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Seven in ten consumers want you to personalize the direct mail you send them. Are you giving them what they want?

According to Cap Ventures’ 2003 study of personalization, more than 69% of consumers prefer highly personalized direct mail offers over non-personalized offers.

Smart direct mail marketers personalize their mailings because personalization works. Personalization boosts response rates, sometimes by double digits. And it boosts orders.

Personalization works because it tells your clients that you know them and recognize their uniqueness. If I have to sales letters on my desk, one addressed to “Dear Homeowner” and the other addressed to “Dear Alan,” I know which letter will receive more of my attention.

Here are some ways to boost your response rates and orders with personalization:

1. At the very least, personalize the salutation on letters

2. Personalize the salutation on postcards and self-mailers

3. Refer to the customer’s last purchase, and name the product

4. Refer to the customer’s last purchase, and name the date of purchase

5. Mention the date that the customer’s subscription expires

6. Mention the product or service or problem that your reader mentioned in a previous transaction (web form or phone call, for example)

7. Handwrite your lift notes

8. Give readers the name and phone number of their area sales representative

A word of warning

Personalization works. But only if you do it well. If your mail merge misses one field, you might call Bob, Betty, which breaks trust, or tell Customer A about Customer B’s confidential buying history, which breaks the law. So, if you are new to direct mail
personalization, proceed cautiously.

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About the author

Alan Sharpe is a direct mail copywriter who helps business owners and marketing managers generate leads, close sales and retain customers using direct mail and email marketing. Learn more about his creative direct mail writing services and sign up for free weekly tips like this at http://www.sharpecopy.com.

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For more information on direct response personalization:

Please visit http://personalizationprecept.com to register to download our complementary special report entitled “The Personalization Precept” that is jam packed with personalization tips and statistics to help you improve your marketing ROI.

Direct Mail Personalization

An interesting article I found while browsing Ezinearticles.com earlier:

A colleague who does work for a nonprofit organization contacted me asking if I could do research on the success rate of personalized direct mail letters (Dear Joe) versus generically addressed letters (Dear Friend). Surprisingly, I didn’t find as many statistics as expected, but I found information stating that personalized letters outperform generic letters.

The Digital Printing Council conducted a survey and the results showed “tailored direct mail pieces increase response rates by more than 500 percent over a basic, non-personalized piece.”

Gotmarketing reports that “personalizing an email marketing campaign can improve response rates by 45 percent.” This one defines customized content and the customer’s purchase history as personalization.

ClickZ shares data from a study that “found personalization was the most important factor when contributors determine which charity or fundraising direct mail they open at 62 percent.” Second place? Timing at 59 percent.

It may cost more to personalize the campaign, but the response rate more than makes up the difference than taking the cheap, generic route. When I see mail addressed to “Resident,” I promptly throw it in the trash or recycling pile.

More resouces: “Personalized donor letters always outperform generic ‘Dear Friend’ appeals. Donors deserve ‘special’ treatment and appeals should reinforce the positive relationship you’ve already established.” From FundClass.

Mal Warwick & Associates, Inc. learned “personal attention makes a big difference. The old cliche is true: people give money to people, not organizations. The more personal the contact, the more effective your fundraising will be.”

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Obviously, you can learn a ton more about personalization by downloading SMB’s free report entitled “The Personalization Precept” right now by visiting http://personalizationprecept.com.

Personalization Precept – Now Live!

It turns out that the burning of the midnight oil led me to complete “The Personalization Precept” project a full day ahead of schedule.  If you’re interested in obtaining a complementary copy of the report, please visit http://PersonalizationPrecept.com right away and register.  It’s painless and best of all, it’s free!

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Personalization Precept Update #2

I have more or less finished the core of the Personalization Precept report and have begun to outline the campaign sequences for it.  The official release date is still Friday, August 8, 2008, and I believe this will be a report that direct response marketers are going to want to get their hands on to better understand the current market and the metrics driving it.

Some statistics on the report:

  • 40 pages long
  • 5.3 MB
  • 13 graphs
  • 7 case studies
  • 4 quotations from real world field marketing experts
  • Lots of statistical analysis

My hope is that you’ll take the time to register for this free resource right now by visiting http://PersonalizationPrecept.com.  Again, you won’t begin to receive correspondence from me until Friday, but things will begin in earnest then.

I look forward to your feedback and learning about your business as things progress.

Personalization Precept Update

I’m about 85% done with the Personalization Precept Report and plan to have it ready for release (along with the follow up campaign) by Friday (August 8, 2008).  If you’re wondering what benefits you’ll receive by registering to receive this free report, here’s a quick rundown of a few things:

  • Reduce costs on future direct marketing campaigns by knowing which methodologies generate the highest response rates based on the initiative. (pages 7-10)
  • Improve open rates by learning which days are the most popular for opening e-mail. (page13)
  • Understand when to use a prospect or house list most effectively. (pages 14-15)
  • Increase revenue through personalization techniques designed to break through the clutter and get your message noticed. (page 22)
  • Boost direct mail response rates by as much as 1000% through this technique. (page 25)
  • Review 7 case studies of companies achieving tremendous results with personalized direct response marketing. (page 27)

I am getting ready to send pre-release copies out of the report to get some feedback before releasing it to the public.  If you’d like to get in on the report before it’s officially released, follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/rogerbauer), and I’ll post a link to the report later this evening or sometime tomorrow to check out what’s been done thus far.  It’s a jam packed report with statistics, case studies, and examples of successful personalized direct response marketing campaigns.

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