Freestanding Insert (FSI) Distribution Holds On – But How?
Promotions industry executives, and self-declared pundits, often claim that the demise of the printed freestanding insert is imminent, soon to be replaced by digital promotion incentives. Some market data supports this assertion: FSI distribution is stagnating, newspaper home-delivery is dwindling, and FSI redemption rates are declining. According to Inmar’s 2015 Promotion Industry Trends Report, printed free-standing-insert redemption rates in 2015 averaged only 0.39%, or 256 coupons distributed to generate a single in-store conversion – down from 0.58%, or 172 coupons to generate a single redemption in-store in 2010. How can FSI still account for nearly 90% of all coupons distributed?