Many companies focus heavily on digital marketing as their primary channel to reach out to their target audience. However, with the average email open rates hovering around 17%, with a 10% click-through rate, some companies are returning to direct mail as an alternative to digital marketing.

But is direct mail still effective in 2023?

Direct Mail is Thriving in 2023

Direct mail has not only weathered the storm of the digital marketing age, but it has emerged stronger than ever. In 2023, it continues to captivate recipients, forge genuine connections, and provide impressive results.

The response rate for direct mail falls between 2.7-4.4%, compared to just 0.6% for email marketing. Additionally, direct mail outperforms all other marketing channels with a much higher return on investment, averaging around 112%.

Direct mail still has the ability to grab people’s attention and persuade them to take action. When used correctly, direct mail can provide an impressive ROI for businesses.

Rising Demand for Personalized Messaging

Consumers want personalized experiences with brands they love and interact with, which is why direct mail’s ability to deliver targeted messaging continues to resonate.

Direct mail offers a unique opportunity for personalized communication. By segmenting your audience and customizing mailers based on their preferences, demographics, or past interactions, you can create a sense of exclusivity and relevance.

Here are some ways to make the most of your direct mail campaign through personalization:

  • Use personalized visuals, such as images of the recipient’s city or state
  • Include the recipient’s name
  • Offer customized promotions based on purchase history or preferences
  • Use a personalized call to action, such as referencing a previous interaction
  • Send thank-you notes and follow-up messages after purchases
  • Share news and updates about their interests with postcards
  • Create personalized landing pages and URLs to track responses and conversions

Analyzing customer data and preferences is a great place to start. Based on that data, create targeted messaging, fostering a better customer relationship and boosting engagement. From addressing them by their name to tailoring content based on their interests, you can make your audience feel valued, and they’ll be more likely to respond to your offer.

Make Your Mark with Direct Marketing

So, is direct mail still effective in today’s business landscape? Yes, it is!

While digital marketing has certainly become a go-to marketing strategy, direct mail remains a powerful tool for businesses looking to connect with their audience and give customers a personalized experience with their brand.

By understanding why direct mail remains effective and incorporating practical tips, small business owners can successfully leverage this channel in their marketing strategy. However, that doesn’t mean you need to choose direct mail over digital. Combining direct mail with existing digital marketing efforts allows businesses to achieve even greater results.

If you want to learn more about this impactful combination and improve your strategy, contact the marketing experts at UpSwell to get started.

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