ATLANTA—A study carried out by research company Campbell River on behalf of the non-profit advisory body, Dunham+Company, found that people were more than three times as likely to donate after being contacted by direct mail than by e-mail.
The researchers asked people making a donation what had prompted them to make a contribution to the charity. The portion of people who were donating after receiving a direct mail appeal was 17 percent, more than three times higher than the 5 percent who had been prompted to donate by an e-mail.
Rick Dunham, CEO of Dunham+Company, described the results of the study as “a bit of a shock.” Dunham notes that recipients pay more attention to a physical object that comes into their mailbox than e-mail, which he points out is easily deleted.
According to the study, donors in the 40-59 age categories are the most responsive to direct mail—47 percent of them responded to receiving a letter by making a donation in 2012, which is a dramatic increase from 34 percent in 2010. Donors over the age of 60 also respond well to direct mail—24 percent of them donated in 2012 after receiving a letter, an increase of 6 percent since 2010.
Printing Impressions Magazine, 2012
With social media and video marketing when a campaign goes “viral” it is considered marketing nirvana. How is this possible with direct mail though considering the personal nature of the medium? This personal nature is one reason direct mail can be so effective. It is the only marketing channel that lets you so precisely target your audience and put something in their hand.
The keys to success in this medium are the same as ever: a good target list, good offer and relevant messaging. So how do you make a direct mail campaign go viral?
First consider this. There are more marketing channels available today than at any time in history. Use them to make your message shareable then make your message share worthy.
Incorporate as many relevant marketing mediums and channels into your campaign as possible:
On the mail piece you can include:
- Personalized variable print or images
- pURLs (Personalized URLs) a website that welcomes the responder by name and can include survey, contest entry or reply fields to gather more data
- QR CODE (2D bar codes that when scanned by a mobile device makes the experience interactive)
On the web response form include:
- Social media sharing (include links that allow recipients to share your offer with others)
- Video (post a video and link it to your web page for better engagement)
- A Survey form to capture more data and better qualify the prospect.
Be sure to capture other contact info like email and phone/cell number for lower cost future marketing efforts.
By using all relevant channels available you can increase the effectiveness and share-ability of your message and potentially create a viral campaign. Just remember to make your message resonate with the recipient.
Here is a helpful document if you are new to direct mail Direct Mail 101
Here is a great video that shows a new mail format and how it can include other channels Video
I am always glad to help marketers plan campaigns to maximize and measure results. Feel free to contact me as you consider your next marketing move.
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Your customers and prospects have never seen anything like this! You thought it was just an envelope but…
Incredible, intelligent and attention grabbing. InteliMailer is used as a stand alone mail piece or integrated into complete cross media marketing campaigns that feature full color personalized letter packages, pURLS, custom landing pages, QR codes, mobile messaging and more. Watch this and see for yourself.
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There is a long standing perception that marketing and sales are at odds with one another. Marketing departments often say “sales people don’t get what we do”. Sales people often say “If marketing would just give us some good leads and materials we could close more sales.”
I consult with and sell marketing technologies and services to marketing departments and agencies. These technologies are designed specifically to integrate marketing channels, track and measure results and deliver qualified leads to sales in real time.
Since this benefits both sales and marketing you’d think it would be the bridge to bring them together. It can be but often the divide between the two is deep and long lived. Both often blame the other when results don’t materialize.
So what’s the solution? Accountability. We should all be accountable for what we do. Accountability diffuses the argument and clearly shows where blame belongs. When all is working it really isn’t important for sales to understand all that marketing does or vice versa. A culture of mutual respect can be built when efforts and results are measured and transparent. This can get all oars moving in the same direction.
How is this done? The technology we have today gives marketing departments the ability to integrate all media channels. Direct mail, Email, Broadcast, Print, Web, Mobile and more can be combined, tracked and measured for accurate determination of ROI. Leads can be qualified and delivered to the sales force in real time as it happens. This empowers everyone and holds all accountable with real numbers and accurate result reporting. It is hard to improve what you don’t measure.
Emerging technologies that track and measure all our marketing and sales efforts are the bridge between sales and marketing. What are your experiences with this subject? What have you seen or done that has worked to bridge the gap between sales and marketing?
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In these times of tightening budgets it is more important than ever to target our marketing dollars. This is made even more challenging with the splintering of our society across so many mediums both old and new.
Campaigns that reach out to a highly targeted audience then invite a response via the web and gather more information on the prospect result in more personal engagement and in turn higher conversion. The information gathered in this type of outbound/inbound campaign allow for multiple touches across multiple media and result in better qualified prospects.
The marketing toolbox available to us is fuller than ever. When creating a campaign consider your goals and the data you have on your prospects then select the tools for the job accordingly to build the best campaign to reach those goals. Tightly define your ideal prospect then surgically target them with a relevant message and offer that elicits engagement.
We have produced cross media campaigns like this that incorporate direct mail, email, personalized web sites with survey pages, referral links and social media sharing that resulted in a ten fold or better return on investment. Many of the tools are familiar some are new. The key today is to leverage them all in the most appropriate way to build effective campaigns that engage your prospects across multiple media and discover the communication channel(s) preferred by each individual. Through this you will close a higher percentage of your target and can even gain new targets.
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here is a video where I discuss this type of marketing: http://youtu.be/OgsQC7b-Wj4
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Target Market – Reasons Why You May Need to Revise and Upgrade Your Target Market
By Suzi Elton
If you sell your services, you may come to a place where it makes sense to revise and upgrade your target market. Often you’ll know because you have a nagging sense that the market you are currently targeting no longer makes sense for you. Perhaps your business has changed and upgraded (or your plan changes). The market might also have changed and become less lucrative or appropriate for your business. There’s also the possibility that you could just plain be tired of working with the same types of clients, and want more variety or to provide different kinds of services. Maybe you are working on revising your written business materials, and the need for change becomes suddenly undeniable.
Let’s look at the reasons you might want to revise and upgrade your target market.
1. You are tired of the way you have been working and the types of clients you have been working with and you want to change this. Maybe you’ve been doing the same old thing for a long time and you’re bored. There’s nothing wrong with that. It happens to all of us. The critical point is to be aware of these feelings, and to work on making changes before you become jaded and apathetic. Just because you change up your target market does not necessarily mean that you must lose the credibility you’ve built up over time, or must “start all over”. You still retain your expertise, you will probably just figure out new ways to apply it.
2. You realize that your market has degraded and become less profitable over time. This could be because of competition or changing market conditions. It doesn’t matter why it has happened. It’s more important to realize that it has happened, and take action to revise and upgrade your target market before your business suffers too badly. There’s a temptation to “hold onto” our fantasy of the way the market once was for us, rather than to face reality and revise our target market. It’s a form of business “denial” – a desire to live in lost days of glory. We know that what we are doing once worked and don’t want to abandon what was previously successful – in case those conditions return. Typically, though, you’re better off to face reality and make the needed changes.
3. You don’t know how to revise or upgrade your target market. Many who market and sell services aren’t necessarily trained in the concepts of targeting a market. You might have come up with your market description as an evolutionary process over time, stumbling into it or discovering it fortuitously. When you’ve already got a business functioning though, there may not be time or comprehension about how you need to redefine this aspect of the business.
4. You’re afraid to change your target market. You once had a successful business selling your services to that market. You’re unsure why conditions have changed. You hope things will return to what they once were. You don’t know if aiming for a different market will be a boon or a boondoggle for your business. You hesitate to invest in new written business materials in case it doesn’t work out. Things aren’t going so great, but there’s no guarantee that revising the target market will make things better.
These are the most common reasons that make owners of service businesses hesitate when they want to revise and upgrade their target market. The investment in new written business materials is considerable, and they must feel convinced that it is the right thing to do and the surest way to new and increased profits for their business.
Suzi Elton provides business writing that attracts targeted prospects to your service business and converts them into clients for you. She is a Robert Middleton Certified Action Plan Marketing Coach, as well as a professional writer. Her website offers a free series of 8 assessments you can use to analyze your own site.
To learn about her Robert Middleton style Web Site Tool Kit Writing Package, go to http://www.wowfactorwriting.com/services/web-site-tool-kit-package/
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