The high cost of the MoMA direct mail catalog was being questioned by the Museum's marketing team.
Because the catalog was all about selling high-end gift items to an art-savvy audience, the quality
had to be high, which meant so were the costs of production. Was there a way to increase the ROI
to justify the cost?
Marketsmith's Direct Response team knew that a direct mail catalog could have a far bigger impact on
just direct sales, extending its influence to retail channels as well. But that would require a much
more strategic program that utilized detailed recipient data along with a finely tuned contact strategy.
The resulting plan tapped into purchase behavior along with a multiple-contact strategy built on a
precisely timed cadence of mailings to the most likely purchasers.
You could call the results a masterpiece of direct mail art. Not only did catalog recipients drive
46.1% of e-commerce sales, they also accounted for 39.1% of retail demand, an increase of 30%. Results
we'll frame and put on our wall, for sure.