Direct Mail for Cruise Ship Lines

Cruise Ship Lines must fill up their ships and they often do discounting in order to fill every room on large cruises. It makes sense for both travel agents and cruise lines to find inexpensive ways to advertise and market their discount and luxury cruises in order to insure that they achieve 100 occupancy for the cruise; easier said than done.

However, cruise lines know that if they get a couple on a cruise and they enjoy themselves then they are more apt to sign up for a bigger cruise in the future. Therefore they know they must get them on that first cruise and that means they must advertise.

One of the best ways for cruise ship lines to market is to co-sponsor and co-pay with their certified travel agents using direct mail marketing in the direct mail marketing coupon packages. These direct-mail marketing packages should be sent to all households within a 15-mile radius of the travel agent. The cruise ship line should take up half the costs for the mailings.

Direct mail marketing works and the return on investment is quite high. Cruise ship lines and travel agencies should send out direct-mail marketing packages every three months, especially to those ZIP codes containing high net worth individuals. Perhaps you will consider this in 2006.

Acupuncture Marketing – What’s the Best Way to Get More Patients?

Dear Forward-Thinking Acupuncturist, what’s better than a college degree in marketing? A life degree in relationship marketing.

The reason I say relationship is because most people look at marketing as creating some sort of brand that makes people somehow want to buy your product or in this case your Acupuncture and TCM service. Branding does work but only if you’ve got deep pockets and can spend A LOT of money upfront without seeing an immediate result.

The secret weapon acupuncturists like you can use is a direct-response marketing approach in your healing business. One very important thing to remember is that when you market your services whether it’s on your website or offline, you can’t make everything about you.

It is ALWAYS about what you can do for them. You see, in the prospects eyes you being in business for 20 years really doesn’t mean anything emotionally. Now, they might say “Wow, that’s impressive” and then click the back button on the internet browser and start looking for another clinic that tells them what THEY, the prospect, will get.

People buy based on emotion. And when you inject emotional direct response marketing into your business you’ll start to notice how many more prospects actually convert into paying patients. Your acupuncture marketing should be based, like in life, on emotion. You can’t expect someone to chose you because you’ve been around for “X” amount of years.

But if you become their friend and develop a relationship, you’ll not just have a patient “getting some acupuncture” but a life-long client who ONLY wants to work with you. Not because you’re flashy but because you’re sincere and honest.

That’s how you want to run your marketing.

Stay at Home Moms – Make Money With Postcard Marketing

With the surge of everyone wanting to start a home based business, stay at home moms now have the opportunity to make some serious money working form home. Being a stay at home mom I know that time can be a restraint, so you will need to start a simple, profitable business that doesn’t require a lot of your time. There is no easier way to make money from home than with postcard marketing.

The reason I recommend stay at home moms start a postcard marketing business from home is because it only requires an hour or two of work each day to be successful. This hour or two of work per day consists of placing address labels and stamps to the back of your postcards so that they can be mailed out to a list of targeted prospects.

The key for success with postcard marketing is to find a hot product with a large and hungry buying crowd. Once you have the product and buyers, you should focus on finding a reputable list broker. A list broker will assist you in finding the right mailing list of potential buyers for the product or service you are marketing and trying to sell. Your mailing list is vital to your success and if you screw this part of the plan up, your success will be limited.

Once you’ve chosen your product and found a good list broker, you now need to design a high converting postcard. Your postcards should be written in a way that gets people to take action. You can have people call a hotline phone number or you can have them go directly to your website where you’re selling your product. Either option will work, but your postcard must get them to take action.

As a stay at home mom if you can put all of the elements listed in this article together you can build yourself a very profitable home business utilizing direct mail techniques for postcard marketing.