Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Marketing Trends for 2010

Balihoo, a marketing technology and service provider, has made predictions regarding marketing trends for the new year.

With increasing difficulty in reaching prospects online, Balihoo predicts an increase in direct mail. The ability to effectively target, track and personalize direct mail, should contribute to this growth.

For more trends see the article .

To your success in the coming year.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Direct Mail Most Effective

According to a recent study by Exact Target, direct mail has been found to be the most effective marketing tool for influencing buying decisions. Direct mail beats out television, email and telemarketing. The study finds direct mail to be 18% more effective than email. Direct mail has proven effective in reaching consumers of all ages.

You can read the entire article at Printweek.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Issues and Benefits of Standard vs First Class Mail

National Mortgage Professional Magazine has a very informative article that applies to all direct mail marketers. Not only do they discuss the benefits of standard vs. first class mail, they also tell how to estimate delivery, track results and plan staffing for mail drops.

Read the whole article here and increase your knowledge and results.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Personalize Your Direct Mail

Research by Forrester Consulting reveals the benefit of personalized direct mail. According to their data 74% believe personalized, relevant material could be beneficial.

Additionally, over 60% still read off-line material even if they are heavy internet users.

Read the whole article here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Although Brian Sacks wrote this article for National Mortgage Professional Magazine, the fundamentals apply to all industries and marketers. Read the whole article to avoid common mistakes.

Among the insights Brian shares are:

Don't think your campaign is a failure after only one mailing. Multiple impressions are imperative for success.

Hit the right target market. It is smarter to spend a little more money on a targeted list than sending to everyone and wasting money mailing to those who aren't qualified for your offer.

Make sure everything you do can be tracked and use this information to maximize your marketing dollar. Use a unique url and offer a free report which doubles as a sales tool. Don't forget to use deadlines, bonuses and calls to action.

To your success.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Make Your Envelope Matter

Don't overlook the importance of your envelope in your direct mail campaign.

A plain white # 10 size envelope could easily get lost with the recipients other mail and wind up in the waste paper basket.

Make your envelope stand out from the others. One proved method for this is through the use of teaser copy, a message printed on the outside of the envelope. This should provide motivation to open the envelope immediately and read your letter. Noting a "Free Offer" or "Special Bonus" or "Limited Time Offer," are common components of teaser copy.

You can also test different size envelopes, the use of color and windows.

For more detailed information regarding the best ways to use envelopes, read the whole article from Denver Marketing Examiner.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Test for Success

One of the greatest benefits of direct mail, which separates it from other forms of advertising, is its ability to be effectively tested. Multiple aspects of a direct mail campaign can and should be tested for maximum impact. You will get quantifiable results from each and every test, which can be further refined and tested again.

For more information, read this brief but helpful article from Business Management Daily so your next campaign will pass the test.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Non Direct Response Direct Mail

Normally when direct mail is used, it is to elicit a response. This usually involves a sales offer, or perhaps a survey.

However, according to Frank Defino Jr of Tukaiz, direct mail should be used to stay in touch with your customers. Without a specific call to action, the client is more at ease and this is conducive to building trust and a stronger relationship.

Read the whole article

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Use Direct Mail to Increase Web Traffic

Online marketers shouldn't overlook the benefit of direct mail in their marketing campaigns. Direct mail offers more opportunities to be creative and present a more accurate and compelling representation of your business.

You can easily track the effectiveness of the campaign through a custom url or subdomain.

Don't overlook the opportunity to drive more traffic to your website, and increase conversion rates, through direct mail.

Read the full report at:

Practical ECommerce