Not having the ability to properly track what was going on with your campaign was always the thorn in the rose for marketing managers. How many actually got delivered? How many opened? How many read? How many acted upon? And what are the costs associated to not knowing.
Then came email and e-marketing platforms. They literally revolutionised the way financial advisers ran campaigns. You could have an idea in the morning and by the afternoon have people placing orders. Not only that, you knew how many were delivered, opened, clicked and actioned upon. Instantly.
It was however, a victim of its own success. Such was its power that everyone wanted a piece of the action. The pigeon hole at work was getting less mail and the email box was constantly ‘exceeding its limit’. Instead of getting excited about the look and feel of a well created HTML mailer, people started getting irritated by the sheer volume and in a lot of instances, poor targeting of the revolutionary form of comms.
Now the pendulum is swinging back as an increasing number of financial marketers are turning back to direct mail. It’s both unusual and very satisfying for a client or a prospect to receive a really well designed, personalised, high quality piece of direct mail through the door
Good direct mail is simple and falls into 3 categories:
Personalise – Make the recipient feel special my ensuring each piece of DM is personalised. With the advances in digital printing these days’ most printing companies can help you with this, some of which can print the recipient names onto the DM as part of the design.
Message – Make sure the message is short and to the point – on average you have about 0.6 seconds to capture the attention of the person reading your DM.
Quality – Don’t forget that the quality of the paper, envelope and even the printing is a direct reflection on your brand, first impressions are very important.
The great thing about direct mail today, compared to direct mail 10 years ago are the tools we now have to support such campaigns. Before, it was a return address or a telephone number to reply, but now we can give the target market options. Call, post, tweet, e-mail, like, scan, become a fan and so on. What’s more, when high quality direct mail becomes part of an integrated communications strategy the chance of end user engagement multiplies.
Evaluate what your audience actually receives from you today, then think about how you would feel on the receiving end. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something that looks and feels great through the post again?