Direct mail works! Sounds old-fashion? Today, it's retro!
You could send a postcard every month!
Carlsbad, California: Can an entire industry, the business of performance management, be reduced to a postcard? Can the deep study of kaizen and the work of business gurus like Peter Drucker be reduced to a link?
The quick answer is, "Yes."
Meet Steve Hoffman, founder of Modern Postcards.
He was smitten by process control and the theory of constraints. How can you get 32 postcards on one sheet of paper and maintain quality? That's California kaizen. When we taped this story, Modern Postcard had 250 employees producing over 100 million postcards a year for some 150,000 customers.
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And, you know retro is always in. Just think about your own experience. If you get a handwritten note in the mail, it is a treat. If you get a postcard, you always look at the picture and generally glance at the message.
If the picture is good, you read the message. If the picture is really good, you might even tack the postcard on your bulletin board.
At one time direct mail was expensive, not for the cost of postage, but for the cost of labor to manage and sort it all properly. Today, there are thousands of businesses that have jumped in to help. They make it easy and, with a business like Modern Postcard, they make it inexpensive, too.
Think about the images that communicate your mission, products, and vision. Think about a tight message. Try it, but track it!
Direct Marketing can help take you global quickly.