Greenpeace UK’s cycle of renewal and reactivation mailings: the ‘countdown’ and ‘please and thank-you’ packs
Related pages/ exhibit 1/ exhibit 3
More case studies from Greenpeace
The two mailings shown here form part of Greenpeace UK’s renewal mailings cycle from the late 1980s. Each pack is short, punchy and based around a simple theme, encapsulated in a single word. For the recipient, it becomes increasingly apparent that Greenpeace is not going to let them go easily. The producers of these mailings at the time did wonder if some people might be holding off their renewal, waiting to see what would come next. The last mailing in this series is the most direct and, we think, cleverest of them all. To see it, click on ‘related exhibit 3’, below. To see the first renewal mailing in the series, click on ‘related exhibit 1’.
Medium of communication:Direct mail.
Type of charity:Environmental/animals.
Country of origin:UK.
Burnett Associates working with Annie Moreton and Charlotte Grimshaw at Greenpeace UK
Name of exhibitor:Maxine Delahunty, SOFII homeless section
Date of first appearance:unknown.
This exhibit is part of a series of increasingly strident requests to donors, to renew their support for the coming year and, more importantly, to switch to an automated payment method.
Each mailing in the series focuses specifically on an aspect of Greenpeace’s work or personality that Greenpeace UK believed would have strong appeal with its supporters. The first mailing after the irrefutable logic and utility of the ‘sign-it and forget-it’ mailing is an exaggerated please and thank-you request designed to make supporters aware of the cost of this process, as well as its value and importance to Greenpeace. If you manage to resist this you won’t be off the hook, not by a long way., The ‘please and thank-you’ pack is followed by the much more serious ‘countdown to catastrophe’ message, which focuses on the big issues Greenpeace exists to combat. The same theme is reinforced much more starkly in the ‘STOP’ pack. This then leads to the penultimate mailing in the series, which focuses on the rather surprising single thing that is the biggest threat of all to Greenpeace.
The series is carefully constructed around several single words, each of which involves a powerful call to action and which are presented in a very Greenpeace way.
Results are not available but this series worked much harder than the renewal series it replaced.
The entire series is a good example of an important fundraising mechanism in the process of being replaced by a better way of doing things.
Other relevant information:
Please contact Carolina if you can add any detail to this exhibit, or to any of the following exhibits.