Direct Mail Marketing and the Golden Glimpse: How to Get Your Offer Noticed
In direct mail marketing, you have what I like to call the "golden glimpse" -- that moment, however brief, when your prospect pulls your direct mail piece from the mailbox and actually pays attention to it.
This is an advantage not enjoyed by other marketing media. You can ignore a radio commercial and a magazine ad. But you have to give each piece of mail a moment of your attention to decide whether or not it's a keeper.
This marks the first in a series of hurdles your direct mail piece has to clear. Think of it as an obstacle course. Only instead of high bars and log jumps, your hurdles are the following:
1. Getting noticed.
2. Getting read.
3. Getting the message across.
4. Getting a response.
But it all begins with the golden glimpse, during which you'll either get noticed or be forgotten. Here are some tips to help you clear this first hurdle:
Direct mail gets a guaranteed touch by recipients. That's something email, radio and TV advertising cannot do. But that first touch represents your first in a series of hurdles. It is the golden glimpse when your recipients give you a moment of their time.
To capitalize on the golden glimpse, you must convey the value of your offer clearly and immediately.
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