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Six Things That Should NOT be on Your Direct Mail Postcard

Postcards can be one of the most profitable (and cost-effective) types of direct mail that you can use. However, in order for your postcards to be the most effective, you need to only have the most important information and leave off anything superfluous. It’s definitely important to give the customer enough information about your business that they want to work with you, but remember less is more. Bombarding the customer with clutter or too much text is overwhelming and will give them reason to put your postcard straight in the garbage.

Here are 6 things you should NOT include on your direct mail postcard:

1. Confusing Headlines

A catchy headline is certainly important, however, they also need to be fairly obvious. Jokes and cleverness can be great for attracting attention but you need to make sure they aren’t going to go over people’s heads. No one is going to put in ANY extra amount of effort trying to figure out what your message is, not even an ounce of energy, so your message needs to be clear.

2. Too Much Text

Speaking of having a clear message, the easiest way to lose your message is to bury it in too much text. Once again, your customers aren’t going to put in ANY amount of effort to see what you’re selling. No one wants to read paragraphs of text on an advertisement. Try to stick with short, easily digestible copy. You don’t need to list every service you provide, or every detail of your business’ history–just the important parts.

3. Bad Images

Photos can be very useful in capturing someone’s attention. However, that attention can be bad if you are using low-quality (pixelated, blurry) images. These will come across as unprofessional, and that is the last thing you want your company to be seen as. Also, make sure that your photographs make sense. If you are advertising a special for the fall season, you shouldn’t still be using last season’s beach photographs.

4. Unnecessary Images (or Graphics)

Sure, using flashy graphics can be a great tool for capturing attention, but make sure it’s not at the expense of getting your message across. Function is more important than form. It is definitely important to have a good design and layout, but this layout should help make your message clear, not deter from it.

5. Too Many Offers

Having a coupon or promotion is one of the best ways to promote your business. However, you want to stick to one or two GREAT offers, not 4 or 5 just okay ones. Having too many offers can be overwhelming, and distracting. A customer doesn’t want to sift through too much information to see which offer may be the best deal for them.

It is also important to note that sometimes the best solution is to mail out different versions of the same postcard with varying offers on them. This can help for multiple reasons; you can test to see which offers garner more attention. You can also differentiate between new customers and returning customers. You may insult a current customer by sending them a “first time shopper” coupon.

6. Bad Grammar and Punctuation

It should go without saying, but please make sure that you are using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. There are other common mistakes that appear in the advertising world that shouldn’t be common practice. For example, using “unnecessary” quotation marks. Make sure that you know what quotation marks should be used for. There are other ways to emphasize a word. For example: you can italicize, underline, or change the color, size, or weight of just that word. Also Try To Avoid Using Random Capitalization and excessive punctuation!!! This style of writing comes across as unprofessional.

 

In short, you want your message to be as clear as possible while also being as easy as possible for the customer to read. Keep this basic motto in mind and you’ll have no problem remembering what should NOT be on your direct mail postcard. For a reminder of what SHOULD be on your postcard, check out our other blog post, “Five Tips for Creating a Stand-Out Direct Mail Piece.


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Turning Your Direct Mail Postcard Into Revenue

Your daily mail will almost always contain at least one postcard – for the simple fact that postcards are great performers for marketers. Direct mail is easy to track, so marketers can know what types of pieces are performing the best for certain campaigns. Well-designed postcards are a smart and economical choice for your next direct mail offer because of their high impact, lower cost, affordable postage and outstanding ROI.

Exploring the Impact of Postcards

With a constant influx of media messages of all types, we have to find creative ways to produce the ones that will really stand out. Consumers switch tv channels, close browser tabs, switch radio stations, and use ad-blockers to snuff out mundane advertising.  In today’s age, we have shorter attention spans than ever before – we skim through news stories and web content, often reading only the first paragraph of an article post before moving on to the next.  Print advertising has a high-impact, tactile, even interactive presence, and that is where direct mail fits. Direct mail almost “demands” that the recipient make a conscious choice to read it. Well-designed postcards are able to capture attention quickly. They don’t hinge on the decision whether or not to open something like an envelope or self-mailer, so the offer and the message are immediately visible with a postcard. Census has shown that 50.9%¹ of postcards received are read by at least one member of the household. That number is higher than other direct mail formats studied for comparison.

Why do postcards usually cost less?

Direct mail postcard printing typically costs less to produce than other direct mail formats. A creative designer is able to produce a postcard design in much less time than it would take to construct the components of an envelope mailing package (often consisting of the outer envelope, a letter, a buckslip or brochure and sometimes even a reply envelope). Fewer components to design and print equates to savings on the cost of paper and ink, production setup time and time on press. With a postcard, the only bindery finishing step is trimming the cards to final size, which is often done in-house. Postcard personalization is usually performed on high speed inkjet addressing systems, the least expensive method of addressing for postal acceptance. Postcards also save on postage because they can be sized as large as 6-1/8 x 11-1/2 and still qualify for letter postage rates.

Postcard Performance vs. Other Pieces

While direct mail postcard response rates might not be as high as uniquely shaped dimensional mail or oversized envelope mailers, the average response rate of 5%, house mailing lists and 3.6%, prospect lists, offset by the lower cost of production still equates to postcards scoring the lowest cost per response in comparison to other direct mail formats. Postcards provide a cost per response of approximately $17 for house mailing lists and $30 for prospect lists².

Even with all the available outlets, direct mail still remains the leader in multi-channel marketing efforts. Print does cost more than email and web based advertising, but higher response rates justify the expense in comparison to other marketing channels. Postcards are top performers because they boast a high impact, placing messages and offers in front of the recipient without requiring a decision to open an envelope or not. Postcards cost less to produce, which makes them attractive for marketers with limited budgets for direct mail printing. Favorable response rates plus low cost make postcards difficult to top for new customer acquisition and consumer retention.

1. DMA Statistical Fact Book, 2016
2. DMA Response Rate Report, 2016

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Five Tips for Creating a Stand-Out Direct Mail Piece

Approximately 40% of people look forward to checking the mail – the ACTUAL mail, that is – while the rest just check from habit or consider it a chore (2015 Gallup poll report). Direct mail is one of the most effective ways to get your message to a potential customer, but if you are unable to capture their attention, your amazing direct mail piece will head straight to the bin.

The advantage to direct mail is its tangibility, physically putting something in customers’ grip. If you can give people a reason to look just a little longer – or keep your mail piece, they will repeatedly see your company name, message and offer.

Direct Mail Stands Out

Here are five creative tips to make your direct mail pieces stand out:

1. Send Useful Pieces

Useful items hang around. Magnets are a tried and true direct mail tool. Put your offer or brand message with your phone number on a magnet, and customers will see it every time they go to the fridge – or file cabinet – or look at their memo board. Alternatively, your mailer can function as a to-do list, keeping your product or service info handy. Another popular strategy is calendars – especially with notable local dates for sports or event schedules. If you send a mailer that is a multi-tasker, people will hang on to it.

2. Spark Peoples’ Curiosity

Use direct mail’s tangibility to your advantage. Try varied tactics to stick out in the stack of mail in your customer’s mailbox. Try making it “lumpy.” People will be intrigued to open an envelope with a bit of a bulge. You’ll grab their attention immediately – then all you need is a personal and direct message. If you’ve got a product for sale, you could even send a small sample. Because who doesn’t love gadgets or free stuff?

3. Make it Personal

Are you sending direct mail to existing customers in your database? If so, tailor the mail piece based on their history with you. When you add the customer’s name, it becomes more of a personalized letter rather than just a marketing message. For example, if you’re a dentist, you could say something like “Paul, It’s been awhile since your last cleaning, so now would be a great time to schedule your next…”

4. Pay Attention to Seasons

Different seasons make way for different activities. A mail piece that includes information relevant to the season is a good way to trigger nostalgia for the time of year. Recipes for fall and winter holidays, party ideas, craft instructions, yard care maintenance information for the spring and summer – are all good examples of seasonal attention to detail. When paired with a time-sensitive offer, people will hang on to your mailer for the season and see your company name much longer.

5. Keep it Local

Tell people what’s going on in their neighborhood or town. You could send a calendar of events, or possibly a list of shops and restaurants close to their home, just be careful not to promote your competitors – If your mail piece includes a guide to a town or neighborhood, locals will keep it. This can be quite useful if you’ve narrowed your list down to new homeowners or people who have recently moved to the community.

The combination of unique, useful and informative wins the day, so keep these best practices in mind when developing your direct mail campaigns – so you can keep your business coming in the door.


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Best Practices to Track Direct Mail Response

To be able to have the most effective direct mail campaigns, you have to be able to see exactly what is bringing in your customers. The only way to be able to tell this is to track the direct mail response each campaign receives. When you know your response rate, you can test and change different methods to see which methods achieve greater success. There are several different tools and methods you can use within your direct mail pieces that will not only help draw more business, but will allow you to track the response rate that these pieces garner. We’ll discuss these techniques below and how they can be useful in your direct mail.

Coupons

First of all, coupons are a just a good business tool. People love to get a good deal and seeing a coupon will entice a potential customer to want to make the purchase. Not only will coupons drive more business, but they are one of the most effective ways to track the response rate of your direct mail. There are essentially two different types of coupons: physical coupons or coupon/promo codes. Physical coupons can be printed on postcards, brochures, or other direct mail materials with tear-away perforated edges and are typically used in person. Coupon codes/Promo codes/ Discount codes are typically used for online purchases. These usually consist of a code that the customer can enter in their online shopping cart to receive a discount before they “check out.”

An important factor in tracking direct mail responses is to use exclusive coupons and codes for each direct mail campaign. This way you can differentiate between campaigns to see what worked, and what didn’t. It’s up to you to keep track of these coupons. Organization is the key! Figure out a system that works for you, and stick with it. Whether you have a program that will count the coupons automatically via a sequence number or bar code, or you simply keep a tally in a spreadsheet, make sure you track how many of each type of coupon has been used.

Variable URLs

Variable URLs are a creative way to drive business to your website. There are two common ways you can use variable URLs to track your response rate. The most popular variable URL is probably the promotional URL (ex. website.com/summersale) which enables advertisers to create a landing page to funnel traffic to. Generally, you want to have this unique promotional URL to have some sort of deal or access that your regular home page doesn’t have, to incentivize the customer to use it. The other common type of variable URL is a PURL. PURLs are personalized URLs that are created for specific customers (ex. website.com/johnsmith.) This type of personalization can entice a customer to respond. Using web analytics, you can track how many times these unique pages were visited and what else they did while they visited your website. This can lead to other target marketing opportunities in the future.

QR Codes

QR codes are an excellent way to track direct mail response. QR codes can also incorporate the variable URLs mentioned above, without the customer having to type in the entire web address. However, keep your audience in mind. Most people under 30 are familiar with QR codes and find them an easy, convenient way to reach a website. While on the other hand, the older generation may not even have a device capable of reading a QR code, nonetheless know how to use it.

Phone Calls

Not everyone is a fan of online shopping, or checking out websites. Some customers still prefer calling a business to learn more information. A great way to track direct mail response is to use a customer phone number on each direct mail piece. This way you can track how many calls each direct mail piece received. If you use the same phone number for everything, you can still ask customers how they heard about you or just pay attention to call volume overall in relation to when you’ve sent out direct mail.

Foot Traffic

Similarly, some customers prefer doing things face-to-face. If you pay attention to how many customers you have at a certain time compared to when you have sent out direct mail pieces, you can find the correlation and see what may have brought them in.

And Of Course, Purchases

If your marketing campaign is requesting that a customer purchase a specific item, you can compare different direct mail campaigns against the number of purchases to see which direct mail pieces were most effective. You can also just compare your average number of sales against those during the number of sales garnered during a direct mail campaign to see if the campaign has impacted your average number of purchases.

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All of these methods can track direct mail response, however, those with campaign-specific numbers are the most accurate. Take a look at the data you have compiled and see which direct mail campaigns seem to be the most effective. Now, figure out why. Were you running a better sale than usual sale? Did you try a different art style? Did you promote web traffic instead of foot traffic? Did send your direct mail to a different audience? It is important to keep in mind that there are always different factors in play. What season it is, if a holiday is nearby, or a million other reasons can impact how many people will respond to your direct mail, but you should be able to see overall trends that tend to be the most effective in your direct mail campaigns. Stick with these trends, and keep improving, and you will get the most out of your direct mail efforts!


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Direct Mail Strategies: What NOT to Do

The world of direct mail can sometimes be tricky to navigate. While trying to remember all of the goals you have in mind, and everything you need to do to accomplish them, it can be hard to keep in mind what NOT to do. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things NOT to do when using direct mail.

1. Don’t make your message hard to read.

Of course you want to have an eye-catching design to capture the interest of potential customers, but if they can’t read the information it becomes pointless. Many people make the mistake of choosing a “fun”, whimsical font. While this may be okay for one or two words, you certainly don’t want to use it for the entire text. It is important to choose a font that is easily legible. While we are on the subject of legibility, please proofread! A glaring typo or weird formatting issue will not only make your message harder to understand, but it will also look like you don’t know what you’re doing or simply don’t care. If you can’t make sure your own advertisement is 100% flawless, why would someone trust you to do something for them? You also don’t want to include too much copy. No one wants to read a wall of text on their mail. Try to keep it simple, using only the necessary information. If a potential customer has to spend an ounce of energy trying to decipher what the message is, they are just going to lose interest and throw it away. Let your overall design and imagery do the attention-grabbing.

2. Don’t lie.

You should never lie or “stretch the truth” in your direct mail. You want to make sure you can actually fulfill the promises you have offered. You may still make the sale on a technicality, but you won’t keep them as a repeat customer that way. Overselling yourself is also a great way to ruin your reputation in the long run. Another important thing to note is to verify that your disclaimers are correct and include as many details as possible. You don’t want to end up losing hundreds of thousands of dollars because you forgot to type the correct amount of asterisks.

3. Don’t use out-dated data.

Old data is no longer good data. People move, businesses transform, and circumstances change. You can either clean up the list you already have or purchase a new list, but either way you need to make sure the information you have is correct and up-to-date. Sending mail to people who no longer live at that address, or a business that no longer exists, is simply a waste of money. If your data is more than 3 years old without ever being refreshed, don’t use it. Advertising a product directed towards the mother of a newborn isn’t going to be effective if it’s now being sent to the mother of a 5 year old.

4. Don’t forget to include a Call-to-Action.

You are sending out direct mail because you want the people receiving it to do something. Be sure to let them know what exactly it is you’d like them to do. Be clear and concise, make it clear what they should do, how they should do it,  and when they should do it. For example, “Sign up for this free trial by calling within the next 5 days!” By the time a prospective client is finished reading your piece, they should have a clear idea of what exactly to do. They should also have a sense of urgency to do so. Be sure to have a deadline for them to get whatever you are offering, so they feel they have to “act now” before they lose their opportunity.

5. Don’t focus on just the features.

You may be excited to share all of the features of your newest product or service, but honestly no one cares. What they do care about is how these features can benefit them. Instead of listing all of the services that are included in your monthly lawn care treatment, list why someone would benefit from having this service. For example, “Let us rake, mow, and weed your yard so you can enjoy your weekends with your family!”

6. Don’t ignore the benefits of tracking.

So you send out a few direct mail pieces and business is booming, great! But what piece of the puzzle was most instrumental at bringing in business? Was it one specific design that was more eye-catching, or was it that the list was better targeted for your desired audience? To be able to know the answers to these questions, you’ll want to employ some sort of tracking. An easy way to do this is by using a specific, different coupon code for each new direct mail piece. This way you can track which coupon codes brought in more business, and further analyze the data about what was different with this direct mail piece. If you notice that one of your coupon codes didn’t seem to bring in as much business, analyze the data. Did you try a different data list to send this piece to? Did you try a different discount? Was this design different than your standard? Figure out what works and what doesn’t work this way. Tracking your customers is also a way to keep up with new customers. Once you know who’s attention you’ve grabbed–you can keep it!

7. Don’t be impersonal.

Everyone likes feeling like they are special. Avoid using general statements, and try to make your piece appeal directly to your audience. A great way to do this is by using variable data within your piece. Using variable data, you can put in the customer’s name and other information you may know about them that way it feels like you designed this piece just for them! Being more personal and friendly establishes a relationship with the customer that makes them feel like you care about them, and will make them more likely to want to work with you.

8. Don’t forget to include a compelling offer.

You have to convince people why they should be interested in what you are selling, and why they should be interested now. The best way to do this is to give them some incentive with a special deal, coupon, discount, or bonus–with an expiration date of course. It’s great to give them the information about your product or service, but that is only half the battle. Giving them a reason to purchase your product/service by making them feel like they’ll be missing out on a great opportunity if they don’t, tends to be a great strategy.

9. Don’t focus solely on the design.

Of course you want to make your piece eye-catching to grab the attention of potential customers, but you have to make sure you’re getting your message to the correct people to begin with. The tried-and-true method of marketing known as the 40/40/20 rule says that 40% of your success will come from how effective your mailing list is, 40% will be decided by how compelling your offer is, and only 20% of your success will be determined from everything else–including your design, body copy, imagery, and delivery method. While having an amazing design is important, it doesn’t matter how eye-catching it is if it’s not getting to the people who would be interested in your product.

10. Don’t keep doing the same old thing.

Our last tip is to experiment! Change your offer, change your design, change your mailing list, and refer back to tip #6 to track which of these changes seems to work best for you. It is important to remember that you’re going to have to keep changing also. Just because your direct mail piece was a hit the first time you sent it out doesn’t mean it will have the same results the tenth time around. Times change, people change, competition changes. Try new formats, offer new specials, even something as simple as a headline change can attract a different customer. Do everything you can to keep changing and you will continue to grow as a business.

 

 


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Direct Mail vs. Hurricane Season: PrimeNet has the advantage.

Julie blog direct mail vs. hurricane seasonBy Julie Fleming, Information Technology

 

PrimeNet Direct Marketing Solutions definitely has a huge advantage when it comes to Hurricane Season in Florida, and here’s why:

direct mail vs. hurricane seasonDirect Mail vs. Florida’s Hurricane Season:
PrimeNet, 10 : Weather, 0. Hurricane Season is arriving once again on the East Coast. Running from June 1st to November 30th each year, hurricanes and tropical storms can wreak havoc once they make landfall, damaging homes and businesses, uprooting trees, tossing around structures and spawning powerful tornadoes which can destroy any (unprepared) thing in their path. They can cause widespread power outages, internet outages, and utility outages forcing businesses to close up shop for awhile, and the list goes on. Hurricanes are absolutely not our friend when it comes to our coexistence. But the good news is:

We take our direct mail business very seriously at PrimeNet, and are highly prepared for whatever nature decides to toss our way.

Our facility in Florida was built to tall-order specifications and is Category 3 protected, with our data center inside the facility reinforced to Category 5 protection. Our Data Center is housed in an enclosed structure within the Florida facility, and has a hefty power supply backed up by well-maintained onsite generators. Our data centers in both Largo, Florida and Shakopee, Minnesota, which back up each other, are constructed of poured concrete reinforced by rebar, filled with a special waterproof material and are finished with an additional layer of water resistant material for ultimate weather protection. Watch a short video on our Data Centers here.

We know your direct mail message is important, and with our secure data centers and facilities we at PrimeNet Direct Marketing Solutions have ensured that we won’t let

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Print Marketing to the Gen Z Crowd

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Marketing to the Gen Z audience – Protip: Go Retro, Use Print.

To reach Gen Z, marketers must realize that everything that was once considered “old” is now new. Within the next couple of years generation Z will account for 40% of consumers which is approximately $4 billion in discretionary spending.1 And guess what — Market research surveys suggest that they prefer print marketing as most effective, and 98% of them prefer buying products in stores ‘sometimes’ or ‘most of the time’.1 What’s most import to note though; their values matter as much to them as price. Even though this generation grew up during the Great Recession, research has found that they’re willing to spend money on products from companies with similar values to their own. Advertisers who are consistent in providing value and relevancy in their advertising, and corporate actions such as fundraisers and causes, will earn and keep Gen Z’s respect.

Marketers can determine identities, purpose and values from Gen Z’s interests, activities and habits. And if they fail to get authenticity correct, Gen Z’ers will dismiss their messages. The right tone, language and relevancy are very important.

Print Marketing, An Uninterrupted Customer Experience

Gen Z expects service within seconds because they not only live online, but have a screen in front of them almost 24/7. Constant use of this technology plays a large part in why Gen Z values print channel experiences. It’s ‘different’ but relevant, and a break from the usual. Print advertising can be viewed without the kinds of interruptions that plague digital customer experiences, and that adds value.

The Millennial crowd is not much different. Despite being familiar with digital, almost half of Millennial market survey respondents, ages eighteen to thirty-four, reported having something professionally printed, such as stationery, contact cards or other items at least once a month.2

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Price, The Number One Factor to the Majority of Gen Z Consumers

We stated earlier that values and ethics matter a lot to this generation, but they still won’t buy if the price isn’t right. The Great Recession and the recovery period impacted them greatly — to the point that approximately 60% have a savings account as a safety net.1 This shows that they’re not even buying from the competition. They’re just not buying at all if they won’t get exactly what they want.

Gen Z’ers witnessed the net worth of their parents plummet by greater than 40%. Gen Z has become accustomed to living in survival mode — to the point where they will price-check and verify online reviews on their phones while they are shopping in brick and mortar stores. They demand quality goods — affordable products, but not cheap products. Effective marketing will incorporate both quality and price into the message.

Omnichannel In-Store Experiences, a Must

While the in-store experience could be seen as Gen Z’s version of ‘unplugged from technology’, they’re still using their phones in stores. Nearly half of Gen Z consumers are on smartphones in the store, price-checking and contacting friends, family or online reviews for advice.

Market Research from Gen Z’ers, statistics:

Tangible and Digital work together for the Gen Z crowd. They’ve seen brands that started online with e-commerce only, then moved to brick and mortar stores, like Bonobos and Birchbox for example. And while 60% of Gen Z consumers prefer to go into a store versus shopping online, 75% of them will often additionally check a store’s app while they’re shopping there3. Developing your print marketing to match your apps and in-store experiences will capture this audience, PLUS adding new features like AR (Augmented Reality) to your app can go a long way to build rapport with your consumers.

 


1 MNI Targeted Media Inc. white paper “Generation Z: Unique and Powerful”
2 FedEx Office survey April 26, 2018, citation
3  Statistics from: GenZGuru.com


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List Tips and Best Practices for Direct Mail

If you’re thinking of using a purchased list to send email as your ONLY marketing strategy – think twice. One of the best ways to make a purchased or rented list effective is to use direct mail to drive leads to a landing page, where potential customers can fill out a form to be entered into the company’s database. Once the form has been filled, your lead is now an ‘opt-in’ and can successfully be included in email marketing campaigns with little risk of spam or blacklisting. By using this strategy, marketers can get the most out of purchased or rented lists. However, as with any campaign that involves a targeted list, much will depend on the quality of the list.

Research has concluded that approximately 60% of your direct mail campaign is based on the quality of your list. If the quality isn’t up to par, then you are just wasting your time and money. To help you with the list building process, we have gathered some list tips and best practices for direct mail.

Be Very Specific – List Targeting 101

An excellent guideline for list building is the more targeted, the better. Whether you choose to buy or rent a list, it should be as targeted as possible. Step one is to sort through the basic demographics of your target audience like age, gender, income, family status, etc. Once you have a demographic laid out, check with the list company to see what other specific targeting options are available. Some list companies will be able to provide micro-selects which may come in useful for you. Micro-selects are top level models of consumer behavioral tendencies. An example of a micro-select would be “propensity to shop for a new car”. While this behavioral model is not 100% accurate, micro-selects are a very valuable indicator of consumer intent.

List Brokers Will Save You Time and Energy

The most convenient way to find your targeted mailing list for your business is to make use of the services of a broker. Brokers are direct marketing professionals who will be able to provide you with list recommendations – a.k.a. “list reco”. Brokers do the research according to your specifications and come back with a selection of direct mail lists in your target area. Unless you have experience in purchasing or renting lists, it will be a daunting experience for you, no doubt. A list broker is highly experienced in this area and will often help you negotiate lower list rental rates.

Be Sure to Have a Data Guarantee

Before paying to purchase or rent a list you should make sure the company is willing to give you a guarantee over delivery rates. List companies offer guarantees that include refunds for returns over a certain percentage or additional ‘free’ records for higher than normal returns. As a best practice, you should also tell the list company that you plan to mail First-Class, whether you actually will or not – with First-Class, the postal service is required to send returns. Stating that you intend to mail First-Class will prompt the list company to provide you with the actual expected return rate.

Start Small – But Not TOO Small

What IS small? When it comes to direct mail offers, small is bigger than one may think. The idea that you will send out 200 mailers, one time, and get a good return is pretty far fetched. To test out your messaging on a smaller scale, it’s recommended that you send out at least 2,000-2,500 mailers to a targeted audience with a couple of different offers, and then lock down on the most successful campaigns. Starting small can help you pinpoint the list types that are the most suitable targets for your business, and then you can expand your campaigns accordingly. But remember – you must keep a good campaign rotation going to keep your business expanding. Direct marketing is an ongoing effort.

Be Sure the 40/40/20 Rule Gets this Essential Upgrade

Traditional guidelines for direct mailers have always been to follow the 40/40/20 rule which states that 40% of direct mail success is based on quality of the list, 40% on the actual offer, and 20% based on the creative design. While each element in the traditional 40/40/20 rule is still relevant, direct mailers should be adding one crucial step to meet the needs of today’s consumer:

Direct mailers should look to drive their prospects back to a relevant landing page where they can complete a form if they wish to purchase or receive more information. Why? Consumers these days are getting more and more self-directed and are likely to research their options online before making a purchase. A good practice to keep in mind in this case – is to send prospects to a personalized URL or PURL so you can track the targets on your list who have visited your site.

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Combine Direct Mail with Email for a Consistent Message

Consider delivering your offers by combining email and direct mail to reinforce your message and increase the probability your offer(s) will bring in business. When using varied channels, each communication should build on the previous contact. Direct mail should emphasize a key message and call to action while keeping visual consistency across all media and adhering to the same graphic standards to reflect the same voice so each piece reinforces and extends your brand promise. Direct mail offers can be used to start a conversation with people whose emails you do not yet have, or who have not responded to your emails.

Use Buzz Words

“Buzz Words” like ‘Introducing’, ‘Announcing’, ‘NEW’, ‘NOW!’ and ‘FREE!’ have been proven through research to attract above average response. Words like ‘easy’, ‘quick’ and ‘improved’ have been shown to increase product sales, so we say: Definitely use them!

When people are uncertain about what action to take, they tend to do what others tell them to do. Using techniques like posting customer testimonials or stating the number of satisfied customers a brand has – will increase your mail piece’s response.

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On large scale direct mail campaigns, such as franchise mailings, direct mail with email and other digital campaigns, should allow a marketer or salesperson login to a web based solution, make a few selections, upload creative assets and hit ‘send’. This automation comes in handy for corporate businesses with several branches or franchise businesses, and this is something that can be set up by your direct mail partner when necessary.

Be Sure to Use Mail Tracking

Direct mail tracking should be available 24/7 so you can see deliver-ability and activity rates down to a specific piece of mail. Always look for solutions with direct mail tracking and use them with your campaigns to continually ensure you are sending the most effective offers.

 


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