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The Advantages of Direct Mail Marketing


Blackboard "Direct Marketing"In a digital world, some businesses question the effectiveness of direct mail marketing. In reality, direct mail is more effective than ever when properly targeted. In an October, 2012, article, The B2C business site says, “Bias towards direct mail marketing as obsolete or out of touch must be cast aside. . .[I]t does drive leads and sales much more than most online marketing strategy.”

In support of this statement, the author quotes a number of statistics to demonstrate that direct mail is not only a healthy competitor for online advertising, but it integrates well with it in some areas and actually beats it in others. For instance, a 2011 study shows that:

  • 81% of social network users like receiving special offers in the mail
  • 61% of these users pay attention to mail offering new services or better offers
  • 68% of these users like receiving samples in the mail

Likewise, this September, 2012, article titled “The Effectiveness of Highly Personalized Direct Mail” observes, “highly personalized color direct mail was found to typically generate a 6.5 percent response rate—which is over three times higher than the usual 2.0 percent response rate that occurs as the result of non-personalized direct mail.”

Besides personalization, what is the secret to an effective direct-mail campaign? Scott Knickelbine of Demand Media finds these classic elements present in any successful venture:

  • The Offer: the “deal” you propose to the recipients
  • The List: the targeted mailing list
  • The Five Pieces: the physical components of the direct-mail piece
  • The Call to Action: what the recipient must do to benefit from the offer

(Refer to the linked article above for the full explanation of these elements.)

Do you want to start taking advantage of direct mail marketing? Or do you want to evaluate our services and pricing to see if we might be a better fit for your direct mail needs? Contact us today.

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