Posted By Seamus Barton
How To Use Colour In Direct Mail Advertising: Part 2One thing that has contributed to the continued success of direct mail relative to other marketing channels is the recipient’s expectation for entertainment, through coloured images and other graphics.
Marketers understand that the way colour is used – alone, in graphics, or in combination with other elements – has a dramatic effect on the response rate. Some of the creative applications of colour in direct mail marketing include:
- Use of specialty colours + Embellishments With new printing technologies, marketers have the opportunity to not only just increase the number of shades that can be printed on direct mail pieces, but also make the colours more vibrant than ever. Savvy marketers and designers are combining elements of creative colour usage, such as metallic inks with other techniques such as foil stamping, UV coatings, and adding textures and other digital embellishments.
- Use of coloured images and documents Designers usually think of colour in the form of images, but this is not in all cases. For text-only direct mail pieces, marketers can find creative ways to use colours by:
- Highlighting – consider highlighting important messages such as a call to action, offer, Price, or reward
- Backgrounds – consider breaking your documents into panels – sidebars, voucher panels, or coupons – and using different tints to draw the eye
- Tabular material – even tables can be more presentable with splashes of colour, especially when used in the header rows, or tints in the rows and columns
- Borders – simply adding a coloured border or frame to either specific content sections such as a sidebar or box with contact information or even to an entire page can also serve to make the page more aesthetically appealing, as well as draw attention to specific content areas and messages.
- Type – using coloured text makes it stand out and improves page aesthetics. This is best used on headlines, sub-headers, or other short bits of “spot text,” such as drop caps. However, avoid an overly colourful body.
- Brand Colours – you can choose any colour you like for the kinds of backgrounds but using specific brand colours can serve multiple purposes. These range from enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a document, to highlighting specific content, as well as reinforcing the brand sending out the message.