Postcard marketing is an effective marketing tactic. Your direct marketing plans need to include using a creative direct marketing group to design unique one-to-one direct marketing postcards. This marketing tactic has a high response rate if done well; engaging prospective customers and existing customers in your communications (make sure you include a call to action on the card).
Do you presently do any form of direct mail marketing? (If you asked yourself, 'what is direct mail marketing', it is likely that you do not.)
Direct marketing is where your marketing promotion piece is targeted to a specific individual on a one-to-one basis. You need to have (or be able to build) a good client list or a potential client list to run a successful direct marketing campaign.
When you send a promotional piece to a targeted client, you have a much higher likelihood of getting your most wanted response: at best, a sale and at least, an action (returning the call, attending the event, booking an appointment).
Postcard marketing is direct marketing by using postcards as the promotional piece or vehicle. This can be particularly effective (especially if designed and produced by a creative direct marketing group).
When you receive the dreaded 'junk' mail, if you are like most consumers (business to consumer selling) and most customers (in a business to business selling environment), you will toss that mail in the garbage.
But if you receive a postcard, you will typically turn it over to see who it's from and what it's about (the marketing concept is the psychology of human behavior; postcards lead the receiver to turn the card to see who sent it and what it says).
My local veterinarian sends me the greatest postcard at regular check up times: it's got a picture of my own dog on the front (one that they took the first time we brought her in to see the Vet; she was only 8 weeks old).
I always turn the postcard over (even though I now know it's from my vet) and read what he has to say. It is usually a message about how my dog needs to go in for booster shots, or some other message. Do I throw that card out? Nope. It goes into my to-do pile; to book the appointment.
My financial planner sends me birthday postcards, event cards, meeting updates. My dentist sends me reminders for family appointments. And so on.
In each of these cases, I read the card, I keep the card until I take action and only then do I discard it (and actually I've kept a couple of my dog's puppy postcards; one's up on my fridge door).
Postcard marketing is most effective as a scheduled tactic in your marketing mix promotion program (which needs to include your direct marketing plans, such as postcards, email marketing, and more) when you are asking the recipient to take action (this also makes it a very measurable marketing tactic).
Do you see how you can apply this type of marketing? (If you need more ideas or would like some help in developing this type of marketing program, use the Contact Us form to request direct marketing services consulting help or a referral to a good creative direct marketing group.)
Each geographic area will have different pricing. However to give you an idea of the cost of a program I ran, here is an example: (prices in Canadian $)
I personally wrote and addressed each targeted customer; with a similar but personalized message. Yes, I know, 2000 post cards is a lot of writing but hand writing (or hiring someone with great hand writing) is more effective than having the card imprinted with a message - customers can tell the difference.
But the point is that postcard marketing is one of the most cost effective programs you can run: I had a 26% response rate on this mail-out! That is a very good number (average direct marketing response rates on overall direct mail marketing considers 5% to be a good rate).
So hopefully, you can see that the effectiveness is high and the cost is relatively low. The next step if you decide to go ahead and develop and implement a direct marketing postcards program, is to test it on a small sample size first.
If you have a client and target client list of 5000, select 500 or even a 100 and develop a very targeted program with that much smaller group. Assess what works, what doesn't work, measure it, adjust your program, and then launch it to all of your contacts. Use the same strategies in this targeting of clients and potential clients, that you would use in your marketing segmentation and target marketing efforts.
If you are a startup business with little to no contacts, buy a contact list but make sure it is really targeted.
Postcard marketing can help you grow your sales and grow your business; it is a highly effective direct marketing tactic and strategy - if done right.
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