Direct mail is the perfect communications tool for raising awareness of your business, promoting your products, services and special offers and building customer relationships. In this blog series we’ve explored how to plan, budget and get the data for your direct mail campaign and how to manage the creative, production and postage. In this concluding blog, we wrap up with response handling and measurement.

Get the right response

There is no point spending time and money on a direct mail campaign to drive customer traffic to your shop, website, call centre or elsewhere only to waste the opportunity those responses represent.

To avoid this disappointment, be sure to:

  • Make it easy to respond – Freepost or Business Reply Envelopes encourage your recipients to respond without themselves incurring cost, as does a toll-free telephone number
  • Prepare your channels – the sales department, shop personnel, call centre, whatever it may be. Make sure they’ve got copies of the direct mail so that they know what people are responding to
  • Have plenty of stock – of brochures, samples or whatever else your mailer promises
  • Follow-up – if you’re following up by telephone, the people making the calls need to be prepared and have the time to do it
  • Update the website – all communications channels need to consistently reflect what the mailer covers. Remember that going online after receiving direct mail is a popular choice – 92% of consumers do it.

Measure the impact

The responses you get to your direct mail campaign will not only (hopefully) lead to business and provide a measure of the campaign’s success in itself, they can also provide useful feedback on reaction to the campaign.

Analyse the responses you get to build profiles of your interested markets.

As online is such a popular route for direct mail recipients to take their interest further, make sure you have an online contact form and digital analytics and tracking in place.