Effective Offline Promotion
By Nowshade Kabir ©Rusbiz.com
most of your traffic will still come from search engines and various online
promotions, a little effort using traditional media might also bring a large
number of visitors to your website.
Reasons, why you should take offline promotion of your website seriously include:
Internet is increasingly becoming a part of our daily life. However, still
a big segment of the society – especially, the elderly – don’t
spend that much of time online. Traditional media is a good method of getting
If a person sees your printed advertisement with your URL in a year-old magazine
and gets interested in what you have to offer, he will still be able to check
out your website. Research shows that at least four people browse through a
printed magazine in its life time.
With planned media promotion, you can tap into particular target market, which
otherwise might not be that easy to do. For example: if you sell car accessories
through your website, a good promotional channel would be a specific radio station
that commuters like to tune in.
Your offline promotion endeavor should combine advertisement, publicity and
Once you identified the potential target market that you would like to reach,
you can try to communicate with them using various advertising methods. Advertising
is a paid form of delivering message to broad range of prospective customers
through billboards, posters, print, broadcast media, etc.
Each of your advertising campaign should have a clear goal and carefully crafted
plan. Since advertising in some media forms is quite expensive, without a well-defined
plan you might waste your money for nothing.
Your advertising goal might include the followings:
- Bring targeted traffic to your website
- Stimulate sales
- Build brand recognition of your website
- Increase public awareness of your product and services
- Promote seasonal sales, clearance, etc. conducted through your site.
Once you established your advertising goal, you need to clarify advertising
budget, timing and media. You should set your advertising budget based on your
objective. In general, companies set aside a percentage of their gross sales
as promotional budget. A new online business might choose to spend on advertising,
amount allocated in its business plan. Timing and scheduling are also crucial
factors in advertising.
Where should you advertise is a difficult decision, which should base on a
number of factors:
What is the market segment you would like to cover with your present campaign?
Depending on your goal, you have to choose the right message to communicate
with your prospective customers. The advertising media has to conform to the
Product and service that you offer through your site
B2B and B2C products and services are usually different in nature and require
different media to reach targeted market.
The choice of media depends vastly on your budget consideration.
Major offline advertising mediums
Newspapers are very popular media forms of advertising. If you are not planning
to reach out to the mass, classified sections of local newspapers should be
your first choice.
Specialized magazines are good for targeting particular interest group. If you
sell golf accessories through your site, you should definitely consider advertising
in one of the local golf magazines. However, ad spaces in magazines are often
Radio advertising is a good option, if your business is aimed at certain social
group like teenagers, housewives, drivers, etc. This is also a relatively inexpensive
way of delivering your message to a certain community or locality.
If the products or services that you offer have mass appeal, television is an
excellent media of advertising. As the audience of a TV station changes depending
on the show aired there is a limited possibility of target marketing. The ability
to use audio visual scenes helps delivering certain types of message to the
audience more clearly than any other media, which makes TV advertising highly
effective but quite costly.
Yellow pages and other directories
You should definitely add your business along with your website URL to as many
printed directories as you can. Industry specific directories are good advertising
media for B2B businesses.
Outdoor advertising with billboards, posters, etc. are effective way of reaching
out to a certain neighborhood. Since the exposure rate of billboards is very
high – people often take the same route to work, it is a great medium
to create brand recognition.
Advertising on various transports, terminals, subway are known as transit advertising.
Like billboards with this type of advertising you can target a specific route
or area. This can be a very effective way to get your message to blue-collar
workers, if that is your market segment.
Excellent way of delivering you message in the form of promotional letters,
catalogs, flyers, circulars, coupons, etc. to your prospective customers. If
you choose your mailing list correct, the exposure rate and the response rate
can be very high.
Publicity is any form of presentation of ideas, products, or services delivered
by the media themselves rather than as a paid advertisement.
If your website carries a really new message or unique and innovative products
or services, for you publicity will be definitely more effective than advertising.
People, often, trust news stories and articles much more than they trust paid
Newspapers, magazines, TV and Radio are the main publicity conduits.
Press releases are the tool to get into these media. Whenever, you do something
with your online business, which you think is newsworthy you should write a
press release and send it off.
The main idea of a press release is to grab attention from a news editor so
that he writes a story on the subject.
That’s why follow the following rules while writing a press release:
- Keep it simple, clear and precise
- Be accurate in facts and figures
- The news highlights should be expressed in the first two paragraphs
- The press release should have an eye-catching headline
- Tell your story from different perspective
- The press release should have less than 200 words
- Mention your website URL at least in two different places
BUSINESS MATERIAL AND STATIONERY
All your business literatures, materials and stationery should have similar
consistent logotype and URL address. This is an extremely effective brand creation
method within the group of people those, who one way or another, interact with
Give away items such as Pens, coffee mugs, key chains, coasters, calendars,
sticky notes, etc. should have your company logo and web address. Apart from
building brand this also work as a daily reminder for users of these items.