Findings of the TNT sponsored study
- One-third of people who make donations to charity are prompted to do so by receiving direct mail from the organization.
- 57% of those who respond to mail appeals respond by mail.
- 87% of those who want more information get that information on-line. Only 10% use the mail to get more information.
What is unique about the survey is that it was conducted for TNT Post and and not the national post, Royal Mail, or for a trade association for direct marketers. TNT is trying to differentiate itself from Royal Mail and a survey of the public is an inexpensive way to gain publicity for their service.
TNT Post's survey is particularly interesting once one looks at the websites of both the website of TNT Post's United Kingdom operations and Royal Mail. Both firms provide nearly one-stop-shopping of all components of a direct mail campaign from design and printing, to delivery is done by Royal Mail, TNT Post or other delivery means, and analytics evaluating the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.
Based on what is happening in Great Britain, competition in the mail business in the United States could make it easier for advertisers that are hesitant to use mail or other forms of delivery of printed advertising to manage the process. Clearly having multiple delivery companies marketing services could help expand the market. The largest mailers will likely not need the services similar to those that TNT Post and Royal Mail are offering and continue to use the large printers to manage their needs
The United States market is not nearly as competitive as markets in Europe. Restrictions exist as to what services the Postal Service can offer that would integrate delivery with all of the other activities associated with producing mail. No company in the United States offers an alternative delivery network comparable to what TNT Post and other firms offer either. Given that print fits well in a multimedia marketing strategy but is often shunned due to the production and delivery costs, it is worth posing two questions:
- Would print be better off in a competitive postal market?
- How would the impact on economic growth if all aspects of printed advertising were sold in competitive markets?