|We talk a lot about the rules of attraction and how valuable they are in direct marketing. This mailer included several. Let me list them so that you can build them into your own campaign:
This is a great example of a powerful, well-conceived marketing device. One particularly good thing about the piece was that it carried much of the message on the envelope itself, motivating me to open it.
Think about ways that you can implement these strategies in your own direct marketing program. If you get stuck, give me a call or send an email and I will do my best to help. Also check out our new program, “Attract More Business” at www.attractmorebusiness.com for a step-by-sep approach on how to do this. The program includes dozens of examples, a 150 page manual and 9 CDs that you can listen to in your car, making it a practical learning tool.
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Who says direct mail has to be boring? Who says direct mail has to produce 1 or 2% response at best? Who says direct mail is a medium of the past? I’ll tell you who – those who are doing the same old, same old direct mail. We’ve all heard Ben Franklin’s quote on the definition of insanity: to do the same thing over and over again, yet expect a different result. Let’s face it, if you are doing the same kind of mailings that you did 3, 5 or even 10 years ago you can expect not just the same response but a significantly lower response. What can you do to make direct mail interesting? Direct mail is often viewed as a type of “push” marketing. Yet if it is performed creatively, direct mail can become a powerful “pull” marketing strategy. We can use direct mail to create “attraction” rather than as a means of “chasing” business. All this can be done without in your face, pushy tactics if we are willing to take a step back and focus on the customer’s challenges rather than become embroiled in our solution. Direct mail is no different than any other marketing medium. If we can focus our communication efforts on not just what the customer wants but rather why they want it, we can align ourselves to the customer and thereby attract them to our solution.
Take the direct mall piece shown below. When it arrived on my doorstep, I had no idea what it was but the 8 x 10 inch envelope with the eye staring at me and the headline: “Ready for a SHOCK? Then open this” did have me wondering. I usually trash this kind of stuff but something about this had me curious. I guess the headlines were right up my alley:
“Jack Welch was wrong. Dead WRONG.” “Next recession in 2011. BE READY.”
“America’s 3rd great MIGRATION has started: $1 trillion dollar opportunity.”
That got me to open the envelope. When I did, I found this was an offer for Peter Drucker Institutes new on-line E report, “TRENDS.” Also in the package was a CD and several inserts. One was a letter customized to me (host at CBS Radio). Also enclosed was a very well done interactive CD, a brochure discussing the problems I face as a radio show host finding accurate time information about business trends, a response card (pre-filled out!), and a discount coupon.