PURL Offers – What Works? What Doesn’t?

Getting the Offer right is a crucial part of a successful PURL Campaign.

In my post The 60/30/10 Rule for Successful PURL Campaigns, I argued that The Offer is responsible for approximately 30% of the overall success of a PURL campaign.  Which begs the question – what makes for a good offer.

To attempt to answer that question, I evaluated The Offers from over 150 PURL case studies.  All case studies were from The ULTIMATE PURL Case Study Directory, which I released last month.

The first thing I did was place each offer into one of 7 Categories:

  1. Giveaway
  2. Drawing
  3. Giveaway & Drawing
  4. RSVP
  5. Discount
  6. Learn More
  7. Other

Then I averaged the response rate received across each offer category.  The results are placed in the chart below. The results were more or less what I expected.  A simple call to action of “Learn More..” was not very enticing only pulling an average 10.5% response.  And combining a Giveaway & Drawing was more enticing that just one or the other.  Af first I was surprised to see that the RSVP pulled in the highest average response.  But after thinking about it, people that receive RSVP invitations typically know who the sender is. It is likely a very targeted and well qualified list.  So it actually makes sense that it would pull such a strong response.

PURL Offer Response Rates

Offer Type Avg Response
RSVP: 27.22%
Giveaway & Drawing: 25.95%
Giveaway: 19.71%
Drawing: 14.75%
Other: 13.66%
Discount: 11.55%
Learn More: 10.55%


Listed below are the actual offers from each category.  Links are provided to the case study source.  All links were working at the time the case studies were gathered, but some may break with time.

Hopefully this will be a good resource for you to brainstorm your next PURL offer.


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