Visuals attract and make the reader pause…

Visuals attract and make the reader pause…

but pounce on them with an offer they cannot refuse.

Direct and digital marketing is a combination of words, pictures, and ideas. A great visual tool without compelling words often goes unnoticed. Great words without the ability to attract the consumer’s attention often doom those glorious words to oblivion. Great visual images without substantive words and ideas often diminish the result.

At times, your audience may not understand a visual. Many have heard of the Pareto Principle, but after seeing in use in a post or an article, it deserves a trip to Google to answer people’s questions.

Use another pause visual to slow or stop the reader to check it out. Make sure a post or solicitation opens in another company web page so the trip back for the visitor returns to the original location. Also, this is a clever way to explain the definition of a word or phrase.

Do you know your competitors, directly or indirectly? Find out before you read their product description after seeing their product in a photo or video. You may say, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?” Or, “this new product will kill us.”

Each example is important, but prospects and customers will overlook the best words and most monumental ideas unless something grabs their attention. Producing “grabbers” work well with about any communication channel today.

The grabber for direct mail is the design. It’s the proper mix of color, shape, size, illustrations, photos, and typography.

I know what you are thinking. If you said your digital and social media communications could use a design makeover, you are correct. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

A good headline accentuated with a photo or art is “a double whammy.”

Bright colors and bold graphics set your work apart. Illustrations are easily editable to fit your brand and can even be more universal than photography. Let Vector illustrations help your next project wrap up a punch.

Focus on creating a “how-to” or “why” or a “number series” while adding value and/or supplying entertainment in the form of a photograph, vector art, or even a short video or GIF.

As we learned in Direct Mail 101, the how-to is powerful because it engages the prospect on a deeper psychological level. It’s self-centered and most of us pay more attention when we hear “how-to and whatever follows after it.”

Try using a catchy relevant headline in the email subject line and see your open rate increase. Go a step further and add visuals with copy.

How to Reach a Qualified Target Audience… and motivate them to seek you out!

Momentum is not only a powerful force; it can keep people in motion. Eventually, when focusing on a segment of your contacts, such as once-buying prospects, you will learn how to qualify them.

The copy and the photo are enough to draw the reader in to the post. The copy can appeal to a human emotion.

Ask a question in the headline.

“What marketing communication channel delivers over 700 million messages each day?”

Curiosity can draw many reasons to find an answer. A good copywriter will add more subtle information. Like, in…

Subhead. Hint. Something you do with marketing.

 The answer is 700 million of letters and parcels are delivered yearly by the United States Postal Service. When you decide to use the US Mail channel, it’s a good guess the contact will get what you sent.

Thinking of using direct mail?

When designing direct mail, many people tend to be overly concerned about the individual design elements in the piece. Such as:

  • How does the headline look?
  • Should we put a few bullet points here?
  • How about some added color here?

Stop! Always try to look at your design. Stand back from your thoughts and look at it as you would a cool piece of art.

Imagine the blocks of text, the headlines, and various color blocks and photos as design elements – squares, circles, rectangles. Look at what stands out and what doesn’t.

Summary

If you want to learn more about this communication channel, direct mail, visit our Direct2customers.com and visit the Library of Marketing. There are a variety of sample writings. If you have a specific need send an email to Mdoc@direct2customers.com.

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Use essential and reliable marketing channels to reach customers…

Use essential and reliable marketing channels to reach customers…

that will lead you to better and stronger business relationships in your marketplace. 

 

The main goal for today’s direct marketing mail department is to get someone to buy your product without killing your marketing budget. Sounds simple enough, right? It’s akin to a road map. You need more than one communication channel to alert your customers and prospects that your company has the best product for their needs and wants. Thus, a direct marketing mail customer map is well worth building. Here are few ideas on channel selection to help you get started.

Direct mail map. Most, if not all direct marketing mail professionals have a very strong motivation gene in their DNA to go after the consumer tooth and nail. For instance, they need to write powerful copy. Direct marketing mail copywriters know they need to get the reader’s attention and follow up with an offer no one can refuse. Don’t neglect specific design tactics which will attract the reader by checking out your mail piece. Increase frequency of messages is why you need to select another channel. For example, like email  within your budget.  

Email map. Some see it as a competitor, but it is a rather large marketing channel you should not ignore. Why? Email is a good channel to use with direct mail. The most obvious technique is to announce your direct mail campaign a few days before it arrives. Another way to boost response is to follow up on a direct marketing mail campaign with an e-mail message. A third strategy is to run parallel campaigns. Your direct mail piece and e-mail are timed to arrive at about the same time and present a very similar offer. 

 

Landing Page map. Landing pages with CTA’s, (calltoaction) are designed to get a response, working closely in conjunction with a direct marketing mail strategy. Similar copy and design in the mailer, will help pull the reader into your message. They give readers the exact information they need to say yes and demonstrate how easy it is to place an order. Direct marketing mail can make a buying experience more enjoyable for your customers and you can measure the effectiveness of different advertisements on landing pages. Working in a B2B company, landing pages are a necessity even when using them with email. 

A digital mailbox map. In a rather innovative way, any direct marketing mailing list you purchase, may offer you to match mailing addresses to arrive at an IP address. Once the business IP address is determined, every time someone goes online, a very similar looking and appealing banner ad pops up on their screen. Even the US post office is jumping on a marketing innovation. They recently released Informed Delivery and get this, its free.  An article that offers more information on this unique tool is found on an a recent post.

Don’t forget, the more channels of communication you use, the more impressions your message makes, increases the likeliness of reaching your contact or even making a sale. 

As people search the internet, visit discussion groups or other social media channels looking for resources, there are many answers you need to contemplate. When customers enter such a sea of solutions, looking for other channels to add to direct marketing mailthere are many different types you may encounter.

 

Learning more about your customers adds to better response. Strategically, a customer–centric marketing strategy offers you a different perspective about your customer purchases, which is a use-able tactic in future marketing campaigns. Yes, it is time-consuming, but extremely rewarding. Your customers will tell you a lot about themselves when they make their purchases. Record this data and use it in future marketing campaigns to determine it’s worth.   

Thanks for reading. If you have a question or comment you would like me to answer send your email to Mdoc@direct2customers.com.

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