With modern, powerful digital marketing at its peak, one might forget all about direct marketing – in fact, you may have even branded it obsolete as digital marketing has all but taken over for your business, and has been serving you well. Let’s face it – digital marketing does work, from email offers, to popups, to targeted social media ads. However, let’s not lose sight of how powerful direct marketing can be when done properly.
A tried-and-true method, direct marketing still works, even if you have an eCommerce website. Direct marketing even works if your business is based in the heart of technology, such as a company that specializes in website design in Orange County. In part, this is because the mailbox is better than the inbox. While a user actually has to open a piece of email you send them, if you send a direct mail postcard, you can include the same pitch you would include in an email. The best part is, it’s guaranteed that they read it, because they had to look at it to decide whether to throw it away or keep it.
If your business is a car dealership, and you’ve just targeted someone who’s in the market for a new car, this postcard/coupon is much more likely to be effective than a random email from a stranger. Not only is the customer “forced” to read the advertisement, something that arrives directly by mail just seems more trustworthy than an email from a company.
Because of these two reasons: the likelihood of the advertising being read and the trustworthiness of it, you shouldn’t completely forget about direct marketing. It still has a power and a presence, and while internet marketing and digital marketing is crucial for survival in this day and age, it absolutely isn’t the only way to garner (or keep) clientele.