Postcard Marketing – Top 10 Advantages of Using Postcards

Whether you sell lemonade or build skyscrapers, in order to be successful in business, you need customers. You can get customers through a variety of marketing programs, but we think that postcard marketing is one of the best kept secrets to growing your company.

Check out our 10 advantages below…

1. Postcard marketing is affordable and scalable. Even for the smallest of businesses. Did you know it would only cost you less than $3 in postage to communicate directly to your customer once a month for a whole year! If you get on a consistent mailing schedule, they’ll expect to hear from you and you’ll be at the top of their mind.

2. When you’re marketing with postcards the only people who see it is you and your prospects. This is important, because you can test special promotions without your competition knowing. Do you have a special that’s creating a lot of interest? If you advertise it publicly, your competition knows exactly what you are up to and may copy it.

3. Postcards are trackable. Make multiple postcard promotions and see which one generates the most interest. Make your postcard worth something so your customers will bring the postcard back into your store. They may even save it on the fridge and use it when they are ready. With trackable codes, you may notice that you’re still getting business from a postcard mailed months prior!

4. Postcards are versatile. During a single mailing you can both farm new prospects and remind prior customers that you’re still in business. With digital printing, your postcards messages can vary from card to card and market to market.

5. Your printed postcards can “brand” you and your business in ways that most marketing materials cannot. You don’t have to print postcards just to mail them. You can use your postcard as flyer, product brochure, RSVP card, or use it as a newsletter. You can use it for a variety of promotions AND still mail it. Printed postcards really are a multi-faceted marketing tool.

6. Testing an offer with postcards is easy. Just send your card to a small group of people and see how many respond. Tweak the offer or the price, and try again. Once you’re satisfied with the results, it’s time to roll out a bigger mailing! You can’t do that with a newspaper insert, or a magazine ad.

7. Postcards get read even if they get thrown away. How many times have you received a letter from a company you don’t recognize and just toss it into the garbage? A postcard will stand out in the mail with bright colors and get read by the recipient even if they aren’t interested in what you are offering. Did you know that USPS has shown that, on average, only 14 percent of letters get read? On the other hand, postcards have a 94 percent read-through ratio.

8. Postcards are easy to use and cost less than other direct mail programs. When preparing a mailing, the only costs are printing and mailing services. When mailing a letter, there are additional costs to fold and insert the letter. For postcard direct mail you get a superior product mailed for less money!

9. Postcards are a tangible piece of your brand. Unlike Online marketing your customers can determine the quality of your company by the quality of your marketing piece. What does your print materials say about you?

10. With postcard direct mail you can save as much as 70% off of the cost of a stamp. By bar coding addressed mail (which we can do for you) we can reduce postage costs down to as low as 13.9 cents saving you over 30 cents off the cost of a stamp. With those kinds of savings, you are able to design, print and mail and still have money left over. When using direct mail postcards in quantities of over 200, don’t ever pay retail for postage again!

Whether you are mailing 200 postcards or 200,000 we think that postcard marketing is a no brainer.

Get the Results Your Business Needs With SEO Article Marketing

Any business that is serious about marketing their brand and increasing profits knows that the internet is the way to go. And one of the best tools available to achieve both of these goals is article marketing. Article marketing is a very effective way to increase your company’s online presence and overall success. Submitting high quality, search engine optimized (SEO) content to top-tier article submission sites allows you to market directly to your target audience while building credibility at the same time, not-to-mention that it is free.

Promote Your Unique Selling Point

As a business owner, it is important to remember that your clients are looking for products and services that will serve as solutions to their problems. So the question you must always answer (overtly or covertly) is: what makes your products and services better than your competitors?

Article marketing allows you to demonstrate your company’s USP and to promote stronger engagement on your website or blog- all while increasing your:

  • Authority
  • Exposure
  • Traffic
  • Lead generation
  • Sales
  • Backlinks
  • Return on investment

In addition to generating targeted traffic and conversions, using article marketing is also one of the best ways to:

  • Build subscriber lists for newsletters, e-zines, special reports and e-books
  • Conduct test marketing
  • Reveal promotional offers

Allow Your Words to Work for You

By combining the latest in relevant information, carefully analyzed keywords, and an engaging tone that is reflective of your business’s personal brand, you can make article marketing a lucrative and cost-effective tool in your company’s online marketing arsenal.

The Direct Marketing Manager’s Dream Come True – Variable Graphics with True Offset Quality

Following the recent introduction of cutting edge technology we can now offset print full colour brochures and flyers including colour photo of the individual recipients, on each one, on the fly.

And you can do all this with offset quality.

You can print a full colour multi-page document one page at a time, in the correct page order, ready for binding.

You can run a live press proof, on the correct stock to see exactly how the finished product will look.

You can print say a small run of annual reports (say 10) at minimal unit cost.

The press is called the Indigo and here’s how it works.

The Indigo is a Digital Offset Press and it’s strength is the ability to print subsequent sheets entirely different from the previous sheet and the following sheet.

It’s primarily used for short run colour work and personalised direct mail documents.

Its printing process is based around the ElectroInk technology, which uses small colour particles suspended in Imaging Oil (Isopar) that can be attracted to the sheet or repelled by means of varying voltage.

The ink forms a very thin and smooth plastic layer on the surface of the paper.

These particles are so small that the printed image does not cover the underlying surface of the paper, as is generally the case with laser printers.

This process brings the Indigo print quality closer in appearance to conventional offset lithography, whereby the ink is actually absorbed into the paper.

The suppliers of the Indigo provide the option for users to mix their own ink colours to match Pantone references. This is common with non-digital offset litho presses, and is one of the primary features that separates them from other digital printing devices.

Users can also order special pre-mixed colours, for example fluorescent colours such as pink, orange, green, yellow, red, etc can be printed with great success.

Some Indigo presses can print up to or seven colours in a single pass.

The name Indigo comes from a company founded by Benny Landa in 1977.

His idea was to manufacture photocopiers, however the development of ElectroInk technology lead him to create a Digital Offset Press by replacing the traditional ink with the new technology.

The E-Print 1000 was the result, released in 1993, a plateless digital offset press.

Hewlett Packard, a long-term research & development partner of Indigo, purchased the company in 2002.

Basically there are two versions of the Indigo Press, which can be broadly grouped by commercial (sheet fed, mainly for paper printing), or Industrial (web fed, mainly for packaging).Operators need to be specially trained to run Indigo’s as they are quite different operationally to conventional offset presses.

Although print quality from early models was suspect, the current series does not suffer from any particular issues of note.

In any event, the versatility of the press in terms of personalising marketing documents would far outweigh any minor problems.