The best way to increase your chances of a great response is to mail to people who are interested in your product or service. There are many ways to do this, but one of the most effective is to create personas. A buyer persona is a semi-fictional representation of your ideal customer based on market research and real data about your existing customers. Many marketers are familiar with personas in their inbound or digital marketing, but for some reason have not applied them to their direct mail campaigns.
The very first thing that direct mail needs to do in the mail box is catch people’s attention. So many marketers struggle with how to do that. There are many options out there for you to choose from that can take your drab mail piece to a fab mail piece.
Did you know that direct mail is considered by recipients to be the most trustworthy of all marketing channels? How honest are you? It is extremely important to create copy, calls to action and offers with complete honesty and transparency. This is not the time for a bait and switch or a poorly worded offer that is interpreted wrong. Direct mail is about respect; not only the recipient’s intelligence but also their time. Creating targeted offers they want to receive not only gets you better results, but also makes your prospects and customers happy. I like the quote by James E. Faust “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living and truth loving”. Can your customers and prospects count on your direct mail pieces to be honest with them?
Many marketers find direct mail to be a complicated and intimidating marketing channel, especially if they are not familiar with it or have encountered problems in previous campaigns. Don’t let that stop you from using direct mail. According to a PFL study, 52 percent of marketers report a moderate to major improvement in campaign performance when direct mail is one of the channels. We have created a set of common questions and concerns about direct mail, that can help you not only avoid issues but have confidence that your direct mail will provide you a good ROI.
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.