Funny thing about free recorded message marketing is that most people think that it’s dead. And that’s exactly why you should do it and include it in your marketing. At least test it.
Side Bar: Most people think that since there is such a mass exodus from direct mail to the internet and mobile phone marketing (apps and mobile websites) that they should not use direct mail. But that is, again, exactly why you should use it. Most businesses are not, and if they are they are not doing it well.
Mailing lists are a subject that I get many questions about, so I thought I would cover one resource that has a gold mine waiting for you to discover, plus some other tips…
Why is a good list important? Because even the best sales letter and offer on the planet won’t work if you’re sending it to the wrong list.
But when it comes to buying a list, there is a whole new world you need to understand.
There Are Two Types Of Mailing Lists: Compiled And Response Lists.
Compiled lists are lists of people or businesses compiled from records from the DMV, telephone book, voter registration, association memberships, etc.
Response lists are lists of people who bought products or services through direct-response offers. They are called response lists because people on these lists responded to an ad, direct mail, TV, etc. You want response-driven lists (as many names as you can get in your area.) And for the financial services you want people who have bought products related to your products, i.e., videos, books, tapes, seminars, etc.
The only short falling in list selection in the financial services profession is that depending on where you live, the number of people who have bought a book on investing, for example, may be limited. So you may have to mix your list of response-generated names with compiled (and if there aren’t any response-driven lists in your area, just focus on compiled lists.)
An old school postcard marketing system that still works today is to Sequence Your Postcards:
An effective strategy to squeeze out every possible prospect from your list is to sequence your postcards 7-10 days apart for the first 3 or 4. The second through fourth postcards should have ***SECOND NOTICE!***, ***THIRD NOTICE!***, and ***Urgent FINAL NOTICE!*** blazing above the headline.
The ideas is to sequence all your mailings at least 3 times 7-10 days apart to get maximum response. Do not send out one postcard and wait for the phone to ring. You must have a three-postcard sequence minimum to complete the sequence (and to finish up the “test”, more on this…)
Finish the sequence and measure response. Then all non-responders stay on your mailing list for twelve months. Mail them every month.
Side Bar: Make sure you read the postcard marketing adjustments at the bottom
Here is an example of a health insurance sales letter or group health insurance prospecting letter. Once again we are using an attention getting device called a grabber or ‘lumpy mail’ promotional item to get the attention of the reader.
Read this about lumpy mail grabbers that help you increase your response rates.
Health insurance sales letter example for better prospecting and lead generation:
As you can see I have attached a nice crisp $1,000,000.00 Bill to the top of this letter. Why have I done this? There are really two reasons:
1. I have something very important to tell you and I needed some way of grabbing your attention.
2. And second, since I specialize in helping Circle Lake businesses save thousands in employee benefits and other financial expenses, I thought this “Eye Catcher”
was especially appropriate.
In the last few weeks you’ve received two letters from me. I explained that I help businesses in the Circle Lake area save exceptional sums of money in needless employee benefit expenses. Continue reading Health Insurance Sales Letter!
The following two real estate prospecting letters can be modeled to help you generate real estate leads in your local area.
Important: I recommend a two letter sequence prior to sending them as described on this website.
They also use a unique ‘Grabber’ that attracts attention and gets your sales letter read. In this case I am using a million dollar bill. You can use any ‘Grabber’ you like in your prospecting letters but make sure it ties in with what you are offering in your letter.
Never Cold Call Again! Use This Simple And Fun Prospecting Secret To Get Appointments With Hard To Reach Prospects!
One of my top 5 prospecting and lead generation methods: If you want to stop chasing rabbits and start hunting down and dropping elephants, try this killer prospecting secret I learned over 11 years ago…
There is a common theme in the business world when it comes to marketing letters and prospecting…
“Cold Calling is a cost effective way to get new business.”
It’s cost effective in the short run, and it can be lucrative…if you’re lucky.
Why waste your time and efforts when you can include some additional sales material.
Include a self-addressed stamped return envelope or reply card for quick, easy action on the part of the reader. Add a sheet with testimonials from happy, satisfied clients as reference for you and your products.