Got to love technology. You know why?! Because it makes it sooo easy to personalize all of your marketing campaigns.
On Tuesday, I received a personalized postcard (5″ x 10″ which opens to a big 10″ x 10″ square) with my name written all over it, along with the year/make/model of my car.
Why was my year/make/model personalized on this postcard? Well, because it was from a car dealer using the “…we need as many Toyota Camry’s for our inventory as possible” technique.
Now, do they really need my specific car? Probably not. What they’re doing is trying to get me to come into their dealership and try to sell me another car.
Now, on the postcard it does say, “No purchase necessary” for them to buy the car from you. So, I can only wonder what would happen when you say you’ll sell your car to them but not buy one. Hmm… maybe offer you the lowest price possible? I don’t know…
Here’s the outside of the postcard when opened (my thoughts are below):
As you can see, the outside of the postcard definitely grabs your attention with the huge STOP SIGN with my name written on it. It also has a huge headline which reads, “We Want Your 2007 Toyota Camry Parked on Our Lot!”
Here’s a few takeaways for the outside:
- Huge attention grabber with my name and stop sign.
- Headline draws attention to my vehicle.
- They say, “Don’t make your next car payment.” Unfortunately, for them, they bombed on this one since I haven’t had a car payment in a very looong time.
- Mentions, “Your first offer is enclosed!” They’re directing you on what do to next, which is to open the postcard.
All-in-all, the outside grabbed my attention and had me open it up to see what my offer is (who wouldn’t want to see what they’ll offer you for your car?!).
I definitely would have left out, “Don’t make your next car payment.” Kind of an insult if you ask me, and makes me realize they don’t know as much about me as I originally thought.
Ok, onward to the inside of the postcard (my thoughts are below):
The inside of the postcard is busy (definitely organized busy… not just thrown together). Busy draws curiosity.
Here’s a few takeaways for the inside:
- Again, personalized! They start with, “Dear David.” You’ll also see, many times, they mention my year/make/model of my car.
- There’s a deadline to respond: October 10, 2015. (Deadlines create urgency).
- They offer you 3 other cars you could lease. Though, to me, this is a negative since I’d never lease a car. Now, they know I bought my car, so they should have included cars for sale, not lease. Though, I understand why they advertise leases… because they’re monthly payments are a lot less than if you would have bought, and lower prices will drive prospects in (Doesn’t mean they’ll lease, but does mean more action at the shop).
- Here’s a big negative… They say my car could be worth up to $5,540. Now, to their credit, they say they feel it’s worth even more! Yeah, I could have told you that. According to the two places I looked up they should have doubled that price. So, another insult with the low-ball price.
As a whole, this is a great, personalized “attention grabbing” postcard. As you can tell from above, there’s a few things I would have done a little differently.
So, after looking at the postcard, what are some things that grab your eye? What would you change?
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Now go take action!