Buy mailing list – it all starts by understanding data cards – what they tell you and what they don’t. If the headline to this post seems weird/not grammatically correct, it’s because that’s for the search engines;) If no one ever sees it, what good is it?
This post, along with my post about the questions to ask your list broker will give you a good start to this sometime confusing area.
Here is a list of some of the terms used for buy mailing lists and what they mean. In the video I go through some actual data cards, but these are some commonly used terms. Combine this post with my earlier post on how to buy a mailing list and that will be a good start.
The Terminology You Need To Know To Buy Mailing Lists
An individual who is a current subscriber to a particular magazine or any other type of goods and services. Active subscriber lists are a very targeted way of reaching customers.
ASSIGNED MAIL DATES
Usually with subscriber lists the list user has to have prior approval for a particular mail date. This is to avoid overlaps in mailings from other users.
One who has purchased products from a catalog
The mail carrier’s delivery area
CARRIER ROUTE SORTING
This process arranges the mailing list in the order of the postal carrier’s delivery route. The US Post Office gives additional postage discounts for this sorting.
This type of label is a print out that is usually 4 names and addresses across by 11 names down. A special Cheshire machine must be used to cut, apply the glue and affix the label to the mail piece. Check with your mail house to make sure they can use this format.
When buying a mailing list, a percentage of the sale of a mailing list paid to the broker or list manager for the usage of the list.
Any list created from the compilation of public sources such as phone books, deed information, directories, newspapers and courthouse records.
A company that puts together various pieces of information to form a list of individuals that has similar characteristics, such as age, income and buying habits.
A mailing in which multiple offers are included in the same envelope. This can cut costs for all of the mailers.
This is the number of addresses that fit a certain criteria in the target market.
A 3.5″ floppy diskette is one format for which your mailing list can be provided on. The standard format is ASCII Comma Delimited, which is IBM compatible.
A unique name inserted into a mailing list to track the usage of the list.
Information concerning socioeconomic characteristics pertaining to a geographic unit.
DIRECT MAIL ASSOCIATION MAIL PREFERENCE SERVICE
A service that enables individuals to have their name and address removed from mailing lists
An electronic format in which you can receive your mailing list information
Individuals who have let their subscription to a publication expire
A method of printing mailing list information line by line. Also called a manuscript
The most recent names added to a mailing list, usually defined in 30 day increments
A list compiled of those who have previously purchased from your own company. This would be your customer base.
A list of those who have only inquired about your services, but have not actually purchased. This is great prospect information but not as good as buyers. Keep that in mind when you buy mailing list.
A code, such as letters, numbers or markings that are added to the mailing label to accurately test response rates and list quality.
A specialist who makes all the arrangements for one company to rent the mailing list(s) of another company. You usually receive better pricing from a list broker because the list compilers base pricing on the volume of business.
The process of updating a mailing list by correcting and/or removing a name because it is no longer correct.
A bartering system by which companies will trade the use of a mailing list for another list, product or service.
The process of keeping mailing lists up to date
This person is the agent responsible for the use of the mailing list by others. This person would update and market the list to those wanting to buy mailing list.
Someone who has compiled a database of names that have common characteristics.
When a mailer purchases a list of names the list is for 1 time use unless purchased for additional usages.
One can further define a mailing list by targeting by additional selections such as age, income, homeowner etc.
The media that is used to compile the names on a mailing list
A storage device for electronically recording and reproducing defined bits of data
The date on which a user has the obligation to mail a specific mail piece from list agreed on by the list owner
MAIL ORDER BUYER
One who orders merchandise or services through the mail
Combining two or more lists usually in a predetermined sequence
Combining two or more lists while simultaneously eliminating duplicate names
One who has bought two or more times from the same company
NTH NAME SELECTION
A fractional unit of selection that is repeated in sampling a mailing list
NET NAME ARRANGEMENT
An agreement between the list owner and the list user in which the list owner agrees to accept adjusted payment less that the total names shipped.
An agreement between the list owner and the user to pay only for names that survive a given screen
A mailing piece returned by the Postal Service because of an inaccurate or undeliverable name and address
The product or service that is being sold or promoted
ONE TIME USE OF THE LIST
List rental agreement in which it is understood that the mailer will not use the names on the list more than one time without prior approval of the list owner
A test between one mailing piece with another
An item offered for free to a buyer as an enticement to purchase or obtain for trial a product or service offered via mail order
One who buys a product or service to get another product or service that is usually free or offered at a special price, or who responds to an offer of a special product premium on the package or label of another product
PRESSURE SENSITIVE LABEL
A mailing label printed on a peel off sticker that can be affixed to the mail piece
These are single-line listings including the name, address and phone number mainly used for telemarketing or follow-ups to a mailing.
Any character or quality attributed to the lifestyle or attitude of a customer.
A list compiled of people who have responded to an offer either by mail, phone or through other means of mass communication.
The price charged by a list owner for addresses run or produced but not used by a specific mailer. When such a charge is made it is usually made to cover extra processing costs.
SAMPLE MAIL PIECE
An example of the mailing piece being mailed by the list user that is submitted to the list owner for prior approval before release of the list.
SECTIONAL CENTER FACILITY (SCF)
The first three digits of a zip code area
STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION CODE (SIC)
A numerical classification of businesses as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce
Two or more samples from the same list considered to be representative of the entire list.
The number of bits of information that can be included in each inch of magnetic tape (1600 BPI, 6250 BPI)
A printout of the data on a magnetic tape used to check for accuracy and readability
A map of the data included in each record and its location
A term used to identify each of the parts in a split test
An additional line of copy added to an address to aid in deliverability.
One who buys a product for a limited time with the understanding that the item may be returned before paying for the item
One who subscribes to a publication on the basis that the subscription may be canceled, purchased at a lower rate or there could be a delay in payment option.
After a merge purge has been done the names that have appeared on one list only, not a duplicate.
All mailing lists are provided numerically by zip code unless otherwise requested.
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