Bill Gilmer discusses text messaging & college admissions marketing
Published on May 4, 2010
Bill Gillmer, President of Wordsprint. We have been recently doing a lot of college admissions work and it's real interesting the way this is changing as colleges try to target high school sophomores and juniors. It used to be years ago they would send out mailers with response cards but then they realized kids don't like to write. So then they would send out mailers with PURL’s and personalized URLs, but then they realized kids don't like to go to the keyboard.
What kids like to do is text and so what we've done recently with some of our colleges is we send out these mailers that have a unique text code for each kid and the kid texts a message and gets an instant response from the college. This syncs with the college getting a list of who's called in and the counselors can then call that kid.
The last college we did this for saw a 68 percent increase in response rate using this text messaging method of contact.
CustomInk Believes Co-Opetition Is a Win/Win for Suppliers, Producers, and Customers in the Garment Decoration Industry
Published: March 21, 2018
Andy Louis-Charles, Vice President of Business Development at CustomInk, one of the largest online custom apparel companies in the U.S., talks about the importance of mutually beneficial partnerships with others in the industry. He believes this practice of "co-opetition" raises the level for everyone in the industry. Custom apparel for events is a $7 billion industry—there's lots of room for everyone and an opportunity to grow the pie. With a bigger pie, everyone gets a larger slice, he says.
Does Your Brand Reflect What You Are Made Of?
Published: March 20, 2018
Robert Prioleau, Partner and Brand Director at the Blue Ion agency, and a principal of Outpost, another agency, explains what he meant during his talk at ThreadX, when he said, "The best brands are defined by what they are made of, not by what they make." What values, purpose, mission and cause are you bringing to the table on top of your great products and services?" Hear what he has to say, and think about how you can apply his advice to your brand.
Is Your Tech Pack Smart Enough?
Published: March 19, 2018
Matthew Cochran, CCO of of Purchase Activated Apparel Technology (PAAT), is building an open digital product development network, looking to augment the traditional tech pack that is the DNA of a product. His Smart Tech Pack (STP) technology is a machine-readable file that takes some of the opportunity for human error out of the garment manufacturing process. The goal of this digital product development network is to move to a design-sell-produce model as opposed to today's design-produce-hope-to-sell model.
“Don’t Put Pictures of Your Press on Your Website”
Published: March 16, 2018
Print business owners need to have an effective “content strategy” for their websites and other online presences. John Foley, CEO of interlinkONE & Grow Socially, talks about the reasons for developing a content strategy, as well as some dos and don’ts for online content.
Published: March 16, 2018
Frank recommends two books, one on sales training and one on applying online print. They are “25 Best Sales Tips Ever” and “Keep Calm and Print On.” This one would be funny if you had pop-ups throughout it.
Analog-to-Digital Transformation Is Disrupting the Textiles Industry
Published: March 15, 2018
Mark Coudray, Founder of Catalyst Plan, has nearly 50 years of experience in graphic communications. He talks about the analog-to-digital transformations that have occurred in the industry over the past few decades. The fourth iteration of analog-to-digital transformation is revolutionizing the discipline of marketing and having a huge impact on the textiles and apparel industries. He offers guidance to buy time and gain breathing room.