What is Bulk Mail?: 2 Ways to Save Your Business Money on Direct Mail Costs
When trying to save on postage for your direct mail campaigns, you run into a dizzying array of potential bulk mail discounts. Let me simplify the process for you by telling you there are basically two ways to save.
Bulk mail, as defined by the United States Postal Service, is â€œquantities of mail prepared for mailing at reduced postage rates.â€ The key word here is â€œprepared,â€ because essentially you do part of the work for the USPS, and in return they give you a break on postage.
Here are 2 ways to save:
1. Use a Mail House
Usually I would put this option second, but the process of preparing bulk mail is so convoluted, I think it needs to go first.
There are many guidelines to follow and requirements to meet before your mailing qualifies for discounts. For a majority of businesses, the easiest way to save is to go through a registered mail house with trained professionals. Finding a direct mail firm that offers mailing services is ideal for small businesses. You get the discount without jumping through the hoops.
2. Go Your Own Way
If you are really going to do this, understand it will take several hours to get the work done depending on how many pieces you intend to mail. You may need a staff member that doesnâ€™t have very many other duties to help. Or you can get your whole crew to stay late and have a bulk mail preparation party! To qualify for Standard Class, the most common bulk mail option, all of your pieces must be essentially identical. The discount for Standard Class can be pretty darn good â€” sometimes up to $0.20 off standard postage â€” but you pay the price with the work it takes to get the mailing prepared.
To qualify for Standard Class, your mailing must be:
Â· At least 200 pieces or 50 lbs.
Â· Less than 16 oz.
Â· Marked with your registered bulk mail indicia (If you register through your local post office and pay the fee, you can get one.)
Â· Pre-sorted according to USPS standards and the exact 9 digit ZIP code
So there you go. If you really want to tackle bulk mail on your own â€” you can do it! But remember, the easiest way to save is through a direct mail company that can mail for you. Make sure your mail house of choice passes the postage savings on to you, because some companies keep it for themselves!
To save on bulk mail without starting your own mail house, just call 800-628-1804.
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. Find Joy on Google+
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