profitable increase in sales.

1. If you envelope looks like junk mail, it will be treated like

junk mail (in other words, thrown in the trash without being

opened). The solution is simple - don't mail your material in

envelopes that look like junk mail.

2. Avoid using mailing labels, because they make your envelopes

look like junk mail.

3. Type the addresses on your envelopes.

4. Neatly write or print the addresses on your envelopes.

5. If you don't have time to use method three or four, then pay

someone to address the envelopes for you. Pay them for each

envelope they address; do not pay them by the hour.

6. If you must use labels, then use colored labels.

7. If colored labels are too expensive, you can color white

labels with a marking pen. Fluorescent marking pens are

especially good for this purpose. You can find these in office

supply stores, discount variety stores, discount pharmacies, etc.

8. Use colored envelopes.

( * The Post Office will not appreciate your colored labels and

envelopes. These items create problems for their optical

scanning equipment.)

9. Use first class postage and print FIRST CLASS in several

places on the envelope. An inexpensive rubber stamp, with red

ink, makes an "official" looking impression.

10. Do not rubber stamp the return address on your envelopes.

This looks extremely unprofessional.

11. Avoid using labels for the return address - this also looks


12. Pay a print shop to print your return address on your

outgoing envelopes. This isn't expensive, and it creates a more

professional image.

13. Use a colored typewriter ribbon to address envelopes.

14. Use a colored pen to address envelopes. For example, I like

red ink.

15. Address your envelopes on the back side.

16. Print or rubber stamp a short message on your envelopes.

This is a very effective with material that is mailed to persons

who inquire in response to magazine ads. For example, we

advertise a Free Mailing List Dealership. When we receive

inquiries about our dealership, we rubber stamp this message on

all outgoing envelopes - "You requested this FREE Dealership".

17. Commemorative stamps are more attractive than standard issue

stamps, and they are the same price. Use them. That's an easy

way to get your envelopes opened.

18. Use marking pens to draw designs on your envelopes. even a

series of straight lines, in a variety of colors, will draw


19. You can buy paste-on dots, stars, smiley faces, and so forth,

from an office supply store. Place these on your envelopes.

20. Instead of buying one first class stamp, buy several stamps

in smaller denominations that add up to the same price. This

catches attention because it looks more expensive.

21. Large mail order companies occasionally place some type of

solid object inside their envelopes. For example, specialty

advertising companies use inexpensive pencils, pens, plastic

pocket calendars, etc. You can also use this idea. For best

results, try to tie the object in to your offer.

22. Tape a penny to your sales letter. Then, in the sales

letter, offer to give your prospective customer a discount -

perhaps $5 or $10 - in exchange for the penny.

23. Use envelopes with windows.

24. With window envelopes, the recipient's address must be inside

the envelope and placed so it shows through the window. Take

advantage of this. Place the address on some type of Cash

Coupon that looks like a check.

25. Use large envelopes, such as 6 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches, or even 9

by 12 inches. This is expensive, but the envelope will be


26. "The more you tell, the more you sell." Use a large envelope

and include plenty of sales material. This is very effective

with higher price offers.

A few of these methods are a little eccentric, and a few are

more expensive than normal methods, but they will all help to

get your envelopes opened and increase your sales.

We promised you twenty-one methods, and we have actually given

you twenty six! That's because we believe in giving our

customers more than their money's worth. I recommend that you

try this with your own business - you'll find that it pays big

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