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mailing lists1. Start With Your Lists

The 1st and most important question to ask when planning a direct mail campaign is: "Who am I going to mail to?"

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craft your message2. Craft Your Message

A clear understanding of your audience should guide what you say in your marketing piece. Tie in your marketing objectives, and you have a well-constructed direct mail campaign.

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design your postcard3. Design Your Postcard

"You only get one chance to make a 1st impression," so make sure your piece looks professional and your message is clear.

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response & roi4. What to Expect

The DMA reports an average direct mail response rate of 1-2%. To achieve or better this, first you need to understand the numbers.

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be consistent5. Be Consistent

Sending 1 mailer simply won't get the results you want -- you must mail to the same person repeatedly and consistently.

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6. Get Started!

  1. Build your mailing list.
  2. Plan out your messaging.
  3. Upload your postcard or customize one of our 1000s of free designs.
  4. Let take care of printing, addressing and mailing for you!
  5. Schedule your next mailing campaign.
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The Project GuyMarketing That Turns New Customers into Repeat Customers

Since they make their living through many small jobs, rather than one big job, handymen depend heavily on return business.  Brian "The Project Guy" Tenny found a fantastic way to turn prospects not just into clients, but into regular clients.

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As a one-woman-marketing department for family-owned GV's Heating & Cooling, Dawn Vickers needs her hard-working direct mail campaigns do it all: prospecting, promotions and service reminders

cardano realtorsTaking the Guesswork Out of Spotting Potential Sellers

Philadelphia-area agent Diane Cardano-Casacio gets creative to uncover potential sellers -- instead of trying to guess who might be selling, she focused on people who had already tried, and failed, to sell their home.

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