Posts by Jodi Murphy

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Jodi is one of our marketing guru’s here at MDR.  She has more than 20 years of digital marketing experience having held senior marketing and management positions with major publishers, including Scholastic and Reader’s Digest. She also played a key role launching a wildly successful tech startup, helping it make the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies three years running. Jodi has a passion for technology that automates and streamlines marketing processes for the educational industry. In her spare time she loves cooking for her large Greek-Norwegian family and is her daughter’s biggest fan when she’s competing around the country in all-star competitive cheer competitions.

3 Questions Teachers Will Ask About Your Edtech Product

By Jodi Murphy | 12/11/2017 | 0 Comments
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Got a coding app for kids? A parent-teacher communication tool? It could be the next classroom hit — or it could join the dozens of other duds that teachers don’t use. Edtech products come and go…which ones will be the stand-outs? Believe it or not, a 2015 study found that 65 percent of student licenses for digital […]

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Teachers Are Head of the Class as Consumers

By Jodi Murphy | 12/08/2017 | 0 Comments

When you were in school, were you ever surprised to run into one of your teachers ‘in the wild?’ Out in your town, shopping with their family, or at the movies? It can be a shock to a kid, but teachers are just like regular people. With one important difference. In their demographics, values, spending […]

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MDR and Quill.com – Hot off the Press!

By Jodi Murphy | 12/07/2017 | 0 Comments
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Quill.com Honored With Gold in 2017 MarCom Awards We are very proud to announce that MDR, in partnership with Quill.com, was selected as a Gold Winner for the 2017 MarCom Awards!  The MarCom award is an international competition for marketing and communication professionals.  Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the […]

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Integrated Campaigns: Getting Everything Right

By Jodi Murphy | 09/28/2017 | 0 Comments
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Why is integrated marketing THE buzz phrase in education marketing? Because educators seek information from multiple channels before making decisions. You need to meet your audience where THEY are, where THEY spend time, rather than expecting them to come to you. It takes multiple touches— 10 or more— to create brand trust and conversion with […]

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The Power of Personalization: Standing Out in the Inbox

By Jodi Murphy | 09/26/2017 | 0 Comments
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“Dear Occupant.” That’s a greeting that usually destines a piece of direct mail for the trash. Why would email be any different? Personalizing email and inserting dynamic content are email marketing best practices because they show recipients you know who they are and what they’re interested in. In a recent survey of education email marketers, […]

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Good Emailer Citizenship: Being a Welcome Sender

By Jodi Murphy | 09/20/2017 | 0 Comments
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Are your emails considered steak, or spam? An email isn’t an email until it successfully reaches the inbox of your intended recipient. And arrival in the inbox is far from guaranteed these days. Today’s email marketers need to be savvy about deliverability: what it is, what makes an email deliverable, and what marks you as […]

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Smart Email Design: In the Eye of the Recipient

By Jodi Murphy | 09/18/2017 | 0 Comments

Send. Whoosh! It’s a great feeling to send your email out into the world to generate clicks and conversions for you. But how does your email look when it arrives in people’s inboxes? Even if it looked fine when you sent it, it could look completely different to recipients. And the poor appearance of your […]

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5 Tips to Help You Get Back to the Education Marketing Basics

By Jodi Murphy | 09/14/2017 | 0 Comments
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In today’s marketing landscape, it seems like there’s always a “shiny object”—some cool new tool or strategy—clamoring for our attention and bandwidth. While it can be easy to get swept up in every new channel, it’s important to first be certain you are building on a strong foundation of marketing fundamentals. Here are five tips […]

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Testing Optimization: Making Good Emails Better

By Jodi Murphy | 09/14/2017 | 0 Comments

Emails talk back instantly: Did they open it? Did they click through? Did they visit your landing page? Click the CTA button? For email marketers, these insights give us the opportunity to adapt our campaigns based on what works and what doesn’t. And the low cost of email vs. other media means you can experiment […]

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Persuasive Email Copy: Every Word Counts

By Jodi Murphy | 09/13/2017 | 0 Comments

Do the math. Email subject lines under 50 characters deliver the best results…Headlines should be 6 words or less…Line lengths under 50 characters work best on mobile… All the advice on email content adds up to one reality: education marketers have precious little real estate to make their point. Every Copy Element has a Job […]

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Performance Expands When Email Campaign Focus Tightens

By Jodi Murphy | 09/12/2017 | 0 Comments
Rising Above the Noise in the Education Space

Wanted: Adult human. Interests: Everything I sell. Would you respond to an ad like this? Or would you prefer one that speaks directly to you as, say, a middle school science teacher? Match Your Goal to Your Audience to Your Message With educators, everything is about time, and how little of it they have. MDR […]

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Improving Your Email Conversation Skills

By Jodi Murphy | 09/05/2017 | 0 Comments
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We’ve all heard the phrase: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. In other words, using the right message, tone and delivery are central to making sure your message is received. But, as marketers targeting educators know, there’s a bit more to it than that. We’ve learned that with the educator audience, […]

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Branding in the World Wide West

By Jodi Murphy | 09/05/2017 | 0 Comments

You’ve established your brand in the marketplace. Everyone knows who you are, what you offer, and what you stand for, so you can focus on product sales and short-term revenue gains, right? Sorry, but like so many other aspects of marketing, brand is shifting under your feet. In budget crunch times, it would be nice […]

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Echo, Echo. The Power of Repetition in Digital Marketing

By Jodi Murphy | 09/05/2017 | 0 Comments

Adding Digital “Oomph” to Your Next Campaign Part of what made humans successful as a species is our ability to identify patterns, such as what are good things to eat versus what things are likely to eat you. Our brains are wired for it, and we find it uniquely satisfying when we can quickly distinguish […]

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You Are What You Measure

By Jodi Murphy | 09/02/2017 | 0 Comments

Are we asking customers the right questions, in the right way, and frequently enough? At a recent EdNET, several sessions challenged us to evaluate how hard we make it for our customers to tell us how they feel about our products. And whether we should be asking 20 questions when one will do. During his […]

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Social Media is Teacher’s Virtual Break Room

By Jodi Murphy | 08/30/2017 | 0 Comments
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Are your ears burning? Somewhere on social media, teachers are discussing their need for your product, or if you’re lucky, your brand itself. Sounds like a conversation you should be part of, right? It’s kind of like joining a conversation at a party; you want to be a natural and welcome participant, not a walking […]

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Is Email Dead, or Being Reincarnated?

By Jodi Murphy | 08/03/2017 | 0 Comments
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The problem with email is real. For many marketers, email performance is declining. Many wonder, should we just give up on email? Is direct mail back? If email is dead, what is the new workhorse of marketing? From MDR’s perspective, we can say that email marketing as it was originally conceived is a dead-end for […]

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5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Data

By Jodi Murphy | 06/05/2017 | 0 Comments
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Spring is that time of year when thoughts turn to cleaning up, clearing out, and starting fresh. It also happens to be the sweet spot in the education marketing calendar between finalizing one year’s sales results and preparing for the new school season. With four to six weeks needed for a data cleanse project, there […]

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