There’s a very common misconception about the history of advertising, and that’s the idea Arron Montgomery Ward created direct mail catalogs. While Ward was a pioneer, he was far from the first.
Welcome back! This is part three in our series of articles highlighting some of the less-known or less-often used products that can be produced with direct digital printing services. (Here are Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.)
There’s no need for more buildup; let’s just get right into more great ideas for integrating digital print into your marketing and outreach!
It’s easy to neglect real-world advertising and outreach when there are so many new and trendy ways of engaging in e-marketing. However, while electronic media have gotten all the press, digital printing service options have been continuing to get ever-better.
Digital printing now offers numerous new options for getting your message out, and physical media is still one of the most effective forms of local outreach you can engage in. So, we wanted to write a few blogs highlighting some of the lesser-used forms of printed marketing, in hopes of giving you new ideas for your local campaigns.
Welcome back! This is Part 2 in our ongoing series exploring many of the lesser-used options in marketing when businesses uses a digital printing company. (You can find Part 1 here.)
Digital printing has revolutionized print marketing in many ways, as well as re-energizing some older forms of advertisements which had previously been seen as passe‘ thanks to the outdated technologies behind them. However, with today’s digital print options, there’s a new world of options for reaching out through printed mediums.
So, we have some more ideas you might be able to employ to kickstart your local marketing campaigns.
When it comes to holiday marketing, it’s time to start planning for it. The Holiday season – starting with Black Friday and continuing through New Years – is prime retail season for everyone, and you should focus your budget on proven direct marketing tactics.
Direct marketing via postal mail can still have a vital role to play, especially for smaller shops looking to compete with the “big box” stores in town. Creative, interesting, and engaging holiday marketing materials will help ensure people remember you, no matter what Macy’s has on special.
One of the most contentious issues in marketing today is the issue of privacy, especially in regards to data-gathering. A recent Pew Poll showed significant across-the-board concerns about the amount of private information that’s getting into the hands of business, and this is undoubtedly affecting customers’ attitudes towards companies and targeted direct mail campaigns.
With a well-rounded understanding of the difference between branding and marketing, irresistible offers, and tracking methods, any business can craft the best direct mail campaigns. Below is a sample marketing campaign to show the benefits and ease of creation for even small business owners.
Branding or Marketing the Best Direct Mail Campaigns
Quality-Auto Used Cars is gearing up for an end of summer marketing campaign. They are purchasing many used vehicles and know they need to sell 200 vehicles during their upcoming weekend event. Jeff, the marketing specialist for the dealership, determines they need a direct mail marketing campaign due to their expectations of trackable results, not simply brand recognition for the dealership. With the understanding that getting people onto the car lot will require incentives, the dealership staff begins to brainstorm ideas.
Crafting an Irresistible Offer
The best direct mail campaigns will have a strong core offering that attracts the ideal customer. The dealership staff discuss core offerings for some time and ultimately decide every attendee will receive a hot dog and soda during the “End of Summer Blowout BBQ”. All test drivers who purchase a vehicle will receive a $100 gas card, and 3 lucky winners will receive a BBQ smoker.
Implementing a Tracking Method
Quality-Auto Used Cars decides they will design the campaign postcard as cut-out tickets which can be used as food vouchers and raffle prize entry tickets. This allows the dealership to track the turnout based on the response to the direct mail marketing postcards. The dealership will ask customers where they heard of the event during the sale process to ensure all vehicle sales resulting from the direct mail campaign are given due credit.
Contacting a Direct Mail Marketing Company
Jeff, the dealership’s marketing specialist contacts Tony from One Stop Mail to get help with the direct mail marketing campaign. Tony suggests using One Stop Mail’s graphic design services to create a captivating illustration for the direct mail postcards. Once Jeff approves the final design, One Stop Mail uses Every Door Direct Mail, a USPS service, to deliver the postcard to all homes within a 5-mile radius of the dealership. One Stop Mail handles the difficult work and ensures the postcards are printed, sorted, and delivered at the local post office to be mailed by USPS.
Analyzing the Campaign
Now that the team at Quality-Auto Used cars completes their weekend long sale event, they can analyze the campaign see the benefit of direct mail marketing. Iterations are important in all forms of marketing. As a result, the dealership staff determines if they want to run a second mail marketing campaign using variable data printing, to ensure all prospects who did not purchase a car will receive a voucher for a free oil change and tire rotation with purchase of a vehicle.
This re-marketing allows the dealership to capture a greater percentage of consumers who showed an initial interest in a vehicle and attended the sale event, With variable data printing, the dealership was able to customize each letter sent, using the name of each person who test-drove a vehicle to add a personalized touch and increase the response rate.
As you are planning one of the best direct mail marketing campaigns for your business, contact One Stop Mail for a quote or simply call 602.233.3003 to learn more about how we can help you achieve your marketing goals.
Direct mail is still one of the most popular, affordable, and effective forms of marketing available… but you need to catch people’s attention quickly. 44% is never opened, and most of that boils down to a failure of presentation and not using well-known direct mail tips.
When consumers are time-pressed, your direct mail needs to immediately grab their attention and become the first thing they open.
If you have ever had to send correspondence to someone or mail billing, then you are familiar with the #10 size envelope. To many, when someone says envelope, that is the first image that comes to mind. However, envelopes come in many different shapes and sizes. Each one has a specific purpose, allowing its shape and size to suggest its purpose. In this article, we will cover different envelope styles and how they can be put to use.
Outside of the #10 Envelope
So we already know everything about #10 envelopes, which is the most commonly used size of commercial envelopes. Businesses typically use these envelopes, and they range in size from #5, smallest, to #14, the largest. They are open-sided, and may or may not contain a window on the front.
Direct Mail Speciality Envelopes You Should Know
There are 5 envelope options that can make you stand out. They are:
- “A” Style Envelope
- Catalog Envelope
- Booklet Style Envelope
- Remittance Envelope
- Donation Envelope
Here is what makes these specialty envelopes…well…special!
A Style: Have you heard of A-Style? There is an easy way to remember it. The “A” stands for “announcement.” They can come in two forms: either with a deep pointed flap or a shorter flat flap. They are usually used for special announcements, whether that be business related or more personal. They can also be used for photographs, small booklets, and greeting cards.
Catalog: Another familiar envelope style is the catalog. It is the standard mailing envelope for important documents such as reports, folders, and contracts. If you are like me, when I hear Manila envelope, these are the kind of envelopes I think of. They are typically open on the short side of the envelope and may have a flexible piece of metal to hold the flap in place or a mount to tie it shut.
Booklet: Similar to catalog but different in its own respects, the booklet style. These kinds of envelopes are typically used for magazines, catalogs, booklets, media kits, and other multi-page documents. They are open ended on the long side of the envelope and have some sort of sealant to close the flap.
Remittance and Donation: The final two envelope styles we will cover are remittance and donation. Remittance envelopes have large flats and are used to hold private information like credit card numbers or other private documents. Donation envelopes also referred to as offering, pew, or tithe envelopes, are a cheap way to collect donations. These are most prominently used by religious organizations and nonprofits and cannot be mailed.
Direct Mail and Other Use Cases
Marketers should carefully consider the envelope that will contain their marketing materials. After pouring over every detail of that document, you should not put it in something that is not equal in quality. As you can see, there are a lot of different options. Whether you want to attract attention by using a different style than the standard commercial envelope, or you want to spruce up a commercial envelope to stand out, One Stop Mail can put to use its own in-house envelope printer to fit your marketing needs.
The use of specialty envelopes doesn’t stop there.
Perhaps you are in real estate and need to send an important property notice that is time-sensitive?
Or perhaps you own an auto care shop and want to make car drop offs more convenient for your customers.
Envelopes have many other use cases outside of mail. With the ability to fully customize them to your needs, consider them as a solution to improve customer service, or increase the efficiency of how you handle day-to-day business.
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You may think the advantages of direct mail might seem like last century’s marketing, but it’s not!
Despite all the advances in digital advertising in the previous decades, good old direct mail is still one of the single most effective and cost-effective marketing options available for local outreach. Physical mail never went away, and it’s still one of the most-used communications methods in the country.
If you haven’t thought about direct mail lately, here are a few things you might want to know about just how effective it still is!
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