Start-Up Business and Postcard Marketing

Starting your own business can be difficult. The preparation will require time, effort and money. Also, marketing your business will be very challenging. When it comes to this aspect of the business, there are actually lots of strategies you can choose from.

What particular marketing technique should a new start up business owner consider? This article talks about postcard advertising and how it can benefit a start up business.

Smart Advertising with Postcards

Postcard advertising is an advertising strategy that has been used by many successful businesses in the industry. For a new business, it is certainly worth a try. What are the benefits you can get from postcard advertising?

The best thing about postcard marketing is that you do not need to spend a lot compared to other advertising strategies. One type of direct mail marketing, postcard advertising has been one of the most effective way to promote a business. Another important advantage in is that a business owner can use it to accomplish different advertising goals. The following paragraphs will discuss these advantages.

Low cost advertising. When compared to other marketing techniques, postcard marketing is more cost efficient. This type of marketing is cost-effective since you won’t need to put postcards in an envelope. At 23 cents, you can send your postcard via First Class Mailing and get essential mailing services like the “Return to Sender” option. Generally, you will only spend less than 50 cents to send a standard size postcard, including the cost of materials, printing, and postage.

Get positive response. Postcards are often well-received by the market, particularly if your postcards are attractive and well-designed. Compared to other promotional materials, people do not throw away postcards. Some people display them on their refrigerator doors or use them to decorate their work stations. This only goes to show that when done correctly, postcard advertising is a great way to get your message across and get positive response from your target market. Send for various reasons. There are different reasons why a business owner send postcards. For you to introduce a new line of products or services, sending postcards can be effective. It can also be used as invitation to a special event happening in your shop such as the opening of your store, a big sale, etc.

Postcards are also great to show your appreciation to the people who have patronized your company. For example, you can launch special postcard marketing campaigns during holiday seasons to remember your customers. Even for established businesses, postcards are a great way to let people know that you are a company that cares about your customers.

Track results easily. Postcards are easier to track because they can double as discount coupons or claim stubs for customers who decide than they want to try out your product or service. You can immediately see if your postcard marketing campaign is working based upon the response of your recipients or the increase in your sales.

Using Pizza Postcard Direct Mail for Customer Retention Campaigns

One of the very best ways to become a habit with your customers is to keep the postcards coming. Sending eye-catching postcards with tantalizing offers will help you get that valuable repeat business. Don’t you want every customer to be a ‘regular?’

Build Your List

Collect addresses from customers when they request delivery or in a guestbook near the front door of your restaurant that they will see when they dine in. Ask your servers to request customer addresses offering future discount coupons as incentive. Or leave a bowl out to collect business cards in a drawing for a free pizza. Collect street addresses on your website too so you can alternate physical postcards with promotional emails over time.

Prepare the Ingredients

You will need some mouth watering photographs for your postcard. This is the number one way to get customers back in your door on a frequent basis. They should get hungry just looking at the postcard. You need a nice sharp logo image to associate the amazing pizza with your brand. Now for the offer – make it a good one. Market analysis shows that giving a specific number of ‘dollars off’ is the most attractive offer for your customers. By adding an expiration date, customers are motivated to act quickly on the special offers. Of course your contact info needs to be prominently displayed.

Then It’s Baking Time

Choose a simple postcard template online. You will find that good printing companies have a selection of customizable templates to choose from. Using one from your favorite printing company is ideal because the ordering process will be a breeze. Pay attention to card stock weight, size and gloss vs. matte finish cards. Vary these factors for more impactful mailings. They will get more attention if they don’t look exactly the same each time they hit the mailbox.

Membership Cards and Special Occasions

Modified membership cards are always a winner when it comes to direct mailing. Many pizza restaurants offer those cards that are stamped with each order so that after a specified number of purchases, they get a free pizza. It should be wallet size and very sturdy, with lines to make it easy to cut away from the rest of the postcard. A free pizza postcard design should go over well and help encourage repeat business. Send specially themed holiday postcards throughout the year as well as birthday postcards to repeat customers. You are establishing a relationship with your regular, customized mailings.

Of course you should keep a stack of postcards on your front counter (next to that guest book) and give some to local promotional partners in complimentary businesses that will co-promote with you. If you offer to split a postcard with another business, like the local dry cleaner, you can greatly expand your mailing list since you are reaching their repeat customers along with yours. Postcards are a versatile, eye-catching and cost-effective marketing and retention tool for your pizza business. Order some hot off the press today – and watch the customers come rolling in.

Green Marketing – Fundamentals of a Successful Direct Marketing Campaign

There are three elements to a successful green marketing campaign: being credibly green, addressing a need, and communicating in an environmentally friendly way. We will explore each in more detail.

First: Credibility. This requirement is somewhat unique in the realm of marketing. Consider the scenario where Harley-Davidson had to certify that all employees ride motorcycles or Whole Foods had to attest to the good eating habits of its employees. Neither do, of course.

If you are going to make green marketing claims, however, the first place your customers will look in assessing those claims is at you. Have you determined your environmental impact and are you taking steps to mitigate it. You need not have eliminated all environmentally unfriendly practices, but you should disclose them along with your plan to address them (sooner or later).

As part of establishing your green credibility, you should seek to obtain valid third-party certification and you should demonstrate executive level (ideally CEO) commitment to sustainable business practices. The third-party certification can come from any of array of private or non-governmental organizations with business practice evaluation programs. The executive level commitment should be on-going and incorporated into regular business oversight policies and procedures.

Second: Address a Need. This is the fundamental purpose of business overall, but often gets lost in the complexities and mythology inherent in green business. Products or services must solve for a need or leverage a trend in order to be successful. Green products and services do not get a pass just because they have environmentally friendly attributes.

Consumers, for the most part, are unwilling to pay more for environmentally friendly products, services, or green attributes added on to existing products and services. So address the need, just do it in a green way.

If you are incorporating green attributes into an existing product or service, be clear and specific with your claims. Set the green benefits in context and communicate in a straight-forward way. Any hype or promotional tonality is likely to ensure your audience views the message with a high degree of cynicism.

If you designing entirely new green products or services, then identify the need, and address it in an environmentally friendly way. Thus, you may reformulate a product using environmentally friends raw materials and manufacturing processes, but it still must perform as well as non-green competitors, and may only yield a modest price premium (if at all).

Third: Communicate using Eco-friendly Channels. One example of a recent perceptual shift is in financial services. Until recently, solicitations were viewed negatively primarily because of concern around the security of personal information and the potential for identity theft. Now those solicitations are a predominantly a bad thing because they kill trees. Imagine the reaction if a [paper] solicitation arrives in the mail offering a green product or service: instant credibility loss.

Be creative about how you promote the product or service. Investigate and leverage new channels, such as solar power billboards, or street advertising. Go beyond soy inks and recycled paper to leveraging virtual channels and viral marketing. Both are lower impact methods of getting the message out. Green is becoming very popular. Do it right by taking these fundamental steps and you will stand out; building a lasting, engaging relationship with your customers.