Tips on How to Make Your Direct Mail Marketing More Effective

Some online marketers are overlooking the fact that direct mail marketing is very effective in promoting a business. It can now be done both offline and online. Let us discuss some direct mail marketing techniques that will definitely boost your company’s success.

Use postcards. Postcards are powerful tools you can use to encourage people to take positive action. Unlike a regular letter, they do not have to be opened so you can be sure that the recipient will see it. They contain short, simple messages that are quick to read and easy to understand. You can use some designs that will help in attracting more people’s attention.

The cost for creating, printing and mailing one postcard is far cheaper than a business letter. Since you are not going to use an envelope, it only means that you can save more. Furthermore, advertising with postcards make it easier for entrepreneurs to track the results of their campaign.

Offer a discount or a free gift. People love to receive discounts or freebies. The postcard you send out can also serve as a discount coupon or a voucher which will help them claim the free gift. The customer can simply take the card to your store to enjoy a discount or a freebie from their purchase. Or you can include a discount code that customers can use on their check-out from your online shop.

Offer a free trial. Offering free trials is one way of getting people’s attention and trust. It shows that you are confident about the quality of your products and services. It eliminates the risk so a customer would feel more at ease to accept your offer.

Use a personal tone. Avoid using a sales pitch that sounds like pure advertising. Instead, make your tone personal and friendly, as if you are speaking in front of a customer. Stress the benefits of what you offer. What’s in it for them? However, be careful not to overdo the sales talk. The subtle approach is usually more effective.

Use call-to-action words/phrases. Do not forget to use call to action words or phrases that tells the reader exactly what you want them to do. Should they check out your website? Order through telephone? Or visit your nearest store? Don’t leave your readers guessing. Give them exact instructions on what to do after they have read your postcard.

Use easy to read font. There’s no need to give your readers a hard time looking at your message. Choose a font style that is just the right size and is not straining to the eye.

Repetition is the key. Repetition is important. It is advisable to use a call-to-action phrase at the beginning, middle and end of your marketing copy. Don’t be afraid to repeat call-to-action words in your copy.

Use bulleted lists. To maximize space, use a bulleted list to highlight your main points or emphasize important ideas. Unnecessary words can be omitted since the list does not have to contain complete sentences. A reader can simply scan through the list and still understand what you’re trying to say.

Direct Marketing Disasters: 3 Non-Copywriting Mistakes That Kill Sales (It’s Just the Copywriter)

When you work with clients it can become all too clear that bad copywriting is not the only source of failure in marketing. However, in a classic case of CYA its can be the unfortunate soul brought in to write the copy who shoulders all of the blame when a project fails and also is the undisputed hero when it all succeeds.

Neither is actually the case. The copy is always the most obvious piece of any marketing activity but it is not the only piece.

Here are three other ways any given marketing campaign can fail even with the most brilliant copy:

1) Poor Or Absent Market Selection. Not selecting a target market at all or doing such a poor job of it that you are unable to target it effectively. Most business are not actually in the business of selling to everyone. We don’t sell laundry powder or disposable razors, etc. In most cases there are limits on who we sell to. So being crystal clear about who you are selling to makes the world of difference.

Amazing as it may seem, just getting crystal clear about who you are selling to makes a world of difference to the other people working on your marketing. Matching message to market makes a huge difference to response rates. I’ve seen response rates more than 4X just by simply using laser targeting of markets and matching the message appropriately.

2) Inappropriate Selection And Use Of Media. There are many ways to take great copy and then ruin it with inappropriate or inadequate media. I’ve had clients take strong copy, cut it up and then try and send it as a chopped up sales letter only to see it fail.

Not surprising, because you don’t send one letter to 100 people and expect an avalanche of business. Considering the hurdles involved in getting the sale, I’d have been impressed with an enquiry.

Another supplier of ours sends a 2 page brochure for their marketing services and expects that to impress their prospective clients.

It shows unrealistic expectations. Conversely, I will spend several hundred dollars following up with clients when the cost of sale allows this. The follow up makes a considerable return on investment. It’s when you want massive returns off of small spends that you get in trouble.

3) A terrible offer. Not enough effort invested in coming up with a slam dunk offer will affect the response rates of a campaign. You need an irresistible offer, not an offer that is too good to be true. Cos if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Irresistible offers are good enough to be true and they gnaw away at people until they respond.

Increasing Response Rates of Direct Mail Postcard Marketing

In choosing an effective marketing strategy, most businesses do not leave out printed advertising postcards as a choice. Apart from saving on advertising expenses because it entails cheaper cost, it simply still functions as an effective marketing tool despite the more advanced approaches of advertising. This has been around for many years now and small and medium scale companies would really go for postcard marketing to promote their product and gain attention from the market.

Printed advertising postcards are best distributed through direct mail marketing. In doing so, your business is guaranteed to reach its potential target market. Direct mail postcard marketing does not incur a lot of expenses, with only a marginal cost on the card stock, colored ink, and postage.

Even though it is considered one of the most effective marketing tools, it should still stay within range of other forms of advertising. This means that a company should optimise or customise their direct mail postcards and enhance its features to increase readership and gather more prospects. To be as effective as it should be, a business must know what factors to consider in increasing response rates.

Since printed advertising postcards are normally small in size, information may not be that broad and extensive. So the company can only limit it to the most essential details such as company name and logo, product name and contact information. With this in consideration, a business may need to address first the very basic concept of the postcard which should answer the customer’s question of “What can I get out of it?” Convey your message across to get them into the business before you address the concern about its design.

Since it is direct mail marketing, your postcards should be delivered to the right target market. Part of the preparation is the direct mailing list so you wouldn’t be wasting on postcards sent to the wrong prospects who don’t really need the product or service. You may need to gather data from a reliable data company to help you come up with an ideal list.

Postcard design is as important as its basic concept or substance since the advertisement is highly visual. So, a company has to consider choosing the appropriate image, something that does not really utilise much space since it is relatively small and has limited space. Also, it has to be closely relevant to the product or service being promoted. An interestingly appealing and eye-catching direct mail advertising postcard with a very catchy headline will definitely gather high response rates.

Lastly, in order to gauge its effectiveness, keep track of the response rates. You cannot just keep on distributing and sending them in the mails without knowing if it is being given attention. That defeats the ultimate purpose of capturing your target market. Other than constantly monitoring the response rates, also learn how to measure its success. This will give you an idea whether you should continue using this marketing tool or opt instead for another marketing strategy.