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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 Fights Back

The Agitator

Who’s got the hot fundraising job? Email fundraising? 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.

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. Copywriting Fundraising Nonprofit Communications

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 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. We all like to think our instincts can guide us through our fundraising.

When Will Direct Mail Die?

The Agitator

I just read a blog post by a fundraising youngster, Derrick Feldmann. 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

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?

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

Direct Mail Testing To Nowhere

The Agitator

I suspect a good part of the reason why fundraising and especially acquisition is so flat or down lies in the business-as-usual, risk adverse nature prevalent in the contemporary nonprofit mentality. Acquisition direct mail Don''t Miss these Posts DonorVoice fundraising innovation premium

How You Can Get More Money Through Direct Mail: Interview with Jules Brown of “Dear Joan”

Wild Woman Fundraising

He is a professional direct response copywriter specializing in the creation of highly persuasive fundraising campaigns for charities and non-profits. Mazarine: How did you get involved with copywriting for direct mail fundraising?

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? Plus he quotes one of my other favorite fundraising bloggers, Jeff Brooks. Direct mail is not a medium that rewards meekness.

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? You also don’t have to be an expert in fundraising. We know a lot of you wear many different hats and fundraising may not be your strongest point.

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.

Best Of The Agitator – 2015 – Direct Mail Still Not Dead

The Agitator

Over the 10 years we’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. In fact, 2 of the 10 most popular posts of 2015 involve direct mail.

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. On numerous occasions, The Agitator has urged US fundraisers to shift some focus and resource to the growing Hispanic population. But here’s some additional direct response ammunition for our case. demographic trends direct mail latinos premium

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.

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. Direct mail Donor acquisition Major donors direct marketing premium

Do you make direct mail happen for your nonprofit? This App’s for you!

Wild Woman Fundraising

When you’re fundraising for a cause, you want to make sure you don’t waste any time. You’ve got ten more things to do and you need to get this mailing out, FAST. This App helps you make sure that you never forget another appeal mailing step.

Direct Mail Quick Quiz … And Longer-Term Puzzle

The Agitator

Question: What percentage of nonprofit solicitation mail is tossed without reading? [] 5.6% [] 13.4% [] 31.2 % The answer in a moment. Consequently, this weekend I found myself reading Modes of Delivery and Customer Engagement with Advertising Mail , a report by the Postal Service’s Inspector General. Direct mail aficionados can download it here. Today , nearly 1/3 of all nonprofit fundraising appeals are tossed away unread. Direct mail premium

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.

Write a Better Case for Support and Direct Mail Appeals

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Join Fundraising Expert Tom Ahern. Fundraising expert Tom Ahern is cranking out some great stuff for us this year! Direct Mail Appeal Letters. Then, on July 28th, we start our very popular direct mail training with Tom. Learn more about direct mail training.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Watch this video to learn about the six new communications calendars I’ve created for you as part of our brand-new training, Creating a 12-Month Community Engagement and Fundraising Plan. Direct Mail Leaning – Starter — Download This One for Free Now (PDF).

Acquisition: Direct Mail Testing – Part 1

The Agitator

Tom’s post on the Obama campaign’s email testing prompts me to weigh in on one of the least understood and woefully mis-practiced skills in the direct response fundraiser’s repertoire – direct mail testing.

Direct Mail Survives At American Cancer Society

The Agitator

In her recent article in Fundraising Success , Angie Moore updated us on the strategy embarked upon in 2013 by the American Cancer Society. 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.

Funniest Nonprofit Direct Mail: Photoshop Disasters!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Funniest Nonprofit Direct Mail: Photoshop Disasters! originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on July 5, 2012. Want an example of a funny appeal letter? Here’s one I wrote awhile ago.

Raising Money with Direct Mail and Donor Newsletters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

He’s so smart and so practical, and he tells it like it is, all while still being a nice, supportive guy — which makes him a perfect partner for our Nonprofit Marketing Guide e-clinics on print fundraising for small nonprofits. Tom Ahern. I love Tom Ahern to bits.

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 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. Fundraising Ahh… love.

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.

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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. .

The Online Yield From Direct Mail

The Agitator

Stacy Guidice at Grizzard sent us these interesting stats on the extent to which first-time online gifts are driven by direct mail. Analysts at Grizzard matched first-time online gifts against mailing lists used in parallel for one of their clients, Rescue Missions. A median of 35% of first-time online gifts could be matched back to direct mail appeals — with highs of 62% and 60% in two cases.

The Online Yield From Direct Mail

The Agitator

Stacy Guidice at Grizzard sent us these interesting stats on the extent to which first-time online gifts are driven by direct mail. Analysts at Grizzard matched first-time online gifts against mailing lists used in parallel for one of their clients, Rescue Missions. A median of 35% of first-time online gifts could be matched back to direct mail appeals — with highs of 62% and 60% in two cases.

More Direct Mail Test Results

The Agitator

Every marketer/fundraiser should have an addiction to testing built into their genes. His examples — all dealing with direct mail acquisition packages — cover … Two-color vs four-color carrier. Mailing labels gift vs ‘invoice’ package. Mailing labels gift vs out-of-the-box paper lunch bag package. He can’t be talking about fundraising mail, can he? I love testing!

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. Fundraising Nonprofit Communications Online Courses

Direct Mail Package 101

The Agitator

An experienced direct mail copywriter, with a proven track record, can command thousands of dollars for creating a direct mail package. Any nonprofit attempting to mount a direct mail campaign should think about whether your campaign can afford a seasoned copywriter. But I concede that leaves thousands of small nonprofits who have little choice — you do need to ask for donations, and do need to use mail to do so.

Acquisition: Direct Mail Testing – Part 2

The Agitator

One of the biggest pitfalls in direct mail testing is the ‘baby & the bathwater’ problem. The problem occurs when an organization or its consultant creates and mails a test package with numerous test elements.

Part 3: How to Send an Appeal Letter

Wild Woman Fundraising

If so, now you know why direct mail is important in fundraising, and how to write the parts of an appeal letter. Your Mailing List. Also make a folder for the list you used for this mailing. Ask your boss how this mailing fits into the annual mailing budget.

Direct Mail Test Results

The Agitator

Here’s their first example of a head-to-head direct mail test … in this case, centered on the offer. Don't Miss these Posts direct mail direct marketing fundraising nonprofits researchThe Agitator has been featuring various A/B tests as reported on Which Test Won ? So far their tests have all been of the online variety.

Reader Questions! I want…. EVERYTHING FUNDRAISING! Okay then.

Wild Woman Fundraising

Recently I asked my most fantabulous enewsletter subscribers (if you want to be one, click here ) what they wanted to learn more about, because, let’s face it, Most people don’t plan to get into fundraising. Then I got up and boldly said, “Okay, I’m ignorant as hell about fundraising, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Here’s a wonderful question from a fabulous, talented and successful fundraiser in Oregon!