The new year is upon us, and for many real estate agents, that means one thing… farming season! Whether you’re a new agent or have been in the business for a while, the strategy of targeting specific neighborhoods and geographic areas to gain new clients is a tried and true method.
While many of the tactics have evolved, the core of real estate farming remains true to the concept’s namesake: plant a few seeds, nurture them, and watch them grow over time. Neighborhood farming isn’t about a quick turnaround and instant results. It’s a long-term, relationship-building marketing strategy that requires patience and persistence. But with the right techniques, farming has the ability to bring in loads of new leads, and it remains an indispensable, highly profitable tool in your agent toolbox.
Audience is at least 40 percent of the equation in developing a successful direct mail campaign. Your messaging, offer, and design are also important, but using a targeting mailing list is critical. Mailings sent to the wrong people are likely to result in a waste of time and poor use of budget on your end. However, when targeted the right way, direct mail postcards offer response rates significantly higher than response rates from digital media, according to the DMA Response Rate Report 2016.
So, how do you create a mailing list that meets your audience targeting criteria? There are several ways to create a great mailing list, and the best option for you will depend on your company and resources.
Last year, 11.6% of the entire U.S. population moved. While some moved within the same community, it is far more common for people to move to new areas in a city, new cities, new states, or even overseas. For many businesses, this means losing customers as people leave the area. However, in most geographies, new prospects are arriving to replace the recently departed. For high job-growth areas such as Texas (home to 4 of the 5 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. right now), new people are moving in literally every minute. When a person moves to a new area, they typically shed products/services from their last home -- either to physically make room or because a service, such as banking, isn’t available in the new location.
Savvy businesses seize the opportunity to target new movers, both to create awareness for their brands among a new pool of prospects, and to acquire new customers.
Every year, marketers anticipate what the new trend will be in hopes of catching the next wave of innovation aimed at capturing the attention of their audience. Though many may assume these changes are exclusive to online marketing, direct mail also provides opportunities to be cutting-edge (paper related pun intended) and get key messages into the hands of your audience. By taking advantage of the effectiveness of direct mail, you can easily drive results for new sales, increase website visits, or help build your social media network.
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.
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.
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.
When you send a direct mail postcard campaign, how can you make sure you don’t mail to names and addresses that are out of date?
There are several ways to ensure your message reaches the right addresses. One of the most effective ways is to make sure you use a mailing list that’s recent and 100% up to date, as opposed to an older mailing list that may contain out-of-date entries.
Another way is to use “Or Current Resident” in the address field of your direct mail campaign. You can do this by checking the “Print Or Current Occupant” option when you use our direct mail postcard printing and delivery service.
Are you sabotaging your direct mail campaign without realizing it? If your business isn’t getting the results you expected to from direct mail, it could be due to a simple mistake that’s preventing your campaign from becoming profitable.
From the images you use in your creative to the specific choice of words that make up your call to action, seemingly small mistakes can sabotage even the best direct mail campaigns.
Luckily, most of these mistakes are easy to fix. Read on to discover five surprisingly common ways you could be sabotaging your direct mail campaign, along with easy ways to fix these common issues.
Each and every day, the average American views, hears, and reads more than 2,000 different advertisements. Is it any wonder that, given the chance, most people tune out to advertising instead of paying attention?
As a business, standing out as an engaging, interesting signal amongst the constant noise of other advertisers is difficult. With all that noise, how can you ensure your target audience hears your message?
More so, how can you reach out to your target audience and make it clear that your message is worth their time?