Direct mail are advertisements, letters, brochures, post cards or newsletters that you send directly to each customer on a database. Also known as direct marketing.
You can create direct mail in varying shapes and sizes, but you have to make sure that they still meet the standard post office mailing requirements. As with all other collateral, success depends on your ability to craft an attention grabbing marketing message with a persuasive call to action.
The recipients of direct mail are usually current or past customers or individuals who are on your self-developed or purchased mailing lists. It is critical that your mailing lists are current and consists of the right target customers. Give an incentive so that customers willingly update you if they change their addresses.
Through direct mail, you have total control over the marketing message you wish to send directly to customers. Make sure you don’t create junk mail - those that offer zero value and are not sent to the right target audience - because you simply get thrown away.
Developing effective direct mail
Creating mailing lists
Buying mailing lists from brokers can be expensive and may not be as up to date as you hope. Build your own mailing list by starting with name cards you have received. Include family and friends and also referrals from them. Tap on membership directories of organisations that you belong to. Invite people to join your mailing list on your direct mail. Create a simple but effective way to manage the information on your database.
Using Post cards
Post card marketing is a cost effective way to reach out to customers. Postage for a post card is usually less than other types of mail and there is no need to spend on envelopes. In addition, the message on the card can be read directly by the recipients without the need to open an envelope.