5 Super Effective Direct Mail Postcards (with pictures)

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Marketing is a necessary evil in home sales. Whether retaining existing clients or acquiring new ones, agents must consistently work to generate new business via networking and advertising. And while social media has certainly changed the world around us, one of the most popular marketing methods continues to be direct mail postcards. That being said, designing a postcard that stands out from the competition isn’t always easy. Effective postcards take careful thought and effort.

Are you having trouble separating yourself from the competition?

Below are 5 examples of super effective postcards and the qualities that help them standout.


The Creative Postcard
















Let’s face it. The average American receives a lot of junk mail. Which is why designing a postcard that stands out is so vital when conducting a direct mail campaign. One way to design a postcard that stands out is to use vibrant colors, interesting fonts or striking images. The postcard above not only makes the most of a unique image to nab the attention of potential clients, but implements a strong white/red color contrast with a clever headline. Creative. Compelling. Effective.


The Informative Postcard
















Potential clients can’t act if they don’t know anything about you. Information is vital. Did you just list a home? Did you just sell a home? What kind of properties do you specialize in? All of this information should be effectively conveyed on your direct mail postcard. The postcard above not only specifies homes that have just been sold, but how fast they sold! In addition, the postcard maintains a strong, consistent theme, while making a valuable offer on the backside. Unless you are keeping in touch with past clients, don’t assume potential clients already know what area of real estate you specialize in. Inform.


The Brand Consistent Postcard

The importance of brand consistency can’t be overstated. In the world of real estate, brand consistency not only conveys stability to potential clients, but provides a foundation from which to build a larger marketing strategy. Do you have a catchy saying you like to use? Certain colors? A logo? Indeed, there are countless ways to create and sustain a brand. Sometimes it depends on your target audience. Other times it depends on your company. Whatever the case may be, always strive to be creative and remain consistent. In the example above, the postcard reinforces its brand on both sides with consistent logos and colors. Likewise, the photographs and green layout compliment the logo, sustaining a strong outdoor theme.

The Simplistic Postcard

Simple is always better. But while taking a creative approach can certainly be beneficial, you also run the risk of pushing away potential clients when you don't show restraint. The idea is to strike the perfect balance. Not too much, not too little. Be innovative but don’t distract from important information. The postcard above manages to do both. The agent not only invites past clients to a special movie screening each month as part of her keep-in-touch strategy (a very creative idea, by the way), but does so while avoiding clutter and maintaining a very simple, sophisticated design.


The Interactive Postcard

Is there anything digital technology hasn’t impacted? The real estate business is no exception. Depending on your willingness to adapt and try new things, however, taking a new approach isn’t necessarily a bad thing. More than ever, digital technology has allowed real estate agents to reach out to potential clients in new and innovative ways.  In the example above, a QR code is prominently placed on the front of the postcard, allowing users to scan the code with their phones and receive more information. What are you doing to embrace modern technology? We offer a few ideas here if you don't have any.  


Rising Above the Competition

In today’s bustling business world and cluttered real estate market, standing out is vital. However, standing out doesn’t always mean complicated layouts and fancy fonts. Sometimes it simply means thinking outside the box, being innovative with what you have and embracing emerging tools. For a comprehensive breakdown of more super awesome postcards in the future, visit our postcard of the week section at our blog.

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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

These are excellent list of tips for direct mail postcards with pictures.

Apr 13, 2016 08:34 AM #1
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

I agree with John and some great information.

Apr 13, 2016 08:47 AM #2
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I have used Expresscopy.com before and it is a really great product for a really decent price... but have you made it any easier to do the actual design, fonts and pictures?

Apr 17, 2016 05:33 PM #4
Mike & Cindy Jones
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville, FL
Real Estate - (904) 874-0422 - Jacksonville, Fl

Nice.... thanks for the info. A lot of agents say mailings are not effective. I say they're wrong

Apr 17, 2016 08:28 PM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a great "share." Thank you very much. I've bookmarked for future reference.

Apr 17, 2016 08:30 PM #6
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

There is no better way to spread the word about a listing than postcards.   I've used Expresscopy for years.  Their postcards always look great and their turnaround time is often a day or less.  

Apr 17, 2016 10:29 PM #7
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Some great tips!  I use postcard mailings in addition to internet marketing.  It reaches out to some that aren't tecch savy or do not use internet at all.

Apr 18, 2016 03:16 AM #8
Pam Jank
Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro

Thank you for the great tips on postcard mailings.  These look awesome.  So many don't even get looked at.. immediately tossed in the trash.  These may actually get someones attention.  Thanks again for the expresscopy.com (design, print, and mail postcards!)

Apr 18, 2016 03:30 AM #9
Jan Sohlman
RE/MAX Integrity - Eugene, OR
RE/MAX Integrity

I love the idea of getting someones attention with a mailer!  I am trying to mail to a sphere where I sell a lot of homes. Thanks for the great idea. I will check out Express copy too!

Apr 18, 2016 06:11 AM #10
Dave Parker
American Pacific Mortgage - Los Angeles, CA
Your lender for life

This is a great idea. Even great for Loan Officers to do. I created my own door hanger for renters in my neighborhood. 

Apr 18, 2016 01:33 PM #11
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

I like the design of your postcards. I have to check out your website to see if you have postcards for a Expired Listing Mailing campaign.

Apr 18, 2016 01:37 PM #12
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

expresscopy.com (design, print, and mail postcards!) 

Your post caught me at exactly the right time. I just did a mailing of cards of my own design. I spent a lot of time making address labels and sticking them on the cards along with 34 cent stamps.

I spent a lot of time doing an extensive market analysis and I want to feature my charts and my summaries on the card.  I want to communicate that I am the community expert in a very competitive neighborhood. I have no photos of homes. I do want to work in a picture of my dog. Many people remember me because of my dog, Beau.

Apr 26, 2016 04:36 AM #13
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Dana Point, CA
Veteran Friendly Realtor®

Beginning January 1st, California Agents are able to advertise other Agents active listings, in the form of a neighborhood marketing statistics report ... have you created a template for that market yet?

Apr 26, 2016 09:19 AM #15
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Great tips.  These things cetainly will lead to successful direct mail campaigns.

Apr 26, 2016 10:19 AM #16
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Thanks for the info. Looking into doing more direct mail marketing.. 

Jan 22, 2018 09:25 AM #18
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