Field Guide to Direct Mail
(Updated March 2016)
Effectively reaching your customers and prospecting clients is essential for a successful real estate career. This guide provides tips to ensure your direct mail campaign competes against the mailers of top-producing agents and delivers an effective, targeted message. (R. Carlson, Information Specialist)
E – EBSCO articles available for NAR members only. Password can be found on the EBSCO Access Information page.
REALTOR® Logo Guidelines
Membership Marks Manual, (National Association of REALTORS®).
Downloadable Logos, (National Association of REALTORS®).
Direct Mail Basics
4 Things Needed To Use Direct Mail For Listing Leads, (Real Estate Marketing Dude, Feb. 6, 2016).
Millennials Prefer Direct Mail, (National Mortgage Professional Magazine, Dec. 22, 2015).
9 Steps to Successful Direct Mail, (REALTOR® Magazine, n.d.).
7 Tips for Awesome Direct Mail Copy That Sells, (Huffington Post, Sept. 10, 2015).
How to get a 40%+ response rate on your next direct mail campaign, (Bigger Pockets, Mar. 10, 2015).
Back to the Basics: Why Direct Mail Is Not Dead, (Huffington Post, July 26, 2013).
6 Tips for Real Estate Direct Mail Success, (Real Trends, Oct. 15, 2012).
Advertise with Mail, (U.S. Postal Service, n.d.).
Direct mail basics, (Florida Association of REALTORS®, n.d.).
Direct Mail Basics, (AllBusiness.com, n.d.).
Prospecting by Direct Mail, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, n.d.).
13 Tips for Better Direct Mail Campaigns, (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar. 2012).
Direct Mail Idea #3: Use Quality Paper, (ActiveRain, Oct. 24, 2007).
Fun and Functional Direct Mail, (Florida Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 2007).
eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
The Encyclopedia of Business Letters, Faxes, and E-mail (Kindle Book, Adobe PDF eBook).
Reinventing Interactive and Direct Marketing (Kindle, Overdrive, Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF eBook)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
How to become a mega-producer real estate agent in five years, (Mason, OH, Thomson/South-Western, 2004). HF 5438 H42
52 weeks of sales success, (New York, HarperCollins, 1999). HF 5438 R59f
Word marketing: How to empower real estate advertising through the proper choice of words, (Grafton, Wisc.: Blue Rose Studio, 1997). HF 6161.R3 K15
Power real estate letters: A professional's resource for success, (Chicago, IL: Real Estate Education Company, 1994). HF 5721 P68 Rev. ed.
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