeling supported? Vya has a great alternative for MOOD users. Our Vya creative production systems enable users to seamlessly route, approve and track progress on creative projects. Even better, we just announced a new release of the system with an upgraded user experience and enhanced reporting capabilities.

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Tags: creative production management, MRM, marketing resource management

3 Tips to Engage Branches in Local Bank Marketing

Jul 20, 2016

Branch employees are the face and voice of your company to local communities. Engaging local branches and ensuring they use appropriately branded and compliant marketing material is a challenge that can seem insurmountable. It’s essential to achieve the right balance between empowering branches to reach local audiences with relevant messages and the clear need for oversight in order to maintain compliance and brand consistency.

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Tags: bank marketing, brand consistency, financial services, marketing resource management, legal and regulatory compliance, streamline marketing, marketing platform

How to Scale Localized Marketing

May 12, 2016

Often we are approached by companies that are experiencing tremendous growth. Sometimes it’s a bank that has made an acquisition and is in the process of integrating many new bank branches into their corporation. Other times it’s a franchisor who has many new locations under construction or has several new franchisees under contract. It’s exciting to be part of a growing business; but it can also be stressful, especially for the corporate marketing department.

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Tags: bank marketing, financial services, localized marketing, marketing productivity, marketing resource management, local marketing automation, franchise, scale local marketing, franchise marketing software

Reduce Marketing Trash with Marketing Resource Management

Apr 07, 2016

Marketing collateral materials are an important prospect touchpoint: In a matter of seconds, they create a brand impression, convey your product or service’s unique value proposition, and ideally capture the prospect’s interest. Marketers invest a significant amount of resources in developing marketing materials. However, all too often these materials go under-utilized or unused by Sales, and tons of outdated printed pieces end up being thrown out.

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Tags: marketing ROI, print on demand, marketing resource management, marketing asset management, marketing systems, marketing resource management ROI, sales support, sales and marketing alignment, print management, marketing hub

Ensuring Brand Consistency in a Distributed Marketing Model

Mar 10, 2016

Overseeing brand consistency in communications with customers and prospects can be challenging for any organization, and especially challenging in a distributed marketing model. When going to market with a large, disperse sales force - including agents, branches, franchises or dealers - brand consistency across these channels is critical. Even details that may seem subtle, such as logo size, brand colors and the tone of messaging can dramatically impact how your organization is perceived.

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Tags: brand consistency, marketing resource management, distributed marketing

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