On average, direct-mail marketing yields twice the return of a television ad.* And as with many things in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. So with that in mind...
A good mailing list is more than a path to your market. It is your market. So if you're using an in-house list (like a customer database), make sure its current. An outdated list is a waste of time, effort, and postage. Of course, if you use the address database of a company like QuantumDigital, the list issues are taken care of for you. One less thing to worry about.
A lack of quality content will rob your direct-mail piece of its selling-power. What makes quality content? It is simple and straightforward. It is factual, rather than boastful. It touches the readers emotions in some way. It answers their questions, solves their problems, and meets their needs. It puts the reader first, the offer second, and the company a distant third. It persuades people to respond. Quality content takes practice. But because of its rarity in the world, its a practice well-rewarded.
The greater the quality and creativity of a direct-mail postcard or flyer, the longer its shelf-life. Some of the better ones find their way onto bulletin boards, cubicle walls, and refrigerator doors. This is what you want for your postcards. So be professional with your design and your message. Have your materials designed by a professional; or at the very least, use a professionally-designed template. Use full-color as much as possible. Select a high-grade card stock. Apply the writing fundamentals mentioned above.
Talk to your customers and prospects. Find out their problems, their concerns, their needs. Address those things in your messaging, before you mention anything else. Tell them what they want to hear. Not what you think they should hear.
The call to action tells your prospect where to go, what to do, whom to call. Without it, your direct-mail piece is merely informational. Thats fine if your sole purpose is to inform. But if youre trying to generate a response, you need to tell your reader how to move forward, how to learn more, or how to purchase. For best results, combine this with your offer: "Call me today for a free market report and in-home consultation..."
Remember, you only get out of it what you put into it. So apply these tips to all your direct-mail marketing pieces. It will take some effort, but the results will be worth it.
* Statistic Source: Personalized and Database Printing, Broudy and Romano.