Cost of designing and producing an effective direct mail advertisement can be high.
Timing of distribution is often critical to direct mail campaigns, but design, production and mailing times can be difficult to predict.
Targeted mailings are only as good as the mailing list used – addresses can be out of date. Some consumers will ignore direct mail pieces because they feel that "the print mail/catalogs seem like they serve other people's needs, not people like me."
Privacy policies – “Do Not Mail” lists.
According to a Marketing Sherpa report, one of the reasons that Direct Mail is ignored by consumers is that they don't trust the print mail/catalogs to provide them with the information they need to make purchasing decisions.
A single mailing seldom produces results, so multiple mailings over time are required, accumulating costs.
The mailbox is typically a cluttered environment – the direct mail piece is delivered with many other pieces.
The great amount of direct mail that is tossed has environmental implications, and that fact alone may lead some consumers to object to this form of advertising
Only 53% of households read their advertising mail (2017 USPS Household Diary Study)
Advertising Mail reading Rates by Household Demographics – FY 2017