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Ask our Experts - What kind of response rate can I expect on my direct mail piece?

By Keith Goodman, VP, Corporate Solutions, Modern Postcard

Question: What kind of response rate can I expect on my direct mail piece?

Answer: The question you should be asking is “What response rate do I need?” There are businesses that can generate a great ROI on a 1/10th of 1% response rate, while other businesses might need 3%. It all depends on what a new customer is worth to you and how much you are willing to spend to get a new customer. Once you know this number, you just figure out what type of response rate you need to meet that number.

Keith Goodman, VP Corporate Solutions, a 20-year veteran of direct mail marketing, has helped companies such as IBM, Hughes, Avery and Amway increase the profitability of their direct mail programs. He's spoken at hundreds of seminars and conferences around the country, helping thousands of people get better results and greater ROI for their marketing dollars.

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