How to Create a Custom Letter Template for ITI Direct

Did you know you could also send Custom Letters to a mail house like ITI Direct?

  1. Go to the Land Tab then click on the Campaigns Section you will be presented with this screen.
  2. find the custom document you created (for more information click here)
  3. Select the option ‘Other’

You will see your word documents which can be opened up and edited specifically to the needs of your mailhouse of your choice. For this istance we are working with ITI Direct so what you would do in this case is review the information needed directly from ITI which is also here.

From the information on the ITI Direct site we can see that we need to have our merge fields displayed with <<mergefield>> instead of what the Investment Dominator Provides as this [mergefield].

In order to do this open up those downloaded files on your computer and within Microsoft word click on enable editing then

1. Click replace

2. Under find what put this symbol [

3. For Replace With put this symbol <<

4. Click on Replace all

5. Do this same process again for this symbol ] and replace with >>

Once you are done review your documents to ensure they are in the proper format

Lastly just make sure you are saving this document as a PDF.

Following along with the article on what ITI needs in order to fufill a mailing you will need your:

2 PDF’s one with your custom letter template and custom envelope Template so make sure to save those word documents as PDF.

Last your CSV file associated with your custom letter which can be found on the Other screen

How To Process A Subset Of Prospect Records

Occasionally you may find yourself in a position where there are several hundred or even a few thousand “Prospect” status records in the Land Deals area and you only want to print out, (or process) as subset of these records.  

In order to process a subset of the existing Prospect status records, the following will present the steps to achieve this goal. 

Step 1) Select Land Deals And Prospect Stage

Select the ‘Land’ Deals area and then select the ‘Prospect’ stage to display all ‘Prospect’ status records as shown:

Note: ‘Prospect’ stage may display both Prospect and Mailed Letter 1 status records when selecting ‘Prospect’ stage.

Step 2) Select Specific Prospect Records NOT Being Processed

Be sure to select the ‘Prospect’ status records you DO NOT wish to process first, as these records will be placed in another status so the system will bypass processing them at this time.

Note: You can select each record one at a time or use the ‘Search By’ function (selecting ‘Property ID Range’ feature) to select a large number of records at a time.  If you use the ‘Search By’ function, be sure to use the ‘Select All‘ box after the successful searching by ‘Property ID Range’ to select all records located in the search.

Step 3) Select ‘Change Status’ To Prevent Selected Records From Being Processed

Select the ‘Change Status’ function above selected records and update status to [On Hold] or some other custom status to prevent selected records from being processed as shown:

Change status of selected records to ‘On Hold’ and press the blue Confirm Move button as shown:

Step 4) Process Remaining ‘Prospect’ Status Records In Campaigns

Now that only the desired ‘Prospect’ status records remain in the system to be processed, access the ‘Campaigns’ function as shown:

Step 5) Select .CSV & Associated Template Files For Mailing

There is a drop down that will be under Prospect Neutral Letter labled as ‘ITI Direct Templates’ this will allow you to generate all files needed for sending to ITI. 

You now have the option to download a zip folder containing all necessary elements that you see on the screen now or you can download each individual element these include:

.CSV Template
Prospect Neutral Letter Template
Envelope Template


Note: This process is done using ITI, (Letterprinting.Net) to mail out neutral letters.

FINAL – The final step will be to go back into the Land Deals area and move the ‘On-Hold’ status records (set in Step 3) back to ‘Prospect’ status to be processed at a later time.

How To Select A Sub-Set of Prospect Records For Printing

First off, it is advisable to import only the specific records you plan to process into the Investment Dominator. However, you may have already imported several thousands of records into the Investment Dominator; but, only want to select/process a sub-set of the prospect records imported.

How do you manage a large number of prospect records imported going forward on a weekly basis?

Step 1) – Select all Prospect Land records and put them in the “ON HOLD” status

Note: Check for any other Land Records in the “HOLD” Status prior to executing this step and update/move those records into a different status.

Use the ‘Search By‘ function and select the “Prospect” status as shown below.

Press the blue ‘Search‘ button next to the field to bring up all the prospect records in your system.

Click the ‘Select All‘ checkbox above the records to select all the records in the search query.

Select the ‘Change Status‘ option above the records.

Change the status field to the ‘ON HOLD‘ option.

And press the blue ‘Confirm Move‘ button to move these selected records from the ‘Prospect’ status to the ‘On Hold’ status.

Press the blue ‘Clear Search‘ option above the record table to display all records under the ‘Land‘ page.

Step 2) – Select only the Prospect records by Property ID Range to be processed

NOTE: The following is only a simulation, you may select any number of records to be processed by Property ID Range as necessary.

Select/display all records “ON HOLD” status by pressing the ‘On Hold‘ Stage filter at the top of the record table as shown:

Select the ‘Search by>Property Id Range‘ option and enter the record range of records that you want to process.

Click the blue ‘Search‘ button.

NOTE: The ‘Property Id Range’ can equal 250 records, 500 records or any range of records you want to process. In this example 11 records display.

Click the ‘Select All‘ checkbox to select all the records in the search query.

Click the ‘Change Status‘ option.

The “Prospect” status should already be selected, so simply press the blue ‘Confirm Move‘ button so that these selected records move from the “ON HOLD” status to the “Prospect” status:

Step 3) – Generate your direct mail letter campaign

Click the ‘Campaigns‘ option above the record table:

Click the green icon on the first line to save the .CSV Excel mailing list file, (containing all Prospect records included in that mailing) to your computer and send the .CSV file and two accompanying template files, (Neutral Letter and Envelope template) files to LPGLetters.com for them to process.

Step 4) – Use the ‘Bulk Update Records’ option to change the status of processed records for tracking

Click the ‘Bulk Update Records‘ function to change status of the records mailed from ‘Prospect’ to the ‘Mailed Letter-1’ status:

NOTE: The following week in order to process the next set of 250 or 500 records simply repeat the process above starting at Step 2) .

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How To Setup A Direct Mail Campaign With LPGLetters.com

The two mail houses we recommend at this time are LPGletters.com or LPGmailer.com both of which are full-service mailing services that print, fold, stuff, stamp and mail your letters out on your behalf. There are many similar services out there, but these have a lot of options that work well with our direct mail campaigns to the owners.

STEP 1: How To Generate A Mailing List For The Mail House

  • Log into your Investment Dominator Admin Console and navigate to either the ‘Land Deals‘ or ‘House Deals‘ section depending on what type of properties you will be working with.
  • Click on the link at the top right of the page called ‘Campaigns‘.

  • Next to the campaign you want to generate you will notice a drop down called ‘Generate Documents’. Clicking this will show you the avaiable formats avaiable.  We will be using ITI Direct Templates, but if at any time you need template documents you can customize just click the ‘Other’ option. 
  • Once you click on the ‘ITI Direct Templates’ you will see the pdfs which you can download individually as well as the CSV file. Alternatively you can download a zip folder which contains all these documents. 


     You will need to upload these files as well to your ITI Direct Mail order ticket (discussed later in step 2).

    NOTE: At this point, you should have three files saved on your local machine that look like this:
    NOTE: That your template files are formatted in a particular manner and that they only contain 1 sample envelope and 1 sample letter (meaning iti Direct Mail performs the mail merge on their end):

 

STEP 2: Create Your Order With The Mail House

  1. Open a new browser tab and navigate to LPGletters.com

    Fill out the form on the right side of the screen get started. Most options are preselected for you however you need to update the ‘Quantity‘ field with the number of the recipient in your mailing. 

    PRO TIP: If you have the budget, Jack recommends the following options when you place your order with the Mail House:

    • Envelope type:  ‘#24b White Linen Envelopes’
    • Postage Class: ‘1st Class Presort’ for your first mailing (because speed is of the essence)
    • Turnaround Time: ‘2-Day Turnaround’ for your first mailing (because speed is of the essence)

    If you have a limited budget you can use the following settings to reduce your mailing cost (this will, however, also increase the time it takes for you to see results): 

    NOTE: That’s 57 cents per letter! (Order must have a quantity over 700 letters and include the options in the screenshot above to get this discount rate and the timeline is extended to about 3 weeks using these options). 

    Compare this price with the cost of supplies to print/fold/stuff/stamp the mailers yourself at home, you are looking at $0.68 per mailer (not including your time).

  2. When you are done adjusting the settings of your order click the green ‘ADD TO CART‘ button to continue.
  3. Review your order then click the red ‘CHECKOUT‘ button to continue.
  4. At this point, you can either log in with your account or click the ‘CONTINUE‘ button under the ‘New Customer Checkout‘ section to create a new account.
  5. After you create a new account you will need to enter your payment details to process the order.
  6. The mail house requires that you send them both your letter template and envelope template to them as a .pdf file and it needs to be formatted using their merge field format. For this, you need to upload the .csv file, letter, and envelope template that you generated in STEP 1 above. These three files are attached to the order ticket.

STEP 3: Updating The Records In The Investment Dominator After The Mail Has Been Sent

Once iti Direct Mail has confirmed that the letters have been mailed you will want to update the status of your prospects to a mailed status.

  1. Log back into your Investment Dominator Admin Console and click on either the ‘Land Deals‘ or ‘House Deals‘ tab then on the ‘Campaigns‘ link at the top right of the page.
  2. Then click on the ‘Bulk Update Records‘ button to move all these prospects into the next Status.