Postcard Marketing Success Tips – Get the True Facts

If you’re a postcard marketer or looking to get started with postcard marketing this article will will either make you mad or scare you away from the postcard marketing industry. I am a successful direct mail marketer and I think it’s about time for all of the BS to come to a stop. I’m so sick of all of the lies and false promises about this form of marketing and all of the guru’s preying on the newbies just to make a quick buck.

First of all postcard marketing success is totally dependent upon your ability to stay consistent. Do not let anyone tell you that you can mail 1,000 this week, then site back and watch the money roll in. It just doesn’t work that way. To be successful you need to mail postcards on a weekly basis no matter what your results are. I’ve said it before; postcard marketing is not a quick sale process. The postcards you mail today, typically won’t yield you any results for two weeks to a month. If you don’t understand this process you will fail miserably within this industry.

Whatever product or service you’re trying to sell with your postcards, make sure that it’s a useful product or service. This is very important because it will immensely impact your sales conversions. If the product is horrible how can you expect people to buy it. I see people screw this up everyday, then they complain that direct mail marketing doesn’t work…bull crap!

I’ve been making money mailing postcards from home for the last two years. Most of the products I market revolve around making money from home. I like to stick with this niche because it has a hungry buying audience and there is never a shortage of mailing lists. This niche has been profitable for me and I encourage all new postcard marketers to start with this niche as well.

Top 5 Strategies For a Successful Direct Response Campaign

Typically, when you are running a direct response (DR) online advertising campaign, you have a very limited time to prove the effectiveness of your advertising strategy and the capability of your network. If the client does not see a clear progression of performance in the right direction, they would terminate the campaign. Clients usually have 24-48 hour out clauses in their insertion order (IO). When running an online display campaign, there are lots of variables at play.  Choosing the right ones could be the difference between a successful campaign and a prematurely terminated campaign with an unhappy client.

Here are the key ingredients to a successful DR campaign:

1.       Content:  Content is very crucial component of any successful campaign. The content decides how long the user is going to be on a site, what would be the location of the ad on the page and how much will the user engage with the ad.

Consider a user on a photo sharing site. Each page on the site will have some ads. The user will most likely be skimming through pages looking at pictures spending barely seconds before moving on to the next page. If such is the case, you can imagine that the user will not even look at the ads. Contrast this with an article that is of editorial nature, a user is more likely to be on this type of page for minutes. An ad on such a page will be in front of the user for a longer time and is more likely to register and invoke a response from him or her.

The more relevant the content to the advertising campaign, the more likely it is that the user will engage with the ad. If you are selling Verizon FiOS service, for example, you are more likely to find the user on cnet.com rather than babycentral.com. Which bring me to the next item on my list namely the audience.  

2.       Audience:  When planning your campaign, it is imperative that you chose to run it in front of the right audience. As simple and as obvious as it may sound, it is often an overlooked feature of a campaign. Very often I come across campaigns that failed because they were running on mismatched audience. You can get sophisticated by employing a third party audience measuring company like Quantcast or Comscore, or you can use common sense while picking which sites to run the campaign on. Like I said above, Verizon FiOS will perform better on CNet than on babycentral. If you can get the right ad in front of the right audience you would have done the trick, unless of course you missed out on recency and frequency aspect of targeting the user.  

3.       Recency and Frequency: While deciding who to show the ad and who not to, a key decision parameter that I always use is how recently the ad was shown to the user in question and how many times has the user already seen the ad. After having run a lot of campaigns, I can tell you that you have a better chance of succeeding if you show an ad to a user who has recently seen the same ad. There is also a limit on the number of times you should show an ad to a user before deciding that the user will not engage in the future. From my experience, this number is between 3 to 5 times per day.  If the user does not engage with your ad after you have shown it to them 3 to 5 times, your chances of succeeding with this user drop significantly as you show more ads to this same user. So once you have shown the ad to as many users as you can what else can you do? You can find other relevant audience using re-targeting.

4.       Re-targeting:  Re-targeting allows you to target users who have been on the advertiser’s site either browsing or looking for more information. If you can identify such users within your network, you can be assured that these users will engage much better than other users. Whenever possible, I utilize re-targeting as a key component while building my campaigns. Performance of this audience is always superior to the others. The only issue is to find enough such users to run your entire campaign in front of them. Once you have applied all the above mentioned four techniques, you can utilize the final technique of standard targeting to fine tune your campaign and make it more efficient. 

5.       Standard Targeting: Sometimes basic targeting can save media dollars for your advertisers which could result in an efficient successful campaign. If you are showing an ad which is relevant to a certain state, there is absolutely no advantage in showing that ad to users who are outside that region. Whenever possible identify if the product is a nationally advertiser or more regional in nature. If it is regional then you should definitely geo-target the campaign to that region only. 

I have often notices that the performance of most of my campaigns usually drop off between 12 AM to 4 AM. These are the times when users are less engages, tired, trying to wrap up their work and go to bed. It is very unlikely that you will get them to engage. If you are selling a business product like FedEx Kinko’s office services, you are better off running that campaign from 7 AM to 7 PM. Also, remember you can target off of user’s time zone rather than yours. I have seen this error being made where campaign managers forget to target to user’s time zone and end up either running the campaign longer during the day or ending it prematurely for users on either side of the coast. This is an important distinction that is often overlooked.

These were, in my opinion, the most crucial components that can lead you to running a successful DR campaign. Again, not all campaigns respond positively with the same degree to all of these components. Some factors are more determinant for one campaign then others. You will have to play around with these to find out which one or ones make the most impact on your campaign. Once you identify which factors make your campaigns work, pour more traffic in those factors and reduce the traffic from others. I also recommend monitoring the campaign’s performance on a weekly basis. Sometimes factors that work initially for a campaign may stop performing as well and other non-performing factors might become dominant performers. If and when this happens you should be able to monitor it and adapt to the change.

What Brands Should Know About Social Media Marketing

Social media websites are an emerging tool in the digital marketer’s arsenal. They can be utilized to build brand loyalty on networking sites which already command a large following of highly-engaged, digitally active consumers. One of the top social networking sites, Facebook, actually receives more traffic on some days than even Google does. However, it is important for a brand’s image in the digital space to create and maintain a reciprocal social media experience if they want to see results from this technique.

Your socially-based marketing strategy needs to provide a benefit to users to keep them engaged. This does not necessarily mean you need to offer tangible items, such as coupons or other complimentary items; instead, the perceived ‘benefit’ for your followers and fans can simply be the chance to “interact” with your brand. Enabling two-way communication between a brand and its supporters can often be the most successful form of marketing within social media.

Engaged social media followers can be difficult for a brand to attract and maintain. Advertisers need to be aware that they cannot simply update their status messages with marketing materials in order to successfully capture their audience; instead, they need to provide an experience outside of the traditional direct response formula.

Offering the target audience an experience unique to your social media strategy is key to overall success. For example, your Twitter account should reply to users’ comments and questions, post links to stories, videos, or websites outside of what would be considered direct response marketing, and re-tweet (or, forward along) posts that you think would be interesting to other followers of yours.

Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace offer unique opportunities for advertisers as well. Both sites provide for a brand to create or sponsor applications, games, and other forms of interaction. These engagement techniques are great examples of social network-based tools that a brand can utilize to market themselves in a less direct, yet highly visible manner.