Insert Media: State of the Industry 2010
With a new year underway, let's take a look at how the changing marketing landscape is shaping insert programs along with marketers' approach to these direct response and branding media.
Package insert and ride-along programs continue to remain the popular mainstays due to the hotline buyer aspect with blow-in, statement and shared mail programs also accounting for a significant portion of mailers’ budgets due to their sizeable volumes. During the past year, package insert, ride-along, blow-in and statement insert programs accounted for 80 percent of the total new programs launched in the United States.
In this ever-growing field, new types of insert media programs are continually being developed and created including: social media, transpromo and product box advertising. Plus, more program owners, depending upon production capabilities and logistics, are benefiting from the added revenue stream provided by including product samples, overweight and oversized inserts into their outbound mailings.
Insert Media Programs
Insert media has become mainstream and incorporates a wide range of vehicles, each with its own substantial universe. For those marketers who are new to insert media, or even in need of a refresher, here is a breakdown of the predominant types of programs:
• Package insert programs are one of the most popular and prevalent forms of insert media. Reaching a true hotline buyer, this type of program involves placing image-compatible, noncompetitive inserts into outbound order packages, either by hand inserting or collating into a specially designed envelope.
• Blow-in/bind-in programs offer mailers the ability to reach large volumes in short spans of time with relative exclusivity. Typically, just one to two inserts are placed into outbound catalogs or magazines and mailed all in one day, often to millions of customers.
• Ride-alongs involve placing inserts with monthly/quarterly product offerings sent to a proven customer base. These programs often offer large annual volumes and typically mail over the course of just days or one to two weeks.