How to create great direct mail fundraising teasers [PODCAST]

The most impactful element of any direct mail project is the teaser — what you put on the outer envelope.

We’ll share what works, what never works, and the surprising “most likely to succeed” approach.

We’ll also discuss email subject lines — a closely related topic with some strong similarities to direct mail teasers.

From the archives of the now-defunct podcast Fundraising Is Beautiful. This episode first aired on March 29, 2017. Listen here:

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The future of fundraising is not about social media, online video, or SEM. It’s not about any technology, medium, or technique. It’s about donors. If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. And the future? It’s already here. More.

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