Blank outer envelopes tend to outperform envelopes with teaser copy or images. You don’t have to clutter your appeal envelopes with all sorts of teaser copy. Sure, test teasers. But you’ll do just as well – if not better – by simply mailing your appeal in a blank envelope.
Multibuyers is the term used to identify donor prospects that appear on multiple rental lists in the same list buy. These prospects are like hidden gold in your rental list mix! Multibuyers are highly responsive to direct mail offers (that’s why they’re on multiple different rental files!), and will likely be one of the highest performing […]
Managing your fundraising programs in silos is a recipe for failure. Donors don’t live in silos. They don’t behave in a predictable manner. Donors might see your mail, hear you ad on the radio, attend an event and then make a contribution online. So which channel gets the credit? More importantly, which channel gets more […]
Avoid looking like junk mail by using a live bulk rate stamp instead of an indicia on your mail. The stamp adds minimal additional cost and could significantly lift your response and income.
Your direct mail fundraising copy shouldn’t be about you. As much as you might want to show donors how amazing your organization is, all the great you’ve done in the world, and what your future goals are . . . don’t. Instead, share a compelling and urgent need with your donor. Then show her how […]
After you write your letter, put it aside for a while. Come back to it the following day (or week) when you have a fresh perspective. Then edit it in brutal fashion. Cut every unnecessary word. This will result in a much stronger appeal.