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Has Digital Advertising Rendered Direct Mail Obsolete?

Have your clients been avoiding direct mail because they think digital media is more effective? A number of recent studies show that's simply not the case. Direct mail's strong engagement rates make it a viable marketing option.

Direct mail gets read
For example, Canada Post found that consumers are more likely to notice and read direct mail (53%) than email (26%).1 InfoTrends' survey of over 900 U.S. consumers also found that people do indeed read their mail. Their research showed that 66% of direct mail is opened, with 82% of these pieces being read for a minute or more.2 This is especially impressive when you consider that consumers on average completely ignore 82% of online ads!3

Direct mail gets acted upon
Of course, it's not just that direct mail gets noticed and read. Results are what matters, and direct mail delivers here, too:

Millennials engage with direct mail, too
What about Millennials, the generation born roughly between 1981 and 2000? You might think this digital-savvy group doesn't notice direct mail. Not so. The reality is, more than half of Millennials ignore digital advertising…while most of them read the direct mail they receive.

Specifically, 82% of Millennials read direct mail from retail brands, 79% read direct mail from grocery stores and 69% read direct mail from clothing and accessory stores.8

On top of this, 50% love and look forward to receiving retail catalogs, and 49% like catalogs so much that they wish that some of the companies they do business with had one.9 Plus, here's another interesting finding during this presidential election year: 42% of Millennials prefer direct mail political ads to online ads, and 40% of them thoroughly read political mail, versus just 18% of the rest of the population.10

Direct mail belongs in the marketing mix
What does all of this mean for your clients? It means that it's time for them to give direct mail another look! They'll find that direct mail offers high delivery and readership rates, credibility, narrow targeting and extreme personalization. It's a tactile media that stimulates the senses and emotions and, above all, works.


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