Direct Mail Advertising in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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Industry firms will look to boost revenue by providing more services online. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Direct Mail Advertising industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Higher levels of consumer spending and rising corporate profit will benefit the industry.

Direct mail advertisers distribute marketing materials, such as coupons, flyers or samples by mail through the US Postal Service (USPS) and less often through other commercial delivery services. A reduction in corporate profit margins led to cuts in spending on all forms of advertising during the recession. Increased competition from other promotional tools, including the internet, email and text messaging, also hurt the industry. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Stephen Morea, “These factors caused demand for the Direct Mail Advertising industry to decline at an estimated annualized rate of 1.2% to $11.7 billion over the five years to 2013.”

The industry regularly competes with print and electronic advertising in up and down markets and in all stages of the business cycle. “When the economy slowed and consumers curtailed their discretionary spending, businesses responded by trimming their expenditures on all forms of advertising,” says Morea. Direct mail is a low-cost substitute for traditional media advertising; however, technological advancements have paved the way for other cost-effective methods of product promotion such as daily-deals websites and email marketing campaigns. Despite these negative factors, the industry is poised for marginal growth. Operators will benefit from higher corporate spending and programs implemented by the US Postal Service, which are designed to encourage commercial mailers.

During the five years to 2018, higher expected levels of consumer spending and rising corporate profit margins are anticipated to increase advertising expenditures, aiding industry revenue. However, significant revenue growth and profit improvement will continue to be hindered by outside competition. Consolidation among direct mail advertisers is expected, as the USPS will likely continue its high density mailing discounts, providing an incentive for the industry's largest players. Additionally, as consumers increasingly turn to the internet to find bargains and coupons, a greater number of direct mail advertisers will offer services online.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Direct Mail Advertising in the US industry report page.

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The Direct Mailing Advertising Industry distributes 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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