Downloadable Tools & Tips For Direct Marketing

Resources for cost-effective Direct Marketing campaigns.

It is always best to consult with us BEFORE designing your mail piece. Contact us to get your direct marketing campaign started!


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Avoid the headaches. Use these templates in designing your mail piece. These mailer panel templates show the proper layout positioning for the elements required by the Post Office.

For a faster, easier time with the print / mail / post office workflow, download what you need by clicking the JPG or PDF links.

Mail Panel Templates for Postcards

 example of 3 1/2 x 5 for scale 3 1/2 x 5 JPG PDF
 example of 4 x 6 for scale 4 x 6 JPG PDF
 example of 4 1/2 x 6 for scale 4 1/4 x 6 JPG PDF
 example of 5 x 7 for scale 5 x 7 JPG PDF
 example of 5.5 x 8.5 for scale 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 JPG PDF
 example of 6 x 9 for scale 6 x 9 JPG PDF
 example of 6 x 11 for scale 6 x 11 JPG PDF

Mail Panel Templates for Self-Mailers


 example of 8.5x11 folded in thirds 8 1/2 x 11 Folded to Thirds JPG PDF
 example of 8.5x11 folded in half 8 1/2 x 11 Folded in Half JPG PDF
 11x17 with french fold 11 x 17 French Fold JPG PDF

Buy one from the Post Office or use ours.

Indicia ExampleAn indicia is the info in the box at the corner of mail piece that takes the place of a stamp. It contains the postage rate, the permit holders account number and where it is mailed from.

Using an indicia can save you a bundle.

We work with the post office and determine the amount of postage needed for your mailing. We then get that postage money from you, put it in our postal account and the Post Office takes that postage amount from our account. Your check needs to be made out to “Postmaster”. (not us!)

Complex yes, but better than licking stamps, and cheaper.

For mailings that we handle for you there are three imprints we supply that you can drop into your artwork. Click the images below to download a pdf and then insert it into your art.

permit_700_first_classFirst Class Presort
The top of the line first class service. Still cheaper than stamps.
Gets there in 2 days max.

permit_700_std-outlinesStandard Class Presort
Less expensive 3rd class service. Formerly called “Bulk Rate”.
Can take longer to reach the recipient.

permit_700_nonprofit_outlinesNon Profit
Special rate for authorized non-profit organizations.


Contact us if you have any questions on which to use.

Here are some general guidelines for mail specs.

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Once a piece of mail exceeds the maximum length, height, or thickness of one dimension, it automatically gets classified as the next larger shape.

Minimum size for Postcards and Letters
5″ long x 3-1/2″ high

Maximum size for Postcards
6″ long x 4-1/4″ high

Maximum size for folded Self Mailer is 6″ high x 10 1/2″ long.

Maximum thickness for Letters
1/4″ thick

Maximum thickness for ‘Large Envelopes’
3/4″ thick

‘Large Envelopes’ are defined as exceeding one of the letter size maximum dimensions.

Unusual Shapes and Sizes
Sometimes a piece of mail requires additional postage because it is a certain shape or size that is difficult to process on mail sorting machines. To make sure you’re paying the correct postage, visit

These are examples of mail that could require additional postage:

· – Square envelopes

· – Envelopes on which the address is written parallel to the shorter edge.

It is always best to consult with us BEFORE designing your mail piece. Contact us to get your direct marketing campaign started!

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