The bread and butter of any mail house operation, the main focus of our computerized mailing services department is to keep up with the ever-changing role computers play in the mail service industry. Customers in need of postal, or business related, data-processing needs can certainly benefit from our expertise. For most mailing projects, we are the step between the clients print shop and the post office. We are also equipped to handle printed-material assembly as well as literature and premium fulfillment. Each mailing is unique, but the basic steps needed to plan for and prepare every mailing are:
File Format Conversion/Import
Mailing lists come in all shapes and forms. Popular computer formats include ASCII delimited, ASCII fixed, dBase, Quatro Pro, and Microsoft Excel, just to name a few. This jumble of formats in further complicated by the various computer operating systems that are available: Microsoft Windows, Apple McIntosh, Sun Microsystems UNIX, IBM OS/2, etc.
Our job at Effective Mail Marketing is to uncomplicate the process of getting a clients mailing list ready to use by allowing our systems to read their database. EMM will gladly walk the client through the procedure needed to export their database for use with their mailing project. Our extensive technical expertise allows us to make this a painless first step in the mailing process.
For the technically savvy client, Effective Mail Marketing is on the cutting edge of todays technology. Transfer of mailing lists via the Internet and direct modem-to-modem communication is fully supported and encouraged.
Before mailing, your list has to be just so. Need basic data entry of customer records into an electronic database? How about modifying customer records in an existing database? What if you do not even have a mailing list? Effective Mail Marketing is ready to step in and help with all phases of basic and advanced database preparation and creation.
When working with mailing lists, it is very important that the addresses are correct. A mislabeled mailer can be delayed in delivery or, even worse, may not get delivered at all. The U.S. Postal Service does what it can to direct and deliver mail, but it can only do so much. Part of the Postal Services solution is to offer postage discounts to those who utilize USPS certified PAVE and CASS address standardization software in conjunction with mailing databases.
Effective Mail Marketing utilizes such software in order to maximize the potential of almost every aspect of our computer service department. Essentially a database of every deliverable address in the United States, by cross-referencing each address in our customers databases against this USPS supplied list, we are able to:
significantly reduce our customers postage costs
increase delivery time for our customers mailers
correct over 75% of typographical errors incurred from data entry or scanning
Unwanted duplicate mailings can be a costly problem, but how can one easily remove these duplicates from a mailing list? Easy! Let Effective Mail Marketing do it for you. We can search for and remove listings with similar addresses, last names, or just about any combination of data fields a customer may require.
When each household or business should receive only one copy of your mailing, Effective Mail Marketing can make it happen.
Zip Plus 4 Coding
The first step to automated mailing is to assign the USPS plus 4 to all valid five digit zip codes in a mailing list. Again, with Effective Mail Marketing mailing software, this first step is automatic.
Carrier Route Coding
USPS Carrier Route rates are the way to go when extensive coverage is needed and cost is a factor. Walk sequence saturation, high density saturation, and standard line-of-travel enhanced carrier routes rates are all available (based upon list quality) using USPS certified mailing software which assigns the appropriate rural or carrier route to every address.
Now that the clients mailing list has been updated to include Zip+4 zip codes and route numbers, our software seemlessly goes to work again assigning a DPB, or delivery point barcode, to each address. This information, in turn, is read by Effective Mail Marketing's high speed printers to produce a valid 11-digit USPS barcode for each address, allowing our customers to take advantage of desirable postage discounts when coupled with...
Postage Discount Sorting
Electronic sortation, the final step in the automated mail sequence, essentially saves the post office money, thus saving our clients money too. By sorting the mail according to stringent USPS standards, placing the mail into mailing containers (sacks, trays, or tubs), sealing each container securely, then delivering the mailing to the local Bulk Mail Unit or Destination Delivery Unit, the majority of the mail preparation has already been completed by Effective Mail Marketing. In exchange, the USPS grants generous postage discounts which we pass directly along to our clients.
Mail prepared this way gets to its destination faster, traveling alongside traditional First Class mail and, to paraphrase Postmaster General Marvin Runyon, If it costs less for the USPS to process and deliver, it should cost less for the client to mail!
Envelope Inserting and Sealing
In the case of folded materials, or those requiring envelope insertion, our next set of equipment consists of high-speed inserters to arrange a mailer according to the clients unique specifications, insert them into envelopes, and seals them all in one step. Special applications, such as nesting and collating, can be accomplished during this step as well. Our equipment can detect every conceivable discrepancy in the materials along the way, allowing for efficient, and error-free, insertion of important mailing materials.
Numerous Types of Handwork Applications
Our customers can take advantage of our ability to not only produce their usual mailings, but also to help put together their products. Whether it involves paper products, magnetic media, or other dry goods, our mailing partners can be confident of our second-to-none quality assurance and feel secure that all services are being performed by USPS certified professionals.
Label Printing (inkjet, laser, and pressure sensitive)
When it comes to actually applying addressing information, there are almost as many different types of labels as there are mailing pieces. As so many of our customers choose from the wide spectrum, Effective Mail Marketing is able to produce virtually any label necessary for any project. In fact, we are prepared to meet our clients special needs with the ability to develop brand new label formats. From label-less labels (essentially printing the mailing address on the piece itself) to more common pressure sensitive labels, popular label formats supported by EMM include:
inkjet applied addressing
Avery labels (1-up through 4-up formats)
laser labels (from round to rectangular)
Once the materials are ready for postage, we offer the client several options in postage application. Along with permit imprint, another often used form of applying postage is by metering the outside of the mailers. This is done by running the mail through machines that stamp postage and post office information in the upper right-hand corner of each piece. Most bank statements are processed this way as it eliminates having to lick and stick stamps for each envelope, and helps to take advantage of the many postage discounts available via the United States Postal Service. Although it is a very effective way of saving time and money, we would also offer a popular alternative: Real stamps.
Using the same postage metering system, we can apply genuine postage stamps to mailers and take advantage of the same postage discounts. These stamps come in special rolls and are used primarily because of their attractiveness and for the personal touch that they can add to the clients mailing.
Onsite List Storage
Finally, Effective Mail Marketing's comprehensive Confidentiality Agreement assures clients that their mailing information will remain safe and secure while in our keeping, but what about those unforeseen on-site mishaps? Computer failures or viruses, employee mistakes and other equally disastrous events can ruin a mailing list, especially when there are no backups of your valuable data. Or are there?
At EMM, we retain copies of most of our clients mailing lists for six months to a year, based upon frequency of mailing. As an added benefit to a being a valued Effective Mail Marketing mailing partner, a quick trip to your location by one of our technical specialists allows you to be back in business with a fully operational copy of your most recent mailing list.
At no additional cost to the client, this is just another of the many convenient services offered by Effective Mail Marketing.