Email marketing will need to combine with elements of social media in this new year. The Facebook email platform will make the merger of social media and email marketing easier this year. Email vendors are also offering social tools and ISPs are making inboxes more social. However, there are ways that marketers can effectively blend the different platforms.
If you're targeting the twenty-somethings, you will have to disregard the old tried and true weekly circulars or direct mail pieces. These folks don't look to the Sunday paper for great deals and discounts. Rather, they probably are checking their text messages for the best concert tickets available.