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Saturday, April 24, 2010

United States Postal Service Sample Showcase


  The US Post Office has a sampling program. Can you believe that?  However, they are looking for specific demographics so not everyone will get in but if you are able to, it sounds like it will be a great opportunity! It took me a few times to get through, and the link doesn't always work, so don't give up too easy! Good luck everyone!

Click here to see if you qualify

The site is now asking for a promotion code, which would have been mailed to you. If you did not receive a code, you can enter your email address and join the Sample Showcase mailing list and they will keep you informed of any future programs. 


Here is what the USPO has to say about the program: 





Eighty-one percent of consumers will buy a product after they receive a free sample, and most prefer to sample products at home, according to the Opinion Research Corp. This is the idea behind the marketing strategy of a samples co-op box that the Postal Service plans to market test early next month.
The “Sample Showcase,” to be distributed nationally on a limited basis as well as in larger quantities to consumers in Charlotte, NC, and Pittsburgh, is a box of assorted beauty, health and snack food items from multiple consumer packaged goods companies. The boxes will be branded with the Postal Service logo and include the tagline, “A selection of free product samples.”
Another strategy behind the pilot test is making sure that direct mail is the sampling method of choice. The co-op box concept, which allows candy bars to be marketed with skin lotions, for example, is expected to make direct mail sampling more attractive because it allows multiple manufacturers to share in the marketing and postage costs of the program.
“Consumer packaged goods companies are always looking for new ways to build brand awareness for their products,” said Robert Bernstock, president, Mailing and Shipping Services. “One method they often turn to is providing trial-size samples to consumers. A large and growing industry, product sampling offers the Postal Service the potential for millions of dollars of added revenue.”
The Postal Service will conduct research to determine the cost-effectiveness of the program and the value it provides to manufacturers and consumers.
“Mail is the only medium that really enables marketers to do this,” said Bernstock. “It provides access to people’s homes, and it can be tracked to determine if the samples actually convert to sales.”


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