Direct Mail

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Options

When it comes to performance-driven direct mail, understanding the nuances of postage is essential for success and optimized ROI. From marketing mail to first class postage and everything in between, there are numerous postage options to consider.

So, whether you’re a novice getting ready to launch your first direct mail campaign or seeking confirmation on your current choices, this blog will help demystify the various types of postage and enhance your postage savings and optimization.

Defining the Different Types of Postage

When it comes to direct mail, there are two main postage types that require consideration: marketing mail and first-class mail.

Marketing mail is commonly used for bulk mailings of advertising materials, giving businesses and organizations a way to send non-urgent, promotional, and informational materials to a large audience at discounted rates.

With that in mind, it’s important to remember that marketing mail consists of two primary types: non-profit mail and standard mail. Non-profit mail is used by organizations holding tax-exempt status like charities, religious groups, and educational institutions, aiming to raise awareness, garner support, or advocate for a cause. In contrast, standard marketing mail refers to promotional material sent by other businesses to potential customers, often highlighting products, services, or special offers to drive sales and foster brand loyalty.

First-class mail, on the other hand, offers expedited delivery for letters and postcards, with a discounted option called presort first-class that streamlines processing by bundling first-class mail by zip code, ensuring prompt delivery without compromising on quality.

Understanding Timelines and Strategies

Understanding timelines and predicting in-home dates is crucial for direct mail campaigns. For example, if you’re sending postcards with coupons or letters with urgent announcements, opting for first-class postage ensures prompt delivery, capturing your audience’s attention when it matters most.

General timelines to keep in mind when selecting postage types include:

  • Standard Marketing Mail: 5-14 business days
  • Non-Profit Marketing Mail: up to 20 business days
  • First Class Mail (including presort first class): 3-5 business days

However, it’s important to remember that packages take priority over letters, especially during peak seasons, where ideal in-home dates significantly affect campaign effectiveness. As a rule of thumb, starting November 1st, switching to first-class postage is advisable to ensure timely delivery, while tax season represents another busy period requiring careful consideration of postage options.

Postage Pricing Considerations

While direct mail is a powerful marketing tool, we know postage costs can be substantial. Selecting the correct postage and working with a direct mail partner that uses proven strategies like saturation, trucking, and co-mingling to lower postage costs are imperative, regardless of your marketing budget size.

Standard marketing mail typically costs $0.39 per piece for letters (prior to potential discounts), with non-profit organizations potentially benefiting from rates as low as $0.21 per piece (prior to potential discounts), provided they have a corresponding classification number registered with the post office.

In the realm of first-class mail, various postage options entail different pricing structures. Presort first class typically costs $0.58 per piece, but to qualify for this discounted rate, all print components such as mailing addresses and barcodes must be properly printed on the piece. Mail pieces using meter postage, which involves printing and timestamping the postage using a postage meter, incur a cost of $0.64 per piece. Conversely, first class mail with a stamp or indicia—a printed marking indicating prepaid postage—costs $0.68 per piece. 

Finally, first-class postcards that are 6”x9” or smaller mail at a lower rate of $0.39 per piece, making it a cost-effective, yet still impactful alternative.

Important Requirements to Keep in Mind

Each type of mail carries specific guidelines for postage requirements.

To qualify for marketing mail postage rates, USPS mandates a minimum of 200 pieces, though aiming for 250 allows for addressing inaccuracies and duplicates. Additionally, each piece can weigh up to three ounces before added postage fees are incurred.

For non-profit organizations, obtaining non-profit postage pricing needs registration and acquisition of a corresponding classification code from the postal service.

Finally, first-class presort pricing requires a minimum of 500 pieces, although we recommend 550 to accommodate inaccuracies, with each piece allowed to weigh up to three and a half ounces before incurring added fees.

Final Thoughts

Mastering the art of postage and cost-saving strategies can make or break your direct mail campaigns. By understanding the nuances of each postage choice and collaborating with direct mail experts like Strata to implement strategic approaches to timing and cost management, you can unlock the full potential of your campaigns and achieve impactful, performance-driven results.

Looking to strategize your next direct mail campaign and select postage options that work best with your goals? Contact us today to connect with an expert.

and Get the Results You’re Looking For

Writing direct mail content may seem fairly simple, but in reality – it takes planning, drafting, and analysis to yield results. If you’re hoping to create concise, creative, and intriguing copy for your next direct mail campaign, follow along as we lead you through the top tips, from knowing your audience to crafting appealing incentives.

Know Your Recipient

Before even beginning to craft a direct mail piece, it’s pertinent you know who you’re sending to. Not just the list of contacts – but who they REALLY are. Their geographics, demographics, and even their psychographics. Learn about them through surveys, by research into customer trends and data, through your team (especially customer service), and so on. There are many steps you can take to get to know your current and potential audience – but make sure you take one of them before writing. The more you know about who you’re sending to, the better you can cater your content. And, keep in mind that using this understanding to not only cater – but personalize, is key.

Keep it Short & Simple

When it comes to direct mail, you want to keep text as short and simple as possible. These days, viewers have fatigue from constantly being bombarded with promotional content. Not only are they sometimes too tired to look at an ad with minimal text, but they’re also surely too tired to read large blocks of content. Keep your piece at a maximum of 3-4 sentences, with 20-25 words per sentence (if possible). Show the reader (that you know and care for according to step one, above) respect their time. Make it easy with bullet points, text hierarchy, and so on to help guide the viewer along a path.

Be direct and avoid the fluff. Direct sentences not only show respect for the viewer’s time, but establish more trust and in turn, authority, as you’re not being wishy washy or trying to confuse the recipient. Additionally, only be repetitive in your text if it’s meaningful and helpful to the overall message.

Lastly, and this one’s important – only include what’s necessary. If more information must be provided, lead the recipient to a QR code or a URL with additional content.

Write Intriguing Headers & Sub-Headers

Even if the recipient doesn’t care about your direct mail – they’re still going to (very likely) read the headline. So, make sure it’s an intriguing one, as it could make or break your piece. And make sure it’s legible and appealing, and that it tells your recipient exactly what they should expect from your mailer.

Include a Clear Call to Action

The call to action is what you want the recipient to do, and it should be obvious. This is just as important, if not more important, than the header of your piece, and many of the same rules apply to writing it. It’s important to not only make sure it’s intriguing, legible, appealing, and concise, but to include it on both sides of the mailer (if possible). You should also try to create FOMO (the fear of missing out) through a sense of urgency or scarcity. For example: “Only 20 spaces left” or “Expires in 30 days!”.

With that said, keep in mind that you should only have one call to action on your piece to not confuse the reader and make sure they know just what action you want them to take.

Incentivize

Although not always needed, incentives can be very effective when it comes to direct mail. Including a discount or exclusive opportunity can entice the reader to act, or at least finish reading the copy or flip the mailer over.

Incentives can contribute to something we touched on above, FOMO, by making the recipient feel that the mailer is exclusive and that they’ll miss out if they don’t take the next step or keep the piece handy. Like the call to action, it’s best to include the incentive on both sides.

One additional benefit to incentives? They’re great for tracking. For instance, if someone uses a discount code or coupon, you can easily tell if the campaign effectively caught their attention.

Show Proof

Including a review or testimonial on your mail piece can often increase credibility and show you have loyal, happy customers.

If you’d like to take an even easier route, simply including a recognizable, associated logo or a star rating can show your expertise and credibility and can quickly build trust.

Proofread

Even if you have amazing, well-crafted, direct content and beautiful design – if there’s even just one or two errors on your mail piece, your credibility goes down immediately.

With that said, make sure you have at least a few proofreading eyes on your piece (or even utilize a tool like Chat GPT) before sending it out.

Think Through the Format

It’s important that the right copy be in and on the right format – whether that’s a classic postcard, package, newsletter, flyer, brochure, dimensional mailer, or something else. But keep in mind – just because your mailer is bigger, doesn’t mean you should fill it all up with more even copy. Like we said before, short, sweet, and to the point is best.

Design with Purpose

We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you that design is just as important as the copy when it comes to direct mail. Be sure to think through branding, colors, textures, graphics, images, and so on to make the best impression and appeal to your audience.

With that in mind, are you to send carefully crafted, effective direct mail pieces that include concise copy and enticing CTA? We’d be happy to help you set up and execute your next performance-driven campaign. Reach out to the experts at Strata.

In a world dominated by digital interactions, a variety of businesses (especially grocers and retailers) are rediscovering the enduring impact of direct mail on customer engagement. Furthermore, businesses are catching wind that direct mail is where tradition meets innovation for loyalty campaigns. In this blog, we’ll delve into the strategic use of direct mail as a powerful tool for crafting and enhancing loyalty program marketing campaigns, and we’ll also be examining how its unique attributes can cater specifically to the needs of those in the grocery and retail sector. From creating tangible and personalized connections to celebrating customer milestones, we detail the diverse ways in which direct mail can shape a memorable and targeted loyalty campaign experience.

Benefits of Direct Mail for Loyalty Campaigns

Tangible and Personalized

Generally, direct mail can establish a tangible and personalized connection with each customer due to its physicality, elevating the overall customer experience and enhancing memorability. Unlike digital interactions, receiving and opening mail adds a sensory dimension to the engagement, making it more immersive. This tactile experience, coupled with personalized content tailored to individual preferences and purchase history, can foster a deeper connection and strengthen the emotional bond between customers and loyalty programs.

Highly Targeted

Direct mail enables precise targeting by leveraging customer purchase history, preferences, and demographics. This capability enhances the relevance of loyalty program messaging, ensuring that the content resonates with each individual recipient. By tailoring campaigns to specific characteristics and behaviors, companies can deliver personalized and meaningful communications, increasing the likelihood of customer engagement. The precision of direct mail targeting not only introduces the loyalty program effectively but also ensures that the message reaches the right audience with maximum impact.

Engaging

As touched on above, the targeted and tangible nature of direct mail prompts customers to actively engage with campaign messaging, and – even better, redeem their loyalty points. The physical presence of loyalty program materials can enhance the customer’s inclination to participate, and this active engagement, stimulated by the personalized and tactile aspects of direct mail, can contribute significantly to the success of your loyalty initiative.

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Common Strategies of Direct Mail for Loyalty Campaigns

Updates, Reminders, & Thank-Yous

Direct mail keeps customers engaged in loyalty programs through timely updates, personalized thank-you notes, and strategic reminders. It also provides customers with information about their loyalty points, program changes, and new features, ensuring they’re consistently informed and engaged.

Personalized thank-you notes sent via direct mail can create a memorable and emotionally resonant experience that strengthens the customer’s connection with the company and its loyalty program. Additionally, businesses can send timely reminders about upcoming expiration dates of loyalty points, encouraging customers to seize the opportunity to redeem their rewards before they expire.

Milestone & Exclusivity Incentives

Direct mail can reinforce customer loyalty through thoughtful celebrations and exclusive privileges. By celebrating customer milestones, such as reaching specific point thresholds, celebrating birthdays, or even acknowledging anniversaries of first purchases, businesses can add a personal touch. These are often accompanied by extra incentives to further encourage ongoing loyalty, such as a free gift or discount.

Direct mail’s also an ideal platform for announcing exclusive sales and events, offering customers early access and special privileges linked to their loyalty status. This not only fosters a sense of VIP treatment but also actively encourages customer participation.

Direct Mail for Loyalty Campaigns, In Action

Executing a successful loyalty campaign that includes direct mail involves implementing key strategies to enhance customer engagement and overall effectiveness. So, what’s the process here at Strata? Below you’ll find what we consider most important:

Personalized Content

Incorporating personalized content and utilizing customer data – such as addressing customers by name and tailoring messages based on their purchase history, preferences, and loyalty status.

Marketing Mix Integration

Integrating direct mail into the overall marketing mix for your loyalty campaign is often crucial for success. Most of the time, coordinating direct mail with digital and other marketing channels amplifies the impact.

Testing and Optimization

Implementing a testing and optimization strategy for any direct mail campaign helps companies refine their approach over time. A/B testing different elements, such as messaging, design, and incentives, can allow for identification of the most effective strategies for engaging customers and driving loyalty.

Before following the strategies and practices above, companies should understand the audience they’re targeting, what their goals are for their rewards and loyalty program(s), and what they want out of their customer loyalty marketing campaigns. With that said, it’s very likely the campaigns will benefit from personalized content, streamlined workflows, and integrated direct mail. With the use direct mail, grocers and retailers alike can create a targeted and memorable experience for their loyal customers. Contact Strata today to explore how our expertise can help take your loyalty or rewards program(s) to the next level.

and How and When You Should Use Them

There are many types of mailers, and one format among them that’s been hitting our mailboxes for decades is the “self-mailer”. It’s tried and true for many reasons – primarily because it’s sans-envelope, but we’ll get more into that later. Read on to better understand what the self-mailer is as well as when (and why) it’s used.

The term “self-mailer” refers to any promotional mail piece that doesn’t require an envelope for delivery. These versatile marketing materials come in various formats, ranging from postcards to folded brochures, accommodating a diverse range of promotional content. The simplicity and convenience of self-mailers make them a popular choice for businesses aiming to effectively engage their audience. Whether it’s a postcard, bifold, trifold, brochure, catalog, booklet, or any other creative format, the self-mailer allows for direct communication with recipients without the need for additional packaging. This accessibility makes the self-mailer a cost-effective and efficient option for spreading information, capturing attention, and conveying messages to the target audience(s).

The self-mailer offers practical advantages that often makes it a sensible choice for marketing endeavors. Here are a few:

Impactful

Possibly the most notable key benefit? Its immediate impact! Without the confines of an envelope, the self-mailer catches the eye right away, instantly delivering your message right out of the mailbox and increasing the likelihood of recipient engagement. Plus, the straightforward visibility of product offers adds to its effectiveness.

Cost-Effective

Creatively, self-mailers provide flexibility without unnecessary costs. Businesses can experiment with different formats and designs, ensuring a visually appealing presentation without straining budget. Their cost-effectiveness (especially postcards that mail at a reduced rate of $0.39 per piece) make them an economical option for businesses looking to optimize outreach without breaking the bank.

Automation-Friendly & Practical

The suitability of self-mailers for event-triggered and automated campaigns can simplify the marketing process and fit well into the customer journey. The incorporation of variable printing can allow for a personalized touch without added complexity. Lastly, self-mailers are especially practical for larger campaigns, as they eliminate the extra step of envelope insertion, streamlining the mailing process.

Choosing when to use or avoid self-mailers depends on various factors. As touched on above, self-mailers are an ideal choice when cost-effectiveness is a priority, as they’re cheaper than multiple pieces and envelopes. Their eye-catching nature makes them stand out, especially when they include interesting colors, unique designs, intriguing folds, great photography, and are made up of quality and/or unique paper. A well-crafted self-mailer with a compelling call-to-action (CTA) effectively encourages recipients to hang up the piece or remember it for later.  Lastly, you may want to consider using a varnish coating on the self-mailer to protect it from the rigors of USPS handling.

However, it’s important to exercise caution if your mailer includes private or proprietary information. Including this type of content on a very visible piece may lessen customer trust and credibility, as self-mailers are often perceived as more promotional and less personal. For established customers who prefer more personalized outreach, or pieces that include private customer information, the use of an envelope might be more appropriate.

Additionally, offices and facilities sometimes screen self-mailers and assume they’re merely sales pitches, so enveloped mail is more often the better choice when sending to those settings.

For a more in-depth look at the difference between postcards and letters, read our blog comparing the two.

Generally, the self-mailer is a cost-effective and attention-grabbing tool, and its versatility makes for an excellent addition to many marketing campaigns. Looking for help creating your next self-mailer, or hoping to bring in more direct mail ROI? Contact our team today.

A Look Into How Physical Assets Can Support this Digital Space

In an era dominated by the digital age, it’s tempting to cast aside marketing strategies that predate this revolution. However, as we notice a constant influx of digital marketing tactics bombarding consumers, it raises the question: do tangible assets still capture the most attention? Our belief is a resounding yes, especially when considering the distinct advantages, they now offer in this digital age.

Personalization in Direct Mail:

In today’s digital landscape, personalization is key for email and SMS strategies, but it’s often overlooked in direct mail. However, we have the technology to mass-produce personalized direct mail, including names, addresses, and tailored content. Why does this matter? In a digital age, personalized direct mail stands out, especially since there’s been a decline in traditional mail volume, resulting in less mailbox clutter. This presents a unique opportunity to make a significant impact in an uncrowded market. Personalized direct mail enhances customer satisfaction, encouraging recipients to engage with the content and respond to the call to action.

Personalization for Abandoned Carts:

Personalization is a powerful tool when it comes to re-engaging consumers with their abandoned shopping carts. It demonstrates your thoughtful consideration of their needs and fosters a stronger connection between your company and the customer, motivating them to take action.

Moreover, pinpointing the specific reasons behind cart abandonment empowers you to address these concerns directly and strategize for the future. Common issues include pricing, lack of information, and confusing UX/UI. Once you’ve identified these concerns, you can tailor your approach accordingly.

In our experience, the majority of abandoned carts are due to price concerns. One effective method for cart recovery is strategic incentivization, such as offering discounts or free shipping to ease the purchase burden. To reignite overall customer interest, emphasizing the benefits of your products is key. Remind customers why they were initially drawn to your offerings and how they can enhance their lives, providing the motivation to complete their purchase.

However, it’s important to tread carefully with personalization. Some recipients may find overly detailed personalization intrusive. Avoid including information that may seem too personal, especially in the context of showing up at their doorstep, as not everyone is well-versed in data and tracking practices. 

Effective Direct Mail Strategies for Abandoned Carts:

When it comes to effective direct mail strategies for addressing abandoned carts, retargeting technology stands out as a top contender. Research suggests that it often takes approximately eight touchpoints with a consumer before securing a sale. Custom retargeting technology, such as dynamic QR codes, plays a pivotal role in streamlining this process. These codes bring customers back into the digital realm, allowing you to track their interactions through direct mail and make informed decisions on your next steps.

Timeliness is a crucial factor in implementing direct mail strategies for abandoned carts. It’s essential not to let too much time elapse; the most opportune moment to re-engage is in close proximity to when the cart was initially abandoned.

In crafting your direct mail content, focus on creating engaging copy and compelling calls to action (CTAs). Using concise yet enticing language helps convey your message effectively and seamlessly tie it into your ask. After all, the primary goal of sending this mail is to reconnect the individual with the product at hand.

Lastly, remember the importance of adaptability and customization in these strategies, as their effectiveness may vary depending on the industry and product characteristics.

Combining personalized direct mail with digital marketing can be tricky, but surely it is a winning strategy. If you’re ready to enhance your marketing strategy, contact us today for expert consulting in direct mail marketing and optimization. Let’s drive results together!


A Strata YouTube Original Series

In today’s marketing world, if you’re not using variable printing on your print marketing materials, you may be falling behind. Why? Variable printing can completely transform your marketing campaigns and increase their effectiveness. With even the simple addition of a name to your direct mail, response rates can increase by 135%, and purchases can increase by 62%[CP1] !

If you’re new to variable printing, want to know more about it, or even if you’re somewhat experienced in it, it may be a good idea to follow along as our Data Graphic Specialist, Bryan Mathes, answers several frequently asked variable printing questions. We’ve written out some of his interview answers below, and the full interview can be found here.


Q: What is variable printing?

A: Variable Data Printing is printing that uses data to create personalized or unique print and mail pieces. Some common examples of variable data are things like names, addresses, monetary amounts, images, QR Codes, and other kinds of data that could be made specific to a person or product.

Q: Why is variable printing so important in today’s marketing world?

A: People really like to feel seen, heard, and special. They don’t want to feel like just another face in the crowd or one more number that may or may not make a purchase. Personalized print and mail pieces have much greater impact on the recipient than generic ones.

Q: What are the main benefits of variable printing?

A: Most obviously, variable printing gives you personalization down to the recipient level. Every printed piece can be totally different from the next one depending on your variables and what they control.

As we said above, Bryan answers these questions in more depth throughout the full interview, and he also covers the following the questions:

  • When should I use variable printing versus regular/generalized print practices?
  • What do I need to get started with variable printing?
  • What are the most common variables used/changed in variable printing?
  • How much, on average, does variable printing improve response rates?
  • Are special/specific printers needed for variable printing?
  • What is important to keep in mind when creating variable data files?
  • What are some signs of a good variable printing partner?

View the full interview by clicking the image below. And, feel free to explore our blog and YouTube channel for more information and printing tips!

If you’d like to connect with our experts or have additional questions, contact us today! Our team would be happy to help you make smart happen.

A Strata YouTube Original Series

In a highly digital world, direct mail remains a powerful way to connect with your audience. In fact, print is a great way to keep your customers connected by breaking up your digital campaigns with the physical! In Strata’s latest YouTube video, we sit down with Rob Krischker, one of Strata’s Strategic Sales Representatives, as he answers several frequently asked questions surrounding direct mail marketing and talks through how it can enhance your future marketing campaigns. See below for a snippet of the full YouTube video

Does direct mail still work?

The short answer is…yes, of course it does! The biggest reason is because it always has and still delivers a measurable return on investment.

When is the best time to send direct mail?

Some things to consider are your goals, busy seasons (for you, your competitors, and others sending mail), and any time sensitivity surrounding your mail.

How do I decide on a direct mail size & fold?

This also heavily depends on your goals. But, at the very least, I’d recommend a size, fold, and dimension that stands out from a #10 envelope (which is the size and format of most of your mail).

In the full interview, Rob answers the questions above in more depth, and covers the following questions:

  • Who should I be sending my direct mail to?
  • What’s the difference between direct mail and junk mail?
  • What’s a key part of direct mail that’s becoming more important each year?
  • Why would I choose direct mail over just email, digital ads, or other digital tools, and what’s the value of including direct mail in my multiple touch points?

You can view the full interview by clicking the image below. Also, feel free to explore our blog for other direct mail tips and stats!

If you’ve got any additional questions or want to connect with our experts, contact us today and we’ll help you make smart happen.

How to Understand & Improve Your Print Mail Campaigns

We’ve said it before – direct mail is a powerful tool. Whether you’re trying to connect with Gen Z or Baby Boomers, almost anyone and everyone can be persuaded by its effectiveness, if well-executed. So, how do you determine if your direct mail campaign is working? Let’s discuss some measurements of direct mail success…

Response Rate

Direct mail response rate is, simply stated, the percentage of people who respond to physical mail pieces (which could be postcards, letters, flyers, dimensional mail, and so on). Responses could come from things like website visits through QR codes or URLs, business reply cards (BRCs), or even coupon code uses and coupon scans. Response rate can help determine which part(s) of your direct mail marketing campaign are working, and what areas need improvement.

To calculate the direct mail’s response rate, use the formula:

Response Rate = (Responses / Mail Pieces) x 100

Let’s look at an example of equating response rate. Let’s say you send out 1,000 pieces of mail advertising the grand opening of your new grocery store, and you receive 30 responses. You’d determine your response rate using the following formula:

(30 responses / 1000 pieces of mail) x 100 = 3%

Keep in mind, the average response rate of direct mail falls between 2.7% and 4.4%, so don’t be deterred by seemingly “low” numbers. To best ensure you’ll be able to calculate and understand response rates, make sure each direct mail piece has a clear call-to-action (CTA). Whether that’s a special offer, coupon, or link to a landing page, it’s important to include identifiable URLs that you can easily track – like UTMs, PURLs, or specified QR codes. Or, make sure they can easily respond via a business reply card. This ensures that, even if the recipient doesn’t take full action, you’re aware of whether they made action at all, if you sparked their interest, and if you’ll possibly remain on their radar.

The call to action (CTA) is the driving force behind a successful landing page. It propels users to act, with phrasing such as “don’t miss out”, “learn more”, “click here”, and so on. Landing pages should be designed with a single, concise call to action. Too many calls to action can create confusion, so again – stick to just one powerful, action-oriented verb that leaves no room for ambiguity. What you want the user to do should be simple and clear.

Return on Investment (ROI)

To calculate the direct mail’s return on investment, use the formula:

ROI = (Net Income / Expense) x 100

Let’s say, for example, you spend $5,000 on postcards. You find that the mailing brings in $15,000 in revenue. If you subtract the initial cost of $5,000 from the revenue of $15,000, you’ve made $10,000 in revenue. To calculate ROI in this instance, the equation would be:

($10,000 / $5,000) x 100 = 200%

So, you’d have an ROI of 200%!

And, if you’re looking to get some help calculating ROI, you can plug the above information into USPS’s ROI Calculator.

Conversion Rate

With the inclusion of CTAs in your direct mail pieces, you’ll be able to track conversion rate. Conversions are often purchases – but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, conversions are things like rewards program signups, app downloads, or referral requests. Either way, to determine your conversion rate, look at the number of people who responded to your mail in comparison to those who became customers (or signed up/downloaded the app/requested a referral).

To calculate the direct mail’s conversion rate, use the formula:

Conversion Rate = (Conversions / Responses) x 100

For example, let’s say 30 people responded to your postcard, and out of those 30, 6 people downloaded your company’s mobile app (the conversion in this case).

(6 downloads / 30 responses) x 100 = 20%

Your conversion rate comes to 20%. Plus, you now know which customers to continue to build relationships with and can (likely) turn them into returning customers.

Monetary Return

To determine the monetary return of each of your touchpoints, you’ll need the following information: sale price, number of mailings, response rate, and conversion rate. As noted above, response rate measures the number of recipients who responded to the direct mail piece, while conversion rate takes the percentage of people who converted.

Ways to Increase Campaign Effectiveness

Now that you can calculate your direct mail’s success, how do you increase it? We have a few recommendations to ensure you’re creating and sending ROI rich direct mail.

Tracking & Attribution

Understanding the health of your direct mail campaigns is easier with first-person information. As stated above, when designing your mail pieces, be sure to include QR codes, PURLs, a phone number, or another easy-to-follow CTA. Not only are you establishing trust between the recipient and your brand (by giving them the power to respond on their accord), you’ll also be able to track which recipients (and how many) are responding.

Design Compelling Pieces

It’s no secret that people love good design. It’s important to keep that in mind when crafting your direct mail. Keep your messaging short, sweet, and to the point, while creating a sense of urgency – don’t overflow the piece with too much content. If a piece would look and possibly perform better on a postcard than in a letter format, think through various shapes, sizes, and textures. Most importantly, use market research or previous data (if you have it) to understand and use what your customers best respond to.

Know Your Audience

Understanding the geographics, demographics, as well as psychographic behaviors of your target demographic is imperative to the details of your campaigns. The more information you have on your customers, the better you can reach and speak to them.

For example, let’s again say you’re conducting a grocery store grand-opening campaign. You’re aware your new neighbors are primarily millennials. So, you send postcards announcing the grand opening and include a redeemable coupon (that can be used online via QR code or in-store via postcard scan). Additionally, you include photography that best matches the demographic background of your target recipients. You’ve provided these highly tech-savvy millennials with two ways to access the deal, while still encouraging them, and those less inclined to visit online, to come into the store.

Looking Ahead…

Direct mail continues to provide valuable customer and marketing insights and can be a key player in your multi- and omnichannel campaigns. Even as the digital landscape continues to evolve, heavily due to privacy policies and laws, mail proves to be an effective outlier. And, it’s even more successful if it’s done well. If you’re looking to get started with direct mail, want to discuss the measurements above, or just want to talk more about marketing campaign options and tactics, connect with Strata’s experts today.

A Strata YouTube Channel Original

In our last few blogs (and their corresponding YouTube videos) we’ve gone over the basics of new mover marketing, how to choose the right partner, and some steps to get started. Now, it’s time to take a deeper dive into how you can specifically utilize new mover marketing in the grocery industry and what channels and workflows work best.

A Quick Review of New Mover Marketing

To give you a brief refresher, new mover marketing is a specific, niche marketing tactic that’s designed to reach new residents in your area. It’s one of the most effective ways to bring in new customers that have just recently entered your specific target market. When it comes to new movers, they’re nobody’s customer, yet – so it’s an effective tactic to make a good first impression at the same time they’re looking for your product or service.

What do New Residents Really Want?

To answer the question, new residents are looking for “reliables”. These are goods and/or services that new movers can depend on daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly. Since they’re new to the area, they’re usually unsure where to start. When it comes to grocery stores, sometimes there can be almost too many options for consumers to choose from. Because of this, you, as a grocery store, are in constant competition with other stores near you. That’s why it’s so important for your grocery store to be the first to reach out and make the consumer aware of your store – before competitors – and show them you’re close by. With immediate outreach, they’ll see you care, are convenient, and have quality goods.

The Best New Mover Channels for Grocers

We’ve deemed ourselves experts in new mover marketing all around – and we’re very practiced in some of the best channels and workflows for grocers (specifically) to reach new movers. One of the best channels you can take advantage of is direct mail. We know direct mail to be vital to the success of new mover campaigns, especially those of grocery stores. When mail is executed correctly, with personalization and attribution tactics, it can cut through all the digital noise and stand out in the mailbox. As we’ve mentioned in past blogs and videos, the average response rate for direct mail can be up to 50% more effective than those of email blasts, so it’s definitely worth your time and money!

Like we hinted at above, not all direct mail is created equal, so we suggest that those in the grocer industry send a “welcome handshake”. This is either a 6×9 or 6×10 postcard or bifold that allows your store to be introduced and represented in the best way possible. Again, the key to a good direct mail campaign is making sure it’s personable and actionable. With personalization and calls-to-action, you can welcome new movers to the neighborhood by first name and provide a personalized offer, which they can access by QR code or PURL. Another option? Provide a personalized coupon that they can redeem in-store, upon their first visit. If you want to go a step further in terms of personalization, include a map that shows the location of your store relative to their new residence. Generally, you want to make it as easy and enticing as possible for new movers to choose and visit your store.

What’s Next?

With this quick read, you now have a look into one of the top grocery industry channels to utilize for your next new mover campaign. But – it doesn’t stop there! We still have more suggestions when it comes to the best channels and workflows for grocery establishments like yours. Head over to our YouTube channel, where you’ll hear these suggestions from Connor, a member of Strata’s Strategic Sales Team. Or, if you’re ready to take these new mover marketing steps with Strata, contact us today.