Marketers Heavily Leverage the Mailbox to Shape Purchasing Decisions

LIVONIA, Mich., Dec. 17, 2018: Valassis, a leader in activating consumers through intelligent media delivery, today shares consumer insights about the importance of incorporating activation-driving media into marketing strategies. While planning for the new year, marketers should keep in mind the value of an integrated marketing approach which includes the mailbox to activate consumers. Smart marketers understand the power of aligning consumer data and insights to their direct mail campaigns, averaging a 6 percent sales lift. This all supports the fact that nearly 60 percent of Valassis clients have increased spend on direct mail packages in 2018.

According to a survey of value-seeking consumers, nearly three-quarters said seeing an offer in both print and online captures their attention, emphasizing the importance of having an integrated approach to media. However, marketers are increasingly drawn toward “shiny new objects” – such as VR/AR and voice – at times oversteering away from proven and dependable media channels that consumers have come to expect and rely on, like print. 

“It’s important to leverage multiple media channels to reach, engage and activate consumers across a variety of touchpoints, but marketers should not overlook the proven and effective channel of the mailbox,” said Curtis Tingle, Chief Marketing Officer at Valassis. “While marketers should test and learn from new media, allocating budget away from proven performance drivers like direct mail could prove costly. Achieving the right marketing mix is a challenging task, but by doing so, marketers and brands will be able to better activate consumers with the right deals at the right moments in the channels they prefer.”

“The marketplace is recognizing the value created through the balance of precision and scale from our direct mail package,” said Gene Brandon, Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Valassis. “To date, nearly 60 percent of our clients have increased their spend on the RetailMeNot Everyday™ Direct Mail Package year-over-year.”

In addition, the USPS reported revenue and piece count increases on their Marketing Mail classes which include Valassis’ direct mail packages, in their fiscal year ending October 2018.

“The reason marketers are rediscovering the value of the mailbox is our direct mail package drives performance by activating consumers with the use of location intelligence, web behavior analysis and more,” said Greg Green, Chief Data & Analytics Officer at Harland Clarke Holdings. “Especially considering the escalation of online ordering, most U.S. households have a mailbox or P.O. box, providing marketers a direct path into consumers’ hands. With consistent delivery of print offers, consumers have come to anticipate deals in their mailbox, such as RetailMeNot Everyday, and many plan their purchases accordingly.”

Further exemplifying the important role consumers’ mailboxes play in purchasing decisions, consider this: 

  • In an ongoing study fielded in conjunction with The NPD Group, Inc., when asked how often they read or looked at advertisements that come in the mail, 69 percent of respondents said “always or most of the time,” with another 25 percent saying “sometimes.” 
  • In the same study, 47 percent of consumers surveyed said within the previous seven days, they read through a direct mail package received in their mailbox from Valassis. Furthermore, 27 percent made a purchase based on the deals and offers within the package.
    • Parents responded even more favorably about direct mail; 51 percent of parents read mailbox deals from Valassis, and 39 percent made a purchase as a result.
  • Millennials are also known to be savvy, with 34 percent making purchases based on offers received from Valassis in the mail. Coupons and deals are a smart way to activate millennials overall, as 95 percent claim to use coupons according to the 2K18 Valassis Coupon Intelligence Report. Moreover, 44 percent of millennials say the mailbox is their most preferred channel for receiving offers, ranking slightly higher than mobile (40 percent).

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About Valassis
Valassis helps thousands of local and national brands tap the potential of industry-leading data through intelligent media delivery – understanding, engaging and inspiring millions of consumers to action with smarter cross-channel campaigns. We’ve been a part of consumers’ lives for decades, introducing new ways to deliver offers and messages that activate them — whether via mail, digital, in-store or the newspaper. NCH Marketing Services, Inc. and Clipper Magazine are Valassis subsidiaries, and RetailMeNot Everyday™ is its consumer brand. Its signature Have You Seen Me?® program delivers hope to missing children and their familiesValassis and RetailMeNot are wholly owned subsidiaries of Harland Clarke Holdings. 

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