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Direct Response Rates: Tips to improve

Is Less More?
Direct Mail Delivery and Direct Response Rates symbolized by a stuffed mailbox

Many years ago, after much testing, Publisher’s Clearing House found that adding more items into its direct mail packages resulted in higher direct response rates for their sweepstakes and subscriptions.

For most direct mailing today, that doesn’t apply. Our exposure to the brevity of online communications has affected the modeling of direct mail construction.

Testing is still a very important activity. Here’s a valid test for your next DM. Substitute a lift note for the four-color brochure. This makes the reader appreciate the letter more thoroughly. The lift note can highlight a benefit or call-to-action, but without the time-consumption of a brochure.