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10 Steps to a Great Direct Mail Campaign

September 12, 2016

Unsure what it takes to reach your brand's perfect prospects through direct mail marketing? It may be easier than you think. Once you've established your goal and strategic messaging, you will have paved the way to easily design and mail your great direct mail campaign. To help you be sure you're on the right track, we've highlighted 10 essential steps with tips and tools like QuantumPostcard's new Design Canvas.

Do Millennials Read Direct Mail? The Answer May Surprise You

August 17, 2016

If you’re like most people, you probably conceptualize millennials as the “digital generation.” Born between 1979 and 2000, this demographic is young, numerous, and of great interest to marketers and advertisers. By 2020, this generation will have a cumulative $1.4 trillion in spending power. Millennials have grown up. No longer children or young teenagers, millennials have entered the working world. There are a lot of them, and together, they have a lot of money to spend.

5 Direct Mail Marketing Secrets Your Brand Should Be Using

July 7, 2016

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In light of direct mail’s increasing popularity among growth marketers, we’ve created a list of some of the best direct marketing secrets to help ensure that every campaign is highly engaging to your customers.

The principle function of marketing your business is straightforward - you tell potential customers what you do and why you do it better than everyone else. In theory, this sounds simple but in reality, it is an immensely complex process because of the extremely competitive business world.

Direct Mail 101: Direct Response Marketing

June 14, 2016

All companies market. One way or another, intentionally or unintentionally, businesses present themselves in a certain light which impacts the way the brand is perceived. Therefore, being cognizant of business objectives and managing a direct response marketing plan can help businesses gain control of the conversation and better understand consumer behavior.

​Top 8 Postcard Marketing Tips for Small Businesses in 2016

May 4, 2016

More businesses will witness the value of postcard marketing as part of their conversion funnels in 2016. In a world where technology is ever-present in our lives and we are bombarded with countless emails and advertisements every single day, it often takes something tangible to stand out from the crowd.

Postcard marketing, or direct mail, remains one of the most consistently effective means of marketing to customers. One of the greatest features of this form of marketing is the fact that, done right, it resonates across a wide variety of demographics.

The Ultimate Guide to Direct Mail

March 8, 2016

This guide is designed to give our readers a comprehensive overview of direct mail as an advertising medium and how it can be used by businesses to maximize their company's profit potential. In it we outline what direct mail marketing is, how to successfully deploy mail as part of an integrated marketing campaign, and what the future holds for direct mail and marketing as a whole.

Marketing and advertising is one of the oldest institutions in the world and, without it, the world would be entirely different place. Direct mail is one of the most integral pieces in the wider marketing puzzle and is seeing a renaissance of relevance and effectiveness in an otherwise increasingly digital world.

If you're unsure, proof of the importance of direct mail marketing to the advertising world is in the millions of dollars spent each year on direct mail campaigns and moving forward, advertising budgets are only expected to increase as brands see positive results of modern direct mail technology in their marketing mix.

For any marketer looking to maximize his efforts in 2016, this guide will hopefully serve as the a resource for seeing his campaigns exceed expectations and realize the full potential of what is one of the most valuable and relevant forms of marketing currently in existence.

10 Biggest Challenges Facing Direct Mail Marketers and How to Overcome Them

January 7, 2016

The world of direct mail is ever-evolving. New advances, innovations, and technologies inevitably emerge each year that typically enhance the effectiveness of direct mail marketing campaigns. However, these innovations can sometimes give rise to new challenges for marketers and understanding how to overcome these will be imperative in 2016.

2016 is sure to be another impressive year for direct mail and there's no doubting it will remain one of the most pivotal cogs in any company's marketing machine but it is important to be aware of potential obstacles and challenges marketers face in the world of direct mail because "forewarned is forearmed," as they say.

​Using Direct Mail to Increase Brand Awareness

October 27, 2015

Being a successful business in this day and age is becoming increasingly difficult as more and more competitors inevitably emerge within your marketing space. Standing out from the crowd can often seem impossible.

This, of course, is where marketing comes into play. Grasping a number one position in the public consciousness may be your ultimate goal. You want your business brand to be top-of- mind when making purchasing decisions. This calls for multitude of strategies, but it is essentially about building brand awareness.

However, there are a variety of marketing endeavors that companies can undertake to enhance the recognition of their brand and few are as effective as direct mail marketing. It really can solidify a brand's message into the mind's eye of the consumer.

How to Segment Your Direct Mail Database to Achieve Better Response Rate / Engagement

October 7, 2015

There are a lot of levers that need to be kept in mind when it comes to successful direct mail marketing campaigns. But few are more instrumental than making sure that you've effectively segmented your database.

Making sure you correctly segment your database of customers is something that, in principle, sounds simple. But in actuality, it requires some strategic thinking and work to ensure you send the right direct mail communications to the right customers.

With a variety of ways and methods that can be employed to properly segment your direct mail database, it's important to consider them all. Then, make a decision based on the merits of each method and how they will best suit your market segments.

Use Variable Data Printing to Personalize Your Postcards

September 24, 2015

How personalized are your direct mail postcards? The more closely your postcards match the needs and interests of their recipients, the higher your campaign's total response rate will be.

Many businesses use a one-size-fits-all marketing approach that focuses far more on quantity than quality. Their direct mail postcards are largely impersonal, with little distinguishing one recipient's postcard from the next.

There are two common objections to including variable data such as a recipient's name on direct mail postcards. The first is that it's expensive. The second is that it's extremely work intensive and time consuming.

Luckily, there's a way to personalize your postcards without having to spend more – either in time or cash – to launch your campaign. The solution is variable data print, which allows you to quickly and easily add custom information to your postcards.