Here's how to get the "A" list.
CASE IN POINT
Jeffrey Schneider, sales and marketing vice-president for ASA Environmental Products Inc., a five-employee distributor in Branford, Conn.,
wasted $700 on his first mailing list. No one responded to his campaign, and many letters bounced back as undeliverable. The problem? The list
was only updated annually, and Schneider couldn't ferret out potential customers by specific industries. The next time, he found a list that's
updated quarterly and asked for a demo of the software first.
Compiled lists come from directories, newspapers, and public records. Pricier response lists only include people or businesses who previously
responded to a mailing. Response lists cost about $40 to $75 per thousand names with a 10,000-name minimum. E-mail lists cost more--an average
of $200 to $350 per thousand.
-- Learn mailing-list lingo via the American List Counsel's glossary (www.amlist.com).
The Direct Marketing Assn.'s Web site (www.the-dma.org) can help you evaluate a list or locate a list broker. Find e-mail lists at
-- Target Marketing Magazine tracks the direct-mail list market. Free subscription and newsletter information is available at www.targetonline.com.
-- Do It Yourself Direct Marketing: Secrets for Small Business, second edition, by Mark S. Bacon, $16.95 (Wiley 1997). Provides
strategies for evaluating lists and working with a list broker.
Alison Stein Wellner