Benefits and Best Ways of Using Direct Marketing

The use of internet has developed greatly ever since it was introduced. Today a person has more than one option to start his business online. Not only internet opens diversity in the ways of launching a particular business but also offers a number of remarkable ways to enhancing and promoting any sort of online business.

Since direct marketing businesses can be handled as a part time job, most of the people prefer launching an online direct marketing business. This idea generally proves to be impressive because it is result-oriented by spending little efforts and gaining in return excessive wealth. However, it demands fulfillment of various strategies on part of the businessman. Follow these steps to find out how to start a new direct marketing business.

Work as per your Aptitude_ The foremost and essential thing to be kept in mind is that you should be very relevant to that business which you think you can handle without difficulty. In fact it’s the matter of aptitude that credits a success and growth of any business. Hence, a web designer would not be suitable to kick off a business in the field of social science, for example.

Be Consistent_ In direct marketing there are people of two types; one who spend effort and second, who do not. Of the two, the success is warranted to those who work with dedication and take it serious. Those who maintain consistency in contacting directly with their customers earn much more than those who break up contacts.

Use different strategies_ A number of methods can be used in direct marketing including email marketing, telemarketing, personal selling and direct response. No one knows in the beginning that which way would click on his success. It is advised to adopt all these methods which enable one to directly contact with his customer. Nevertheless, each method has its own pros and cons depending on the nature of business. With the passage of time, a businessman becomes able to choose a suitable method for his business.

Target specific clients_ The response you get from direct marketing business can be either positive or negative. It depends on the nature of clients whom you are going to target as your customers. So it is necessary to keep in view the likes and dislikes of your customers. If you target clients considering their interest, it means you have got the secret of leading your business to the heights.

In short, building up a direct marketing business is not a difficult phenomenon. The only thing is having a capability and understanding of the stratagems generally used in direct marketing. Following the a fore- mentioned techniques can assure a significant income in a short spam of time.

Direct Marketing and the Human Factor

As I roamed from room to room this morning opening my curtains to another glorious day, I realized that it was going to be another one of “those” days. You know the ones I am talking about, where the mind would rather be sitting on a beach, taking a hike in the mountains or fishing on a cool inland lake instead of where it should be: working on creating an article everyone wants to talk about.

I flipped open my computer screen, took a sip of coffee and looked at the rainy scene out of my window. No inspiration there: although my garden does need a bit of work. Speaking of work, as I scan through my overnight batch of emails something catches my eye.

In an article on The Digital Nirvana guest contributor Julie Sullivan talks about her thoughts on the true meaning of direct marketing. Aha! That is something near and dear to my heart. Thank you Julie!

She wonders why marketers and advertisers only see direct mail as the advertising tool being used to describe what direct marketing is. Not to dismiss the abilities of a good direct mail campaign (I happen to think it is important) but most advertisers shudder at the thought of using direct mail. They would rather spend advertising dollars on other forms of marketing. While I will not go into the benefits of using direct mail here, I will say that marketers need to realize that all advertising effort is, in actuality, direct marketing.

As Julie states, direct marketing really has two main principles:
1. Engage in a one-to-one dialogue with your target audience
2. Require your target audience to take some sort of action-call, click, move, you name it.

Think about that for a moment. It does not matter what form it takes or what mediums are used to advertise a message, ALL advertising is direct marketing. Each message is directed to a targeted audience hoping they will take notice of the offer. Once that happens the advertising goal is to take that call-to-action. Otherwise what is the point of advertising to begin with?

Marketers and advertisers should begin to embrace the idea of direct marketing in all its forms instead of sticking their collective noses up in the air. Sorry guys but study after study proves that people want to be treated as human beings with thoughts, feelings and desires (point one above) instead of being treated as a number on a profit and loss sheet. When a business acknowledges that fact and show it, they have taken that first important step toward the ultimate goal (point two above).

Marketers spend a lot of time and money researching what draws people into noticing an advertisement. Sounds, colors, movement, social values, analytics, jingles, catch phrases et al are tested and reviewed over and over again. If there was no value in attracting the notice of the public (direct) to put across a message (marketing) then why would any organization bother to begin with?

It is time for the advertising world to stop dismissing the idea of direct marketing as something old and past its prime. Instead see it as a time tested method that will always be in demand. Unless and until technology does the thinking and purchasing for us, never forget the human factor.

Direct Marketing to Customers With E-mail

Direct marketing is a way to market directly to customers without using advertising or other types of general promotion that is meant to attract larger groups of people. Instead, the marketing message is sent directly to the potential customers individually. Direct marketing mail is the fliers, postcards and other mail often termed junk mail. Online, junk e-mail, also called spam, is illegal unless the customer signed up to receive the e-mail marketing messages.

E-mail Marketing

The principle of e-mail marketing is just the same as the principle of sending direct snail mail. The messages should be targeted to addresses that are most likely to belong to people who are interested in buying the products. With snail mail, that often means sending out mail to people in specific zip codes. Online, it means sending the marketing messages to people who sign up for the messages.

This targeting makes the messages reach those who you know are interested in the products and who you know are interested in hearing more about them. They are more likely to read the message than someone who has not been targeted for your direct marketing.

Legal Direct Marketing

To keep the direct marketing e-mail messages both legal and targeted, get customer leads by asking people to sign up for your newsletter or sales list. The information sent out with a newsletter is not just informational. It’s also full of targeted marketing messages. A newsletter is direct mail when it combines news that the customer wants with marketing information such as prices and product links.

Inexpensive Marketing

Besides the targeted aspect of marketing, one of the best reasons to use it is because e-mail direct marketing is one of the least expensive methods of sending out marketing messages. Purchasing advertising can be expensive, depending on the size of the ad and where it is placed.

Using direct marketing only costs as much as using an auto-responder, which may be free in some cases. The newsletters or other marketing messages are sent out, with little trouble, all at once and don’t require a lot of time to set up. They can be sent out as often as needed in order to inexpensively send out a high number of messages at once. They can reach many targeted customers instantaneously. With direct marketing e-mail, a sale can be advertised in minutes to the very people who are interested in buying.