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An Effective Yet Affordable Direct Mail Campaign

To most established businesses spending $1,000 - $5,000 on a direct mail is no huge deal, but to a small service business, especially one in it's startup stage that same investment can be quite an undertaking. Such a catch 22 - no advertising = no customers, no customers = no revenues and no revenues = no advertising budget. We have all been there. The good news is there are ways to really stretch your dollars here. Below is a step by step guide to a real world, very affordable direct mail / post card campaign for your business.

VistaPrint - Save 25% Off! 1. Getting Your Postcards Designed and Printed
You may know of someone locally who can and will design your postcards for you and if so - that's great! If you know of someone with strong design skills offer to trade them some power washing services. If you don't know anyone in the design field don't worry - VisaPrint will design your post cards for you - in most cases totally free of charge!

Most printing services insist you do minimum print runs of 3,000 - 5,000. Postage included, that's a $1,000 + mailing campaign and that's not our mission here. VistaPrint offers post card print runs with minimums of 100 for as little as $24.95. I suggest starting with a run of 500 - 1,000.

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2. Your Mailing Labels
Next you need to decide who you want to mail your postcards to and get their address info. I like for this. They have excellent search criteria, allow you to do small runs and can provide your data in several different formats, including already printed mailing labels.

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3. Your Postage
These days I order all of my stamps from With smaller runs like this you really don't qualify for anything cheaper than standard $.23 postcard stamps. If money is short then I suggest taking your postcards and stamps and start labeling a few each night.

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Dedicate an hour or two an evening to sticking a mailing label and a stamp on each postcard hoping to do 200 - 400 a night. Toss them in the mailbox and hope the phone rings.