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DMA ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL DIRECTO DAY WEST CONFERENCE
New York, July 31, 2006 - Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) today announced that Carl J. Kravetz, a twenty-year veterano of Hispanic marketing in the US, will give the keynote address at the second annual DMA Directo Day West Conference, to be held on August 7, 2006 at The Westin Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.
Kravetz is chairman and chief strategic officer of Los Angeles-based Hispanic advertising agency cruz/kravetz:IDEAS, which he founded in 1991. Under his leadership, cruz/kravetz:IDEAS has worked with such world-class companies as Coca Cola, Lincoln Mercury, Kraft Foods, Citibank, Cigna Health Care, Denny’s, Disney Channel, Fox Cable, El Pollo Loco, Target, mike’s hard lemonade, H&R Block, and both of Mexico’s largest banks.
Kravitz has received many honors for his work, including the Clio Award and the Se Habla Español Ad of the Year for his work on Mexico Tourism, as well as the Effie for Lincoln Mercury, and an AME award for El Pollo Loco.
Directo Day West will focus solely on direct marketing to the Hispanic population. The conference will present a mix of case studies and interactive sessions detailing the latest strategies and tactics for effectively reaching the ever-growing US Hispanic market.
Directo Day West Conference will also feature the following presentations:
· Bienvenido a Wells Fargo! A Case Study on How Wells Fargo Welcomed and Retained Valuable Hispanic Customers
This session will illustrate how direct mail helped Wells Fargo retain Hispanic-American customers, and promote their other banking services.
· English or Spanish: What do US Hispanics Prefer?
As the rich connections between the Spanish language and Hispanic culture continue to evolve, understanding the way language, culture, and human experience inter-relate is a powerful and essential tool for direct marketers.
· Roundtable Discussions
At each table, teams of participants will work together to find solutions to the questions posed to them. Attendees will have the opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and network with other professionals involved in direct marketing to Hispanics.
· Segmentation and Creative Achieving DM Harmony
A panel of experts will discuss how marketers can adjust Hispanic direct response marketing to fit targeted segments, in order to differentiate themselves from competitors and improve ROI.
· Identify More Hispanic Prospects Than Ever Before
This session will help direct marketers build a robust Hispanic database, create meaningful Hispanic segments, drive ongoing improvements in Hispanic marketing campaigns, and determine where Spanish language matters in their businesses.
At Directo Day West, attendees will hear from a group of carefully selected experts who will share the latest data, trends, and actionable best practices to maximize Hispanic direct marketing efforts. The conference offers a strong mix of top presenters, thought-provoking marketing ideas, and unbeatable networking opportunities.
To register, or for more information, visit www.dmadirectodays.org or call DMA Customer Service at 212.790.1500.
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About the DMA Directo Days Conferences:
For over thirteen years, the DMA Directo: Council for Hispanic Marketing Annual Directo Days Conference has attracted companies of all sizes, providing them with the tools they need to capture the business and loyalty of the Hispanic consumer. This year, this tremendous opportunity to learn and network with the industry's best returns to the West Coast for the second time.
The Direct Marketing Association (www.the-dma.org) is the leading global trade association of business and nonprofit organizations using and supporting multichannel direct marketing tools and techniques. DMA advocates industry standards for responsible marketing, promotes relevance as the key to reaching consumers with desirable offers, and provides cutting-edge research, education, and networking opportunities to improve results throughout the entire direct marketing process. Founded in 1917, DMA today has more than 4,800 corporate, affiliate, and chapter members from the US and 46 other nations, including 52 companies listed on the Fortune 100.
In 2005, companies spent an estimated $161 billion on direct marketing in the United States. Measured against total US sales, these advertising expenditures generated an estimated $1.85 trillion in increased sales in 2005, or 7 percent of the $26 trillion in total sales in the US economy (which includes intermediate sales). All together, direct marketing accounted for 10.3 percent of total US GDP in 2005.
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