Want to be a profit champion from your direct-mail marketing in 2012? Consider implementing the following 10 tips for direct-mail marketing success.
1. Super selective mailing list
It’s no secret that the more targeted your mailing list, the better you can angle your offer and the greater your response rate. Take time to refine your list demographics on a super niche level, and reap the rewards.
2. Try a new demographic
Reevaluate potential customers to develop a new demographic that could be receptive to your products and services. You might have to repackage your pitch, but increasing your customer base is well worth the effort.
3. Test different copy
There’s more than one way to say the same thing, and the words you use in your direct-mail marketing copy can have a major impact on your response rate. Try two or three versions of different headlines on small portions of your list to determine which yields the best response rate before launching your full campaign.
4. Go high tech
QR codes and augmented reality codes printed on your direct-mail marketing materials make it possible for you to immediately engage and interact with customers via their mobile devices.
5. Go social
Invite recipients to join your social networks, and offer incentives to do so (such as being entered in a drawing when they like your Facebook page).
6. Postcard-to-website marketing
Postcard marketing that drives traffic to your website continues to be one of the best methods of direct-mail marketing. It’s also extremely cost effective, especially for catalog companies that can list a few of their offers on a postcard and ask customers to visit their websites to see their full catalogs.
Newsletters are perfect for establishing credibility and maintaining customer relationships, but can be a bit cost prohibitive for some small businesses. What’s more, our Twitter-fied world relishes information in small bites. Newscards, which are newsletters printed on postcards, allow you to quickly give customers a shot of information without breaking the bank.
8. Add value
Make your direct-mail marketing materials valuable to get in front of customers time and again. Magnets with favorite team schedules, calendars, and helpful booklets are all excellent examples of value-added direct-mail marketing materials.
9. Request customer feedback
Don’t be afraid to ask your best customers to evaluate your marketing materials. Many will be happy to help you succeed. After all, they’re your best customers because they already love your work.
10. Look for discounts
You can significantly raise your return on investment by getting the best deal on premium printing. PsPrint routinely offers discounts of up to 50 percent or more on many direct-mail marketing materials.
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