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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.

10 Reasons to Start Using Direct Mail Postcards Today

July 6, 2015

10 Reasons to Start Using Direct Mail Postcards Today

Today’s small businesses have a huge amount of choice when it comes to marketing channels. There’s online, print, radio, television and a huge range of other options to choose from, even for the smallest or newest of businesses.

While other marketing methods may be more glamorous or trendy, one of the most effective ways to raise awareness for your business, create action, and generate real results is by delivering direct mail postcards to your target audience.

From prompt delivery and an immediate impact to value for money, read on to learn how direct mail – and in particular, direct mail postcards – can give your business a steady flow of leads, sales, and loyal customers.

How to Grab Attention With Persuasive Postcards

July 2, 2015

Persuasive Postcards

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.

New Homeowner vs. New Mover Lists: Which One Is Right For Me?

June 11, 2015

If your business is looking to attract new customers, tapping into new neighbors or residents nearby can be a great way to acquire new business and increase revenue.

New homeowner and new mover lists offer opportunities to market your product or service to a fresh set of eyes and ears, and hopefully convert them into long-lasting, returning customers.

There are many reasons why you as a business owner should use a new homeowner or new mover list, and many of them are based on the nature of the service or product your business provides. So, how do you know which list is right for you and your business?

Discover the benefits behind new homeowner and new mover lists to help you decide which list best suits 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.

How to Use Technology to Increase Postcard Engagement

June 4, 2015

Who says direct mail isn’t high tech? From QR codes to personalized URLs, today’s direct marketers use modern technology to enhance their campaigns and increase response rates. 

From offering recipients more ways to respond to an offer to providing an online resource to accompany an offline direct mail postcard, technology can be used to enhance almost any direct mail campaign.

Using modern technology to complement and improve your campaign is one of the most effective ways to increase your response rate and generate a higher ROI from each mailing.

Discover three simple but effective ways that you can use technology to improve your campaign’s response rate, better engage your target audience, and more easily track the results of your direct mail campaign.

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.