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 Work at Home Moms > General Internet Marketing Articles > Direct Mail Marketing Now As Easy As Email

Direct Mail Marketing Now As Easy As Email
By Michael Lemm


Is the United States Postal Service (USPS) a marketing innovator? As it
turns out, the kind folks in the blue shorts are in fact making it easy for
even the smallest business to duke it out with their biggest competitors by
using the USPS new "mailing online (MOL)" direct mail service - check it out
at
http://www.usps.com/mailingonline
 

Imagine that....internet based direct mail marketing!

With MOL, you can escape the dreary part of direct mail marketing - the printing, the stuffing, the stamps, etc. MOL users simply create a document, upload it to the MOL website with their mailing list and credit card information, and press "go". Within 48 hours, the members of your mailing list are receiving the marketing message in their postal mailboxes.

Speed & Price

The best two parts of the MOL service are the speed and the price. Jobs uploaded early in the business day can be printed and postmarked the following day. The per piece cost is not much more than the price of a single stamp since even MOL jobs sent First Class get a "presorted" USPS discount.

A 4.24 by 6 inch postcard can be printed and mailed First Class for just 24 cents. A one and two-thirds page business letter or brochure can be sent "envelope free" (the last third is needed for the address) for just 56 cents per piece. And the minimum number of pieces you can send per job? One. That's right, while other direct mail houses turn away customers with minimums under several thousand, the USPS takes all customers and gives them all equally great service.

Before MOL you had to create your master document, drop it off at the
printer, wait until it was done to figure postage, apply postage and
addresses, and drop it off at the post office. This whole process could take
you a whole month to finish. And if you're say mailing from the West Coast.
it would be another week before East Coast recipients received their copy.
With MOL your document is printed and dropped in the mail from several dozen USPS distribution points across the country.so everyone gets their document at the same time no matter where they live in the US.

As Easy As Typing An Email

MOL users don't need to know anything more about document creation than how
to type and save a document on their hard drive. Novice computer users can
use their PC "Notepad" utility and save the document as a text (TXT) file.
Most users will probably use Microsoft Word and create a slightly more
appealing document. You may already have access to documents through your
company that have a more professional appearance. You could also invest in a
copy of Microsoft Publisher as it provides many templates to choose from and
makes professional document creation a snap.

Content Creation - Keep It Simple

The biggest challenge will be in generation of content you believe is worth
the price of postage. The following types of content pieces will get your
creative juices flowing.. pretty much write themselves..and are worth
reading:

1. Price & Product Postcards - Many of you may dream of being able to
instantly contact your customers and tell them whenever you come out with a
new product or price point. MOL makes that a snap. Simply write a 5-7 word
headline followed by a three- sentence description ending with a phone
number or web address for more information.

2. Personal Postcards - Remember your customers birthday, anniversary,
graduation or other significant occasion. Be sure and include a brief
description of some product you want to highlight.even just a web address.

3. Monthly or Quarterly Newsletter - Most of you would look forward to
writing a monthly newsletter with the same excitement as having a monthly
root canal...but the customer retention benefits and referral business make
it a smart business decision. The easy way to do a one or two page
newsletter would be to simply include one or more of the following:

- Summarize price and product news.simply repeat what you sent out (or
should have sent out) on the postcards.
- Summarize industry headlines related to your business.give your views, or
if you don't have a view simply reprint the views of others (with proper
attribution of course).


- Case Study.write up three paragraphs on a new or existing customer you
helped solve a problem.or their experience with one of your products.
- Top 10 List..any of you with any experience at all can write a years worth
of top 10 lists in a day. How about the top 10 benefits of a particular
product? How about the top 10 reasons to (insert topic)? Or how about the
top 10 mistakes made by (insert topic)?

Just Ask For Referrals!

If you do nothing else, just send out a monthly postcard asking for
referrals. The commitment to a monthly postcard does two separately
important things for you. It keeps your contact information in front of your
customer and it reminds them on a monthly basis that they have immediate
access to a friend in the "ABC" business. And of course the number one
reason you don't get referrals is you don't ask for referrals. Well, if
you're too shy to ask in person or on the phone, let the postcard do the
talking!

If you haven't attempted direct mail marketing before because you thought it
too costly, too time consuming, or too much work..think again. Things have
changed in your favor. The time is right for you to give it a try. And this
time right from your computer!

Michael's owner of FreedomFire Communications...helping businesses do business ( http://ld.net/mscprez ). You can learn more about Michael via the Ryze Business Networking Community at http://www.ryze.com/go/FreedomFire 

 

 

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