Direct Marketing Article
Postcard Marketing - Top 5 goals of direct
4 Article Series on Postcard Marketing - article 1 of 4
By Jeffrey Dobkin
Here's why I like postcard marketing campaigns. Short crisp and to the
point, direct mail postcards are one of the fastest and lowest cost ways to
make your phone ring. This is the first of 4 articles on how to make your
post card marketing campaign get more phone calls and generate more
Post cards are not necessarily a good marketing campaign for the
straight-up, out-and-out closing of a sale, but if created correctly direct
mail post cards can be great for pre-selling products and services, building
brand awareness, and creating customer loyalty. And of course, I saved the
best for last: post cards are the most efficient and excellent direct mail
advertising vehicles for generating phone calls.
A postcard direct mail campaign can make your phone ring off the hook with
compelling headlines, smooth transitions, charming copywriting, lively
graphics, an irresistible offer and a solid call to action. Even further: a
series of direct mail post cards can receive an explosive response, build
customer loyalty and stimulate brand awareness. Yet post cards remain one
the easiest to manage direct mail marketing campaigns.
Even though postcards aren't the best for closing sales because of their
short format and open architecture (no one can enclose a check to pay for an
order - or write a credit card number) response can still be quite high.
Here are several important goals of using post cards in any direct mail
1. Generate phone calls.
The number one objective of most post card marketing campaigns is to
generate a phone call. Ninety percent of the post cards I create for clients
are written to fulfill this single objective: make the phone ring.
The way to make the phone ring is very straightforward in this short
postcard format: offer something for FREE and ask for the phone call several
times on the card. "Call for FREE information!" "Call for FREE review! Call
for free analysis. Call for our FREE booklet. Call for FREE quote. Call
for..." well you get the idea. Ask readers to call you enough and they will.
Every time a reader calls, you have the opportunity to provide better
service, and increase client loyalty and longevity. And oh, yea... did I
mention increase sales and revenue. Yea, you can do that, too. Did you
notice I said YOU do that? Your post card doesn't do that, YOU do that. The
post card generates the call, but YOU make the sale.
2. Build brand awareness.
The other 10% of the postcards I create build brand. By mailing postcards
frequently, you can stay in the top of your client's and prospect's minds.
So when your clients need anything that relates to your business - whatever
you're selling - they immediately think of you and call you first.
3. Create Instant Success.
Post cards can generate immediate response if your offer touches a timely
trigger point. Figure out what your prospect's immediate need is and address
that in your card. Then, ask for the call - what else?
4. Build relationships.
Sure, you can - it's easy! But not with a single postcard. You need to
create this direct mail marketing campaign over time, with a series of
postcards. Mailing postcards every two weeks is ideal. Even if you did this
for an entire year, the total cost would be only ($.50 x 26 =) $13 dollars
for the whole year. The key to success? Your list, relevancy, and your
5. Don't sell your product.
The final objective is to realize that you don't need to sell your product
from the post card. That's right - don't sell your product - but you do
generate phone calls and inquiries. Then when the person calls, YOU sell
your product or service. Now you see how it's much easier to achieve your
goal (generating a phone call) with your direct mail post card than getting
an order: to actually make someone to put money in an envelope and wave
goodbye to it.
And since postcards are Easy to handle, postcards are so much less work than
other direct mail marketing campaigns which consist of letters, brochures or
anything that needs to be placed in an envelope, folded or stapled. So much
less fuss and muss - just address and mail. Postcards are easy.
These are the "goals" and objectives of your postcard marketing campaign.
The next two parts of this 4-article series by Jeffrey Dobkin continue with
12 WAYS TO MAKE SURE your postcard campaign is successful. Then - since this
post card marketing article series was originally written for an insurance
magazine, the final marketing article installment shows you 15 specific
offers you can make on a postcard if you are in the insurance industry.
Hey, if you actually are in the insurance industry, this article series is
an awesome 10 out of 10; but wow - get a life: insurance is pretty boring.
The good news? You make a lot of money, you get to meet a lot of people and
you get to go on some nice travel junkets. The bad news? You go with other
If you're not in the insurance business, you're probably much better off,
and besides, most of these offers will still work for you anyhow. Read the
complete article set at www.danielleadams.com
About the Author:
Jeffrey Dobkin will now take your questions, call him on it: 610-642-1000
rings on his desk. Write to him at The Danielle Adams Publishing Company ·
Box 100 · Merion Station, PA 19066. Dobkin has written 4 books on increasing
response in your direct mail and direct marketing campaigns. Titles include
"How To Market A Product for Under $500," "Direct Marketing Strategies," and
"Uncommon Marketing Techniques." Please order his books at the
NMOA Book Store
or call directly, or download Dobkin's e-books on this website,