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Need to create personalized messaging that will reach your target demographic? Print EDDM®-compliant postcards that fulfill the USPS’ requirements. This direct mail strategy lets you reach a specific demographic at affordable rates. You can easily promote your business and expand your current market reach. Just use the USPS’ mapping tool to see which postal route fits your potential customer profile based on demographic data like age range and household income. Once your postcards are ready, USPS will deliver your message to every address in the selected postal route. 

This removes the need to upload a mailing list or include a postage permit. At UPrinting, we take care of every customization detail, from sizes that fit EDDM® postcard requirements to cardstock that endures multiple handling 

EDDM® Postcard Printing Guidelines 

We print approved EDDM® sizes from 6.25" x 8" to 11" x 17" on your choice of durable 14 pt. or 16 pt. stocks. The 3 most popular Every Door Direct Mail® postcard size options are: 6.5" x 9", oversized postcards 8.5" x 11", and tri-fold menus 4.25" x 14". The dimension guidelines as listed on the USPS EDDM® (Link USPS EDDM® to usps.com/everydoordirectmail) page are:

• Rectangular with four square corners or finished cor­ners that do not exceed a radius of 1/8 inch
• One of the following: more than 11.5 inches long, more than 6 1/8 inches high, or more than 1/4 inch thick
• Not more than 15 inches long, 12 inches high, or 3/4 inch thick.

All available sizes follow the EDDM® postcard requirements. Our three most popular sizes are: 

  • 6.5” x 9” 
  • 6.5” x 11” 
  • 8.5” x 11” 

 Download any of the templates available to ensure the file follows all the necessary printing guidelines. The sample design below shows how your artwork will appear with the guidelines considered: 

  • A safe zone should not include any important details, text, or images beyond its green dotted area. This prevents essential information from being cut in the final print. 
  • Trim line determines where the final design will be cut. Only your background color should be seen here, but cannot include anything in the safe zone. 
  • Bleed should include the background of your artwork, up until the edge of this area. This is crucial for designs that extend up to the edge of your final size.  

Direct mail postcards' available finishes include matte, gloss, and high-gloss UV. You also have the choice to use standard EDDM® retail indicia or to have your indicia on your artwork file. Together, these options allow you to create quality postcards in EDDM® compliant sizes and formatting that suit whatever artwork you have. 

Optional bundling in sets of 100 is also available to meet USPS requirements for EDDM®.

You can also download any of these free postcard templates and mailing guides in your preferred size and file format. AI, JPG, PDF, PS, and PUB formats are available. Use these templates with your preferred design tool to account for the bleed, trim, and safe zone for your artwork, as well as for technical mailing requirements. Templates are also arranged according to size and orientation. 

 

When you’re ready to print, just select the options you need, and upload your file. You can get your finished EDDM® postcards in as soon as 1 business day and start selecting postcard mailing delivery routes at your local post office through?bundle mailing with USPS 

How to Craft an Effective Direct Mail Message 

Stick to one main purpose for your EDDM® postcard. 

Are you promoting a new product line or store opening? Are you a realtor announcing your next open house? Or do you simply want to greet both old and new customers during the holidays? Decide on your postcard’s central message and design every element to serve this purpose. 

 

Formulate a design strategy. 

Your postcard needs to do more than look nice. The message should appeal to your target demographic and be readable in one glance. A call-to-action must be clear so the EDDM® postcards serve their purpose. Align the message such that it leads your recipient to the call-to-action.  

 You can also personalize the message and images according to your chosen demographic. See what colors, tone, and images match so it can appeal to your target market. To narrow down your design choices, try to imagine the demographic’s lifestyle. Activities like their outdoor hobbies and food preferences help in envisioning what attracts your selected recipient. 

 

The simpler, the better. 

You probably have a lot to say but a simple message comes out clearer. Focus on the purpose of your direct mail postcard. Otherwise, you distract customers with information that may get in the way of your end goal or call-to-action. Make sure everything on the postcard leads and helps the recipient toward the desired action.

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Printing & Ordering is Easy

Ordering EDDM® compliant postcards is easy if you choose a professional EDDM® printer. Download our postcard templates and mailing guide in the size and file format you need. Use these templates with your preferred design tool to account for the bleed, trim, and safe zone for your artwork, as well as to account for technical mailing requirements. When you’re ready to print, just select the options you need, and upload your file. You can get your finished EDDM® postcards in as soon as 1 business day and start selecting postcard mailing delivery routes at your local post office through bundle mailing with USPS.

Resources:

8 Postcard Printing Tips Your Printer Forgot to Tell You
Direct Mail Postcard Ideas

EDDM® and EVERY DOOR DIRECT MAIL® are trademarks of the United States Postal Service.

UPrinting is an independent provider of Every Door Direct Mail® products that are not associated with nor sponsored by the United States Postal Service.

 

EDDM® Postcards FAQs

What are EDDM® retail indicia? 

The EDDM® retail indicia is a requirement for any EDDM Retail™ mailings. EDDM Retail is an affordable marketing option for small businesses, realtors, restaurants, and local political campaigns. This option lets you send at least 200 to a maximum of 5,000 postcards a day for every ZIP code.  

 

The indicia should indicate the words “EDDM retail” on the last line, while “PAID” is shown on a separate line. You can download the indicia from the USPS site here. 

 

Can I bundle my EDDM® postcards? 

If you have hundreds of postcards to send out, select the “Slip Sheets In Sets of 100” under “Bundling” options. Bundling saves you time, money, and effort before bringing the postcards to USPS. Every bundle must come with an EDDM® facing slip so that the USPS can distribute your mail accordingly. Note that bundles cannot be any higher than 6” and that every bundle must come with an EDDM facing slip on top. The number of pieces per bundle is written on the facing slip. 

 

What information is indicated in an EDDM(® facing slip? 

The facing slips provide the USPS the important information about your mail, namely: 

  1. ZIP Code 
  1. Delivery type (residential or business address?) 
  1. Route number 
  1. Drop off date of your EDDM® postcards 
  1. Number of mailers per bundle 
  1. The number of bundles 
  1. The total number of bundles 

 

What are the maximum and minimum dimensions for an EDDM® postcard? 

All finished corners should not exceed a 0.125” radius. In terms of overall dimensions, the maximum if 15” long, 12” high, and 0.75” thick. The minimum is > 10.5” long or >6.125” high or >0.25” thick.  

 

Note that to qualify as flat, your postcard can only exceed one of the above dimension minimums but comply with all the flat maximums. For more detailed information, check out the USPS EDDM® page. 

 

Do the EDDM® postcards require a return address? 

The return address is placed on the top left corner of the direct mail postcard. You can download any of the available layout templates to see where the postcard design, indicia, and mailing addresses should be located. Templates also show where the safe zone, trim line, and bleed are. Both the front and back of the postcard are on the file for your reference. 

 

Can I get a full service for the EDDM® postcards?  

We can only print postcards that fulfill all the USPS requirements for EDDM®. Shipping or pick up typically takes one (1) business day. Sets of 100 can be bundled for easy organization and placement of the facing slip. 

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Every Door Direct Mail® templates.

Save time by using our free templates. Our templates have been setup with proper bleeds and margins, assuring your print job turns out accurate. To download, select a file type and click on the size below.

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great presentation My first direct mail print and they look perfect. Thank you
Date published: 2020-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality Not my furst print job with these guys. Have been impressed with the quality and turn-a-round time
Date published: 2020-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent customer service and great quality! Uprinting has great prices and they are always ready to answer any question you have!
Date published: 2020-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Satisfied Customer I was very satisfied with the postcards and service I received. I kept making proof changes over the span of 3 days but they didn't seem to mind. I got the 14pt gloss and was expecting them to be super glossy but they weren't. The thickness of them is great. Lastly, the price. All I can say is wow! They have the best pricing in the market while maintaining high quality. The only thing I wish was better is more shipping options. Mainly just slower shipping.
Date published: 2019-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality for a good price I purchased 500 flyers. Easy to design and customer service was quick to respond.
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to make EDDM I purchased the EDDM cards and was worried about how they would come out and if everything would be correct in order for the post office (I bought 1,000). The cards came out beautiful and I am going to order more...
Date published: 2019-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality Printing, Remarkable Pricing. Great product, If they organized a low cost - Local Area delivery service they would be perfect. They're printing is top notch.
Date published: 2019-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and timely delivery! Very happy with how my mailers turned out. Will use this company again.
Date published: 2018-12-10
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