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Direct Mail Success Using Targeted Mailing Lists

Oct 26th 2012 at 12:35 AM

We have all seen those direct mail pieces that look terrific and reel in the customer with and great information but for some reason, you are not having the direct mail success you had hoped for or were perhaps promised. One reason this happens often is because many companies overlook one of the most important aspects of any direct mail campaign: choosing a targeted mailing list.

Direct mail success hinges on a well-chosen mailing list likely to yield high results. To market to current clients, make sure to always have complete contact information available. Use a form where you gather their mailing address, as well as email and phone number. Enter the information in an organized and searchable database for later use with direct mail advertising.

From your current clients, you should also filter them into different groups that may be interested in a particular service or product over another. By doing this, you are increasing the chances of each targeted marketing campaign.

The work leading up to it may not seem worth it, but you don’t want to waste the time of clients that you know won’t be interested and instead spend more time marketing to valuable clients that likely will. Separating your clients into targeted lists and sending marketing flyers that they’ll be interested in is the key to direct mail success.

Finding mailing addresses of prospective clients can be more difficult, but for a small business blanketing your local area is a great place to start. If your business is in a niche market, a direct mailing company can help you reach your specific customer base.

You must think carefully about who will be receiving your direct mail advertising. Research is involved, but fortunately the Internet can be a great source of information. You still have to have enough time and energy to be able to it on your own. Not only do you have to find the mailing addresses, but you also have to enter them into the proper format for your mailing.

If you are considering buying a generic pre-made list over the Internet to increase your direct mail success, you should reconsider. Most lists have not been updated recently and provide incomplete or inaccurate information.

A direct mailing company can weed through the mailing lists to choose one that is relevant and one that will work. Speak with a representative about your needs and they will work with you to find a list that yields results and leads to direct mail success for your business.

Another thing to think about is to keep track of how effective each mailing list was, so that you can track the changes and keep using the same list or look for a different list for future mailings for better results or on subsequent mailings. A direct mail company will often have ways to help you record this information, and they may be able to help you determine what new list ideas to improve your return of investment.

Article Source: Mudlick Mail

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