I don’t care how clever you think you are there is no intelligent way to send 1 broad message to appeal to everyone in your database marketing equally.
Sure, people have been broadcasting single messages through all forms of media since the beginning of time but that doesn’t make it right. If you’re going to be lazy you will get lazy results.
Strategy #2) Segment Your Mailing List into groups
You would be surprised how you change your offers and promotions just based on what you see in your database. I highly recommend that every marketing manager look into your database personally so you know what you’re working with. As you are digging through your database ask yourself these questions:
- How many are female?
- How many are male?
- What are the age groups in our data?
- How many of these are “locals”?
- How many are from out of town?
- Which groups spend the most?
- Which groups visit us the most?
- What are the 5 most popular purchases?
- What are the 5 most profitable purchases?
- Who is making these purchases?
This should be the consideration you make before you do any form of direct marketing. Why? Because you can do this with direct mail and you cannot do with the rest of your marketing budget. Because it will get you better results!
Once you have your database segmented into 3-5 different groups you need to create offers that directly appeal to each group. Spend time talking to people in those groups about what they really want and what would get them to buy again. Then plan your marketing to that group accordingly. Do this with each group you plan to market too.
I know this sounds obvious, pretty logical and a no-brainer but I cannot tell you how many people just swing from the hip. When you are busy and short handed it is easy to just blast something generic out and hope for the best. In this case it would be best to just identify 1 group and design your campaign around that group directly instead of sending the same offer to 5 groups.
If you do not have enough data in your database to break it into segments we can append data from other consumer databases to yours for you. This dynamically changes what you know about your customers and helps you target your direct marketing correctly.