Is your stationery breaking the law?

UK laws require companies and limited liability partnerships to make sure that their legal name is stated in legible lettering on all letters, order forms, invoices receipts, websites and emails. Check now. Are you complying with the law?

It doesn’€™t stop there. You’€™re also breaking the law if your letterheads don’€™t have the following printed on them:

  • Your place of registration (ie. England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland)
  • Your company registration number
  • Your registered office address

It’€™s not really in our interest for our customers to be in jail, so please check you’€™re not a Larry Law-breaker. If you are, we won’€™t tell —€” just stop using your old news letterheads and get some new ones printed ASAP.

Source: The Companies (Registrar, Languages and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2006. www.companieshouse.gov.uk

Clever Things to Mail

Direct mail is a really effective marketing tool – and we’ve got lots of clever things for you to mail.
Your best customer just found your competitor. Send shivers running down your spine? Let’s face it, if you don’t contact your customers regularly, someone else sure will. It’s a fact that many businesses lose customers through simple apathy. Not because their service was awful, or their product was terrible. Just because they didn’t seem bothered enough to keep in touch. That’s sad. Keep your relationship fresh by contacting your customers regularly. Give them exclusive deals, special offers and private sales. All they want is a bit of love and attention.

Take The Junk Out Of Your Mailing…It’s Only Junk If It’s Not Targeted
You’ll get a much better response if you follow these golden rules of direct mail:

  • Contact your current customers first
    They’re a gold mine! Get the most from them first with mailings targeted to their individual needs.
  • Buy the best mailing list you can
    Don’t give your mail carrier more work – use addresses that aren’t likely to be returned undelivered.
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat
    Better to mail the same person three times, than mail to three different people once. It takes repetition for your message to sink in.
  • Make it personal
    In this electronic age, there’s no excuse for sending standard letters – personalize every one of them.
  • Write like a friend
    When you’re writing, imagine you’re speaking to an individual and your copy will sound much more friendly and appealing.
  • Keep it simple
    Give them enough information to get to the next step, but don’t overwhelm them. Features bore, benefits sizzle. Explain how their life will improve – not what the buttons do. Tell them about the buns, not the ovens!
  • Test, test, test
    Try different mailings with different groups and figure out what works best. Have some fun.

Take our Flyer Masterclass

Flyer Masterclass
Flyers are so versatile, so it’s no surprise so many of our customers find them an essential part of their marketing. Whether they’re being sent in the mail, inserted into newspapers, out or propped up on the counter – they look great in glorious full color and are incredibly low cost.

Many things will affect the response you’ll get from your flyer campaign. Answer these questions and make your flyers work harder for you:

Who’s Your Target Market?
Who are you trying to reach? Are you selling to consumers or businesses? Where do they live? What industry are they in? What age group? If you can’t answer these questions, you’ll find it a bit trickier to find the right way of targeting your market.

What’s Your Point, Caller?
Presumably you’re investing in marketing to win more business. We do it all the time, so there’s no need to be shy. Think about what makes you different or special. What problem can you solve? What need can you satisfy? What’s your Unique Selling Point – your USP? Why should they buy from you?

What’s In It For Me?
We’ve seen flyers which are no more than business cards – a name, a number and maybe a list of stuff they do. When you get a flyer like that, what do you do? Save it or trash it? The most effective flyers use time-bound offers. Maybe “half price this month,” “free keychain with every quote” or “free consultation during November.” Think really hard about offering an incentive – and the level of it. “5% off” may be enough to get some interest… but what would “25% off” do to the response?

What Do You Want Me To Do?
What’s the next step? You don’t need to close the deal there and then (although, if you can, do it!) Tell them what you want them to do next. “Call now for a free sample,” “Bring this flyer to…” or “Email us for an estimate.” Spell it out. Make it easy for them to buy from you.

How Will You Reach Me?
There are many ways to get your message out. Direct mail is highly targeted, but can get expensive. Participate in Every Door Direct Mail through the USPS, try inserts in a local free newspaper, or pay some local kids to do a flyer drop. For a more targeted approach, try an insert in a magazine read by your target market. Selling crochet saddles? Put an insert into Your Pony Magazine.

What Will It Look Like?
We’d recommend that you spend at least 30% of your budget on design. Design can mean the difference between success and failure. A badly designed flyer may do more damage than you think. There’s no such thing as a second impression, so get it right the first time. We can help. Design is our business, after all. Talk to us.

When’s The Best Time?
This will depend on what you’re selling. You’ll probably get a lower response in summer months, because your recipients may be on vacation. At Christmas, your message will have to work harder to compete with all the others.

Anything Else?
Flyers are a wonderfully effective marketing tool… when they’re used correctly. We want you to be successful for selfish reasons – you’ll invest more with us if you are. Let us help you succeed – get us involved from the start. And, good luck!