In general, businesses that advertise through traditional methods (TV, radio, print, etc.) do so for a number of reasons - they have a very broad audience, it’s what the prior generations of business owners have done, they haven’t had time to learn/understand digital advertising, they're skeptical of digital advertising, etc.
Regardless of the reason, it’s important to know just how to evaluate where you are and what method(s) of advertising are going to be right for you. The purpose of this blog is to help you get started in evaluating whether it’s truly optimal for you to continue with traditional advertising methods, or if you should look to make a shift to digital.
EVALUATING YOUR AUDIENCE
We often encounter business owners who truly believe that “everyone” needs their product. The truth is, there is always an alternative to your product, even if that alternative is simply going without your product. Begin the process of analyzing your ideal audience by identifying the specific characteristics that can be attributed to your audience. If your most worthwhile customers have a net worth of over $100,000, that drastically shrinks potential audience. Sometimes you should be targeting families with children in elementary school. Again, we’ve shrunk your potential audience. Doing this over and over will help you to build what’s called your “buyer persona,” which is the person you need your marketing to reach most effectively. Throw assumptions out the window, because they may cause you to miss out on opportunities – for example, YouTube currently reaches more 18-49-year-olds than any cable network in the US on its mobile app alone, with an average viewing session of over 40 minutes… if you thought that running ads on ESPN would give you the best reach to those ages, you clearly shortchanged yourself and limited your reach.
RECOMMENDATION: Digital Advertising is excellent for reaching an audience that’s well-defined. If your audience is active online, or if people seek your service on-demand (like a lawyer, a tow truck, or something else you Google), there’s no more budget friendly and ROI-optimized option than digital.
YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO LEARN
It’s easy to understand why your business is still advertising like it’s 1999. Ultimately, you do what you are familiar with, and if you’ve always advertised on the radio, it can be really easy to just keep going with that. Sometimes, you’re just doing what you do because it’s how your parents or grandparents advertised when they were running the show, and you just don’t have time to figure out what else you could do with your marketing budget.
First off, you need to account for all of your current marketing efforts. You can’t improve anything until you’ve effectively figured out what you’re actually doing. Once you have a full accounting of your current efforts, it’s time to actually take the time to learn. There’s no way to hack this – to improve your marketing, you need to invest some of your attention. It could be helpful to ask some of your peers what they do and why. Make sure you’re seeking advice from those people who clearly are with the times and have dabbled in modern advertising techniques (you don’t take money advice from people who are broke, so don’t take marketing advice from people who don’t know what’s out there today). There are numerous audiobooks that are full of wisdom that will help you get a better understanding about what you can do to grow your business today, and self-educating yourself will help you astronomically.
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A lot of people look at digital marketing as voodoo magic. You’ve maybe been burned in the past by snake oil salesmen making empty promises, or perhaps it makes so little sense that you can’t place any confidence in it. The thing is, YOU’RE RIGHT. Yes, there are oodles of so-called “experts” out there that are really as smart as a box of rocks, and they just happen to be good salesmen that have no idea how to actually deliver results for you. We’ve seen enough horror stories to know that not all digital marketers are created equally. And yes, if digital marketing doesn’t make sense, you certainly can never be confident in investing in it. The best way to overcome your skepticism is by learning. As detailed earlier, there are tons of ways you can gain a more in-depth knowledge of social media, digital video advertising, PPC/SEM, SEO, etc. The more you educate yourself, the better you’ll be able to evaluate potential marketing opportunities in the future.
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