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Winter is coming: Get a jump on your holiday direct marketing tactics

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.

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Stand Out in the Mailbox with These Direct Mail Tips

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.

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Direct Mail Catalogs Are Centuries Old… And Still Relevant!

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.

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Leverage the Advantages of Direct Mail when Marketing Locally

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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Personalize Your Targeted Direct Mail Campaigns, But Don’t Be Too Personal

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.
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Successful Direct Mail Campaigns Create Multiple Mailings that are Effective For Brand Recognition

One common mistake we see when an organization embraces direct mail is creating only one piece of mail for a given campaign. Sure, a little mail marketing is better than none, but it’s not the most effective method to develop successful direct mail campaigns.

Mailbox marketing can be a rewarding way of building brand awareness and engaging your leads via multiple types of messaging. Since virtually everyone checks their mailbox once a day, it gives you ample opportunity to put your brand in front of people… and in a format that’s separate from the distractions of nonstop electronic advertisements.

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5 Reasons You Should Use Variable Data Printing Services

If you are familiar with the ins and outs of direct mail, then you have probably heard of variable data printing services. Variable data printing is on-demand printing in which components of the printed copy, such as text, images, and other elements, are changed from piece to piece without slowing down the process. This enables marketing teams to create highly personalized direct mail pieces, which can be a game-changer for your business. Here are five reasons why you should consider using variable data printing services for your next big marketing push.

More Bang for Your Buck

First and foremost, the greatest benefit you can reap from using variable data printing is getting a better return on investment (ROI). With greater personalization, response rates should be higher, putting your money to better use in comparison to other marketing approaches.

And if you are thinking that the internet is where all the action is at, think again. Interestingly, 66% of Millennials are more likely to use a voucher if they have a physical copy, with 36% of people under the age of 30 saying they look forward to checking the mail every day. Direct mail is still a big player in the marketing world. Coupled with the personalization offered with variable data printing services, it is an invaluable tool to have in your pocket.

Integration with Online Marketing Campaigns

Most marketing strategies conducted by businesses utilize multiple channels to improve their effectiveness so that they do not put all of their eggs in one basket. You can take personalization to the next level with custom QR codes and personalized URLs. Integrating variable data printing with an internet campaign is an effective way to get more engagement and response with your marketing campaigns.

Personalization Does Not Mean Slow Turnaround

When many of us think of personalization, we worry about how much time will have to be put into building the campaign for each individual we are targeting. But as we have mentioned before, variable data printing offers the ability to personalize without slowing down the process. Time is money, but variable data printing will provide a quicker turnaround than you might expect.  

Segmentation on A Larger Scale

Variable data printing yields you the opportunity to take your data segmentation and apply it directly to various marketing pieces. You can target an individual based on their purchase history, their interests, age, and many other indicators that detail what kind of things a person will be interested in. Increasing your marketing campaign’s relevance to a particular individual will resonate more than with something that is more generic or not as personalized.  

Tracking is Easier With Variable Data Printing Services

Tracking the response rates and other data metrics is much easier with variable data printing. Marketers have to constantly interpret data to formulate conclusions about customers to improve and curtail campaigns. By making it more personalized with QR codes and personalized URLs, you can track the response rates of your target audience much more clearly than with other strategies.

Long-Term Benefits

With variable data printing services, you can nurture current and new relationships with customers by acknowledging their uniqueness rather than grouping them into a more generic group. This will not only make them feel valued, but also set them up to have greater brand loyalty. Find out how you can foster long-lasting customer relationships through variable data printing with One Stop Mail.

 

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Creating A Captivating Mortgage Mailer Targeting Refinancers

Creating A Captivating Mortgage Mailer Targeting Refinancers

 

Mortgage companies have an opportunity to capitalize on the current market stasis by pushing out a captivating mortgage mailer that focuses on refinancing. If you are in the mortgage industry, you probably have stayed up to date on the latest trends. But if this is not the case, here is what is being reported as of today, August 9th, and what changes industry professionals are projecting over the course of this next week.  

 

Quick Overview of Mortgage Market Rates

 

According to an analysis conducting by Bankrate.com, Mortgage rates are holding steady. Here is what is currently being reported:

  • The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.27 percent from 3.28 percent.
  • The 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rose to 3.49 percent from 3.48 percent.
  • The 30-year fixed-rate jumbo mortgage fell to 4.03 percent from 4.05 percent.

 

Also noted in the report is a drop in American buying sentiment. In fact, it has reached an all time low. Although homeownership rose with people under the age of 35 by 1.2% from last year, this segment of the population is still facing “inventory shortages and rising home prices.”

 

Moreover, according to a news release by Fannie Mae, buying sentiment is not the only thing down—so is the desire to sell.

 

In Bankrate’s weekly Rate Trend Index, where mortgage experts predict which way the rates are going to slide over the next week, 50% predicted they will fall, 30% predicted they will remain the same, and another 20% said they will increase.

Direct Mail Copy To Capture New Mortgage Customers

 

Although it seems the market looks grim for buying and selling, the rates are remaining low and steady with the possibility of going down ever further. This can be an opportunity for people to refinance their homes, which is where a well-timed direct mail campaign comes into play. Here are some things you should consider to create a successful mailer.

 

First, decide if you are going to go with a brochure, a postcard, or some other medium. This will allow you to plan how much copy and images you will need. On the one hand, brochures are great because people will typically flip through them, and you can have more room for images, such as a chart listing current rates and trends. However, postcards have the benefit of sticking around longer for people will most likely keep it for later, while with a  brochure, they may discard it.

 

No matter what you choose, the copy should be concise and do a few things:

  • Address how your company stands apart from your competitors
  • Have a clear path to your website to start the application process
  • Promote a sense of urgency with an expiration date
  • Be written in a way where the recipient can skim it and still get your message
  • Make sure it is personalized—e.g. Using pURLS or taking advantage of data provided by a mortgage mailing list
  • Include all necessary contact information

 

Always keep in mind that the direct mail piece is the key to the door. If it is the wrong key, the door won’t open. That is why you need to make sure the information and images you are providing are highly relevant and to the point. The goal is to get potential customers in the pipeline, no matter if it is via phone with one of your mortgage professionals or filling out an application form on your website. Since direct mail is highly trackable, you can monitor your results and find ways to improve the campaign.

 

If the current rates weren’t enough to entice you, then consider what Michelle Peel shared in her article “Why Online Mortgage Marketers are Investing in Direct Mail.” According to Peel, research that was recently completed by Competiscan found that Quicken Loans dominated Q1 2017 by being the leading mortgage/refinancing direct mailer. Now is the time to get off the bench and get in the game.  

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Get Personal with Personalized Direct Mail Statistics

Successful marketing campaigns rely on personal messages. People don’t want to be barraged with advertising, instead they desire a highly personalized message that speaks to them. This message should make your target consumer feel as if they have VIP status, cultivating a relationship that will turn them into brand loyalists. The best way to do this is to utilized personalized direct mail statistics.

The Difference Between Personalization and Being Personal

Consumers are constantly being told what to purchase or engage with on a daily basis. We’ve all experienced this. After you purchase something you might receive an email recommending similar or other popular items. Or you may have binge watched a new television show and now notice a show in the same genre is now popping up in your.

This method of providing constant advertising based on the consumer’s habits is nothing new and is typically called personalization or re-targeting. The idea is to serve one with relevant recommendations to make the advertising more personal.

The fact of the matter is consumers are constantly being recommended products based on their recent purchase all the times. After a while, these recommendations start to feel less and less personal and more like carpet bombing advertising. According to Google Q1 2020 statistics, the average click-through rate is just 1.55%.  Personalized direct mail statistics show that personalization can boost click-through rates

Personalized Direct Mail Statistics Cut Through Online Noise

Slicing through the noise of digital channels to reach consumers on a personal level is the challenge facing every marketer. Many overlook the effectiveness of traditional marketing channels such as direct mail. If you can analyze the data you have collected on your target audience, you can create compelling content and place it in the consumer’s hands with direct mail.

There is a misconception that the younger generations, particularly millennials, are not responsive to direct mail. But an August 2020 article shows that 73% of millennials use direct mail coupons and 63% of millennials responded to a direct mail piece in the last three months. Holding a coupon or offer creates a distinct impression. 

Vouchers in digital form are saved or archived are easily forgotten. It is much easier to forget something when using a device because our attention might be pulled away to Facebook or even a new text message.

Companies have also seen a boost in sales because of direct mail. For example, retailers have seen a $21 million dollar difference in online sales per million site visitors between those who had received a catalog at their home address and those that had not. Although you might think people would throw away catalogs they receive in the mail, Boden customers spend up to 15 to 20 minutes with their catalog, vs. an average of 8 seconds for an email and 5 minutes with their iPad app. Digital channels are simply so fast moving that often times the message does not reach its desired destination and get the “hoped-for” result.

The bottom line is that people are still very interested in receiving something physical in the mail. To be more precise, 70% of people are curious to find out what’s in their mailbox. So take advantage of people’s curiosity. Surprise them with something that they never expected, and compel them to act with your piece of direct mail.

When it comes time to develop your next personalized direct mail campaign, contact the direct marketing experts at One Stop Mail by calling 602.932.7984 or reaching out to us here.

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Direct Mail Tracking Methods

Often we judge an advertising campaign’s success by the amount of conversions, new customer acquisitions, or revenue. Without a definitive incentive or variety of direct mail tracking methods, it can be nearly impossible to tally the actual success of a campaign. Try to think of the last time a customer came into your business and without being asked gleefully said, “Hi! I just wanted to let you know I found you on Google or I came in because of ‘X’ marketing you did.” More than likely the experience is extremely rare if it has occurred. When tracking methods are implemented properly, the guesswork is eliminated and campaigns become more transparent through analytics.

Direct Mail Tracking Methods

The best use tracking methods will allow a company to understand the progress and success of an advertising campaign without reliance on the customer to take additional action.

Tracking Number

A tracking phone number can help understand conversion from cold prospect to a warm lead. With a dedicated tracking number, you can isolate the number of phone calls from one specific campaign. For example, Nick’s Pizza may use the tracking phone number (949) 555-5555 for his Direct Mail Marketing campaign only. The phone number (949) 777-7777 is used on a landing page tied to a Google AdWords campaign. Both phone numbers get forwarded to (949) 123-4567, the mainline for Nick’s Pizza. Nick can use the dashboard provided by his tracking service, Call Rail, to see how many calls are coming into each line. Nick is able to identify that in a 30 day period his pizza shop derived 327 orders as a result of sending out 2,000 Direct Mail Postcards.

Coupon

Cut out coupons are a great way to manually track offer redemptions. Tom’s Automotive is offering $10 off an oil change and $20 off a synthetic oil change to new customers. In addition, there are many great offers like a coupon for a completely free electronic diagnostic, a $60 value. In order to redeem the offers, the customer must cut out and present the coupon at Tom’s Automotive. At the end of the promotion, Tom is able to tally how many redemptions were made in addition to the total revenue spent by those customers and average customer spend. Tom is able to determine that offering a significant discount on an oil change allowed him to bring in 41 new customers and those customers spent $193 on average.

Reference Code

Companies trying to generate leads with Direct Mail Postcards or Mailer Letters can find great success and lead handling efficiency when using reference codes. Student Solutions, a student loan debt relief agency, has purchased a database of 100,000 individuals who have graduated college and are delinquent on their student loans. Their IT team has uploaded all prospect information into their CRM and attached a unique reference code to each prospect. Student Solutions utilizes Variable Data Printing to print letters that have the first and last name of each recipient alongside their unique reference code. Having a personally addressed letter created a higher conversion rate. The reference codes provide the Student Solutions employees a simple and non-intrusive method to bring up the prospects information when they call in for assistance. New sales can be filtered by all reference codes with the prefix PJ36. The company determines that mailing out 100,000 postcards created 3,000 new customers and generated $700,000 in gross profit.

Managing a successful direct marketing campaign requires knowing specific steps, including the most effective direct mail tracking methods. When it comes time to rely on a direct mail company with experience, contact One Stop Marketing for your printing, mailing list and delivery needs – call 602.962.5104 today.

 

This article is part 3 of a 3 part series covering:

The Advantages of Direct Marketing versus Branding
See These Irresistible Offer Examples to Help Entice Customers
Direct Mail Tracking Methods
Crafting a Successful Direct Mail Campaign