8 Commandments for Converting Direct Mail Fundraising Appeals to Email

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Looking to repurpose your direct mail appeals into email? Thou Shalt Make Email SHORTER Than Direct Mail. Direct mail appeals clock in at well over 1,000 words, sometimes double and triple that. Kerri has some great advice for you! Kivi.

Direct Mail Is Here to Stay (and How)

EveryAction

In today’s digital age, it might seem somewhat nostalgic to talk about direct mail. While it’s tempting to default to cost effective communication channels like email and Facebook, direct mail is still very much in play. Today, direct mail continues to be an effective way to prompt donors to take action. You started out in direct mail almost 17 years ago. There’s often a lot of back and forth in direct mail.

Emailing Monthly; Direct Mailing Quarterly

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As in previous years, we asked nonprofits how often they would email and direct mail the typical supporter on their mailing lists. No surprise: monthly emailing and quarterly direct mailing remain the most popular frequencies. .

Direct Mail Fights Back

The Agitator

Direct mail? Direct mail?! But wait, direct mail is fighting back. Or at least, as reported in Direct Marketing , the (not disinterested) US Postal Service is. Advertising mail accounts for 31% of USPS revenue.

3 ways to use direct mail effectively in the age of social media

iMarketSmart

Although direct mail requires printing and postage, we still include it in our marketing plans because it can be effective if you do it right. MarketSmart has generated millions of dollars for clients with direct mail. Often it is best to combine direct mail with an Internet landing page. Otherwise, it’s just “junk mail”. Next, drop them in the mail every few weeks or so.

Direct Mail And Hurricanes

The Agitator

Postal Service is wondering, “Should I mail or not mail?” ” To The Agitator , with its roots in direct mail, this is both a donor-centric question and an organization-centric one.

Direct Mail Buzzes

The Agitator

I’ve noticed a few good items regarding direct mail lately that I’m sharing today. First up from Target Marketing is Paul Bobnak’s collection of The 6 Best Direct Mail Teasers of 2016. Communications Copywriting / creative Direct mail premium

Direct Mail vs Email?

The Agitator

According to this research (on this point, from Royal Mail), customers spend 25% more when businesses use a combination of direct mail and email marketing. For example: 56% say “mail makes me feel valued”; only 40% say that about email.

Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In a little over a week — starting November 8 — Tom Ahern will join me to present the Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits E-Clinic again at Nonprofit Marketing Guide. As you probably know, Tom Ahern is one of THE masters of donor communications, especially direct mail. Tom firmly believes that you don’t need a gigantic direct mail list in order to raise significant dollars — and he has proven it with several of his smaller clients.

Hot Topics in April: Direct Mail, Modern Media Relations, and Supportive Nonprofit Cultures

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Apr 3 & 4: Writing a Direct Mail Appeal Letter In-House, Parts 1 and 2. The post Hot Topics in April: Direct Mail, Modern Media Relations, and Supportive Nonprofit Cultures appeared first on Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog.

More Lessons from Lisa’s Direct Mail Experiment

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Earlier this summer, Lisa Maher shared her initial results of her direct mail experiences with some nonprofit she supported. This time around, I want to update you on the direct mail from the organizations in my previous post and some new ones that have come to my mailbox.

Direct Mail + Online = Results

The Agitator

One that recently caught my attention is titled: The Direct Mail Paradox and how you are losing donors. These guys are mobile fundraising zealots, and so I expected their infographic would trash direct mail. And indeed they started a bit on that note, with this observation: “ For most people, direct mail is annoying (BTW, this is the.

Sample Calendars: How Often to Send Direct Mail and Email [Video and Download]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The sample calendars tell you when to send direct mail and email appeals, and direct mail and email newsletters, by quarter and month. Direct Mail Leaning – Starter — Download This One for Free Now (PDF). Direct Mail Leaning – Striving.

Why Is Direct Mail Seeing A Resurgence?

The Agitator

Roger and I are direct mail … well, er, sluts. Whenever someone writes anything along the general lines of ‘direct mail punches on’, there we are, drooling and wagging our tails, like dalmatians responding to the fire alarm. Direct mail premium

How to End Your Obsession With Direct Mail (and Why)

iMarketSmart

Recently someone over-enthusiastically posted a discussion topic on one of my LinkedIn Groups promoting direct mail’s benefits. I’m not against direct mail. In fact, I love direct mail too. Ahh… love. Is there anything better than love?

Direct Mail Hanging In

The Agitator

The Direct Marketing Association notes in its recently released 2012 Response Rate Report that direct mail response rates have dropped nearly 25% over the past nine years. Even so, direct mail pulls a better overall response than digital channels. for direct mail.

Should Your Direct Mail Appeal Letters Be Kept to One Page?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During our direct mail appeal letter training , we invariably get asked about appeal letter length: How many pages should our letter be? Direct Mail expert Tom Ahern shoots down the one-page myth immediately.

In Direct Mail, All Responses, Even Complaints, Are Good

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Tom Ahern is my go-to guy for all things direct mail. Afraid your direct mail piece goes too far and will solicit a negative response? If you are interested in Tom critiquing your direct mail appeal, sign up for our Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits e-clinic in May.

Direct Mail Appeal + Online Response

The Agitator

After two infographics yesterday pertaining to email, today another one pushed into my e-mailbox, this time on direct mail. Simply: “…consumers prefer responding to direct mail via online means.” Direct mail Online fundraising and marketing premium

One Big Myth about Direct Mail Appeal Letters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Each time we hold our Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits E-clinic , Tom Ahern and I have to help the participants overcome their pre-conceived ideas of what makes a great direct mail appeal letter. “Write drunk, edit sober” Bulk mail or first class.

Raising Money with Direct Mail and Donor Newsletters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In August, Tom will teach the fourth round of Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits , which is all about getting your appeal letter into tip top shape. Tom Ahern. I love Tom Ahern to bits.

Direct Mail Yields Major Gift Donors

The Agitator

On Monday we reported on the American Cancer Society (ACS) and its project over the past year to re-examine the role of direct mail in its fundraising program. Acquisition direct mail direct marketing major donors premium

Direct Mail is not Yet Dead

The Agitator

None of this matters if you can’t block and tackle with mail. That’s right, mail isn’t dead. So here are my arguments for continued use of the mail. Mail is where more donations come in. Mail retains donors (slightly) better. Ending mail acquisition is a flop. American Cancer Society stopped mail acquisition in January 2013: New donors dropped by 11%. They started mail acquisition back up 18 months later. Mail engages the mind differently.

If You Write Direct Mail Appeals In-House, You’ll Want to Know About This

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you have been part of our community for any length of time, you know Tom Ahern and how awesome he is at writing fundraising copy – especially direct mail appeals. (If The best part was the direct feedback from Tom on my letter.

Writing Your Own Direct Mail Appeal Letter This Year? You Got This!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Think your in-house created direct mail appeal doesn’t stand a chance against the big boys? Tom Ahern has proven he can help nonprofits of all types raise a significant amount of money – especially with direct mail appeals.

When Will Direct Mail Die?

The Agitator

From his photo, he looks like one of them/thar ‘Millennials’ Derrick’s post, which by definition I received and read online, is titled, The Paradox of Direct Mail , and makes the observation: “For many new and younger donors, direct mail is viewed as intrusive, messy, and a waste of resources. Direct mail premium I just read a blog post by a fundraising youngster, Derrick Feldmann.

Direct Mail Testing To Nowhere

The Agitator

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Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits – July E-Clinic

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You can put both concepts to work for you with your direct mail appeals. Renowned direct mail copywriter and fundraiser Tom Ahern is going to show 24 nonprofits how to do just that during our July e-clinic, Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits.

If you’re asking yourself whether or not direct mail is dead, then you’re asking the wrong question

iMarketSmart

There’s too much talk about whether or not direct mail is dead. I get direct mail delivered to me every day. The question should rather be about why BAD direct mail is still alive at all. BAD direct mail should be killed dead. Good direct mail should be kept alive. So what about your direct mail efforts? Have you compared the results of your direct mail efforts with the results attained from other channels?

Direct Mail Will Outlive Us All

The Agitator

Direct mail is: [ ] Dead [ ] Near Dead [ ] Nowhere near dead. Over the 9 years Tom and I’ve been agitating, few topics are the subject of more debate than the all-too-familiar prognostication that direct mail is either dead or dying. We’ve never bought into that myth as you can see from this 2012 post, Direct Mail: The Exquisite Corpse. Direct mail premium

Lisa’s Direct Mail Watching Experiment, Part 3

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Lisa Maher has been sharing guest posts with us this year about the kinds of direct mail communications she received after donating to several nonprofits last year. Since I’ve been tracking all of my direct mail since January, I have amassed quite a collection. Lisa Maher.

Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits – Get It Right This Year

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Our July e-clinic on direct mail with Tom Ahern sold out so quickly that I asked Tom if he’d go ahead and schedule a second session with us, and he agreed!

Acquisition – Direct Mail: The Exquisite Corpse

The Agitator

For nearly 20 years prognosticators have prematurely heralded the death of direct mail. After all, they argue, “online” is far cheaper and faster, plus donor demographics are changing, so it’s only a matter of time before direct mail is dead and buried.

#FUNDRAISING: Consider Moving Online Donors To Direct Mail Giving

Non Profit Marketing 360

Online donations are certainly growing, but as a recent report from Blackbaud demonstrates, long-term support and larger donations still mostly come from responses to direct mail, even if initial support comes online. Those gifts also tend to be higher than first-time mail-in donations.

Why Direct Mail Won’t Die

The Agitator

As Mark Phillips at Bluefrog notes, this is why direct mail fundraising won’t die! direct mail fun fundraising

4 essential questions to ask yourself about your planned or major gift direct mail program

iMarketSmart

Are you really doing direct mail well? Do they put up with your direct mail? I think if your retention rate is under 40%, your donors are sending you a message about your direct mail program. I like to say, “Be donor-centric. Be personalized. Be relevant.

Direct Mail Best Practices for Nonprofit Organizations

Exactask Marketing

Despite the increasing shift towards digital fundraising, using direct mail as part of your overall marketing strategy still provides significant benefits for any nonprofit clients your agency may be working with. Many shy away from direct mailers because of the slow lead time, high initial costs required or because past campaigns haven’t shown much success. When done right, though, direct mailers can be a nonprofit’s most valuable asset. direct mail Marketing

Direct mail envelopes–five ideas for nonprofit fundraising

ImpactMax

of the direct mail we get, unopened. A good half of my direct mail is from nonprofits and, even in my modestly generous home, nine out of 10 new appeals go unopened into the recycling bag. Remember, direct mail is a science, not an art.

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up on Direct Mail

Ann Green

You may think direct mail is a relic of the past or you don’t use it much because it’s too expensive. Direct mail is still a viable way to communicate with your donors. Some donors prefer to hear from you by mail. Direct mail: dead, or immortal?

How to Enhance Direct Mail Fundraising Efforts for Your Nonprofit Clients

Exactask Marketing

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Direct Mail … You Know You Like It!

The Agitator

Time to end the week with a simple reminder about old-fasioned direct mail. Who reading this post doesn’t enjoy receiving real mail? Who, given the choice, would prefer to receive an important message — a communication whose intent you knew was to move you, a communication you were eagerly anticipating, a communication from someone you felt connected to — by email as opposed to real mail? Direct mail premium

Direct Mail Survives At American Cancer Society

The Agitator

That strategy involved: Stop all direct mail acquisition to generate new direct mail donors for the organization. Stop all direct mail conversion to offer non-direct mail Society donors (online donors, event-participants/donors, information seekers, etc.) an opportunity to give a direct mail gift. Remove the American Cancer Society direct mail donors from all exchange universes.

Fresh Opportunity For Direct Mail Fundraisers

The Agitator

No direct mail isn’t dead. Still, if you need some encouragement about the future of direct mail, read on. But here’s some additional direct response ammunition for our case. demographic trends direct mail latinos premium It’s the workhorse, delivering by far the preponderance of individual donations, at least in the US.