On a Personal Note
I know the articles you normally read here are about mass-produced mailings — letters "personalized" using variable data printing and mailed in the hundreds of thousands. Even millions.
What I'm about to share is a reminder about the value of sending mail on a much smaller scale.
When was the last time you wrote a personal note to a friend, colleague or CUSTOMER?
Please submit a comment below. Or email me.
I'm betting big bucks I won't hear from many because most of you haven't written a personal letter or sent a postcard to anyone in months. Maybe years.
Shame on you. Truly personal correspondence is a powerful tool for solidifying relationships — both personal and professional. It has sticking power. I know from experience.
Framed and hanging on my office wall are handwritten notes — some over 20 years old — from William Stafford, the world-famous poet; Bill Brondell, my favorite college professor; and two of direct marketing's all-time copywriting greats — Bob Stone and Joan Throckmorton. Their words were and still are words of encouragement for this writer. The fact they took the time to handwrite, stamp and mail them to me reminds me that my writing career mattered enough for them to comment.
Now, here's why I think this is potentially important for you, personally and professionally. Genuinely personal correspondence so seldom appears in mailboxes anymore that when it does, it musters immediate attention, builds anticipation, and provides a highly memorable opportunity to say many things. Starting with "Thank you." Or "Ooops-I'm-sorry." "Hello" and "how are you?" "Welcome back." "I appreciate your business." "Where have you been?" "You matter to me because ..." and dozens of other messages that matter.
I recently was heartened to discover a resurgence in the appreciation of handwritten correspondence among young DM professionals. Case in point: