Mortgage marketing campaignsJoy Gendusapostcard campaign, pre-planned, promotional steps, campaign commitment
Do they really make a difference in selling
What is a campaign, exactly?
Many mortgage brokers often pose the questions, "What is a postcard
campaign, exactly?" and, "Why do I need one?" The answers to those
questions are the most difficult for people to accept and learn. No
matter how hard I try--no matter how much proof I give--some people
just don't seem to believe it. But I never stop saying it, because
one day it will sink in. First, let's define "campaign," which, in
its noun form, means "an operation or series of operations
energetically pursued to accomplish a purpose." Its verb form means
"to engage in an operation planned to achieve a certain goal."
A marketing campaign is, simply stated, a pre-planned series of
advertising or promotional steps; this includes repeat mailings
that are strategically designed and mailed so that there is a
maximum benefit (more new mortgages) for your business.
I tell mortgage brokers that they need to do repeat mailings;
otherwise, they are not getting the most from their money. Single
mailings are nowhere near as effective and sometimes completely
Mailing one postcard once is hardly going to get anyone's
attention or get a company known. Consider this: How many times
have you seen one TV commercial aired over and over? It is the same
principle for postcards. A one-time postcard mailing is just not
going to change your business, your profit margin or your
The other added benefit of repeat mailings is credibility.
Sometimes people may hold onto your postcard for a long while--even
months or years. But more often, they'll think, "I may need to
refinance someday, but not yet," and toss it out. Repeat mailings
to those same people get them to see your image, logo, slogan and
message over and over, thus making you more credible to them.
It is a fact that your income is heavily influenced by how much
communication you put out about your business. After some time
mailing consistently, you will learn how much you need to mail in
order to bring in the desired dollar amount. It will become
predictable for you.
How does a campaign work, exactly?
With consistency comes prediction. You can get to the point where
you can chart out expected results. Here is an example of a
business sending out 5,000 postcards:
-Out of that 5,000, 150 hang onto your postcard.
-Out of that 5,000, some call the first week.
-Out of that 5,000, some call the second week.
-Out of that 5,000, some call the next month.
-Out of that 5,000, some call in six months.
-Out of that 5,000, some never call.
There is a dwindling return from that first mailing that can
give a false impression of what occurs from one mailing. Someone
sends out a postcard and says, "I only got four responses from my
mailing!" But there is a whole dynamic that is going on that is
continuing from that one mailing long after the person who sent the
mailing expects things to happen. Think about it. Do you jump at
every advertisement that you get that you think is a good idea? If
you do, you are either a millionaire or broke. Most likely, you see
some advertisement that catches your interest and say to yourself
that you'd like to check that out someday. Then, you see it again
and remember that you wanted to check that out one day. And then,
you see it again, and this time you decide to check it out. Or, you
file it away, and when you pay off that credit card, you pull out
your file and visit that store that advertised the outdoor
furniture set you wanted to buy for your back porch.
You want continuous and consistent growth. You want to have so
many mortgages in the pipeline that you could take off a couple of
weeks and not feel the hurt. So what do you do? Look at this
-You send out 5,000 postcards one week and have all that going on
that I mentioned above?
-You send out 5,000 the next week and have all that going on that
I mentioned above?
-You send out 5,000 the next week, and that dwindling flow chart
is going on on each one of those outflows?
What is going to happen? Eventually, it is going to snowball,
because it's coming in from all different places!
And yes, it costs a lot of money to do it. Once you have your
list, which you'll use over and over and only pay for once, postage
will be more than 55 percent of your costs. So find the money.
Start with a list and mail to one list one week, another list
the next week and another list the following week. Then, rotate
those lists again (and again and again).
"Now," you ask, "what if you only have one list?" You can still
rotate one list. And it is always good to put it on a spreadsheet
or a flow chart to track what you are doing and what you have
For instance, let's say you get one list of 6,000 identities.
You can mail to 2,000 one week, 2,000 the next week and 2,000 the
third week. Then, you rotate. There are your three different
Two types of campaigns
The next thing to know about campaigns is that there are two
different types of marketing campaigns. There is the campaign to
get your customers to keep buying from you so they don't go
elsewhere, and then there is the campaign to get new business
Once you have gotten new business in, then those customers who
once were prospects get the repeat-customer campaign, which is
basically a different campaign with different messages and
different buttons, all for the purpose of retaining their business
and having them not go anywhere else to refinance or get that
How do you start campaigning, exactly?
The first thing you should do when starting out and thinking of a
marketing campaign is to start with your own customers.
Let's say you've been in business for five to 10 years and have
hit a plateau. Start by mailing out to your own customers who have
been with you and already know you are good. And then, once you get
your income up a little bit by this campaign route, start the
second campaign to market to new customers. However, if you have
the money, figure out how to do both. If you want more money, then
put money back in your business via the new customer and customer
If you are a new broker starting out and really only have 12
customers, then you have to do a campaign to get new customers.
Warning: It costs money; it will be a big expense. Just mail to the
list for a while and rotate through it. It will pay off; I
A campaign could be as simple as mailing the same postcard over
and over and over again to the same list. You'd still be
campaigning if you did it this way, and you would have results. But
you could get closer to an ideal scene with a campaign that
includes several different messages. You could design each piece so
that it communicates to different types of people. For instance,
fear is a common feeling for people when they are about to make a
purchase. You could use this to make your cards communicate how
safe it would be to refinance right now or how awful it could be
for them if they don't. Maybe you can offer a money-back guarantee.
People also respond to humor, so another card in your campaign
could be funny. Different folks will respond to different emotions
A very successful way to put together a campaign has to do with
creating a series of cards with similar appearances--not the same,
but similar. You could do a three-card, four-card or five-card
campaign. The look and feel of each card should match. Your logo
should be in the same place each time, your color scheme should be
the same, etc.
Come up with your look and feel beforehand. I suggest that you
design and mail the first one and check for results. You can tweak
it, but choose your basic colors first. Do a little research. Which
colors communicate to you the most? Be your own survey person. Love
your mail piece. Don't sign off on anything a designer came up with
if you don't love it. You'll imbue it with results. It'll pull
better if you love it. It sounds nutty, but it's true.
Don't be afraid of campaign commitment
One thing about campaigns is that you have to commit to a campaign.
Commit. Wherever you buy your marketing services from, commit to a
campaign. Let them design all five pieces at once. I don't suggest
printing them all at once. Tweak the design on the others as you
go, if you need to.
Consumers rarely get multiple postcards from a business, yet it
is such a brilliant idea. When I receive multiple postcards, I take
a look. I think, "Hmmm, these guys are still contacting me." That
shows persistence; it shows credibility. You are building
credibility with a campaign. That is the moral of this article.
A campaign is mailing to the same people over and over again.
The point is that you want to hit your prospects with different
communications about the same thing or hit them with different
products with the same look and feel--or both. The rest will come.
People think that if you open up an office, people will come. They
think if you build a Web site, then people will automatically visit
it. No. You have to drive customers to your business. Drive people
to your business through communication. You are communicating
consistently--so much that people will believe you and will
respond. They will come. They will spend.
Joy Gendusa is the founder and owner of Clearwater,
Fla.-based PostcardMania. She may be
reached at (800) 628-1804 or e-mail [email protected]