Response‘s September issue was a busy one for me. Lots and lots of “By Thomas Haire” to be found in this month’s issue. Let’s take a look!
- Our cover story on Spyder Products and its general manager, Ryan Campbell, came to us via one of the magazine’s longest-term friends and advisors, Doug Garnett of Atomic Direct. Doug’s expertise in producing quality DR work for top-shelf hardware brands is no secret, and the work he’s done for Spyder, which is a pure DR-to-retail play involving mega-retailer Lowe’s, is no different. Spyder is a young company, but has had great success with its power tool accessories, and Campbell could not speak more highly of the importance of DRTV to that success. If you missed the link to the story above, here it is again: Spinning a Winning Web
- September means it’s time, once again, for Response‘s Annual State of the Industry Report. For the 17th consecutive year (and my 11th since joining the magazine), we surveyed our esteemed Advisory Board with more than a dozen questions about the DRTV space — past, present and future. We got some great input this year and, as always, we extended the piece that appeared in print into the full set of unabridged answers online. This story is always one of our most intriguing and most read. Here’s the link, again: State of the Industry 2012
- Our DRMA Spotlight returned after a short hiatus and features one of the hottest DRTV marketers around: Hampton Direct. With its founder Steve Heroux at the helm, Hampton’s product winning streak over the past 4-5 years has been stunning: Twin Draft Guard, Total Pillow, PajamaJeans, Wonder Hanger, InstaHang … the list goes on and on. We were lucky enough to sit down with Steve both for the print interview that’s featured in the magazine and for a video interview that can be found on our DRMA website. For the print story, once again, click here: Extending a Long Winning Streak For the video interview, in case you missed the link above, click here: DRMA Spotlight Video with Steve Heroux
- The September issue also featured our latest analysis of the DR industry’s quarterly media billings results, this time in the DR radio space. With numbers courtesy of Kantar Media, first-quarter 2012 showed a 7.7-percent slide from the same quarter in 2011 — which was a spectacular quarter. The good news is that these billings mirror the pre-recession numbers of 1Q 2008, which hopefully tells us that radio has finally bounced back from a prolonged slide. For a full look at all the categorical and outlet results, here’s the link: 1Q DR Radio Billings Slip 7.7 Percent
- Finally, my September Editor’s Note discusses the continuing commitment of the DRMA and Response team to drive unity across the DR community. With our DRMA Marketer of the Year event last week in Las Vegas again setting the industry abuzz, we’re proud to be the industry’s partner, and proud of our status as a for-profit business working for the sake of other for-profit businesses. It’s a heady time to be involved in direct response, and we’re excited to have been a part of the growth for the past decade and look forward to being a part of it for at least the next decade! If you missed the link above, here’s my take: A Commitment to Marketers and Service Providers Drives Our Business
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