Are You There, Creative Transpromo? Folding Fanatic Needs Samples!

Those of you who know me, the Folding Fanatic, by now know that I’m always looking for creative folded formats, but Transpromo is a new area of interest for me. I see tremendous potential in researching the different format opportunities and sharing them with the industry.

Transpromo, of course, is the process of combining transactional mail with a marketing message, and as an industry we should be taking advantage of this fantastic opportunity to sell the idea of using that valuable real estate for direct marketing, cross-selling, brand reinforcement and client retention/activation.

Did you know that 95 precent of consumers open transactional documents when they get them in the mail? Makes sense, I guess. On average, consumers spend 2𔃁 minutes reviewing transactional communications, such as bills and invoices. Considering that unsolicited marketing materials may get 5𔃅 seconds of attention from the recipient, there is tremendous opportunity to fill the valuable white space left on a bill or invoice with a marketing message.

Formats for this category of mail tend to be fairly simple and built to sizes that work within standard business envelopes. For those who intend to use this marketing method, there is a challenge in choosing the right format, and a challenge in arranging the transactional content and the marketing content appropriately so that the consumer isn’t confused or frustrated by the distraction of the marketing content. Done right, Transpromo can be very effective, and can reinforce to our customers that print is truly a powerful marketing tool.

So, I’m asking for your help. If you print, finish, collect or design Transpromo pieces, or if you know of a good resource for Transpromotional mail, I’d like to hear from you. Please contact me at

If you’d like to send me samples of Transpromo formats (or any other folded marketing or direct mail materials), please send them to me at:

Trish Witkowski is Chief Folding Fanatic at, and president of Rock the Mailbox. An educator, author, speaker and award-winning designer, Trish has a specialized expertise in creative solutions for direct mail and marketing, and is the curator of the world's most exciting collection of folded print and direct mail samples. Trish is the creator of the FOLDRite folding template system, and has authored many resources, most recently Direct Mail Simplified, and Paper Folding Templates for Print Design. She also hosts a popular weekly e-video series "60-second Super-cool FOLD of the WEEK", and is an instructor at Trish holds a MS in Printing and a BFA in Graphic Design from RIT.
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