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

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Some companies have chosen to use direct mail advertising following the harsh economic downturn, since they provide a more affordable, more targeted form of advertising than traditional mainstream media, such as radio and TV; however, as companies engage in mainstream advertising again over the five years to 2019, the Direct Mail Advertising industry will face heightened competition, particularly from digital advertising. 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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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. These factors caused demand for the Direct Mail Advertising industry to decline at an estimated annualized rate of 2.1% to $12.2 billion over the five years to 2014.

“The industry regularly competes with print and electronic advertising in up-and-down markets and in all stages of the business cycle,” says IBISWorld Industry Analyst Stephen Morea. When the economy slowed and consumers curtailed their discretionary spending, businesses responded by trimming their expenditures on all forms of advertising. 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, increasing by an expected 1.5% in 2014 as operators will benefit from higher corporate spending and programs implemented by the US Postal Service designed to encourage commercial mailers.

During the five years to 2019, industry revenue is expected to increase slightly. “Higher expected levels of consumer spending and rising corporate profit margins are anticipated to increase advertising expenditures, aiding industry revenue,” says Morea. 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 Canada industry report page.

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Direct-mail advertisers distribute advertising materials (e.g. coupons, fliers 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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