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All About Package Insert Programs (PIP)

Apr 12 | By:  Categories: Our Blog

Package insert marketing has proven to be effective for a variety of brands, especially since package insert programs have the potential to boost revenue by drawing prospects in and largely benefit businesses. To have a successful insert marketing program, there are some guidelines and tips to be mindful of. What is a PIP? What are its advantages? How can you set up a successful one? Here’s what you need to know!

What Is a Package Insert Program (PIP)?

A package insert program (PIP) is centered around outgoing goods purchased by consumers. These purchases are usually made online or via catalog, and as they are mailed out, third-party advertising is included with the purchased items. These inserts are often pre-collated in an envelope, which is put inside the package to be mailed. Some PIP programs allow loose inserts.

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Types of Packaging Inserts

  • Discount Offers

Some of the most popular types of packaging inserts include discount offers. These inserts can be delivered through e-mail, but physical delivery is a great way to get it directly into your customer’s hands—plus, they won’t be able to “delete” it before they read it. You can send discounts or credits for future purchases and leave customers with a tangible reminder.

  • Product Samples

Samples are another great way to add value to your package inserts. Depending on the products you sell, you may be able to order free samples from your vendors. Product samples also allow you to cross-sell to customers, introducing them to other products and lines they may not know about.

  • Small Gifts

Small gifts are another great way to delight customers without being too “salesy.” The gift doesn’t have to be expensive, and since it’s unexpected, people will be surprised and happy to get something extra for free.

  • Thank You Cards and Personal Notes

The most affordable, simple, and personalized insert is a note for your customer. Making it handwritten goes even further. This thoughtful gesture can build loyalty by allowing you to make a direct connection with your customer on an emotional level. When first starting out, this is a great strategy, and gives you a competitive advantage over larger companies who may not have the time or manpower to handwrite notes.

  • Product Review/Share on Social Media Request

Shipped packages usually represent the end of a transaction, so adding a packaging insert can be an opportunity for you to request a product review or social media post from the customer about the product or their experience with your brand. This works as free positive promotion for your company.

Advantages of a Package Insert Program

  • Highly Targeted Audience

Package insert programs allow you to target a specific audience. If you sell camping equipment, you can put your inserts into the packaging for brands that sell clothing for outerwear. If you distribute your insert to a related company, you can narrow in on your audience and find customers who are most likely to buy.

  • High Open Rate

One of the assurances you have with using package inserts is that they will always be opened. Even better, they will be opened by people who are eager to receive their package and see what’s inside. That good feeling will translate over onto your sales piece, giving you a good first impression with your prospects.

  • Instant Credibility

Your package insert will arrive at the customer with the implied endorsement of the brand they just ordered from. This goodwill-by-association boosts the power of your own sales piece.

  • Cost-Effective

The company sending your insert along with their delivery pays for the shipping, and you may need to pitch in, but the benefit of reaching a highly targeted audience without paying extra for solo marketing means you make big savings.

  • Customized

One of the biggest trends in e-commerce today is personalization. Just observe how web sites like Etsy offer personalized goods. Even Amazon tracks your searches to suggest related products that make your online hunt for items easier. Package inserts are a great way to deliver a personalized message or send an offer that targets a specific kind of customer.

How to Create Successful Package Inserts

Here are some helpful tips from the experts on how to create successful inserts that catch your readers’ eyes and encourages them to follow up for more information.

  • Ensure your headline and offer grabs the readers’ attention to compete with the contents of their original order.
  • Offer a big benefit, such as “Buy One, Get One FREE!”
  • Keep it simple and use medium or large font for easy readability.
  • Discounts and free offers have a higher response rate.
  • To keep delivery costs low, use light material or paper for your insert.
  • Use your URL, phone number, or a QR code to make it easy for your prospects to respond.
  • Study inserts that you receive when you order products. Consider what works for you, and what doesn’t, and use that to your advantage.

Set Up Your Package Insert Program with Macromark

Package inserts are a great way to boost loyalty with your brand and attract new customers. Even if you are a small retailer, you have the advantage of getting your message straight into the hands of your most responsive prospects. Setting up a PIP doesn’t have to be complicated either. Like other print media products, you can grow your customer base and increase sales with just a little direction and creativity. Unsure of where to begin? Consider working with our newspaper advertising agency.

With help from Macromark, you can improve your marketing strategy by creating a PIP that engage your prospects and appeals to their curiosity and interests. Also, you can get help to stand out from your competitors and engage readers, both of which are essential to growing your customer base and getting consumers to visit your store or web site. If you want to experience the advantages of a successful print media strategy, seek direction from our experts. We can help you set up a successful PIP, and we can provide all the information, and assistance you need to get it up and running. Our services also include print media, direct mail marketing, list brokerage, data solutions, list fulfillment, and list management. For more information about how we can help grow your business, contact us at 1-(845)-230-6300.

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David Klein

David Klein

David Klein is CEO and President of Macromark, Inc. David has a rich and deep background in direct response marketing. His experience comes from being a consultant and list broker with more than 25 years in the Industry; working with several hundred different clients in just about every industry, market or niche found in direct mail. David is a graduate of the University of Illinois with high honors advanced degree course work in Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Part of Macromark’s vision is to help its clients succeed in their acquisition efforts for finding new customers regardless of the marketing channel or media used. Add me to your G+