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January 26, 2006


Jamie Notter

While they conclude that Gen X likes mail, they also defined Gen X as those born between 1965 and 1972. I have to think you need more than 7 years to make a generation. Also, Gen Y goes from 1977 to 1994. Apparently no one was born bewteen 1972 and 1977. Aside from the fact that postal service is concluding people like mail, these kinds of research details lead me to take this with a grain of salt.


I'm pretty vicious about throwing out the mail at home, I even shred the bills b/f opening if I've got them in my system. The bills make me think of Godin's Permission Marketing where he uses the example that the phone company used to send out bills and people paid them. Then they started sending out junk mail that looks like bills and they have to spend all kinds of money on collections because people just toss it all!

You are right about work, though, I think because I'm getting paid and they might be offering a solution. If you are the first one to look at their product, then maybe you'll get an edge because of it.

Zachary Wilson

I honestly can't say that I am more tolerant in one place or the other. I can say this, though, that since we began doing more marketing I really examine materials that try and reach me at lot more closely...whether that be direct mail, e-mail blast, or billboards.

It seems to me that the USPS is getting a little worried about their business. Look, postage keeps going up and I can only assume this is because they don't have as much business as they used too. Now they are trying to tell us that people in Gen X & Y are more likely to respond to printed mail? Hmm...seems suspicious to me.

Although, something that just struck me is there might be some logic behind that. Think about this, people in those generations are spending more and more time on the phone, in front of the tv or computer, listening to digital music players, etc. What marketers are trying to do now is reach those sub-cultures via different mediums, but what the post office provides (which may be taken with a grain of salt like Jaime said) might just be true. People might be able to be reached via traditional methods simply because they are outside of the more commonly used mediums, such as tv, comp, mp3 players. Just a thought.

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