Direct mail is a powerful tool in Marketers back pockets. Many marketers have forgotten the gift of direct mail and what it can do to their ROI. Are you one of them? With so many channel options and a focus on a more digital strategy it is not really so surprising that direct mail is left in the pocket. You look at the cost of postage alone and it can be a real turn off. However, if you are not using direct mail you are missing out! Why you say?
Did you know that direct mail is considered by recipients to be the most trustworthy of all marketing channels? How honest are you?
Over the last 28 years, I have seen a lot of good direct mail and a lot of mistakes. Sometimes they have been sad, like when a nonprofit had the wrong return address on their courtesy reply envelopes. They did not get any of the donation checks delivered to them. Other times, they been really funny. Like the time when a wrong phone number was put on the mail piece so when recipients called it they reached a sex hotline. That was pretty funny. The worst mistakes are the ones that cost you the most money, so learning what not to do can really help.
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.