Wednesday, August 16, 2023

🌱 Rethinking Direct Mail: A Greener Path to Connection 🌱

 ðŸŒ± Rethinking Direct Mail: A Greener Path to Connection 🌱

Back in 2012, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on the age-old debate between Direct Mail Marketing and what some referred to as "junk mail" on our local TV station. Fast forward 11 years, and it's astonishing how the conversation remains relevant, albeit with an exciting twist.

Ted Fortenberry’s perspective on conserving resources resonated with me. But let's take a moment to consider the wider implications of cutting out marketing mail altogether. At the time, I voiced my concern about the potential job loss and the impact on local businesses, including my own, Duplicates Ink.

Watch the 30 Seconds of my Guest Commentary on WMBF News Here

A Balancing Act: Direct Mail's Impact

While it's true that we shouldn't squander our natural resources, the relationship between direct mail and the economy is more intricate than it seems. Back then, I raised a question that's just as pertinent today: What would the cost of a single postage stamp be without revenue from business marketing mail? Five dollars, perhaps?

Direct mail, often seen as a heavyweight in environmental debates, actually showcases a surprising eco-friendliness. The primary material, paper, is derived from a renewable resource, and our forests have actually flourished over the years. In fact, the U.S. boasts 20% more trees today than it did on the inaugural Earth Day in 1970.

Beyond the Numbers: A Fresh Perspective

Addressing environmental concerns means considering more than just percentages. True, direct mail contributes less than 3% to municipal solid waste, but the story goes beyond that. Think about how long it takes electronic waste like TVs, computers, keyboards, and phones to break down in landfills. These technological remnants linger for years, while direct mail's ecological footprint remains relatively minimal.

🌿 A Thought to Cultivate: Modernizing Tradition 🌿

Now, let's fast forward to the present, where innovation has intertwined with tradition. In these 11 years, not much has changed in the essence of the direct mail conversation. However, what's truly exciting is the convergence of physical and digital marketing – the concept of an "omni-channel experience."

Businesses have recognized the power of synergy between direct mail and digital ads. It's about creating a seamless, holistic interaction with customers. When we combine the tactile delight of receiving a beautifully crafted mail piece with the precision and reach of digital advertising, magic happens. The result? An experience that engages multiple senses and connects with consumers on a deeper level.

So, as we reflect on the past and look forward to the future, let's embrace the potential of direct mail, augmented by the digital landscape. Just as I suggested back in 2012, embracing direct mail can be a conscious choice that goes beyond simple economics – it can be a bridge between sustainability and the evolution of marketing.

Remember, choosing a book over an e-reader and opting for handwritten notes instead of emails are small steps that still matter. It's all part of the beautiful balance between honoring our environment and forging genuine connections in a rapidly changing world. 🌏💌

Learn more about Omni-Channel marketing and how it can help your business crush the competition, and save you time and money while you witness your business GROW!!!! Here is a link to schedule a discovery call (not a sales call) with John Cassidy one of our expert marketers at Duplicates INK - marketSMART. Schedule your Call HERE!!!

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Friday, August 11, 2023

Unlocking the Horizon of Logo Design: A Glimpse into Seven Striking Trends for 2023 and Beyond

At Duplicates INK, we stand at the forefront of logo design, weaving creativity and innovation into every masterpiece we craft. As we traverse the landscape of 2023, the canvas of logo design unfurls with endless possibilities. Let's embark on a journey to explore the future of logo trends, each brushstroke echoing excellence and distinction.

**Trend One: Chromatic Brilliance**

In the realm of logo design, colors hold the power to evoke emotions, tell stories, and leave a lasting impression. Just as Pantone unveiled Viva Magenta as the resplendent Color of the Year, we at Duplicates INK understand that hues carry the potential to ignite vigor and strength. Our award-winning logos are not mere designs but vibrant symphonies of shades that mirror your brand's vitality.

**Trend Two: Abstract Botanical Elegance**

In the tapestry of design evolution, abstracts and botanicals intertwine to create a visual narrative that speaks volumes. At Duplicates INK, we anticipate the metamorphosis of abstract art, seamlessly weaving it with the grace of nature's beauty. Our logos are a canvas where the delicate strokes of abstract expressionism blend harmoniously with the elegance of botanical allure, culminating in logos that are both captivating and timeless.

**Trend Three: Dynamic Evolution**

Just as the world around us evolves, logos too should mirror adaptability and change. Dynamic design is not a mere trend—it's a philosophy we embody at Duplicates INK. Witness your logo transform in response to varying contexts and parameters, much like the world it represents. We craft logos that remain agile, reflecting the dynamic spirit of your brand.

**Trend Four: Animated Expressions**

In a digital age that thrives on captivating visuals, animated logos emerge as beacons of engagement. Duplicates INK invites you to embrace the magic of motion. Our animated logos breathe life into your brand, capturing attention with each flutter of movement. From subtle nuances to bold expressions, our animated logos resonate in a world that craves perpetual excitement.

**Trend Five: Essence of Minimalism**

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, a timeless truth that Duplicates INK reveres. Our minimalistic logos are not just designs; they are poetic interpretations of your brand's essence. By distilling complexity into elegance, we create logos that serve as an oasis of clarity in a fast-paced world.

**Trend Six: Hyper-Lettertype Odyssey**

The alphabet, a canvas for innovation—welcome to the realm of hyper-lettertypes. Duplicates INK elevates logo design with letters that transcend mere characters, embracing stylization that ignites intrigue. Our hyper-lettertypes are the embodiment of artistry, capturing attention with vivid colors and captivating forms, redefining how brands communi
cate through logos.

**Trend Seven: Artisanal Craftsmanship**

In an era of technological wonders, the charm of the artisanal endures. At Duplicates INK, we celebrate the allure of the handmade. Our handmade-effect logos are not just designs; they are statements of authenticity and individuality. As you navigate the path of uniqueness, our logos stand as testaments to your brand's out-of-the-box thinking.

As the clock ticks on 2023, we at Duplicates INK embrace the responsibility of shaping the future of logo design. While trends come and go, our commitment to crafting logos that resonate with your brand's message remains unwavering. Join us in sculpting logos that transcend time, capturing the essence of your brand's identity. Logo trends may evolve, but the impact of a remarkable logo is eternal.

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******* This article was inspired by the original article in Forbes Magazine

Monday, August 7, 2023

Reviving the Past: The Resurgence of Retro Marketing

In an era overflowing with cutting-edge marketing techniques, one might assume that the appeal of retro approaches has waned. Surprisingly, that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, the allure of these classic methods has experienced a remarkable resurgence.

The underlying reason behind this phenomenon lies in the enduring effectiveness of these strategies. As the digital landscape becomes increasingly crowded, with countless brands vying for online attention, time-tested methods like SMS, email, and direct mail are making a powerful comeback. Returning to these traditional tactics enables companies to establish more genuine and impactful connections with their target audiences.

Exploring Retro Marketing Retro marketing is a modern term that encapsulates marketing practices originating from two or more decades ago. This category encompasses:

  1. SMS (Short Message Service): An early form of mobile communication, SMS allows businesses to send concise and timely messages to customers. These messages range from reminders and offers to surveys and coupons.

  2. Email: Despite its age, email marketing remains versatile and popular. It enables brands to deliver personalized, valuable content directly to subscribers. This approach boasts a high open rate and reduces dependence on major social networks.

  3. Direct Mail: The epitome of retro, direct mail entails sending physical postcards, flyers, and letters with marketing materials. This method effectively distinguishes companies amidst their competition.

The Effectiveness of Retro Marketing Retro marketing's efficacy derives from its profound impact on customers and target audiences. Several factors contribute to its effectiveness:

  1. Evoking Nostalgia: Retro marketing taps into nostalgia, a potent emotion that drives human behavior. Whether it's a direct mail piece or an SMS, these mediums trigger feelings of happiness as recipients reminisce about the past.

  2. Fostering Trust and Credibility: Utilizing old-school methods fosters trust and credibility. Customers are more likely to stay loyal, make recommendations, and engage with brands that communicate through these familiar channels.

A Pioneer in Retro Marketing: Duplicates INK - marketSMART For over three decades, Duplicates INK - marketSMART has been a trailblazer in retro marketing. Their expertise lies in helping clients navigate this dynamic landscape, capitalizing on conventional methods to achieve exceptional results. With a legacy of delivering impactful messages, Duplicates INK - marketSMART continues to assist businesses in building lasting connections.

Text 'em All: A Case in Point An exemplar of retro marketing mastery is Text 'em All, a mass texting service. This company thrives by aiding clients in reaching their audiences via time-honored text messages. The inherent effectiveness of text messages stems from their format—unlike emails, text messages are difficult to ignore, creating a direct and immediate engagement.

The Power of Personalization Old-school marketing techniques excel in personalizing brands. Companies leveraging email or SMS stand out from the crowd, capturing their audience's attention. Personalization is straightforward, requiring systems to respond to specific words using specialized software. This approach can yield up to a 4-12% improvement in response rates, according to Text 'em All.

Engagement and Interaction Retro marketing's success lies in its ability to foster engagement and interaction. Direct mail, email, and SMS enable two-way communication, encouraging dialogue between customers and brands. Text 'em All's approach to mass SMS allows for interactive experiences that enhance engagement, facilitating seamless conversations.

Embrace Retro Marketing for Your Success To effectively incorporate retro marketing into your business strategy, consider the following steps:

  1. Know Your Audience: Understand your target audience's preferences, needs, and communication style before selecting retro marketing methods.

  2. Integrate with Digital: Rather than operating retro marketing in isolation, integrate it with your digital efforts to create a cohesive approach.

  3. Test and Measure: Employ clear goals and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to evaluate the impact of your retro marketing campaigns.

Harness the Power of Retro Marketing with Duplicates INK - marketSMART Ready to harness the potential of retro marketing? Look no further than Duplicates INK - marketSMART. With a legacy spanning over 30 years, our expertise can guide you toward meaningful and impactful connections with your audience. To learn more, call 843-248-2574 or schedule a simple discovery call with one of marketing experts by visiting this link. Explore our website at and reach out via email at Don't miss out on the revival of retro marketing—embrace it for your brand's success.

Friday, June 2, 2023

5 Sense-ible Tricks to Getting Your Direct Mail Read

In the modern world that we live in, most consumers get constantly bombarded with sensory and visual information through online platforms. 

Over the Last 30+ years our team at Duplicates INK - marketSMART has learned one important lesson about direct mail.  It can be tricky to design engaging direct mail in this landscape that will catch the reader's attention as those online ads do. 

However, 75% of people who receive direct mail can recall the brands easily, as opposed to only 44% of brand recall with digital advertisements. Direct mail can be an excellent tool for your company to use!

Make your company's direct mail stand out by appealing to consumers' 5 senses! It's a creative and effective way to make your print materials memorable.

Use Each of the 5 Senses to Create Unique Direct Mail 

1. Sight 

Visually appealing mail will automatically intrigue your customers.

Use eye-catching designs like foil, metallic features, shimmery ink, lamination/different varnishes, and more options to captivate anyone who opens your mail.

Another idea you could try is incorporating a 3-D pop-up feature or a peek-a-boo flap into your design. Ensuring your direct mail is visually intriguing will lead your customers to check out the message and spend more time with it. 

2. Touch 

Focusing on the customers' sense of touch can be essential to making a memorable direct mail.

Consider using embellishments like debossing or embossing (raising or imprinting letters or your logo) or using textured paper to create a sensory experience for your customers. 

You could also include small token gifts, like pens or stickers with your company name or logo! Tangible items will cater to recipients' sense of touch and make them more likely to reach out in the future!

3. Smell

Research shows that there is a powerful connection between scent and memory.

So why not try including a scented element in your direct mail to help consumers remember your brand?

You could use lightly scented stationery or create a scratch-and-sniff feature on your mail that relates to your product. Or get more creative and include a free air freshener branded with your company name and logo!

4. Sound

Appealing to your recipients' sense of sound with direct mail requires creativity, but it will undoubtedly make your mail piece memorable!

You could print a QR code or include a link on your direct mail design to lead customers to a site with a specialized video ready to play. Another idea is to feature familiar lyrics from your company jingle in the text of your mail to trigger their memory of the song.

5. Taste

Although you are most likely unable to include something recipients can taste in your direct mail physically, you can still give them a 'sample'! 

Include a tear-off coupon for a free sample of your product if they visit your store, or list a coupon code in the mail that they can use online for a free trial.

By engaging all five senses, you can create a direct mail campaign to make a memorable impact and drive meaningful interactions with your brand.

Contact us today at 843-248-2574 or to incorporate visual appeal, tactile elements, scents, sounds, and even taste-related offers in your next campaign!

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Friday, April 14, 2023

5 Ways to Get Qualified Leads for Your Business

In business, a lead is someone who hasn’t used your products or services YET.

And there are many of those out there, just waiting to be introduced to your business. 

The last 30 years has provided our team at Duplicates INK - marketSMART the experience to become the experts at lead Generation aka lead Gen.

So, how do we grab them and turn them into customers?

5 Ways to Get Qualified Leads for Your Business

1. Personalize with print

The ability to personalize is one of the aspects that makes direct mail so effective in generating leads. 

People are more likely to respond when they feel you are communicating with them directly. 

You can customize dozens of data points, including name, age, or geographic location, and QR codes that lead them to a personalized landing page on your website.  

2. Attract attention with email

Use email marketing to attract new customers and re-engage old ones. 

Whether the email invites customers to return to their shopping cart or promotes your new product offerings and business statistics, emails are one of the best ways to retarget your customers. 

Make your email even more effective by combining it with a print campaign. Research shows that marketing campaigns that utilize email and print experience a higher response rate than email alone. 

3. Get buzz with influencers

Influencer marketing is one of the most popular new forms of online marketing, having more than doubled since 2019

These people will promote your business and stir up the talk so that you will also get organic praise.

4. Speak at events

Position yourself as an expert in your field, and you will be able to share your insights with others. 

This can also bring you more speaking gigs and more leads. Everyone wants to hear from an expert, and you will open doors if you advertise your services.

5. Attend trade shows

Hosting a booth at trade shows is a great way to generate leads.

You can maximize your potential to generate leads by offering a giveaway. Collect their contact information, and they can win a prize in exchange. 

Be sure to give them your business card, then follow up with regular postcards, brochures, and catalogs.  

There are many ways to promote your business, but these should help you find more leads.  Sometimes we as leaders get Stuck when we are trying to market ourselves.  Duplicates INK - marketSMART is here to assist.  We have litterally over 30 years of experience helping businesses grow their cusotmer base.  If you have some marketing ideas you would like to discuss contact John Cassidy at Duplicates INK.  Here is a link to John's Calendar to schedule a no commitment, no sales meeting discover call.

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Friday, April 7, 2023

Starting a New Business? Here are 4 Print Marketing Materials You Need.

Entrepreneurs and startup owners have so many things on their plates that it's not uncommon for certain items to get pushed to the bottom of the list. One thing you don't want to overlook is the can't-miss benefits of print marketing materials!

Our team at Duplicates INK - marketSMART has been helping entrepreneurs kick off their business with the right branding for over 30 years.   We have a solid track record and understand exactly what it takes.

When done right, your print materials can catch someone's eye — in a way that text, photos, or graphics on a screen can't capture. 73% of consumers prefer printed materials because they can read them whenever needed. After all, people see digital ads second after second, and it all tends to blur together. Here are four materials that a new business can't afford to skip. 

4 Print Marketing Materials Your New Business Needs

Business Cards 

Business cards may seem like a traditional marketing tactic, but that's because they work!

When you are making and exchanging contact information with potential customers or business partners, accuracy is important. Instead of asking for someone's phone so you can input your contact information or risk mishearing a potential client's contact information, give them your business card. Even if they take a photo of it immediately, you're confident they have the correct information.

Include everything about your business, like what you do, who you help, your hours, and the best way to get in touch. Remember: you're a new business, so spell it out. 


A printed brochure about your products or services allows people to delve into the material.

Instead of scrolling through page after page, people can flip at their leisure and take the time to absorb the details.

If your business offers a wide variety of customer options, brochures can also be a great way to break down your marketing into different audiences. For instance, if you run a toy store and sell equally to children and collectors, you could have two separate brochures based on the target demographic. 


This marketing tactic is a massive opportunity for new business owners.

Not only can they catch the attention of people thumbing through their mail, but they're also similar to a business card in that you can condense a lot of pertinent information so that people can quickly grasp the main takeaways. 

Whatever your competitive edge is, whether it's lower prices or a truly stellar staff, don't be afraid to come out of the gate swinging. In addition, you can consider using postcards for various reasons, such as an invitation to a grand opening or an announcement of a new service. 

Thank You Cards 

Your first few customers will be some of the most critical sales ever.

Not only are these people supporting you right off the bat, but they're also the people who will either brag about you or tell their friends and family to stay away. 

It's important to remember that customers typically have a lot of empathy for new businesses, as they realize that most operations will have a few growing pains to contend with. That being said, colorful and sincere thank you cards that tell customers how much you appreciate their support can go a long way. 

Print marketing for new businesses may differ from several decades ago, but its efficacy is undeniable. When you're starting, you'll need people to see your name and business model multiple times before they remember you.

Contact us today to create a list of the materials you need to reach prospective customers for your business! 

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Friday, March 10, 2023

The Importance of Attending a Webinar on Omnichannel Marketing

 The Importance of Attending a Webinar on Omnichannel Marketing

Omnichannel marketing is a critical strategy that aims to provide customers with a seamless and consistent experience across all channels and touchpoints, both online and offline. It involves integrating all marketing and sales channels, including social media, email, mobile, web, and physical stores, to create a unified customer journey. With the rise of digital technologies and the proliferation of touchpoints, businesses need to adopt an omnichannel approach to stay competitive and meet customer expectations.

Attending a webinar on omnichannel marketing, such as the one offered by our company, can be an excellent way to gain insights, knowledge, and best practices from industry experts and thought leaders. Our platform, marketSMART, is specifically designed to help businesses leverage an omnichannel approach for maximum effectiveness. Here are some reasons why attending a webinar on omnichannel marketing with our platform is essential for businesses:

  1. Learn about the latest trends and technologies

By attending our webinar on omnichannel marketing, businesses can learn about the latest trends and technologies. Our platform features experts who share their insights on emerging technologies and new channels that businesses can leverage to create a seamless customer experience. By attending our webinar, businesses can learn about the latest best practices and get ideas for new strategies and tactics that they can implement using our platform.

  1. Understand customer behavior and preferences

An omnichannel approach requires businesses to understand their customers' behavior and preferences across all channels and touchpoints. Attending our webinar on omnichannel marketing can provide businesses with valuable insights into how customers interact with different channels and what drives their behavior. By understanding customer preferences, businesses can tailor their omnichannel strategy to meet their needs and provide a better customer experience using marketSMART.

  1. Get practical advice and tips

Our webinar on omnichannel marketing provides practical advice and tips that businesses can use to implement an omnichannel strategy successfully using our platform. For example, our experts may share tips on how to integrate different channels, how to measure the effectiveness of an omnichannel strategy using marketSMART, and how to optimize touchpoints for a better customer experience. By attending our webinar, businesses can gain valuable knowledge and guidance that they can use to improve their omnichannel marketing efforts using marketSMART.

  1. Network with peers and experts

Attending our webinar on omnichannel marketing can provide businesses with an opportunity to network with peers and experts in the field using marketSMART. Our platform features interactive elements such as Q&A sessions and live chat, which allow attendees to ask questions and share their experiences. By connecting with other professionals in the industry, businesses can learn from their successes and failures and gain valuable insights into what works and what doesn't using marketSMART.

In conclusion, attending our webinar on omnichannel marketing with marketSMART can be an excellent investment for businesses that want to stay competitive and provide a seamless customer experience. By learning about the latest trends and technologies, understanding customer behavior and preferences, getting practical advice and tips, and networking with peers and experts using our platform, businesses can gain the knowledge and insights they need to succeed in today's omnichannel world. Join our upcoming webinar on March 28th at 2 PM EST, register now at and receive a marketSMART workbook and 200 free business leads to use.