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Traditional Advertising, Still Valuable in a Digital Landscape?

Here are just a few reasons traditional advertising is still valuable, especially when used alongside digital marketing efforts:

While branding is an important part of marketing and advertising, ultimately the goal is to create new business. In a digital world, that means driving more visitors to your company’s website. But they can’t do that if they don’t even know your name. Traditional advertising spots can help introduce you to potential customers and pique their interest. And the more variety in your traditional advertising, the higher your chances of getting people to look you up online. Or notice your web address on a billboard (or a surfboard billboard in some cases)…. Read more » 

Using Call Tracking Metrics to Understand Your Audience

Advertising can be tricky. You want your ads to be clever, intriguing, and original, as well as seen (and responded to) by the right audiences. Many companies invest large amounts of money into outside market research on trends, demographics, and more to get a better sense of how they should present themselves. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated if you know how to use call tracking and call tracking metrics.

The truth is that your best source of marketing data is your incoming calls. Those callers are reaching out to you because of your advertising, so they are the people you want to focus on. And you can obtain invaluable knowledge about them by using a call tracking phone number in your ads. Call tracking metrics provide the data to answer the following questions:… Read more » 

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Benefits of Joining Traditional and Digital Advertising

Meanwhile, digital marketing advocates view traditional advertising as obsolete and no longer effective. To them, using offline advertising is a sign that a company is stuck in the past. Clearly these two strategies are too different, right?

Wrong.

The truth is that digital and traditional advertising can not only work together, but the combination is shown to yield great results. A digital-traditional marketing mix can benefit businesses in the following ways:… Read more » 

3 Pros of TV Advertising That May Surprise Digital Marketers

You don’t need market research or published studies to know that people watch a lot of TV in this country. But if you do want some stats, here are just a few.

Given these facts, it’s no surprise that TV advertising takes a big piece of the marketing pie for large, well-established companies. Successful businesses from almost every industry use some form of TV advertising to attract new customers. What’s surprising is the fact that many companies and digital marketers don’t see the value in TV advertising. Here are 3 reasons why they should…. Read more » 

Part 2: How to Market to Different Generations Without Gimmicks

Understanding which generations respond to a certain medium helps businesses market to different generations. IF you read our previous post on marketing to different generations, you learned what types of media Baby Boomers and Generation Xers respond to the most. In this post, we cover Millenials and Generation Z.

The Millennial generation was born between 1981 and 1996, and is currently the largest generation, with 80 billion people having $170 million in purchasing power. Yet Millennials are also considered the hardest generation to market to by many businesses, as they were the first generation to completely adopt the internet, giving them both a shorter attention span and the desire for a more personalized experience from advertisers…. Read more » 

How to Market to Different Generations Without Using Gimmicks

The world’s population currently spans several generations, which means businesses have more people to market to than ever before. While all generations expect advertising to be authentic and free of gimmicks, it’s important to remember each age group is unique, with its own distinguishing characteristics. In this 2-part blog series, we’ll take a look at each generation to see what makes them tick, and the ad strategies they respond to the most.

Born between 1946 and 1964, the Baby Boomer generation is the oldest and wealthiest generation, with the most disposable income. With purchasing power of $75.4 million dollars, Boomers make up 40% of consumers. Yet only 10% of advertising markets to this generation. This means advertisers are overlooking a great deal of potential revenue. Most Baby Boomers don’t consider themselves old or irrelevant; therefore, businesses still need to find ways to focus their ad strategies on that “Silver Dollar.”… Read more » 

How to Plan a Successful Media Buying Strategy

Once you have a marketing and advertising campaign ready to go out into the wild, where do you go next? What’s your media buying strategy? Will you go with traditional or digital media? Your strategy should already include your goals, campaign specifications and which media channels (TV, billboard, radio, etc.) will work best to meet that. Your next step is vendor coordination.

Often, what seems most confusing in a media buy is coordinating all the offers each vendor presents to you. Do they meet your needs for the campaign? Are the cost-effective to your budget? For each channel, you need to asses exactly what they will be offering you and how closely their offerings match up to your goals. You may find that one vendor suites all your needs – or a host of vendors fill different gaps in your strategy. Once selected, though, more decisions arise…. Read more » 

3 Tips for Effective Television Advertising

Recently, Global TV Group gathered data on the television viewing habits of people in 19 countries. The results revealed that TV reaches 70% of the populace in a day, 90% of the week, and nearly 100% in a month [1]. A separate study showed that 85% of television (not sports-related) is still viewed live [2].

These statistics clearly show that television has a huge presence in people’s lives, making it a powerful advertising medium. And businesses are taking notice. Even digital corporations like Amazon, Expedia, and eBay are spending more than $5.9 billion on TV ad spend in 2017. That’s a 10% growth over 2016 [3], and this trend is expected to continue in 2018…. Read more » 

Why Television Advertising is Still a Must Have

This year, top advertisers recently placed upfront orders for prime-time TV spots on both cable and broadcast networks totally 19.7 billion dollars – a 5.9% increase over last year’s spend [1].  Surprised?  You might be if you have been hearing the seemingly endless message that TV advertising is being pushed aside for digital, as the platforms through which people can consume media continue to increase.  But successful advertisers continue to recognize the benefits of utilizing TV in their marketing strategies.  Benefits such as:… Read more » 

How to Come up With the Best Vanity Number for Your Business

The more a business interacts with potential customers, the more likely it is to succeed. The challenge lies in increasing the number of those interactions or generating more inbound leads where the customer makes the initial outreach. One way to increase interactions is to develop a strategy to become the first company they think of when they need your service. This is possible with lead tracking and monitoring tools.

One tried-and-true way for small- and medium-sized businesses to drive interactions with potential customers is utilizing custom toll-free vanity numbers (think 1-800-GO-FEDEX). These unique phone numbers are easy for potential customers to remember, and those potential customers will be more likely to call your business if you advertise an unforgettable 800 phone number because they know it’s toll-free, and it’s embedded in their minds through continuous promotion of the number as a response tool…. Read more »