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Heidi Tolliver-Walker

Heidi Tolliver-Walker Heidi is an industry analyst specializing in digital, one-to-one, personalized URL, and Web-to-print applications. Her Marketer’s Primer Series, availalbe through Digital Printing Reports, includes “Digital Printing: Transforming Business and Marketing Models,” 1:1 (Personalized) Printing: Boosting Profits Through Relevance,” “Personalized URLs: Beyond the Hype,” and “Web-to-Print: Transforming Document Management and Marketing.”

Recent Commentary & Analysis from Heidi Tolliver-Walker

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It’s Working! Anti-Greenwashing Education Is Making a Difference

Published September 18, 2018

It’s working! Our industry’s campaign against the false claims of greenwashing is having an impact. Consumers are starting to see claims like “Go Paperless! Go Green!” as false and misleading, and marketers are changing their tactics.

 

"Burning Down the House"...and What You Might Learn

Published September 12, 2018

What would happen if you took the time to imagine what your shop might look like if you could start from scratch? If there were no financial or legacy constraints? What might you do differently from what you have now? What might you learn from walking through that exercise? 

 

Want to Keep Your Presses Busy? Market to Employees!

Published September 6, 2018

Marketing efforts are generally directed at customers and prospects, but there is another target audience that needs your clients’ attention, too—their employees. This is an area of growing attention that your presses will thank you for.

 

When Personalized Ads Aren’t Personal

Published August 29, 2018

Digital marketing claims to have the corner on truly personalized experiences, but does it really? How can print compete? Accuracy. 

 

Do We Need to Be Careful About How We Discuss the Environmental Benefits of Flexible Packaging?

Published August 21, 2018

When it comes to the environmental benefits of flexible packaging, the laundry list is long. On the surface, flexible packaging offers a vast number of benefits over other forms of packaging. The challenge to these comparisons, however, is that flexible packaging isn’t doing a one-to-one replacement. How does this impact the accuracy of the discussion?

 

They’re Coming: Are You Ready for Psychographics?

Published August 15, 2018

Just when printers and MSPs are becoming more comfortable with more detailed demographic targeting, the use of psychographic targeting is growing. Are you ready?

 

How Printing Industry CX Is Like Eating at Panera’s

Published August 6, 2018

Improving customer experience (CX) is becoming an increasingly important part of any company’s marketing plan. That goes as much for the printing industry as it does for everyone else. So are you a Panera? Or [the other guy]?

 

Case Studies for Inspiring Direct Mail: Demand Generation Well Done

Published August 2, 2018

A look at one of the demand-generation efforts from the United States Post Office. The effort uses variety and specificity to communicate a broader message that transcends market vertical.

 

Is Informed Delivery Changing Consumer Behavior?

Published July 31, 2018

As the number of USPS Informed Delivery accounts continues to grow, will it change the way marketers design their mail? Will it change consumers’ behavior and how they interact with the mail? I know that it has already changed mine.

 

When Color Memory Fails, Do Brand Standards Matter?

Published July 18, 2018

We are in a color-obsessed industry. Brand colors, in particular, are critical. When it comes to specific shades of color, however, studies show that consumers’ color memories are really poor. Considering this, along with the inability to maintain brand color standards in a digital world, where does the value in maintaining brand standards really lie?

 

Does the Future of Print Start with Digital Marketing?

Published July 12, 2018

As the level of sophistication and effectiveness of digital marketing grows, and as the younger generation of marketers who natively understand and use these channels continues to overtake the traditional generation, is the future of print to understand digital marketing and fit into its world rather than the other way around?

 

Whose Job Is It to Create Demand for Print?

Published July 3, 2018

What do you think the role of the printing industry and printers, specifically, ought to be in demand generation for print? Do printers even have a responsibility to work together to generate demand for their own product?

 

Now THAT’s the Way to Get the Message Out!

Published June 26, 2018

A look at one printer’s effort to reach out to the design and marketing community to promote the value of direct mail—and not just any direct mail, but direct mail designed to drive website traffic. It’s a real eye-catcher and great inspiration.

 

Are You Sending Personalization that Isn’t Personal?

Published June 5, 2018

This morning, I received a personalized email that was anything but personal. While this was an email, the mistake could easily have ended up in print, and it offers object lessons for all of us. Before we send out anything data-driven, let’s make sure it reads as if it was written by a human being.

 

What Do These 5 “Mail Trends” Tell Us?

Published May 29, 2018

These five mail trends from DirectMail 2.0 raise interesting questions about how we are (or are not) proving the value of print and the opportunities that are lost when we don’t.

 

Kudos to Canon Solutions Americas on Great QR Code Implementation

Published May 25, 2018

Canon Solutions America’s use of QR Codes in a recent white paper is a great example of everything done right. This is a model of how to do QR Codes well.

 

Flies on the Wall: On Sale Now

Published May 16, 2018

Psychographic targeting is easier than ever. But can it be trusted? If it can, why aren’t more printers using it? A look inside psychographic targeting and its benefits.

 

Where Are Marketers Getting Their Data?

Published May 14, 2018

According to new research, marketers are increasingly investing in second- and third-party data to create 360-degree views of their customers. Are your customers doing the same? Are they prepared to compete? Read more. 

 

Millennial Marketer: “I Don’t Use QR Codes”

Published April 25, 2018

If anyone is using QR codes, it’s Millennials, right? If anyone understands the value of QR codes, it’s marketers. So why doesn’t this Millennial marketer use them? Read on to find out.

 

How Is Your Mobile Competency?

Published April 18, 2018

Mobile Internet usage continues to grow, including the percentage of users who are mobile-only. Consequently, multichannel marketing strategies must incorporate the full mobile experience. Is your mobile competency keeping pace? Read on to see.

 

Rarity: Another Reason (Good) Personalization Works

Published April 13, 2018

Despite all the talk about personalized mailings, how often do any of us really receive relevant data-driven direct mail? Is the rarity of truly personalized mail part of what makes it effective?

 

Two Reasons This QR Code Should Work—and One That Makes It Fail

Published April 4, 2018

We love to hate QR Codes, right? But it’s not the codes themselves that are working against near unanimous consumer adoption. It’s the often rookie mistakes made by marketing departments. Are you letting your customers fail at QR Codes unnecessarily?

 

Go, NextPage! Congrats on a Great Self-Promo Campaign Demonstrating the Value of Combining Social Media, Video, with Direct Mail

Published April 2, 2018

If MSPs want to convince their clients of the value of multichannel marketing, they must be willing to use it to promote their own businesses. That’s why I was excited to see NextPage launching a really fun campaign combining direct mail, email, video, and social media, along with a targeted digital ad buy.

 

Are You Distinguishing Between Macro and Micro Conversions?

Published March 20, 2018

Are you helping your clients track both micro and macro conversions? If not, you’re losing opportunities to understand not just what works and what doesn’t, but why.

 

Epsilon: Personalization and the Power of Me

Published March 13, 2018

Epsilon’s study “The Power of Me” is a terrific data dump for those looking for insights to help their customers justify moving to—or increasing their use of—personalization. Here are some key takeaways.

 

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