Everyone is focused on their online presence nowadays. Exploring digital marketing tools is certainly important, and there is a time and place for it, but businesses shouldn’t disregard the importance of “classic” marketing techniques. There are just as many ways to get a customer’s attention offline as there are on the internet. Businesses will find that having the right balance of digital and non-digital marketing strategies will generate the most success for their company.
Sticking with the Classics
- 1. Signage Signs have been around for as long as we can all remember. Not only that, signs are still everywhere we look. And it’s no accident-- they’re popular because they work. Signs are relatively affordable, there’s one for nearly every budget, and they last a long time. Even new custom made neon signs come with a warranty. The best part about a great sign is that it does the work for a business, and it works 24/7. Even when all of the employees have gone home the sign is there attracting customers.
- 2. Direct Mail Marketing Sometimes mailing information to people directly is the best way to contact them. Think of how much more exciting it is to receive physical mail today as opposed to an email. There are still benefits from mailing out advertisements and information. When designing an advertisement to mail, or when building any ad (print or digital), it’s necessary to consider types of media advertising. Decide whether the ad will be topical (a great way to grab people’s attention with an ad sent through mail), imagery based, or comparative. The goal with mailing advertisements is to keep a potential customer from throwing it out with their junk mail. It should be eye catching and worth reading.
- 3. Print Marketing Investing in print marketing is certainly related to mail marketing and designing effective signs. This all encompassing side or marketing includes business cards, pamphlets, banners, flyers, posters, postcards, and just about any other physical advertising essential. This is where designing a strong logo and choosing the right fonts and colors is extremely important.
These are just a few of the main advertising tools that a business can use. Determining which strategies are the best will depend on the business’ budget, the message they’re trying to get across, and what audience they are trying to reach.
Finding the Balance
Even though these tried and true marketing tools are still relevant for use today, businesses need to find the balance of time and resources for pursuing them and focusing on their online image. When developing an online marketing strategy, the website is the best place to start. A professional website should have a clean layout that is easy to navigate and include relevant informations about products, the business’ history and mission, and contact information. From there, businesses can focus on maintaining social networking profiles and attracting the attention of their extended audience.
Social media websites require a lot of time and attention, but the payoffs can be great. The key is the interact with audiences and respond to comments. Everyone wants to feel like they have had their voice heard. A business with an online image as being personable and approachable will be more attractive to a customer than a business that is merely a logo. The internet is a great place to make customers feel like they have a personal connection to a company, just like a friendly employee can do with customers in the store.
With any advertising strategy, the goal is to create a memorable, honest, and clever ad that customers relate to. An ad that resonates with an audience will be the most effective for a business, whether that audience is reached online or in the physical world. A well planned and well executed marketing strategy can be exactly what a struggling business needs to boost sales or get a business the attention it needs to reach the next level of success and expansion.