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How effective is leaflet distribution? Leaflet distribution can be an effective means of marketing that generates leads and sales for almost any company if done correctly.

My neighbor Mr. Wallace Kendall lost his favorite dog Tommy while he was out fishing. After reporting about his lost dog, Mr. Wallace printed flyers having the picture of the dog and distributed it in the entire neighborhood.

One week later someone anonymously called Mr. Wallace and reported having seen his dog out in the streets. After making a follow-up, Mr. Wallace ended up reuniting with his dog. So how effective is leaflet distribution?  Leaflet distribution has been proven to be an ideal method of marketing when growing a business.

Apart from delivering your brand to selected demographics, it sends the right message to your target audience. A promotional leaflet regardless of the purpose will be measurable since it asks people to engage with your business, it is direct as it reaches your customer in their homes and it is a cost-effective method.

This 3 elements usually enables a leaflet to gain more customers with diverse brand awareness. As much as some companies may decide to use email or social media to market their products and services, the use of leaflets still remains the most efficient way of communicating their services.

The following are reasons why leaflet distribution has remained an effective method of advertisement

#1-Leaflets can be targeted to a specific population.

Leaflet distribution can be organized in such a way that it reaches the homes of your customers. It is more efficient compared to a phone call or a repeated advert on the radio which may sometime be annoying.

Since it allows the selection of a specific area of the target, it includes only the potential customers rather than selecting randomly. This method, therefore, allows for a more specific and effective response.

Leaflets usually arrive with the rest of the daily posts, therefore, they should appeal to your audience and by making them an offer they can take advantage of.  The offer can be in the form of free service or a coupon. You can as well capture the audience’s attention by including the following;

  • A contest
  • An invitation to join you on Twitter or Facebook
  • A discount code that can be used in an online store

It is important that you include the following in your leaflet;

  • Your website URL
  • Your business address
  • Phone number
  • Opening times and
  • Email address

Leaflets Are Solid and Tangible.

The fact that a leaflet is tangible there is no chance it can be missed. The use of other electronic methods can lead to miscommunication as they can be deleted even without being opened. Most people tend to only open emails that they know the sender or when they understand the subject line.

Once the email has already landed on the hands of an individual, it has already made a stronger impression compared to that of a spam email or social media status. It is clear that emails can be deleted and social media statuses can be ignored, but it is difficult to put a leaflet inside a bin without looking at the design and its content.

A leaflet becomes the selling point for your business when it attractive and professionally presented. If the leaflets are of high quality they will promote professionalism and value for money, while poorly designed leaflet will discourage customers from purchasing your services. 

#2-A Leaflet Can Engage With the Audience.

A leaflet will always make sure your target audience is engaged with your business, whether by calling the company or when returning postcards the following day. It is always advisable that you request some kind of feedback once your leaflet is delivered.

You might as well provide an expiry date to trigger early responses from your audience. You can measure their responses by setting up an email address or a webpage.

Leaflet delivery is alive and effective, we are going to debunk some of the assumptions people make about leaflet distribution performance and how leaflet delivery disapproves some of the pre-conceived ideas and other new threats. Some of the assumptions or myths include;

  • People do not like leaflet distributions
  • Young people do not like it
  • People do not read leaflets that arrive through the letterbox
  • The method does not integrate new technologies.
  • Leaflet delivery can be targeted.

#3-Nobody reads it, it goes directly to the trash.

According to statistics, about 94% of Irish people read at least one letter every single week. About 2 billion Euros is spent annually on door drops making it the fourth advertising medium in Ireland. 

#4-It is not appreciated by the general public.

In Ireland, about 68% of the public prefer leaflet delivery to receive Internet ads and watching television ads.  Furthermore, there is the tendency of using advertising blockers among internet users who view those ads as intrusive and irrelevant. The general public is more receptive to leaflets compared to “Junk Mail.”

It is not targeted.

Leaflet allows different criteria to be used when targeting an audience. Companies that distribute leaflets have target areas that are regularly updated.

Young people do not like it.

Advertising through leaflets or leaflet distribution is pegged on the life of young consumers which ranges from a toy catalog to sport club flyers for the teenagers. Young people consider it useful and reliable when reading for pleasure. 

It will always appeal to the younger population when the experiences, events, and promotions are updated to keep them anticipating for future purchases. Young people are always curious and will appreciate being informed of the available offers in their catchment area. Therefore, the population is important for efficient geographic targeting.

It is old fashioned.

As much as the method may be considered old-fashioned when compared to modern digital technology, it will never replace the printed leaflets. The tangible leaflets have a special place in the lives of the general public. About 80% of the public still read print advertisements at least once every week where another 80% have admitted to keeping them for future or immediate use.

With the introduction of the QR codes that captures images and the use of sophisticated technologies such as the augmented reality, the print media has gained a new breath of life. Communication using leaflets is thus enriched with new functionalities that have efficient gains.

It is not effective.

This is another wrong assumption, about 47% of Irish people usually go shopping after receiving an advertising leaflet. This corresponds to another study which also suggests about 37% of people feel encouraged to visit a store once they have received an advertising leaflet. Therefore, it is true to say that leaflet delivery is by far ahead of other media.

Reasons why flyers will continue to exist.

  • The cost of leaflet distribution has remained low all these years. It is considered the most efficient way of advertisement when the company or an individual does not have a huge budget.
  • Leaf distribution is speedy and generates leads easily. It takes a short time to distribute flyers. When the process is done at the right time and place, it is probably the best way to generate leads.
  • Leaflet distribution allows for the message to reach the correct target audience and getting an immediate reply. When you advertise using a flyer, you don’t have to sit while waiting to get a response. The reply is always almost instant. It is also a simpler medium of reaching your target audience compared to any other medium. The trick is always to set up your flyer distribution site at a place near your target audience.
    Leaflet distribution has a few limitations when it comes to flyer advertising. There is always the creative freedom to try out whatever you want.
  • Leaflet distribution is old school and this is one of the main reasons why it still appeals to the customer because it is a reminder of the good old days. Flyers usually trigger the curiosity in you, unlike e-mails, people are usually not in a hurry to trash them. This automatically increases the chances of flyers getting read.
  • Flyer advertisement will always be the most affordable way of delivering goods and services to your potential clients. However, it always requires that you select the most appropriate service since it plays a crucial role in advertising your company. It is an attractive way of reaching your potential clients is the best way to showcase your business to customers.

 Related Questions.

What is the response rate from leaflet distribution? There are many factors that determine the response rate from leaflet distribution. In fact, it varies depending on the method used to distribute the leaflets. However, one of the key findings is that about 89% of consumers prefer door drop mailing more than any other marketing channel.  It has, therefore, become a powerful marketing channel with 45% keeping the leaflets for future references.

Top distribution tips for your flyer printing campaign? Make sure the message is clear and beneficial to your target audience, and the contents on the flyers should not be many as readers do not read all. Working with an A4 is preferred to an A5. Assess the number of people that can be engaged specifically your target audience and remember to include a lucky draw or gift voucher.