Direct Mail Design Tips
Without a doubt design is a fairly subjective matter. It’s nothing short of challenging to account for personal taste and preferences. Color in design is no exception. A color may cause one person react one way and another person will have a have a completely different reaction. Happily, these reactions can be fairly culturally predictable. For example, in Western culture white often carries with it the connotations of purity while in Eastern cultures it represents mourning. One more hitch, though: color carries very personal meanings that may vary slightly from one’s culture. Color is known to affect mood and encourage certain types of behaviors, such as stimulating appetites. Also, some colors may be more appealing to certain sexes and age groups than others. The bad news is color can be a complex subject to navigate. The good news, however, is there are many tools and conventions in place that make choosing color for your designs a bit less daunting.
From the red and yellow of McDonald’s to the royal blue used in bank branding, the colors used in marketing make a huge difference in the way we perceive different brands and companies.
In addition to the colors used in logos and direct mail postcards, the images used in marketing also have a significant impact. From the subject of the image to its size, a wide variety of variables contribute to the psychosocial impact an image can have.
In this quick start guide, we’ll explain the basics of color and imagery for businesses interested in developing their brand and attracting new customers using direct mail postcards and promotional materials.
When you’re designing a direct mail postcard, space comes at a premium. Postcards are an excellent way to get your message across to prospects quickly, but their small dimensions mean fitting everything in can be a struggle.
Since space is so limited, it’s tempting to fill every square inch of your postcard with your heading, subheading, images and sales copy. This strategy might seem like the most efficient use of space, but it’s actually a serious design error.
There are those out there who want you to believe we’re useless, that postcards are dead. Are you kidding me?! No matter how many times it’s written, reported, or blogged about, it’s simply not true. We are not dead. In fact, today’s marketers (MarketingProfs, for instance) predict that print marketing will continue to thrive in 2014 and beyond.
Do you need help designing direct mail postcards to promote your business? From white space to color, the most effective direct mail postcards use timeless elements of design to create the right impression with their target audience.
In this guide, we’ll share five tactics that you can use to incorporate design elements like spacing, size and color into your direct mail postcards to encourage your target audience to read, understand and respond to your promotional message.
Running a small business means that you wear quite a few hats - employee, manager, and all-in-one marketing department are just a few examples. So, when you want to set up a fast postcard direct mailing to announce a new product or service, all the work will fall on your own shoulders, from the idea stage to the design to dropping the direct mail advertising postcards in the mailbox. While the first and last may be easy, the design stage will often be the most difficult.
There's a reason that whole books have been written about fonts and brand styling - it's more important than you think. Having the right font and consistently using it as a way of reinforcing your brand is a marketing strategy that has stood the test of time. Look at famous brands like Coca-Cola or IBM and you'll notice that their fonts have changed very little despite their long history. The reason is that customers identify with that specific font and automatically associate it with its respective company. Wouldn't you like your customers to feel the same way about your font when they receive one of your custom postcards?
A printing mistake is almost never going to be the end of the world, but it could cause some serious embarrassment or a significant chunk of money. That's why learning about the most common design errors is a good thing to do - the more you know, the less likely you are to end up with a pile of custom postcards that can't be sent to your clients or prospects.
Your postcard designs don’t have to be fancy or overly complex to get your message across to your audience. Applying some basic design standards can make the difference between a postcard that gets noticed, or one that gets trashed without a second glance. A working knowledge of color modes, typography and file formats is also necessary to ensure you’re on the same page with your print provider. Here’s a list of 10 inspirational print and design blogs to help you on your way to becoming a postcard design superstar!
Full bleeds, safe areas, and cut lines - it can sound like a scene from a horror movie, right? Well, it can definitely turn into a horror story if you're trying to print your own postcard and don't know what these terms mean.
If you plan on using a design template for your next direct mail advertising postcards project, then it's high time to learn the lingo that these templates use. Better yet, let's walk through the entire process and everything will start to make sense.