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Feb 28, 2014

Optimizing the Demise (Part 2)

stopYesterday we posted the first of our five part series on Optimizing the Demise, if you missed it, click here to read.  Today we offer you the second practical idea for how to optimize the decline in your direct mail fundraising program:

  • Stop direct mail testing – at least in acquisition. Look, even if you test something that doubles response (which is rarer than a supermodel on a Metro bus), lifting response rates from a 0.44% to a 0.88% isn’t going to save your organization. Better to redirect the budget and ideas set aside for testing to try new things that might have a longer payoff.

This idea won’t change the course of the direct mail trend. But it will buy you some time while we are all figuring out the next big thing.

Choose A1OI Rather than AI

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The Secret about Last Fall

We have been wading through buckets of data evaluating donor performance for this past fall. And while we still have a lot of data to get through, a clear narrative has been established: While fall 2022 was soft compared to the prior year, it is still way better than...

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