Sunday, 15 September 2013

HOW TO START A BIG MAIL SERVICE




A BIG MAIL SHOULD CONTAIN:



At least three to four Mail order Magazines Circulars containing



offers or interest to new mail order dealers. Circulars which the



Big Mail Dealer has been to mail.





Do you enjoy reading Mail Dealer magazines? Do you enjoy ordering



and receiving "Big Mail?" Do you enjoy working with new Mail



Order dealers and opportunity seekers? If your answer is "YES" to



all of these questions, then it would probably be profitable and



pleasurable for you to start a "Big Mail" service.





In the pages to follow I will show you how to set up a Big Mail



Service. I'll show you how to advertise your service and I'll



also show you how to use the Big Mails that you receive in your



mail to your own advantage. I'll show you how to use commission



circulars (how to get a lot of them free!) and I'll also show you



how to keep track of them.





We'll talk about co-publishing and we'll discuss circular mailing



(you'll learn how to get people to pay you cash to mail their



circulars for them!).I'll show a simple trick that will get you a



lot of free advertising and I'll show you where to get a free



mailing list that will create a lot of new customers for you, if



you are willing to put in a little work to get them.





But...before we get into this...I would like to give you a word



of caution. Big Mail selling looks easy and it sounds easy IT IS



NOT! Selling Big Mails is a lot of work,HARD WORK. And it is NOT



a way to get rich quick.





You will probably not make any money at all for a least a few



months. In fact, you will have to invest more than you take in.



If you are willing to invest a little of your money, and a lot of



your time, then you will gain invaluable experience selling Big



Mails, and then you will make money. You will gain experience



that you could gain nowhere else in the whole world. And if you



are alert, creative, and AMBITIOUS, you can eventually turn your



mail order business into a very lucrative enterprise.





If you are still interested...and I hope you are..read on!





The first thing you should od is to sit down with the latest



issue of MAIL SALE ADVERTISER or POPULAR ADVERTISER and order a



least twelve Big Mails. After that, get into the habit of



ordering a least one Big Mail EVERYDAY!





Then devote a portion of EACH DAY to STUDYING them. And I do mean



STUDY!





Feed your mind and your imagination with all kinds of ideas. The



Mail Order Business is a very creative and imaginative one. The



more you feed feed you imagination, the more it will do for you!





Set up a personal notebook. I would suggest you divide into four



sections:





* Commission Circulars Sources



* Sources of low-cost printing



* Prospective Mailing Customers (Save the circulars that other



dealers have been paid to mail. I'll show you why later on .)



* Good ideas.





You can set your personal notebook up any way you like, but I use



a loose-leaf notebook and scotch-tape the ads, circulars etc.





Read and re-read every circular and mail order magazine that you



can get you hands on. SAVE ANY IDEA THAT APPEALS TO YOU! Start



ordering SMALL supplies of "commission circulars" that APPEAL to



you. (never try to sell anything merely because it pays BIG



commission.)





When you are satisfied that you really want to start selling Big



Mails, there are two very practical things you must do.





1. Order a name and address rubber stamp. Be sure it is SMALL



enough to use on commission circulars.





2. Open a PERSONAL CHECKING ACCOUNT. Open it in YOUR OWN NAME.



When you start to advertise, use your own name. If you do that,



there will be no problem when you go to the bank to deposit



checks that your customers will send you.





Your next step is to place an ad in a least SIX mail order



magazines or ad sheets. In the beginning you will have to use



publications that will accept handwritten copy, since you do not



yet have "camera ready" ads. Your ad should read something like



this:





BIG MAIL-25 cents Commission circulars mailed FREE! (your name



and address)





A simple ad like this will pull better than one with a lot of



words in it.





You probably already know which magazines and ad sheets you want



to advertise in. That is fine! But I would suggest you start off



by advertising in at least one or two of the following:





Mail Sale Advertiser



Popular Advertiser



Mail Order Bulletin



Timely Tips





All of these are letter press publications, which means they will



set your ad up for you. They appear regularly EVERY MONTH ON



TIME, and almost everyone interested in mail order reads them!





Because these publications are CO-PUBLISHABLE, the publishers of



each publication will send you 50-100 copies to include in your



Big Mails. Your name will appear on your copies as the



CO-PUBLISHER. You will get to keep around 50% as your commission



on any ads or subscriptions you sell. If you are faithful mailing



your copies, you can often make enough profit on ads and



subscriptions to pay for all your ads. This way your ads actually



cost you nothing.





Each advertiser is also mailing his copies to his customers or



mailing list, and every last copy mailed has YOUR ad in it... The



printer is also mailing a copy to every person on his



subscription list...so, usually within about ten days after your



address appears in print, you will start receiving letters with



quarters in them asking for Big Mail. Some advertisers, for one



reason or another are quite slow in mailing their copies, but



this can work to your advantage. You will often get orders two or



three months after your ad appears!





COMMISSION CIRCULARS





Long before you start receiving orders for your Big Mail, you



should have acquired a starting supply of "commission circulars."



You will want to include them in every one of your Big Mails.





Commission circulars are usually 3x6" or 81/2x11" circulars



offering such things as:



Rubber Stamps Name-address Labels Folios Magazine



Samples Mailing Lists Envelopes



Printed Stationary Business Directories Catalogue Samples



Drop-ship Samples Printed Circulars Formulas



Books Mail Order Plans Magazine Subscriptions



Name Listing Services Pen Pal Clubs, etc, etc.





Wholesale firms supply commission circulars to mail order



dealers, usually at cost. The dealer stamps his name in the blank



space under "Order Form" and mails them to prospective customers.



When he receives orders (and he will if he mails them regularly),



he keeps his commission, which is usually about 50%. He then



sends the balance, along with his shipping label, to the



wholesaler, who drop-ships the order directly to the customer



under the dealer's shipping label.





Commission circulars can be profitable for you, as a Big Mail



Dealer, if you are very careful to select only those circulars



which appear to MAIL ORDER BEGINNERS. You will soon learn that



gift items and general merchandise rarely appeal to people who



are ordering Big Mails, unless you are offering them on wholesale



basis. (Safari boots, transistor radios, hunting knives,



automatic can-openers, $15.95 necklaces are nice, and they can be



sold by mail...but not to mail order beginners!)





If you work at it, you can make a lot of extra money by including



good commission circulars in your mails. Test a few hundred



copies of each commission circular. If it evokes no interest,



discontinue it. But if it produces and order or two,then include



one in every piece of mail you send. When you have found a



circular that "pulls,"try to have them printed with your name and



address on them. (printed circulars will often pull FIVE times



better than stamped ones.)





Don't mail poorly printed circulars. They tend to make your



entire mailing look sloppy> You will also find that 6x9" and 8



1/2x11" circulars pull better than 3x6", although some 3x6's pull



surprisingly well.





Once your ad appears ( starting COMMISSION CIRCULARS MAILED FREE)



you will start receiving commission circulars. Test every



circular that is given to you. Push the winners, discontinue the



duds. You will eventually develop a list of real money makers to



include in your Big Mails.





Most of the suppliers of commission circulars are honest people.



They offer items of real worth. But occasionally you will find



circulars that you should not mail. They will get you in TROUBLE!





* Adult Offers (pornography). Even if you do not object to this,



some of the customers will...and some of your customers may be



minors.





* "Stuff and Address Envelopes at Home..Send a $1.00 for your



Starting Kit," These offers are illegal. People have been



convicted in court for selling them. Beside, the plans are



worthless.





* Chain letters--These are also illegal. Beware of any circular



that says you will receive $20,000 in sixty days if you will mail



a dollar and "follow the instructions, etc."





There is one more thing I would caution you about. There are



about 40-50 standard folios that have been around the Mail Order



Business for the last twenty years. They are EXCELLENT folios,



well written, well printed, and the advice in them is absolutely



valid. But it is a waste of time trying to sell them to mail



order beginners. Most of them already know where to get them at



wholesale prices! If you receive FREE commission circulars



offering these folios, by all means, mail them. You may get an



order or two. But if you are going to buy expensive circulars, be



sure you are offering something NEW something which EVERY mail



order dealer has not already seen at least one hundred times!





FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!





As a Big Mail Dealer, you will be selling many things. So that



you can fill each order accurately and promptly, I suggest that



you start another looseleaf notebook Divide it into three



sections:





1 Commission Circular Information



2 Co-Publishing Information



3 Advertising Schedule





1. Commission Circular Information---Every time you receive a new



supply of commission circulars, sit down and examine them.



(Sometimes you will receive two or three varieties in one



envelope.) Tape one sample of each circular in your notebook.



Underneath it write:





* Name and Address of the Drop-shipper



* Amount to forward to the Drop-shipper



* How to obtain additional circulars. (Are they available with



your name and address imprinted on them?)





2. Co-publishing Information--Most publishers of mail order



magazines will send a "Fact Sheet." If they do, simply



scotch-tape the sheet in your notebook. If not, record these



facts yourself:





*Name and Address of Printer



*How much to forward on new advertising, subscriptions, etc





3. Advertising Schedule--To keep your ads running CONTINUOUSLY,



you will have to keep track of "closing dates" (the last date on



which a publisher will accept advertising for his next issue.)



Here is a very simple method to use:





Take a page of common notebook paper. At the top of the page,



write the name of the month. Then number down the page from 1 to



31. (Use one line for each day of the month.)





The closing date for Mail Sale Advertiser is the 15th of the



month, but you will want to mail your ad on the 5th of the month



(always mail your ads in TEN DAYS EARLY.) So next to the number



5, write down the code letters "MSA." If you check this sheet



religiously every day, you will never forget a closing date.





Before you mail your ad, turn to the page for the following month



and make a notation of that month's closing date. If you will use



this system ( or your own variation), you will remember every



deadline, whether you are advertising in five magazines of five



hundred!





CIRCULAR MAILING





Once your Big Mail ads are appearing regularly, you will start to



receive orders for them regularly. As soon as you are averaging



five a day, you can advertise yourself as a CIRCULAR MAILER. It's



easy to get started. Each time you renew your Big Mail Ad, send



in another ad like this. (As co-publisher, your ads cost half the



advertised price!)







100 250 500





3x6 .50 1.25 2.25



6x9 .60 2.50 2.50



9x12 1.00 2.00 4.00







These prices are given only as examples. The postal rates and



other costs change and you should check the ads currently running



Circular Mailers and charge about the same rates. Cut-rate prices



will NOT get you more orders.





A circular mailing ad will almost ALWAYS pay for itself



immediately. ( Incidentally, many dealers have tried to run a



combination Big Mail and Circular Mailing ads. They do work half



as well as TWO SEPARATE ADS!)





As soon as you receive a circular mailing order, send your



customers a sample mailing. Be sure it is neat and be sure it



includes the LATEST issues of several mail order magazines.





Then include ONE of his circulars in every Big Mail until you



have finished mailing them. If you have not received any more



circulars to mail, send him a friendly thank you not and let him



know that you have finished mailing his circulars. Tell him you



hope he receives some orders from your mailing. Include some new



circulars from new advertisers and a NEW magazine. If he has any



more circulars to mail, he will likely send them to YOU!





Remember, circular mailing depends on REPEAT customers. Never



exaggerate mailing capacity ( either in personal letters or ads.)



If you really try to get orders for your customers, they will be



back for more!





HOW TO GET FREE ADS





There are many editors of mail order magazines and ad sheets who



will print your ads free if you will mail 100 to 200 copies of



their publication. Here is a very effective way to get them to



run YOUR ads:





Take a sheet of white typing paper. Type the following words on



it.





PRINTERS PUBLISHERS: If you will print any of these ads in your



publication, I will mail 100 copies for you FREE! (With



co-publishing rights, I'll mail 200 copies!) Note that all of



these ads are camera ready for your convenience.





Then use a rubber-cement to paste copies of ALL YOUR DIFFERENT



ADS on the sheet! (If your ads have been printed on colored



paper, bleach them before you paste them up. Pour a little clorox



over them, until the color disappears. Rinse them in water, and



dry them on a piece of flat cardboard.)





Once your circular is pasted up (camera-ready), take it to your



local instant photo offset printer and have 500 or 1000 copies



printed on WHITE paper. (Be sure its on white paper.) Enclose one



of these circulars in every mailing. You'll be amazed at the



results!





WHERE TO GET GOOD MAILING LISTS FREE





If you advertise regularly, you will get a lot of response to



your ads. But if you will do a little specialized direct mailing,



you can double your business almost immediately. Here's how:





Imagine that you have just received your mailing copies of TIMELY



TIPS from the printer. If you look at your self, you discover



that you still have 14 of lasts month's issue left to mail. Sit



down and make up 14 SPECIALIZED mailings. In each mailing,



enclosed:





1. One copy of last month's TIMELY TIPS



2. One copy of each circular you have been paid to mail.



3. One copy of your new FREE MAILING FOR FREE ADVERTISING



circular.





To whom do you mail them? COMPILE YOUR MAILING LIST FROM THOSE



BIG MAILS YOU HAVE BEEN ORDERING EVERY DAY! Mail them too:





* CIRCULAR MAILING PROSPECTS--Each time you receive Big Mail,



examine all the circulars. Who has paid the dealer to mail



circulars for them? If they have paid him, THEY WILL ALSO PAY



YOU...if you will take the time to send them a sample mailing!





* NEW AD-SHEETS AND MAIL ORDER MAGAZINES--Whenever you see the



announcement of a new publication, send a sample mailing and be



sure to enclose your Free Mailing for Free Advertising circular.



You'll get many, many free ads, if you work at it.





* NEW MAIL ORDER ADVERTISERS--Save the names of new advertisers



in the mail order magazines or ad-sheets. You'll be amazed at how



responsive they will be to your mailings!





Every time you receive new mailing copies, mail out the remaining



copies of last month's issues to the categories listed above and



your mail order business will grow faster than you ever dreamed



it could. You'll be surprised at the new business you will be



able to generate using this method.





WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?





I honestly can't answer that question! Only you have the answer.



If you are ambitious--if you are willing to develop your



imagination--if you are willing to experiment with new



ideas....the sky is the limit!







Don't let anyone tell you that Big Mail Selling and Circular



Mailing is only for beginners. There are SUCCESSFUL mail order



dealers who have been selling Big Mails and mailing circulars for



twenty-five years! If you really love it, don't ever give it up!





What direction your mail order business takes is entirely up to



you. I hope you will keep your ads running, and I hope you will



expand your business by constantly adding new publications to



your advertising list.





Keep your eyes and ears open. Saturate yourself with fresh, new



and imaginative ideas. I hope you'll keep excited about the Mail



Order bussiness...I hope that ten years from now, You'll love it



and be more involved than you are today.





Mail Order is far more than just a money-making business for me.



It's a way of life! And I hope it is your way of life, too!

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