Ryan Cote

Direct mail continues to be one of the most effective ways to reach a targeted audience. In addition, choosing the right vendor can make or break a direct mail campaign. So, this week the Ballantine Corporation announced that they are offering their expertise in a newly-released white paper that focuses on how to make the best vendor choice.

If there's a subject that gets most copywriters, especially those who write in the squeezed publishing sector, fired up, it's vouchers. Simply put, most hate them because these "is it a bill?" mailers have replaced many full-blown acquisition or retention packages that used to be their bread-and-butter work. It's not just that jobs have been taken away, they say, but also the meaning of their work, as so many publications are, in essence, sending a much less impressive representative now—the lowly voucher.

The self-mailer, including the postcard, has been around for decades, and it's often used in a straightforward manner to present a simple offer to a prospect, usually unpersonalized.

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