If you’re doing the math, that is a 66% open rate
compared to the 10% or so open rate that is more
commonly seen in email. (MailerMailer shows a range
of 7.1% to 17.6%)
This is interesting because as you know from all
advertising, the trend seems to be to follow “what’s
hot” now. Right now, you hear a lot about social
media and mobile marketing. And how email is the
marketers best friend because the cost is so much
lower as compared to sending out physical mail.
If you look closely you’ll see examples of “follow the
herd” mentality within your own and other industries.
For instance, the trend in the automobile industry has
been to stretch out the length of the loans and lease
payments so as to offer the lowest monthly payment.
But one expert showed me some fascinating analysis
revealing how this works against the car dealer in
terms of customer retention and repeat business.
I talked to a top car salesman I know who said that he
made a point of showing customers 24, 36, 48 and 60
month schedules, including how much interest is paid
in each case, so as to encourage the buyer to take the
shortest term he can afford–because this gets the
customer ready and able to trade-in for a new car
He also teaches his customers how to make small
extra principal payments on their car loans, so they
save money on interest and are able to trade-in
This is a great example of taking a look at the
direction the herd is moving, then looking
carefully in the opposite direction.
Same with “direct mail.” USA Today discussed the
decline of the mail system–showing that everyone
is moving away from using it, which in effect makes
a strong case for why you should use it.
Talking about the “mail moment” when people collect,
sort and open their mail, USA Today said that people
“love to receive mail” and then went on to describe why
people love to get the mail.
One interviewee, Tamra Lindquist wrote, “To this day,
I’m always a little hopeful when I open the mailbox!”
Rather than following the herd to quickly dismiss
direct mail and write it off as a dying breed, it makes
good sense to look carefully at every possible
opportunity for you to use direct mail in your business.
wisely invest in the right media (and not just what
someone is pushing in your face nor following the
“latest trend”), you’ll differentiate yourself from your
competitors, make your marketing message stand out
from the pack, romance prospects, clients and customers
into opening more of your marketing and create higher
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