Postcard Marketing for Network Marketers

Today I want to share my postcard marketing tips for network marketers.

If you’re looking for a new way to generate leads and grow your MLM business, you should really learn more about postcard marketing.

This is the process of sending cheap, ugly postcards to people looking to work from home, people looking to use your products, or other network marketers looking for a system or tools to build their business.

It’s a really simple and effective concept that is often overlooked by most network marketers.

In the paragraphs below, I want to answer the most common questions about postcard marketing for network marketers so you can be informed and know what you need to do to succeed.

Let’s get started.

Why Use Postcards to Grow a MLM Business?

The major benefit of using postcards to promote and grow your MLM Business is that they are effective.

Most people look forward to getting their mail every day.

In addition, many people who receive your postcard in the mail will keep it for several months.

Compare this to email for a minute.

How many emails do you get a day?

100?

200?

And what do you do with most of these emails?

Delete them without reading them?

Send them to your spam folder?

What about phone calls?

How many calls do you get a day from those auto-dialers?

How many unsolicited phone calls do you get every day?

Two?

Five?

Ten?

I know I get called about 10-20 times per day from people trying to sell me something or recruit me into something.

On the other hand, how many postcards do you get a day?

If you got a postcard in the mail tomorrow, wouldn’t you at least read it?

And if you liked it, wouldn’t you check out the website or call the sizzle line?

Wouldn’t you put in on the refrigerator or keep it on your desk?

I know I would.

And that is why postcards are so effective.

david williams postcard mlmLet’s face it, the mail system has been around MUCH longer than the Internet.

And it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon.

The bottom line is that direct mail is a proven marketing strategy, even if it isn’t sexy.

What Type of Mailing List Should I Use?

You really have three options.

You can pick a mailing list of people already involved in network marketing (best list), people looking to work from home, or people who might be interested in the products you are selling.

The mailing list you choose should match your offer on your postcard.

For instance, if your postcard is promoting a weight loss product from your MLM Company, I would purchase a list of people who have recently purchased weight loss products.

Another good option for a list is to create your own list.

Use the internet to generate leads and then stay in touch with those leads by sending them postcards each month.

Remember that your list and your offer are your two most important things that will determine if your mailing is a success or failure.

Where Can I Buy Leads?

There are literally hundreds of lead companies to choose from.

You want to look for a reputable lead company that has been in business for a while (at least a couple years), has great customer service, and is selling you what they say they are selling you.

Here are a few lead companies you can research.

  • InfoUSA
  • ArmLeads
  • LeadConcepts

***** I am not affiliated with any of these lead companies

Remember that cheaper is not always better.

And expensive is not always better either.

You will have to experiment with different lead companies and different lists until you find the lead company that is right for you.

When you buy leads you want to ask the list broker the following questions:

  • How were the leads collected?
  • Are the leads buyer leads or free response leads?
  • How many times have the leads been sold?
  • How old are the leads?
  • Do you think these leads would be a good match for my offer?
  • Do you offer a replacement for expired leads with bad mailing addresses?
  • Do the leads also come with a phone number and email?
  • How many times can I mail my offer to these leads?

Asking these questions will show that you are not an amateur and it will also allow you to find the best mailing list possible.

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What Type of Postcard Works Best?

There are many arguments to this question.

Personally, I like cheap, ugly postcards.

What matters most is your message on your postcard.

I prefer simple card stock with no graphics on them.

Yes, you can use fancy postcards.

But keep in mind that they are more expensive and won’t necessarily generate higher conversion rates.

If you are undecided, you could do a test with two different types of postcards to see what type of results you get.

It doesn’t matter what the postcard looks like.

Fancy graphics won’t help much.

At the end of the day it’s the message (your offer) and the mailing list that matters most.

Should I Make My Own Postcards Or Buy Them?

In the beginning, I encourage people to make their own postcards.

You can search the Internet and find plenty of free templates to use.

This gives you some basic experience about copy-writing and formatting.

Once you’ve mailed 1,000 postcards and know you will continue with it, I highly suggest you purchase your postcards from a print company.

If you buy in bulk, you can get them for $.01 to $.02 each, or less.

They will be much cheaper than printing them yourself.

postcard recruiting secretsWhat Should I Promote On My MLM Postcards?

This might just be the most important question on this page.

Whatever you do, DO NOT promote your MLM Company on your postcard.

That is the fastest way to go BROKE.

Instead, promote a generic training product or system and then offer your MLM Company to people who respond (by calling or visiting your website).

Ideally, you will promote a MLM System or Recruiting System (that you create or find) and then back end people into your MLM Company.

This is what all the top earners do.

Another good alternative is to offer something for FREE, such as a free report.

You can send people to your capture page where they can download your free giveaway, in exchange for their email address.

This is the best thing you can do.

Use a two-step selling process and give away something for free.

How Many Postcards Should I Mail a Day?

Your key to success is consistency.

Make a pledge to mail at least 20 postcards a day, every day, for one year.

If your budget allows you to, try and send 50 to 100 postcards a day, every day for one year.

The more you send the better you will do.

Whatever you do, be consistent.

You can’t mail postcards one time and expect big results.

Do I Need a Website?

You don’t need a website, but it doesn’t hurt to have one.

Speaking from personal experience, I think it’s much better simply to use a pre-recorded 24-hour toll free message where prospects can call and listen to your sizzle call.

If possible, have both a website and toll free number so your prospects have two options to choose from.

That is the best course of action.

How Much Does It Cost?

The price will vary, but you can normally send 1,000 postcards for about $400 to $500.

At the present time, a postcard stamp is $.33 (as of 2013).

You can normally get leads for less than $.08 each, plus the cost of the postcard, which should be $.01 to $.02.

The more you buy and mail, the cheaper they will cost you per postcard.

That’s because you can get nice discounts on leads and postcards when you purchase them in large quantities.

You can also get a discount on shipping if you use the bulk rate.

What Type of Results Can I Expect?

If you search the Internet, you will find people claiming a 3% to 5% conversion rate.

Personally, I’ve never experience anything like that, especially if you are trying to SELL from your postcard.  

I think a 1/2 of 1% to 1% conversion rate is much more realistic if you are trying to sell something.

On the other hand, if you are giving away something for free you will have a much higher conversion rate, maybe 5% or more!

Think of it this way: if you can convert 1 out of every 200 people, you need to have an item that pays you $97 to $100 profit per sale, to be at a break even cost with your mailing expenses (give or take).

If you are trying to sell a $10 or $20 item from a postcard you will go broke fast!

Individual results will vary based upon your list and your offer.

What Are Your Best Tips?

My best tips are to include a website and pre-recorded toll-free number with a sizzle call on your postcard.

Use cheap and ugly postcards with no graphics.  Print it on card stock with a bright yellow, bright orange or bright pink.

Also, I suggest you never lead with your MLM Company.

You will promote that on the back end.

Instead, lead with a product or service (MLM System) that will pay you at least $97 profit per sale.

This will give you enough profit to keep sending postcards and grow your team.

My final tip is to send postcards every day (at least 20 per day) for one year, before you decide to give up.

Success will take time.

Recommended Reading

Here are a few must read books and articles about postcard marketing for network marketers.

Doyle Chambers postcardFinal Thoughts

Postcard marketing for network marketers works.

Many Fortune 500 Companies (and top MLM distributors) have been using postcard marketing for YEARS.

Even with the invention of the Internet, they continue to use it.

If it works for them, I know it will work for you.

By following the advice in this article, you will be well on your way.

It won’t be easy or instant, but if you get started and stick with it I know you can achieve great results with postcard marketing.

On a side note, I would love to hear from you.

Please share your personal story using postcard marketing to promote your MLM Business.

Tell us what went right and what went wrong and what type of results you got.

Just leave a comment to share your thoughts.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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27 thoughts on “Postcard Marketing for Network Marketers

  1. Britanica

    You explained everything I was confused about in the last post on this method, thank you! I think I may give this a go. I mean is sounds promising and like it can benefit most companies. I will do a bit more research before I decide but great post!

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  2. Andrew

    Awesome article I do postcard marketing every month and after months of trial and error I finally found the two cards that work best for me and saw 45% jump on my website views from people in the USA.

    Also Just a tip. If you have great handwriting than Handwrite your own cards it really makes it stand out.

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  3. Angel

    Print marketing is my business (in another venue) and it is fully alive and well. Direct marketing when properly done still beats all forms of marketing as far as reach and the all important ROI.
    Well done Chucky 🙂
    Angel

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  5. Brie

    I have read about postcard marketing when i was researching the Real Estate Investment field. I think this is a great way to advertise. I guess I just never thought about using with with my MLM businesses. Its a great a idea and maybe something I will try and track in the future.

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  6. Greg Boudonck

    I am glad I ran across this blog post!

    Using a campaign of cheap postcards makes very good sense. I agree with you on using the cheapest cards you can find. It isn’t what the card looks like, it is what it says on it that will garnish the most attention.

    I have studied humans and have found the word FREE is very grabbing. Offering a free E book or Whitepaper can draw many. Or, depending on your MLM, maybe there is a very cheap item you could offer free for there response?

    I have also developed another idea from this post. Have you considered cheap flyers? Hiring a person to place flyers on cars at locations that may be a viable opportunity to your MLM. Just a thought.

    Great idea on the postcards!

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Fliers can work too. They are cheap and easy to hand out. I’d recommend doing a small test and seeing if it proves beneficial. I like postcards better because you can zoom in on your target market. When you hand out fliers, even though they are cheaper, 90% or more of the people who get one are not in your target market and won’t be interested in your offering.

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      1. Greg Boudonck

        I agree Chuck. One way to use fliers to get to your target market is to go places where your target market may be. If your business is weight loss, health food stores, gyms, and weight loss clinics may be a good place to distribute fliers. I just think a person should use every opportunity available to them. Find what works and use it more, but never completely stop using the others.

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    2. Charlotte

      Postcards sound pretty neat, but with the postal rates going up again this year, I’m surprised that people keep doing it. It just doesn’t seem very cost effective compared to promoting a business online.

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  7. Ray

    Why have you disabled right clicking? Your paranoia just cost you a bookmarker. MLM leaders have an attitude of abundance, not fear, remember?

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      I have it disabled because my other website had more than 1000 pages of content stolen. If that had happened to you, I’m sure you would disable the right clicking too!

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  8. Roman

    Great post, Chuck. Sending out cheap, ugly postcards definitely makes sense to me. What I like most about it is that anyone can do it. It’s so simple. I’ve been doing online marketing for a few years now and I have to tell you that I am fed up with it. There’s just too much to learn. And things change all the time. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life trying to keep up with all the changes on the internet. I think I’m going to learn some new marketing strategies for my MLM business, specifically postcard marketing.

    Roman

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  9. Amy Skalicky

    Postcard marketing is a great strategy and one that gets passed over too often. The internet gets first choice when it comes to marketing, but the “old-fashioned” methods still work as well, and reach an audience differently as well. Postcards are a perfect complement to an existing marketing strategy. There are a number of good sources for purchasing qualified leads, and http://www.salesleadsplus.com provides a host of categories you can choose from, including MLM leads.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Plenty of big businesses still use postcard marketing. This includes Amazon and eBay! I’ve received postcards from both of these companies during the past year. While the Internet is definitely exciting, it’s often saturated and overly competitive. Most people get hundreds of emails a day and tune out all ads online. But most people are excited to get the mail. And everyone LOOKS at their mail before they throw anything away. That’s half the battle, getting people to read your advertising.

      I think postcard marketing for network marketers is a great marketing strategy when (1) you get paid more than $300 per sign up, and (2) when combined with other strategies as well. It shouldn’t be your sole marketing strategy for your MLM Business, but it will work very well when combined with other strategies.

      Chuck

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  10. Diamond Grant

    I had questions about how to successfully use postcard marketing. It is good to know that the focus should be on affiliate products and not the company itself. Wouldn’t want to waste time and money doing something that is not going to be effective. The fact that all the top earners use the strategy of promoting such products and then getting people to their MLM company on the back end reassures me that this is the right way to go.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Every entrepreneur should follow this strategy with postcard marketing. Focus on direct response. Promote something that appeals to a large group of people. Make a small sale on the front end and then offer your most profitable products or services on the back-end.

      Chuck

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      1. Jose

        I’m not sure if I would use postcard marketing to grow my MLM Business, but I would use it to sell training products, leads, systems and services and then backend these folks with my business opportunity.

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    2. Mary

      I never thought about using postcards to grow my business, but you do make some good point, Chuck. I’ve NEVER received a postcard in the mail to promote a network marketing business. But if I did, I would read the postcard and check out the website. Maybe, I should give this a try in my business!

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      1. chuckholmes Post author

        It can be a good option. I always tell folks to start small with their postcard marketing efforts and test their results. You might have to experiment with different lists, different offers, etc. but if you are patient, I’m sure you can find a winning formula.

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  11. James B

    Compared to pay per click advertising, mass-producing postcards and sending them to anyone you legally can is a much cheaper way to generate leads. Not every person is a viable postcard marketing recipient and you could get into some nasty trouble for mailing the wrong things to the wrong people. Be sure you are using legitimate mailing lists.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Actually, there aren’t any laws making it illegal to mail postcards to someone. You just have to make sure that your postcard meets postal regulations and doesn’t violate any FTC laws with promises to get rich quick. I think postcards for network marketers is a great strategy, as long as you make $300 or more when someone joins your team. Otherwise, you will go broke fast.

      Chuck

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