Dear Friend & Subscriber,
Today is a sad day indeed. We lost an undercover
marketing legend and close Halbert family friend.
Her name is Nancy Jones and if you havent heard
of her it is because she wanted it that way.
Most of the big direct response advertisers knew
she got the very best ad rates humanly possible through
her own ingenuity and single-handily made dozens and
dozens of losing ads into profitable winners using
the trick Im about to explain.
Nancy has been a fixture in our family since as far
back as I can remember.
When we spoke a couple months ago she reminded me
of how she used to tuck me into bed for the night.
Anyway, Nancy was not only very good looking in her
youth but she also had a brilliant marketing mind.
I view my fathers life or my life with my father
Nancy goes all the way back to what Kevin and I call
The Ohio days when our father was just an average
middle class family man who then made it huge by writing
what would eventually hold the title for the most
widely mailed sales letter in history. That letter
is more formally known as known as The Coat of Arms
She was hired to work at Halberts Inc. and
soon took up the task of placing ads.
Now obviously, the profit from the sales that come
in from an ad have to be more than the cost of the
ad to be worth running so... this always puts a limit
on how many newspapers and magazines you can run the
ads in but Nancy figured out something genius.
Knowing human nature she would send letters to the
newspapers and magazines along with a check and note
which said in effect...
My name is Nancy Jones and I work for Halberts Inc.
and wed love to run an ad in your paper but
after doing the math this wouldnt be profitable
unless we could run it for x amount of dollars. I
know this is far below your current card rate but
if you have extra space for any reason and can place
my ad, I have enclosed a certified check made out
for what we can afford to pay.
If you do run the ad you can go ahead and cash the
check and if not you can rip it up or send it back.
Now Nancy Jones knew it is very hard for almost anyone
to return money they have in hand and this is why
it worked so damn well.
She used this tactic and became the only person the
Halbert family has ever recommended for ad placement
and I mean the only one ever.
She also really knew targeting.
I remember calling to place an ad through her and
she already knew the key demographics I was looking
for before I said a word. She also told me which papers
were best to run in for my type of promotion and a
list of great lead generating papers to follow up
My own personal direct marketing dream team included
Nancy without question and she is the number one person
key players asked me to hook them up with and she
really was one of the boys.
The entire time Ive known Nancy, she has been
a titan in a very male dominated world and she could
hang with the best of them.
She shared our fathers raw in-your-face honesty
along with his wicked sense of humor and a love of
I cant think of anyone who has been a true
close friend to our father longer than Nancy Jones.
They talked regularly from the early 1970s up until
our father passed away and she was a great friend
Kevin and I asked a couple times if we could interview
her but she shied away from the limelight and I can
tell you she shared with us some fantastic stories.
Nancy will be missed by her family and friends but
I feel she really deserves a footnote in the direct
marketing hall of fame.
God I hope there is a heaven because if there is,
my dad and Nancy are yucking it up right now.
With infinite love and affection,
Bond & Kevin
PS I just spoke with her son Andy who placed her
eulogy in the Canton Paper. I think it would be great
if everyone who knew Nancy Jones could reply to this
a little message about Nancy to show him just how
many people shared an appreciation for his mother.
I know those kind of sentiments helped Kevin and
I deal with the loss of our father.