WHEELING, Ill., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study of omnichannel marketing based on intensive research underscores direct mail's foremost role in helping companies acquire new customers and prospects by engaging all channels to communicate with them. SG360 o, a leading printing and direct marketing solutions provider that offers multichannel marketing solutions, was a co-sponsor of the research and white paper - titled " From Theory to Practice: A Roadmap to 'Omnichannel' Activation" - conducted by Winterberry Group and sponsored by the Data & Marketing Association (DMA). Omnichannel marketing has come of age, fueled by technology advances that enable marketers to deploy a wide range of marketing channels to customers and prospects. But execution of omnichannel strategies has proven difficult. The new research reveals that just 6.7 percent of marketers and service providers surveyed are fully satisfied in their ability to employ audience insights from one channel across other touchpoints effectively. "Our job is to identify how we can help brands orchestrate and navigate effective omnichannel marketing programs," said Mary Lee Schneider, president and CEO of SG360 o. "For direct mail in particular, this research underscores the effectiveness of direct mail in omnichannel marketing programs by leading in customer acquisition and enhancing the efficacy of other channels, particularly email and search." The white paper identifies three critical ingredients for establishing omnichannel strategies that succeed. They are recognition, the continual identification of customers and prospects engaging in numerous touchpoints; engagement, maintenance of a mix of channels deployed to deliver the best customer experience; and orchestration, the coordinated management of customers' experience in support of fulfilling their preferences.