I love reading direct mail and email. Not just because it’s my job, but because of the insights that I get, and can pass on to others. Fundraising campaigns are particularly interesting because of how much they rely on emotion, content, and storytelling to drive action. The kinds of things some marketers in the for-profit sector should pay more attention to. Since 2006, NonProfit PRO, a sister brand of Target Marketing, has held the Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence. I’ve been honored to be a judge for that entire time, and will be again this year.
Well, the two major parties have just finished their national conventions, but this very strange election year is far from over. For better or for worse. In 2016, direct mail is still an effective way to raise money for a political campaign and get people to the polls. Here are some thoughts about two recent direct mail efforts from the Clinton and Trump campaigns.
According to fundraisers, successful efforts use stories to motivate. This direct mail campaign shows another tool that can be used.
Direct mail freemiums can seem pretty dull but sometimes a tactic makes me sit up and take notice … and it all started with dying bees.