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From Mailbox to Conversion: 5 Powerful Additions for Direct Mail Success
Direct Mail
August 31, 2023

From Mailbox to Conversion: 5 Powerful Additions for Direct Mail Success

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Kim Courvoisier

Direct mail campaigns remain a relevant and effective marketing tool in a digital-first era. By combining the tangible nature of direct mail with modern automation platforms, you can create compelling and targeted campaigns that yield impressive response and conversion rates. Nearly three-quarters of marketers agree that direct mail delivers the highest conversion, response, and ROI of any channel they use.

In this article, we'll explore five data-backed additions from our State of Direct Mail Consumer Insights report that you can integrate into your direct mail campaigns to achieve stellar results.

1. Compelling direct mail offers: The gateway to attention

It comes as no surprise that offers and promotions play a pivotal role in capturing the attention of recipients. 65% of consumers share that an offer or promotion initially piques their interest in direct mail. By crafting enticing offers, you can entice your audience to open and read your mail, setting the stage for greater engagement.

Ensure your offers are clear, relevant, and valuable to your target audience. Whether exclusive discounts, free trials, or limited-time deals, the right offer can make your direct mail stand out and encourage immediate action.

Did you know? 71% of consumers report they read direct mail the same day they bring it inside their residence

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2. Direct mail personalization: Forging strong connections

Personalization has emerged as a critical driver of consumer engagement in direct mail campaigns. 68% of consumers are more likely to engage with a brand's message when it is personalized. This powerful statistic highlights the need to go beyond generic mass mailings and connect with your audience one-to-one. Personalized images are a highly effective way to drive engagement, including Images of an item/brand/service a consumer may have previously purchased or images that include an event or location local to them.

Leverage customer data from your marketing tech stack, including CRM, automation platform, and CDP, to segment your audience and create personalized content. Address recipients by their names, tailor product recommendations based on past purchases and include personalized URLs (PURLs) to direct them to individualized landing pages. This level of personalization fosters a sense of importance and relevance, increasing the likelihood of conversion.

Essential reading: The Modern Marketer’s Guide to Direct Mail Personalization

3. Clear calls-to-action on direct mail: Guiding recipients to conversion

A well-crafted call-to-action (CTA) is critical when driving conversions in direct mail campaigns. Encourage recipients to take the desired action using a clear and persuasive CTA. According to data, 64% of consumers say that direct mail has inspired them to take action, highlighting the impact of a compelling CTA.

Ensure your CTA is prominently displayed and easy to understand. Craft compelling copy emphasizing scarcity and time-bound deals, encouraging recipients to act immediately. Whether directing recipients to visit your website, redeem an offer, or make a phone call, a concise and actionable CTA will guide recipients toward conversion. By leveraging automation, you can precisely time your mailings to align with other marketing efforts, creating a cohesive and impactful campaign that propels recipients to convert before time runs out.

Learn best practices to craft an effective direct mail call to action.

4. Direct mail goes viral: Harnessing the power of sharing

One of the most intriguing aspects of direct mail is its ability to go viral. Surprisingly, 80% of consumers share direct mail with their friends and family, with 11% sharing it often, which expands its reach far beyond its intended recipient. This unique characteristic amplifies your campaign's impact and opens the door to new potential customers.

To encourage sharing, design your direct mail pieces to be visually appealing and memorable. Consider adding incentives for recipients to share with their network, such as referral discounts or “use one share one offers.” To make redemption easier, consider including QR codes in your campaigns. QR codes have grown in popularity, and 39% of consumers report using a QR code to take action on a direct mail piece. This figure rises to 44% for those aged 35-54 and over half (51%) for those aged 18-34, making QR codes a compelling tactic to add to your direct mail campaigns to make it easier for consumers to convert and for you to be able to measure and track those conversions.

By tapping into the viral potential of direct mail, you can extend your campaign's reach and boost response rates organically.

5. Sustainability: A growing priority for consumers

In today's environmentally-conscious world, sustainable practices in direct mail resonate deeply with consumers. 54% of consumers agree they are more likely to purchase from a brand that prioritizes sustainability. Integrating eco-friendly initiatives into your direct mail campaigns aligns with consumer values and enhances your brand's reputation.

Consider using recycled paper for your mailers, opt for environmentally friendly inks, and showcase your commitment to sustainability through messaging or by including carbon-neutral markings directly on your mailers. Demonstrating your brand's dedication to the planet can foster a positive perception and increase the likelihood of conversion among environmentally-conscious consumers.

Recommended reading: Best Direct Mail Campaigns: Spotlight on Sustainability


Incorporating these five elements into direct mail campaigns can significantly impact response rates and drive conversions.

“Marketers are doing a better job at direct mail, from personalization to reach customers to making it a more physical experience. I’ve noticed more QR codes in the direct mail pieces I receive, making it substantially easier to take action,” says Meaghan Hinchey, Manager, Primary Research at Comperemedia Consulting.

By leveraging compelling offers, personalization, clear CTAs, the potential for virality, and sustainability, you can create impactful direct mail campaigns that resonate with your audience and yield exceptional results. As you plan your next direct mail campaign, consider these elements to maximize engagement, conversions, and the overall success of your direct mail marketing efforts.

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See more stats on our infographic

To get more digestible data, check out the Direct Mail Marketing: What Consumers Want & How Marketers Deliver It infographic and the 2023 State of Direct Mail Consumer Insights Report. Prefer to listen to your content? We've got you covered. Enjoy our on-demand webinar and podcast.

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