Classic Postcard Marketing

October 4, 2010

The other day I got a postcard in the mail, reminding me that I made a dentist appointment six months ago, and it’s coming up. With this reminder in hand, I made a note in my calendar of my date with a comfy chair and sharp objects. Doctors and dentists have been practicing this type of reminder postcard marketing for years, and that’s because it hasn’t gone out of style. You can crow all you want about iCals, digital datebooks and the like, but the fact is: I’ve seen plenty of people walk out of the lobby without jotting down their next appointment, and you know they won’t retain the information by the time they get to a computer or pull put their phone next. Neuromarketing posted a blog on Monday about paper versus digital marketing in terms of which forms of advertising leave a deeper emotional footprint. According to a study by branding agency Millward Brown, “physical material is more ‘real’ to the brain. It has a meaning, and a place. It is better connected to memory because it engages with its spatial memory networks.” Indeed, when it comes to reminders, I find that I retain information better if I write it down with a pen on paper rather than if I type it into a digital Post-It. Holding and seeing the postcard from my dentist reinforces my appointment next week rather than if I simply typed it into the calendar on my smartphone – I likely wouldn’t recall the appointment until that day, when I received an alert 15 minutes prior. Neuromarketing recommends taking advantage of print marketing with a few tips, including, “Build in your brand imagery, since brand recall may be enhanced by the paper medium.” Which classic forms of print promotions does your business stick with year after year?

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Jennifer Moline writes for the PsPrint Blog as well as maintains its Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Pinterest presences. She also guest-blogs for such notable graphic design blogs as Fuel Your Creativity and Inspiredology. She’s previously written about technology and small business for news websites, magazines and newspapers. In her off-hours, Jennifer can be found roughing it in the mountains or tucked away in a movie theater.

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Britt January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Jennifer- I agree that physical, printed material can have more of an impact than digital. Just look at the difference in average response rates of email (.01 percent) versus direct mail (1-2 percent).

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