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

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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Want to Get Better at Targeted Mailing? Use the 40/40/20 Marketing Rule image

The 40/40/20 marketing rule may have a somewhat enigmatic name - but in reality, the approach it's describing couldn't be more straightforward. In essence, it's a theory that says that the ultimate success (not to mention return on investment) of your campaign is essentially relying on three core factors: 40% of your success is directly related to how effective your mailing list is. Another 40% ties back into how compelling your offer is. The remaining 20% comes from literally everything else. Why the 40/40/20 Marketing Rule Matters For the sake of discussion, let's start with the reverse order. The 20% that falls under the "everything else" category directly refers to not only graphic design, but also the specific copy of the ...

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Color Psychology & The Response it Evokes image

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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Attention-Grabbing Direct Mail Design image

If you truly want to create a successful direct mail campaign, you can't just get someone's attention. You need to command it - grabbing your reader immediately in a way that they won't soon be able to look away from. The principles of graphic design will be your most powerful weapons to that end and if you truly want to create the best collateral possible, there are a few key things you'll want to keep in mind. The Art of Graphic Design The next time you sit down to create plastic postcards or some other type of direct mail collateral, there are five key factors you need to consider. The first are your images. People will notice them right away so for ...

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The 3 Critical Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Campaign image

While it’s certainly true that no two successful direct mail marketing campaigns operate in quite the same way, there ARE a few common elements that most of them share. Yes, you’ll want to come up with something that is unique unto your business and your goals. Having said that, there are not one, but three critical elements that you’re definitely going to want to make sure that your next strategy includes. Know Your Audience By far, the most important element of your direct mail marketing strategy is also the most immediate: your audience. Success depends on your ability to get the right message in front of the right person at precisely the right time. How are you supposed to do that ...

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The Power of Personalization image

Direct mail is still one of the most effective outreach techniques that your business has available to it, and the right style of personalization can take those efforts to the next level. If you're not currently experimenting with any and all opportunities to make your collateral more personal (and by association, more emotional), now would be an excellent time to start. The Dangers of "Dear Sir and/Or Madam..." Personalization is about more than just putting someone's name on something. It's about using all of the data you have available to you - from someone's preferences to their dislikes to their past buying history - to your advantage. Even using personalized images that are more specific to the interests of a core ...

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The Biggest Direct Mail Mistakes You MUST Avoid image

When it comes to direct mail, oftentimes knowing what types of things you should be avoiding is just as important as knowing as much as you can about current trends, tips and best practices. Direct mail is not a zero sum game - there's no one "right way" or "wrong way" to do this. But there are certain pitfalls that could derail even the strongest campaigns before they've ever had a chance to really strike a chord, which is why there are a number of key mistakes that are absolutely worth taking a closer look at. The Critical Direct Mail Mistakes You Need to Avoid By far, the number one direct mail mistake you need to avoid involves taking absolutely any ...

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

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

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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