RIP Print Marketing? Not so Fast.

The need to be automated and high tech has shifted focus away from print marketing. The consensus is that people think printed marketing collateral is outdated, expensive, and just not cool.

We used to think that too, but according to the Direct Marketing Association’s 2105 Response Rate report, we were wrong.


Direct mail has a higher open rate than email.

Direct mail achieves a 3.7% open rate, while email only has a 0.1% open rate. The packaging you select for your direct mail can increase the open rate even more. Oversized envelopes have the best response rate at 5.0%. Catalogs have an open rate of 3.9% and letter-sized envelopes have an open rate of 3.5%.

Less Competition with Direct Mail

Direct mail marketing campaigns are down from 79% of businesses in 2012 to 50% in 2015. As businesses grow their online marketing efforts, they are dropping their direct mail efforts. This means there is more competition online and less competition in the real world. Now you have an opportunity to capture your prospects’ attention in their home or business.

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3 Tips for Designing a Postcard


Postcards are a smart little piece of print marketing collateral that work well as mailers, meeting leave behinds, and event handouts. In the Zanifesto office, we always have a big stack on hand.

To see the best result from your investment, we recommend following these three rules:

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You don’t need to customize your marketing collateral for each recipient, but you should customize it for each type of recipient.

For example, Zanifesto prints postcards that briefly describe our product. We have one version targeted toward entrepreneurs that we leave at local incubators. We have another version that targets freelancers and Work at Home Moms (WAHMs) that we leave at their regular hangouts.

Each group has a different need that requires a different message. Start ups want Zanifesto for creating marketing collateral, whereas freelancers want Zanifesto as a tool to make their own products to sell on Etsy and similar sites.

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One of the challenges, and we say benefits, of print marketing is the limited real estate. You have one postcard or flyer to convince someone to purchase your product or service. No mumbling or meandering with your message. You have to get right to the point.

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Pay the extra dollar for nicer paper. Users can tell when you printed your postcards at home with Avery paper. We see the frayed edges from where you tore along the perforated lines. When you’re in a time crunch, we understand. You gotta do what you gotta do.

But if you have the time, have your collateral professionally printed (we use VistaPrint and Moo) and pay for some nice thick card stock. You’ll appear more professional and trustworthy, both of which are good for your brand and your growth.

Do you have any other tips to share?

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Push the Limits

You never know how far you can go until you test yourself.

Zanifesto started as an online-only tool, but then you asked about print outs. So we tried it and, well what do you know, it worked! We discovered you can use Zanifesto to create a custom design for printed marketing postcards.

But why stop there? How big can we go?

Today, we took it a step further.

We successfully printed out a sharp and vibrant 8.5 x 11 inch flyer using an infographic built on Zanifesto. Unlike the postcards we shared, this flyer was printed using a home printer and thick card stock paper.

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It was a little tricky to get the length of the image just right, so we will definitely be adding a template. Be on the lookout.

Is this something you will be incorporating into your marketing campaigns?

We want to know!

Marketing Off the Web

No matter how technologically advanced we become, person to person sales and marketing are still essential parts of your business plan.

It is easy to forget, but thankfully you reminded us by suggesting we incorporate ways to print the works created on Zanifesto.

Great idea!

It turns out Zanifesto is the perfect tool to create custom print marketing material for handouts and leave behinds.  If you have an upcoming convention, meeting, or other in-person event, make your own marketing postcard by following these simple steps:

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