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  • EDDM vs. Targeted Direct Mail Lists: What's Best for Your Martial Arts School?

    June 17, 2024 2 min read

    EDDM
    When it comes to marketing your martial arts school, the right strategy can make all the difference. Two popular methods are Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) and targeted direct mail lists. Let's break down the pros and cons of each, so you can decide which is best for your school.

    EDDM: Broad Reach, Cost-Effective
    Pros:
    • Wide Reach: EDDM lets you send mail to every household on specific postal routes, perfect for getting your name out to the whole community.
    • Affordable: No need to buy a mailing list. USPS offers discounted rates for EDDM, making it a budget-friendly choice.
    • Simple to Use: Pick your routes, design your mail piece, and USPS does the rest. Great for busy school owners without a marketing background.
    • Local Focus: Ideal for targeting local neighborhoods and attracting students from nearby areas.

    Cons:
    • Less Targeted: Your mail goes to everyone, not just those interested in martial arts, so some effort might be wasted.
    • Limited Personalization: It's a one-size-fits-all approach, which means less room for personalized messages.

    Targeted Direct Mail Lists: Precision and Personalization
    Pros:
    • Precise Targeting: Send mail to specific groups who match your ideal student profile, like families with kids, fitness enthusiasts, or people interested in martial arts.
    • Higher Engagement: Your message reaches people more likely to be interested, leading to better response rates.
    • Personalization: Tailor your message to address the specific interests or needs of different audience segments.

    Cons:
    • Cost: Buying targeted mailing lists can be pricey, and you need to budget for printing and postage too.
    • Complexity: More planning and effort are needed to manage these campaigns, requiring more marketing know-how.

    Which Should You Choose?

    Use EDDM If:
    • You want to raise awareness about your school in the local community.
    • You have a tight budget and need a cost-effective option.
    • You prefer a simple, straightforward approach.

    Use Targeted Direct Mail Lists If:
    • You have a specific student profile in mind and want to reach a precise audience.
    • You aim to increase engagement with personalized messages.
    • You have the budget and resources to handle a more complex campaign.
    Both EDDM and targeted direct mail lists have their strengths. EDDM is great for broad, cost-effective local reach, while targeted lists offer precision and higher engagement. Think about your goals, budget, and audience to choose the best approach for your martial arts school. By picking the right strategy, you can attract more students and help your school grow.
    Christopher Perilli
    Christopher Perilli

    Christopher Perilli is the owner and CEO of Pixel Mobb. Pixel Mobb owns Dojo Muscle, Dojo Muscle Up™ and Pixel Mobb Academy. He's work with top of Fitness, Martial arts and World Renowned Music Artists. Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Wowmakers. Chris is an artist, writer, designer, producer and martial artist. Currently a Purple belt in Gracie Jiu-jitsu (Dante Rivera Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) - has trained Boxing and Muay Thai. His goal is to help as many school owners spread the greatness of martial arts to as many people as possible, while making your school look the very best it can.

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