Direct Mail Advertising in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Direct mail advertisers have not experienced significant losses, despite the economic recession. Some companies have chosen to use direct mail advertising during the harsh downturn, since they provide a cheaper, more targeted form of advertising than traditional mainstream media, such as radio and TV. However, as companies engage in mainstream advertising again over the next five years, the industry will face heightened competition. In particular, increasing competition from digital advertising, including the internet and mobile messaging, will threaten industry growth. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Direct Mail Advertising industry to its growing industry report collection.

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The industry's cost-effective and targeted nature will enable growth, despite competition

The recession caused demand for the Direct Mail Advertising industry to fall as businesses cut costs to maintain profit. Clients reduced marketing budgets, causing revenue to decline at an average annual rate of 1.6% over the five years to 2012 to total $12.9 billion, according to IBISWorld industry analyst Kevin Culbert. Increased competition from other below-the-line promotional tools, including the internet and text messaging, has also hurt the industry. Revenue declines have caused profit margins to fall.

Industry players attempted to control their costs, causing them to enter a period of consolidation. In the five years to 2012, the number of enterprises is expected to fall at an average annual rate of 1.3% to 3,035, Culbert says. Despite these negative factors, the decline in revenue was relatively mild in the context of the broader advertising services sector, and the industry is poised for further growth in 2012. During the year, operators will benefit from programs implemented by the US Postal Service to encourage commercial mailers. This factor is expected to contribute to revenue growth of 1.2% during 2012.For marketers that want to target a specific group or niche market, direct forms of advertising are often more cost effective than traditional advertising. &partnerid=prweb [Direct mail advertising __title__ ] displays relatively low volatility, suffering less in a downturn because many businesses substitute their traditional advertising methods with cheaper, broader-reaching advertising methods. When the economy slows and businesses trim marketing budgets, marketers turn to more cost-effective and targeted forms of promotion. While fewer funds are allocated to marketing across the board, the proportion devoted to direct mail grows; in essence, the industry takes a larger slice of a smaller pie. This factor helped distance the industry from the declines experienced by the wider advertising sector during the recession.

During the five years to 2017, industry revenue is expected to increase. While profit margins will improve, competition will continue to hinder their growth. As consumers increasingly turn to the internet to find bargains and coupons, a greater number of firms will offer services online. Continued consolidation among firms is expected to cause the number of operators to decline in the five years to 2017. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s &partnerid=prweb [Direct Mail Advertising __title__ ] in the US industry report page.

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Direct mail advertisers distribute advertising materials (e.g. coupons, flyers and samples) or specialty items (e.g. key chains, magnets and pens with custom printed messages) by mail or other direct distributions. Industry participants may also prepare advertising materials or specialties for mailing or other direct distribution. They may also compile, maintain, sell and rent mailing lists.
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