Marketing feels impossible in a world of infinite choices. Customers control the conversation, and even small and medium-sized businesses have to recognize and adapt to this new landscape. One thing remains constant, however, and smart marketing takes notice: everyone wants the VIP treatment. Creating relevant messages for targeted audiences is the crux of marketing, but without the proper toolkit, it can be a daunting task.
Spray and pray marketing is a waste. Sure, digital technology makes it easier to spray more and pray harder, but what’s the point? You want quality results from your marketing dollar (are you making at least $3 for every $1 you spend?) and customers don’t want to sift through junk. Maybe the answer is going old-school.
We love direct mail, and studies show that we aren’t alone. According to the USPS, 47% of Millennials happily check their mailbox each day. But they don’t want junk mail that goes into the garbage, 95% of them want the feel-good effect of getting personalized direct mail. If it appeals directly to you, it isn’t junk. Millennials are commanding a growing slice of US dollars and already control $600 billion a year in spending power. Here are some tips to get the message out to Millennials:
Personalize Your Print Marketing
Millennials value individuality. Personalization in direct mail is not a new concept, but it is an initiative that bears many unexplored possibilities. With services such as Variable Data Printing, businesses can intelligently personalize marketing with a startling amount of variables. Want to send different offers to people with blue eyes and brown eyes? Done. Want to change images on your print based on demographics? Easy. As long as there is data for it, anything can be changed with variable data.
Bridge the Gap Between Digital and Physical Channels
Of course, we’re fans of physical marketing, but we know digital marketing isn’t going anywhere. It offers ease of insight, it is nimble enough to react to changes in your market, and it is incredibly affordable. Closing the gap between digital and physical channels makes both more effective. In fact, you can bank on seeing a 7.9% lift in engagement when you bridge this gap. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Send a postcard with a coupon for items in an abandoned shopping cart
- Send a mailer that includes only items the customer is likely to buy, based on their past buying behavior
- Welcome kits tailored for specific customers
- Send a gift card honoring a customer’s birthday, anniversary, etc.
Make Print Marketing Scream Quality
One thing that print does better than digital is delivering real, tangible quality. We’re paper, packaging, ink and color experts. We can tell the difference between 30# and 40# paper by sight, but even if you’re not a print expert, you know quality when you feel it. A high-end smartphone box feels expensive, well-made and flawless. Imagine the disconnect if your $1,000 smartphone came in a flimsy tissue paper box! That’s the power of print!
You don’t need the budget of a multi-billion dollar company to use personalized, targeted printing. At PFL, we use an innovative process to lower the cost of VDP so it is affordable for the rest of us. Give us a call, and we’ll help you find a solution that fits your budget, timeline, and goals.
Give us a call and see how we can bring extreme personalization to your print.