I know what you’re thinking. “Hmm. It’s not from anyone I know, at least I think it isn’t. It looks kind of important. I should probably open it. If I don’t, I’ll wonder all day what it is.” Amazing how much power that brown kraft paper envelope — empty of information except your address and maybe an obscure return address — exerts over you. So let’s consider direct mail envelopes, what they do or don’t tell us and why, all in service of getting you to open them.
Today, Hispanics make up 20% of the U.S. population. At 62.3 million, they are the fastest growing population segment that fuels demographic changes, cultural transformation, and economic growth. Yet, many marketers struggle to engage with this large audience and often fail to provide them with culturally relevant direct mail. There are three myths we hear […]
Not too long ago, my younger sister and I were talking to our dad when he grumbled something about us being “woke.” We looked at each other and telepathically decided in a way that only sisters can that our father had no idea what “woke” meant. In a weird parent-child freaky-Friday reversal, we asked him […]
Magic words of direct mail? That seems a little “out there” for such a hardworking marketing tool. Especially with the strategic, data-driven approach IWCO Direct uses for performance marketing. But, yes, there are magic words you can use in direct mail; they’re “magic” because they can cause a dramatic increase in response to your mailing.
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 […]
Staring into the abyss of writing direct response copy for a multichannel marketing campaign? Pull up a chair and let’s discuss. First, define the scope. Say you have direct mail, email, ad-like objects (think banner/display ads, including those for different online platforms like mobile, tablet, and desktop), and social media. We could go deeper, but […]
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 […]
Marketers will tell you content and messaging are critical components to drive campaign success and return on marketing investment (ROMI). If this seems obvious, why is it such a challenge for marketers to identify content that increases response rates and drive the desired customer experience (CX) and action? Content analysis is the answer (or at […]
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 […]
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 […]