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.

When to Stop Snail Mailing and Emailing People, Part I

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If email engagement is the goal (see last week’s posts here and here on why that is) and snail mail keeps getting more expensive, it makes sense in both channels to more carefully manage who is on your mailing lists so you only send to people who may actually consume that content, right? That means that you need to decide when you will STOP emailing and snail mailing people and remove them from your active lists.

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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

Whew! The Mail Lives.

The Agitator

I saw two surveys today that reassure me that old-fashioned mail, my favorite medium, will probably outlive me. Naturally, for those age 65 and over, mail was tops at 52%. The first has no relevance to fundraising, but does shed some light on people who follow local issues and politics.

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Direct Mail Fights Back

The Agitator

Direct mail? Direct mail?! But wait, direct mail is fighting back. Advertising mail accounts for 31% of USPS revenue. The result, as headlined by Direct Marketing … Direct Mail Has a Greater Effect on Purchase than Digital Ads.

How Often Should We Email, Mail, Post.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Direct Mail Appeals: Twice a Year. Direct Mail Newsletters: Quarterly, assuming you send one. We get questions all the time about the frequency with which nonprofits should be communicating.

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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. As conventional wisdom had it, mail out as much as you can to as many people as you can to maximize your returns.

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.

When to Stop Snail Mailing and Emailing People, Part II

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

What’s the risk of continuing to mail to people who aren’t responding? The opposite is true with print: It will cost you a lot of money to send mail to all those people who aren’t reading it and responding, but it’s not like the Postal Service is going to ding you for it and stop delivering your mail. You will find much, much less on when to stop mailing them, with a notable exception of our friends at Bloomerang , again.).

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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”. If you use your data to send the right person, the right offer, at the right time, direct mail will deliver an exponential return on your investment.

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. I once had a conversation with a direct mail writer who said he hated email.

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.

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. Direct mail Integrated fundraising and marketing Mobile marketing and fundraising Online fundraising and marketing premium

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. .

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

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.

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.

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

Get more money with your year end appeal: Interview with Paul Bobnak of DMIQTV and Who’s Mailing What

Wild Woman Fundraising

How long have you been working in the direct mail industry? For the past 15 years I’ve been the archivist of Who’s Mailing What. My basic job which hasn’t changed much, every day I look at direct mail and email. We mark mailings that we see in our mail stream.

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Don’t Forget Your Mail

The Agitator

I love the mail. I love checking my mailbox — a real mail box with a red flag — six days a week. I love to feel my way through the mail, regarding some with professional disdain, admiring some for their creativity and ability to win my attention (why did that particulate piece win my attention?), sorting it into ‘today’ and ‘later’ (all bills … yes, I even still get some bills in the mail) and, sure, tossing.

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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. Here’s a bit of analysis from our friends at Analytical Ones that confirms a key payoff from direct mail acquisition programs.

Write a Better Case for Support and Direct Mail Appeals

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Direct Mail Appeal Letters. Then, on July 28th, we start our very popular direct mail training with Tom. Or join us for the full Writing Direct Mail Appeal Letters e-clinic. Learn more about direct mail training. Join Fundraising Expert Tom Ahern.

Funniest Nonprofit Direct Mail: Photoshop Disasters!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Funniest Nonprofit Direct Mail: Photoshop Disasters! Want an example of a funny appeal letter? Here’s one I wrote awhile ago. ——————————————-. Dear Friend, .

Reader Questions: Does adding extra stuff your appeal mailing work?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Recently I was leading a webinar for CharityHowTo called “Tons of Money in the Mail&# and a person asked this question: “What should we include in our direct mail? Adding things to your mailing can either help OR hurt you. Did I actually mail the card back?

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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.

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.

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. Lisa Maher.

Direct Mail Testing To Nowhere

The Agitator

Acquisition direct mail Don''t Miss these Posts DonorVoice fundraising innovation premium 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.

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

How Can You Get More Money in the Mail?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever heard of the Who’s Mailing What Database ? DMIQTV stands for Direct Mail IQ TV. It’s a letter that big nonprofits mail out over and over again because it works so well. You can arrange the results by: Acquisition Mailing.

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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.

New Advanced Webinar: Getting Creative with Direct Mail with John Lepp

Wild Woman Fundraising

Webinar title: Advanced Webinar: Getting Creative with Direct Mail. Are your direct mail returns dropping? How can you write a better direct mail package for your nonprofit? The direct mail pack is not just about the letter though.

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. Stop looking for ways to prove the general view that direct mail works.

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

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.

Stop Mailing! Don’t Stop Mailing!

The Agitator

And more specifically, when should the former stop sending direct mail and email appeals to the major donors? He says there are only two reasons to take major donors out of the direct response solicitation stream: The donor asked you to stop mailing or e-mailing appeals. And he emphasizes: “Over time, as the relationship builds , the communication strategy migrates or skews toward personal solicitation vs. mail or email.

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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.

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

#Resource: Survey Of E-Mail Distribution Services For Nonprofits

Non Profit Marketing 360

We work with our clients to help them green their companies and organizations as well – and a great way to start that process is to use email blasts to get the word out instead of mass paper mailing campaigns. Image via Wikipedia.

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.

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. They were so proud: they had an 8-page direct mail appeal that broke records.

Speaking Up For Mail

The Agitator

I’m compelled to note, however, that the vast majority of individual donor income for most non-profits is raised through the mail. (At The rest is direct mail, telemarketing and sustainer.) Let’s keep that in mind as we fend off our Boards and Executive Directors who don’t understand why our direct mail budgets haven’t markedly decreased. They will when the mail stops working!&#.

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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.