In Direct Mail Marketing we usually have a product we want to sell and we try to find the best way to sell it. We then work every trick and angle we can think of to develop the best response possible. Have you ever thought that maybe this is backwards?
Do not tailor your database to your offers, tailor your offers to your database. You need to send things your customers want, not just what you want to sell.
This is where direct mail tracking pays huge dividends. On every mailing and every promotion you ever do you need to find ways to track and record sales and all sales details on each person. This is the only way to develop what each individual likes about your products or services. Information is King!
An example is trying to sell coats to people that buy shoes. Sure you can likely sell some of them coats but for best results sell them more shoes. Then, if they like black shoes; quit trying to sell them blue ones. If they don’t like laces, promote shoes without laces to this particular person.
Variable data printing makes this easy!
Why are you pushing coats on your shoe people, anyway?
Sure, maybe you have an inventory of coats to sell too. But you should make those a secondary offer that follows directly behind what you know your customers like first. “Buy 2 pairs of [insert favorite shoes here] and be entered to win this fabulous coat.” Then when they are buying all these shoes, you get them to try coats on and tell them about the coat sale this weekend too.
There is a huge separation in businesses that track sales and those that do not.
If you do not track your customers preferences you are going to lose in your competitive marketplace. You will lose! Your competitors will win more sales with less money. You will win fewer sales and spend much more marketing dollars to do it.