direct mail


Definition of direct mail 

: printed matter (such as circulars) prepared for soliciting business or contributions and mailed directly to individuals

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Disclosures with the Federal Election Commission show that through June 6, Crowley spent $3.4 million, including nearly $1 million since the beginning of May, with $840,000 going for advertising, direct mail and polling. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won: Ultra-liberal pitch drew first-time voters in changing district," 27 June 2018 Starting Memorial Day weekend, AFP's campaign will negatively target lawmakers who voted for the package with radio, print, digital, and direct mail ads. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "In a tight race, billionaire Koch brothers take aim at Beto O'Rourke," 25 May 2018 The campaign, which includes direct mail, print ads, digital ads and radio ads, is the first phase in a months-long effort to pressure lawmakers to rein in government spending. Andrew Rafferty, NBC News, "Jeff Flake 2020?," 27 May 2018 Our direct mail response rates more than doubled and every competitor followed suit. Adam Snitzer, miamiherald, "His purchase of lightbulbs was sealed with a K.I.S.S.," 11 May 2018 Since just March 1, nearly $2.2 million has been spent by outside groups -- about $1.5 million for Saccone, and about $700,000 for Lamb -- on a mix of ad production, ad placement, direct mail, and get-out-the-vote efforts. David Wright, CNN, "GOP, conservative groups have spent $10 million-plus on the PA-18 special election," 13 Mar. 2018 Blankenship launched a television, radio and direct mail ad campaign to oppose a $5 billion bond offering that would have propped up underfunded pension and disability plans for teachers, judges, and other public employees. Steven Mufson, Washington Post, "Spurned by Trump and GOP, coal baron Don Blankenship seeks a second chance in West Virginia," 22 May 2018 Communication and outreach efforts for the new program will include direct mail to users of the current programs and additional communication efforts coordinated by the city’s communication manager and the Senior Citizens Commission. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst committee recommends new senior and disabled ride service," 26 June 2018 Both candidates expect to have enough money to go on air with radio and television ads, in addition to traditional, lower-cost campaign strategies such as direct mail, knocking on doors and attending candidate forums and debates. Pamela Wood,, "Primary behind them, Schuh and Pittman focus on matchup in county executive race," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of direct mail

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of direct mail was circa 1923

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English Language Learners Definition of direct mail

: papers containing advertisements that are mailed directly to people's homes

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