Email marketing has exploded in recent years, offering a range of unique benefits. However, direct mail can yield a higher ROI when it comes to response rates, so how do you find that balance between direct mail vs. email?
When crafting the ultimate marketing strategy, you don't need to choose one over the other. Combining these two marketing strategies is most effective, especially when you leverage the advantages of each. But first, you need to understand how they differ. Here is what you need to know when creating a true omnichannel customer experience.
Marketing is a complex process with many moving parts.
If your goal is to optimize your current strategy, you may be wondering whether it's best to focus on direct mail or email marketing. If you're already utilizing both channels, how can you increase ROI, reduce churn, acquire new customers, etc.?
Before diving into the benefits of an omnichannel approach, let's compare direct mail vs. email.
There's a reason why direct mail open rates can reach up to 90% — it is highly personal. So, if you're trying to add a more personal touch to your brand's marketing tactics while remaining relevant, customized direct mail is the way to do it. Direct mail provides endless choices on how to connect with your consumers in a tangible way, and that is powerful. There is so much digital noise these days that consumers appreciate the experience that direct mail provides.
When used on its own and implemented correctly, direct mail is highly effective, yielding a 13x higher base response rate than email. However, this strategy works even better when used with other channels, integrating with the platforms your company is already using. For example, based on the power of automation, direct mail is now being sent at scale, easily integrating within Salesforce CRM. This integration is a game-changer concerning execution time, resulting in timely personalization to support higher ROI and consumer retention rates.
Some key differentiators that make direct mail more effective than email marketing includes:
Recommended reading: 5 Personalized Direct Mail Examples to Inspire Your Marketing Campaigns
Again, email marketing remains an effective marketing strategy when implemented correctly — it's also not going anywhere. Data shows that the global email marketing market was valued at $7.5 billion in 2020 but is projected to increase to $17.9 billion by 2027.
Across all industries, the average email open rate is 29.55%, which is lower than direct mail. However, this marketing channel remains a great way to reach consumers on mobile devices in real-time. Considering 91% of consumers check their email at least once daily on their smartphones, this can be a great way to send targeted messaging. For example, if you have breaking news or need to react quickly to market conditions, email marketing can be instantaneous, and that is its primary strength.
Both marketing channels have a place in your strategy and work well when they're able to work together. But if you're limited in budget or the ability to change your marketing workflow quickly, here are some questions to ask to help determine if your piece should be physical mail or an email.
Thinking through these questions can help you choose the right method for the delivery of your message, as well as identify areas in your workflow that are a natural fit for adding direct mail.
Creating a winning omnichannel marketing strategy begins with your ability to optimize the advantages of each channel. Marketers are moving past the thinking that these channels are redundant as consumers engage with each channel differently. This understanding will allow you to shape your messaging based on the consumers using each channel and when.
The key is to have the right data and then use each channel to make the other one even more effective.
The key is not to create the same message across each channel. You need to develop a unique strategy for direct mail and email. That is how you will achieve the highest ROI.
If your goal is to automate direct mail and address verification at scale, Lob will help you launch digitally integrated direct mail campaigns with ease. Whether you want to track production, access detailed deliverability data, or increase the speed and quality of your direct mail campaigns, Lob is the solution.
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