The way I like to do business is by helping people.

That’s why I enjoy answering questions on Quora. It’s a way to share what I know to be right, with people asking for our point of view.

When I saw a question about the pros and cons of email vs a letter, immediately started to take it from a marketing standpoint.

So, this is how I answered to an approach of Email vs Direct Mail. But I think you would enjoy it as well. So here it is.

Email Marketing vs Direct Mail Marketing

First, let’s focus on the CONS of Email Marketing vs Direct Mail:

  1. It’s digital; therefore, it misses that touch that we feel when we’re holding an actual piece of paper.
  2. It’s something very usual today, and most people are overwhelmed with other emails, mostly spam. It’s harder to stand out from the others.
  3. The first reaction of a person when sees a letter in their mailbox (if it isn’t a bill) is usually very good. They welcome it because it’s uncommon. However, email it’s considered to be as one more thing to bother us until we open it and see if it’s relevant or not.
  4. It’s less empathic with another human being because if a letter is handwritten, people feel an instant connection with the sender. If we use a handwritten font in an email, it will feel awkward and a gimmick to catch their attention.
  5. An email needs an absolute smashing subject line to be read. The letter, on the other hand, just needs to be placed in the mailbox and have attractive packaging.

Now, let’s address the PROS of Email vs Direct Mail as a Marketing Channel:

  1. Email is FASTER to prepare, test, deploy, iterate, change, analyse and reply.
  2. An email has real-time results.
  3. If you catch a mistake in the middle of the process, you can correct it and re-send it with the disclaimer.
  4. Email is way CHEAPER than sending a Letter.
  5. Email can be addressed as a time-sensitive campaign or promo. For instance, a daily deal alert. 
  6. Email can be delivered wherever you are if you have an internet connection. Desktop, Tablet, Mobile, whatever the device, Email comes as the most omnipresent app.
  7. Email can close the deal through a link and without any human interference or connection.
  8. Email makes it easier for the recipient to reply, and it’s immediate.
  9. Email can be tracked.
  10. It’s effortless and practical to do an A/B test to a small segment of people before deploying to the targeted audience.
  11. We can activate automated and drip messages with ease.

Things that BOTH are Good at:

  1. It’s a direct response marketing channel.
  2. It’s personalised.
  3. It’s universally understood.
  4. It’s content marketing all over it.
  5. It’s a way to entice, seduce and get us to take action.
  6. It’s huge in results.
  7. It’s profitable (even direct mail) to do it right.
  8. It’s a challenge to do it right. But when you do… it’s unparalleled.

I’m sure that more will come back, but this gives you a clear picture. Do you have any other suggestions to add to this list?

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Rui Nunes

About Rui Nunes

Rui Nunes is the Founder of sendXmail(s), built for Email Marketing & Automation best strategy for your return on investment.

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