In recent years, an increasing number of direct marketers are turning to private prospect databases as a means to combat the external forces that spoil their customer acquisition efforts. For marketers who use direct mail to acquire customers, challenges include declining response rates, list fatigue, lack of new names, shortened campaign times, and the need for timely postcampaign metrics. Not too long in our past, we could have dialed up our modeling efforts, but even sophisticated modeling techniques have their limitations against these industry forces.
A consumer catalog company typically mails to its housefile 11 times a year, while a business-to-business cataloger mails on average 15 times to its customers. Does that sound like awful lot of mailings to you? If so, your business might be able to benefit from an increase in the number of drops to your housefile.