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Jun 07 2018

One Step Now Offers EDDM Services

One Step Services now offers full EDDM services. We handle everything from the design and print, to the bundling and post office delivery. Our prices are not only competitive, but often cheaper than other mail houses. Call us at 949-587-5301 or email info@onestepservices.com for a quote!

What is EDDM?

Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) is a direct mail marketing program created by USPS. It allows businesses to send high volume mailings to local areas at a cost that is often cheaper than standard marketing mail.

EDDM works quite different from priority mail and standard marketing mail (aka bulk mail). The biggest difference is that EDDM is mailed to entire carrier routes, not to specific addresses. With standard mail, you are able to address every piece with a name and properly formatted address. Pieces are then delivered to those addresses, allowing you to pick and choose which specific people you want to mail to.

With EDDM, you choose a carrier route and all pieces are delivered to every single home on the carrier route. The pieces are addressed to “Local Postal Customer.” There can be no exclusions except for businesses and P.O. Boxes. You pick and choose carrier routes, not specific addresses within those routes.

Let’s say, for example, you have a list of past clients. Most of these clients live in the same city, and you find mail carrier routes that include all of those addresses. If you use EDDM, not only would you be mailing to your past clients, you’d be mailing to every other residential address on that route. There is absolutely no way to exclude residential addresses through EDDM. As stated earlier, you can choose to exclude business addresses and P.O. Boxes if you want.

EDDM has many benefits particularly to businesses who want to do high volume local mailings. Depending on your current mail marketing strategy, you may find that EDDM is cheaper and easier to execute than standard marketing mail. EDDM is particularly beneficial to businesses in the following industries: restaurant, automotive, home improvement services, gyms and fitness clubs, dry cleaners and nonprofits.

One Step Services has been a direct mail marketing agency in business in South Orange County for over 25 years. Call us at 949-587-5301 or email info@onestepservices.com for an Every Door Direct Mail quote. 

Jun 01 2018

25 Ideas For Summer Content Marketing

Looking for ideas of things to post to social media, put in your email newsletter, put on direct mail postcards or post to your blog? Look no further. Here are 25 Ideas to get you through the summer. And if you need help converting any of these into direct mail postcards, just let us know! 01

Community Info

  • Midterm Elections voter guide. No need to be divisive or state a specific political belief. Simply let people know when the elections are, share a voting guide or instruct them on how they can register to vote.
  • Schedule for concerts and movies in the park. Almost every city offers free summer concerts. Share the schedule for your city.
  • Kids activities. Parents will appreciate a handy resource that gives information on different camps, classes and activities to keep their kids busy this summer.
  • Small business promotion. Do you have a Sunday Brunch spot? Is there a store downtown you always go to for gifts? Promoting small business in your community benefits everyone. Talk to the business owners and they may be willing to offer your recipients and followers an exclusive discount.
  • 4th of July celebrations. Residents want to know when and where the parades, fireworks, and festivals are happening.
  • Current events update. Is there a new shopping center being built? Is road construction set to begin? Let the people know!
  • Beach Guide. Which is the best beach for kayaking? Bonfire? Where can people camp? Don’t assume this is just for coastal agents, in fact, those that do business in the Inland Empire may have more success with this as their recipients aren’t as familiar with beaches as coastal residents.
  • Summer Bucket List. Make a list of the must do things in your community and share with your audience.

Homeowner Info

  • Pool safety tips. So Cal families are in the pool all summer. They’ll appreciate a reminder on how to stay safe and prevent drownings.
  • Energy saving tips. Give homeowners some innovative ways to keep their electric bill as low as possible during the summer months.
  • Home security tips. Remind people of the best ways to secure their home before going on vacation.
  • Warm weather home improvements. People don’t think about it much, but summer is actually the perfect time to seal windows, repair roofs, clean gutters, etc. Give homeowners a guide of improvements best done in the summer.
  • Summer design trends. What paint colors are trendiest? What’s the best way to design a deck? Give your residents some summer makeover inspiration.

Real Estate Info

  • Testimonials. Share testimonials from past clients.
  • Market update. Share information about the specific neighborhood you specialize in. The more specific the better.
  • Home Valuation. Invite owners to your website to find out how much their home is worth
  • Recent solds. Share photos, prices and days on the market for your recent solds.
  • Seller mistakes. Share the most common mistakes sellers make and how to avoid them.
  • Why use an agent? Educate your audience on the benefit of using a real estate agent as opposed to selling themselves.
  • Downsizing. After the kids graduate, many people start thinking about downsizing. Let them know that you’d love to help them get into a better home.
May 23 2018

Father’s Day Postcards for Real Estate Agents

Looking for a fun, eye catching postcard to send to your list of past clients? Father’s Day is Sunday June 17th. These Father’s Day direct mail marketing postcards are the perfect way to touch base with your farm or social list.

Father’s Day is June 17th. Order by May 31 for timely delivery. Mail 200+ and we’ll waive the design fee!

Download Fathers Day Postcards Order Form

Give Dad A New House

Happy Father’s Day

 

May 17 2018

Spring Selling Direct Mail Postcards for 2018

Real Estate agents its selling season! We’ve got some fantastic postcards with strong calls to action that will motivate people to list with you!

For this month only, mail 200+ postcards and we’ll waive the design fee! Just download the order form below, fill it out and email back to info@onestepservices.com.

Spring Selling Order Form

Customizable Market Update

Most real estate agents report that market updates are their most popular direct mail piece. This postcard makes market update stats easy to read and understand. Simply provide info for your specific area and we will plug it in!

Why sell this spring?

This brightly colored infograph clearly explains why now is the best time to sell

New Spring

This beautiful postcard is a great way to touch base with your farm or social list and remind them that you are available to get them into the home of their dreams.

May 14 2018

Make Social Media Content Creation Easier with Themed Hashtags

By far, the most helpful thing I’ve done in social media marketing is give certain days of the week a theme. Every Monday is a motivational quote, every Tuesday is sharing a helpful marketing tip, etc. Giving days a theme makes it so much easier to come up with content. At the beginning of each month, I create my themed posts all at once and schedule them through Hootsuite. I schedule 2-3 posts a week, leaving “freestyle days” when I can post organic content.

Another benefit of themed days is that I use hashtags that are popular on social media and, therefore, increase my visibility. #MotivationalMonday and #TipTuesday are frequently searched hashtags so using them opens up my post to more people than just my followers. Lastly, when I consistently post on themed days gives your followers something to look forward to. I recently started a new themed post called #WhatsItWednesday and I notice that a lot of the same followers are commenting and liking those particular posts. They seem to make it a point to check One Step’s Instagram on that day and engage with the post.

Below are some themes and hashtag ideas. The internet and I love alliteration, so all of the themes start with the same letter as its corresponding day of the week. That’s not a hard and fast rule, you can give each day whatever theme you want. Just keep it consistent!   

Monday:

#MondayMotivation – Share an inspirational quote or story

#MakeoverMonday – Share a makeover story! Could be the way you made over a house, a wardrobe, a room, a recipe, your face. Get creative!

#ManCrushMonday (#MCM) – This isn’t just used for romantic or physical attraction. Take advantage of this hashtag to highlight a male coworker, client, partner or community member who is doing something outstanding.

Tuesday:

#TipTuesday – Share your expertise with a short tip for your followers related to your industry.

#TransformationTuesday– This one is particularly popular with health and exercise businesses showing body transformations, as well as real estate agents and interior designers showing home transformations.

#TuneTuesday Share your favorite playlists or song with your followers. Even if you aren’t in the music industry, everyone loves a good song recommendation!

Wednesday:

#WomanCrushWednesday (#WCW) – Again, this doesn’t have to be a romantic or sexual thing. Highlight a lady coworker, partner, vendor, client or community member who is doing rad things in your industry.

#WhatsItWednesday – Take a picture of something obscure, or take an obscure picture of something mundane, and have your followers guess what it is. Don’t forget to post the answer!

#WorkItWednesday – A great opportunity to show how your business operates day to day.

Thursday:

#ThankfulThursday One of our partner companies does this. Every Thursday someone in the company holds up a white board sign with their thankfulness written out. It’s a great way to spread positivity and introduce your followers to people in your company.

#ThrowbackThursday – This was one of the original day of the week hashtags! Post a picture of your company in its beginning, or a childhood photo of an employee, or anything else that’s a blast from the past.

#ThoughtfulThursday – Share an inspiring quote, random thought or helpful tip.

Friday:

#FollowFriday – Highlight some of your favorite social accounts by tagging them in a post! Who knows, they may return the favor next week and you can help each other grow in followers.

#FunFriday – The perfect time share photos of everyone at the company potluck, team building activity or getting an after hours drink. Keep it light hearted and let your followers see a more fun, personable side of your business.

#FreebieFriday – Everyone loves free stuff! Share a free digital download or merchandise, or give a special discount. Or just offer some free advice!

May 01 2018

Tip Tuesday: 5 Tips for Shooting Video on Your Phone

Videos are an important part of any marketing strategy, and with today’s technology, it’s fairly easy to create a good quality video with just your phone. Of course, there are several occasions that require a professional videographer such as an event, high end real estate virtual tour, commercial campaign, etc. But if you are simply doing a a short video for your blog, social media or email marketing, there’s no reason you shouldn’t use your phone.

In most cases, however, it’s best not to just whip out your phone and shoot. A little preparation, and a few tools, can take your videos to the next level and increase your view rate and the impact on viewers.

Write out a plan
What are you going to film? What movements are you going to make? What are you going to say at what parts? Before you hit record, have a detailed plan written down so your video is polished, concise and impactful.

Invest in a handheld tripod and microphone
When shooting a video on your phone, the two most important accessories are a handheld tripod, to help keep a steady hand, and a microphone, to reduce background noise. Both are fairly inexpensive and will make a huge difference in video quality.

Make sure your area is well lit
Turn on all the lights in a house. Open up all the windows. Go outside. Do whatever you need to do to brighten up the space. Nobody will watch a dark video.

Put the video in focus
With most phones nowadays, getting a focused shot is as easy as touching the screen on the spot that you want to focus on.

Do not digitally zoom
If you want to get a close up of something, physically walk up to it. Digital zoom lessens the visual quality of the shot.

Apr 06 2018

Mother’s Day Direct Mail Postcards 2018

Mail 300+ Postcards and get 100 Postcards Free

Promo expires April 30, 2018. Free postcards are printed only. If you want to mail the 100 free postcards, postage and mailing fees will apply. You can choose to have the postcards printed and returned to you. In that case, a nominal shipping fee may apply.

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13. We recommend mailing postcards standard mail two weeks before the holiday to increase chance of timely delivery.

Download the Mother’s Day Postcard Order Form

This real estate themed postcard is sales centric with a strong call to action.

This classic Mother’s Day postcard can be used in any industry to wish recipients a wonderful holiday.

Apr 03 2018

Tip Tuesdays – Envelopes are the sports jackets of direct mail

The envelope. The sports jacket of the direct mail world. Done properly, it can enhance your mailings and increase open rates. Done incorrectly, and it’s a first class ticket to the trash. So this month, our Tip Tuesday is dedicated to giving you some ideas on how to make the most of your direct mail envelope.

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times. Brand your mailings, people. Put a logo in the return address box. Get a stamp with your tagline or motto and stamp the back flap. Put a line of your signature color along the bottom. Anonymous envelopes look like bills and credit card offers. They get thrown in the trash. Let people know who the envelope is from.

In addition to telling people who the envelope is from, you need to tell them why they need to open it. Put a call to action right on that baby. Ask a question. Make a compelling statement. Let them know there’s a free offer inside.  Make it short, simple and powerful.

When I was a kid I got quite a bit of personal mail. Birthday cards, postcards from friends, notes from my grandparents. Now, I’m lucky if I get a few Christmas cards. SO, when I see an envelope with a handwritten address, you better believe I open that up. Its usually just a note from my accountant or dentist telling me I need an appointment, but still. Handwritten = open.

Color attracts eyeballs. In a stack of white envelopes, your bright orange one is going to stand out and pique the recipient’s curiosity. While colored envelopes are a little more expensive than white, it is still a very simple and cost effective way to make your mailings unique.

 

Mar 27 2018

Real Estate Postcards for Tax Season 2018

Order 200+ mailed postcards and we’ll waive the design fee!

Expires April 13, 2018.

Download  Tax season postcard order form

While these postcards can be sent any time of year, they are particularly relevant to tax season. As recipients are getting their refunds, they may be thinking about doing some home improvement and the Home Improvements ROI postcards gives excellent guidance on which improvements will increase resale value.

The New Tax Law postcard gives some clarification as to how the new law effects homeowners in 2018 and beyond.

 

Mar 12 2018

2018 Baseball Schedules For Angels, Dodgers and Padres

These “sticky pieces” are perfect for building brand awareness and trust. Recipients will keep these baseball schedule postcards on hand and refer back to them often, each time being exposed to your brand, photo and name.

We’ve done the hard work for you! Just download the 2018 So Cal Baseball Schedule Postcards Order Form , fill it out, and email to info@onestepservices.com or fax it to 949-452-0381.

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