Every year, marketing professionals specializing in single or multi-channel disciplines anxiously await the latest findings from The Data & Marketing Association (DMA) Statistical Fact Book, which is the industry’s ultimate resource for insights on consumer engagement and data-driven marketing. With nearly 300 pages of graphs, stats and key studies, the Fact Book is designed “to collect, curate and compile only the most essential statistics from across our base of over 1,400+ member brands, recognized industry leaders, and state-of-the data practitioners,” per thedma.org. In order to help businesses of all types keep an eye on recent trends in the direct mail market, Modern Postcard has summarized valuable commentary, expertise and learnings from the 2018 and 2017 editions.
Not every business lives and breathes direct mail quite like Modern Postcard. And that’s okay, because we likely aren’t experts in your field either. Since our team manages a plethora of marketing campaigns every day, we’ve seen the good and the not so good when it comes to design, content, customer targeting and more. Here are some of the top marketing fails we consistently observe, plus improvements you can make in a snap to get the most respect and response out of your direct mail efforts.
Lazy summer days aren’t an excuse for your sales to trail off. Take advantage of longer shopping days and consumers being in better spending spirits (aka: vacation mode). July is great for scheduling your next 3 months of festive direct mail campaigns and print promotions to help your business engage new customers and dive into a better pool of profits. Note: you will find the download link near the end of this article.
Ah, the glorious days of summer. They’re made for fun in the sun, not preparing marketing plans for holiday celebrations and the busiest spending season of the year, right? We hate to break it to you, but if you’re a marketer or business owner, planning for winter promotions and your end-of-year sales push in July is not only normal, it’s proactive and smart. In fact, if you peeked inside our marketing department right now, you’d find our team as busy as Santa’s elves, prepping die-cut gingerbread greeting cards, 2019 calendar gifts and various holiday giveaways for customers.
Data privacy is the topic du jour in the business world. And while there’s no shortage of content and different opinions on this subject, one marketing channel is gaining attention for the opportunity it offers to businesses to communicate effectively with customers and relevant prospects in a legally compliant manner – direct mail.
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