What is Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM)?

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]]>Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM)]]> is a service offered by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that makes it easy to reach every business or residential customer in a given neighborhood, city or ZIP code. The following lists the benefits of EDDM marketing plus EDDM guidelines so you can decide whether EDDM is right for you.

Our guide to Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) marketing includes:
  • What is EDDM marketing?
  • What are EDDM benefits?
  • Is EDDM right for my business?
  • EDDM guidelines
  • How to launch an EDDM campaign

Use these EDDM marketing tips to launch cost-effective direct-mail marketing campaigns that help you grow your business.

What is EDDM marketing?

Every Door Direct Mail marketing lets you deliver marketing mailers to every address in a defined geographic area: by neighborhood, by city or by ZIP code. Campaigns can be local or national. You can choose to target only residential addresses or both business and residential addresses, depending on your customer base. EDDM is cheaper than mailing to targeted lists; in order to provide cost savings, the USPS sets guidelines every EDDM marketer must follow.

1. EDDM Retail

The most popular option for local businesses, EDDM Retail lets you mail up to 5,000 pieces per day, per ZIP code. They do not require a postage permit, and postage rates for marketing flats up to 3.3 oz. are $0.178 per piece.

1. EDDM Business (BMEU)

Best-suited for larger businesses that send many mass mailings, EDDM Business allows more than 5,000 pieces per day, per five-digit ZIP code. Business accounts require postage permits, and postage rates for marketing flats up to 3.3 oz. are $0.157 per piece.

Since it’s the most popular choice for local small businesses, our focus is on EDDM Retail.

What are EDDM benefits?

Benefits of Every Door Direct Mail marketing include:

You do not need a mailing list
EDDM mailings are sent to every address in a defined geographic area, so you do not need names or addresses. That means you do not need to spend time building a mailing list or spend money renting or buying a list.

You do not need a postage permit
Retail EDDM customers do not need to purchase postage permits, which have an upfront application fee plus annual fees.

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Flexible mailing options
EDDM offers a range of mailing sizes, which grants flexibility in the size of marketing materials such as postcard mailers and brochures as well as control over your presentation and printing costs.

Cheaper marketing (how much does EDDM cost?)
EDDM makes it easy to reach a large number of people at reduced rates. Since you (or your mail service provider) do most of the upfront work, the USPS passes savings on to you.

For example, let’s say you want to print direct-mail postcards. Standard postcard postage is $0.35 per piece, while commercial first-class postcard postage is $0.257 piece; however, EDDM postage is $0.178 per piece.

EDDM Cost Savings

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Is EDDM right for my business?

Many types of businesses and organizations can leverage EDDM marketing for growth, including:

  • 1. Car dealers
  • 2. Boutique and gift retailers
  • 3. Department stores
  • 4. Restaurants
  • 5. Pizzerias
  • 6. Pharmacies
  • 7. Clothing stores
  • 8. Furniture stores
  • 9. Discount stores
  • 10. Flower shops
  • 11. Coffee shops
  • 12. Bakeries
  • 13. Business and marketing services
  • 14. Attorneys
  • 15. Health care services
  • 16. Dry cleaners
  • 17. Construction, landscaping and home improvement companies
  • 18. Real estate agencies
  • 19. Groceries
  • 20. Insurance companies
  • 21. Nonprofit organizations
  • 22. Political campaigns
  • 23. And more

Since EDDM reaches every address in a defined geographic, it’s a great option for marketing products or services with mass appeal, or that everyone needs. However, if you sell a niche product or service that only appeals to a segment of the population, EDDM might not be a good choice.

For example, restaurants often use EDDM to send menus and coupons to local customers. Everyone likes (and needs) to eat, so EDDM is a terrific choice for restaurants.

On the other hand, a commercial safety equipment manufacturing company would not be a good candidate for EDDM. Since their audience is so well-defined (construction and maintenance supervisors), they need targeted mailing lists to get the most out of their campaigns.
This doesn’t mean your EDDM can only be sent to local addresses; nor does it mean you can’t use demographics to improve your EDDM response rates. An online retail jewelry company, for example, might send EDDM mailers to affluent neighborhoods nationwide.

  • Your product or service has mass appeal
  • Everyone wants or needs your product or service
  • You can identify neighborhoods in which most residents or businesses are within your target audience
  • Your product or service only relates to a narrow demographic
  • You cannot reach your audience within a defined geographic area

The only time EDDM isn’t right is if it’s impossible to reach your audience with every door mailers; otherwise, EDDM is a powerful option just about any business can use to boost sales.

EDDM guidelines

All Every Door Direct Mail pieces must adhere to certain guidelines set by the USPS. They are:

Only USPS Marketing Mail flats are eligible for EDDM mailings. They include postcards, printed brochures, large envelopes, newsletters, magazines and print booklets; provided your mailer meets other guidelines such as weight, thickness and size. Learn more with these EDDM postcard marketing tips.

Weight and thickness

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EDDM mailers must display the Every Door Direct Mail – Retail Indicia. You can ]]>view examples of an EDDM Indicia here]]>; or, if you’re using an EDDM full-mailing service, they can apply it for you.

EDDM Indicia guidelines include:
  1. Must be larger than .5-inch by .5-inch
  2. “ECRWSS” must be in the address area, within the Indicia or below the permit. ECRWSS stands for “Extended Carrier Route Walking Sequence Saturation”
  3. Font must be in all caps with a minimum 4-point size
  4. The Indicia must be in the upper right-hand corner of your mailer, within 1.625 inches from the right edge and 1.375 inches from the top edge
  5. A minimum of 0.125-inch space should separate the Indicia from the top and right edges
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Size and shape
EDDM must be in a square or rectangle shape featuring either four square corners or finished corners that do not exceed a radius of 0.125 inch.

What are the size requirements for EDDM?

Dimensional measurements must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • More than 10.5 inches long; OR
  • More than 6.125 inches tall; OR
  • 25-inch thick
In addition, dimensions cannot exceed:
  • 15 inches long
  • 12 inches tall
  • 75-inch thick

The minimum size for EDDM is 3.5 inches tall by 5 inches long by 0.007 inches thick.

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Quantity, routes and locations
EDDM mailing is only good for addresses in the United States and U.S. territories. You may send up to 5,000 pieces per day, per ZIP code. The only exception is if you select postal route-based delivery, in which case you can send more if a single route contains more than 5,000 addresses (you can mail up to the number of addresses on that route).

The EDDM minimum quantity is 200 mailers per ZIP code, unless the routes in the ZIP code contain less than 200 addresses.

You may not add part of a route to an EDDM campaign; if you choose route-based delivery, you must deliver to every address on that route.

It’s important to ensure you satisfy all guidelines, because if you don’t pass USPS Every Door Direct Mail reviews you won’t be able to take advantage of reduced mailing rates.

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How to launch an EDDM marketing campaign

Follow these steps to create a winning Every Door Direct Mail marketing campaign.

STEP 1. Create an EDDM account on USPS

The first step is to ]]>create an EDDM account]]> on the USPS website. Your account will allow you to pay postage online; alternatively, you can pay directly at your local post office.

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STEP 2.Choose your EDDM route(s) and print facing slips

Use the ]]>EDDM Mapping Tool]]> on the USPS website to select your ZIP code, city or postal route. You can choose whether to have your mailers delivered to residents only or businesses and residents.

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The EDDM Mapping Tool will allow you to view:
  • Routes by ZIP code and carrier route ID
  • The number of residential addresses in your route
  • The number of business addresses in your route
  • The total number of addresses in your route
  • The percentage of each route that matches a given age range
  • The average household size of your route
  • The average household income in your route
  • The total estimated cost for your EDDM mailing

Carefully consider your EDDM route – you want to deliver your mailer to your most likely customers, so your selection should be strategic.

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The Mapping Tool also features an EDDM size checker, so you can ensure your mailer meets Every Door Direct Mail size specifications.
Once you’ve selected your route, you can use the online interface to print facing slips (or download them from the ]]>USPS Postal Forms page]]>). Alternatively, your EDDM printing company can print facing slips for you.

Facing slips tell the USPS information about your EDDM mailing, including:
  • ZIP code
  • Route number
  • Delivery type (residential or residential and business)
  • The drop off date
  • Total number of mailers per bundle
  • The bundle number
  • The total number of bundles

You’ll apply the facing slips to your bundles in STEP 5.

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STEP 3. Design your EDDM mailer

If you’re designing your own EDDM mailer, it’s helpful to start with a USPS EDDM template and our free EDDM file setup guidelines. You can download free Every Door Direct Mail postcard templates from PsPrint.

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STEP 4. Print your EDDM mailer
It’s important to satisfy USPS EDDM guidelines when you print your mailers. The easiest way to do that is to take advantage of EDDM printing services. PsPrint, for example, offers discount EDDM postcard printing, which takes the guesswork out of size dimensions and paper stocks.
EDDM postcard sizes include:
  • 6.5” x 9”
  • 6” x 11”
  • 8.5” x 7”
  • 8.5” x 11”
  • 8.5” x 14”
  • 9” x 12”
Then, choose from the following accepted paper stocks:
  • 14 pt. C2S gloss cover
  • 14 pt. C1S gloss cover
  • 13 pt. matte cover
  • 16 pt. C2S gloss cover
  • 15 pt. velvet cover

When you use EDDM printing services, you don’t need to worry about the guidelines – so you’re free to focus on printing a winning postcard designed to deliver results.

STEP 5. Bundle and deliver your EDDM mailers

The USPS requires you to bundle your EDDM mailers in sets of 50 to 100 pieces (each bundle can be no taller than six inches). Place the facing slips you printed in STEP 2 on top of each bundle, bind each bundle with a rubber band, then deliver your bundles to the post office.

If you don’t want to bundle your own mailers, you have an EDDM full-service printer such as PsPrint do the bundling for you.

If you’re launching an EDDM campaign in a remote ZIP code, you can mail your bundles to its local USPS Post Office. For additional information, check out the ]]>USPS EDDM User Guide]]>.

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How long does it take for EDDM to be delivered? There is no guaranteed delivery time; however, local EDDM mailings generally take from two to five days to be delivered and nationwide delivery could take between two to four weeks. If timing is critical to your EDDM campaign, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure your delivery falls within the desired window.

Every Door Direct Mail is a cost-effective way for businesses to leverage the power of direct-mail marketing. EDDM guidelines can seem confusing, but you can eliminate guesswork when you print EDDM postcards online.