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I really like postcards as a piece of marketing ‘collateral’ and a multi-use tool; here’s why….
Marketing collateral is the term for the various types of promotional information used to inform potential customers about a product or service. Traditionally this has referred to printed matter such as brochures and mailers, but really the term collateral can include anything from your business cards and letterhead to signage for your tradeshow booth or horseshow stall row.
Postcards are great because they’re easy to design, inexpensive to purchase, and have lots of uses that you might not think of:
- Thank-you notes, whether mailed or included in a shipping box
- Large-scale business cards
- Background on tradeshow booths or stall walls (think ‘red carpet backdrops’)
- Collector series (like baseball cards – feature different horses, products, or other images from your horsebiz)
- Multi-use promotion (print card one-sided, then use stickers or stampers for custom information on the 2nd side)
- Folder covers (glue-stick ’em on) for your media kits or special event information
- Taped to the outside of shipping boxes
- Quick & easy identification on a rented golf cart
- Coupons or gift certificates
For most of these uses, I’m referring to one-sided printing, with the unprinted side a flat (not glossy) paper stock. Glossy is great for the printed side, and make it a WOW image or design that includes your business name and website URL. But keep it simple and not overly promotional to get the most flexibility from it.
Does this list get your creative spark going? What other uses can YOU think of? Share some of them in the Comments below! And be sure to Rate This article up above (hint, look for the rating ‘stars’ – if you don’t see ’em, click on the blog post title to go directly to the page for this post, where the stars will then show up).
Postcards are a great way to stretch a marketing budget and show off your creativity; for even more details and tips on using postcards as marketing tools, here’s a No Biz Like Horsebiz post from December 2010.
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