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In Praise of the Direct Mail Letter

Posted July 28, 2021 by in Creative, Direct Mail Tips

“Letter schmetter,” said the marketer who wanted to cut the cost of her direct mail package. “Let’s mail an oversized postcard.” Maybe your first thought is, “Sure, we could do that.” But then another thought chases that one away and you say to yourself, “Self, wait just a minute. The letter is the most important  […]

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USPS Promotions are Becoming More Important Than Ever

Posted July 7, 2021 by in Direct Mail Tips, Direct Marketing Trends, Postal Issues Updates

With a significant postage rate increase on the horizon, the postage discounts that can be earned from participating in USPS promotions have become increasingly important to many marketers. As an added bonus, these promotions encourage marketing techniques that can make the direct mail portion of multichannel campaigns more relevant and engaging for the recipients, driving higher response and greater return on marketing investment (ROMI). Here are some key details and dates for the more popular mailing promotions:

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The Johnson Box—What, Why, Where, and How

Posted March 3, 2021 by in Creative, Direct Mail Tips

Before we dive into the value and inner workings of the Johnson Box, a little family history. The Johnson Box was invented by my great great great grandfather Eustice Aristotle Johnson, a pioneer in direct mail. This breakthrough in marketing occurred shortly after he created boxed cereal and sliced bread. I’m a little fuzzy on  […]

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Six Direct Mail Don’ts

Posted November 11, 2020 by in Creative, Direct Mail Tips

The usual focus of my wildly entertaining blogs (hold your applause until the end, please) is ways to improve your direct mail—writing, strategic thinking, presentation, etc. In other words, what to do. This month’s topic is based on one of my father’s favorite phrases, dating back to my youth. At some point during an average  […]

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Earn a Postage Discount While Enhancing Your Marketing Campaign with Informed Delivery

Posted July 29, 2020 by in Direct Mail Tips, Postal Issues Updates

In a little more than a month, the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery mailing promotion will give marketers the opportunity to earn a two percent postage discount while expanding the reach of their direct mail campaigns. Informed Delivery is a USPS product that seamlessly links your mailpiece to digital experiences. It works by sending subscribers an  […]

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Does Your Direct Mail Package Pass the Test? An Essential Checklist—Rules 7-9

Posted July 22, 2020 by in Direct Mail Tips, Strategy and Analysis

We’ve come to the final three (of nine) questions that every direct mail producer should ask before, during, and after you create a direct mail package. Reminder: these questions come courtesy of Paul McQuillan, who turned his experience at a marketing seminar into a piece for Target Marketing. His article appeared a few years  […]

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An Essential Direct Mail Checklist. Does Your Direct Mail Check the Boxes?—Rules 4-6

Posted July 17, 2020 by in Direct Mail Tips, Strategy and Analysis

Continuing our review of the nine questions that should guide every direct mail user— courtesy of Paul McQuillan and an unnamed marketing seminar speaker. Paul turned that seminar encounter into a helpful direct mail checklist and wrote a piece for  Target Marketing a few years ago. Let’s move on to questions four through six. All  […]

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