Direct Marketing Products – Good, Better, and The Best

When a home business owner is considering which direct marketing products they want to sell several questions should come to mind:

1. How much manual labor is involved per sale?
2. What are the operating expenses for my business?
3. If my goal is X amount per month, how does that break down?

I Didn’t Work This Hard For The Man

Running a business demands work, but the home business community all agrees that we’re after a certain lifestyle. We want the time with family and friends that our job makes impossible.

Setting aside the time it takes to set everything up, what sort of time demand will my new business ask of me daily?

Different home business opportunities will insist you only need to spend 2 hours per day but no two people work exactly the same way.

If we understand what we’ll have to do in advance, our own estimate would probably be more accurate. When we have the advantage of a working system or model it is easier to break down the daily tasks, which makes it easier to anticipate how long each will take.

Why Am I Still Losing Money?

Direct marketing products require some type of advertising either by mail, email or online. While advertising can be expensive, there are many ways to promote our products with little to no cost.

Some companies pay thousands in advertising to generate millions in profits. We can expect a ratio based on our advertising and our return on investment.

It’s important to advertise without overspending. Setting the budget limit per week or per month should prevent this from happening.

What Financial Return Do I Need Per…

We usually set our goals for a new business on a per month basis to follow billing cycles. This amount needs to be broken down into daily goals. By holding ourselves accountable to the activity necessary to reach daily goals, we’ll reach the monthly goal.

For instance if we need the business to generate $10,000.00 per month, we’ll need at least 2500 per week and 500 per day on a 5 day workweek.

If I know this prior to deciding which direct marketing products to sell, it’s easier to answer my other two questions.

The Good Products

Using an online store or website, any number of common products can be sold through the drop shipping method. This is also true for many MLM businesses.

Profits are calculated on the difference between our price and the purchase price. Shipping can either be added to the customer’s price or reduced from our profits. Either way we can calculate how many items per day we would need to sell in order to reach that $500.00 goal.

In the case where the items we sell have a wide range of prices, we might need several months to determine an average order. When we have the average we’d know how many orders per day are needed to reach our goal.

The Better Products

Any item that can be downloaded, whether we created the product or not, has a more profitable margin for several reasons:
a) No inventory costs, storage costs, manufacturing costs etc…
b) No importing, exporting or shipping costs are necessary.
c) Cost per item is usually low enough to attract more buyers.

Owners of intellectual products make it a point to tell prospective marketing affiliates the profit margin on their material.

Business for e-books is booming because most marketing professionals understand how to quickly setup campaigns to move these resources. Every one of these direct marketing products represents a unique income stream; most are capable of reaching our monthly goal on their own.

The Best Products

The top tier isn’t simply reserved for items that cost a lot and produce generous income to the marketer. These are the products that perform.

Whether in the form of a physical product, a membership or an investment, these products are typically designed for increasing wealth.

People aren’t going to buy top tier products unless they have faith that these products will benefit them far beyond the purchase cost. These products stand upon a proven track record, not the endorsement of late night infomercial actors.

Finding What We’re Looking For

The law of attraction is at work for these products for two reasons:
1. The people who want them are already prepared to meet the cost.
2. Once the marketer has managed to introduce these products to the people who want them, their work is done.

Not everyone has the self confidence necessary to act upon their desire for great wealth. Most people are too timid to overcome the purchase price. The marketer can do nothing more than bringing together the people who want a product, with that product.

Marketing Ideas and Interactive Marketing Products For Direct Mail

Response rates generated by promotional pop-up mailers are known to be far in excess of those created by bog-standard leaflets and flyers but what is it about pop-up mailers that make them such a success as direct mailing pieces? The answer lies in one word and that word is “interactive”. Here are some suggestions and ideas for interactive marketing products but first, I should perhaps try to define what I mean by interactive.

“Interactive” is one of those new words that is used a lot in marketing but what exactly is an interactive mailer or interactive marketing product? Let’s try this for an explanation – once the user has opened the promotional mailing pack and has experienced the surprise of the pop-up, the next thing to happen, almost inevitably, is that the pop-up mailer is put back in the pack and the user does it all over again! After that the pop-up mailer is put back in the pack once again and passed to an unsuspecting colleague. When I refer to promotional pop-ups as interactive mailers, that’s what I mean.

Pop-up mailers have a combination of positive attributes that are not always present in standard promotional print. Let’s look at automatic pop-up products as an example. Powered by rubber bands, the various pop-up items all bring with them the element of surprise which inevitably leads to laughter – so they are fun products. That fact alone already puts pop-up mailers higher up the league table that an A4 flyer.

However, not all interactive mailers have a pop-up action – but they still make very successful direct mail pieces. In these instances the interaction might be different but nonetheless, the reader will perform a level interaction with the marketing product which will make a very significant contribution to the success of the campaign.

There are many types of interactive mailers and each has something different to offer that gives them that something extra. It might be the fact that the product has a long desk top life such as promotional penholders, pen pots and desk tidies which stay on desktops for absolutely ages giving your message a very long exposure indeed. Cardboard-engineered pen pots are supplied flat in a size suitable to fit standard envelopes and are erected by one simple interactive push-up action that makes them a popular choice as a promotional mailer.

It could be that the movement fits perfectly with an advertising message. Take interactive marketing products that turn, for example. I don’t think that enough use is made of the humble eyelet in the design of promotional marketing products. The simple task of eyeletting can add car wheels that turn, steering wheels, turning hands on a clock, items that spin such as propellers – all kinds of things – and each with an interactive turning movement.

Another type of mailer has an interactive movement that makes pictures change. These promotional advertising products are known as dissolvers and are heaven-sent for a multitude of advertisers. The old classic theme of “before” and “after” pictures is brought up-to-date by these tremendously interactive advertising products. Absolutely everything is down to the smooth way in which, by the simple interactive pull of a card, the picture at the focus of all your attention changes from one scene to another.

Or how about interactive marketing products that jump. Promotional products in the “Jack in a box” or “Crackerjack” style offer much more of a surprise than you would ever imagine from the size of the pack. They have a very high and instant impact and are very successful at drawing attention to any campaign. Even when the person opening the pack knows exactly what is going to happen next you will see that they open the pack with some trepidation – being wary of the crackerjack effect.

Assuming that the advertising and marketing agencies have done their jobs well and assuming that the direct marketing team are sending the interactive mailer only to serious business-to-business sales prospects then you have a winning formula for a successful promotional mailing campaign.

Search Engine Marketing – Marketing Products and Services Not Just Brand Names

Many people have looked upon brand names as the gauge for quality, be it good or bad.   A popular computer brand would likely sell more than the less popular counterparts.  But with more and more consumers becoming educated and well-versed on what quality really means, these people are now out to get more value for their money or what they feel they truly deserve. 

Importance of Brand Names

This is not to say that brand names are no longer needed, though.  In fact, they are still important in establishing the company’s identity.  Brand names provide instant recognition and encouragement to buy certain products and services.  Unless a company has really thought of a name that conquers all market barriers such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Nike, Adidas, Porsche, Lamborghini or KFC; then what it should really focus on is how to make an effective online marketing strategy. 

Marketing Products and Services to Gain Recognition

Brand names provide recognition at a glance but they do not guarantee a sure buy.  Customers can buy the first time because they were enticed by the logo or brand name of a product but they would never go back for a “second helping” if they were not satisfied with what they bought. 

Repeat customers and advertising by word of mouth will only happen when the products and services that are being marketed depict quality. Even the best search engine marketing techniques in the world would all go to waste if the products that are being sold are sub-standard.  Fortunately, more consumers are getting away from this age-old dependence on brand names and are now looking for companies that can give quality merchandise. 

There are many online help sites that teach how to set up, maintain, and attain the goals of any start up internet business.  Search engine marketing or SEM is one good way to market quality merchandise and services online.  Educating target markets about how important and indispensable a merchandise (or service) is would be an effective marketing campaign.  But beyond this, the customer should be able to prove that it’s not all propaganda but that the product can also deliver what it promised. 

SEM may just be a small portion of search engine optimisation techniques yet it can emphasize the value of goods and services.  Another portion of the entire picture is search engine optimisation or SEO being a part of the whole online marketing scheme that the company should tap from the very beginning. 

SEO basically helps in boosting businesses and to make targeted markets know about product or service alternatives that are even better than existing brand names in the market.  This leads us to the equation that good products or services plus professional SEO management equals sure business success. 

No amount of good advertising from the competitors will ever put down quality commodities.  This is especially true with companies who offer services (as these are intangible).  A customer can always return sub-standard products but this can’t be done with services.  It is imperative to begin with great service quality in the first place.  Therefore, looking at all this, brand names fade in importance when quality is the topic.