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MailChimp’s New Direct Mail Postcards… Too Good to Be True? image

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MailChimp, an industry leader in terms of email marketing, ads, landing pages, and CRM tools, recently announced that they're going to be expanding their existing direct mail capabilities with a series of new direct mail postcards aimed at businesses like yours. On the one hand, it's enticing to continue to leverage a brand as powerful as MailChimp's to your advantage. But are these postcards just the adrenalin injection your campaigns have been looking for, or are they too good to be true? Luckily, we took a closer look so that you don't have to. An Overview of MailChimp's New Direct Mail Postcards On the surface, MailChimp's new direct mail plastic postcards do have a lot going for them. But when diving deeper, ...

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Reaching Millennials with Direct Mail image

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It doesn't matter what type of business you're running or even what industry you're operating in - if you had to make a list of all your current priorities, "making a deeper connection with millennial audience members" should unquestionably be right at the top. Not only are there a massive number of millennials in the United States, but more and more of them are entering the workforce every year. This means that one day soon, they're going to eclipse their elders as the generation with the most amount of buying power. If you can hook them today you can hook them forever - which is why reaching millennials with direct mail is something you'll absolutely want to explore. The Power of ...

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Bring Your Beauty Marketing Message to EVERY Generation image

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One of the most important things to understand about ANY type of marketing in the modern era is that things are getting decidedly more niche all the time. Case in point: beauty marketing. Thanks to social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram, influencer marketing has become the new norm. Because of this, most campaigns target one audience in particular: millennials. However, savvy marketers know that for true long-term success, you need to target EVERY generation... and direct mail campaigns are how you do it. Beauty Marketing for the Modern Era: Breaking Things Down While it's absolutely true that social media and online influencers have recently taken the lead in beauty marketing, there IS still ground to be regained - it just doesn't ...

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Building a Better Franchise Marketing Strategy image

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Whether you own a franchise or are supporting a network of franchises, one of your key jobs is to create a strong, all encompassing marketing strategy that will A) help maximize the full potential of your brand, and B) that will help each specific location stand out among competitors in increasingly crowded marketplaces. Sounds easy, right? In truth, building a better franchise marketing strategy IS a lot more straightforward than you probably think it will be. You just have to keep a few key things in mind. The Art of Franchise Marketing: Breaking Things Down By far, the most important things to understand about franchise marketing is that you need to prioritize brand consistency across the entire franchise. Yes, each location is different ...

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Using Integrated Marketing to Build Value and Loyalty image

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If you had to sum up the overall goal of your marketing campaign in a single word, that word would undoubtedly be "branding." Yes, you want to get the word out about your products and services. But you also need to get people to feel a real, tangible, intimate connection with the company BEHIND those offerings. To that end, integrated marketing is a perfect chance to build both brand value and customer loyalty in a number of different ways, all of which are worth exploring. What is Integrated Marketing? Breaking Things Down At its core, the idea behind integrated marketing (also commonly called cross-platform marketing) is clear: you're attempting to meld all aspects of your marketing together into a single cohesive message ...

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Color Psychology & The Response it Evokes image

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When it comes to the ongoing success of your marketing campaign and the effectiveness of collateral like plastic postcards, any step that you can take to make sure your materials stand out in a crowd is a step worth taking. But one of the most important parts of graphic design is also, sadly, the one that far too many people fail to pay enough attention to: color psychology. That's right - being strategic about the colors you're using can and will make a huge impact on your response rate moving forward. To get to that point, however, you just need to keep a few key things in mind. The Science of Color Psychology: Breaking Things Down A wide range of different studies ...

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The Art of Omnichannel Branding image

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At its core, the idea behind omnichannel branding is a simple one. Every interaction that someone has with your brand - regardless of where that interaction takes place - should invoke the same feelings and emotional response. In other words, if someone visits your website and then receives a direct mail postcard, both of those experiences should feel like they're both coming from the exact same place: the organization you've worked so hard to build. Omnichannel Branding is the Foundation of Your Marketing Strategy One of the major reasons why this is all so important is because it creates a consistent level of service across all possible touch points. People know that if they pick up the phone and give you ...

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You Don’t Create Brand Loyalty. You Inspire It. image

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Regardless of the type of business you're running or even the industry you're operating in, brand loyalty is always of critical importance. People can buy products and services like yours from a lot of different places. The key isn't to try to convince them they can't - it's to make them realize that they don't actually want to in the first place. Not only will inspiring brand loyalty keep people coming back for more, but emotionally-connected buyers also tend to spend more money as well. Building Brand Loyalty, One Brick at a Time If you truly want to create a deeper, more organic sense of brand loyalty, your marketing strategy needs to be built around the idea that you're in a ...

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The Power of Die Cut Plastic Postcards: Next Generation Marketing image

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We've written at length in the past about how, when it comes to your next direct mail marketing campaign, "getting noticed" is always one of your top priorities. Graphic design plays a big role in this - you don't just want to get someone's attention. You want to grab it in a way they won't be able to look away from. To that end, die cut plastic postcards bring with them a wide range of unique benefits that you'll definitely want to know about moving forward. The Artistry of Die Cut Postcards Think, for a moment, about all the reasons why direct mail is so powerful in the first place. First, it's personal - rather than firing off a quick email, your ...

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Postcard Marketing Design Tips: Making the Most of This Unique Opportunity image

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In terms of the larger marketing campaigns that you're conducting for your business, it's important for you to understand that any opportunity you have to prove how unique you are is one worth taking advantage of. Nobody does what you do quite like how you do it - at the end of the day, this is what is going to allow you to stand out from your competitors in even the most crowded of marketplaces. Take direct mail and plastic postcards, for example. There are a few key design tips in particular that will not only help you get the most out of your collateral, but that will also allow you to show just how unique you really are. Postcard Marketing: ...

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