When a Marketer Breaks All the Rules
Where, oh where, is the USP?
June 1, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 43
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Thirty years ago I attended a luncheon of the Direct Mail Writers Guild in New York. The speaker was Dorothy Kerr, circulation direct of U.S. News & World Report. Her talk changed our lives, Peggy's and mine.
The way to be successful in direct mail is to look at watch your mail and see who's mailing what. Look for those pieces that keep coming in over and over. These are the controls—the mailings that are working and making big profits for the mailer. Then steal smart.
"To make mailings without studying other people's mail," said the great direct marketing guru, Axel Andersson, "is like expecting a brain surgeon to operate without ever having studied brains."
On Monday I received a self-mailer from Vermillion, a firm I had never heard of.
In 40 years of studying direct mail—literally tens of thousands of envelope efforts, postcards, catalogs and self-mailers—I have never seen a piece that breaks so many rules.
Whoever created it is not a student of direct mail or marketing psychology.
After reading this, you may want to take a look at what your organization is sending out.
The Vermillion Self-mailer
The 6˝ x 9˝ piece arrived in my post office box in glorious full color.
The front of the piece is an automobile dashboard with the headline:
Fast. Affordable. And High Performance?
Ah ha! A car, I thought.