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Aug 14 2018

2018-2019 Football Schedules Direct Mail Postcards

Are you ready for some football? These postcards give the full NFL schedule for the Chargers or Rams. Theses “sticky” postcards stay on people’s fridges and on their desks, giving repeated exposure to your brand and lots of encouragement for recipients to call you! Football season starts in early September, so order and mail these today!

Download the 2018-2019 Football Schedules Order Form

Jun 13 2018

EDDM or Standard Marketing Mail – Which Is Right For Your Company?

Should your company use EDDM, standard mail, or both? 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 info@onestepservices.com to set up a consultation appointment.

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.
Jan 22 2018

Mailbox Monday: Using direct mail to drive traffic to a website or app

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 be looking at a piece of direct mail that I received that shows how you can use direct mail to drive traffic to your website or app.

So NextDoor is an app that people in the same neighborhood can join and then they can talk to each other about whats going on in the neighborhood. I received this envelope and the thing that stuck out to me was this cute little doodle. It made it personable and caught my attention.

The piece itself came from someone specific. It was her first and last name and the street she lived on. A lot of times we talk about personalizing the piece to the person that you are sending to, which is extremely important. But you can also personalize who it is coming from, and the fact that it came from a specific person as opposed to just the generic NextDoor App, I thought was really effective and helped build that trust factor that’s so important in marketing.

Something else about this piece is the code. The code allows you to track the effectiveness of a specific piece. So if I go to NextDoor and I join and I use this code, they are going to know that I came from that specific mailing. It just helps them to track the response to the mailings that they are sending out. And of course just some verbiage here, very simple, very straightforward that explains what the app is and encourages me to join.

So this is a great example of a way that you can combine your digital and your direct mail and you can use your direct mail to drive traffic. This is particularly effective if you don’t have email addresses of people. It’s also effective because the mailbox is less crowded than the inbox. So if you are really looking to grab people’s attention, you actually have a much better chance of doing that with direct mail than you do with an email. Those are some tips for you. Hopefully you can incorporate them into your next direct mail piece. Have a great day!

Nov 22 2017

2018 Calendars make great holiday direct mail pieces

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.

Download 2018Calendar Order Form

Sep 13 2017

2017 Halloween Postcards for Real Estate Agents

Our Halloween postcards are fun and festive, with carefully crafted messaging to generate phone calls or drive traffic. They are an eye catching relevant way to tell people about your real estate business.

Here are 5 ways to use Halloween postcards:

  1. Send to your real estate farm.
  2. Send to list of past and current clients.
  3. Having an event? These can easily convert to invitations
  4. Hand out with candy to trick or treaters
  5. Use digital versions in emails and on social media

Plus, if you place a mailing order of 300+ before by September 29th, you’ll get 100 free print and return postcards. Download the order form Halloween Postcards fill it out, and email to info@onestepservices.com

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Boo-tiful House

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star-witch Halloween

 

Aug 21 2017

Promotional materials for real estate apps

Do you have your own real estate app? It’s such a  valuable tool for your buyers and sellers. But have you ever thought about using it for lead generation?

Using our promotional products, you can advertise your app to people who aren’t even clients yet. It’s possible that a valuable app like yours is just the thing that convinces them to list or buy with you.

We have three different products: postcards, business card backs and sign riders. Order just one or all three and we’ll customize with your information.

Download Agent App Order Form

Jun 30 2017

Summer direct mail postcards for real estate agents

Summer is in full swing! And we know the beach is calling your name and you’re finding it hard to choose work over Pina Coladas, but it’s so important to keep marketing and prospecting even during the slower summer months. Our content ready postcards make it so easy. Just pick one, give us your info, and we’ll plug it in and mail it on your behalf. So go ahead, download an order form and submit it, then take a well deserved lounge by the pool.

Download the Pool Tips + Whats Your Next Move OSS Order Form

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Download the Summer Bucket Order Form

 

Download the 4 Reasons and Navigate Order Form

Download the Summer BBQ Order Form

 

Download the HighDemand+SecureHome_OSS-OrderForm

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Jun 06 2017

Direct Mail Postcards: Summer Bucket List

School’s out and parents are looking for activities. Be a helpful resource with this Summer Bucket List postcard. Choose your county and we’ll provide 5 county specific activities. Or, if you have your own activities, we can plug those in as well.

These postcards are great “sticky pieces” meaning they are likely to stay in recipients’ hands for a while, giving your name and brand repeat exposure.

Download Summer Bucket Order Form

 

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