Yesterday we posted the first of our five part series on Optimizing the Demise, if you missed it, click here to read. Today we offer you the second practical idea for how to optimize the decline in your direct mail fundraising program:
- Stop direct mail testing – at least in acquisition. Look, even if you test something that doubles response (which is rarer than a supermodel on a Metro bus), lifting response rates from a 0.44% to a 0.88% isn’t going to save your organization. Better to redirect the budget and ideas set aside for testing to try new things that might have a longer payoff.
This idea won’t change the course of the direct mail trend. But it will buy you some time while we are all figuring out the next big thing.