Informed Delivery Opportunities for Mailers

Informed Delivery reaches a new milestone for sign-ups opening new opportunities for mailers

The United States Postal Service recently announced that Informed Delivery has reached the milestone of 15 million subscribers.  Informed Delivery is a free service allowing consumers to receive a daily email preview of their incoming mail and manage their packages.  Consumers can sign up for the free service at the USPS Informed Delivery website.

What does this mean for marketers using direct mail?

Mailers can now deploy an Interactive Campaign that will integrate their mailpiece with the Informed Delivery email being sent to consumers.  The interactive campaign includes custom images and a targeted URL, giving consumers the ability to click through to a landing page or website.  The Informed Delivery Interactive Campaign gives mailers an easy pathway to marry their direct mail campaign with a digital component creating an omni-channel option.

The USPS is also offering a 2% discount off postage for mailings incorporating the interactive campaigns.  The promotional period runs from September 1st through November 30th.  Eligible mail includes Marketing Mail letters and flats, Nonprofit Marketing Mail letters and flats, and First-Class presort & automation letters, cards and flats.

NFocus is here to help you succeed with your Informed Delivery Interactive Campaign.

NFocus can help mailers with every step of creating and deploying interactive campaigns.  The NFocus NFormed Delivery full service option includes formatting pre-campaign data and reports, and uploading required elements into USPS Business Customer Gateway for deployment.

We also offer a self-serve option to mailers who would like to manage their campaigns.  NFocus can provide the required data elements needed to marry the interactive campaign to the direct mail campaign.

Contact NFocus today to learn how you can take advantage of these opportunities.

2019 Postage Rate Calculators

Plan your 2019 direct mail schedule with help from our postage calculators

The popular NFocus postage rate calculators have been updated and are ready to download.  The new calculators will help guide you through all of the 2019 rate changes for Marketing Mail, Non Profit Marketing Mail, and Periodicals.

The 2019 calculators have been updated with a new look and additional information.  Users will notice the new Part Code column which directly corresponds to the price category codes found on your postage statement (form 3602 for Marketing Mail).  A new Promotions Calendar has also been added (tab 2) which gives users a quick reference guide to the 2019 USPS promotions.

Download a copy of the NFocus Postage Rate Calculators below:

2019 Postage Rate Calculators 

2019 USPS Marketing Mail Rate Calculator

2019 USPS Periodical Mail Rate Calculator

2019 USPS Non Profit Marketing Mail Rate Calculator

Need hep figuring this out?  Contact your NFocus rep today.  We provide a complete suite of resources to help direct mailers including our NControl report for periodical publishers, 24-7 access to the top direct mail list data with Listcounts, and our powerful Smart Saturation solution for mailers looking for a more targeted list.

USPS Proposed 2019 Postage Rates

Mailbox with lettersNFocus is here to help you plan for the 2019 postage rate increases.

October might be the most important month for mailers as the proposed postage rate increases are announced.  The overall average proposed increase for Marketing Mail is 2.479% while Periodicals will see a 2.52% increase.

How are rates set?

The United States Postal Service filed their intended rate changes to the Postal Regulatory Commission the 2nd week of October.  The PRC has up to 34 days to review the filing.  The new rates are set to go into effect Sunday January 27, 2019.

Postage rates are adjusted annually and are based on the Consumer Price Index.  This method of rate adjustment was set under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act which was signed into law in 2006 by President George W. Bush.

What can you do now?

Now is the time to plan and we are here to help.  Our postal experts will examine your mailing and provide you with details on how the new rates may effect your mailing.  Even though Marketing Mail is facing a proposed 2.479% overall increase, the percentage increase varies based on multiple factors including drop location and carrier route volumes.  We can help you navigate all the details to uncover your individual impact.

What options do you have?

NFocus offers multiple solutions for mailers to help them manage their postage.  The NFocus Smart Saturation solution allows marketers to use a highly targeted direct mail list while maintaining specific postage requirements.  Mailers who need to maintain full walk sequence saturation on their lists will find ResQue’s powerful route level optimization tools extremely useful.

Contact NFocus today for more information on how the new rates could impact your mailing and help you plan your 2019 mailing strategy.

Smart Saturation Starts Here

The NFocus Smart Saturation solution helps marketers succeed by saving money on postage while enjoying the benefits of a highly targeted list.

Saving money on postage while using roof-top level targeting seems like an impossible request.  NFocus delivers on that request with our Smart Saturation solution.

The NFocus Smart Saturation solution provides a robustly targeted list, not just simply removing addresses to meet postage levels.  NFocus works with you to identify your targeting, develop your profile and execute a finely-tuned direct mail list.

IdentifyNFocus the Data Agency

The first step in building a targeted list is identifying the best prospect.  The NFocus Audience NSight report provides a customized prospect profile based on your client list.  Overlay demographic, behavioral or property data to create a targeting profile specific to your needs.

Develop

The NFocus account management team works with you to further develop your targeting by ranking and scoring the data, helping you strengthen the profile.  The data is then loaded into the Listcounts portal to create a comprehensive customized profile.  Your priorities.  Your business rules.  Your targeting.

Execute

The NFocus data analyst team reviews your data on roof-top level, analyzing your ideal customer profile while meeting your expected postage levels and business rules.

The result is a highly targeted list, built with robust data options, custom to your marketing needs and optimized to maximize your postage savings.

Contact your representative today for more information on the NFocus Smart Saturation solution.

 

Direct Mail, It Works

Direct mail continues to be a popular marketing option.

48% of small and medium-sized businesses rely on direct mail as part of their overall marketing mix, according to Borrell Associates’ 2018 annual Local Advertiser Survey.  Direct mail edged out other channels including radio (44%), Search Engine Marketing (40%), and online Banner Ads (37%).Direct Mail Response Rates

Why are businesses still leveraging direct mail?  Because it works.

According to the DMA’s 2017 Response Rate Report, acquisition direct mail campaigns show impressive results.  These include a 30% return on investment and a 5% response rate for flat sized mail pieces.

Getting your mail piece into the right hands is key in developing an effective campaign.  The NFocus team of Data Analysts and Account Managers are your partners to help you build a powerful direct mail strategy.

Uncover your best prospects with our comprehensive Audience NSight Report.  This proprietary report identifies key characteristics of your top customer.  Select from hundreds of demographic, behavioral and property options.

Build your targeted list using the Listcounts data portal.  Access the top marketing databases including roof-top level consumer, automotive and lifestyle changes with new movers and homeowners.

Custom Match Back reporting allows you to review campaign performance and analyze your return on your investment.

Contact us today for more information on our complete direct mail solutions.

Listcounts: 24-7 Access to the Top Marketing Databases

Data Agency Solutions For On-Demand Marketing

Unlike list brokers that simply resell a mailing list, NFocus is a data agency with the purpose of positioning and hosting data to create scalable and brandable solutions for your business. Printers, marketers, publishers, retail companies and non-profits have partnered with NFocus because of our deep postal knowledge, extensive data portfolio, and direct mail data technology.

The Data

NFocus is the only company hosting and managing the largest postal, consumer, mortgage, property and automotive databases.  Along with access to weekly lifestyle files, bankruptcy, stressed property and behavioral databases, NFocus is positioned to be your data partner.  NFocus provides a comprehensive data portfolio to help our partners reach their direct marketing goals.

The Solution

Listcounts Direct mail data portal

Developed and managed by NFocus, the Listcounts portal provides you 24/7 access to the top marketing databases available.   Easily accessible, continually updated and customizable, the Listcounts portal gives you total control scaled to meet your specific needs.

Your Listcounts branded portal gives you full admin privileges to manage your customers, your queries and your pricing.

Create targeted direct mail campaigns with features including robust mapping options, list segmentation, suppression, and extensive reporting capabilities.

Every year hundreds of companies trust NFocus to process billions of records that drive their direct marketing success.  NFocus is your partner to help you grow with data.

Contact NFocus today to schedule a demo of Listcounts.

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Pinpoint Your Best Direct Mail Targets

The NFocus Consumer Household database offers the best option for highly targeted marketing campaigns.

The NFocus Consumer Household dataset is the industry’s most comprehensive compiled data source for household demographics for your next direct mail campaign.  The file provides robust targeting options with up to five individuals at a household level and thousands of demographic combinations and selects.

The file deliverNFocus Consumer Household Datas a complete targeting solution by providing one of the largest databases available – 140 million households, 235 million individuals from 31 different sources and is updated monthly.

The wide range of demographic select options include financial, individual age & date of birth, dwelling characteristics, children, lifestyle, occupation and culture.

Recommended uses include retail, insurance, financial, utilities & telecommunications, travel & hospitality, home improvement, specialty & lifestyle publications and nonprofit direct mail campaigns.

Access the NFocus Consumer Household data file 24/7 via Listcounts or contact your representative for more details.

Target Power Sports & Recreational Enthusiasts

NFocus can help you find the best prospects in the passionate market of motorcycle, boat and RV owners.

The power sports and recreational vehicle market continues to thrive and grow in the US.  The Motorcycle, Boats & RV database will help your clients tap into this great opportunity.

Target RV owners

Use the demographics available in the NFocus Consumer Household File to target a stronger prospect by adding selects like Household Income, Target Value Score or Net Worth.

The Motorcycles, Boats & RV data file can be used for service, insurance, aftermarket and buy-back campaigns.

Target boat ownersAdditional options include a purchase predictor for households more likely to buy a recreational vehicle in the near future and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) owners.

Contact your Account Manager for more information on the Motorcycle, Boats and RV database.