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What Is Every Door Direct Mail or EDDM?


Do you want to get the word out about your business to the people that matter the most in your markets? Are you looking for a simple, cost effective and proven solution for mailing to entire neighborhoods? EDDM may be perfect for you! 

What is EDDM you ask? EDDM is a bulk mailing option offered by the United States Postal Service that allows your business to reach potential customers without knowing their address. Simply choose the mailing routes you feel would benefit your business and your mail pieces will be delivered to every active address on your designated route.

Is EDDM the right bulk mailing option for your direct mail marketing?

There are several bulk mailing options offered by the USPS for you to choose from. Determining what your direct mail goals are will help you make an informed decision about which option is right for your business.

Some questions to ask yourself when deciding if EDDM is right for you are:

Can everyone on the postal carrier route you selected benefit from your products or services?


It’s important to think about what exactly you are marketing and who exactly you are marketing to. When choosing a route, make sure you consider the neighborhood you are targeting and that it is a viable area to market your product or service. For instance, if you’re marketing lawn care, you most likely do not want to target an area full of row houses or apartment complexes who have no lawn to care for.

Do you want to mail to a list of specific addresses?

With EDDM your mail-piece will be sent to every household on the carrier route you have chosen. You can target census demographics like, age range, household income and size to better target potential customers. However, if you have a mailing list picked out already or are interested in in targeting specific households, a traditional direct mail solution may be better for your needs.

Are you a Business to Business (B2B) retailer?

If you are marketing to businesses you may not want to use EDDM. With EDDM you can mail to residences on a carrier route, or businesses and residences on a carrier route. Unfortunately, you can not mail to only businesses on a carrier route.

If you are promoting your B2B services through direct mail or need to mail to just the businesses in a certain geographic area, you can easily do so using our direct mail list building tool for businesses.

What is regular "direct mail?" Direct mail encompasses a wide variety of marketing materials, including brochures, catalogs, postcards, newsletters and sales letters. Major corporations know that direct-mail advertising is one of the most effective and profitable ways to reach out to new and existing clients. What's the advantage? Unlike other forms of advertising, in which you're never sure just who's getting your message, direct mail lets you communicate one-on-one with your target audience. That allows you to control who receives your message, when it's delivered, what's in the envelope and how many people you reach.

Direct mailing (sometimes called "bulk mailing") is a very powerful tool that your business can use to target a specific consumer or business type that can best benefit from your business. If you are a new business or have not been collecting customer data, assembling a targeted mailing list can take a very long time. That’s why many businesses in the mail services industry now offer targeted mailing lists. These lists are highly customizable and can be targeted at very specific groups who share specific qualities such as age, gender or job title.


These tailored direct mailing lists can enable our customers to get started with creating their own targeted mail campaigns. Choose from a variety of key ​parameters to ensure that your mail-piece is delivered to the consumers or business that matter the most.

Every Door Direct Mail encompasses a subsection of direct mail that doesn't target based on shared qualities, but rather, targets based on shared mail carrier routes. EDDM pieces will not be addressed to individuals, but rather to "Current Residents" or "Our Neighbor" since there's no guarantee any specific piece will go to any specific household. This is why EDDM's rates are lower. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have its strengths and advantages.

What is your expected delivery time?

If you need something delivered quickly EDDM is not the best option for you. Average EDDM delivery times fall between 7-14 days from the time it is delivered to the post office.

As long as you order your EDDM printing and mailing at least one to two weeks prior to when you want it to be arriving in mailboxes, you should be safe, generally speaking. Instances that fall towards the 14 day mail delivery tend to be mailers that are either being mailed to physically remote mail routes or mailers that are sent during peak mail volume such as right around the holidays or Black Friday.

Using EDDM to achieve your marketing goals

EDDM is very effective in certain circumstances. When using EDDM, simplicity and affordability should be your primary concerns.

One of the most effective uses of EDDM is to reach a location without the use of a mailing list. If you have identified an area you feel could benefit from your products or services, but have little or no exposure to your business, EDDM is an ideal solution to reaching those potential customers.

Newsletters and Postcards are popular EDDM pieces that can help grow your business exponentially. Both can boost traffic to your business by providing customers with useful information or giving potential and returning customers an incentive to visit your store.

Want some free samples of EDDM sized mailers for inspiration?

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Get your FREE Direct Mail Idea Pack today by filling out the form on the page linked below. You can also see a preview of the various pieces using the other link below!

Since you or your EDDM provider do all the mail sorting and packaging for the USPS, costs are cut considerably compared to other bulk mailing options. Even if you already have a mailing list picked out, it could be more cost effective to use EDDM.

How does EDDM work?

Putting together an EDDM marketing campaign is simple.

Step 1. Establish your direct mail marketing goals

Before you do anything it is important to decide what you want to gain from a direct mail marketing campaign. Once you have set a goal like, generate more leads, engage with an underexposed local market, or promote a sale, then you can decide if EDDM is right for your business.

Step 2. Design your mail pieces and have them printed in accordance with USPS guidelines

Developing your mail pieces is very important when using EDDM. The USPS has very stringent size requirements that allow them to process your EDDM order quickly. Your mail-piece must be taller than 6.125” or longer than 11.5” and smaller than 12”x15”. The USPS has specific guidelines about what areas of your mail-pieces must remain blank which you can find here.

Once you have created the artwork for your mail piece you will need to have them printed. When choosing a printer consider one that is a EDDM Provider. Also, speaking with a customer service representative is a good idea to make sure that EDDM is the right solution for your goal and that you are getting the best deal possible.

Step 3. Choose your mail routes

When choosing your mailing routes do your research. The USPS’s EDDM Mail Carrier Route Map is a powerful tool to help you choose the best carrier routes for your marketing goals.

Remember, you may also target census demographics within your carrier route. Doing so can help narrow down potential customers and help you save money on mailing cost by weeding out routes you feel may not be interested in your business.

EDDM Retail vs EDDM BMEU Provider

Once you have your mail-pieces ready to go, it’s time to decide if you want to handle your EDDM yourself or have a provider do all the work for you.

More often than not, having your printer take care of your EDDM preparation for you will save your business time and money. Be sure to speak with a customer service representative at your printer to be sure that you are making the most of your marketing dollar.

If you have a lower number of mail-pieces that need to be delivered to local mailing routes, choosing to take care of bundling and delivering to the post offices yourself could be a worthwhile option. EDDM Retail does not require you to have any sort of permit and is fairly simple to put together. If you choose to process EDDM yourself, you will be using EDDM Retail.

If you choose EDDM Retail you will need to separate your mail-pieces into 100 piece bundles with your EDDM slips on top. You will then need to deliver those bundles to the post offices that are responsible for the carrier routes you have selected. This may require you to travel to several different post offices and if you are targeting a wide area, could take a considerable amount of travel time and expense. For more details on EDDM Retail visit the USPS EDDM website.

EDDM is a fantastic way to reach potential customers simply and affordably. It may take a little work to make sure that you qualify for the cost savings, but with some planning, EDDM can help you achieve your marketing goals. 

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