Looking to increase response rates with your marketing efforts? Jason McSweeney from dream ink shares a few basic techniques you may see results from in the new year.

I work with a wide range of clients and industries looking to increase the response rates of their direct mailers and marketing efforts.  Here are just a few very common techniques you can do to improve your ROI and brand awareness with your advertising:  

• Purchase an optimized mailing list targeting a specific audience most likely to purchase your product or service. 
Jim's Rocking Chairs can find "new or expectant parents" within x amount of miles from his store for relatively low cost; a little creative thinking will qualify those leads by income level and gender to design mailing pieces directed at those most likely to be holding the wallet at that time!

• A study by Baylor University showed that incorporating a logo'd promotional product can increase response rates as much as 75%.
The free gift being sent is really the trojan horse of advertising; it should have your company logo and be functional with a high perceived value to supply hundreds of exposures to your brand in their home, office or car. 
BTW- receivers of a promotional product are 62% more likely to do business with an advertiser!

• Ask website visitors to sign up for your "opt-in" e-mail list. 
These provide the best response rates as users have already expressed an interest in your product or service. Now your goal should be to create compelling content that will draw more unique and repeat visitors to the home/sign up page. 

• Follow up with a phone call! 
Some of us still enjoy hearing a human voice pitch a product or service. If they received a postcard and e-mail advertisement followed by your friendly voice, it may be just enough brand recognition and perfect timing to get in the door. (Have your elevator pitch ready.)

Jason McSweeney is the President and Marketing Mastermind at dream ink located in Downers Grove, Illinois.

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