The best way to get attention and drive response with direct mail for the holidays is to have some creative fun with it! If you are not currently being extra creative with your direct mail pieces during the massive influx of advertising mail this time of year, you are missing out on a huge opportunity.
Yes! Funny direct mail drives results. Some marketers are worried about offending someone, but you can be funny without being offensive. When you want to use humor, you will want to get a really good idea of who your customers and targets are to find humor that fits them. Stay away from hot button subjects like religion and politics. Humor is a great way to engage people and get them to share, when you do it correctly. So what are the best ways to add humor to your direct mail?
For the past several years, direct mail has wrongly been targeted as being old school or past its prime. However, reality is far from that. Direct mail response is actually on the rise and has the best response rate out of all the channels. Your customers and prospects enjoy getting direct mail that is applicable to them. Yes, even millennials like to get mail.
The key to the most effective direct mail is perspective. Since perspective is a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view, this is very applicable to direct mail. Why is this so important in direct mail marketing? Knowing your audience and how they will perceive your message can make or break your ROI. Many marketers spend all their time focused on the list and the creative, leaving the messaging as an afterthought. This does not work. All three components work together to get you top results with direct mail. So, how can you create better messaging?
Even though direct mail has the highest response rate of any marketing channel it can get even better. By using direct mail in conjunction with mail tracking, call tracking, social media ads and Google follow-up ads you can drastically increase your response rates. How you say? Did you know that 90% of people interested in your product or service will visit your website first before calling? Then 96% of those visitors will leave without taking an action. You can still convert them with SmartMail. Let’s look at how this works.
There are many, many times when we get asked, “Is sending a letter better?” With the fast paced world now, many people are worried that a letter will go unread, so sending a postcard would be better. Here I will attempt to answer that question, beyond just, “Well…that depends.” So let’s take the time to examine letters and self-mailers/postcards, keeping in mind that there really is the option that it may depend.