Restructure your mail calendar so you can squeeze one additional mailing in at the end of the year. If you typically send 12 appeals each year, find a way to get a 13th appeal out around year-end. You can raise an entire additional month’s revenue at little additional cost by doing this.
Get in the mailbox early. Test your acquisition campaign to see how early you can be in homes without negatively impacting results. This does two things for you: 1) It gets you in the mailbox before the competition, and, 2) It allows you to build a frequency component into your strategy. If you’re in the […]
Premiums aren’t evil. If you have a strong fundraising offer and/or are a very well known organization, you probably won’t need premiums. If, however, your offer is weak or your organization isn’t a household name, you may need to consider a premium track for your direct mail fundraising program. Just be sure you understand both […]
Don’t try to save money by sending a postcard in place of your direct mail package and asking donors just to go online to make a contribution. This might work for some donors – but not the majority. We know that 60%+ of direct mail-sourced revenue comes back to your charity in the actual mail. Not […]
Think of direct mail fundraising as a program, not an uncoordinated set of mailings you send throughout the year. Plan your mail program out annually, calendaring out each activity (extra points if you’re using an integrated calendar that shows what you’re doing each month in every channel you have activated). Let each appeal (and other […]
Create urgency with a deadline for responding to your appeal. Prominently highlight the deadline on your outer envelope, within your letter (as part of your ask), in your letter’s P.S. statement, and on your reply device. Let donors know that if they respond by the deadline, you’ll be able to do X, Y and Z. […]