It’s been a while since I’ve been a member of a continuity club or program. Maybe last time, it was coffee, or wine, I’m not sure.
But seeing so much mail from subscription box services has got me thinking about joining one of the many startups from the last few years. Food and clothing are pretty popular. Then there’s shoes, cosmetics, pet stuff, gamer items … it just goes on and on.
They’re convenient. You can save time and aggravation by getting your shopping done without setting foot in a brick-and-mortar store, or wandering among the thousands of choices offered by many retailers online.
Based on what I’ve collected for Who’s Mailing What!, here’s my take on what works across this growing retail niche.
1. Show What’s In The Box
An element common to these direct mail pieces is the box that the delivery arrives in. Simplicity sells, like on this postcard from Trunk Club, another curated fashion service. It helps the shopper make the association between shopping and shipping.
Le Tote, a women’s fashion rental service, does more. An entire panel of its self-mailer lays out the steps every member takes. Each one is described in simple terms, and accompanied by an illustration.
3. Provide Some Content
Hello Fresh ships ingredients for meals to its subscribers, as well as recipes. In a recent promotion, it included one in the envelope. Printed on an 8-1/2”x11” sheet of glossy card stock paper, it’s intended to help convince the prospect of the service’s value.
4. Be A Curator
A clothing shopping service, Stitch Fix, highlights the work performed for its clients by its stylists. Each employee profiles her customer. Their expertise builds credibility in the eyes of the prospect. And in turn, each customer provides a testimonial for the brand’s personalized service.
5. Keep Yourself Top-of-Mind
Fresh Direct, an online grocery service, mailed a 5-1/2”x10-1/2” vertically-oriented postcard. “Fill your fridge in just a few clicks!” says the front. And, it has a checklist of the types of foods it carries. A magnet’s attached to the address side. Following the advice here provides a solution for when the fridge or cupboard starts to run bare.
At the end of the day, arriving home to see a package waiting on the doorstep kind of feels like getting a present. And, depending on the company, it may include a few surprises as well.