Gimbel & Associates Blog

An Easy Way to Connect Print and Digital

Posted by Lois Ritarossi on Nov 27, 2018 12:23:13 PM

Informed Delivery Is A Win For Print Service Providers

 The USPS Informed Delivery program continues to gain momentum. As of this writing, the program includes around 13 million subscribers. An impressive 65% of email subscribers check their Informed Delivery emails nearly every day. If you’ve ever run email campaigns, you’re probably aware that achieving a 65% open rate is quite a feat.

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Topics: multi-channel campaigns, email, informed delivery, direct mail

New Rates and What’s Next for the USPS

Posted by Lois Ritarossi on Mar 1, 2018 11:27:49 AM

Mailers are accustomed to postage rate increases in January, and the updates for 2018 followed a familiar pattern. Besides the rate increases, the US Postal Service is updating elements of the postal system. Industry analysts expect more developments soon. Mailers need to stay informed as the mailing business becomes increasingly driven by technology and data. Neglecting to keep up on postal developments can result in missed opportunities and unnecessary costs.

US law mandates the US Postal Service keep rate increases in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for market-dominant products like First Class letters and Marketing Mail. The law allows more pricing flexibility for parcel shipping services where the USPS competes with private carriers.

The CPI price cap keeps rate increases within a definable range, but that doesn’t mean the USPS assigns identical percentage increases across the board. Rate changes for individual classes and presort levels will vary with this latest price adjustment.

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Topics: USPS, "Caps", Merlin, Mailer Scorecard, direct mail, "Informed Visibility", 2018 postal rates

Making More Money with Direct Mail

Posted by Lois Ritarossi on Oct 10, 2017 1:57:00 PM

In April, 2017 the US Postal Service rolled out a new way for marketers to communicate with their audience. More than five million households subscribe to the free Informed Delivery service and the numbers are growing. With Informed Delivery, consumers receive daily emails containing scanned images of letter-size mail they will receive in their physical mailboxes later in the day.

Campaign effectiveness improves when marketers connect physical and digital channels. Informed Delivery is the easiest way yet to accomplish this feat. The program doubles consumer views of marketing material with no increase in cost or extra preparation. We’re advising print service providers to update their clients about this opportunity to increase direct mail effectiveness.

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Topics: USPS, direct mail, print service providers, print campaigns

Direct Mail - Your Multi-Channel Gateway

Posted by Lois Ritarossi on May 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Cross-Channel Audience Recognition
Customers may limit inquiries with print service providers to quotes on print projects, but nearly all your customers are implementing multi-channel or omni-channel marketing strategies. A recent Winterberry Group survey showed 72% of organizations in the study were actively pursuing cross-channel audience recognition as a key business priority.
 
Multi-channel may seem threatening or intimidating to companies that create print for a living. If you don’t have the experience and resources to handle multi-channel campaigns, how will you support your customers?   One answer is something comfortable and familiar: direct mail.
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Topics: integrated marketing, multi-channel campaigns, digital print, direct mail