Up Close and Personal Mailshots

In an earlier blog, we delved into the world of mailshots and the value of creating unmissable mail moments for your clients and potential customers – which is exactly what we’re so good at, here at Mailing Expert, without wishing to blow our own trumpet too loudly. (But doing it anyway!)

For your mail shot to be noticed and read – well, that’s what you want, isn’t it? – there are certain measures you have to take. How else will your DM campaign be an effective means of promoting your product or services – and cost-effective too? We’re here to help you get your messages noticed and your deals considered.

Looking good?

When you’re designing your mailshot, whether it’s a letter, postcard or flyer, think about who it is that you want to engage and design it accordingly. It’s important to know your audience. Are they young mothers? Silver surfers? Professionals? City dwellers? Undertake some research into the sort of aesthetics that will appeal. That might sound like stereotyping but, in reality, it makes marketing sense. If it’s relevant to whoever you’re targeting then they’re more likely to read it.

If you don’t feel confident enough to create something in-house then you could make use of our professional design and printing services.

The personal touch

Are you more likely to read something that’s addressed to you by name or something generic? There’s really only one answer to that question and at Mailing Expert we have the means to personalise each item you send out with the customer’s name. Be careful, though, to make sure whatever you send is genuinely relevant to that person and sent at an appropriate time. It will backfire badly and make your company look sloppy if it’s a poorly targeted mailshot.

Words matter

Be brief. It’s strange to say, maybe, but thinking up a few choice words and a snappy headline actually takes a lot longer than writing great chunks of text. It’s worth the time taken – every minute of it. Directness, a dynamic central message and clear instructions about how to proceed if someone is interested are crucial. People are always busy these days. If a piece of writing takes too long to process, guess what?…it will be discarded.

Be warm and engaging. It’s a great way to start building a relationship with someone, or consolidate an existing relationship. Think about humour and edginess, if that fits in with the personality of your brand.

Tried and Tested

Don’t just get your mailshot printed and sent off without testing it out on colleagues or people you know from the relevant demographic. Far better to tinker a bit with design and wording before it’s too late. Above all, proofread and proofread again. There’s nothing more calculated to give the wrong impression about your company and the significance it places on attention to detail than a mailshot which has spelling mistakes, words missed out and apostrophes where apostrophes shouldn’t be.

Value for money

Follow all these suggestions and your mailshot will reap rewards for your company, tempting new customers and impressing others. Your name and brand will be out there and remembered for all the right reasons for a long time to come.

Contact us on 01825 983033 if you’d like our help.

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9.3 million pounds to design, print and distribute a leaflet?

Her Majesty’s Government should have asked us at Mailing Expert.  Not that we’re after the £9 million(honest!), just that we could do the same job, to exactly the same standards for less; no expensive London advertising agency or PR company. Just your local SME! We think the British taxpayers would be very pleased about that.

With over 30 years in the print and Direct Mail business, this sort of mailing service is second nature to us – and it’s something we do very well, if the testimonials and repeat business from our customers are to be believed.

As an SME, our overheads are relatively low so our prices are always competitive, our design and printing services are top notch, using print media from digital, laser and inkjet to full litho printing.

We have access to a range of postal options, working closely with Royal Mail (and other postal suppliers) who offer postage discounts for a variety of services and we also offer a door to door leaflet option too.  We understand all the variables so can select the very best arrangement for you.

For most Direct Mailing campaigns, we offer a fully-managed data service, to make sure your leaflet gets to the right addresses.  Since the EU Referendum leaflet is destined to go to every household in the UK, perhaps, in this case, such clever filtering and data verification is superfluous!

Anyway, NEXT TIME, Mr. Prime Minister, just give us a call and we’ll do you a very good deal.

And everyone else – we know your Direct Mailing requirements won’t be quite as large, but no job is too small for us at Mailing Expert.

Why not drop us a line or give us a ring?

 

Business Cards – no second chance to make a first impression

With stringent budgets, many small companies, quite understandably, look for every opportunity to economise. One of the ways too many people choose is with their business cards. There are so many online companies with enticing deals for self-design cards at ridiculous, rock-bottom prices that it’s hard to resist. There’s that old adage – you get what you pay for, and nowhere is it more apt than with business cards.

What does your business card say about you?

A card poorly printed on flimsy cardboard, creased at the corners, slightly soiled, in low resolution print? What would that say about a company or its representative in the first few seconds? Cheap, quality not important, cuts corners, doesn’t care about business image. Would YOU choose to engage commercially with someone who presents that impression?

No, we didn’t think so.

Spend a little money then, on a high quality card that you will be proud to hand out, which will truly reflect your professionalism and establish positive perceptions in a potential client’s mind.

Making the most of a small rectangle of cardboard

  • Less is more – choose the crucial information you need to convey – your name, contact details, company logo – and leave it at that. Don’t clutter your card with so many details that someone will need a magnifying glass to be able to read the text!
  • Line of work – maybe your company name makes that obvious – Fred Bloggs the Builders, for example – but if not, do include a couple of words about what you actually do!
  • Standard size? – probably best, otherwise your card won’t fit in people’s card holders and may get lost. You could get away with something unusual if your business is on the creative arts side, but why not make an impact with a stunning design rather than a quirky shape?
  • Design is key – it’s your brand, a reflection of your company, so if you can’t do a good job yourself, then employ someone who can. You want your card to be memorable – but for the right reasons!
  • Clear font – there’s nothing more annoying than a fancy font which may look funky but is completely illegible.
  • Blank back – this can be useful for people to use to jot down notes about you as an aide-memoire

Mailing Expert is here to help

We offer 100 top quality digital business cards from £35+VAT (excluding delivery) or 500 litho business cards from £59+VAT (excluding delivery). We can design them too, from £55+VAT.

If you want to create a brilliant first impression with your business cards – look no further than Mailing Expert.
Give us a call on 01825 983033 or have a look at our website for information on our print services.

Devilishly Good Direct Mailing Campaigns!

It’s tempting to think that an email campaign will be more cost-effective than a direct mailing campaign. Don’t be fooled by that thought! The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) carried out a survey in 2012 and the results indicate that response rate from marketing received through the post is on average 4.4%, whereas with an email it’s a mere 0.12%.

Why could that be? Well, you know yourself that our in-boxes are continually bombarded by emails in such great number that, mostly, we ignore them. In the past, we complained about junk mail through our letterboxes. That has now reduced drastically – so has become a good means of reaching your target customers, with a greater likelihood of your message being read.

Here’s another statistic from Royal Mail to make you think: “In 2011-12 an average of 82% of direct mail was opened”.

We’re direct mailing experts at Mailing Expert! We can help you to put together a top notch campaign to encourage responses which may convert into more business for you.

Here are some of our red hot tips:

1. Check out mail you’ve received. You’ll get plenty in the post. See what works for you, what catches your attention and what you screw up into a ball in disgust. Now you’ll be able to plan your own mailing…

2. Design well. Make sure your mailing reflects your company branding and is stylishly conceived on good quality paper – oh, and make sure it’s easy to open. No joke – people will chuck things away if they have to struggle with impenetrable packaging.

3. Write carefully.  Be certain your direct mail is packed with relevant information, written in a compelling way, and, importantly, contains no typos or grammatical errors which will give a very poor impression of your company. And make sure your headline is zappy!

4. Entice with an offer. Add value with a discount, free trial or bonus gift, with a clear call to action so whoever reads your mail will want to say yes!

5. Be targeted. Don’t send out thousands of letters at random. We can help you to refine your data to create high quality prospect lists so your mailing campaign will reach exactly the right people.

6. Do test runs. You could try out some different approaches in small campaigns and monitor the results to see what will work best before you embark on a large scale roll out.

7. Pick your time. Align your campaigns with your other marketing activities, with the season and your clients’ buying habits.

8. Follow up. You could follow up with an email which links to your website to drive more traffic your way.

9. Speak to us! Actually, this should be Tip Number 1! We can help you with all of the above so…

If you have any questions just contact us on 01825 983 033.