Choosing the Right Channels for Your Direct Response Offer

Offline and online, traditional and digital, there are so many ways you can reach your customers with direct response marketing offers today. Email, postal mail, Facebook groups, SMS, LinkedIn ads, mobile ads, Twitter, referrals, webinars, magazine ads, signage, telemarketing…and so on.

Our multi-channel world is a dynamic place. From one campaign to the next, there’s always an opportunity to try (and test!) a new communication channel to reach people, make a connection, and drive engagement. That’s what makes this exciting—and perhaps a bit daunting.

“How do we choose the right channels for our next campaign?!”
There’s no single communication channel mix that’s going to work for everyone—or for every campaign, even if you hit on the perfect mix for your last offer. You can’t expect the same results every time unless you’re promoting the same offer to the same audience. (But even the best campaigns need to be tested from time to time!)

Since it’s easy to get overwhelmed, we’re here with some sound advice. When you’ve crafted a terrific offer for a defined audience and you’re ready to promote it, consider the followingRead more


Improve Your Direct Mail Performance with Rapid Data Resources

When your company sends out a direct mail, your goal is recipient conversion, right? Interested customers will open the envelope to learn about your offer, and the most interested ones will take action—visit your offer’s landing page, call the toll-free number, return the reply card—and convert. Success!

But nothing can happen if your customer doesn’t receive your offer in the first place—or if what they do receive makes a bad impression. That’s why regularly putting your mailing lists (house lists and rented lists alike) into the care of a professional mail list and data processing service is essential.

Rapid Data Resources to the Rescue
You may not know about The Weinstein Organization’s Rapid Data Resources, designed to ensure your direct mail campaigns reach their potential. We provide a wide variety of mail processing services to ensure the highest degree of mail deliverability and postage savings for our customers—and in today’s competitive and budget-conscious marketplace, both make a big difference.

Of the more than 155 billion mail pieces processed by the U.S. Postal Service in 2014, 6.6 billion (4.3%) were undeliverable as addressed. What if 4.3% of your direct mail pieces didn’t reach their destination? Any amount of undeliverable mailRead more


The Importance of Design Consistency in Direct Mail...or Not

 

For just a few minutes, forget everything you’ve heard about maintaining design consistency in your marketing. Sometimes inconsistency is exactly what’s required to break through with your offer.

What we generally practice and preach—and what intuitively rings true—is that the components in a direct mail kit (outer envelope, letter, brochure, etc.) should have a consistent, professional design style. But you see, just like there’s an exception to every rule, there’s a time to deviate from a guideline. That is, to stop being so consistent!

Keep reading to find out when inconsistency can really pay off.Read more


4 Fun Ways Direct Response Marketing Can Delight Your Customers

 

How often do you do something to delight your customers? (Outside of providing smile-worthy service, of course.) While your customers have come to expect a stellar experience with your products and services, why not find ways to delight them through your direct response marketing—when they least expect it? Keep reading to see what we mean.

The Fun Starts Here
When you think outside of the box—or in this case, the standard direct mail package or postcard—you discover new ways to connect with your customers and drive response. What’s more, aside from drawing attention and engagement, these new ideas are likely to inspire word-of-mouth advertising (or sharing in the social sphere), bringing your message to an even broader audience.

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How Marketing Research Can Strengthen your Direct Response Marketing

For years direct response marketers said the best research was gained through testing. Their thought process was, ”Let the customers and prospects tell us with their responses and purchases what is most effective.”

As direct mail creative development became more expensive and postage rose, direct marketers turned to marketing research to gain product, target audience, offer, and creative insights to zero in on the best tests—and the most profitable strategies.

Research can help you identify opportunities, solve specific challenges, and inform almost every decision across the marketing spectrum. Read on for a simple breakdown of the fundamentals of marketing research and uncover some best practices for applying them to your direct response marketing initiatives.
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