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Words Matter - Strategy for Your Direct Mail Postcards

August 31, 2015

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Using postcards in your direct mail marketing campaign is an effective tool to get a message across to specific people you are targeting. While visuals are necessary for branding and setting the stage, your messaging is what tells the story and may or may not get your audience to act. Here are some quick tips to be sure your message is strong and inspiring.

Customer Postcard Spotlight: Announcing a New Location

August 20, 2015

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Getting the word out about a new location or a grand opening is key to business success. Marketing campaigns like these benefit most from messages that are relevant, timely, and convenient to the audience. One way to ensure your message gets to the right people is through direct mail marketing.

How to Use Color to Encourage Direct Mail Response

July 9, 2015

How to Use Color to Encourage Direct Mail Response

From the fast food industry’s addiction to red and yellow to the finance industry’s obsession with blue, different industries – and different brands – often use similar colors in their marketing.

This isn’t a coincidence. Extensive psychological research reveals that people feel different emotions from each color, and that these emotions affect the action that people take after coming into contact with an advertisement or logo. 

Just like McDonald’s and KFC use colors like red and yellow to stand out during the daytime and encourage fast, immediate action, you can use specific colors as part of your small business’s direct mail campaign to increase your response rate. 

Do you know which colors best match your business? Read on to learn how eight of the most frequently used colors in marketing affect your audience and can inspire your direct mail campaign’s recipients to take action.

How to Grab Attention With Persuasive Postcards

July 2, 2015

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If your direct mail piece fails to capture the reader’s attention, it will fail in all other regards, too. No matter how great your copy might be, it will have no effect if readers don’t make it far enough into your postcard to read it.

So how do you make readers pay attention?

How and Why You Should Test Your Postcard Campaign

June 22, 2015

Is your direct mail postcard as effective as it could be? One of the biggest problems many marketers face is optimization. If your postcard already produces profits and drives responses, what reason is there to optimize further?

Optimization is what separates good campaigns from great ones. A careful process of optimization can double, triple or quadruple your campaign’s response rate and result in a massive increase in your return on investment.

That is, if you optimize at all. Far too many marketers, content with any degree of profitability, start expanding their campaign as soon as it’s in the black, leaving an incredible amount of extra potential sales still on the table.

Learn how you can test your direct mail postcard’s key elements – from headlines to calls to action – to increase your response rate and generate an improved return on investment from your marketing budget.

How to Set and Measure Goals for Your Next Marketing Campaign

June 18, 2015

Was your most recent direct mail campaign a success? While many marketers and business owners understand the ins and outs of direct mail, a large number make a common mistake: failing to establish goals for their campaign before launching it. 

Clear, measurable goals can be the difference between launching a successful direct mail campaign that you can optimize and expand in the future, and a campaign that, despite generating a profit, gives you little to no actionable information. 

Discover the importance of setting measurable, objective goals for your direct mail campaign before you start. We’ll also share a simple goal setting framework that you can use to set effective goals for your next campaign.

Direct Mail or Email - Which Marketing Channel is Right For You?

June 15, 2015

Marketing is all about choices. Every campaign involves selecting one message over another, choosing one design out of several concepts, and choosing one audience to market to over another. 

One of the biggest choices many direct marketers have to make today is between an older, more traditional marketing channel – direct mail – and its newer and cheaper alternative, email. 

In the choice between direct mail and email, the diplomatic answer – that both email and direct mail are great channels, when used properly – is the correct one. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and each can lead to a successful campaign.

That’s the short answer – the real answer is significantly more detailed. We dug into the advantages and disadvantages of both email and direct mail to help you find out which is the most effective direct marketing channel for your business.

Target Your Perfect Customer With a Consumer Mailing List

June 8, 2015

So, you've decided to begin a direct mail campaign for your small business. Awesome! Direct mail is a great way to reach new customers, or reconnect with past or lapsed ones - all while not breaking the bank.

In order for your postcard campaign to succeed and generate the kind of ROI you’re looking for, you need to know who to send your postcards to. Analyzing your customer base and identifying a set of characteristics that closely describes your current and desired customers is a good start, but how do you get all of your prospects' addresses?

With every postcard order, you are able to pull from our list of over 200 million consumers to find the perfect audience for your postcard campaign. Learn how you can target your perfect customer with consumer mailing lists available on QuantumPostcards.

Next Level Postcard Marketing: Boost Response Rates With These 4 Tactics

June 1, 2015

From an appealing design to effective and relevant copy, the basic elements of your direct mail postcards can have a huge effect on the amount of revenue the campaign generates and the response rate it receives.

Although the basics play a huge role in determining your campaign’s response rate, they don’t make up all there is to an effective campaign. Beyond the basics, a wide range of choices all play a part in encouraging people to respond to your postcards.

If you’ve designed a clean, effective, and engaging postcard and feel it’s time to optimize beyond the basics, try these four tactics to boost your campaign’s response rate even further.

It's Never Too Late to Promote Your Special Event

May 25, 2015

Does your business have a special event coming up? When you need to promote an event or sale on short notice, it’s easy to assume that traditional marketing methods like direct mail aren’t suitable.

After all, doesn’t it take time to print and mail event flyers or postcards? Thanks to modern printing technology, it’s actually possible to create, print, and mail custom postcards, flyers, and other marketing materials in very little time.