Direct Marketing – Common Mistakes

In this ever changing world there’s always something new and exciting to learn and this is also the case with direct marketing. There are many of us who ignore the fact that there is always something new and useful to find out and something that could make a huge difference in selling our packages, so we advise you to be informed before starting any marketing campaigns. Research and information go hand in hand and in the field of direct mail, both of them are essential.A common mistake with most direct mail providers is the fact that they don’t include in their package a sales letter, which is the most important part of the package. This letter creates the illusion of personal communication and people are usually trained to view letters as real mail and brochures as advertising. The best thing of direct marketing is to find out exactly what your customer wants to hear and to tell it to him in the email you send. Furthermore, don’t send any messages that don’t contain an offer, since the purpose of the email is to receive an answer.In order to be successful, a direct mail package must comprise a message meant to sell the offer and not the product itself. Make sure you have an irresistible offer in your mailing message and keep in mind that some important offers for direct marketing are: free brochure, free analysis, free consultation, free demonstration, free catalog, etc. Your offer is meant to increase the reader’s desire to receive your offer. Lack of content is the worst mistake you can make when sending marketing emails. The purpose of these messages is not to make an impact related to image and design but to generate a response within a short period of time.One of the fastest modalities of killing the response you are waiting for is being superficial. Talking vaguely, about generalities and rambling without any authority on a certain subject will not show potential customers that you understand their needs, their problems and their industries. Factual direct mail messages are a must, even if this means that you will have to spend a little more time digging for facts. Studying the product, the prospect and the marketing problem will enable you to write a good copy, one that will reach the targeted audience. In direct marketing you don’t have to save the best for the end because starting slow and ending with a great conclusion is not good enough in this sort of marketing.Successful sales letters used in direct mail include: asking provocative questions, going straight to the bottom of the reader’s concern, arousing curiosity and presenting your offer from the very beginning. The hot spots of direct marketing are: the first paragraphs of the letter, the subheads, last paragraph and the post script, so make sure you put the best in one of these places. Another frequent mistake is the poor follow up. It is essential to start making phone calls after 48 hours from when your email was sent. Thus, you can be sure that people will remember you and what you are talking about.