By |2022-05-13T08:36:37+00:00May 13th, 2022|

The Software Bureau has once again passed Royal Mail’s sortation test to become an accredited sortation software provider. Accredited sortation providers are proven to maximise postal efficiency and therefore reduce the costs of a mailing campaign for clients. In an independent review of The Software Bureau’s leading Cygnus, SwiftSort and API products, Royal Mail tested the sortation element of each product and validated their efficiency and accuracy. For the tests, The Software Bureau was required to sort a list of approximately 29,000 UK addresses and submit the Computer Planning Report and Line Listing generated by the Software to Royal Mail for validation. This is the first time an organisation has passed the test since 2016 meaning that The Software Bureau [...]

Fundraising Preference Service Update – what it means for your charity

By |2022-04-27T08:59:59+00:00April 26th, 2022|

We were pleased to read about the recent changes made to the Fundraising Preference Service. Whilst some charities might be disheartened by them – we believe they are a good thing and we’ll explain why. But first. What’s changed? People can now request that up to 10 charities stop sending them direct marketing in one go through the FPS online. The previous maximum people could suppress was three charities in one online transaction. However, people can nominate up to 20 charities by contacting the FPS via telephone. It has also been made easier for charities to see if a suppression request has been made on behalf of someone else, with the aim of helping to indicate quickly whether a potentially [...]

Pureprint Lean DM Case Study

By |2022-04-22T13:50:48+00:00April 13th, 2022|

Several of our customers have adopted a Lean approach to advertising mail production. For example, world class print and marketing services business, Pureprint, who have embedded our Lean methodology into the heart of their approach to mail. In simple terms, Lean DM is about eradicating waste from a mail marketing campaign.  Not just the physical materials involved in mail production, but the entire process of creating advertising mail. Too many businesses are blissfully throwing money away by producing items of mail, which will never result in a desired outcome. Why would you produce and mail an item which had zero chance of success? Possibly worse than this, the item itself could deliver a negative outcome, which could damage a brand’s [...]

A note of thanks to Judith Donovan!

By |2022-04-06T10:16:26+00:00April 6th, 2022|

This week it was announced that industry legend, Judith Donovan, is stepping down from chairing the Strategic Mail Partnership (SMP), after 14 years at the helm. We wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks! Judith has been a massively influential figure in the industry and has been responsible for promoting and protecting the direct mail industry in many guises including running her own DM agency, to chairing the DMA. The SMP is the UK body which represents mailing and printing houses which now over 150 members. She has been credited for bringing unity to the industry by encouraging collaboration amongst mail operators. It has been announced that Lucy Swanston, Nutshell Creative and Topic Heroes managing director will be taking [...]

Consumers are getting more comfortable with sharing data

By |2022-03-23T12:20:35+00:00March 23rd, 2022|

New research from GDMA (Global Data and Marketing Alliance) reveals that consumers are much more comfortable with, and even see a value in, sharing data than they ever have been previously. This is especially true if they see a clear benefit of doing so. More than half of the people surveyed (53%), across 16 countries, agree that the exchange of personal information is essential for the smooth running of modern society. The vast majority of global consumers (82%) are prepared to engage with the data economy in 2022. Trust in an organisation remains the most important factor driving consumers’ willingness to share personal information with a company. Over a third (38%) of consumers rank ‘trust in an organisation’ in the top [...]

Why now is the time to invest in direct mail – what are you waiting for?

By |2022-03-10T12:37:37+00:00March 10th, 2022|

Last week Royal Mail announced that it was extending its Mailmark Economy Incentive deal until 25th June 2022. This means that businesses can take advantage of more cost-effective campaigns for longer. The discounts that apply are up to 25 per cent for up to three million incremental volume or up to 30 per cent for over three million incremental volume. Mailmark Economy is Royal Mail’s cheapest direct mail tariff. It was introduced at the beginning of last year to help the mail operator become more efficient. It basically enables Royal Mail to delay the handling of all non-urgent mail. Under the Mailmark offering, as soon as Royal Mail receives a campaign it will deliver the items the next day, however, [...]

How clean is your house?

By |2022-03-02T13:45:24+00:00March 2nd, 2022|

According to a new report by Validity which surveyed over 1,200 CRM specialists, 76 per cent of businesses rate their customer relationship management (CRM) data quality as either “good” or “very good. Yet, according to the study 44 per cent estimated their company loses over 10 per cent of annual revenue due to poor data quality. Which seems something of a paradox. Close to 20 years ago a programme called How Clean is Your House? regularly attracted 5.1 million viewers, over 1.5 million more than Love Island – clearly this was before the time of Netflix and Amazon; there was very little else on! The format was simple; hapless homeowners were visited by professional cleaning duo Kim Woodburn and Aggie Mackensie [...]

Reduce the data gap!

By |2022-02-15T09:29:51+00:00February 15th, 2022|

New research reveals that organisations are suffering from what is being coined the ‘data gap’. This has been found to be the major contributor to inaccurate data which has a negative impact on the bottom line. The study by Quantexa which surveyed nearly 350 technology and data decision-makers across key sectors including financial services, insurance and the public sector in the UK, France, Netherlands and Spain, found that data and datatech is being let down by the managers in charge of it. 2022 has already been named the year of data transformation; hot off the coat tails of the pandemic induced digital transformation seen over the past 24 months. The pandemic has accelerated every organisation’s digitisation plans irrespective of whether [...]

Good news for direct mail as Royal Mail extends incentives

By |2022-01-10T11:39:39+00:00January 10th, 2022|

For direct mailers it looks like 2022 is starting off on a positive note as Royal Mail confirms that it is extending all of its existing mail incentives until the end of the year. This includes the Mailmark Economy incentive which was launched last July and gives mail users the opportunity to sell more to their target audience by sending incremental advertising mail, responsible mail and partially address mail with a discount of up to 30 per cent on economy rates. Additionally, the operator has announced that from this week it is implementing an improved 14.5 per cent Mailmark Economy incentive rate for partially addressed mail, increasing from 9.3 per cent offered last year. In more good news, Royal Mail is also [...]

Direct mail proves its worth as part of the marketing mix

By |2021-12-07T09:14:57+00:00December 7th, 2021|

The latest stats from JICMAIL reveal that there has been record levels of digital activity driven by direct mail. The Q3 Report shows that the effectiveness of mail at driving consumers to use their tablets or smartphones has increased by 11 per cent over the last 12 months, while the two-year growth trend revealed an increase of 41 per cent. For the first time the amount of mobile device usage prompted by mail exposure has outstripped the amount used to call advertisers directly. Direct Mail with distinct customer oriented creative content is the most effective at driving mobile usage (of which online banking is a large part). Eleven per cent of DM containing appointment related information drives mobile usage, and [...]

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