Effective Direct Mail Marketing
Get the maximum impact from direct mailingsEven though direct mail is considered "junk mail" by some consumers, direct marketing gets the word out to your targeted recipients quickly and effectively. But as with any form of marketing, the key to success is to work smart. It wouldn't do any good to send information directed toward 20- to 40-year-old moms to a 73-year-old grandfather.
To get the most from your direct mailings:
- Ensure that you have accurately identified the demographics for your target recipients.
- Hire a qualified direct mail company with its own demographic data if you don’t have the time, resources or desire to conduct your own research.
- Use bulk mail to reduce your postage expenses.
Choose your tactic
Use a direct mail businessBy selecting a direct mail business, you will be able to target your audience based on the research conducted by the direct marketing companies. Many times, it is less expensive to foot the bill for the direct mail companies than to compile the list yourself.
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Launch your direct marketing campaignAfter you've created, rented or purchased your list of targeted consumers, create your mailing piece. A postcard is probably the least expensive direct mailing and can be just as effective as sending a brochure. Use a professionally designed and printed mailer that will get your point across in a clever, concise way. Don't overwhelm the reader with too much fluff.
Have recipients respond to your pleaWhether it is enticing the recipients with a business reply card, a customer code or a coupon, you need to know how well your direct mailings are working. Using a specific code on each mailing will also help you determine when the mailing was sent and to whom. A coupon also works well to boost response to a direct mail campaign. It can boost response within a specified time frame, and you get to track the overall response to your campaign so you know how well the direct mail advertising worked.
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Dip your toe in the waterTest the market. Even a small direct mail campaign can drive your costs up. Try sending out a small sampling from each of your lists to see what sort of response you get.
Manage the responseMake sure you can handle the fulfillment of your direct mail campaign. Don't shoot your business in the foot by sending out a large quantity of coupons or discounts on something you only have available in short supply.
- Not only do you do a direct marketing to promote your business, it can also be a great market research tool. Evaluate the results of your direct mailings. Keep track of which list got the most response and the characteristics of each household. This will help with future marketing campaigns.
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