Targeting new movers with direct mail

By Travis Lee

BeOf all the different campaigns and strategies I teach, targeting new movers with direct mail is by far the most under used one. There’s pure GOLD sitting there for many local (and national) businesses. New mover marketing works for MOST industries, but it’s particularly effective for:

  • Dentists
  • Family practitioners
  • Eye doctors
  • Hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Day spas
  • Gyms
  • Dance studios
  • Private schools
  • Day care
  • Music teachers
  • Tutors
  • Churches
  • HVAC
  • Landscapers
  • Pest Control
  • Plumbing
  • Pool service
  • Remodeling companies
  • Flooring companies
  • Construction and roofing companies
  • Window companies
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Furniture retailers
  • Specialty shops
  • Restaurants

For years, we have known that new movers plan to spend more money in their first 6 months than the average person does in 2-3 years. We finally have survey results that show how much money the new movers will be spending, how they will pay for these purchases, and the products they plan to purchase within the next 3, 6, or 12 months.

Judge for yourself the value to your business that these new movers can bring. Now you can see exactly where and when these new movers will be spending their money. This is what makes new movers so special. When surveyed, 39% of new movers responded they will spend over $30,000 in the first month and 66% will spend in excess of $15,000.

When asked what upgrades and improvements were they planning to make to their new home they responded as follows: 28% will have their bathroom remodeled, 47% will require general handyman services. Other answers and percentages of people answering ‘Yes’ are as follows: Fencing 18%, Kitchen Remodel 21%, Landscaping 29%, Lighting/Outdoor 19%, Painting 35%, Patio/Deck 24%, Repaving Driveway 9%, Security System 61%, Sprinkler System 21%, Wall Covering 9%, and Window Replacement 17%.

People who just moved have a huge need for securing different contractor services as well. When asked what services they would require within 1-3 months they answered: plumber 28%, electrician 30%, mason 13%, fencer 18%, painter 35%, wallpaper 12%, carpet 29% and a carpenter 35%.

New movers also have a need to secure new professionals to handle these services. When new movers were asked, 68% answered they would change their primary doctor, 59% their insurance agent, 41% their dentist, 24% their accountant and 77% their bank.

When asked what products they plan to purchase within the first six months 58% responded that they would purchase a new automobile, and almost 100% planned on buying some piece of furniture. Other answers included purchasing: Bathroom Accessories 70%, Bedding/Linens 54%, Carpeting/Rugs 62%, Draperies 36%, Flooring 61%, Mattresses 44% and Mini Blinds 83%.

For more on the vasts amount of money spent by new movers, see this comprehensive report.

As is evident, having a direct response mailing program targeted to new movers should not only be a critical part of your marketing mix, but will most likely prove to be your best source of new business.

When you contact the new movers that recently entered your community, you should plan to make a very compelling offer. These new families will be your customers for years and years. You want to do everything to encourage them to contact you. As you know, nothing works better than FREE. A free pool service, free lawn service, dry clean a garment for free, a free meal, a free check-up, a free pizza. All of these are “too good to resist”.

Knowing all this, if you’re a consumer driven business, you’re crazy if you don’t actively target new movers. Just like your regular consumer lists, with new mover lists we can zero in on our ideal prospect by value of the home, loan amount, square footage, education level, race, age, marital status, number of children, move date, distance of move, and many more.

The only problem with all this great data is that many other business owners know this now as well. Because of this, it can be a crowded market. There may be several doctors, retail stores, contractors and other service-related businesses vying for their attention.

However, they don’t know what we do. They don’t make is easy for the new prospect to start a relationship with us. First, as direct response marketers we make the offer too irresistible by making our offer FREE. And, even more important, they are contacting them only once! They never use the power of repetition and they don’t use a sequence of contacts, as we teach.

Here’s a another case study on a new mover direct mail program.

My team can provide you with a full array of new-mower mailing lists, including geographic targeting and full demographic data (income, home market value, marital status, gender, distance of move, age, and much more). For complete details call (888) 250-1834 or

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