How can you get your direct mail to stand out in the mailbox? Have you considered using texture? Coatings do more than just protect the print from scratching damage in the mail. They can capture interest for your direct mail piece. With all the different types of coating available, you can now choose one that really emphasizes touch. By creating a unique textured feel, your response rate will increase. Think of all the different ways you can add texture to your piece to grab attention to it.
Some fun coatings for you to consider:
- MiraFoil: Create metallic effects in a precise fashion.
- Raised: Gives the embossed look without actual embossing.
- Pearlescent: Gives an elegant shimmer look.
- Sandpaper: Gives a rough sand paper like feel.
- Soft touch: Creates a velvet texture for a nice soft feel.
- Glitter: A large glitter flake that is available in a variety of colors.
- Metal Flake: Fine metal flakes similar to car paint.
- Thermochronic: Temperature activated, changes color when heated.
- Photochromic: This coating is activated by sunlight to change color.
- Glow in the dark: This is a high gloss coating that will glow in the dark.
- Scratch off: Available in gold or silver provides a non-see thru coat
Now that you have selected your coating, imagine how creative you can get with your design. You want to have the feel of bricks? No problem. 3D raised steps? No problem. It’s like the old “Pat the Bunny” books: You can have so many textures at your fingertips to choose from. It is not advised to go crazy and put several on one mailer, but you can mix a couple to really get a pop. Show your recipients how your product or service feels; grab that sensory emotion to increase response.
The standard coatings are:
- Varnish: This is basically like a colorless ink and can be applied in gloss, dull or satin forms as the piece is printed. This is not environmentally friendly.
- Aqueous: A water based coating applied as the piece is printed. It protects better than varnish and is more environmentally friendly.
- UV: This provides superior protection and comes in glossy or dull.
- Laminates: This is best for protection from water as it seals in the paper. This is not usually needed for direct mail pieces.
With any of the above coatings, it is a good idea to check with your mail service provider to make sure they can inkjet over the coating. You do have a couple of choices if the coating is not inkjet compatible. You can knockout the mail panel when coating to leave it unfinished for inkjet. Or you can use and envelope/poly bag as a cover. Just one more thing to consider is that a paper envelope can be inkjeted, but a poly bag will require labels. Make sure to consider all your options and costs before proceeding.
Direct mail is about engagement, pulling the recipient into your marketing by creating interest in your mailer. The more interesting it is, the better response you are going to get. You will also find that when you create a direct mailer that people really enjoy, they show it to others. The more people who see your mailer, talk about it and share it, the better your response will be. Sensory input leaves a lasting impression on the recipient. If you want to add another layer of input, check out our blog post on adding scent to mailers. A good combination of texture and scent can knock your ROI out of the park!