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I talk with and listen to many colleagues still in the direct mail industry since the 2008-9 downsizing. The downsizing was not good for the smaller mom and pop shops. Most left the industry. Many small firms never changed their business process and planning.

Most of the companies that survived the industry debacle, did change, listening to customers and following similar customer paths. Many of their customers specialized in targeted segments or niche users of direct mail, fortunately embracing their newly connection with data.

On Tuesday, I downloaded an Infographic which was posted on the daily MarketingProf’s email.  It showed the whys and how’s of using direct mail in today’s fast-moving marketing industry.

Do you remember the label placed on direct mail, back in the day, when mail jammed everyone’s mail box? If you guessed junk mail, that is the correct.

Getting back to the Marketing Prof’s Infographic, direct mail is still one of the most trusted, least invasive and most efficient marketing communication channel. In fact, it’s number three, behind print ads and television ads.

Direct Mail? That’s not awesome.

Still, the direct marketing mail business is reporting the volume of mail pieces are still down. Granted, they may never gain the record volumes of direct marketing mail achieved in the early 2000’s, but smart marketers realize direct mail has advantages which are overlooked by others.

For example, they see this great wisdom – as a sign of better planning and direct mail deployment as the norm. A direct marketing mail strategy is used to solve a company’s toughest marketing problems. The word direct, to me and many others, mean direct to the customers mail box.

When you start look at direct mail and marketing, look carefully with an open mind. The underlying reason for this success is a better understanding of what customers want. Customer profiles and better segmentation are good examples to study and potentially have good results.

Direct marketers now have the tools of digital marketing, increasingly more success with data driven marketing. The strategy means direct mailing an optimal amount of mail pieces to reach a company’s toughest prospects, who are the best-qualified, gathers more information and better response. In other words, a mailing which includes good, viable, tested, proven, verified, and qualified prospects.

This idea is worth your direct marketing planning.

If you are a marketing manager today you are under tremendous pressure to generate results. You may have annual quotas, quarterly goals and an increase in competition. Did I forget to mention the tons of disruptive, digital messaging that pop up on our computers and phones?

I hear these challenges all the time from small biz managers and owners. You must mail smart. Eliminate extraneous or questionable prospects from your data base. For example, eliminate people who stopped doing business with you years ago. It means not mailing to customers who generate less profit in a year than you spend to mail to them.

Another shot of reality.

An article in Forbes said their social media metrics data reminds everyone that the social space has a lot of noise. We are living in a disruptive world. Technology is everywhere providing a slew of options and yes, even opportunities.

How much are you willing to pay for unreliability?

Look at the customers in your database. Go to the top of your list and make sure all the customers are in your database. No. make that a CRM because your list of customers need more space and you need to handle more information and data.

Your prospect list needs some space as well. Determine how long prospects have been “hanging” around. Are they likely to become a customer within the next year? If not, remove them now and replace them with prospects that better fit in your active customer profiles.

How can we help you?

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Four Marketing Lessons Learned to Increase Your Revenue…

Or how to accelerate your message frequency and boost response without killing the budget.

Usually in Mid-November, all the holiday advertisements are in place and early returns suggest a landslide of goods sold and donations made to deserving charities.

Imagine directly reaching consumers online – just like you do offline with direct marketing and mail plus a variety of selected channels, but at a much higher frequency of touches and not killing the budget!

Yes, with all the technology at your disposal, it’s a good possibly, especially using direct and digital marketing strategies. So, no matter what others are doing, make it a point to prepare your marketing and advertising communications to work for your company. Grab the response you need for success.

Now that I got you all excited about marketing – STOP!

What is the most important marketing component that strikes fear into too many small biz owners and managers? But wait. Let’s even include mid to large companies, because it is not just the small biz.

Yes, it’s your customer list. It’s your prospect list. Every company you came across with, large or small list.

Take advantage of available technology. There are many databases to consider purchasing. There is marketing automation. CRM’s. CMS’s. In our last post is a quick review of what you need and how it can help you decide.  Check it out. Where have all my customers gone?

Lesson 1. Cross-selling tactics in a multi-channel marketing.

It’s not a dream. I recently read in Direct Marketing News many corporations do not have or lack the resources to fully engage with their consumers. For example, many marketers know cross-selling tactics in a multi-channel marketing campaign can be quite successful by increasing touches, but a lack of talent and commitment from the corner office or the small biz owner is the biggest problem.

There are probably many other reasons, but you won’t hear any doubting Thomas from direct or digital marketers. They would jump at the chance to present a relevant message to a consumer numerous times without breaking the budget.

Can you name the most popular channels to use with direct marketing mail? Website landing pages and email come in high on the small biz to do list, followed by social media like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Lesson 2. Direct marketers know a good touch when they see one.

Most if not all direct marketing professionals have a very strong motivation gene in their DNA to go after the consumer tooth and nail. For instance, they write powerful copy. Offers no one can refuse. Dazzling design pulls the reader into direct and digital marketing. And, all direct marketing mail specialists know frequency of messages is like finding a pot of gold. Especially true, if you can do it below budget.

If you try that with direct mail only, it may cost you a pot of gold. There are no discounts for re-mailing. That’s where cross-selling and multi-channel marketing tactics can save any budget. Email and social media come to mind. Message relevancy and frequency can cause a consumer to stop and take notice and think – they must have a very good product!

Lesson 3. Consumers like to play coy.

Many successful marketing people like using direct marketing and mail techniques. The direct mail skill set was built to last 60 years ago in the direct marketing and direct response industry. Quite frankly, the fundamentals and techniques of direct mail and marketing are ideal in meeting two concerns of today’s marketers –

 get more people to buy a product and 2) how to reach these consumers efficiently.

Prospective customers don’t want to be sold to. Customers can decide where, when, and how they want to interact with a brand. They want to make their own decisions. This decision could be in two weeks or two months before they make a purchase.

With the capability of better web searches, social media and even communication with business associates, there is literally a mountain of information available for a consumer to gather. That’s a big reason frequency is an important direct marketing tactic used successfully with multi-channel communications.

Lesson 4. I’ll say it again, “make sure your data works for you.”

Smart marketers know the most important component of direct marketing and mail are the names in your database. If you have a bad, old list of consumers, circa 2013, whatever you spend on that marketing campaign is wasted money.

If you have never built a consumer database, there is no better time than the present. Direct and digital marketing with mail work much better with an updated database. So, does social media. Cross-selling and multi-channel communications get a better response. It even makes your customer service better. The list of accolades for a great list is lengthy.

Summary.

Customers are happier when they receive relevant marketing messages. Revenue increases with every marketing campaign. Data is the business lifeblood needed to succeed with a growing business. Start today.

On this blog you’ll find over 350 articles on direct marketing and advertising. Or read “Customer Circle of Success post” on how Direct Marketing and Digital Marketing partner for Small Biz success.

How can we help you?

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What is the difference between a CMS and a CRM or ARM?

Not much, but either one is an asset if you use it every day. Here’s why.

A contact management system (CMS) stores data obtained from customers, prospects, vendors and a sales team. There is a customer centric contact (CCC) software also available.

The definition of a CRM is customer relationship management. In a quick summary, CRM lets you store and manage prospect and customer information, like contact info, accounts, leads, and sales opportunities.

As you’ve already determined, not all contact management systems are created equal — which means before you do anything you have to choose the right one.

Since not all businesses are the same, focus on one that is user friendly, fits the needs of marketing, sales, management and customer service.

Before you do anything else, the amount of data that you’ll be storing, ease of use, simple tracking and each team usage, it’s recommended to place a value on your CRM. Treat it like an asset. Somewhere within the first 12 to 18 months, employee fatigue may set in, seeing users skip a step here or there. To help stem a lackadaisical approach to the CRM, use it as an employee measuring tool for their goals and objectives.

Match your products or services to customers’ wants/needs.

Your CRM should give you a picture of your customers’ buying patterns. This will also give you data to use in building customer profiles, thus leading the way to using new communication channels and relevant copy.

Select new lists or networking sources that fit the profiles of existing customers. Search for new customers armed with the profiles of your current best customers. Use marketing teasers on your website to grow your data of prospects, customers and clients.

Your CRM data can assist in maximizing personalization of your customers communication and even a variety of offers to test. This is a proven method that increases response. Address your customers by name when offering them a discount or product that will peak their interest.

Provide ongoing interaction with your customers.

Out of sight is out of mind. Keep in touch with your customers with regular communication. By doing so, you are creating an awareness that triggers consideration and builds loyalty. If you have a segment of email savvy customers and prospects, use it in a periodic way, providing an email newsletter as well in conjunction with direct mail.

Pinpoint timing and frequency of promotions may be defined in your customer and prospect segments in your CRM. See who responds and at what time of year. Use the results to spread offers out to the customers and your prospects. You can also use this method to initiate a response to your competitor’s offers.

Measure response and study the data for results. Direct marketing is measurable. More than any other medium, it can be evaluated for its impact on a specific goal. When results aren’t satisfactory, go back and distinguish what went wrong. Tip: It’s even more measurable when used with email and websites.

Create offers based on customer feedback.

Enter customer requests and feedback into your CRM. The CRM is king for customer service. As you test different offers and promotions, compare the responses to each one separately to see if one or another produces better results. Most important: Listen to customer suggestions for future offers!

Demonstrate that your customers are valuable assets. Use your CRM to create workshops, presentations, or a customer rewards/sales incentive program. These programs have a history of building brand loyalty.

Show customers you care about their opinions. Conduct a customer satisfaction survey through direct mail or email (or both). If you hear back from inactive customers, you can tailor specific communications to their exact need.

Always remember that a clean CRM is a quality CRM. And a quality CRM results in a valuable business tool that is an important asset to your business.

I almost forgot. The (ARM) is a branch or division of a company or organization, usually found in large corporations. Also, the (ARM) is a limb hanging from your shoulder. It to is an asset you use every day.

How can we help you?

For additional ideas, visit our website and grab a copy of our latest Direct Marketing Success. Or else give us a call at 800-251-3608 for your own personalized copy. When you do, ask how we can tip the response scales in your favor.

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How to re-think your usage of segmentation and vertical marketing procedures…

and seriously, it’s not that difficult to start now.

I recently finished writing the latest edition of Direct Marketing Success. As I was completing research for this edition, I found marketers are still not embracing the data in vertical marketing and segmenting their contacts within their target markets.

“There are many market segments our company can serve, but frankly, I just need a list of companies who use direct mail, fulfillment or printing.”  Direct Marketing Mail Company President.

So evidently, the market is still wide enough so others can embrace a single digit response rate.

Start simple and have an open mind.

Here is a simple but important suggestion on grading and segmenting your business contacts to help you start building a successful marketing database. I have used these same definitions for years that have contributed immensely to our customers success.

Here are three different segment types you can use to test.

  1. A client provides your company a consistent revenue stream and reaches the 80 percentiles of customers purchasing your services and products revenue.
  2. A customer uses your services or products occasionally but you probably do not get the 80% of their business.
  3. A prospect has the potential to be a customer or a client.

Go ahead and try it now by grading a few of your present business contacts. It’s easier to judge your customers as you determine who is using what services or products with this simple grading analogy. You may even discover a surprise or two along the way about your customers and prospects that can earn you some new revenue.

Now here is where another time saving element comes into play.

How many times have you wanted to do a promotional message to your contacts, or present a special offer, but you want to be careful to whom it was sent to? You wind up agonizing about what to do and eventually, the idea is scraped. And then, all you have is wasted time and money. Knowing who is in your marketing database and what they use or need, greatly reduces the chance of this recurring.

Obviously, there is more to segmentation than the one system described above. But segmenting after you start collecting data and information is more worthwhile than doing it all at once during the initial phase of your marketing database.

You eliminate guesses and wind up building an incredible database that meet many user needs from your company marketing database. Now, the contacts you are communicating with, receive relevant messages and information.

Vertical Markets.

As you to collect contact data and information, take a moment and start thinking about vertical marketing based on your latest data analysis.

Build a vertical market segment in your marketing database. Add the top 20% of total revenue companies spent with your companies. Then determine what vertical market if any, each company represents in your top 20% list.

Now, visualize a few simple assumptions about each contact in your 20% revenue generators list.

Next, return to your marketing segments and see what you may have to add to your database.

  • It provides additional ideas within your segments to possibly add another grouping, making your choices a bit easier to see the bigger picture.
  • Provides simple tracking and placement of information.
  • Addresses scheduling and call backs.
  • You placed a value on your marketing database so it is not considered an expense.

Yes, it’s as valuable, if not more so, than any money-making piece machinery you use on a day-to-day basis. Plus, if something is valuable, people appreciate it and respect it. That’s why it is such an important asset for your organization.

Summary

The biggest downfall is the lack of information and data not entered or entered incorrectly into a contacts file. You need to put one person in charge of the marketing database. This person adds, data, analyzes data and provides information to others based on their need.

It is only when you put your message in front of a qualified prospect that you can go to bed at night and rest easy, knowing that your marketing database is doing exactly what it is supposed to do and is coordinated with your sales team’s best efforts.

That’s the main reason the data portion of your direct marketing mail campaign is so critical. The best offer printed in full color, along with the best headline touting the greatest benefits, is a waste of money when in the wrong hands.

So, now with these vertical markets and segments you have built, consider purchase a CRM or marketing automation tool. You’ll be amazed what other tools you’ll have to go further into building better data.

Let me know what you think.

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How Multi-layered Personalization can snag a few more customers…

when something is known about the recipient provides a significant benefit for advertising.

Personalization used with multi-channel marketing may be a double whammy and produces a significant increase in responses. However, do not forget the intricacies of personalization.

Personalization assumes that you know something about the people to whom you are mailing, emailing, or sending to a landing page and so on. It’s an effective way to keep customers spending their money on your products and services.

A word of caution. Be careful how you use personalized mail, email or any other channel you customer’s may prefer. When you presume too much too soon –– what we call “presumptuous personalization” –– you could do more harm than good.

So, here’s a simple and safe way moving forward with personalization.

Today’s marketing must be strategic and beneficial to your customers. Memorable advertising, with your marketing goals in sight, is to get the best return on your marketing investment.

Read any marketing journal or the many service providers daily emails, you’ll find across the board, from SmallBiz to the largest companies, there is a lack of understanding when, how and why using personalization.

Here’s how we look at data and personalization or Rule number one.

Use a greater amount of personalization for house lists or with clients and customers who have purchased from you before. After all, you talk with them, and they talk to you.

Naturally, they expect that you should and would know some things about them and their buying habits. So, when you first become familiar or even relating to their needs, it is because they opened the door first.

Conversely, use less personalization when you haven’t previously done business with someone, even though they fit some of the customer segments or profiles. If you use too much personalization with prospects you do not know, your prospects may see this as an invasion of privacy, stolen data or made up data.

Rule number two.

Using personalization with past customer advertising can never hurt your reputation. Go ahead and add more pizzazz to stop their eye movement and probably a few more seconds of attention that can make a difference. Testing can answer your question on the type of personalization you need to start a track to become a customer.

When you use personalization wisely and appropriately, it is a powerful direct marketing mail tool that attracts attention, increases readership, and invariably boosts the chances for a response.

Use an advertising program with multiple channels and deeper personalization, in the form of a purchase history, yields a greater response rate.

Summary

In today’s data driven marketing era, it’s important to capture customer information to drive business and future marketing decisions. Today’s marketing must be strategic and beneficial to your customers.

Advertising is set to get the biggest response on selling your products and services. Plus, the added information helps customer service and your people who sell your goods.

No matter how great your product or service is, the fact remains that those who “have a need for what you have to know” must be aware of “what you have to offer.” That is my rule number three.

Let me know what you think.

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The number one constant in marketing your #SmallBiZ products and/or services today is…

your marketing results change daily and eventually, revenue.

Many people, on any given day, may or may not purchase your product or service. I’m not trying to be the bearer of bad news, just stating the facts. Yes, it’s going to get worse before it can get better. I’ll share my prescribed treatment shortly.

No matter what your product or service offers, change is the one constant that comes to the fore front of anything you plan to promote. Your buyers are human, so a change of mind can occur in seconds. So, in turn, your messages need to change like the many faces of Eve. How many contacts are in your database?

 How do you combat change?

Someone once said, “You cannot be everything to everybody, but you can be on special occasions.” I could not contribute that quote to any one person, so it must be me. Moving forward, you need to create this special occasion.

So, what is that special occasion? Is it good, bad or indifferent?

There are a variety of nuances waiting to make your day. Technology? Disruption or hacking? Getting slammed by the competition? The best phrase for that occasion –  “you’ve been warned.”

What action should you take?

Don’t be that person who looks away from the problem. Nothing gets solved having that attitude. Start looking at the pros, smart marketers, and the cons, there is more than enough to go around, in two separate columns that you project will have a lasting impression. Write them down and try to give each one on a scale from none (one) to big time (ten). Make it a weekly tactic to make sure you do not miss a beat.

 What about Moore’s Law?

If you have not heard about Moore’s Law, here’s a simple definition.

“Moore’s Law – computer processors double in complexity every two years especially relative to cost or size.”

I bring this up because Intel, the manufacturer who coined the phrase, recently stated that in five years Moore’s Law will become extinct. Something else will need to take its place. They didn’t say, but place your bet on speed.

 Will you be ready?

If you decide to learn and train, you are on the right track. If the right track selection is to learn more about customer and prospect data, that is an awesome decision. Building customer profiles, segments and testing key decisions you make and adding results into a CRM, is a very wise choice.

Here’s the treatment I recommend.

You can never have enough customer information. Collect the information and take time to analyze it. After all, your customers can change daily and understanding some of these changes, will keep the revenue in the black.

If you missed the post from last week, check it out, “How to motivate your customers into action.” Also, look at the Direct2Customer infographic, for additional business and marketing ideas.

Summary  

Better relevant and timely communication messages may be the vehicle to keep your small business on a good growth curve. With added revenue, you may find that new four-wheel vehicle, more affordable.

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The Heart of Any Direct or Digital Marketing is More Than a List of Names…

It’s a major element for your marketing success.

Lists grow. Some by duplicate records. Sometimes they grow one record at a time. At other times, they grow because your customers are growing. Maybe you decided on bringing two list together and combining them into one.

When two lists are combined, they bring with them the phenomenon of duplicate records. The costs of two letters or mail pieces going to the same recipient and twice the postage is wasted.

No sooner than the time it takes to reach your mailbox, all digital skeptics reached for their can of “All-get-out traditional advertising” to rid them of all bad marketing thoughts. Am I this naive to assume the digital crowd has list of buyers, customers and prospects? How do they communicate with their customers?

OK you digital geeks, I will not tell on you, so keep reading to learn how to make your lists produce better marketing results.

The correct answer is “deduping.”

So, you need to get rid of one of the duplicate records. And the answer is “deduping.” Or is it?

In the typical deduping process, one record is judged to be a duplicate of the other. One, often the older or the one with partial or less complete information, may be discarded completely.

For example, Jane Doe on Main Street may appear in two different marketing lists. However, one may include her email address; the other may contain her place of employment.

In a traditional deduping activity, one of the two records go away entirely in the time it takes to hit the delete key on your keyboard. This means that something will be lost – either the email address or the place of employment.

Is it time to use the blender?

Rather than throwing away an entire record, think in terms of bringing together information of both records in both databases – of gathering, consolidating and blending all information.

“A custom mix of marketing lists.”

Using your database techniques, you can combine two or more lists into a single, targeted database – a single blended database that has more value and more information. The blended database – now complete and accurate, and containing all available and relevant data – saves you time and money.

Deduping is often a viable strategy when you have two lists coming together for a one-time mailing. But, if your mission is to develop a workable database of prospects and customers, gathering and consolidating data will add significantly more value to your database.

You’ve read it here on numerus occasions it always pays to invest in data management to build a better database. In fact, this investment in developing and maintaining great marketing lists may be the best thing you can do to increase the overall effectiveness of any direct marketing activity.

If a digital marketer does not use lists, what’s their secret?

For a broader view of a #SmallBiz, learn what is important when putting your lists to work for you.

Another how-to guide using direct marketing and mail for a #SmallBiz success during 2017.

Teaching and Coaching – It’s what I do.

DocTake4WebWant to learn more about direct and customer-centric marketing strategies and how it can add customers to your QuickBooks?

I call this learning experience, “All Marketing is Direct to your Consumers.” I present my marketing methodology that I have used over my career. On the landing page, there is a (1)short, (2)medium and (3)large journey to take. There are many examples, ideas and techniques of the direct marketing to aide in your learning. To feel the full impact of this cta-learn-moremarketing methodology, take each journey in order. Start now by clicking on the Admit, Journey One. Then send me an email or call (800-251-3608) with your questions. Be sure to ask how to get your present marketing evaluated for free!

Check out are marketing evaluation program specifically designed for a small business.

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We’ll examine your present marketing, learn your goals and aspirations, and prepare a detailed report for your company based on your information.  Check it out today!

Thanks for reading. I hope to see you on a journey.

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How to Build Your Small Business Marketing…

the right way bringing you amazing results.

There are a variety of practical steps to take for better marketing and advertising your company’s products and services to your prospects and customers.

Building your marketing and advertising is like building a home. There are many pieces, some equal in use and some are unique. The result is a very practical home meeting the needs of many people.

Today’s post is a walk-through of what you can build for better marketing results in 2017 and beyond. Even digital marketing. Social media. Just about anything you can think of to get a message to your customer, creating a reaction to purchase with an offer hard to refuse.

Keep in mind: There are no magic bullets, wands or séances in marketing and advertising. When you try to sell anything, you are dealing with another person. For example, why does an advertisement, when sent to your customers for a second time, have such different results? You’re not a mind reader, but analytics can give you a few ideas why.

You need a strategy on how you plan to sell your products and services to. You’ll need more than one strategy to reach as many people as possible.

First, I recommend using our direct marketing strategy. Direct marketing means just that – sending a relevant message directly to a prospect or customer who more than likely will make a purchase.

As the sales start to trickle in, strategy two, a customer-centric marketing should already be in place. Look at your product and service features. Now sell the benefits and not the features.

Based on what people purchased and how, start building customer profiles.

Don’t overthink when it comes to customer profiles. Start with simple goals. Capture a little customer data, analyze, test and record. Keep in mind – the value of a customer-centric marketing strategy is –

“Taking the time to listen to, talk to and understand your customers. In time, it can greatly increase your marketing results, customer acquisition and customer retention.” MarketingDoc, CMO, Marketing Communications Group, Inc.

Our definition is – Customer-Centric Marketing means to fulfill all the needs and wants each customer expects, with a passion to succeed, provide an extra step of service and do it all with a smile, and a strong value proposition to keep customers coming back.

Summary

Data Management is critical when using both direct and customer-centric marketing strategies. Without data management, everything else you built in marketing, is wasted.

Secondly, if you don’t record your data correctly, you’ll never meet your goals. Today’s marketing automation tools and CRM’s are easier to use. You no longer have any excuse not to use one daily.

Thanks for reading. I’m available to answer your questions and share with you the right path for success. 

Learning and Coaching – It’s what I do.

DocTake4WebWant to learn more about direct and customer-centric marketing strategies and how it can add customers to your QuickBooks?

I call this learning experience, “All Marketing is Direct to your Consumers.” I present my marketing methodology that I admit_onewebhave used over my career. On the landing page, there is a (1)short, (2)medium and (3)large journey to take. There are many examples, ideas and techniques of the direct marketing to aide in your learning. To feel the full impact of this cta-learn-moremarketing methodology, take each journey in order. Start now by clicking on the Admit, Journey One. Then send me an email or call (800-251-3608) with your questions. Be sure to ask how to get your present marketing evaluated for free!

Check out are marketing evaluation program specifically designed for a small business.

Reach out now. New lower priced offers!

We’ll examine your present marketing, learn your goals and aspirations, and prepare a marketing plan for your company based on your information.  Check it out today!

Thanks for reading. I hope to see you on a journey.

Mike Deuerling. aka: MarketingDoc

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Don’t procrastinate, eValuate.

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Plug into the Direct Marketing Machine…

and watch your response rate hit double digits.

In fall of 2001, Direct Mail Success, lead article was simply, “Plug into the direct marketing mail machine.” Here is a version of this article. As you read there are certain elements that have or will occur in 2017.

Think of direct marketing and mail as a machine.

The machine manufactures sales, inquires, responses, orders, inbound contacts, qualified prospects, customers and so on.

It’s not a complicated machine. As a matter of fact, it’s quite simple and efficient. At one end, you load in your sales goals, marketing knowledge, competitive data and experience.  Then, at various points along the way, you add an appropriate mixture of design, copywriting, headlines and various hardware technologies ranging from folding, inserting, inkjet addressing and carrier route sorting to personalized addressing and data processing.

Turn it on!

When you flip the switch to on, the machine churns a bit and begins to manufacture things called “responses.

Like any other machine, it’s not perfect, but it will be in the future. Sometimes, it seems a little hard to start. At other times, it seems to run a bit bumpy – to need some fine tuning. However, once it is up and running, it will work reliably for a long time – manufacturing responses until, for whatever reason, you press the stop button.

When well maintained…

The direct marketing and mail machine did a consistently predictable job. In fact, the more use of the machine, the more it remained in tune, humming along, manufacturing one response after the next.

And talk about reliability. It’s downright amazing. When you use the machine for direct marketing and mail, every week, it produced a predictable number of responses every week.

When you use the machine for direct marketing and mail every month, it produced a predictable response every month.

When the article was written, direct marketing and direct mail was used as an advertising system by literally every small and large company. In fact, it produced the largest volume of mail ever sent. Now direct mail is a channel of communication used in conjunction with other advertising channels, better known as multi-channel communication.

A great name for the direct marketing mail machine of today would be a combination of the strategies of direct and customer-centric marketing. Best known by our group as “Direct-to-Customer Marketing.”

Back to 2016.

What we have now. Machine wise, there is presently a variety of machines in automation and processing used by direct mail processors. When the mail is turned over to the United States Postal Service, there is a variety of mechanization, such as parcel sorting, optical character reader (OCR), and someone named MERLIN to get the mail delivered to the right address and the right person.

What we presently have for better response.

Let’s look at the following graphic. Surrounded by a multitude of people are two strategies highly touted by many marketing experts. Direct marketing and customer centric-marketing. The strategies guide us to learn as much as possible about customers and what information you can get from prospects.

A word of caution. When there is a break in the machine, such as when the collected data is not correctly processed and/or not added into a CRM or marketing automation, expect a poor response. For example, if there were originally 500 customers in this picture, you may have 500 people each preferring something different. Tedious maybe. However, good data brings good results.

Moving to the next illustration.

The next Infographic, what we call 4by4 Communicate, is a good example of today’s direct marketing platform.

Please note that the re-appearance of direct marketing and customer-centric marketing strategies. They are noted for the relentless pursuit of prospect and customer data. What do we see in the middle circle? The oil keeping both strategies running at full speed – Data Management. Simply, this is comprised of analytics for learning a customer journey and using what you learn from the data for better personalization directly back to the customer.

In addition, there are the communication channels of direct mail, email, landing pages to capture more information and social media. Use the channels of communication preferred by the customer.

Finally, the schematic, of the present machine.

As you build your machine, customer data is always changing, because customers change their preferences more frequently. Direct marketing alerts us. Customer-centric marketing will tell us if the customers communication channel change, the customer has altered the product needs or even uses the product in a rather unique way.

As you travel down a better marketing path, you will learn what works well for your company. You live it and learn. Change is always in the air. When you and your company use change to your advantage, marketing is fun again.

That, more than anything else, will always keep us marketers on our toes and ready to react, to help, whatever the customer needs from us.

Learning and Coaching – It’s what I do.

DocTake4WebWant to learn more about direct and customer-centric marketing strategies and how it can add customers to your QuickBooks?

I call this learning experience, “All Marketing is Direct to your Consumers.” I present my marketing methodology that I admit_onewebhave used over my career. On the landing page, there is a (1)short, (2)medium and (3)large journey to take. There are many examples, ideas and techniques of the direct marketing to aide in your learning. To feel the full impact of this cta-learn-moremarketing methodology, take each journey in order. Start now by clicking on the Admit, Journey One. Then send me an email or call (800-251-3608) with your questions. Be sure to ask how to get your present marketing evaluated for free!

Check out are marketing evaluation program specifically designed for a small business.

We’ll examine your present marketing, learn your goals and aspirations, and prepare a marketing plan for your company based on your information.  Check it out today!

Thanks for reading. I hope to see you on a journey.

Mike Deuerling. aka: MarketingDoc

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Don’t procrastinate, eValuate.

At times, some of the smallest changes in your small biz marketing, have the greatest impact.

Need more information on direct and customer-centric marketing? Sign up today for our monthly email, All Marketing Is Direct.

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4 toolsets to use in direct and customer-centric marketing strategies to

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Go motivate a customer to buy today!

First off, it’s never that easy to get someone to part with their cash. Even in the old days, that would never happen, unless you happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right answer your customer just wanted to hear.

Marketing today is a consistent delivery of value to each and every customer. Your marketing must be centered on listening to your customers and building business relationships.

Discover an answer for proven results.

Marketers use the toolset in direct and customer-centric marketing strategies, tweaking their programs as they learn more about customers and their buying patterns. They’re called toolsets because they help you get the job done right.

A mechanic may ask for a wrench. Is it five-eights or seven-eights? US or metric? Is it an open end wrench or closed? Is a socket wrench better?

Marketing changes can occur at any time, so it pays to learn more about customer needs every single day, recognizing ideas and opportunities to meet near term goals. Today’s marketers need a good toolset to claim as many customers as possible.

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  • The frequency of communications for each customer segment.
  • How do we reach a qualified target audience and what feedback do we receive in return?
  • Consistently creating offers that motivate and inspire action from our customers and prospects.
  • A CRM is a great tool to use with marketing and sales.
  1. Frequency. The frequency of your marketing messages is critical – some people use it too much, most not enough and others, incorrectly. Like the blue/green photo on the right. By using marketing automation, you are able to develop the correct frequency for prospects and customer segments.

As you start to unwrap the many layers of your data, this new found information can prove to be a gold mine. Copywriting is more compelling, design is more eye catching, and the message is more relevant to the receiver. Yes, the response from those you selected to receive the message increases. Soon everyone in your company will be on the right marketing frequency.

  1. Reach out and connect with me. Your customer is human, so there is a level of uniqueness each one of us has to determine if the offer is worth pursuing. This level of uniqueness may lead you to build two, three, four or more customer segments to target.

Use that to your advantage when you are trying to make connections. A single phrase or a different headline to a specific segment may be the difference in making that next big sale.

When you begin to market to specific segments the messages become more relevant to the receiver. As you keep collecting data, analysis either confirms the message was right or needs additional tweaking.

A goal for this “reach out and connect with me toolset,” is to arrive at the intended receiver with your message when the time is right. Now, with your new found knowledge, this becomes easier to achieve. If the receiver finds the message relevant and/or timely, the odds are excellent that it will be read and acted upon.

  1. Have I got an offer for you! You now see there are many advantages of adding marketing automation to discover what proven frequency and reach can EyesHurtTestoneadd to the success of your marketing and sales teams. But sometimes you need that extra kick for the reader to take action.

It just may be to make a specific offer to get them to act now. When’s the last time you watched an infomercial? Was the offer something like not one, not two, but three for the price of one and you only pay the shipping? 

Now it’s your turn to play like the “Sham Wow Guy.” Creative offers become easier after studying the data in your CRM and know what people respond to.

  1. The CRM

The CRM is one tool you need that can accelerate the results from using the top toolsets of direct and customer-centric marketing. By using data fields, tracking and scheduling capabilities found in a contact relationship management system (CRM), you are able to build better business and engage in more customer relationships. This knowledge is powerful.

A CRM provides you with the capability to add another toolset and analyze your collected prospect and customer information. Add a data analytics program such as Google’s and even more ideas begin to pop up at you next team gathering.

You’re are only as good as the tools you have to use.

Yes, a CRM is a great tool to use with marketing and sales. It does take work but it makes you money, just like the auto mechanic done the street. You need to think of it as any quality asset on your company books. It’s such a good asset, that you‘ll find daily usage makes marketing easier and learn what makes your customers are eager to buy.

And that’s what you need to succeed in the small business world today!

Want some additional ideas when using a CRM? Check out this post.

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