Each of us can learn a lot (or be reminded of what we already know) by studying classic direct mail packages for our offline and online businesses, which is one reason I suggest you NEVER throw out your “junk mail’ until you go through it with your marketing radar set to “on.”
Personally, I collect and save all the attention-grabbing “junk mail” in a swipe file box for whenever I need a unique idea or inspiration.
The classic direct mail package consists of:
In this article, I’m going to focus on how you can use lift notes to enhance your direct mail campaigns. I’m also going to be discussing how lift notes give you the opportunity to present to and persuade your audience “in a different voice.” According to direct mail expert, Malcolm Decker, the lift note:
“Gives another voice backing up the key salesperson”
Your salesperson would be your main letter included in the mail package. Lift notes help you to:
I recently received the above package from AAA. It was a classic direct mail package with a lift note, as you can see on the left hand side, using a handwritten font and CopyDoodle like arrow. Note the message and tone of the copy on the outside of the lift note.
When you unfold it, you see it’s a testimonial from a AAA member. This testimonial helps to reduce the risk of the offer since its discussing AAA service from the voice of a satisfied member.
The above are two examples of a traditional lift note. On the left, there’s a photo of the person who wrote the lift note. This person could be well-known to the target audience, a happy customer, or in this case the president of the organization.
A few years ago, I held a workshop. In the marketing funnel to fill the workshop were several direct mail packages, one of which included a lift note from Bill Glazer. Bill was going to be speaking at my workshop and he wrote about why he was traveling up to speak and why the recipient should attend the workshop. It was basically a testimonial about me from a well-respected marketing expert.
Here are a few design tips to keep in mind when creating your own lift notes:
Lift notes are not just for direct mailings anymore! You can use the concept of lift notes in your email too. Here are two examples of ways you can use lift notes in your email follow-up sequences.
If you’d like to easily create lift notes for your online or offline marketing campaigns, check out the Lift Note CopyTemplate I recently created for the CopyDoodles Access Club.
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Interested in finding out more about different ways you can improve your direct mail? Check out the replay of a webinar I just did with Ethan Boldt, Chief Content Officer for DirectMarketingIQ, “15 Smart & Easy Ways to Boost Your Response with Direct Mail.”
Have you used lift notes in the past or seen any great examples of lift notes used? I’d love to hear about them below!
I'm a speaker, author and high impact marketing strategist for business owners and sharp, aggressive entrepreneurs looking to get to the next level in their business. I'm also the the inventor of the world-famous CopyDoodles. CopyDoodles are the world's largest library of handwritten fonts, hand-drawn doodles, comics and more designed to grab attention and boost your marketing results!