Our collection of resources designed to help maximize your next direct mail campaign.
There's more to direct mail marketing than most people realize. Our free guide on direct marketing principles will give you direct mailing tips to teach you how to promote your business effectively and successfully utilize one of the most powerful marketing channels available today.
Postcards are perfect for direct marketing. Unlike their enveloped cousins, postcards arrive already 'opened.' Glossy 4-color printing reproduces photography beautifully. Headlines and short copy are more memorable than letters. They have long shelf lives on refrigerators and cubicle walls. Use them for invitations, announcements, thank you’ s, couponing, gathering survey data and driving traffic to your business or website. A postcard's powerful impact combined with reduced postage rates make for a winning ROI.
When it comes to prospecting for new customers, consider using a specialty mailing list. Three great sources are: 1) Association membership rosters. Many associations rent their mailing lists for industry-related marketing. 2) Subscribers. Almost all magazines and newsletters rent their readership files. These lists tend to be highly targeted, up-to-date and very responsive to direct mail. 3) Tradeshow, conference and seminar attendees. When matched up to your industry, these lists always perform. Amazingmail is a recognized, certified list broker and can assist you in obtaining these specialty mailing lists available only through the broker/dealer network.
Research proves that personalizing your direct mail can lift your response rates by 30-50 percent. Personalization can take the form of 'speaking' to the recipient by name, or referring to their
With direct marketing it's vitally important to invite response with calls to action (CTA's). Call for action at least three times. Imply the CTA in the wording of the offer (e.g. Enter to Win); follow your body copy with a CTA (e.g. call or click Today!); and in the footer or 'PS' remind them to why they don't want to forget to do it today. Make your CTA's large, bold and bright and use ample exclamation marks! Give your reader every possible vehicle to respond such as 800 #, local #, fax #, email, reply card, website or personal URL (PURL).
As you develop your postcard copy, it's critically important to phrase the features of your product or service as benefits to the reader. Features are benefits; it's just a difference in perspective. Simply put your mind to asking "who, what or why a customer would want this feature?" The answer to your question becomes the benefit. Be sure to surround every benefit with the words 'you' and 'yours' as often as possible. Always think "what's in it for them?" And finally, consider positioning these benefits as 3-5 bullets sandwiched between the opening and closing text.
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Good postcard marketing involves careful word choice in both the headline and the body copy. People don't buy on logic; they buy on emotion. Headlines must stimulate the reader's curiosity and body copy must move the reader to take action. Tap into fear, greed, curiosity, jealousy, insecurity, frustration and pride. Why not ask and answer a provocative question? Make a bold promise or a solid guarantee. Use numbers and statistics, for example: Top 7 reasons... 10 worst mistakes... 3 reasons to enter. Interject magic words like Free, Save, Sale, Discount, New, Introducing and Trial Offer. And don't forget to use 'you' and 'your' (meaning 'them') at every opportunity.
Direct Mail should always carry a valuable, irresistible offer. How you word it really matters. As a rule: Dollars-off will outperform percent-off (i.e. $10 off a $100 order should beat 10% off... this holds true until around 50% off, then switches around); Buy One Get One (BOGO) should outperform half off and is better for maintaining revenue; half off the second item usually outperforms 25% off the order; and Buy 2 get 1 free should outperform 33% off. Eliminate as many restrictions as possible and expire the offer to create urgency and value.
There's no better way to promote yourself for a tradeshow than with a series of postcards. 8 weeks out - send a pre-show card to 'save the date' and book the show. 4 weeks out send an invitation to set a meeting time. Use a personal URL (PURL) to prequalify leads. 2 weeks out send a reason to visit your booth (contest, gift, event). Immediately after the show, send a) thanks for meeting or b) sorry I missed you card. Need the list of show exhibitors or attendees? No sweat - Amazingmail has access to the mailing lists of most tradeshows.
Marketers should claim the Lifetime Value (LTV) of repeat business when evaluating the results of every campaign. Take the time to establish the average lifetime of the average client and then multiply your first-time results by this factor. If the average client stays 3 years, then simply 3X your results. Or alternatively, if you can determine the annual rate of client attrition (e.g. 30%), then LTV = 1/ (1-.30), or 1.43, so LTV would be $1.43 for every first-time dollar from a campaign. LTV Analysis: marketers should use it and the C-level should expect it.
Did you know the success or failure of a direct marketing campaign depends 40% on a targeted mailing list, 40% on a compelling offer and 20% on the mail piece format and design. That's right... it's most important to get your message in front of the right audience with an irresistible offer. Make sure your list is targeted, accurate and current. Make sure you offer a valuable discount, bonus or contest. Pretty pictures and 4-color glossy printing can certainly help generate interest and response, but the list and offer matter 4 times as much.
The greatest ROI from direct mail marketing consistently comes from the careful segmentation of current customer files. Consider segmenting your customers by: how recently they purchased, how frequently they purchase and how much they spend - their monetary value. Distinguish the highs from the lows in each R, F & M and create different promotions specifically geared towards each segment. Maybe, send your "R's" a thank you card... your "F's" a loyalty 'punch' card... and your "M's" an up-sell offer. Segmenting your customers is sure to improve your campaign's ROI.