How does variable data printing work?
In short, variable data printing allows businesses to mass market any message via traditional marketing methods. The process inputs personalisation which gives the critical one-on-one feel directly to the customer or potential customer. The best part is, this is often achieved by using the data the companies already have on file for their customers and potential customers. The variable data printing software can be programmed to gather data from spreadsheets and software and print messaging specifically targeted to particular market segments.
Ok, let’s remove the technical jargon and explain some real life examples of how this software is solving problems in the business world:
Personalied Retail Mailers
So, you love a certain brand of clothing and you buy yourself at least two new pieces every change of season. That may well put you to the top of the VIP customer list for that particular retailer. When it is time for them to do their marketing campaign, you being a VIP customer may ensure that you are one of the first to receive the new mailer with all the new offers.
However, on this occasion, the mailer is for Father’s Day. You have never bought a piece of their clothing for either your father or your husband. The flyer goes straight in the bin and the companies marketing budget allocation is wasted on you!
Had the company cross checked your buying behaviour prior to doing a bulk mail out, they would have not sent you the specials and the campaign would have been targeted to only the people who were potentially going to buy.
Customer Landing Pages
The next time the clothing retailer takes this one step further and gets it right! They send you a beautiful, professional flyer with the latest range of female clothing for the new season with your name on the front of the envelope.
Great news, variable data printing can take this one step further and make it even more personalised by printing the users unique URL for their website onto the mail piece. This would lead the customer straight to their unique landing page which the company could have preloaded with suggested products that are tailored to their past purchasing history.
Continued personalisation and targeted marketing strategies will help increase sales as the customers’ attention will be held for a longer period of time.
Charities and not for profit donation requests
Marketing is a huge cost for any not for profit organisation. Sadly, every dollar that is spent on marketing does not make it to the end cause for the charity. Charities collect a great deal of useful data as people make generous donations to their cause. Studying this data can allow for charities to communicate with tailored messaging to their databases via direct mail in a cost-effective manner. For example, a charity may be able to identify a trend in donators behaviours. Do certain donors regularly donated at Christmas and others donate at the end of the financial year? At Southport Printing Co., we can use this data to design and tailor targeted campaigns to segments of the charities database. The donation request now becomes personal, is in line with the donators donation habit and will therefore achieve a greater response rate.
Businesses Need to Know about Variable Data Printing!
Variable data printing provides targeted marketing solutions for companies. If your business currently invests marketing dollars into direct mail and they are not using variable data printing, your marketing dollars could be going to waste.
Personalised marketing pieces work and successfully grab customers attention. In some cases, companies have reported an increase of response by up to 300% by simply targeting the mail out piece to their customers.
It is easy to understand that when content including images or text on a mail piece are targeted to the recipient, they are more likely to take notice of the message resulting in an increased chance of the customer making a purchase.
While traditional personalised labels and stickers are still to date the most popular choice when companies are printing variable data jobs, there are plenty of other creative ways that this technology can be used.