Direct mailing Question

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by KrayzKajun, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    Do you hand write the addresses or do you make labels??
  2. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    print labels

    mail merge is a splendid function
  3. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    Most mailing services will charge $5-15 per 1000 to print the addresses and mail for you at .17 each. I just started using a local mailing company, but I'm sure you have one near you. We put out 5000 8.5 X 5.5" postcards for $1350. That was taking the postcards to them and having a targeted list created for the mailings. The list itself would've cost us $350 (and has many times).

    I think this is the most cost effective solution to direct mailing.
  4. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,053

    I print everything right on the envalope or paper. no hand writing unless it's a signature or invoice.
  5. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    Most word processors offer you the option of printing labels from an address book. I use Microsoft Works to create a database of addresses, then use that database to populate labels on my printer.
  6. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    Buy some labels at office depot or staples. Print out lables and sick on. Saves time.
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    thats exactly what i did!! Ive been puttin labels on envelopes for about 5 hours now
  8. Grashopper

    Grashopper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    MTDMAN, where do you get the addresses and how do you get them into works?
  9. Grashopper

    Grashopper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    $1350. for 5000 post cards doesn't seem that great of a deal. True that is only $0.27 each. But my door hangers work out to cost less. I paid $300 for 10,000 door hangers. That leaves me $1050. for labor. I pay $20 for 3 hours of door hanging at about 70 fliers per hour. $1050./ $6.66 = 157 hours. 157 hours * 70 doorhangers per hour equals 10, 990 door hangers for the same price. That equals $0.12 per door hanger.

    I use fund raising groups to hang my fliers. It's easy, kids walk fast, and sometimes it is tax free.

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