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Mailbox to Multichannel: Turn an Offline Campaign into a Multichannel Success


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Mailbox to Multichannel: Turn an Offline Campaign into a Multichannel Success

  1. 1. Mailbox to Multichannel: <br />Turning a Successful Offline Campaign into an <br />Extraordinary Multichannel <br />Success StoryPresented by:Max Bunch, SVP Client Services, Stratmark<br />Danna Gonzalez, Account Supervisor, Stratmark/is7Debbie Snyder, VP, Sales and Marketing, StratmarkLisa Wolf, SVP , Communications and Donor Relations, CURE International<br />2010 WASHINGTON NONPROFIT CONFERENCE<br />January 28-29, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Donors don’t live in a single channel of communication.Neither should your fundraising. <br />
  3. 3. A Lesson from the Catalog Industry<br />10 years ago a move to put catalogs online began<br />Some catalogers went to online catalogs and stopped printing and mailing catalogs – and their income plunged 60%<br />Without the printed catalog arriving in the mail, purchasers simply did not go on the web to order<br />Research reveals that more than 1/3 of consumers prefer to respond to print promotions online<br />
  4. 4. A Lesson from the Check Printing Industry<br />Check volume in the U.S. declined 38% from 1995-2006, and continues to drop<br />A growing number of donors do not write checks anymore—especially younger donors<br />Some consumers actually put all of their bills - on their credit card because it is convenient and it earns miles or reward points<br />
  5. 5. A Lesson from Direct Response Television<br />Infomercials on TV now expect more than 50% of buyers to order online<br />Inbound telemarketing companies are facing a sharp drop in demand for their services, because consumers are moving to the online channel to respond to TV offers<br />
  6. 6. What can nonprofit organizations learn from the commercial world’s experiences? <br />
  7. 7. #1 – Offering check-only payment for donations reduces giving.<br />Older donors write checks less frequently<br />The world is moving away from using checks to pay bills and make donations<br />Donors want payment options. In addition to the direct mail reply device, be sure to include online giving options in your appeal<br />Younger donors write no checks, or at the most, one or two checks a month for their rent and car payments<br />
  8. 8. #2 - Online giving for most direct mail donors starts with the direct mail appeal.<br />The best approach to online giving for direct mail donors starts with a unified <br /> multichannel direct response offer included in the familiar direct mail appeal <br />When direct mail and online messages, themes and offers are not aligned it may reduce income and confuse the donor <br />REMEMBER: Donors have one relationship with your organization, not seperate offline and an online relationships <br />Review your communications schedule to ensure that your direct mail and online appeals are in sync and both offer an online donation option<br />It is crucial that your online and direct mail messages are always consistent <br />
  9. 9. Donors with a high propensity to give online can be located using outside data. <br />Households can be matched with known “digital neighborhoods,” online banking, credit card use, online catalog buying behavior and many other indicators <br />Models have now been perfected with other nonprofit organizations that allow donor households to be ranked in the likelihood that they will give online<br />Households who rank high on these scores are the best candidates to target for online giving<br />
  10. 10. #3 - When direct mail donors begin giving online their giving increases from 35% to 50% per year.<br />Online donations are typically higher average gifts than direct mail donations and thus an increase in donor value <br />In many cases when the organization does not offer online giving the donor has been suppressed because they have already given online to other organizations and prefer the instant communication that comes with giving online<br />Donors who give to both direct mail and online campaigns have the highest value—in one organization the annual value of the “both” donors was $1600 a year <br />Many direct mail donors move to online monthly auto debit donors. As a result, their donor value increases<br />
  11. 11. #4 - Online donors are the most likely donors to sign up for monthly auto debit giving.<br />Monthly auto debit giving is the most promising avenue of increasing regular stewardship<br />It is already becoming the backbone of donor support from younger donors in some organizations <br />Promoting monthly auto debit donations is the next logical step to increasing consistent donations<br />
  12. 12. Offering multichannel giving options can:<br />Increase your organization’s donor income for every donor that begins to give online <br />Produce an increase from 35% to 50% when donors begin to actively give online <br />Bring back lapsed donors and increase donor retention <br />Result in larger average donations, because online donors typically give larger gifts, give more often and easily make the transition into monthly auto debit donors <br />
  14. 14. Step 1: Identify Potential Online Donors<br />
  15. 15. Step 2: Give Donors Payment Options<br />Payment options other than writing a check should be included on every reply device soliciting a gift. This will require:<br />A visible unique landing page address (i.e. and a toll free phone number with the call to action “to help as soon as possible” or “to send your gift immediately”<br />A reply device which should always include an online donation option: “for your convenience and security please click…… to submit your donation.” This not only gives the donor an additional donation option, it also allows you to capture additional email addresses<br />
  16. 16. Use Your Direct Mail Reply Device to Point People Online<br />
  17. 17. Use Your Direct Mail Reply Device to Point People Online<br />
  18. 18. OR – Use a Direct Mail Buckslip Insert<br />
  19. 19. OR –Use a Full-Page Direct Mail Reply Device to Point People Online<br />
  20. 20. Step 3: Create landing pages and donation forms tied to your direct mail.<br />Every direct mail solicitation will require some online creative:<br />A custom landing page is required for every mailing tied to the creative and the offer<br />Use the logo, photo, headline or some visible tie to the mailing—but this does not have to be the identical creative as the printed piece<br />Restate the offer and what the gift will do with specific amounts tailored to that donor’s giving record (i.e., $5 will feed 10 people)<br />Add additional gift arrays for the online offer as online donors tend to give higher initial gifts than offline donors<br />
  21. 21. A Good Landing Page Supports Your Direct Mail Offer<br />
  22. 22. Step 3: Create landing pages and donation forms tied to your direct mail.<br />A payment processing landing page specific to that mailing campaign must be constructed to allow a donor to quickly enter and process a credit card gift<br />
  23. 23. A Good Donation Page Matches Your Direct Mail Offer & Makes Giving Easy <br />
  24. 24. Step 4: Send every donor with an active email address a correlated email message timed to follow your direct mail piece sent to them. <br />The email must contain all essential information about the appeal – optimized for online communication – and with donation button(s)<br />Test various formats to get the right options to the donor <br />Consider focus groups or online questionnaires to learn your direct mail donors’ preferences for online payment<br />
  25. 25. Sample Email Message in Support of Direct Mail<br />
  26. 26. Step 5: Carefully append email addresses to your file. <br />Increase income from existing direct mail donors by moving them online. A careful append strategy will match 15% to 25% of your direct mail households with an email address<br />Only use the most careful and ethical append sources of email addresses that have “opted in” for offers from other organizations<br />Unify! You only get one first try for each donor so you do not want to misfire with a piecemeal strat competitive communication from different channels.<br />egyor allow<br />It is always best to use a multichannel strategy (mail, email and phone) to determine donor preferences as soon and as respectfully as possible. Remember these are already your organization’s most valuable donors <br />5. Messaging is key! Since these are current donors, recognize their previous efforts and cultivate accordingly. <br />6. In your donor communication program continue to test the synchronization of direct mail, email and online payment options<br />
  27. 27. 5 Lessons Learned<br />Offering a single channel (i.e. check-only payment) for donations reduces giving<br />Online giving for most direct mail donors starts with the direct mail offer that they received<br />Donors with a high propensity to give online can be located using outside data <br />When direct mail donors give online their annual value typically increases <br /> 35% to 50%<br />Donors who give online have proven to be the most likely to sign-up for monthly auto debit giving – which has proven to significantly increase their value as a donor<br />
  28. 28. Summary<br />A carefully tested approach adding multichannel options to a direct mail program is now necessary to increase income and to accommodate donors who prefer to give online<br />Moving donors online is worth the effort – online donors have a much higher lifetime value<br />BUT . . . not every donor will move to online payment<br />It is important to target the right donors to avoid reducing response rates and income in the direct mail channel<br />This is the beginning of the never-ending process to develop donor relationships that are flexible and that respond to donor preferences as your donors and the world change<br />It is always best to use a multichannel strategy to determine donor preference as soon as possible<br />Continue to test the synchronization of direct mail, email and online payment options<br />
  29. 29. Case Study<br />CURE International Progressive Integration Campaign<br />Challenges:<br /> Little to no Brand Recognition <br /> Limited Online Presence <br /> Major donors made up majority of donor file<br />Objectives:<br /> Increase Overall Brand Awareness<br /> Improve Name Acquisition Efforts – Grow eMail database by 20%<br /> Increase Number of Middle Donors – $10 to $399 gift range <br /> Improve Segmentation by Acquiring Donors through Preferred Giving Channel<br />
  30. 30. Background<br /><ul><li>CURE Direct Mail (before integrated campaigns) – Around 1.16% response rate
  31. 31. Newly Redesigned Website Launched October 2007
  32. 32. Average new eMail sign ups ~ 50 per month
  33. 33. eMail appeal response/fundraising was below average industry standards</li></li></ul><li>The Approach<br /><ul><li>Evaluate all offline and online campaigns to determine strongest offer
  34. 34. Determined that the Clubfoot offer resonated the best without too much explanation, and has performed the best with offline and current online audience
  35. 35. Develop a progressive multi-channel campaign centered around clubfoot to achieve desired goals</li></li></ul><li>Sign A Cast Campaign<br />
  36. 36. Sign A Cast Campaign<br />Widget<br />
  37. 37. Sign A Cast Campaign<br />Home Page Intercept<br />Home Page Banner<br />
  38. 38. Sign A Cast Campaign<br />Announcement <br />eMail<br />
  39. 39. Progressive Multichannel Integration Plan<br />Online: <br />CURE website, emails to current constituents <br />Social Media: Launch Virally across Social Networks – MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube<br />Offline<br />Events – Live Radio, Concerts (Includes Video Production)<br />Direct Mail<br />Newsletter Communications<br />Mobile Giving – Text to Give/Opt-In<br />
  40. 40. Cultivation of Sign a Cast Acquired Friends<br />
  41. 41. Cultivation of Sign a Cast Online Intro Series<br />GenericeNewsletter<br />Follow Up eMail<br />
  42. 42. Results:18 months of Sign a Cast campaign<br />eMail Database: 500% growth in total file<br />Fundraising: Over $250K revenue <br />Total Response:<br />Increased Response Rate by 175% and 75% in subsequent Direct Mailings<br />Increased Revenue by 500% for Clubfoot offer<br />
  43. 43. Additional Benefits:<br />Allowed for the following segmentation opportunities and improved donor<br />communication:<br /><ul><li>Preferred Communication Channel (Mobile, DM, Online)
  44. 44. Acquisition Source (KSKY Event, State Fair, Salem List)
  45. 45. Level of Support ( Donor, Non-donor, Volunteer)</li></li></ul><li>41<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />For the American Bible Society,<br />multichannel marketing<br />created a significant multiplier for their:<br />Bibles in China Campaign.<br />2010 Washington Nonprofit Conference<br />
  46. 46. Direct Marketing Association<br />42<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />If 5% of your donors responded <br />to a certain campaign<br />That means<br />95% did not<br />Did they like the appeal?<br />Did they not see the appeal?<br />
  47. 47. Direct Marketing Association<br />43<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />Situation:<br />5% response from 400,000 donors …<br />but response<br />number of donors <br />and net income was in decline<br />
  48. 48. Direct Marketing Association<br />44<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />Cultivation <br />Control Package:<br />
  49. 49. Direct Marketing Association<br />45<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />Upper Donor Follow-Up<br />Handwritten note card was added and <br />it provided a 38% lift in response <br />General Donor Follow-Up<br />A Monarch downsized version of the initial appeal with a photo of a child featured in story<br />
  50. 50. Direct Marketing Association<br />46<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />Donors were directed <br />to a specific <br />China landing page <br />from an eAppeal and <br />a Direct Mail <br />Cultivation Appeal<br />
  51. 51. Direct Marketing Association<br />47<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />Both eAppeal and<br />Direct Mail Appeal<br />were followed <br />for the first time<br />by Telemarketing<br />
  52. 52. Direct Marketing Association<br />48<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />Calls followed direct<br />mail by two weeks<br />Call campaign was<br />completed in<br />two weeks<br />
  53. 53. Direct Marketing Association<br />49<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />Results:<br />63% increase in overall campaign net income<br />82% increase in number of donors responding<br />
  54. 54. Direct Marketing Association<br />50<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />Pre-campaign voice broadcast call<br />Recorded message – encouraging <br />donors to pray for upcoming initiative<br /><ul><li>Increased response by 19%
  55. 55. Increase in net revenue by 29%</li></li></ul><li>Direct Marketing Association<br />51<br />Case Studies Multi-Channel Fundraising<br />Multichannel donor development gave the American Bible Society the chance to:<br />Match a donor to a desired communication channel<br />Increase visibility of an urgent message<br />Break through the clutter of many messages<br />Highlight the cause in emotional ways that would be impossible for just one channel<br />Motivate a percentage of donors with the chance to make a second gift<br />