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Making money using direct mail isn't easy. And anyone who tells you it is, is lying.
To run a successful direct mail campaign, you must have a compelling offer... amazing copy... and most important... the right list to mail to.
And even if you have each of these things running at their peak, there are many other subtle "little" tricks you can use to increase the responsiveness of your mailings, which is what it's all about, right?
Because this means...
You'll Be Increasing Your Cash-Flow As Well!
And remember, in whatever you're doing: All you need is 5-or-6 little steps that each increase your response rates 1 or 2 %, and before you know it, you've got a lot more money pouring in than you did before.
So don't start neglecting the subtle differences -- this is usually what separates the people who are marginally successful, from the people who are wildly successful.
First, always hand-address your envelopes. Why? As my mentor Gary Halbert taught me from "Day 1", you'll always open a hand-addressed letter because you think its "personal" mail -- as opposed to a sales letter or a bill.
Remember, if your letter never gets opened, I promise you... you'll never make the sale.
Second, in your corner card (which is the upper left-hand corner of the front of your envelope, where your name and address goes), DON'T put your company's name!
Put your name and then your address.
See, your prospects are programmed into thinking as soon as they see the name of a company, even yours... your letter's either trying to sell them something, or collect their money -- neither of which is good for you if you want that envelope to get opened. And,
Third, use "live" postage stamps and NOT a "bulk" rate indicia. Again, when your prospects see a "bulk" rate, or even a metered stamp, they know right-away... you're trying to sell them something.
Also, try to use the "decorative" postage stamps the post office has and not the "standard" stamps with a U.S. Flag. I always tell my clients to use the ones that say "Happy Birthday" on them.
After all, who doesn't like opening a personal letter that says "Happy Birthday" on it? P.S. I know having your letters hand-addressed is a pain. Honestly, I do.
And I have seen some software out there that is "almost" close to human handwriting, but the amount of variation from letter-to-letter isn't quite there yet.
If you see software that can simulate "real" handwriting, I'd sure appreciate you letting me know so I can tell the rest of my subscribers.
Craig Garber is America's Top Direct-Response Copywriter. You'll find hundreds of marketing tips to increase your sales, and his insanely popular FREE Unconventional and Irreverent Daily Direct-Response Marketing Tips, on his website, http://www.KingOfCopy.com
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Facebook tightens its policies on gun-related advertising
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New York Post
City has spent $44M on subway, bus advertising since 2014
New York Post
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The Legalities of Legal Advertising
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Did you know that at one point in history the marketing and advertising of your legal firm or law services was actually illegal? It took a Supreme Court ruling in the late 1970's to overturn that forgotten rule, but despite the reversal, there are ...
Cannes Lions bingo: The ad industry's top buzzwords in 2018
The Cannes Lions advertising conference—okay, fine, International Festival of Creativity—takes place this week on the French Riviera. Once again, Quartz is producing a special edition of our Daily Brief email for the festival, which runs from June 18-22.
It's festive time at Cannes again, Veterans Piyush and Prasoon Pandey to be honoured this year
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The Principles of Post-Advertising
The post-advertising world is not one without advertising, but one where our use of traditional ads and brands has peaked and a new model for growth is emerging. Five areas play a key role in shaping this change — lessons from the businesses ...
Unilever Presses Digital Influencers to Drop Bots, Fake Followers
Several big advertisers have begun to use influencers more often. Procter & Gamble, the U.S., consumer products giant that competes directly with Unilever, has started to work with more of them. “We are getting others to speak on our behalf,” P&G Chief ...
Unilever takes stand against digital media's fake followers
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While much has been said about Amazon.com Inc.'s aggressive bets on brick-and-mortar retail, health care and many other industries, the company has quietly ...
What you need to know in advertising today - Business Insider
Until a few months ago, Marni Walden was Verizon's EVP and president of global media. And during her long run at the telecom giant, Walden helped steer ...
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