The June 2009 issue of our ‘Sample of the Month’ direct mail case study features our client HAWAII Magazine and their test of a double postcard to acquire new subscribers and reacquire lapsed subs.
This case study will also prove to you how effective housefile mailings can be (housefile meaning customers, clients, subscribers, etc.). As a result, this case study is applicable to most companies, not just publishers.
The 4-color double postcard measures 6″ wide by 4.25″ high (closed) and opens up to 6″ wide by 8.5″ high. The middle is perfed and one half gets returned (standard DPC). The offer is for 1 free issue of HAWAII Magazine and a bonus Luau Guide. They are then automatically billed $15 for 5 more issues with the option to cancel.
This DPC mailing was split into 2 segments:
The first segment was a non-housefile mailing to Hawaii property owners that live on the mainland (90% of their subscribers live on the mainland). The personalized copy that was included on the front of this segment’s DPC included “Come Home To HAWAII Year-Round” and “Be Instantly Transported To Your Home Away From Home”.
The second segment was a housefile mailing of lapsed subscribers from the last 3 years with a geographic select that mimics their highest concentrations of subscribers. The personalized copy that was included on the front of this segment’s DPC included “Escape To HAWAII Year-Round” and “Skip The Long Plane Ride And Be Instantly Transported To Paradise”.
Both segments shared the same offer in addition to the same artwork for the back and inside of the DPC.
You can view pictures of the double postcard by CLICKING HERE.
As you can probably assume, the housefile mailing (lapsed subscribers) performed better…but the non-housefile mailing (Hawaii property owners) also did well partly due to the amount of attention given to the details of the data file by HAWAII Magazine’s Marketing Manager.
—> Response rate for the housefile mailing was 6.35%
—> Response rate for the non-housefile mailing was 2.59%
This reinforced HAWAII Magazine’s need to continue to mine its own database because there is definitely low-hanging fruit to be had.