In every direct mail campaign, there are portions of people who never respond to engagement efforts. These consumers may be a part of the ideal target audience and show interest in similar products or services, but when it comes to marketing, they respond very rarely to printed materials.
Marketers who want to appeal to this segmented audience and convert them into customers need to delve deeper into who these consumers are and what they are truly interested in. It’s important to realize how essential personalization is in today’s direct mail sphere. The same generic content won’t resonate with every recipient, so taking the time to create a variety of campaigns that differ in subject matter, look and tangibility will often see the highest return rate.
There are numerous problems that arise when marketers send consumers similar content. For example, generic content immediately looks and reads like an aggressive sales pitch. Therefore, creative professionals need to spend significant amounts of time researching the marketplace to discover what makes certain buyers more apt to respond to direct mail offerings than others. The findings will help marketers tailor future content to leave positive impressions on prospective buyers, especially when what is being sold only appeals to a small niche audience.
The look matters
While the saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” the opposite stands in direct mail. Consumers judge every piece of content sent to them by its cover, so marketers need to use a variety of design techniques to create materials that grab reader attention instantaneously. This includes eye-catching color palettes, bold calls to action, crystal-clear images and glossy textured paper. All of these features and more go a long way in keeping a piece of mail in the hands of readers much longer than ever before.
In addition to quality content and resonating design features, print mail works best because recipients can actually hold the messages in their hands. They can flip through a brochure or packet and carry the content with them from room to room. Until it is tossed in the trash, the mailing will continue to grab reader attention every time it is seen.
Direct mail is an invaluable component to any marketing campaign, and failing to spend enough time developing a strategy for print may prove to be detrimental for a brand. It’s important to have a balanced approach to promotional sales, so when content doesn’t resonate with buyers on one platform, subsequent mailings may be the better solution.Social tagging: Direct Mail