04 Aug 2016
With the popularity of the internet and social media it’s hard to remember that direct mail is still a valid marketing outlet. The fact remains, direct mail is still successful and widely used today. More than 8 out of 10 households read or scan advertised mail they receive.
Direct mail is also an effective way to gain new customers. More than 39% of customers try a product/service for the first time because of direct mail advertising (DMA). According to the USPS, over 60% of direct mail advertising recipients were influenced to visit a promoted website with the heaviest influence being on first-time shoppers.
The success of a direct mail advertisement is broken down into 3 percentages – 40% is attributed to the targeted mailing list, another 40% is the offer that listed or promoted. Last, 20% of the success is the mail piece design and format. Getting your message in front of the right target audience with an offer they can’t refuse is the key. (amazingmail.com)
In addition to the above, we have found a few other tips that may help your next direct mail campaign:
- 5 Tips for a Successful Direct Mail Campaign:
- Personalization – Create a sense of familiarity, studies show you can increase your response rates by 10-50% with the use of personalization on the advertised mail piece. In addition, combining personalized postcards and personalized landing pages online (PURLs) you can double your response rate. (amazingmail.com)
- Timing – Studies show Monday afternoon is the best time to send a direct mail advertisement. This allows for a delivery of Tuesday or Wednesday and gives sales people the rest of the week for follow-ups. When direct mail pieces arrive later in the week the effort may be lost from a disconnection over the weekend.
- Call to Action (CTA) – Creating a killer (CTA) is vital. If you are not using this marketing practice on your direct mail advertisement you could be missing out on prime opportunities. Reiterating the (CTA) at least three times has proven to be a great practice.
- Wording -Moreover, the wording of your offer matters. Dollars off will outperform a percentage $10 off $100 may outperform 10% off up until you start using a percentage of 50% then that rule switches; Buy One Get One (BOGO) should beat half off. Eliminate restrictions if possible and list an expiration date to express the urgency.
- Uniqueness – With direct mail you have the opportunity to be infinitely creative and make it stand out from the rest. With the use of the phycology of color putting thought into your color pallet can help impact your efforts.
Furthermore, use eye catching photos with a 4-color gloss and a unique cut or size, this can make your postcard stand out. In addition, postcards that are larger are read more often.
Should you be using an envelope for your mail piece oversized envelopes have shown the best response rate. “Lumpy mail” is another way to make your direct mail piece stick out. It makes the mail piece three-dimensional, more official and very intriguing; and of course your recipient will wonder what’s inside. With lumpy mail you could promote your business with swag items that include pens, calendars, notepads, coasters and more.
In conclusion, if you want your direct mail advertisement to stand out you must so something different form the norm. With targeted mailing lists and lettershop services, CAS can partner with you to make your next mailing successful. Call 800-524-0908 today!
15 Jul 2016
Out of the 205 billion email messages that are sent per day, how many of them catch your attention?
A first impression is everything; a great subject line could make or break your chances at peaking someone’s interest. Regardless of whether or not your email gets opened, your subject line will be seen.
10 Tips for the Perfect Subject Line:
Keep it short: Less is more, subject lines with fewer than 50 characters have open rates at 12.5% or higher, the click-through rates of those emails are 75% higher. (Source: Constant Contact)
Spam Triggered Words: Stay away from words such as Free, Guarantee, Cheap, Apply Now, Click, Credit and Obligation they are common words affiliated with spam blocks. For a more extended list you can check out a great article on Mequoda
RE: or FW: In addition to annoying your recipients using RE: or FW: in your subject lines can trigger spam filters. This has been a common practice of spammers and frankly, most of your customers are too smart to fall for it.
ALL CAPS: Stay away from using all caps. You can emphasize your message but don’t sound too desperate. Using all caps may help you stand out, but not in a good way.
Tell the Truth: Don’t mislead your subscribers. If your subject line doesn’t match your message recipients could be confused and your email could be flagged as spam.
Emojis: Emoji symbols are a new trend in subject lines. They get your attention, but not all email platforms support such characters so proceed with caution.
Numbers: When used correctly, using numbers in a subject line could help your open rates. People love numbered lists and promise the reader this won’t take long. However, try to stay away from percentages as they may be to sales-y
Questions: Questions are a great way to engage your reader’s curiosity. Many times a question will persuade your readers to open the email in search of an answer.
Call to Action: It’s never a bad idea to include a call to action in a subject line. Of course, it can be challenging given the character space but it can be done. Here are some call to action tips from WordStream that may help you in your next campaign.
Preheader Text: Preheader text is the subject line’s lesser-known brother. It is a short summary of text shown after the subject line. Many email builders allow you to create a custom preheader in the header of your email, it can also be done manually in HTML. Preheaders are used to give the recipient more information before they open the email before they proceed to open it.
To put quite simple, your email subject line is important. A great subject line can help build brand awareness, increase your open rate, drive more sales and simply get the attention of your subscriber.
If you are looking to put together a marketing campaign and need some expert advice give CAS a call today! 866-461-4693
30 Jun 2016
Email Marketing is alive and well and will be for a very long time. Don’t listen to the naysayers who declare that email marketing is “dead”. There are over 205 billion email messages sent per day. That means 2.4 emails are sent every second and up to 74 trillion emails are sent yearly. This number is expected to rise at an annual rate of 3% over the next 3 years.
On average, subscribers receive 416 advertising emails per month. For every $1 spent on email marketing, the average return is $44 (Source: campaignmonitor.com).
CAS, Inc. offers effective ways to reach your best prospects via email. We have complied one of the most robust databases in the industry with the ability to segment highly refined audiences for your targeted email content, postal messages or phone communications. Download our new nSightful Xchange Data Card here.
6 advantages to Email Marketing:
1) Email Marketing provides the ability to distribute information to a wide range of specific, potential customers at a relatively low cost. Compared to other media investments, email is less expensive per contact. The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has found that email marketing has a return on investment of 4,300 percent.
2) With the right email campaign, an exact return on investment can be tracked and has proven to be high when done properly. Email marketing is often reported as second only to search engine marketing (SEO) as the most effective online marketing tactic.
3) The delivery time for an email message is short (i.e., seconds or minutes) as compared to a mailed advertisement such as a postcard, magazine or flyer (i.e., one or more days).
4) An advertiser is able to “push” the message to its audience, as opposed to website-based advertising, which relies on a customer to visit that website.
5) Email messages are easy to track. An advertiser can track users via autoresponders, web bugs, bounce messages, unsubscribe requests, read receipts, click-throughs, etc. These mechanisms can be used to measure open rates, positive or negative responses, and to correlate sales with marketing.
6) Tracking and response metrics enables you to tune your email by a process of testing different creatives, subject lines and call to actions.
Whether you are marketing to internal data or looking for new email prospects CAS has you covered. With over 200 demographics and 132 million email addresses CAS can construct a highly responsive and targeted email marketing campaign for your business. Contact us today 866-461-4693.
CAS’ MortgageBase database includes nearly one million deed-transactions per month, combined with a Tax Roll file of over 37 million single family and condominium residences, resulting in millions of transactions that have been identified with a change of home ownership from the current month back to the late 1980’s. This deed driven database, compiled from County Recorders Offices, provides a daily snapshot of most transactions that have recently occurred.
This file is best suited for New Homeowner offers, PMI Insurance Users, Refinance, Reverse Mortgage lead generation, VA/FHA/Conventional Streamline offers, and much more.
MortgageBase Premium includes all of the demographic selects and data found in the original MortgageBase file.
The additional source used to compile MortgageBase Premium provides more homeowner records, additional property and loan selections and increased accuracy from verifying records across two primary sources.
Some fun facts about VA Loans:
- The maximum VA loan guarantee varies by county. As of 1 January 2012, the maximum VA loan amount with no down payment is usually $417,000
- Less than 13 percent of the nation’s 22 million veterans have used the benefit
- The state of California comes in with the highest amount of VA loans totaling 158,846
- Eight in 10 VA borrowers couldn’t have secured conventional financing
- Veterans who’ve experienced bankruptcy or foreclosure can still qualify
- The average VA borrower has less than $7,000 in assets
Usage for the VA Mortgage Holder Select: Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan for VA to VA refinance offers
Nationwide VA Mortgage Holders Count: 1,655,400
Estimated VA Mortgage Holder’s Age:
Estimated VA Mortgage Holder’s Income:
10,871: Under 15K
30 Mar 2016
We’ve just updated our Automobile Owners USA database! This data is sourced from automobile dealerships, manufacturers, service centers, as well as requests for insurance, aftermarket products, and warranties. Our database is compiled using multiple sources across various industries. We start with more than 200,000,000 records, then we standardize, cleanse, and remove duplicate records. No other auto file providers use as many sources as we do at CAS.
Many other auto files claim to have more records, but the problem is “historic” files don’t remove old records when cars are sold. These other files will have people who owned cars years ago and have long since sold them, leaving you with old, outdated data. We maintain, update and build our file “new” on a regular basis, giving our clients a current snapshot of automobile owners now, and not years ago.
Automobile Owners USA is perfectly suited for: extended warranty offers, financial services, insurance, new & used auto offers, auto clubs, aftermarket accessories, and much more.
A CAS representative would be happy to discuss our Automobile Owners USA database with you.
25 Feb 2016
Email marketing is a useful tool for driving people to web sites or simply informing folks that you exist, but don’t lose sight of direct mail and its many proven direct marketing merits!
You will see extraordinary delivery rates to mail boxes: the vast amount of email marketing that is processed means that email inboxes may be cluttered with spam, making it hard to get the attention of your potential customers. Direct mail has a 90%+ delivery rate and is a very reliable way to reach prospects and customers.
Response rates are often higher: direct mail results in more responses from consumers than email. If you get your direct mail list, offer and creative right, the USPS statistics say you can count on a 3-5% response to your direct mail campaign. Match THAT statistic with any other channel!
Direct mail results in more response to your “call to action”: after receiving a direct mail piece, nearly 25% of those consumers visit a store, 20% visit a website and 15% call an 800-number.
As you plan where to spend your marketing dollars, remember these points about direct mail:
1. Higher delivery rate results in more sales
2. Higher response rate results in more sales
3. More action results in more sales
Remember that multi-channel marketing – using both email and direct mail – allows consumers to choose the channel by which they would rather receive offers.
A CAS representative would be happy to discuss how direct mail can help you grow your business.
22 Jan 2016
Each year, there are hundreds of tradeshows to attend. Deciding which of these exhibits to attend can be very challenging. Businesses have a lot to gain by promoting products and services at tradeshows, but there is also a risk. Attending the wrong tradeshow can result in loss of revenue and time. To ensure your business is choosing the right tradeshows to attend, trim down your list by defining a purpose, evaluating costs, and calculating ROI. Here are our top picks for 2016 that can have a positive impact on your business:
Las Vegas, March 15 – 17, 2016
LeadsCon is the definitive conference for vertical media, online lead gen and direct response marketing. Founded in 2007, LeadsCon showcases the best people and companies in vertical media and direct response marketing. 5000+ (3,000 for Las Vegas & 2,000 for New York) people rely each year on LeadsCon for unparalleled insights and access to marketing leaders.
San Diego, April 26 – 28, 2016
Response Expo is the event for performance-based marketers: anyone who measures, tracks, and monitors the results of their advertising campaigns. If your advertising campaign is running on television, online, radio, print or outdoors and directs consumers to a website or phone number, then Response Expo is your event.
San Francisco, October 4 – 7, 2016
Dreamforce brings together thought leaders, industry pioneers, and thousands of your peers for four high-energy days of fun, inspiration, networking, and giving back. With over 1,500 sessions and thousands of live solutions from the world’s largest cloud ecosystem, Dreamforce has tailored content specific to your industry, role, and company size. Whether you’re a company of five or a Fortune 500, you’re going to see a boom in success by coming to Dreamforce.
&THEN A DMA Event
Los Angeles, October 16 – 18, 2016
In 2016, &THEN will bring marketing’s greatest analysts, artists, strategists, copywriters and CEOs together at the world famous Los Angeles Convention Center in sunny California!
New York, November 2 – 3, 2016
ad:tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities.
Investing in a tradeshow can create many benefits for your business. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to promote your products and services. Sign up to exhibit at one of our top must-attend tradeshows and events of 2016!
29 Dec 2015
Start 2016 off right by identifying your best customers. Knowing your customers and their value helps you find more like them within your current market or new market expansion. A clear picture of your customers enables you to market more cost-effectively and efficiently.
Before you can find new customers and increase profits, you need to understand who your most profitable customers are. The key is to first analyze your customers by developing a snapshot of a customer’s value. Use the information you have about your customers to understand their value. You can differentiate between your most and least profitable customers using these methods:
• Calculate the average amount a customer spends in a single transaction
• Multiply across the number of transactions in a year
• Multiply by the number of years a customer stays a customer
• Factor in the customer purchase amount or the transaction frequency
These calculations can reveal how much each customer spends, how many resources your business ties up, and profits you make on their business. Now that you better understand who you’re already selling to, you can develop a marketing plan to reach new customers. Here are a few suggestions on how you can gain new customers in the upcoming year:
Referrals are perhaps the best affirmation of customer satisfaction. It’s also a way to gain customers with the highest retention rates. These customers tend to purchase more over time and in turn become a source of additional referrals.
Communicate to others in your network what type of customer you’re looking for. This is an effective way to reach new customers in your target market.
Establish an agreement between a business to pursue an agreed upon objectives needed while remaining independent organizations. As long as there is continued value to the shared audience, strategic alliances produce streams of referral business.
You should continually review the value of your existing customers. Over time, customers who used to be highly profitable might want lower prices. Pay attention to each customer’s future potential as well — it may be worth cultivating a relationship with a small customer who has high growth potential.
03 Dec 2015
It’s true! Not all customers are alike. In fact, every customer is different and expects a personalized experience. Customers will no longer engage with marketing campaigns that treat them as an assembly line.
A unique customer experience can be achieved through data segmentation. It will help you deliver targeted content that is relevant to your customers. Here are ten ways on how you can segment your data:
Segments can be built based on customer activity. You can target customers that are taking action such as interacting with your social networks or by simply opening your email. You can also create segments based on customers that are less active. Messages should be tailored based on your customers’ engagement level.
2. Shopping Cart Abandonment
Create segments of your database that are comprised of customers who have filled a shopping cart, but did not complete the purchase. Send them targeted marketing campaigns with products from their abandoned shopping cart to help complete the conversion.
3. Past Purchases
You can segment customers based on specific products or services purchased previously. This information can be used to send them personalized emails that are catered to their interests. Another great way to provide a unique experience is to include add-ons from past products or services they once purchased.
4. Stage in the Sales Cycle
Customers fall at different stages in the sales cycle. Depending where each customer fits in the funnel, sending them a personalized message moves them along in the sales process. These segments will improve the lead nurturing process and can increase conversion rates as well as speed.
5. Website Interaction
Capturing customer interaction with your website is important. Take your website traffic data and segment based on their webpage visits. By identifying these key groups, you can provide them content that is most relevant to their needs.
6. Last Purchase Date
Keeping your customers engaged after purchase is imperative since this interaction could determine if they become a repeat purchaser. Follow up with personalized content based on their last purchase date. Sending them a simple survey about their purchase experience or product feedback will keep the customer engaged.
Targeting groups based on product and category purchase history can have a deep impact on your ROI. For example, sending customers who repeatedly purchase mailing lists have an interest and a need for them. Providing customers personalized content based on their product preferences can boost engagement and increase conversions.
8. Purchase Frequency
Segment your customers based on how frequent they purchase. Knowing how often your customers purchase allows you to try to re-engage less active shoppers or reward frequent purchasers. For instance, you can offer discounts to less active purchasers to drive conversion or invite active purchasers to join your loyalty program.
Knowing where your customer resides is important information. Segmenting by geography is one of the most common forms of data segmentation. Creating customized segments based on geography can help you tailor your marketing message based on their location. For instance, you don’t want to market sleds to individuals that live in San Diego.
10. Opens & Clicks
Track customers who have opened or clicked on your email campaigns. If a customer opened your email, continue to include them in your email program until they finally click. If they clicked a link within your email, follow up with a phone call. This will help move the customer through the sales funnel.
Data segmentation helps clearly define how to target each group of customers and the patterns that differentiate them. Determining segments based on transactional, behavioral and demographic data will help you gain a deeper understanding of your customers. Contact us today to learn more about how data segmentation will allow you to send relevant content to your consumers and increase conversions!
10 Nov 2015
‘Tis the season to capitalize on your marketing efforts and optimize your email marketing strategy. The holiday season presents a major source of revenue for most businesses, so it’s important to have your holiday email strategy ready to go. Follow our six tips to ensure this year’s holiday season is a success!
1. Identify Holiday Segments
By segmenting your audience into categories, you can build different email campaigns and target each segment with a specific creative that will resonate with your audience. Segments can be built using data points such as time of purchase, purchase frequency, or type of products different customers have purchased. By identifying these categories, you can send exclusive holiday deals to your best customers or target last-minute shoppers based on last year’s purchase data.
2. Map the Customer Journey
Mapping your customer journey can help determine the right marketing message to send at the right time based on their shopping behavior. By establishing the patterns of your customer’s buying journey during the holiday season, you can better predict their next action. This will allow you to automate your email campaigns to trigger content and offers based on customer behaviors such as abandoned shopping cart, abandoned web browser, or product purchase.
3. Create Holiday-Specific Content
Consumer behaviors change during the holidays and so should content. During the holiday season, content will have a different tone. Content should announce your holiday plans, remind your audience about special offers, and include important dates and deadlines. When done the right way, content is a great way to increase engagement and build brand awareness.
4. Participate in Giving Tuesday
Partnering with a local charity, school, or organization to help raise donations is an important part of the holiday season. Consumers are more likely to have a positive view of a brand that gives back. Planning an email campaign focused on Giving Tuesday is a great way to strengthen your brand.
5. Tie in Other Marketing Channels
Email should be tied in with other marketing channels. This is even more important during the holiday season because a large portion of revenue can be generated during this time. Syncing holiday related copy on landing pages and social media should tie in or pick up where email content left off. If you have email content focused on “Black Friday Deals” incorporate that into your social networks. You can also add social media icons to all of your email campaigns to make it easy for recipients to share your content.
6. Thank Your Customers
The holiday season is a great time of year to thank loyal customers. Plan a holiday email campaign letting them know you appreciate their business. This will not only build and strengthen important bonds with your customers, but your business will reap the benefits. Sending your customers exclusive offers and other personalized messages is also a great way to let them know you value their relationship.
Make your holiday season count by incorporating these tips into your holiday email strategy. Contact us today if you’re looking to learn more about how to improve your holiday email marketing program this season!