Johnson box is a graphic device often used in direct mail sales letters, as well as in long copy emails or landing pages, consisting of a box-shaped outline, often made of asterisks. It is used to highlight a short message, such as a typewriter-face headline or a sidebar (message printed vertically along the edge of a page).
Because the Johnson Box is positioned at the beginning of the letter, you cannot help but read it.
What best practices can you use when developing a Johnson box?
Here are some strategic design tips you can begin using right away:
- Include the main benefit of your offer for your target audience in the Johnson Box. Include your phone number or your URL so they can ‘Act Now’.
- Do not be limited with a box shape. Use circles, straight lines, dotted lines or asterisk. Use a colored background or… do not use any box at all.
- Add a photo – show people what you are offering or who they may help if you are asking them to donate. Use your imagination.
- Whatever you choose to do, make a Johnson box appropriate for your letter and your package objectives.
There is no absolute formula that will tell you how much of a lift in response, if any, you will have from a Johnson Box. As with all aspects of your direct response marketing package be strategic: test how the use of a Johnson box impacts your overall results.