Targeting the Right Audience With Direct Mail Marketing

Targeting the Right Audience With Direct Mail MarketingWhat Really Makes Your Postcard Mailing Successful?
The biggest single factor in the success of your postcard mailings is who you send your postcards to.

You need a list of people or businesses to send your postcard offer to.

This can be a list of existing customers or prospects who have inquired as a result of any of your marketing efforts or a list which you purchase.

The list must contain the names of people who are likely to be interested in the benefits of your products or services.

If you send a postcard offering a free 6 pack of beer with the purchase of 2 large pizzas to a list of purchasers of a “pay-per-view” boxing match (a list which you purchased from your local cable TV company), you are more likely to get a big response than if you sent the same offer to a list of the ladies auxiliary bridge club.

This concept is known as targeting. You either have a list (existing from your own records or the records of a person or business willing to cooperate with you by letting you use the list), buy a list (of people who are likely to be interested in your product or service because they have purchased a related product or service, such as a magazine subscription on a topic related to your product or service), or a list can be compiled using characteristics about your target market.

When You Don’t Pay Enough Attention To Your List

When you don’t pay enough attention to the list you select to mail to, you get a list which is poorly “targeted”. This means the people on it are not likely to be interested in your products and services.
A “good list” is a list which is a good match for interest in your products and services.

A “bad list” is a list which is a bad match for interest in your products and services.

House List, Response List, Compiled List

The 3 basic kinds of lists that you can use in order of their effectiveness are:

  1. Your own list of prospects and customers. This is a list that you collected with your own personal marketing efforts. This is known as a house list. These people are most likely to respond to your offers, because they have responded in the past.You own this list.
  2. A response list is a list of people that have actually done something. They have either purchased something from the people who put together the list that their name came from or inquired in response to some offer. The last way they could have arrived on the list is to have asked to be on the list.Presumably if they are on a response list the people on the list have some level of interest in the topic or purpose of the list.This type of list is less effective than your house list is likely to be. They have not previously responded to you, but have responded to someone in a related area (if you have purchased a correctly targeted list).This is a list you can purchase from the owner of the list or a list broker.
  3. A compiled list is a list of people who were selected to be on the list because they possess the characteristics that you asked the list broker to screen for.Examples of characteristics used to target correctly may include age, sex, geographic location, income level etc.The characteristics are more fixed characteristics than response list characteristics, which are behavioral characteristics.This type of list is likely to be the least effective of the 3 list types.This list you can purchase from a list broker.

TIP: PostcardMania is an expert in helping you to determine which list you should use to maximize the response to your postcard mailings.

Call us or e-mail us and we will be happy to assist you in selecting and/or purchasing lists for your mailings.

Joy Gendusa

Joy Gendusa founded PostcardMania in 1998 with a phone, computer and no capital investment. Since then, she has grown the company into one of the nation's most effective direct mail marketing firms, specializing in postcard marketing for small to large-sized businesses. Over the years, she expanded to offer mailing list acquisition, website development, email marketing–all while continuing to educate clients with free marketing advice.

She has been named Tampa Bay CEO of the Year, Business Woman of the Year in Tampa Bay and has been featured on MSNBC's "Your Business." PostcardMania is an Inc. 500 and 5000 company and has won awards for creativity, best business practices and leadership.

If you would like to interview Joy or book her as a speaker, please email joyspeak@postcardmania.com or call 1-800-628-1804 ext. 281.

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