DMA announces NCDM awards

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The Direct Marketing Association and DIRECT magazine announced winners of the 2005 National Center for Database Management Database Excellence Awards. The awards, which recognize organizations that have demonstrated ingenuity and creativity in leveraging their marketing databases, will be presented Dec. 13 at a luncheon during the NCDM conference at the Walt Disney World Dolphin in Orlando, Fla. A platinum award, the highest honor, will be given to Merkle for database work done for client Dell Inc. Gold awards will be given to: Merkle for Dell in the analytics and modeling applications category; Sourcelink for Affinia Hospitality in the multichannel marketing category; and Abacus/DoubleClick for AOL in the technology applications category. Barclays Global Investors will receive a bronze award for database work in the b-to-b category.

MeritDirect wins CMP lists

MeritDirect announced it has won list management for CMP Media's more than 150 subscriber lists and databases of 2.3 million business information and technology decision-makers. It will assume management as of Jan. 1. MeritDirect will also begin managing CMP's entertainment media lists totaling more than 200,000 postal names and more than 130,000 e-mail names. The lists were previously managed by Rubin Response.

RMG Connect acquires

RMG Connect Worldwide, the global relationship agency of JWT, announced the acquisition of, a provider of integrated marketing communications services. The purchase price was not disclosed. RMG Connect said the acquisition will enable it to provide more technology services and Hispanic marketing expertise to clients. Miami-based, which will retain its name, provides direct marketing, interactive marketing, technology development and merchandising services.

Harte-Hanks opens Manila office

Harte-Hanks, a direct marketing company, announced the opening of a marketing operations office in Manila, the Philippines. The office will provide contact center, data entry, mail tracking and data management services to North America and other English-speaking markets. In other news, Harte-Hanks announced that its data quality service, Harte-Hanks Advanced Data Quality, has added the U.S. Postal Service's LACSLink. The product.provides direct mailers with an automated method of accessing and obtaining updated addresses in situations where a rural-style address has been changed to a city-style address.

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