My brother got married a couple weeks ago to a wonderful woman in an absolutely beautiful ceremony. I can’t think of any other event that brings together so many business, large and small, at once. The caterer, the florist, the venue, the DJ, the dress salon, all of these businesses contributed to making the event special. Afterwards, I looked up every vendor whose name I could remember, and wrote a nice review on Yelp or Facebook. As someone who is in marketing, I know how crucial those reviews and testimonials are, particularly for small businesses that deal in very personal services like weddings.
I hope that all of you, dear readers, are actively asking for and gathering testimonials on a regular basis. If not, shoot me an email and we can chat about it (email@example.com). If you are, I want to give you some tips on how you can repurpose those testimonials and make them even more powerful tools in your marketing toolbox.
Turn your testimonials into visuals.
Using a program like Canva or PicMonkey, turn testimonials into visuals you can easily post to social media.
Expand testimonials into case studies.
If you have a client with a unique need, ask to use them as a case study. Describe the need, document your process, and write about the solution you created. Be sure to use photos, videos and direct quotes from the client.
Collect video testimonials.
In addition to asking for written testimonials, ask clients for video testimonials. Post these to social media, on your website and on your YouTube channel.
Use testimonials throughout marketing materials.
Don’t regulate them to just a page on your website. Put them on postcards, listing presentations, brochures, letters, etc.
When it comes to direct mail marketing, the United States Postal Service offers several different options. The two most cost effective are standard marketing mail (aka bulk mail) and Every Door Direct Mail (aka EDDM). With standard mail, you provide names and addresses for each piece. With EDDM, you choose one or more carrier routes and your piece is delivered to every single address on that route. Each program is effective, but for very different reasons.
Why use EDDM?
Businesses who want to target a local audience, but do not need to target a specific audience based on different demographic data, find EDDM very effective. For them, EDDM is less expensive and easier to execute than standard mail.
EDDM is easier for many business because it doesn’t require addresses. Obtaining a database of addresses can be expensive, and formating the addresses onto a mailing piece difficult and time intensive. If you don’t want to bother with all of that, EDDM is the way to go. You simply choose carrier routes through the USPS website and don’t have to deal with addresses.
Restaurants, automotive shops, home services, and gyms have found EDDM particularly effective. These brick and mortar businesses send large mailings to homes on carrier routes close to them and often receive a great response.
Why use Standard Mail?
Business with a direct mail marketing strategy centered on unique mailing pieces, or dependent on specific targeted databases, have found standard mailing to be the most effective program.
Standard marketing mail allows for a much wider variety in size and shape of mailing piece than EDDM. Businesses who want to mail a variety of postcard sizes and shapes, as well as unique pieces like booklets, envelopes, folded pieces, and lumpy mail, need to use standard mail.
Some businesses have a database of past clients, current clients and leads that they keep up to date. They create campaigns specific to this audience, they may even use variable data to make the mailings highly personalized. These businesses will want to continue using standard mail as EDDM does not allow them to mail to a database. Standard mail is also the best way to mail for business that want to target audiences with very specific demographic criteria. For example, if a business ONLY wanted to mail to people in a certain age group, or with a certain income, etc., they would need to purchase a database that matches that demographic and send to the database through standard mail.
Many of One Step Services’ real estate agents send to geographic farms, social lists and absentee owners. All of these effective strategies require standard marketing mail.
Can you use both?
Absolutely! There is no reason why a direct mail marketing strategy can’t include both EDDM and standard marketing mail. You just need to be strategic about what pieces you send through each program. Our customer service staff at One Step Services can help you create and execute a comprehensive strategy that effectively targets the correct audiences and gives you the best return on investment. We design, print and mail all types of direct mail marketing pieces. Give us a call at 949-587-5301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation appointment.
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.
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.
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This year is already gearing up to be a busy and exciting one in real estate. Get your audience motivated to sell with these 2018 Market Forecast postcards. Or, send them a little love through Valentine’s Day postcards. Either way, you’ve got to get your name in front of their eyeballs so that when they sell this year, they sell with you!
Olympic schedules are very popular mailing pieces. Recipients find the information valuable and they are likely to keep the pieces, giving you more brand exposure. The Olympics start February 9th, so order now!
On January 1, many homes became expired listings. These owners make a great target audience for direct mail marketing. Send these postcards to generate leads.
Hello and welcome to Mailbox Monday. My name is Brianna, I’m the marketing strategist here at One Step Services. Today I’m going to go through a direct mail postcard that I received in my own mailbox and just point out the really good things about it and give you some takeaways that you can apply to your next mailing.
I got this postcard from Amazon, Amazon Prints, I am a client of theirs already. I keep all of my photos on Amazon’s photo cloud. So I was a perfect target audience for this offer. Right away I’m going to tell you the two key things about this are the timing (when it landed in my mailbox) and the offer. Everything else about this piece is nothing special. It’s printed on pretty cheap paper, the design is nothing to speak of, but it was an effective mailing piece because of when it landed in my mailbox, which was in November, and just like it says just in time for gift giving season. That was exactly the time I was thinking about presents and what I wanted to get people. The timing of this piece was very effective as was the offer. 40% off is a fantastic offer. It is very compelling. Typically, sometimes 10%, sometimes even 15% off, is not going to compel somebody to take action but a 40% off offer is incredibly compelling.
So those are the two things about this. You know, sometimes it doesn’t take a whole lot, sometimes it’s just something very simple. The right offer at the right time sent to the right audience for a piece to be effective. The last little thing I’ll point out is its always nice when you can address your mail piece to an actual person and instead of “current resident” or something generic like that.
So there you go. Just some of the benefits of this direct mail postcard that hopefully you can takeaway and apply to your next postcard.
Unlike other holidays, it’s socially acceptable to wish people a Happy New Year a couple weeks past the actual holiday. If you weren’t able to send out Christmas cards, these Happy New Year postcards are a great way to reach out to your farm or social sphere.
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Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, don’t forget to keep the work hustle going. There are only 16 days left in 2017, and here are five things you can easily do in the next two weeks to ensure 2018 starts strong!
Create a marketing budget and strategy. Marketing should be something you do throughout the year, not just when you get a listing. Check out our detailed post on how to create a successful marketing strategy.
Clean your contact lists. Every direct mail piece, every email, every phone call, every door knock costs time and money. Stop wasting money on emails sent to bad addresses, postcards sent to people who no longer live at that address, or cold calling people who are not part of your target audience. Now is a great time to go through your lists and get rid of bad contacts, as well as add new ones you’ve made over the years.
Ask for testimonials. Ideally, you should be asking for testimonials after every closing. But if you’ve fallen behind, no worries, now is a great time to catch up. Reach out to everyone you helped sell or buy a house for in 2017. Consider a video testimonial in addition to a written one.
Consider your brand. Take at a look at your visual brand and your messaging. Does it still reflect your values and uniqueness? Is it still appealing to your target audience? Does it convey the message you strive to live out in every transaction? If not, now is a great time to tweak it, or revamp it altogether.
Schedule your January marketing pieces. Order your direct mail postcards, write your email newsletter, schedule your social media posts and get that newspaper ad submitted. When everyone else is scrambling to get their stuff out that first week of January, you’ll already be done and strategizing for the next month.
These 2018 calendars are great for direct mail marketing or as walk and drop pieces. They provide a great return on investment because they are “sticky” meaning they stick around houses for a while and recipients refer back to them multiple times, therefore getting repeat exposure to your brand, your name and your message. Each design is available in two sizes, 4×9 and 8.5×11.
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