Junk mail boosts sales

Researchers from the University of Sydney have found that junk mail is enormously effective in boosting in-store sales.

The study found that featuring products in mail catalogue advertising significantly increased sales compared to advertising products on in-store radio.

The sales increases ranged from a 67 per cent increase for disposable razors to a tenfold increase for sandwich toasters.

“The results are surprising because the retailers would have spent millions of dollars on in-store radio, whereas junk mail doesn’t seem at all sophisticated in marketing,” Professor Charles Areni said.

The research will soon be published in the Journal of Marketing Communications.

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