Millward Brown: Knowledge PointUsing Direct Marketing to BuildBrand ValuesWhile the primary purpose of direct marketing is...
Millward Brown: Knowledge Point                                                                                           ...
Millward Brown: Knowledge Point                                                                                           ...
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  1. 1. Millward Brown: Knowledge PointUsing Direct Marketing to BuildBrand ValuesWhile the primary purpose of direct marketing is the achievement of animmediate and specific response (such as trial, purchase, or inquiry), large-scale direct marketing can have other positive effects as well. It can boostawareness and interest and enhance a brand’s image. But direct mail can beignored, and, worse, have deleterious effects by annoying recipients. So, if thebenefits of direct marketing are to be maximized, a number of issues needconsideration.Direct mail is still relevant Direct Mail can be highly visibleGiven the rise of the Internet as well as email marketing, We have plentiful evidence from tracking that coupons andone might expect that the importance of physically delivered leaflets can reach a mass audience. The example belowdirect mail (including leaflets, coupons, postcards, letters shows the results achieved by one retailer that switchedand samples) would be limited. However, research suggests the majority of TV spend into leafleting. Awareness of theotherwise. leaflets was higher than TV ad awareness had been; almost 50 percent of respondents had noticed them.In collaboration with the Centre for Experimental ConsumerPsychology at Bangor University in Wales, we conducted Claimed Media Ad Awarenessan experiment that used functional Magnetic Resonance 80 63% Any MediaImaging (fMRI) to understand how the brain reacts to 60 49% Leafletphysical and virtual stimuli. fMRI allows us to look directly at 43 22% TVbrain activity and so see the brain regions most involved in 40 6% Press 32 29 1.9% Somewhereprocessing advertising. We observed that there was more 20 else 19emotional involvement when participants handled material 9 0.6% Radio 0 0.0printed on cards than when they viewed the same material 250 748 718 129 111online. 0 Retailer 3 yearsThe research strongly suggested that greater emotionalprocessing is facilitated by physical material than byvirtual, which should help to develop more positive brand Call to actionassociations. The real experience is also internalized, whichmeans the materials have a more personal effect, and hence Persuasive leaflets can motivate trial. The chart below showsshould aid motivation. what happened when coupons were distributed that entitled the recipient to a free bottle of a new drink. The majority ofJune 2010
  2. 2. Millward Brown: Knowledge Point 2those receiving the coupons claimed to have used them. received the letter mentioned Falke, compared to 1 percent 4 in the control cell. Strong usage of brand voucher 50 Received Enhancement through sampling 45 Used 40 35 When product experience provided through sampling 30 takes place in conjunction with communications from other 25 20 media, a great “enhancement” benefit can be achieved. 15 This enhancement effect occurs when expectations 10 5 about the brand experience are set up by the marketing 0 communications and then reinforced by actual trial.The previously mentioned retailer leaflet campaign generated In one carefully controlled and disguised experimentfootfall as well as awareness; one out of three customers who conducted by Millward Brown in partnership with thereceived the leaflets claimed to make a special trip to take agency Fast Marketing, 1 percent of respondents who 1.8advantage of the offers highlighted. were exposed to an ad for Fox’s Crinkle Crunch biscuits said they would buy the brand next time. Of respondents who The leaflets appeared to affect about 1/3 of respondents received a sample of the brand, 1 percent said they would 4.6 % buy the brand. But among those who both saw the ad and I make a special trip and 20 got a sample of the product, the percent saying they would also pick up other items buy the brand next time rose to 1 percent. 9.5 I make a special trip for 15 the offers only If I’m passing I’ll pop in for some Potential to annoy 28 offers but I’m not bothered The leaflet has no effect, I look in the store for offers 19 Direct mail, then, can have a very beneficial effect on brand The leaflet makes no difference, health. But if it is not managed correctly, it can also damage 8 I never shop at Retailer A a brand. For example, aggressive marketing on the back of (305) loyalty programs can aggravate users and in fact do more harm than good.Building image as well as awareness A credit card brand in New Zealand experienced this problemFalck alarm, a Danish security company, sent letters to when, after successfully introducing a new and attractivehouseholds promoting their alarm systems. Over the loyalty program, saw future brand consideration amongsubsequent three days, consumers were interviewed by current users decline.telephone. The mailing clearly had an impact; communicationawareness for Falke was almost twice as high (63 percent) A review of the tracking data showed that direct mailamong those who received the letter compared to those in awareness was very high. A qualitative follow-up revealeda control cell (32 percent). When asked “Which companies that people were bothered by very persistent phone callingoffer burglar alarms to private residences?” 50 percent of that offered further cards, travel insurance and other services.those who received the letter mentioned Falck (compared to So while the offer was an attractive one, overly zealous use35 percent in the control cell). of the card user database made the member experience become a poor one. Consideration of the brand among cardMost significantly, however, the letters enhanced the users fell.recipients’ opinions of Falck. When asked “Which gives thebest protection for your house?” 2 percent of those who had 1 ©2009 Millward Brown
  3. 3. Millward Brown: Knowledge Point 3 Consideration of the brand amongst current users declines The tone of the mail can affect its impact. While it will not 100 always be appropriate, if the mail seems significant or serious, Campaign introduced this can affect impact levels. Consider the attention that 80 people give to things such as invitations, bills, and insurance 60 papers. Mail from the taxman, while generally plain and First choice / One of several unwelcome, is almost always noticed. 40 20 Make sure it is involving 0 J F MAM J J A S OND J F MAM J J A S OND J F Year 1 Year2 Year 3 Direct mail must immediately establish its value. Exposure time is short; interest needs to be generated between the doorstep and the waste paper bin. Consumers are moreTips for effective Direct Mail likely to engage with material relating to a product category that fits their interests; conduct research ahead of time toBe aware of who uses it identify customer needs and establish relevant issues. Aim toQualitative research conducted in the UK identified three provide communication that is simple and enjoyable to read.types of people most likely to use direct mail. Mailings that generate positive emotions such as happiness, safety, security, or nostalgia are more likely to generateBrand users: Existing brand users will often use coupons they engagement. Loud, vulgar, or garish graphics may create areceive as a reward for loyalty. negative image. Direct Mail can fail when it is overly intrusive, when its message is seen to be “over the top,” when its styleBargain hunters: This group consists mostly of females who is lecturing, hectoring, loud, or incomprehensible, or whenlove shopping, like entering competitions, and tend to keep there is too much copy with too many messages.all coupons. Using imagery from a current TV campaign can be effective.Organized consumers: Those who are organized enough to The TV campaign may have built up curiosity that the mailingkeep coupons and catalogues are also likely to make use of can capitalize on; equally, the mailing can serve as a reminderthe offers. of the TV ads.Groups that show little or no interest in direct mail include: Seek to extend the processing time of body copyYoung families and others who are time-challenged, thosewho are cynical about marketing, and those who are experts Techniques that encourage consumers to retain the leafleton a product category, or those who prefer to conduct their for later perusal can be helpful. Offer rewards such as freeown research. samples and offers, information, recipes, or calendars. Designing the brochure so that it acts as a storage place forMake sure it has impact coupons can also be encourage consumers to hang on to it.Direct Mail can easily go unnoticed if the creative doesnot immediately draw the reader’s initial attention. Where Knowledge Points are drawn from the Millwardpossible, make it personal. Address it with an individual’s Brown Knowledge Bank, consisting of our databasesname rather than “Resident” to increases the chances of it of 80,000 brand reports and 40,000 ads, as wellbeing opened. But if you are addressing named individuals, as 1,200 case studies, 900 conference papers andensure that your data files are accurate and clean: receiving magazine articles, and 350 learnings documents.someone else’s mail can irritate, confuse, and alienatepeople. Share this Knowledge Point: ©2009 Millward Brown

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