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Connections Chats - Tanger Outlets

09/15/2021

The 3 W's are what can make a brand partnership a 10/10!

Our very own Christian Golder, Media Director of Connections, describes what these are and how they can benefit everyone!

"Once you get the 3 W's everything will work."

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Connections Chats - Tanger Outlets

09/15/2021

In order to create a great partnership, you have to be a great partner!

Jessica Roberts, VP of Marketing Partnerships at Tanger Outlets, describes how she knows exactly what her consumers want and how to keep them happy.

Do you know what fits for your demographics?

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Connections Chats - Tanger Outlets

08/19/2021

Our very own Christian Golder sat down for an insightful chat with Jessica Roberts, Vice President of Tanger Outlets.

In this series, they discuss all things revolving around brand partnerships. You will learn what their demographics are, what makes a great partner, how you can meet potential customer face-to-face, and more!

Roberts does a lot of research when it comes to how she can increase the customer experience for her 180 million shoppers across the country.

If you want to be the best, that means working with the best. Tanger Outlets are the #1 shopping developer in the country, and this is because they put customer satisfaction first. Ready to be the perfect partner for Tanger Outlets?

Watch this series to get more information about what it's like to partner with Tanger Outlets.

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Reaching Beauty Consumers

08/05/2021

Many consumers are hesitant to spend money on new beauty products they've never tried before.

This is where product sampling comes in!

Contact us to learn how your samples can bring in a ton of new customers!

Check out the Hut Group

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Recent survey confirms samples and inserts are amongst the most popular forms of advertising

02/09/2021

Connections by TSW recently partnered with market research leaders CINT to carry out two research projects. Both were aimed at US Moms and with the intention of finding out what respondents thought about receiving advertising literature and/or product samples in their ecommerce packages. The results were extremely positive.

When you purchase products online do you like the brand you purchase from to share exciting offers or product samples with you?

Unprecedented approval ratings for ecommerce inserts and product samples!

The chart depicts the responses made by our audience of 300 US Moms to the question when you purchase products online do you like the brand you purchase from to share exciting offers or product samples with you? And an incredible 95.3% of respondents replied that they did.

Over ¾ of respondents (78.2%) replied that they enjoyed receiving both inserts and samples. Compare that to other advertising channels and the level of engagement that this media offers to advertisers really is unmatched.

Here at Connections by TSW we are not surprised by this. Our experience leads us to believe that this high level of approval can be attributed to the following reasons.

  • Under normal circumstances the ads that run in ecommerce packages have to be cleared and approved by the brands running the programs. This process ensures that only the most suitable and complementary campaigns go live. This is one of the main reasons that the channel is so responsive as well of course.
  • Customers are shown these ads in samples at a great time! The excitement and anticipation of opening a delivery combined with a tailored suitable offer.
  • And ecommerce packages have a 100% open rate! Hard to beat that!
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New Brands are being added to the Connections marketplace all the time.

01/19/2021

By bringing together different brands with similar target audiences to create a network of programs Connections by TSW are able to offer immediate scale for any campaign.

Connections by TSW would be happy to put together a tailer made set of programs and partnerships for your D2C brand. Some of the sectors that we are currently seeing huge success in are:

  • Moms
  • Health and Fitness Enthusiasts
  • Home Owners
  • Regular Travelers

And many more!

The team at Connections by TSW have over 20 years of direct marketing experience and are trusted by some of the biggest ecommerce brands in North America and UK.

If you are interested in either monetising your ecoomerce inventory or partnering with other complementary brands please do get in touch. We would love to talk.

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World Mental Health Day with Snapchat and Headspace Mini

10/09/2020

Snapchat’s Headspace Mini has two new mediations in honor of World Mental Health Day.  “Choose Kindness” encourages compassion and “Take on the School Year” aims to help navigate uncertainty. Both will be available starting 10 October.

We could all benefit from a 6 minute break in the day for a bit of mindfulness.

Read more about the Headspace Mini meditations here:  https://www.medianews4u.com/snapchat-and-headspace-team-up-for-world-mental-health-day/

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National Trust Scotland goes Naked

10/01/2020

We've read another great article about corporate generosity this week.
The National Trust for Scotland will be receiving conservation funds through a partnership with Naked Wines

 A direct donation and a percentage from the sale of selected NTS cases will go to support the charity. What a great way to celebrate Scotland and Scotland's contribution to winemaking!

Read all about it here:

https://harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/27745/National_Trust_Scotland_goes_Naked_to_fund_conservation_.html



#ClientsThatCare #thespecialistworks

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$2.5 million for Laura

10/01/2020

Walmart are stepping up to support the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. $2.5 million will go to local nonprofits active in Texas and Louisiana, and 600,000 bottles of water have been donated to the cause. 

Read about this beautiful example of good works here:

https://www.companynewshq.com/company-news/retail-company-news/walmart-sams-club-and-the-walmart-foundation-announce-relief-and-recovery-efforts-to-help-those-affected-by-hurricane-laura/

#ClientsThatCare #thespecialistworks

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Help for the Hungry

10/01/2020

Walmart and Sam's Club's "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign raised $306,374 for local Atlanta families in need, engaging customers, members, and suppliers in the fight against hunger.

Atlanta Community Food Bank accepted donations of both food and funds to help an increasing number in need due to the COVID19 outbreak. 

Nearly $18 million was raised this year to benefit 200 Feeding America® member food banks nationwide. TSW loves seeing corporate generosity. 

https://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/476081/walmart-and-sams-clubs-fight-hunger-spark-change-campaign-raises-306374-for-atlanta-community-food-bank

#ClientsThatCare #thespecialistworks

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HotTopic is BACK!

08/11/2020

HotTopic Package Inserts space is once again available!

Reach today’s youth through this great program. Book Now to have your inserts ride direct to these responsive consumers.

The program is made up of two brands. Hottopic and Boxlunch with a 75%/25% split in favor of Hottopic.

Hot Topic specializes in music and pop culture inspired fashion including body jewelry, accessories, Rock T-Shirts, Skinny Jeans, Band T-shirts, Music T-shirts

BoxLunch is a specialty retailer offering a curated collection of pop culture-themed product offering of apparel, accessories, home goods, gift and novelty, and collectibles.

Contact us today for more information. (https://www.connectionsbytsw.com/media/hottopic-boxlunch-pip

#ClientsThatCare #thespecialistworks

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Zero Carbon for HelloFresh

08/06/2020

HelloFresh is looking to be the first carbon neutral meal kit. By investing in Climate Protections Projects around the globe and transitioning to Green Energy Warehouses, they plan to 100% offset their direct carbon emissions.

Read more about this great initiative here: https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU2008/S00065/hellofresh-to-become-first-global-carbon-neutral-meal-kit-company.htm

#ClientsThatCare #thespecialistworks

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New to Connections: Macys.com Package Inserts

07/16/2020

Reach Macy’s discerning customers

Macy's PIP offers advertising opportunities in outgoing product shipments from Macys.com. These packages will include apparel, accessories, home, cosmetics, fragrances, fine china, crystal, casual china, glassware and fine and costume jewelry. Macys.com ships millions of packages annually and will allow for one 3 third party insert monthly, based on availability. All pieces will be hand inserted.

Key Demographics:

  • Women 70%
  • Average Age 45
  • Average HH Income $75,000

Specs:

  • Max Insert Size: 5.5” X 8.5”
  • Max Insert Weight: 0.25oz

Call us today at 1-888-735-2723 or Email us at connections@thespecialistworks.com

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This one is for you, Mom! 

07/14/2020
Connections by The Specialist Works (US & Canada) is proud to have partnered with Carters Inc. to celebrate 100 deserving moms in June.

Along with the BIGGER THAN BIG virtual baby shower hosted by incredible special guests, Connections by The Specialist Works (US & Canada) & The Specialist Works teams both helped our amazing clients join the event to donate awesome gifts in support of these moms and their new little ones. Because moms deserve ALL the love.

#tsw #brandpartnerships #morepossibilities #connectionsbytsw #connecting #connectingbrands #moms  
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Saks Fifth for Food Banks

06/22/2020

Saks Fifth Avenue has an exclusive, limited-edition run of T’s from Cinq à Sept specifically to raise money for New York City’s Food Banks.  Available 16June, 20% of the collection’s proceeds will go to help end hunger. 

 A beautiful partnership for a worthy cause. This is why we love our retail partners! 

#ClientsThatCare #thespecialistworks 

Read all about it here: https://fashionunited.uk/news/fashion/cinq-a-sept-teams-with-saks-donate-to-food-bank-for-nyc/2020061649403 

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Consumer Cellular Donates for Relief

06/09/2020

We saw today that Consumer Cellular has continued their support of the American Red Cross’s Annual Disaster Responders Program. A $250,000.00 donation will help provide shelter, meals, emotional support, and recovery aid. What a wonderful gift in these uncertain times.

That's why we love our friends at Consumer Cellular! 

#ClientsThatCare #thespecialistworks

Read all about it here: https://www.consumercellular.com/blog/consumer-cellular-donates-250000-to-american-red-cross/ 

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Shutterfly Brings Joy

06/01/2020

Today we read that Shutterfly has spent more than $750,000.00 supporting communities during the COVID19 crisis.  they've made direct donations to communities in need, and are producing cloth face masks.  They've created an app for photoshoot backgrounds and rolled out #CreateThanks where children can share their artwork honoring everyday heroes.  

Amazing work from an incredible business! That’s why we love our retail partners at Connections By The Specialist Works.

Read about it here: http://svdaily.com/shutterfly-brings-joy-and-gives-more-than-750000-in-donations-to-help-communities-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

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Wayfair Celebrates Education

05/19/2020

As a way to show appreciation for the dedication of teachers during these uncertain times, our friends at Wayfair are giving 2 exceptional US teachers new furnishings, supplies and storage. Connections by TSW applauds any celebration of education! 

 

Nominate an ‘exemplary educator’ here: https://wayfairwinaclassroom.typeform.com/to/apisX8 

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New Program Alert: PINCHme! Package Insert

05/18/2020

Be One Of The First Brands To Reach this NEW Audience. Book Now!

PINCHme is the leading, direct-to-consumer, sampling platform with more than 6 million fully profiled members. The platform is free for anyone to sign up, and members can try products from leading brands in a risk-free way before they buy what they like. All PINCHme asks for in return is feedback on the products.

Demographics Profile

  • Women: 91%
  • Average Age: 36
  • Average HH Income $70,000

Specs

  • Max Insert Size: 5" x 6"
  • Max Insert Weight: .14oz

Contact the Connections Team for more information

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Headspace, for FREE

05/14/2020

Our friends at Headspace are offering a free one year subscription for those in the US who find themselves unemployed.  A bit of mindfulness and meditation to help calm your mind in trying times.  

A new series of meditations specifically for these circumstances are going live soon.  

What amazing generosity. 

Sign up at https://lnkd.in/giQkE5X

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What's Possible Bitesize: Connected TV

05/11/2020

We at Connections by TSW are eagerly awaiting the second installment of What's Possible Bitesize. This week's curated webinar is entitled A New Age: Connected TV Advertising. 

Connected TV is the fastest growing form of AV media. Where has this surge come from? And what does it mean for paid advertising?

Get your questions answered live by Jamie Clilverd this Wed 13th May | 2pm BST (7am EST)

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3dA6G1Q  

#whatspossible

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What's Possible Bitesize Debut

05/06/2020

The What’s Possible Bitesize debut HOW TO BUILD BRAND TRUST WITH SPEED AND CONFIDENCE was a complete hit!   

Sally Weavers and Jen Smith from Craft brought amazing insight into the components of trust building.  Brands are judged by their Competence, Dependability and Integrity, and in this current climate, by their Focus of Motivation.   

See for yourself at: https://www.workcast.com/AuditoriumAuthenticator.aspx?cpak=8294397166865138&pak=122939842798958

We can’t wait for next week’s installment A New Age: Connected TV Advertising with TSW’s Jamie Cliverd.  Register here: https://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=6678821163728538 

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Sam’s Club Concierge Services

05/04/2020

They say that necessity is the mother of invention.  For Sam's Club, members’ wellbeing is the impetus for innovation. 

As we read in Forbes Magazine, Sam’s Club now offers Concierge Shopping for seniors and at-risk members.  A staff member comes to the car, gets the list of necessities, brings the items back to the vehicle, loads them, and payment is made on the spot.  At risk members never have to leave the safety of their car.

Read the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherwalton/2020/04/30/sams-clubs-new-concierge-shopping-service-for-seniors-sets-a-high-bar-for-retail-innovation/#4d8d63c45203

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Sam’s Club $1mm Donation 

05/01/2020

We love seeing stories about generosity in times of uncertainty. Sam’s Club is donating $1 million for Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) to use supporting businesses impacted by COVID19. 

Grants of up to $10,000 will go to small businesses in underserved communities.  

Read the full article here: https://talkbusiness.net/2020/04/sams-club-makes-1-million-donation-to-small-business-support-fund/?utm_campaign=sams-club-makes-1-million-donation-to-small-business-support-fund&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss 

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In Support of Good Wine

04/30/2020

This week we came across an uplifting item about Naked Wines.  In support of small vintners being hit hard by restaurant closures, Naked Wines has set aside $5 million to spend on stock that was previously intended for temporarily shuttered venues.   

Independent winemakers from the US, UK and Australia have a chance at a new business opportunity, and Naked Wine’s customers will have an opportunity to try new wines.  A win-win in these trying times.  Cheers! 

Read the complete article here: https://www.essentialretail.com/news/naked-wines-5m-support-package/ 

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Print Innovation – Word-of-Mouth Marketing

04/14/2020

Print is one of the longest-standing and trusted medias available and it continues to prove effective for brands across categories. While the media has long existed, there is a lot of new & exciting innovation with print. You have probably experienced some of this as a consumer… Maybe you have come across magazines that release a smell when they are opened or have seen an ad that changes color in different lighting - it is all amazing and somewhat MIND-BLOWING! Connections by The Specialist Works is taking the power of print media a step further and has found success in using word-of-mouth marketing to drive incremental response and brand loyalty.

Brands including The White Company, Graze, Celtic & Co and Charles Tyrwhitt have utilized our innovative print services to bring this opportunity to life. We have effectively leveraged word-of-mouth marketing by utilizing a format most commonly known as the “Double Pop-Out,” which can be utilized in direct mail, event marketing & inserts. The “Double Pop-Out” format has two pop-out cards (similar in size to a gift card) imbedded into the printed piece. Utilizing perforation on a flat sheet of paper means that this format can typically run through feeders for inserting or withstand expected wear and tear through the postal system without deterioration. In short, it is an extremely versatile and robust print format. 

As mentioned above, the “Double Pop-Out” has two pop-out areas which presents a brand a larger opportunity. We suggest and have seen success when utilizing the first pop-out to share an offer with the targeted consumer, and then utilizing the second pop-out for that consumer to share with a friend. If you are targeting the right audience and reaching them at the right time, this format has proven to be incredibly effective - in some cases even doubling response rates! Giving consumers an opportunity to share amazing offers with their friends is a great example of word-of-mouth marketing, as consumers are now doing the work for your brand.

Word-of-mouth is THE most powerful form of marketing because of how much we trust our friends and family. Word-of-mouth marketing is also essentially free (e.g. in the example above, you are simply dedicating space on a piece you were already running), which makes it very efficient and scalable.

At Connections by The Specialist Works, we love creative, new, and engaging formats. Creating new opportunities for brands to connect with their current and potential customers is what we live for!

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