In this age of info-mercials, MTV and interactive computer services, direct marketing is still the most efficient way to get up close and personal with your past, present and future customers. The cornerstone of reaching out and touching someone is creating a dynamic, persuasive offer. Here are some tips to help you create a strong foundation for your next direct mail campaign:
Whatever your objective, don’t forget to ask for action – whether it is simply to fill out and mail a reply card or to consider a new product or service.
Once you’ve determined the desired results of your campaign, take advantage of the many features of direct mail that other media can’t match. Direct mail is a purely physical presentation, utilizing a myriad of visual and tactile senses to reach the reader. For example, direct mail is the only method for introducing powerful attention getters in the form of novelties like cutouts, pop-ups, odd shapes and patterns or actual samples of your product. Direct mail also offers total flexibility in production, with no limitations on space or format, use of color, etc.
The next best thing to personal contact, direct mail is the most effective medium for conducting test marketing or research on your potential customers. When coordinated with electronic mail or focus groups, direct mail can be a powerful influence on your marketing efforts.
Through the use of action devices, like business reply cards, postage-paid envelopes, order blanks, coupons or surveys, direct mail can stimulate sales, increase your customer base, provide valuable information, generate sales leads and a host of other benefits.
Remember that direct mail advertising is still the only way to pinpoint and individually reach your market. Make the most of its ability to deliver a mass audience message in a way that feels absolutely personal and confidential.
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