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Every Door Direct Mail vs Bulk Mail: Which Should Your Business Use? (Infographic)

By , January 20, 2017 | Marketing

Every Door Direct Mail (or EDDM) is a special type of mail offered by the United States Postal Service. This type of mailing doesn’t require a mailing list. Rather, your postcards are delivered to every door on a mail carrier’s route. This method allows for total saturation of a 1-2 mile geographic radius.

Who should use EDDM?

For a local company with a broad appeal (think pizza place, restaurant, or auto repair), EDDM can be a powerful tool for spreading the word about your business. If you're new in the neighborhood you probably don't have a mailing list — and with EDDM, you can spread the word without having to purchase one. Plus, the lower rates can mean cost savings, which is great if you are a small business on a budget.

Candidates for EDDM include:

• Auto Repair Shops
• Car Washes
• Carpet Cleaning
• Churches
• Dentists
• Doctors/Health Clinics/Hospitals
• Dry Cleaners
• Electricians
• Florists

• Heating & AC
• House Cleaning
• Insurance Agents
• Landscaping
• Pest Control
• Restaurants
• Retail stores (non-specialty)
• Salons & Spas

Who should NOT use EDDM?

The downside is that you are also casting a very wide net. If your company is selling a niche product that appeals to a specific demographic, EDDM may not be for you. Despite it's low cost, EDDM typically has a lower response rate than bulk mail. The cost savings of EDDM might not outweigh the profit you'll gain from delivering a targeted mailing to a qualified list.

A few resources

Still not sure how to choose? The infographic below compares EDDM to bulk mail (AKA regular mail) to show the benefits and drawbacks of each option.

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