This is the only image on the front of an envelope (shown about twice actual size). It partly overlaps the window. The organization's name and address are on the flap.
A lot of people looking at this will say it's the most stupid thing they've ever seen. Why bother labeling something that's not a government document a NON-GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT? Isn't that sort of like calling your cat a NON-CANINE PET?
The illogic of it is why most organizations would never put this mark or anything like it in the mail. Someone on the committee would very articulately expound on the pointlessness of it.
But let me tell you: It is utterly brilliant.
Not only is it 100% true, it's designed to incite curiosity, which increases the chances it'll be opened. That is exactly what direct mail envelopes are supposed to do. It's their entire job. Not to be beautiful, clever, brand-compliant, cutting-edge, wise, funny, or anything else -- unless one of those qualities causes the recipient to open it. And those qualities seldom accomplish that.
Some of the best-performing direct mail I've done has had teasers like this. Things that no doubt made people say "What the heck?" Things like:
- DO NOT BEND
- MESSAGE ENCLOSED
I know what the committee thinks of those. They don't make sense!
Making sense isn't their purpose. Getting opened is.
Give it a try. You'll be happy with the results.