Personalized Marketing is the Key

It seems simple, personalizing your direct mail, email or other marketing campaigns. By simply going that extra mile, it can make a difference to your customers. And, just might be the key to grabbing the attention of potential new customers. I have found that there are 3 key reasons personalized marketing works.

1. Increased Response Rate
It’s time to put your clean database (or purchased database) to good use.  Using PURLS and QR Codes to drive customers to a personalized landing page has shown to improve click through rates by 14% and conversion rates by 10% (Source: Aberdeen Group). By personalizing your marketing efforts and using your customer data to its fullest, more relevant emails drive 18 times more revenue than broadcast emails (Source: Jupiter Research).

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Personalized campaigns can generate response rates of up to 20-40%. (DMA)

2. Allows for Tailored Marketing
It’s more than just a first name. You can version a piece based on gender, ethnicity, buying habits, and even job titles. Using personalization and variable data printing, allows for more target-specific marketing.

3. Relationship Building
Build your relationships by taking the time to know your customer. It’s the little things in your marketing and customer service that go a long way to building lasting relationships. Personalizing your direct mail, email and even your phone calls is the first step. Learning your customers likes, dislikes, buying habits and incorporating them into your marketing strategies. People who respond to personalized mailers tend to become loyal, long-term customers (Cap Ventures). Also, make sure your Customer Service Department is engaging with your customers in the same way. If you have a Customer Relationship Management tool, make sure Sales, Marketing and Customer Support all have access to the software.

Same Message, Multiple Channels

Weatherall LogoIn “SNAP Selling,” author Jill Konrath explains that “To get your customer to grant you access, it’s imperative that you convey all your information in a series of 20 to 30 second ‘touches’ (via direct mail, email, and phone).”

Inspired by this sentiment, Nosco (a health care packaging and solutions provider based in Gurnee, Ill.), decided to experiment with the concept of conveying the same message in different ways to keep it top of prospects’ minds.

Nosco has tested many types of marketing campaigns and found the most success from a combination of efforts that utilize different mediums. Depending on the featured product or service, the order of the channels may vary, but they all incorporate direct mail, email, and a call or voicemail.

The company also discovered it is not the size of the campaign that matters, but the consistent messaging and laser focus on the right audience. This requires upfront research and an alignment with your sales team to determine the best possible targets.

Ultimately, it is not about one channel working better than another – it is the combination of all channels with consistent messaging. With each campaign, you should consider prospects’ personas, regions and, if possible, their needs. Although direct mail, email, and voicemail are standard (and easy) ways to communicate, don’t be afraid to learn and try new technologies to get your message out as one of your campaign touch points – even if simply to test.

Plan, communicate, test, measure and repeat, integrating both online and offline marketing efforts to determine what works best in combination and in what order for your product or service. Nosco has found a formula that has worked best for it by doing just that. The company has also found that when its communications are personalized, the results are better.

Heather Hill works in Marketing and Communications at Nosco