Million Dollar Mailing$: The Art and Science of Creating Money-Making Direct Mail, Including Secrets of Using Direct Mail to Make Money on the Internet Hardcover – 1 May 2001
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An exclusive insider's look at the art and science of direct mail creative technique -- copy approaches, design, formats, offers -- unlike anything ever before assembled. In addition to the successful mailings shown and described in this updated edition, new topics include killer fundraising letters, the illustrated history of the magalog, and using direct mail to make money on the internet. This insider's look at the art and science of direct mail also contains an overview (complete with illustrations) of new trends in direct mail.
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I don't necessarily regret getting this however, because the cost, if you consider the cost of taking a class, isn't really that bad, the book has value and I did learn some new things. I'd also recommend Sugarman's book on copy writing, he doesn't get as much into layout as this one does, but he really gets into the nuts and bolts of writing stories as copy and compelling people to act. This book is less of a "how to" course and more of a "here it is" now go and do likewise course.
Hatch has spent years collecting and organizing mass mailings and here he presents the best of the best and gives advice on how to use some of this information in your own campaigns. Highly recommend to people in the field or people that want to learn.
If you write copy you must own this book. It's a veritable swipefile in a book. Everything is organized for you!
Just imagine how much this book would be worth to you if you could take just one idea from it and increase your response rate by say 1%. And think about time savings when you can have this thing right next to you you while you're writing your copy.
The way to get good at copywriting is teh same way you get good at painting - study the masters. You better bet that this book won't be far from my side.
mailings - direct mail pieces that are sent to very
broad markets. As such it is a useful study source
for the pro. For the person marketing his or her
own start-up or small business it may be of lesser
This book will probably be of most interest to
those interested in how highly-polished direct mail
offers are written and designed:
Primarily this book shows how the most successful direct
mail pieces get the reader to open the mail, comprehend
the offer, and make a decision. This is no small feat -
these pieces are by-and-large interuptive marketing.
For example: you get an Omaha Steaks mailing because
you are on a list as a buyer of low-end luxury goods.
The mailer makes a wild guess that you are likely to
be a meat eater and mails to you with no knowledge of
your dietary habits.
If you market online you will in general have to
interpret how to transfer direct mail concepts to
websites. The nearest online equivalent to most of
these mailings is marketing to big ezine lists or
outright spamming. These pieces are the most successful
pieces of junk mail in recent years.
What comes through in many of the letters is how
subtly cunning and targeted at their ideal customer
they are. Much online copy is more expansive, with
exhausting bullet-lists and what Stephen King calls
"literary elephantitis" - a luxury not permitted
by the weight restrictions of direct mail.
Much of the persuasive value of these direct mail offers
is hinged upon the safety of buying on approval, often
from a familiar brand. As such they are instructive
in how the massive marketing systems of corporate America
This is not a basic copywriting text by any means - the
lessons herein will require diligent study and thought to
apply. I don't have any doubt owning this book will make
you a better copywriter. Compared to a lot of other "swipe
files" you can buy today it's diverse in terms of
mailing formats, product types, and copywriting styles.
With detailed analysis of marketing programs that work, you will quickly find, through the many examples, a marketing piece that you can use as a template to create your own winning marketing strategy.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel, and this book proves it.
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