When launching a print marketing campaign, you want to focus on two things: design and distribution. Let’s say that you would like to add EDDM postcard printing in your print advertising arsenal. EDDM stands for Every Door Direct Marketing. Here, the online printing company will work with the USPS to distribute your mailers to every door in a zip code or carrier route. You can also mail to a specific age bracket, income bracket, household size, or any other demographic. What makes EDDM mailing an ideal option for entrepreneurs is that distribution becomes hassle-free. Just pay for the printing and postage fees. After choosing the mailing route, you simply wait for customers to receive their postcards in the mail. Since distribution is already taken care of, you can focus your attention on designing the postcard itself.
What are the EDDM Eligible Postcard Sizes?
Let’s say that you have already chosen a printing partner. Once you have your design, you can decide on the other details like the size, the paper finish, the thickness of the paper, and whether you are printing front and back, or one side only.
Next, if your print partner is working with the USPS, they should have a list of the EDDM eligible postcard sizes that you can mail out to your customers. Here are your options for the EDDM postcard sizes:
- 4.25” x 11”
- 4.5” x 12”
- 6” x 11”
- 6.5” x 12”
- 6.5” x 9”
- 8” x 10”
- 9” x 12”
There are dozens of other postcard sizes available but these are the specific ones accepted by the USPS for EDDM. The print shop will also handle other tasks like bundle wrapping the postcards in stacks of 100 as required by the USPS. There’s also paperwork to be done. After you have paid the postage fees, the print shop will ship directly to the local post office in your area for mailbox distribution. It’s that easy!
One more thing to remember when designing your postcard is to not fill it with too much text or too many images – balance the two. You can also include a call to action so that the recipient of the card can take the next step in doing business with you. Better yet, include a promotional code so you can be sure that they will buy the product or services that you are offering.