How to make direct mail even more direct in five easy steps.

Step 1: Drive a Porsche to ritzy Toronto 'hoods.

How to make direct mail even more direct in five easy steps.

Step 2: Photograph said Porsche in front of monster homes of the well-heeled.

How to make direct mail even more direct in five easy steps.

Step 3: Retreat to the production van. Design and print custom flyers on-site.

How to make direct mail even more direct in five easy steps.

Step 4: Admire your crafty, real-time handiwork.

How to make direct mail even more direct in five easy steps.

Step 5: Pop them in each homeowner’s mailbox and wait for 32% of them to book a test drive. Bam!

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Porsche Makes Direct Mail Personal...And A Little Bit Creepy

Agency Lowe Roche helps residents of ritzy Toronto 'hoods imagine Porsche ownership with a direct mail campaign that’s as close to home as it gets.

Those familiar with Toronto will know that neighborhoods like Rosedale, Forest Hill and the Bridle Path are the toniest zip codes in the city. Those hoods are the land of gold-gilt driveway gates, Olympic-sized pools, and entrance foyers the size of some mid-sized Manhattan apartments. The perfect target market for a local Porsche dealership.

Agency Lowe Roche conceived a campaign to bring Pfaff Porsche directly to the well-heeled residents of Toronto by putting a new spin on that old standard: direct mail.

To support the campaign line "It’s Closer Than You Think," the agency loaded a production van with desktop printing gear, parked a gleaming white Porsche 911 in front of monster homes and created custom direct mail pieces that made it look like the homeowner’s (presumable) dream car was parked out front.

The idea may seem a little bit creepy, what with a marketer stalking and photographing your house with the aim of having you drop well over 100 Gs on a vehicle and all. But it seems the targeted didn’t mind: 32% of those who received the piece of mail booked a test drive online, a remarkable result for direct.

As for me, a Toronto resident, jealousy is a more fitting way to describe my reaction to the campaign. The owner of a modest home in a normal neighborhood, it appears I’m outside of the target demo for high-end automotive dreaming.

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  • Pat Krewe

    32% that is incredible! I always love hearing new and interesting direct mail marketing  stories and strategies. What better way to make a porsche pop than by parking it right in front of you.

  • George

    I just wonder what legal ramifications there are here - using YOUR home in a commercial WITHOUT your permission? Would be the same as if some roofing company used a shot of your home, even though they didn't actually do your roof. Doesn't matter that it was aimed solely at you; is still your property.

  • Bodenfarr

    In th U.S., it's illegal to just stuff flyers in someone's mailbox. In fact it's a felony.

  • jl05xi

    Rae, you live in Toronto and you know the level of snoot that thrives there.  You can drown the entire Toronto population of rabbits with that kind of snootiness! Do you really want to be a part of that? I sure as hell don't and don't want some creepy hipsters parking a van in front of my house and snapping a photos of a car on my property. 

    - Brimley/Steeles resident.