3 Tips To Help Build Your Brand Through Custom Envelopes

In an increasingly busy world, customers are bombarded by messages through both physical and digital platforms. This means having much less time to interpret all of those messages, creating a challenge for businesses to stand out and communicate that message effectively.

Businesses have to maximize every chance to break through the noise and reach these customers, and the envelope is one overlooked opportunity. Envelopes have the opportunity to be much more than an administrative necessity and operational cost. By creating custom envelopes for your business, you can take advantage of the unused real estate on the front of each envelope to raise the profile of your brand, increase mail response rates and improve mail production ROI.

From unique size and shape, color and design or content and message, here are three ways custom envelopes help build your brand.

  1. Graphics make your mail stand out

With the average individual’s attention span just being around 8 seconds, when you send a piece of mail, you have precious few moments to capture a customer’s interest or lose it. At the same time, recipients receive lots of mail each week. According to the USPS, 454 pieces of regular marketing mail get delivered to an average US household every year. That means you have to take every possible advantage to be unique and stand out.

Envelopes say more about your business than you might think. The presentation of your letter is just as important as the contents, and a tailored envelope with unique graphics or custom dimensions is an opportunity to leave a positive and lasting impression of your brand upon prospective customers. A generic envelope is easily forgotten, but one bearing your company’s insignia or even a compelling format or design has a better chance of making each recipient grow more familiar with your brand.

2. Say it with color

Color envelopes can further distinguish your business and its mail. In the case of direct mail, a study revealed 69 percent of consumers are more likely to open an envelope adorned with color text and graphics than a generic, bland one. That high response rate, combined with improvements in modern printing technology, helps explain why color offers a great return on investment in mail campaigns. One study showed full-color envelopes returned $1.59 for a mail piece that cost $1.15 to produce, while plain black and white envelopes cost more money to create ($1.40) and returned only 75 cents for the investment.

3. Speak directly to your customer

Custom envelopes also offer the perfect chance to speak directly to each mail recipient using basic customer information, such as their first name. Even the simplest personalized message (“Tom, we have a great offer for you!”) can make an impact. Research showed that around 84 percent of consumers are more likely to open a piece of mail if it’s personalized to them.


Custom graphics, color and targeted marketing can all boost the envelope’s effectiveness as a communications tool for your brand!


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