In today’s mail was one of those Valpak advertising coupon envelopes. That got me wondering – is Valpak worth it?
Normally, I’d throw it straight into the garbage. After all, I’m not looking to remodel my kitchen or get new windows.
But today, as I walked my mail back to the house, I took a second look at the Valpak and realized, “Hey, this is a great example of direct marketing!” I also wondered how many businesses were using Valpak advertising as their direct marketing strategies to attract new potential customers to their products and services.
I had lots of questions about how effective local coupons are, how much Valpak advertising costs.
In this article, I will give you an overall description and review of Valpak advertising. I’ll answer the most common questions small business owners might have about using Valpak as part of their paid advertising strategy.Then you’ll get some success tips you can use that will drive foot traffic to your business.
What is Valpak?
Valpak is a direct marketing company best known for printed coupons delivered to 38 million homes. A Valpak direct mail campaign features special offers and deals from businesses in your area.
While they are best known for sending coupons and reply cards in the mail, they’ve advanced with technology and offer mobile coupons and coupon codes with their mobile app.
If you’re a consumer, you can visit Valpak.com and see what deals are offered in your area. And if you’re a business, you can check out what deals your competitors are offering.
How Does Valpak Advertising Work?
Valpak advertisingbcan be an insanely inexpensive way to put your offer in front of tens of thousands of consumers in your area — sometimes for as little as .02 per household.
You can choose from a variety of printed marketing materials that include:
You can also distribute your offers online using their digital marketing options. These include:
- Search Engine Marketing
- Display Advertising
- Search Engine Optimization
- Social Media Marketing
So, if direct marketing is your game, you can use Valpak as an all-in-one lead generation resource.
Questions to Ask About Valpak Advertising
If you’re a small business owner considering Valpak, you probably have lots of questions. The best thing to do is jot them down and chat with your local Valpak sales representative. That’s exactly what I did. I reached out to Lynn Yoko, the sales director for the Cleveland area.
How can Valpak help me with a website?
If you’re one of the millions of small businesses without a website, Valpak can help you with that.
Their introductory offer is to design and build a website that Valpak hosts on a different platform. This is an excellent choice if you have nothing and don’t know where to begin.
If you already have a website that you are hosting with a web hosting company, Valpak can still help you. They will provide you with a custom quote.
Valpak websites are typically done in WordPress, giving you access to update your website like upload photos, change weekly specials, etc.
What would a complete Valpak advertising campaign look like?
Of course, every business’ campaign is unique.
One of the best things about Valpak advertising is that they design campaigns based on their client’s needs, budget, and future aspirations. They can tailor the campaigns with no wasted distribution around ever-changing situations.
Do you help the business come up with an offer?
Valpak has over 50 years of experience working with local businesses and a network of offices across the country with a broad range of expertise. Valpak leverages this network to share best practices, layout design, and offers that consumers respond to best.
What type of design help do you offer?
Valpak’s St Petersburg plant is full of experienced graphic artists that design ads across the country.
As an advertiser, Valpak provides sample ads, templates, and ideas to review and help you decide on ad design and offers.
What information does the business owner have to have ready before the sales conversation?
Your first conversation with the Valpak advertising representative will be “all about you.”
Here is what you’ll need to know ahead of time so that you can get the most out of your conversation with the Valpak sales rep.
All of these questions require you to do some analysis and thinking ahead of time. If you want to succeed with Valpak advertising, you need to make sure that you have done some work upfront.
- What are your goals for Valpak advertising?: Yes, we already know you want more leads and customers, but you need to be more specific. Remember, you need to know how many new customers you need to be profitable. Then you need to increase that number to cover the cost of the Valpak advertising.
- What promotions have you done in the past? What worked and what didn’t work. To answer this question, it’s a good idea to pull any previous advertising that you’ve done and have those results at hand. This will save you valuable time and money later.
- Who is your ideal customer: “Everyone” is not an answer! Because Valpak advertising is local, consider where your ideal customers live, what neighborhoods. What is their income level? That’s not all; get as much information about your ideal customers as you can.
- How will you track your advertising: There’s a good chance you’re only following the calls that come in and maybe asking, “how did you hear of us.” Take some time to think about how you can better capture customers that might come in from Valpak.
- How do you want to communicate with your customers: If you’re the one working in your business (such as appliance repair), you probably wish prospects to go to an email so that you aren’t fielding calls while working. If you have someone to answer the phone, then you can take calls. So, think about what will work best for your prospects and you.
Here are some options you may come away with:
- Direct Marketing: Target specific households and demographics or take your current list of clients and scrub that list and quickly and affordably mail to your existing customers thanking them for their business and give them an appreciation offer, or remind them that it is time to use their services again.
- Mobile Display: to increase the performance of your Valpak advertising by reaching consumers on their mobile devices where they spend the most amount of time.
- Digital Overlay: Capture all the device screens inside the houses of the zones that we mail, giving their Valpak offer additional reach and frequency.
- Facebook Social media program: A powerful way to reach consumers; if it makes sense, we can put their Valpak ad front and center on Facebook where they can save it, share it, or ask to be contacted for more information.
- PlusOne. This is a targeted 8.75 x 5.25 solo postcard product that is combined with Valpak’s targeted households. PlusOne provides advertisers an additional channel to reach consumers in the mailbox on their piece at a fraction of traditional targeted Solo Mail to increase response and ROI.
What if someone signs up for a year-long campaign, but isn’t happy? What is your “return” or cancellation policy?
There isn’t cancellation or return. However, the Valpak team will work with you editing and tweaking as necessary to get you the best results possible.
Now, you can see why it’s essential to get all of your goals, information, past marketing activities, and results pulled together. This can save you thousands of dollars.
What steps does Valpak take to make sure that the customer’s offer will convert or work with their audience?
Marketing and advertising is a business that depends on how human beings act and react to be successful. And human beings are unpredictable.
Valpak doesn’t have a magic formula for success. They have more than 50 years of experience and expertise across the United States that increases your likelihood of success.
The other ingredient in that success is YOU, and how well prepared you are for direct marketing.
One essential ingredient that will increase your success has success stories and testimonials on hand to use in your Valpak campaign. So if you’re short on those, start collecting them now.
What data does Valpak collect regarding what types of campaigns are successful?
Valpak is huge on tracking success.
They code print advertising to see which of the NTA’s (neighborhood trade areas = 10,000 HH) are most profitable and need adjusting.
Valpak will provide tracking URLs; they provide Call Tracking numbers with weekly reports so you can listen to the calls and visually see where your calls are coming from. They also offer digital reporting to look at views, click to call, click for directions, and conversions to your website. This allows you to review your programs and increase ROI.
How much does Valpak advertising cost?
Valpak doesn’t publish its pricing. So, if you’re looking for a Valpak price, you won’t find one. They see each campaign as relatively unique, and they want to connect with you and help you create a campaign that will generate the best results and the highest ROI. Valpak provides a digital form where you can get in touch with a salesperson to figure out which services will be best for your business.
People Love to Save Money With Coupons
Valpak runs a research study regularly just to see how their market engages with their coupons.
I have to admit that the results were surprising.
Check this out!
“The readership study confirmed that Valpak continues to mail to a highly engaged audience. Among the households that receive Valpak, nine out of 10 (92%) opened and looked through the envelope and 82% looked at every envelope insert.
The Valpak advertising audience isn’t just looking at the inserts, they’re using them too. Of the households that opened their envelopes, 54% used Valpak coupons once a month or more frequently. 71% set aside 1-4 coupons they intend to share or use in the future.”
And, if I were a potential Valpak advertiser, I’d be daydreaming about the stream of customers calling in and begging to do business with me.
There are a couple of key phrases in this research you need to pay attention to :
54% used the coupons — I’d want to know what industries and coupons were most often redeemed. Is it restaurants, oil changes, or any product or service consumed more frequently, or is it more durable such as windows or blinds?
Then there are the 1-4 coupons they are setting aside to use in the future — does that happen? I’m not sure.
When evaluating any data, don’t just take it at face value; make sure you understand where the data came from- who did they ask, are those people your customers?
The Website is a Marketplace for Business Owners and Customers
Of course, you’ll want to check out the website first. If you click on the Google-sponsored ad, you’ll get this:
I accidentally gave them permission to use my location so when I click on valpak.com I see this:
If you want to get more information on ADVERTISING, you should click on the ad. If you’re a consumer who wants to get local coupons, then permit them to see the local zip codes, and you’ll get access to tons of deals from local businesses.
Don’t worry if you make the same mistake I did, just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “advertising” in the footer. That will take you where you want to be.
The Direct Mail and Advertising Page looks like this:
Real Valpak Reviews from Business Owners
I wanted to know what actual Valpak customers thought about their experience and asked around.
I spoke with Jesse Silkoff, Co-Founder and President, MyRoofingPal. Jesse was looking for a way to attract new customers to his company which helps customers find a local roofing contractor or repair company.
What made you consider using direct mail?
Jesse was disillusioned by email marketing. “My open rates were terrible, so I assumed most people weren’t bothering to read ads and just deleted them immediately.”
Valpak is pretty well known, has excellent reach, and people trust there will be something valuable inside.
So, what were your results?
While it did bring in a few customers, Jesse didn’t feel like he got the kind of return he was expecting.
He paid about $400 to reach $20,000 households. His call to action was a QR code along with a website URL. The link and the QR code got about 5,000 hits (that’s not bad), but he only got about $100 in subscription fees.
What would you do differently?
After it was all said and done, Jesse would have created more of an irresistible offer. He didn’t feel like people really understood the value of the service.
Is Valpak Worth It?
When you think about direct marketing with Valpak, it can be extremely tempting to believe that all you have to do is send out many coupons, and customers will come pouring in.
That’s not the norm. Any direct marketing campaign is only as successful as what you put into it. The better you know your specific audience, the problem they are trying to solve, and how you help them solve that problem, the more successful you will be.
There are thousands of small businesses that count on Valpak to feed them new customers. Otherwise, they wouldn’t still be in business.
After analyzing the customer feedback I saw online and getting information from Valpak, it’s clear that you play an essential role in your success.