Direct Mail Cost

What is the Cost of Direct Mail?

What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work? Most of us check our post.

The pull is in personalisation. It’s got our name and address on it, so it’s probably important and worth reading.

Do you look forward to getting your emails as much? We’re guessing NO and the statistics support this.

‘Direct mail has a response rate of 30 times that of e-mail and coupled with the availability of large quantities of reliable data and increasingly cost effective personalised digital print, provides a great opportunity to build your business.’

Now that you’re thinking about using direct mail, your first thoughts might be:

“What is the cost of Direct Mail?”

This article will show the costs and the potential return on investment on all direct mail services. So you can make better-informed business decisions and start building meaningful relationships with your existing and new customers.

 

Postcard Mailing

“57% of respondents said that postcard marketing makes them feel more valued and creates a more authentic relationship.” – Royal Mail

The beauty of postcards is that you can pack a punch for a reasonable price. Imaginative designs can boost your business’ attraction level. For example, you could embed magnets in your postcards so customers can place them in their homes or at work: a daily visual reminder of your brand.

As a low-cost form of direct mail, postcards can yield a high return on investment. That’s because they shine when used for short and compelling messages or offers. It’s a highly effective strategy to grab the recipient’s attention and drive them into action.

You could also send postcards in between catalogue mailings to keep customers keen and drive further sales for a better ROI.

Estimated cost for 5,000 postcards: £1700.00 + vat includes production and postage but excludes data and design (34p each)

You might like to read our other article – Direct Mail Examples – 4 Great Postcards

 

Letter Mailing

Do not underestimate the power of a well written letter.

Traditional it may be, but the use of words in a simple, well understood, traditionally trusted and accepted format can open doors and help you win new opportunities. Use mailing services to send large volumes of letters in a cost-effective and highly-efficient way.

Estimated cost for 5,000 letters: £1900.00 + vat excluding design and data

 

Catalogue MailingCatalogue Mailing Services

Nowadays we use the internet to shop for things we want. Which begs us to ask, do people still like receiving catalogues?

Absolutely. They encourage purchases – 63% of people are influenced by a catalogue to purchase. They also drive people to visit your website.

In fact, the number of people who now respond to catalogue mailing has surged by 23% over the past few years. Why?

A mailing house can professionally design your catalogues with a specific audience in mind. Recipients gain a physical, visually engaging and relevant lexicon of your best products, peaking their interest and leaving a “deeper footprint” than digital media.

Estimated cost for 5,000 16 page A5 catalogues: £2,500 + vat excluding design (50p each)

Estimated cost for 5,000 32 page A5 catalogues: £3,300 + vat excluding design

Find out more about our Catalogue Mailing Services.

 

Business Mailing

We’re talking about transactional business mail (invoices, statements, information, newsletters etc.) It’s mailing with the purpose to inform rather than to encourage a financially monitored response.

Business mail builds trust between consumers and business. It’s an intimate and secure way to communicate, as a study led by DMA revealed:

“56% of consumers stated that they found printed marketing to be the most trustworthy of all media channels”

 

Direct Mail Marketing ListsDirect Mail Data

Before you source data you need to understand who your existing customers are. This way, you can send your mail to people who are interested in your offerings and more likely to buy from you.

What do they look like? Where do they live? How much do they earn? You need to unearth this and much more to develop a clear picture of your audience.

Once you know what your customers look like, the challenge is to find more just like them. Achieve this by comparing your existing customers against a large database of potential users.

Of course, creating your own lists can take a lot of time. List creation is a professional direct mail service that can be executed quickly and accurately thanks to recent technology.

The data sources available range from large compiled databases through to magazine subscribers and customers of other companies. You receive comprehensive lists to reach new customers and boost your sales.

Cost minimum charges usually apply. Minimum spend: £500.00 + vat. Costs per name range from 25p to under 10p depending on the list volume.

 

Will Direct Mail Work For You?

At First Move, we always recommend you should be studious and monitor results as you start your testing. With the right process you can learn what works best and how to improve your strategy.

LP-Book_01Our book, Direct Mail 101, explains why direct mail in the 21st century is worth the investment and how to deliver predictable and profitable results to grow your business. Plus, gain real examples of the world’s most successful direct mail letters for you to study.

Contact First Move on 01494 539300 and request a copy. We’ll send it to you for FREE with no obligations.

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Xerox Trivor Inkjet Printer

Introducing the Fastest Colour Variable Inkjet Printer for more personal, better use of data & improved ROI – A World’s First.

The wait is over: the Xerox® Trivor™ 2400 inkjet printer is here … and it’s going to change the way you do direct mail printing. A UK-first, First Move has partnered with Xerox Worldwide to give you even more options as a print marketing provider. This is a moment in printing history you’ll remember; when affixed addresses to mailers became a thing of the past and personalised, targeted, and customised full-colour artwork became the standard. Digital printing fulfilment will never be the same.

A 20” continuous feed press with myriad customisable options you can turn plain paper into remarkable imagery. It combines proven imaging technologies with new innovations to deliver the next level in high performance, and it requires less space than its predecessors. And with a new digital front end it’s easier to use and meets SLAs without a hitch. It’s the perfect solution to those campaigns that need to reach far and wide with targeted results.

Direct mail flexibility is key and the Xerox® Trivor™ understands this. And it’s fast, too. Choose your resolution from 300 x 600 dpi up to 1200 x 600 dpi and it can deliver 2,400 full-colour impressions and over 2,850 monochrome impressions per minute, with speeds up to 200 meters per minute. The Xerox® Trivor™ uses high-density inks, which mean bold, true colours on plain stock and consistent image quality. Quick to dry, wait times are reduced so you can get your direct mail campaigns out faster.

Adjustable print speed even allows you to slow the press down to one metre per minute at any time during a production run to eliminate unexpected results. It’s power you can trust.

And all that speed and technical prowess equals one thing: productivity. As a business you can benefit from the faster turnarounds and a higher volume print runs with full customisation. If your direct mail is transactional, full white paper workflows mean you can provide your customers with offers tailored to them and statements that alter according to your set criteria, such as spend and other benchmarks. Direct marketeers also can offer more relevant offers in a single print run to each of their clients, ensuring less wastage and more effective use of postal services, as well as better engagement rates with personalised direct mail.

Xerox® Trivor™ 2400, printing powerhouse:

  • 4-35 million A4 impressions per month (in CMYK, 600 x 600 dpi resolution)
  • Up to 57 million colour or 68 million mono A4 impressions per month

 

Contact First Move on 01494 539300 to see the Xerox® Trivor™ 2400 in action. Ask for your own demonstration. It’s even more impressive in person.

 

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what makes people open their direct mail?

What Makes People Open Their Direct Mail?

What are some of the ways you can convince your target audience to open their direct mail? Read our top 10 tips.

Direct mail is marketing with impact. A real-world physical message that captures the recipients’ attention and imagination, and if done right, prompts them to convert. Its proposition is unique: direct-to-door and informed by data. There’s no other form of marketing than can function like direct mail. There’s a simple science behind it and with a 92% open rate (versus 16% with email), you know it works.

  1. Tell them what it’s about

Your direct mail piece is part of a story, so entice your recipient to read on. Don’t just throw it in a plain envelope and hope for the best. Make them want to learn more. 69% of those who receive direct mail will open a letter from a company about a promotion or special offer. Make it clear why they need to open your mailer.

  1. Make them want it

Find a way to make your product desirable and pitch it in your offer. If people believe they want it then half your work is done. 60% will open mail if it’s from a company about a product or service they don’t currently have. If they don’t buy it on the first occasion, repeated mailings will help reinforce the message and to remind them that you exist. Make them want you.

  1. Personalise it

With so much available data, don’t let it go to waste. Use it for your next mailer. You will know your customers’ purchase behaviour and preferences, but what you do with this information separates the amateurs from professionals. Use what you have to inform your offer and the way it’s worded. Choose artwork according to their tastes. Address them by name. Appeal to them on a personal level and make them believe you care.

  1. Make them interact with it

Direct mail works better when the recipient must do something, in fact 43% of mail is opened when it has led to some kind of interaction. Make them curious to learn what’s inside; reveal a secret.

  1. Cater to their interests

If you know your customer you will understand what they like and dislike. Frame your offer with this information and entice them with something to which you know they will respond.

  1. Cater to their demographics

Know your audience and understand which products cater to their interests. Age groups will respond to direct mail better at certain periods in their lifetime, so make an informed decision about when to contact them.

  1. Make it colourful

70 percent of consumers are more likely to open colourful mail. Choose your colours wisely and avoid red as it generally means sales  and collections—unless that’s the purpose of your mailer!

  1. Make it relevant

Why would a 19-year-old want a walking frame? Or someone without a pet want pet insurance? Do you research, get your data right and get the response you need.

  1. Make it time limited

79 percent of consumers will act on direct mail immediately, particularly if they know they might miss out on something. Make it fast and limit the supply.

  1. Give something away

Whether a physical attachment or something redeemable, everyone likes to receive something for nothing. Add a coupon, give them a URL, or stick something lumpy inside the envelope.

 

Find out more about our mailing services today and how we can help you boost sales. Contact us on 01494 539300, email enquiries@firstmove.co.uk or fill in our online contact form.

 

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What to include in your Direct Mail campaign

Direct Mail Examples – What to include in your campaign

Direct Mail Examples

There’s a lot more to direct mail than throwing a printed flyer into an envelope or wrapping it in plastic then hoping for the best. That mailer is loaded with possibility and it’s your job to charge it with emotion. Mailers that connect with their audience on an emotional level are the best performers—it’s proven. So what exactly do you include in your direct mail campaign? We’ve got some great direct mail examples to help.

While it depends on your product or service, a brochure, letter or catalogue are the best starting point. But we’ll let you into a little industry secret: You can post up to 100 grams. And when you’ve paid for the postage already, you might as well make the most of the Royal Mail weight limit. That’s when we recommend what we direct mail devotees call a “lift item”.

A lift item is exactly as it sounds: something additional that lifts the tone of the mailer and gives the recipient something extra to look at. All the while further presenting your business case and showing them why they should purchase your product.

What are some good direct mail examples of lift products? 

– A case study, with a testimonial from a happy customer

– A full list of features and benefits

– A fridge magnet

– A comparison chart, showing how your product beats the competition

– A detailed summary of your free report or other giveaway

– Your guarantee, formatted as a certificate

– A cheque offering money back

– A voucher or coupon, offering a bonus or special deal

– The science bit: clinical proof that your product meets industry standards

– A postcard repeating the main proposition and call to action

– Something that directs them to your online presence.

These lift items can have a certain level of novelty about them, making them an item that the recipient might want to keep and display somewhere. And when its branded with your logo or imagery, it will remind them of your product or service and prompt them into converting—if not this week, then maybe next month.

When choosing your lift item, keep the focus on the main product or service and don’t distract from the primary message. Keep their attention long enough and give them reason to convert. A complementary item will reinforce the message and keep it relevant. Be sure to brand every insert so if the contents are separated, they still know how to find you. Then just sit back and watch your sales soar—with a little lift.

 

Find out more about our mailing services today and how we can help you boost sales. Contact us on 01494 539300, email enquiries@firstmove.co.uk or fill in our online contact form.

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How to Brief Your Mailing House

So you have your creative and your database is about ready to go, now it’s time to deploy. Briefing your mailing house can be tricky, but it’s the part on which we direct mail specialists thrive. With so many options it can seem daunting to a first-timer, though with some expert guidance it’s a cinch. Here we will show you just how to brief your mailing house, which might even inspire you with other ways to save time in your next campaign.

 

Data Management

Lists and spreadsheets mightn’t be your thing, but we love them. It’s our job to take your data, make sense of it, and manipulate it into a successful campaign. You might have your own vision, but we can help you shape it to achieve the best possible outcome when sending to customers and prospects. When speaking to your mailing house, instruct them of the specifics of data management. Do you need to clean data by removing duplicates, merging records or purging those that are outdated? Have you considered adding special postal information, such as barcodes, to each data record? Or does it need to be further segmented for A/B testing? The more information you provide the better.

 

Printing and Personalisation

Printing is hugely important in direct mail, and so is the method you choose. Offset printing is great for high-quality prints without personalization and you can then over print variable data in black. Digital colour print allows for unlimited personalisation. Inkjet allows you to add addresses and individuals’ other information to your mailer in a limited format to litho pre-print. Remember to tell your mailing house which delimiters you have used to identify areas that require personalisation, such as salutation blocks and customised offers. Once the mailer is set up, ask to run a small electronic trial of your first few records to ensure that everything corresponds.

 

Insertions

Special insertions into your mailer can increase your response rate immensely. By enclosing an entry form or a self-addressed envelope, you make it easier for your customer or prospect to get in touch. When it comes to informing your mailing house of your requirements, it’s important to think about how you would like to present it. You can specify where you would like it to be inserted through camera matching, and the precise number of inserts for your mailing.

 

Plastic Wrap

Wrapping mailers in plastic is an industry standard, but did you know that you can customise the overall look? Ask your mailing house to show you examples of how special printing can transform the outer of your next mailer.

 

Warehousing and Fulfilment

Need a little help picking and packing? This is something that many mailing houses can help you achieve. Simply brief them to the nature of your product, supply the inventory, and allow them to fulfil the orders as they flood in. Easy!

 

Postage

And finally, and probably the most important: How does it reach your recipients? Make sure you specify just how you would like your mail campaign to be sent 1st, 2nd or Economy – does it qualify as Advertising or Business mail? Is it by registered or international post? Do you qualify for postal discounts and if you are a registered charity check if you qualify for zero rate vat on production and use DSA to minimise your VAT charge. Your mailing house can advise on the conditions of which you mightn’t be aware, and can save you time and money in the long run.

 

Find out more about our mailing services today and how we can help you boost sales. Contact us on 01494 539300, email enquiries@firstmove.co.uk or fill in our online contact form.

 

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What to Include in a Direct Mail Pack

How to create and deliver a powerful, cleverly executed direct mail pack that makes them want to tear, unfold, read, and respond.

For many years, “junk mail’”had a poor reputation with customers, businesses and marketers alike; and this was no wonder, given the ugly, loud, one-size-fits-all approach of a lot of direct mail in the past. But the most powerful, cleverly executed direct mail campaigns have radically changed those perceptions in recent years by offering quality campaigns to prospects who actually want to engage with them.

Here are some ways your campaign can put an envelope in your prospects’ hands that makes them want to tear, unfold, read, and respond.

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Add a personal touch

Perhaps one of the most important realisations of marketers has been that personal touches are important. Personally addressing each recipient is often the difference between an open envelope and the wastepaper basket. A handwritten greeting is a sign of openness and warmth, while some information that recognises a customer’s past engagement can show an enticing level of familiarity.

 

Tailor the content

Tailoring the contents of a mailing to a prospect’s age, gender or location is also a very effective tool in terms of generating customer engagement. Strong imagery is another must in any effective direct mail pack. Use imagery that provokes an emotional response in your target audience, with people they can relate to smiling, feeling relieved, or having a great experience – whatever emotional response is most appropriate for your campaign.

 

Have a strong call to action

Your call to action is perhaps the most critical element of your campaign, triggering a response from the recipient towards a marketing outcome. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by the Royal Mail, nearly half of marketers (44.8%) ranked the call to action as the most important element of their integrated marketing campaigns. A good call to action should drive your prospect to a specific website, phone service, postal or email address to find further information, make a purchase, or take out a subscription.

 

Make it easy for them to respond

Of course, it’s not as simple as drawing your prospect in with the call to action and then chalking up a win. The outcome needs to also be easy and satisfying enough to keep your prospect engaged. If inviting your prospect to reply by mail, postage should be reply paid. In many cases, the enclosure of a reply/subscription form is also essential. Phone numbers, email and website addresses all need to stand out from the mail and be clear and legible. Phone services need to be up and running efficiently. Your URL should not only work, but should work effortlessly, as well as integrating stylistically with the mailing.

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Direct Mail Tips

Direct Mail Tips According to Experts

Planning a direct mail campaign and baffled by the terminology? Inspired, but looking for additional insight? Or maybe you think you’re onto a winner, but wouldn’t mind a little extra guidance? Well, look no further. We’ve got some expert direct mail tips from the DMA, Royal Mail, and First Move, which should set you on the path to direct marketing success.

Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
You might think that the poor reputation of ‘junk mail’ is one of the main barriers to businesses investing in direct marketing. However, in the Mail Matters 2015 report, the DMA found that cost (cited by 43% of respondents) was the main perceived barrier, not reputation (cited by a mere 16%).

This explains why 15% of digital marketeers have already adopted direct mail marketing in conjunction with their digital campaigns, as they seek new ways to cut through the digital “white noise.” But there is still more potential to be realised: Only 46% of those using direct mail have genuinely combined advertising mail and digital marketing by offering exclusive content—like personalised URLs, scannable elements and QR codes—to mail respondents.

When you consider that 98% of respondents would welcome better content personalisation, which has been one of the strengths of direct marketing for over a decade, you can begin to imagine the untapped potential of this medium.

Royal Mail
Many businesses don’t realise that Royal Mail also offers a range of services and tools to assist with direct marketing campaigns, from format choices to delivery options and machine readability to research tools. Some things to remember:
A direct marketing expert can also help you decide, for example, whether it’s most economical to pre-sort the mail or to have this step done by the Royal Mail on the way to delivery.

Barcodes and mailmark barcodes (which have extra space customers to place their own information) may also be suitable for your mailing.
Moreover, prices reduce as volume goes up, meaning that you might be looking at less than 20p per letter for a medium-large campaign.

First Move
Facts and figures aside, the crucial advantage of direct mail marketing lies in its physicality—its power to stir emotions and create a tactile connection with the brand and the offer.

A recent study by researchers at Bangor University showed that physical messages trigger a much deeper emotional response than virtual messages. Participants’ neurological activity was monitored while they received both physical and virtual messages. Resoundingly, the physical messages caused more activity in those centres of the brain that correspond with emotional response. In real-world terms, this translates into not only a higher chance the message will become ingrained in a prospect’s memory, but also a deeper brand connection. And that means, above all, a higher response rate.

In fact, research shows that whereas an average email marketing campaign will yield a response rate of just over 1 in 1000, businesses can expect a response rate of around 1 in 25 for an expertly planned and executed direct mail marketing campaign.

 

Contact First Move today on 01494 539300 or email enquiries@firstmove.co.uk to find out more about our mailing services.

 

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Breaking the Myths of Direct Mail

While direct mail is one of the most established forms of marketing, it can still be enshrouded in mystery to the uninitiated. It’s our job as direct-mail specialists to educate our clients and prospects, and to dispel the myths surrounding direct mail. Here are some of those myths, and how to put your customers at ease.

 

It’s too expensive! 

Or is it? Sure, email has low production costs and might seem appealing, but it’s worth digging deeper. Direct mail allows you to put your communication in your target’s hands thereby increasing the likelihood they read its message. Email offers a less direct approach, with many messages overlooked, deleted or lost to the junk mail folder. If your target never receives the message, then it is time and effort wasted. Direct mail has almost guaranteed delivery.

 

It isn’t targeted

Quite the opposite! Direct mail allows you to contact your clients or prospects with some of the most advanced data available. Data matching can pair your existing records with information from other sources to give you a rich understanding of your database. With  these additional insights, you can then build a profile of your customer and communicate to them in the most targeted way.

 

Direct mail databases are inaccurate

Direct mail has some of the most accurate data available to marketeers. Sure, purchased lists can soon lose their value with inaccurate and out-of-date records, but data cleansing means they reach their intended recipients. Duplicate data can also do your business more harm than good, irritating your prospects if they receive multiple versions of the same communication. Direct mail has practices in place to ensure your recipient receives only one communication.

 

It’s junk mail

There is a perception that all unsolicited mail is considered as junk mail, but direct mail is different. As all direct mail is targeted and addressed, it is sent to the recipient with the Royal Mail postal run meaning it won’t be thrown away with the takeaway menus and supermarket catalogues. Addressed mail carries weight and authority and piques the curiosity of the reader, meaning that your mail won’t go unopened.

 

It doesn’t engage its audience

Direct mail it is one of the most engaging forms of marketing yet 3.4% of recipients engage with direct mail, compared with only 12% who respond to email. That’s an astronomical difference. Put simply, that’s 30 times more customers for your business or 34,000 of every million you contact.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Customer Behaviour

Without a doubt, direct mail gets into your customers’ hands—literally. Its tangible nature is one of its strongest selling points, along with its incredible ability to target recipients with utmost detail. It’s this versatility and results-driven focus that makes it so attractive to businesses, no matter their product or service. When proposing a direct mail campaign, it’s important to consider the medium itself. There’s a vast distinction between physical and virtual media, and understandably, consumers respond to each medium differently.

Recently, the Royal Mail commissioned a research agency to discover how consumers respond to marketing messages, and which is the most effective communication. Working with scientists from the Centre of Experimental Psychology at Bangor University, research participants were connected to medical-grade scanners and shown the same material twice—once using projection to reproduce the online experience, and once printed on cards to produce the physical experience. Brain activity was measured across the different areas of the brain to see how it processed the differing marketing messages. The results turned out to be surprisingly simple:

This indicates that tangible materials are more likely to become embedded in memory, and because they also generate more emotion they’re more likely to provoke positive brand associations. Think of it as your opportunity to convey your brand personality at the most intimate level. When you strike such a close tie with your audience, it makes it easier for you to adjust your perception in their minds, and to establish a conversation between your customer and prospect.

This is reflected in Millward Brown’s 2002 white paper of brand personality and how best to align your messaging to your market’s cultural values. Every culture takes certain values into consideration when evaluating a brand. According to Geert Hofstede, the forefather of research on the subject, it comes down to five contributing factors: power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertain avoidance, and long-term orientation.

  • Power Distance: The degree to which members of a society accept and expect that power is distributed unequally. Runs from high (difference accepted) to low.
  • Individualism: The degree to which societies believe people share an obligation for the care of those outside of their immediate families. Runs from high (obligations to close family only) to low.
  • Masculinity: The degree to which a society emphasizes the value of achievement, heroism, assertiveness, and material rewards for success. Runs from high (these values are important) to low.
  • Uncertainty Avoidance: The degree to which the members of a society feel comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity. Runs from high (where people need clarity and rules) to low.
  • Long-term Orientation: The degree to which a society believes that truth depends on situation, context, and time. Where long-term orientation is high, people adapt traditions and are more likely to save, invest, and persevere.

Source: Millward Brown 2002

Research has shown that in the United Kingdom, emphasis is placed on tolerance, respect for equality (the UK has a low power distance score), and individualism. These attributes influence the brands’ desirability and trustworthiness, which at the end of the day means bottom line. In Britain in particular, consumers identify consistently with strong brands that are ethical, that allow for individuality, and are considered friendly and generous.

Conduct your own research into your customer profile and with your finding, you can anticipate how any given market is likely to respond to certain types of messaging. Learn a little more about them and you can refine that message even further. Remember: Products and services will always dictate the overall message, but customer profiling helps you refine it.

Neuroscience stuff in – https://www.firstmove.co.uk/science-news/

 

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Set Up a Direct Mail Campaign

The Right Way to Set Up a Direct Mail Campaign

Having completed over 25 years of direct mail campaigns averaging 40 a week, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s best direct marketers. We’ve seen and experienced how they put their campaigns together, while adding our own expertise and knowledge into the mix to make for high ROI campaigns.

The most successful campaigns appear effortless in their execution, but it’s those with the most level of preparation that yield the most success. Here’s what we’ve learned as an outline of what every successful direct mail campaign contains.

 

Define your objectives

Figuring out what you wish to achieve with your campaign is the best place to start. Not only does it affect the design of the overall strategy, but can simplify just how you go about it. Whether it’s sales-focused or sign-ups-driven, think about what kind of conversion would satisfy the needs of the campaign. For those that are designed with brand awareness in mind, think about what kind of metrics you would use in order to measure its efficacy. We find defining objectives upfront invaluable when predicting the outcome.

 

Create a targeted list

Whether an internal database or a purchased list, the best direct mail campaigns target prospects with appropriate segmentation, the more available information the better. Think about the particular cohorts you wish to speak to and any behaviour that can help you increase conversions. Where do they live? Where do they shop? What kind of offers would interest them? The questions of who, what, where, why and when, help you the most effective method of communication for your data set.

 

Create your mailing design

As the vehicle for your campaign, the design is integral to its success. When developing your mailing materials, pay close attention to each element, whether it’s a letter, a flyer, special offer or a reply card. Are they eye-catching? Are they clear in their communication? Does the envelope scream “Open me”? Seek advice from your designer and direct-mail specialist, and don’t afraid to be creative. As a rule of thumb, 20 percent of the response is influenced by the design or writing of the mailing item, so give it the time and attention it deserves.

 

Then make sure your creative answers these 4 questions

1. Why should anyone read it?

2. Why should anyone believe it?

3. Why should anyone do anything about it?

4. Why should it be acted upon immediately?

 

Code your mailing

Set yourself up for highly accurate and measured results: Give your campaign a distinct identifier with personalised coding. With this information, you can determine which elements of your campaign are the highest performing and look at improving future distributions, as well as assessing the success of the existing one.

 

Test your campaign

The beauty of direct mail is in its flexibility. Why have just one offer when you can have many to establish just which is the most effective? A/B testing achieves even more from your campaigns. Try different calls to action on your envelope, change the wording of the offer to see which has the most engagement, or change the parameters of the database sample and watch the results roll in. With experimentation comes wisdom, and this wisdom is something we’ve acquired over the past two-and-a-half decades. Many approaches to the one campaign can offer insight into your database and how to best achieve an increased response rate with future mailings.

 

Distribute your mailer

Once you’ve fine-tuned your campaign, it’s ready for distribution, but there’s a lot more involved than putting a stamp on the envelope and sending it out into the wild. Bulk mailings require special consideration, largely so the postman doesn’t have a fit! We can advise on the requirements of the Royal Mail, and make adjustments to your campaign so it accommodates them. You might be eligible for Royal Mail discounts, in which case, gives you even greater ROI for a large-volume distribution.

 

Handle responses

Be confident in your ability to handle an influx of responses by being prepared. A test campaign will help you understand the response rate and plan for the extra demand on your resources, giving you ample time to assess a temporary staffing solution with your direct mail supplier should you need one. While you wait for the phone to ring, this is the perfect opportunity for additional training for your staff. The experience should be seamless for the customer from the moment they receive the mailing in their letterbox to when they connect with your team members for their new product or service.

 

Measure your results

Finally, and possibly the most insightful, your current campaign’s results are key for planning the next. Look at the rate of response and see if you can discern any correlation between the recipients and their behaviour, and of course, how it affected the bottom line. Your direct mail provider will have examples of previous campaigns to benchmark yours against, and will allow you to predict future responses. Make the necessary adjustments and commence your next phase of distribution for a simple and effective direct mail campaign.

 

Find out more about our mailing services today and how we can help you boost sales. Contact us on 01494 539300, email enquiries@firstmove.co.uk or fill in our online contact form.

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