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Direct mail, not junk mail

Press Release   •   Dec 13, 2013 09:53 GMT

Romford, 13th November 2013: Neopost is calling on UK businesses to improve their direct marketing skills in order to take advantage of growing business confidence and clear signs of economic recovery.

In an article published in Business Info magazine, Europe's leading mailing solutions provider highlights the benefits of direct mail, as well as its pitfalls, and explains what businesses can do to maximise the impact of mailings and avoid the stigma of junk mail.

Phil Winfield, Head of Communications, Neopost Limited said: “Direct mail is a highly effective means of generating business. A recent study by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) found that 79% of consumers act on direct mail immediately and 56% consider printed marketing to be the most trustworthy channel. However, it is also true that if done badly, it can be counter-productive. People welcome offers that are targeted, personalised and relevant, but quickly tire of mailings that have no bearing on their lives.”

Neopost's article, Direct mail, not junk mail, offers useful advice on how to enhance direct mail response rates, minimise waste and maximise the return from every pound spent. Top tips include:

Target the right person at the right address;

Personalise the message;

Take account of customers' preferences;

Add interest to your mailings; and

Make mailings easy to respond to.

Phil added: “There is a whole industry dedicated to direct marketing and a lot of what they do you can do in-house. Something as simple as using address management software to maintain the accuracy of mailing lists or inserting a reply paid envelope with a mailing can make all the difference between a successful direct mail campaign and a wasted opportunity. Investing in modern mailing solutions that enable you to improve the professionalism and effectiveness of your communications need not be expensive and can help generate extra business as the economy grows and purse strings are loosened.”

The article, Direct mail, not junk mail, can be downloaded from the Neopost blog at http://www.neopost.co.uk/blog/direct-mail-not-junk-mail.

Neopost has also produced a free guide to direct mail in association with the DMA. A Practical Guide to Creating Effective Direct Mail Campaigns can be downloaded from www.neopost.co.uk/dmaguide.

Neopost are a leading supplier of mailroom solutions in the UK and globally.

Direct presence in 19 countries
800,000 customers in 90 countries
5,500 employees
Listed on the Paris Euronext
Circa €1 billion global turnover
We are a reliable partner that designs, delivers and supports solutions. Our solutions make mail faster, cheaper and more efficient, so our clients can communicate more effectively, internally and externally.

Our intelligent software solutions improve deliverability and help manage the mail process from creation to delivery and receipt so it is easier to rationalise and control mail content and interface physical and electronic communications.

Our solutions deliver:

Cost Savings
Productivity
Process Management
Effective Communications
From small businesses to large national accounts we work within both the private and public sectors, for any type of mail, volume and postal carrier.

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