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05
Dec

There is value in every form of marketing, but today we are going to focus on how direct mail and print marketing can enhance your cross media campaign.  According to Marketing Research Insight, magazine print ads have a higher engagement rate than both television and web marketing.  Furthermore, printed messages drive over 60 percent of brand-related online searches.

One of the greatest advantages of print and direct mail is that it can be highly targeted.  Through the use of Variable Data Printing and an up-to-date database each direct mailing can be designed to relate directly to a group of like-minded individuals in your target audience.  When a direct mailing is relevant and includes technologies such as QR codes or pURLs, the average response rate can be expected to increase.

Having a web-presence is important, but just because you’re online doesn’t mean people know who you are or will find your brand through competitive digital channels.  This is where direct mail marketing can be a huge driver of web-traffic for your site.   When using QR codes on your mailing you can even bridge the gap between your printed message and your online message simply by having the user scan a code with their smartphone.

Finally, print media is tangible.  Printed messages are not easily ignored with a simple click of the mouse.  In fact, direct mail pieces are read by over 80 percent of the people who receive your message.

Print’s features make it an excellent tool to incorporate into your cross media marketing campaign.  The fact that printed messages drive online traffic and that over 80 percent of direct mailings are read, means that it’s the perfect tool to cut through all of the clutter and reach your target audience.  By combining both digital and print you’re able to reap the benefits of each tool and ultimately increase your return on investment.

Timothy Freeman
President
Printing Industries Alliance

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04
Dec

Print marketing reaches an audience in a way that cannot be easily ignored or lost in the clutter of digital messaging.  Today, we’re going to discuss three reasons why print marketing is a valuable asset.

First, print gets your audience’s attention.  With what seems like thousands of daily emails, text messages, web page visits, e-newsletters, and Facebook posts, print offers an escape from those messages and is a welcomed break.  In fact, over 60 percent of people reported that they prefer and enjoy receiving print messages.  Printed communication that is cleverly conceived will stand out. In today’s fast-paces society, print is relatively ‘quiet’ and that spells welcome relief to many consumers.

Furthermore, print is target and gets delivered where you want.  Just as digital messaging can be targeted to specific portions of your target audience, so too can printed messages.  Through the use of database management and Variable Data Printing, print marketing can not only get delivered directly  into the palm of your target audience’s hands, but it also can deliver a relevant and enticing message that is more likely to see a response from the recipient.  Today, consumers expect relevant messages — they’re no longer satisfied receiving messages that may or may not pertain to their interests.

And, finally, people are more emotional about print.  Print has the ability to evoke strong emotions from people.  People feel more attached to printed messages they receive than digital messages.  Printed messages are also more likely to stick around.  Almost a quarter of print messages are saved and stored in a place for the recipient to come back and use at a later time.

The very tactile nature of print renders it more personal than a digital message.  Print takes more time and effort than a digital message and most consumers know this and appreciate this fact.  Print is power and print gets results.

Timothy Freeman
President
Printing Industries Alliance

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