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Direct Mail




Direct Mail

The Challenge

A consumer health book publisher wanted to make its one-shot book direct mail programs more profitable. Specifically, its goal was to improve response without increasing returns and bad debt.

Our Solution

Alliant developed a model that predicts the likelihood of specific behaviors for each consumer, e.g. response, pay/no-pay, and return.  The marketer used the model to reduce the number of non-payers in each campaign and replace the under-performing names with those of more profitable customers.

  • With each campaign, the model identified 15% of names which would likely under perform; these names were eliminated from the mailing.

  • A portion of the lost mail volume was replaced with names mined from other list sources using top performing score groups from the model — the payment rate of the replaced names was 50% higher than the campaign average.

  • The combination of reduced campaign size and improved performance lifted overall campaign profitability for one-shot books by 32%.

Insight at Work

In test and roll-out, the Alliant solution exceeded the client’s expectations


Higher Pay Rate From Replaced Names


Lift in Overall Profitability