When I say postcard, maybe you think of the old fashioned, jagged edged dull pieces of card stock. Think again! Today’s postcards are vibrant, high-impact creations with clip art so real that it’ll jump off the page at you. And the best thing about them…
1. They’re Short and Personal
Let’s face it, people just don’t have time to sort through a lot of advertisements and junk mail. If the truth be known, they immediately identify ads and pitch them into the trash without ever slitting the envelope (there is a technique around this though which we will discuss in another post).
Postcards get read! It’s already open, and the message is “in your face” without exerting any effort to absorb it. Even if the reader isn’t trying to read it, he’ll get the impact of the short message before he tosses it.
Personal messages have a greater appeal than mass mailings. Postcards keep the old time charm of a personal greeting while implement new high tech marketing strategies… a combination for success.
2. They’re Easy And Cost Effective
Hey even the postage for a postcard is cheaper! Go to your printer and have them print you up several thousand for 7 or 8 cents apiece. Not too bad! For about 30 cents you have a cutting edge, high impact marketing tool ready to be put to use.
You don’t even have to bother with putting them in the mail. Many print warehouses will take care of it for you. Hey, what could be easier?
3. They Keep Your Marketing Strategy Hidden From Competitors
Do you get tired of spending countless hours agonizing over new marketing strategies, only the have your competitors jump right in and ape your campaign? Yeah, it’s pretty frustrating, but hard to do anything about. Everything you do is right in front of them shouting “Copy Me.”
Postcards are private interactions with the individuals who read them. It’s a one-on-one campaign that lets you keep the results quiet from prying eyes. Heck, they won’t even know what you’re doing, much less how to copy it. When you market online your competitors can easily determine what your ads are and which ones are working by using a service like www.keywordspy.com or www.ispionage.com.
4. Most of Your Competitors Aren’t Mailing to Customers
Do you remember when you used to go to the mailbox and see tons and tons of advertisements in the mail. Not anymore. Advertising and marketing now a days is almost all digital. And, the digital marketing field is becoming more and more crowded. This leaves less and less competition in direct mail. This fact makes your mailing more unique to the customer and limits the number of competing messages that customers will see.
5. Post Cards Can Drive Web Traffic
There’s another sneak tactic that I haven’t mentioned yet… using postcards to direct traffic to your Website. That’s right! Most of us think we need to use Internet marketing tools to drive up our Internet sales. NOT SO! That’s what everyone else is doing, but think about it. A postcard with your slogan and visible information that directs the reader to your Website… yeah, let’s hope the competition doesn’t catch on for quite a while!
There’s not another marketing campaign that can guarantee 100 percent readership! It just makes sense that when more people read your ad, it will be more effective. Use postcards to market and count on a high response rate!