I work with business executives seeking to strike the ideal balance between digital and traditional media. Finding the right mix is a high-stakes challenge that can mean the difference between marketing ROI and a waste of precious budget resources. The answers aren’t always clear, but there is a way to develop a marketing mix that yields real results.
A Strategic Approach
Recently I was asked about this topic for an article on Inc.com. As I explained,
“Finding the right mix of print and digital is less about your business and more about your customers,” says Joellyn “Joellyn” Ferguson, a principal in consulting firm BrandSprout. “Think about who they are, how they buy, where they go.” Understanding those things will help you determine how to reach customers with a mix of print and digital that provides the greatest visibility in the right places.
Small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in particular feel pressure to move online because everyone seems to be there. Rather than following the herd, I counsel my clients to take a strategic approach that fits their unique business model. This individualized approach usually involves a mix of online and offline marketing.
Fortunately, the digital vs. traditional decision is not an either/or proposition. Digital and traditional tools can be combined for greater impact than an all-or-nothing bet, and the cumulative effect can be dramatic.
“Look for the ability to create multiple impressions in a variety of venues to get the best ROI from your marketing programs, Ferguson suggests. Avoid wasting money on marketing programs that won’t reach your target customers by first doing research to ensure that any opportunity you are considering will actually help you connect, online or off.”
Over time, putting it all together becomes second nature. With a little patience, you’ll learn what works for your business and what doesn’t. Keep your focus on the needs and desires of your customers, and you’ll enjoy the payoff from blending digital and traditional marketing.