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Self promotion pieces - what did you create?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Mattie7777, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. Mattie7777

    Mattie7777 Member

    Hey guys Im currently trying to come up with ideas for a direct mail (self promotional) piece for myself and just wondered what you guys did to get your first design job?

    I dont have a massive budget but I want something that will be kept and not just tossed out.
  2. Ian Bonner

    Ian Bonner Member

    Unfortunately you have to come to terms with the fact that the vast majority of what you put out will go in the bin, no matter how great they look. It's the nature of the beast. They say that a person has to see a mailshot at least 4 times before they even think about responding to it.

    That said, it is part of the job and it has to be done. You have to keep at it and make sure you get the point across. It needs to be to the point, not too clever if its the first one you've done. You need to get the message across quickly and efficiently because if it's the first mailshot they've seen from you it wont be in their hands long, so you need them to get your contact details as quick as possible.

    Then when you've posted to a certain area, hit it again, and again, and again,...
  3. Katedesign

    Katedesign Well-Known Member

    I'm just about to do a leaflet and we are agonising over what we are putting on it. I intend to add a small 'bribe' - giveaway to make it more memorable. And yes - the marketing has to 'touch' someone at least 5 times befre they bite. But it can be a mailer, a call, an email, a mailer, a letter etc. If you are lucky it will land on someone's desk just as they are thinking "I need a graphic designer..." or it has to have something about it that will make them keep it. Good luck!
  4. Mattie7777

    Mattie7777 Member

    Thanks for the reply guys, ive just been racking my brains trying to think of something plain and simple that will get the idea across. lets hope I come up with something soon :)
  5. Katedesign

    Katedesign Well-Known Member

    I think a postcard is always a good way to do a quick mailer. Almost like a teaser. Could be like a holiday postcard almost... a good photo you've taken or an illustration. Short handwritten message... but you need to mail to a NAME not just a company and the hard bit - phone them afterwards and see if they received it. Good luck!
  6. Mattie7777

    Mattie7777 Member

    Thanks Kate, is something like a postcard enough though?

    Ive been trying to think of clever and fun ideas like:

    A balloon in a box with my details attached to the end of the string.

    Surely on a Monday morning if you have a big box to open and a balloon floats out of the box it would cheer anyone up?
  7. Katedesign

    Katedesign Well-Known Member

    Think of the posting costs!!

    And you need your mailing to land on a Tuesday or Wednesday...and to follow-up the following week. Monday is too busy (talking about the weekend).

    If you are going to do a 'trawl' round industrial estates the balloon would work. Go in find the right person, give balloon and go!

    The postcard could be a teaser for the really clever idea. After you phone if anyone is slightly interested then you send the 'clever' mailer. But perhaps a month apart.
    Wk 1 they get the card
    Wk 2 you phone Group 2 get the card
    Wk 3 nothing Group 2 you phone etc
    Wk 4 the next mailer
    Wk 5 you call again

    If you choose about 10 people each week (no more) and cycle through you will be mailing/phoning only 10 people each week - and getting another 10 names for the next cycle.

    Then it's a constant process but you never have too much to do.

    Look a marketing plan! Must do it myself!!
  8. Mattie7777

    Mattie7777 Member

    Thanks Kate I think i may just do that!

  9. garlex

    garlex Member

    When you do a direct mailing (by post) the normal return is about 2% to 3% but this can go as high as 10% to 15% if you personalise the data.

    We use Adobe Creo Darwin software on a digital printer which is great for short runs and doing sampling. Also be prepared to make follow up calls.
  10. Mattie7777

    Mattie7777 Member

    All of you guys have said about follow up calls but what do you exactly say to not sound like your begging? I dont want to come across really desperate
  11. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

  12. Mattie7777

    Mattie7777 Member

    Thank you corrosive!
  13. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    You are welcome :icon_biggrin:
  14. garlex

    garlex Member

    I have to say I'm surprised at your question. If you send out details of what service or product your offering then naturally you need to talk about that!

    However with any sales call, you don't immediately get on to sales. With any initial call you have to try and sound personable, its best to look at what they do before you call, so do a bit of background research and make sure what you offer will be attractive to them. If you get them talking in a chatty manner your half way there.
  15. Mattie7777

    Mattie7777 Member

    Ok thank you, I only asked as I didnt want to come across to heavy by asking if they got my 1st piece of mail. I will get the pieces sorted and send out in the up coming weeks and see where it gets me :)

    Thanks again
  16. Mattie7777

    Mattie7777 Member


    Just had an email from a design company in Cheltenham who say I have been shortlisted and when can I come in for a chat!

    All I did was send an email with some of my work attatched!
  17. Katedesign

    Katedesign Well-Known Member

    Well done!

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