9 Tips for Designing a Successful EDDM® Postcard

Learn how to design an effective EDDM® postcard to drive awareness to your business.

Over the past few years, we have seen hundreds of companies build their clientele by using EDDM® – Every Door Direct Mail®. This is a program that allows you to choose postal routes in your desired area, and then send a discounted postage postcard to every door on that route. This is a great way to communicate with residents and businesses in your target area.

Once you’ve made the decision to send out an EDDM®, it’s important that you send the right message with the right artwork. Below are a few tips to keep in mind.EDDM® image offering helpful tips for a successful postcard design

1. Headline

Start the postcard with a simple, yet bold opening statement. (Headline) It doesn’t need to be very long, but just needs to attract attention.

2. Message

Establish why people should choose you over your competition. Have a clear understanding of WHY you are sending out this mailer and WHAT you hope to accomplish. There has to be more than just “I want more business.” Obviously that is the ultimate goal, but try to dig deeper. Do you want to introduce yourself to the neighborhood?

Do you want to bring awareness to families with young children that you specialize in kid-friendly products? Maybe you want people to know that you work with residential and corporate clients. Maybe there is a specific product that you would like to sell more of. Whatever the goal is, don’t be afraid to let people know.

3. Coupon or Discount

People love a good deal. If you are able to offer a coupon or discount, people may be more responsive. I also recommend putting an expiration date on the coupon. Even if this is a discount that you always offer, make the coupon expire a couple weeks after they will have received it. Adding the sense of urgency makes people act now, rather than putting the postcard to the side, thinking “I’ll get around to it.” Because we all know… we don’t get around to it!

4. Call to Action

Call to action! It’s so simple, but so important. Tell people what to do next. “Book your appointment today!” Or “Visit our website.” Or “Don’t delay, limited supply! Visit our store today.”

5. Contact Information

How do you want people to contact you? Do you want them to bring the post card into your store? Do you want them to call you or visit your website? Whichever you decide, make sure that it is clear and a main focal point of the postcard. People don’t want to have to go searching for your phone number. I also recommend putting it on both sides of the postcard.

6. Photos

Most people are very visual. Besides a nice headline, you need a nice photo that is attention grabbing. Usually the front should have something large that serves as a focal point, while the back can be smaller and less significant. Make sure your images are simple, not overly cluttered, and most importantly… a high-resolution image.

If it looks blurry on your computer, it will look even worse when printed. There are tons of stock photography sites out there, with millions of images to choose from. If you don’t want to hire a photographer, don’t be afraid to purchase an image.

Also, make sure you know your demographic. If the neighborhood you are mailing to mainly consists of retired couples, you don’t necessarily want to show a photo of a young family. The recipient may not think that the mailer will pertain to them.

7. Logo

Make sure your logo is clearly shown on both sides. This will help establish your brand recognition and reiterate who you are.

8. Testimonials

Testimonials, a short bio, awards received, or any other information that makes you relatable and shows credibility is also a nice touch. If you decide to add this information, make sure to keep it short and to the point. You don’t want to lose your viewer because they don’t want to keep reading.

9. White Space

Don’t be afraid of white space! A man named Antonie de Saint-Exupery once said “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Keeping your message simple, yet direct, is much more important than filling the page with every bit of information you can think of about your company. If you want people to know more, direct them to your website.

A well design EDDM® postcard for Smoothie King.

Designing the perfect EDDM® can be difficult so if you need help, don’t be afraid to hire a marketing company or even a graphic designer to help. At Primoprint, we offer design services and are more than happy to walk you through the process. Simply fill out the design inquiry form to get started.

To learn more about EDDM® and how to get started, please take a look at this helpful EDDM® Checklist.
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Brooke is the Design Team Director at Primoprint. She oversees the design department, assists with graphic design projects, and helps coordinate upcoming projects with customers/graphic designers. Outside of the office, Brooke enjoys being a Soccer Mom, a Gymnastics Mom, cooking, drinking wine, and is a firm believer in Sunday afternoon naps.