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May 16 2017

Father’s Day Direct Mail Postcards

Download the Fathers Day Order Form and either email it to info@onestepservices.com or fax it to 949-452-0381

A simple, classic Father’s Day postcard that is perfect for your social list or farm. We can also convert this to an EDDM size.

 

 

 

This lead generation postcard is Father’s Day themed. Use light humor, an adorable picture and the upcoming holiday to encourage recipients to call you for their real estate needs.

Apr 21 2016

8 Ways To Spice Up Your Next Direct Mail Marketing Campaign

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If you send direct mail consistently, you know that it’s effective. But if you have noticed a drop in responses, or if you have a message you want to draw attention to, you may want to ditch the traditional postcard and do something unique to capture your audience’s attention.

Make it bigger. A typical postcard ranges in size from 4×6 to 8.5×5.5. If you want your piece to stand out, make it bigger. Try a square size like 8.5×8.5 or a large size like an 11×17 foldover.

Make it shapely. Another way to make your piece stand out is to make it a unique shape. Something basic like a circle is effective, or you can do something more detailed that is related to your business.

Make it handwritten. Handwritten messages always get more attention than typed ones. you can put your direct mail piece in an envelope with a handwritten address or you can leave space on the back of your postcard for a handwritten message.

Make it lumpy. Lumpy mail includes something more than just paper. It could be a small product sample, a magnet or a small with your brand. People are much more likely to read your piece if there is something attached to it.

Make it sticky. Sticky mail is mail that people will around their house for reference. Sports schedules and community events schedules make great sticky pieces, as do notepads.

Make it interactive. Motivate recipients to take some sort of action on the piece. Make it a coloring contest that they can mail back for a price. Or make it a game they can cut out and use, like a cootie catcher.

Make it a discount. Everybody loves a discount. So include some sort of coupon with your mailing. Be sure to set an expiration date so the recipient is motivated to use it soon.

Make it personal. Variable data can add personal information to the message. Whether its something as simple as a name, or something a little more complicated like purchase history, this is one of the most effective ways to increase responses in your mailings.

Apr 12 2016

Tip Tuesdays: Gather Client Data For More Effective Campaigns

Marketing costs money. Every time you mail a postcard, update your website or pay to have an email designed, you are spending money that you hope will make you money. One of the best ways to ensure a high ROI (return on investment) for your marketing is to create marketing that is meaningful to your audience. And the only way to do that is to know your audience. And so, this month’s Tip Tuesdays are all about collecting, organizing and using data about your clients, leads and audience.

Keep track of important information such as purchase history, demographic info, birthdays, anniversaries, hobbies, professional interests, testimonials, etc.

The more you know about your clients and leads, the more dynamic and personalized you can make your campaigns to them. The type of information you keep track of will vary based on your business, however, most businesses should collect demographic information (age, gender, location, profession, income, etc). Many businesses may also benefit from keeping track of products and services purchased by each client. Beyond that, the call is yours. Keep track of whatever info you think will help you understand your audience.

Use a CRM to keep all customer data organized and accessible to all in your organization.

Everyone needs a centralized, organized way to keep track of the client information they collect. We use a software called Zoho which has a full suite of products including CRM, accounting and email marketing. Infusionsoft is another great CRM product for small business. For real estate agents, there are several different CRMs created specifically for that industry which make it incredibly easy to input, store and use data.

Collect customer data through conversations, surveys, order tracking, questions asked on social media, testimonials.

Gathering data on your clients and leads is a continuous process. If you have specific information you want to collect, make it part of your new client paperwork or send out a survey. If you are reaching out to a brand new audience, you can use a data service company to gather demographic information on them.  But also, keep your ears open for less formal information. If a client mentions an upcoming surgery, make a note of it and send a get well card. If you’re a real estate agent that knocks on doors, make notes about the people that you talk to. Ask a fun question on social media and record the responses. You never know when a tidbit of personal information will help you close a sale.

When ordering direct mail lists, pay attention to demographic and other client  information and use that to create relevant campaigns.

We will dive into this in more detail in May’s Tip Tuesdays. But for now, it’s important to understand that when you are marketing, you aren’t communicating to a bunch of blank slates. You are communicating to people with stories, needs, wants, struggles, prejudices, etc. All of these things affect their decision to do business with you. The better you understand the many facets of the people you are working with, the better able you are to craft campaigns that appeal to them and elicit a response.

If you need help collecting data, let us know! We can create mailable surveys, client intake forms or anything else you need. If you already have your data, we’d love to put together a campaign that is relevant to your audience and gives you a high ROI.

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