Postcards are perhaps the least expensive way of reaching a large number of people with your sales message. Although they have their drawbacks, they are cost-effective at attracting new customers. But only if you follow some simple rules that professional direct mail copywriters follow.
Grab their attention on Side A
Side A is the side with the picture on it. One beauty of a direct mail postcard is that your prospective customer does not have to open it. There in the morning mail is your sales message, seen by all. So make sure you put something on Side A that arrests the attention of your prospect. Here are some ideas:
1. A wacky photograph
2. A photo of your product in an unusual setting
3. An outrageous (but true) claim
4. Your unique selling promise stated in a clever or intriguing way
5. Your prospect's problem (the one that your product or service solves), stated or presented in a compelling way
The only goal of Side A is to arrest attention and stimulate interest. OK, so that's two goals. You must motivate your prospect to turn your postcard over to read the other side. So make sure Side A is arresting and interesting but does not tell your whole story.
Sell them on Side B
Side B is the one with the address and postage stamp. Here you create desire and motive your reader to take action. You do not have much real estate upon which to give your sales pitch, so stick to your strongest benefit. Describe in clear, compelling language what your reader gets by buying your product or service. You don't have enough room here to say enough to make a sale, so just sell the next step.
Ask for the next step, not the order
The next step these days is often for the prospect to visit your website. That's a great use for a direct mail marketing postcard: driving potential buyers to a special page on your website (called a landing page) where you give the entire dog and pony show and give prospects a convenient way to part with their money, if I may put it that way.
The next step may also be for the reader to call you, or to visit your business. Both good uses of direct response postcards. So make sure you say enough, and in a strong enough way, on this side of the card to motivate a potential buyer to lift the receiver or start heading in your direction. Which brings us to your offer.
Make your offer irresistible
All direct mail pieces should contain an offer. The offer is what you dangle in front of prospects to motivate them to take the next step in giving you their business. What you are selling and what your offer is are two different things.
For example, using direct mail, banks promote credit cards. That's what they are selling. But to persuade you to act today they extend you an introductory and time-limited interest rate of only 2.5% (some conditions apply, of course!). That's their offer. Their offer must overcome inertia. And so must yours.
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