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Wondering how direct mail marketing trends are doing in 2021? Is it still effective? 

Even before the pandemic, it is difficult to forecast direct mail trends. But one thing’s for sure, it is still one of the most effective strategies small to mid-size businesses can use to improve lead generation. 

In fact, though the volume of mail sent in the United States has declined year after year, the response rate has actually skyrocketed. Between 2006 to 2020, the number of snail mails sent has declined almost 50%—from 213 billion to 120 billion. But surprisingly enough, the response rate grew by 173% and the prospect list increased by 194%. And most people going paperless with their bills may have actually contributed to it.

With many companies offering digital account statements and online bill payment services, this has reduced physical mail clutter which provided a greater opportunity for direct mail. The logic is quite simple. The fewer mail received, the more attention is paid for each that is delivered. 

Since most (if not all) things are digital now, there is a higher interest in receiving physical mail. Humans are instinctively drawn to tangible things and with getting physical mail becoming rare, it becomes more attractive. Consumers are then more likely to open and engage with the mail they receive.

So without further ado, here are the direct mail marketing trends to watch out for in 2021.

 

Direct Mail Marketing Trends to Watch Out For

 

Postcards are on the Rise

You might think that postcards are dead but they’re actually doing a lot better than you’d think. Postcard distribution has steadily been rising over recent years compared to other print formats. 

One of the possible reasons why it grew in popularity is because postcards are smaller and have fewer words in them. The conciseness of the message becomes more attractive to the recipient making them more likely to respond.

Plus, postage and paper costs are higher for other printed formats. It’s definitely a win-win for marketers to use postcards instead.

 

Combining Direct Mail and Digital Marketing

You can’t possibly squeeze every bit of your offers’ details on your direct mail. This is why it still comes in handy to provide your recipients with your company’s digital information like a website, a social media handle, QR code, or anything they can type in on Google to search for you.

Not only does this cut the buying process in half, but it also confirms your legitimacy in your prospects’ eyes. 

 

COVID-19’s Lasting Impact

Let’s face it. As much as we want to believe that everything would go back to normal even with the vaccine available, it won’t. The heightened awareness of the public regarding health and safety issues has impacted the search volume for key terms like contactless payment, face masks, stay safe, and virtual.

Marketers, including direct mail, have adapted by adding COVID-related messages into their campaigns and how their offers can help.

 

Increased Use of QR Codes

QR code use has been expedited thanks to the pandemic. It’s the best solution for contactless transactions and access even to the simplest things like menus and brochures. 

By including a QR code in your direct mail pieces, you can give your prospects an easier way to access your digital information like a website. This is much more convenient than manually typing the information on the search bar.

 

If you’re considering direct mail marketing for your business or take your strategy up a notch, talk to us at OverflowWorks.com and we’ll help you!