We recently worked with some highly intelligent executives at a reasonably successful larger corporation looking for long-term growth. The initial conversations revolved around the strategy, tactics and depth of programs they felt that they needed to re-educate their exiting clients about new products and services as well as making themselves known to new potential customers for more effective local lead generation.
After many meetings over several months they decided they wanted a “quick hit” to increase sales fast and didn’t want a more integrated marketing communications program. They wanted to send direct marketing postcards out one time to several thousand recipients and needed an immediate return on investment.
We said no thank you.
Oh, we could have taken their money and done a basic print fulfillment project. But, odds are, we may not have gotten the expected results right away and gotten fired anyway, likely the first in a long-line of many marketing services companies who would not get the immediate results they said they needed.
You see, the mystery of successful marketing is most often based in consistency, not magic. One anything; direct marketing postcards, rebate offers, trade shows etc. are highly unlikely to net you sustained long-term leads, prospects and ultimately, customers.