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Not only does full color aspect of postcards attract more attention than all of envelopes in any given dayís stack of mail, but it will allow you to get your message across while recipients are making decision of what to read and what to throw away.
Letís use this example:
You are sitting on subway and guy next to you leans over and says "I have something I would like to sell you and itís under my trench coat, are you interested?" So as any sane person would do, you move to furthest seat from him so not to be bothered.
As you now sit in farthest seat from untrustworthy freak in trench coat you are approached by a smiling little Girl Scout who holds out a box of cookies and says "Would you like to buy a box of cookies? Everyone loves Thin-Mints!" So this time you pull out your wallet and plunk down $3 for a box of delicious cholesterol and sugar.
See difference? Donít hide your message behind a trench coat. For all we know "untrustworthy freak", as I have affectionately named him, could have had a box of Thin-Mints under there.
We may never know, and neither will your customers if you donít stop stuffing your promo into bland looking envelopes.
Now, make final step easy and take out hassle of direct mail.
Itís one thing to get postcards designed and printed. Itís another to get them into hands of recipients rapidly, efficiently, as inexpensively as possible and without too much hassle. You have choice of doing it yourself in house or getting someone to do it for you.
The apparent advantage of doing it yourself is that you donít pay someone else what they charge to do it for you. The disadvantage of doing it yourself is that itís going to cost you more in long run.
Normally your postage for a 4.25 x 6" postcard is 23Ę. Direct mail companies can lease special software from USPS which reads addresses and barcodes them. The post office gives a significant discount for bar-coded mail. Updating this software often (every three months) ensures that addresses you are mailing to are good. If person is no longer at that address then itís a waste of your money to mail to them.
Because of high tech equipment and software direct mail companies use, you can sometimes save as much as .04 cents per card. And you donít have all hassle of getting mailing out yourself.
I call it a no-brainer: a technical term for saving money and hassle by getting someone else to do your mailing for you. If you have been doing it hard way, switch over to a direct mail marketing company. I am sure they will be glad to help you save money, time and trouble.
Joy Gendusa founded PostcardMania in 1998; her only assets a computer and a phone. By 2004 the company did $9 million in sales and employed over 60 persons. She attributes her explosive growth to her ability to choose incredible staff and her innate marketing savvy. Visit http://www.postcardmania.com