What is Direct Marketing?

Direct Marketing is a form of advertising that allows businesses to communicate straight to their customers. Direct Marketing, also referred to as Direct Response Marketing, uses multiple advertising channels to connect with potential clients. These techniques can include interactive consumer websites, fliers, catalog distribution, database marketing and email.Direct response marketing is utilised by small businesses, through to industry leaders.

The use of direct marketing seeks to drive a specific ‘ all-to-action’, such as a download upon sign up or immediate purchase, with measured results to show a clear return on investment. This type of marketing offers trackable, measurable responses, results and costs from prospects and/or customers – regardless of medium.

Direct marketing helps you build relationships with your customers. You can personalise promotions, letters and offers to create an immediate link with your customer and increase their personal connection to your business. Many businesses combine direct marketing and customer loyalty strategies to keep and build customer relationships (e.g. by sending birthday cards, discount offers, invites to upcoming sales).

A simple direct marketing tactic designed to build your database is by requesting the email address of potential customers through a sign up form (or lead capture) on your website. By using a multi channel approach you can increase your reach to a wider range of potential clients. Offering a free gift – checklist, download, or hints and tips – sent to the customer following their entry is a great incentive for new clients to investigate your website and business.

A database of names, often with certain other relevant information such as suburb, age range, company size, is used to develop a list of targetable interests. As direct marketing relies on being able to address members of a target market or demographic these lead captured details often form an integral part of your campaign.

Direct marketing gives you the opportunity to promote your products and services directly to the customers who most need them. However, direct marketing campaigns require careful planning and a clear understanding of responsible direct marketing practice. Being aware of the benefits and challenges of direct marketing will help you use this style of advertising effectively.

Contact Camerons on (02) 9933 4400 to help you customise your direct marketing campaign today.