How Price Sensitive Is Letter Advertising Mail in the UK?
The share of advertising expenditure going to letter mail has been declining for many years. While this has mainly been due to an increasing focus on digital advertising spend other factors, such as the price of letter mail, are also important. In order to help inform advertising letter mail pricing strategies this chapter provides price elasticity estimates conditional on customers using Royal Mail retail advertising products. The overall price elasticity estimated for this customer group was around −0.7 but tended to increase in absolute value by customer size and vary substantially by industry sector. For example, customers operating in the Finance and Insurance and Utilities sectors were estimated to be highly sensitive to price movements with estimated price elasticities of −1.5 to −2.6 respectively. Additional analysis was undertaken for customer sub-samples. However due to potential issues related to selection bias these results should be viewed as directional in nature and subject to further research.
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