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The Consequences of Bad Data image

One of the best things about being a marketer in the modern age is that data is literally everywhere. All day, people are uploading massive volumes of information about themselves - all of which you can use to your advantage. If you know what someone likes, what they don't like, where they live and what type of lifestyle they have, you have most of the pieces you need to create marketing collateral that can't help but resonate and motivate. But at the same time, one has to wonder - what happens when the quality of the data becomes less important than the volume? It's a very real risk - and it's one that you'll want to try and avoid for ...

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Latest Response Rates for Direct Mail image

There are some people out there who think that direct mail marketing has no place in the digital world we're now living in. That it's outdated and antiquated - a relic of an era that has long since ended in favor of the "flashier" and "more immediate" techniques of the modern day. Those people, as it turns out, would be wrong. Recent studies have concluded what many people out there already knew: not only is direct mail still incredibly effective, but it's actually getting MORE valuable as time goes on. Direct Mail Marketing Continues to Shine One of the most important trends to be aware of when it comes to direct mail marketing has to do with the fact that average campaign response ...

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Effective CTAs for Direct Mail image

One of the most important aspects of any piece of direct mail collateral is also, sadly, the one many forget about until it's far too late: the CTA, or "call to action." The fact of the matter is that even the most visually pleasing, objectively successful direct mail design ultimately won't be able to save you if your call to action is bland and does little to motivate your audience members. If you truly want to make sure you're getting the most out of this crucial opportunity to inspire people to take action, there are a few key things to keep in mind. The Keys to Creating Better CTAs While it's always true that nearly every aspect of your direct mail campaign ...

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Boosting Direct Mail Response image

The most important thing for you to understand is that even the best direct mail marketing campaign in the world isn't going to see a 100% response rate. Far from it. But then again, that isn't what you're after. The key to maximizing your response rate involves tailoring your message to the core group of people you're speaking to. By making sure you're crafting a message that is precisely what they want to hear precisely when they want to hear it, you'll have done more than just boost your potential responses. You'll have sent your ROI as high as it can possibly go. Want to Craft a Better Response Rate? Craft Better Messaging By far, one of the best things that you can do ...

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Here’s What an Effective Marketing Strategy Looks Like image

Opportunities always exist to fine tune your direct mail marketing – you can always make your messaging better, stronger and more effective. Having said that, there are a few key things that you’ll want to keep in mind for your 2019 campaigns in particular that will likely make all the difference in the world. It’s All About That Emotion Personalization in marketing is always important – but it needs to be in service of the underlying emotion that exists between your brand and your customers. Just using someone’s name rather than addressing an envelope “Dear Sir or Madame” isn’t enough to get the job done. To truly strike a chord, you need to go deeper. Don’t just acknowledge someone in a personal ...

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Why a Clean Mailing List Matters More Than You Realize image

Working from a mailing list for your marketing strategy is one thing. Working from a CLEAN mailing list is something else entirely. The former may generate more names for you to reach out to, but only the latter will guarantee the types of high response rates (and low bounce rates) that you need. The fact of the matter is that clean mailing lists are far more important than you realize, for a number of reasons that are definitely worth exploring. Clean Mailing Matters If you're not exceedingly careful with your mailing lists, duplicate addresses and names can easily sneak in without you realizing it. This doesn't just mean that the same person will receive the same mail twice. It'll cost you ...

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Why a Marketing Coach Matters More Than You Think image

One of the major mistakes that a lot of small business owners make involves thinking that they can "do it all themselves." This may work in some areas of your business, but it has the potential to spell disaster when it comes to your direct marketing. In truth, enlisting the help of a marketing coach is a very good idea for a wide range of different reasons that are more than worth exploring. The Power of Having a Marketing Coach: Breaking Things Down Nobody knows your audience like you do. You've spoken with these people, you've spent time with them, you've taken a tremendous amount of care to understand what they like, what they dislike and what they're worried about. But ...

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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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How to Measure the Success of Your Direct Mail Campaign image

With regards to direct mail marketing and your targeted mailing efforts, it's important to understand that your return on investment ultimately comes down to more than just dollars and cents. Lead generation might not immediately end in a sale, but that doesn't mean you're not getting something for your hard work. If you truly want to improve your direct mail efforts, you need to know how close you are to achieving your goals in the first place. That, of course, requires you to keep a few key things in mind. Breaking Down Your Direct Mail ROI Gaining critical visibility into your marketing campaign's success begins by taking another look at those goals you set for yourself when your efforts began in earnest. ...

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