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Direct Marketing – One of the Most Effective Forms of Marketing Today?

Direct marketing can be said to be one of the most effective forms of marketing today. This is because by this method, products are ‘directly marketed’ to a potential customer either by a telemarketer or salesman. This type of marketing has been around for quite a while but in the recent years numbers of such people carrying out direct marketing activities has increased by a large amount. Companies whether large or small find that this form of marketing brings them a lot of customer because of the ‘personal touch’ that is associated with it. You too could probably testify to have actually bought at least one product that was marketed to you in this manner.

Does this type of marketing work for everyone?

If you are a business owner looking to employ these marketing techniques, whether or not direct marketing works for you would depend on what kind of business you run and who you want to target. It would also depend on other factors such as resources and how much you are willing to spend on it. You would also need to consider what type of marketing you wish to take up.

The types of direct marketing could be categorized into several types. Firstly, telemarketing, where products are promoted by calling potential customers. Secondly, email marketing and thirdly direct mail marketing. Other forms could include infomercials, distributing flyers and advertisements in magazines.

Simply using these marketing techniques however will not get you the desired results. It takes time and a lot of hard work to get customers to actually purchase your products. You would therefore need help with good marketing solutions.

Finding good direct marketing solutions:

Several websites offer great help regarding this type of marketing solutions. For these marketing solutions to work effectively you would need to be aware of the issues that you are facing with your direct marketing activities. This could include poor customer satisfaction, delayed response, low level of sales and so on. Once you identify the problem you will be able to employ the direct marketing solutions that would help you deal with it the best.

If you are not satisfied with finding these marketing solutions on your own however, you could also turn to a good, reputed direct marketing agency that will provide you with all the help that you need to ensure that you have a good marketing plan and that you see results of these marketing solutions.

Direct Marketing Tips – Ultimate Direct Mail Marketing Guide!

Everyone seems to hate direct mail, and most companies have tried to use it without success. But with these direct marketing tips I want to transform your direct mail marketing from junk and spam to something that is really effective that the customer wants to receive.

Let’s look that this is 3 phases…

PHASE 1 – Think about your mailing list.

Is the data very old and are you confident that the source of the data is reliable?

I can’t tell you how important having a good list is. It does not matter if you already own it or are going to buy one you need to make sure that it’s up to date.

PHASE 2 – Targeting.

No set of direct marketing tips would be complete without talking about the idea of targeting.

Always keep one thing in mind:

“If you want to sell a ton of burgers, all you need is a hungry crowd” – Gary Halbert.

You should target the factors below:

* The persons age

* Location

* Lifestyle

* Schooling

* Likes and dislikes

* Buying behavior.

PHASE 3 – Market research.

You need to find out how the market think and the pain they are feeling which you can help to solve.

Luckily this is much easier today with online forums focused on each market niche.

PHASE 4 – Your marketing message.

You should make your message clear, persuasive and easy to understand. Don’t try and fill your direct mail with a load of information and products because you will just end up confusing your customers and will not get any sales.

Have one goal for each piece and do everything you can to achieve that goal.

Final thoughts.

Direct mail can be a great tool for your business if you go about it in the right way.

If you just follow these tips an 8.0% conversion rate is not uncommon.

Good luck.

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How Keeping Up With Industry News Can Help Any Business – Even Direct Marketers

Last night after a good meal and some pleasant family time I found myself with a spare and very rare hour to myself. As I debated between taking a nice aromatic bath or reading my backlog of industry newsletters, my thirst for knowledge won out.

For someone who has spent more than twenty years in marketing and client services, I never turn away the chance to find out more about direct marketing. It never ceases to amaze me how companies and advertisers are able to find new and unique marketing methods to directly market to both businesses and consumers. That is why spending time reading industry news is part of my daily job.

Industry articles, newsletters and whitepapers are wonderful tools. Anyone in business can benefit from reading them. Remaining stagnant with your industry knowledge only serves to allow your clients to look elsewhere for the help they need. And you would have only yourself to blame. You expect your doctor to constantly keep abreast of new and cutting edge procedures and medicines. Why not do the same yourself?

Recently I was reading a paper by Robert Bly entitled “Secrets of Successful Business to Business Direct Marketing”. He makes some interesting and thought provoking testaments thanks to his many years in marketing. In one section he expounds:

“The business buyer is an information seeker, constantly on the lookout for information and advice that can help the buyer do the job better, increase profits, or advance his career.”

I cannot disagree with that. Direct marketing business to business is very different from direct marketing business to consumer. Drip marketing is very effective when marketing to a business as most will purchase a product or service after a long period of research. Consumers however are impulse buyers and one offer is all they need to see before whipping out the credit card. Where we disagree however is when he states:

“Don’t be afraid to write long copy in mailers, ads, and fulfillment brochures. Prospects will read your message – if it is interesting, important, and relevant to their needs.”

Sorry Robert, but most purchasing agents and company owners that I have dealt with over the years are consumers at heart. They purchase needed materials and services the same way a consumer would: what gives me the best value for my money. Directly marketing to them with an overload of information will have them tossing that mailer in the trash or deleting your email with the click of a button.

Whether a company uses direct marketing to attract another business or a consumer, always make sure your advertising makes the recipient want to know more. Show them where they can find out by directing them to a website, opting in through an email or responding with a return reply card. THEN send your brochure or booklet full of information.

When using direct marketing to a business, always be professional, knowledgeable and concise. Grab the buyer’s attention and lure them into finding out more. Your bottom line will thank you for it.

There are many more pieces of information in Robert’s report that have me thinking. Direct marketing experts like him are a wealth of knowledge. I have many more articles yet to read too. Who knows what I might still learn. If I do I will be sure to share.