The marketing campaign of a company tends to first rely on digital marketing to get the attention of consumers, and then on direct mail marketing to rope them in. According to 92% of shoppers, direct mail is the preferred channel for making purchasing decisions. With all of that being said, it’s extremely important for your business to produce the best pieces of direct mail possible. As long as avoid these common direct mail mistakes, you’ll be firing up your offset printing machine for production in no time.
You’ve Buried The Special Offer
You hope that your customers will be happy enough to get a well-design piece of mail from you. In reality, they are almost always going to be looking for a discount or special deal above anything else. If that offer isn’t apparent from a customer’s first glance, it might go right in their garbage can. Make sure that you lead with the offer and make it the focal point of the mailer. When customers can see the deal from the start, they’ll quickly understand how they can benefit from reading your mail.
Your Mailing List Is Ineffective
No matter how nice your mailer is or how good your offer is, it needs to have the correct contacts. The first step is to make sure that you’ve identified your audience. Then you need to create an up-to-date list of contacts who will actually like your offer. Before you spend time designing, be sure that you’ve nailed down your list to the right people.
You Don’t Have A Call To Action
Even when you’ve made your offer apparent, you need to include a clear call to action. Consumers can read an offer, but without a call to action, they it get buried by other mail. Make sure you tell them to take advantage of the offer through specific channels of contact like in person, on the phone, or on your website. You will also need to include a clear time frame that conveys a sense of urgency in order to inspire them to act quickly.
Direct mail can be a great advertising tool when done correctly. Steer clear of these mistakes. Above all, you will soon see the benefits of taking the time to design direct mail pieces and mass print them with offset printing.