Direct Mail Basics


The Truth…It’s Out There

web3D_offcesups 01/27/2009

Five versions of the truth. Same incident, same day, same time. Five headlines, five different realities. Does this apply to direct marketing? Yes! Think about your outer envelope or subject line carefully. Are you…

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Eco- Friendly Tips for Mailers

web3D_offcesups 01/21/2009

There are many ways to “green” your mail efforts. Check out these tips adapted from the United States Postal Service website and visit more information. Limit duplication and waste by updating and improving…

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Why Your organization Needs a Broad Donor Base – Take 2

web3D_offcesups 12/16/2008

And now…Taglit-Birthright Israel. One of our favorite organizations. Thanks to Haaretz for this story. Birthright Israel, the popular initiative offering young Jews free trips to Israel, may be unable to pay for thousands of such…

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Direct Mail “Quotes”

web3D_offcesups 11/25/2008

Two great quotes from Denny Hatches Business Common Sense newsletter: “It is important to remember that in direct mail, the word is king. Copy is the architect of the sale. Design and art are…

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Back To Basics – The Merge/Purge Process

web3D_offcesups 09/17/2008

Data processing and specifically the merge/purge process remains a mystery even to many long-time direct marketers. Here’s the skinny: You need this service and it is the most cost-effective part of the direct mail…

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Back to Basics – Package Design

web3D_offcesups 09/11/2008

Don’t let BPD – Bad Package Design – ruin your mailing. When the writing is done you are going to need an outstanding graphic artist with direct mail and print experience. They can bring…

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Back To Basics – Writing

web3D_offcesups 09/07/2008

If there is one element in the direct marketing fundraising process that is worth spending extra time and money on, it is writing. Ironically, this is not only the most important element of your…

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Choosing A List Broker

web3D_offcesups 08/19/2008

Some quick tips on what to look for in a list broker: Experience: Do they have it? Do they have it in your market segment? Knowledge: Experience isn’t the whole package. Do they really…

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Copywiritng for Direct Mail Letters

web3D_offcesups 08/12/2008

The direct mail letter is geared to a highly specific audience and serves a very specific task. In a direct mail letter you need to tell a story about your organization and let the…

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Renting Your List Out

web3D_offcesups 08/07/2008

It’s always nice to make money. And making money is the point of renting out your list. While list rental revenue will never make you rich or provide financial security to your organization, it…

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