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Wondering how you can measure direct mail marketing success?

With the advent of social media, email, and search engine optimization, it’s easy to overlook some traditional marketing channels that helped businesses reach out to their audience in the past. Of course, we talk particularly of direct mail marketing, which remains valuable if you want to cover all your bases.

But, how do you know if your direct mail marketing yields positive results? More importantly, how is its success determined?

 

What is the Most Common Way to Measure Direct Mail Marketing Results?

Almost every type of business today can benefit from direct mail marketing. You can use it to make announcements, whether you’re opening a new shop, launching new products, or running a sale. It’s a great and effective way to get your message out there, and potentially increase sales and raise brand awareness to boot.

The response rate is by far the most common way to measure direct mail marketing efforts. A good response rate can vary greatly according to your business as well as your sales and marketing objectives. You may see the average response rate across all types of direct mailers is around 2%, with higher rates being from retention campaigns, but acquisition campaigns can be anywhere from 0.5-1%, which is acceptable, not to mention realistic. But for high investment, one time purchase campaigns, even a .2-.3% rate is considered a success.

It goes to show that you should not only measure the success of your direct mail campaigns by their response rate as it can also be determined by other factors such as your marketing goals, quality of responses, and ROI, to name a few.

 

Direct Mail Marketing by the Numbers

Direct mail marketing works by itself, yet you can use it to complement your other strategies when necessary. Below are some statistics proving that direct mail still gets positive responses.

In addition to higher open rates and response rates, direct mail also leaves a better impression on recipients—about 75% of consumers can recall a brand immediately after receiving direct mail compared to just 44% of people who see a digital ad. Moreover, while direct mail’s cost-per-acquisition is nearly double that of email, its return on investment is impressively strong at 29%. It nearly matches that of social media marketing which yields a 30% ROI.

Judging by these numbers, direct mail remains a sound marketing investment. Sure, sending emails every day may sound easier, but keep in mind that it’s also easy for your audience to ignore them. It’s contrary to postal mail that’s opened 9 out of 10 times.

 

How to Improve Your Direct Mail Response Rate

Even when you’ve already seen a positive response with your direct mailing efforts, there’s always room for improvement.

In general, your response rate will increase once you reach maximum exposure for your brand and you have zeroed in on your target audience and converted them into potential leads. Lastly, by setting specific objectives and supporting them with a compelling call to action like discounts, coupons, and limited-time offers, your direct mail response rates are also bound to increase.