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.

Measuring the Results of Your Direct Mail Campaign

You have found a knowledgeable, experienced list broker. With their help you have selected optimal direct mailing list based on your ideal target audience. You have decided on the perfect design for you mail piece and you’re now ready to go. But wait, how are you going to track your direct mail

It’s always been thought that measuring the response rate of a direct mail campaign was close to impossible. With telemarketing you get an almost immediate response, with the prospect on the other end of the line. With email marketing, you receive detailed reports measuring open rates and click through rates. However with direct mail you don’t always know if your mail piece was successful in pointing prospective clients in your direction. Your direct mail campaign needs a definitive Call to Action to help measure the success of your next Direct Mail campaign.

Here are a few Call to Actions that can help measure your success:

Personalized Promo Codes

Make sure each mail piece is printed with a personalized promotional code or unique offer identifiers. The codes should be personalized to specifically targeted groups of recipients, such as those living within a radius of each location or targeted recipients based on gender or age. If your campaign promotes a product that the customer needs to purchase in-store, the customer presents their personalized code at the point of purchase. If you campaign allows customers to phone in to learn more, make sure they quote their unique promotional code. This allows you to know who walked in or called in and when. It can also provide information on if they bought, what they purchased and at which location it was purchased.

This gives you valuable insight into whether the campaign was influential in contributing to interest in your product/service, as well as which of your locations is most receptive to a direct mail campaign.

Unique Landing Pages

Another way to measure results is to use your mail piece to bring your prospects to a landing page, and then offer something on the landing page that gets him or her to provide their email address or other contact information to download or retrieve it. This gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to measuring your results: A quick and easy-to-set-up way to bring the user to your website, stats on the number of people who visit, and detailed contact information for leads you can go out and convert.

Provide a personalized URL

As with promo code, PURLS (personalized URL) can be as specific or broad as needed, depending on how defined you want your results to be. You can do this one of two ways:

You can create a specific PURL for a landing page for each campaign, so prospective clients who want to get more information or make a purchase come to the landing page and are prompted to your call to action.

If you’re personalizing your direct mail campaign and you have to print pieces with variable fields anyway, you might as well create an individual PURL for each client. It can be as simple as generating PURLs ending in unique codes that relate to the marketing database, but that will not only give you the numbers that respond but will tell you who the prospects that viewed your website were.

Use QR codes

Using QR (quick response) codes in your direct marketing, provides an immediate connection to the online and offline aspects your marketing campaign. For mobile users, these provide an instant method of getting prospects to your website, as opposed to either asking them to visit your site and select a particular page, or type in an extended (or complicated) URL. The user scans the code with a smart phone and is taken immediately to the page in question. Once again, you can either have everyone come to the same landing page and simply count page impressions, or you can create personalized landing pages.

Don’t forget to Test

This is one of the most important tips. As mailing lists tend to be large, try sending your mail piece out to a small test group first. With the proper call to actions in place, it will allow you to determine how well your promotion will perform. Doing a trial run will allow you the opportunity to refine your direct mail campaign saving you time, money, and hassle!

As technology is constantly changing, so should your marketing efforts. Lead generation and data collecting are valuable marketing tools. Why not integrate them with the tried and true technique of direct mail. Make your direct mail campaigns into data collecting machines. It will allow you to measure the effectiveness of your direct mail campaign, but also give you some insight into your prospects.

Email Marketing Vs Direct Marketing: Which Is Best?

Hmm… this question is important, but it looks like another one: radio or TV advertising, which is best?

The question would be: how to make email work?; and, how to make direct marketing effective? Smart business would divide their budget and use both approaches to target their audience and grow their customers’ database.

What about you? Do not think you should at least try both methods and come up with your own conclusion instead of merely reading one or more articles and reaching a conclusion they have formed maybe through other readings instead of personal, extensive testing and statistics?

Do not you think that marketing is all about tracking, testing and measuring your advertising in order to be able to turn a profit?

Way too many businesses are running their venture blindfolded, advertising here and there, not knowing with 100% accuracy where their customers are coming from, so they could advertise more often in that particular area, or using that specific channel. What a waste of time, money and effort!

With email marketing and direct marketing, you want to be sensitive, and granular. Get into the nitty-gritty, strategic marketing. It is not time for playing aside particularly in today’s Economy when crisis is driving us nuts and people are not tracking their business activities like this is normal.

You are not running a common business, your clients are not common (but special), and your marketing should not be common (but remarkable).

Direct marketing has been used for hundred of years by mail order catalog companies to sell their magazine subscriptions, products and services. It is an old approach, yet, email marketers are still overlooking it, and running their business like email is something new.

It is a new platform, but it is based on the same old direct marketing principles. Brands and companies who are trying to reinvent email and not take into account direct marketing fundamentals are shooting in dark.

Because direct marketing is here to stay for as long as people will buy from other people and companies that they like, know and trust. And the top three main principles one should integrate in their business are:

1. Never email to people you do not know, or do you do not have permission to email. Thus, your email list should be double-optin and CAN-SPAM compliant.

2. Always track your email campaign in terms of open rates, clickthroughs, and sales conversions. Use autoresponders like AWeber and GetResponse and analytics for your site/page.

3. Never mix mailing lists, but segment your email marketing. One list should be made up of prospects. Another list of first-time customers. Another one of hot buyers, consisting of people who bought from you at least twice. And cross-promote to each other, advancing prospects to customers, and customers to hot buyers, and hot buyers into raving fans.