How to use traditional media to pull in prospects instead of pushing them away.

If I can put my finger on any one major shift that digital has caused in traditional media, it’s the change from “push” to “pull” marketing and advertising.

The premise is that digital is better at engaging with an audience thanks to all its social media platforms and online forums. The winner in social media understands that there is a conversation already being had about the client, the products or the industry that the client is in — and entering into that conversation can lead to many benefits. – -Click here for rest of article –

5 ways traditional media can embrace digital for maximum results

In the not-too-distant past, record companies actually produced records (large vinyl discs that were placed on turntables). It seems ridiculous now that DJ’s would carry milk crates filled with heavy records to clubs in order to play their music. Now they show up with a thumb-drive or maybe a laptop at most, and they have 100 times more music at their disposal. (more)

3 Reasons Why Media Companies Make Bad Ad Agencies

As a former newspaper rep who has also worked in TV, cable and digital ad sales in addition to buying all the different types of traditional media available for our agency clients, I’ve seen the unique challenges that digital has caused traditional media throughout the years and the resulting loss of income. – Click here for entire article –

‘A Little bit of this and a little bit of that…gets you a whole lot of nothin!’

More than any other recurring theme we see as an agency when engaging with our clients for the first time, is the fragmentation within their own marketing strategy.

The reason this happens is two-fold. First, there are many eager sales reps in the market place, each tasked by upper-management to sell this or that, this month (which will change next month). I know because I’ve been there, and you really can’t fault the reps, they’re just trying to make some money.

The second reason is typically the business owner, or the person in ‘charge’ of marketing doesn’t really have the time or vision to look beyond today’s challenge in order to lay out a proper campaign that looks long term and focuses on the target market.

So the reps come in, make a good pitch and the owner or marketing person says, ‘OK, I’ll try it’. Just like that another piece is added to the puzzle, more resources are sapped and the expectations bar is raised a little higher.

A large majority of the time, the results are dismal. The advertisers blame the reps for something that ‘didn’t work’, and reps defend their product by saying either the advertiser did not give it enough time, or didn’t put the proper support behind it.

The fact is that there is rarely a situation where one marketing or advertising solution ‘works’, all on it’s own. If you’re talking lead-generation (like with selling cars or homes) there are plenty of sites/search engines that can deliver good results without much help, but the typical brick and mortar businesses, that need to get people in their doors, requires a well-rounded campaign in order to be successful.

We recently helped a car dealership in Miami by conducting a free media audit. It was probably the first time the owner ever sat down and put an ROI to every bit of advertising they were doing. After that meeting, not only did we reallocate about $20,000 in wasteful spending, but we are now creating a campaign so that all of the parts are working in unison.

I guess you can rephrase the title of this blog entry another way: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!” This is where an experienced ad agency can help trim away the fat, keep you focused on your target market and get the best return on your advertising investment.  If you see yourself in this scenario, give us a call to schedule your free media audit, and let us see what we can do for you.

5 Lessons your marketing department can learn from the presidential campaign.

1. They call it a ‘campaign’ for a reason.

One of the major mistakes so many smaller companies make when it comes to marketing and advertising is they keep trying different things to ‘see what works’. The truth is they can all work, if they are executed properly, but the best chance for success comes from a sustained ‘campaign’. With the fragmentation in media, expecting a few commercials, or a few flyers or a few ads in the paper to ‘work’ is a recipe for disaster.

 

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2. Reach and Frequency
Not only does the well-rounded campaign sell the candidate, making sure you have enough reach and frequency is crucial. For example, have you seen a presidential commercial? If you haven’t you probably don’t own a TV, but if you have, you’ve probably seen it on more than one channel. In order for a message to be ‘consumed’ it requires to be seen and seen often enough that it breaks through the clutter.

3. Media Mix
TV is a reach medium, radio creates momentum closer to the buying decision and print is your closer. We often create campaigns that use TV in weeks one of two of the month, followed by radio in weeks 2 and 3 and then we drop the printed ‘coupon / direct response offer’ in week 4. Each medium builds on the other, and creates more awareness. By the time the printed piece is received the consumer is well aware of the promotion or offer and is more likely to respond.

4. Digital Destination
Barack Obama is very good at using the digital technology that websites, landing pages, mobile sites and social media have to offer. Catchy website names that are easy to remember and great to promote on TV and radio generate huge amounts of traffic. Collecting data from these visitors is then much easier to do. This builds your own network and database by collecting emails and offering opt-ins, which becomes a very powerful tool when you include e-mail marketing to the back end of any campaign.

5. Don’t be afraid to call out your competition.
Good creative copy points can come when you feature your strengths in a side by side comparison over your competition. Unlike the candidates however, doing this correctly requires research and making sure your information has the facts to back it up!

Take these five lessons into account as you craft your next campaign and your company may just win over your prospects business.  Feel free to call or email us to get your campaign on the right track.

Is your marketing campaign a vote for ‘Traditional’ or ‘Digital’?

This election year, there are two very clear choices for the future of America. You can either choose the Republican Nominee or support the Democratic incumbent. Either one you choose, you can basically count on one thing, the one who wins will govern without the support or cooperation of the other.

Lucky for us, your marketing campaign does not need to suffer from the same non-partisanship that we see in our government. The truth is that the best marketing campaigns combine the best elements of traditional media and integrate it with the best practices of digital, for maximum results.  We call it ‘tradigital’ and it has proven time and again to be the best approach in a society that continues to find more comfort with technology and everything it has to offer. Unlike our government option, you will never see the benefits of a ‘DemoPublican’ solution, which I think is unfortunate.

Simply stated, we believe that traditional media such as television, radio and yes, even newspapers are effective forms of media that when properly crafted ads appear, will drive a significant amount of traffic to your digital space (website, landing page, social media, etc) and allow you to grow your customer and fan base.

Let’s face it, organically ranking on the first page of Google search results is not an easy thing to do. It is much easier to create an advertising campaign and appear on the first page of the newspaper or in highly visible TV programs, and on the most listened to radio stations. These campaigns will allow you to get in front of your target market on your timeline, and then move that audience forward to respond online, and collect that valuable data so that future campaigns will also include drip email marketing.

This is the best way to use media in 2012, and not be focused on one form of media over another. Use traditional to set up digital, then continue the digital momentum with email, and newsletters and optimizing your site with original content, offers, promotions and opportunities, not available anywhere else.

If you don’t have a ‘tradigital’ strategy in place, and keep ‘pushing’ your message out, without seeing results that build your own audience, you need to change the way you vote and leverage the best of both worlds. Call or email Baldrica / b digital agency, inc for a free consultation and start creating your own tradigital plan and a synergy that will produce maximum results.

Can’t See the Forest for the Trees

What would you consider the most important task you have as a marketing director or integral part of your marketing department to be? Before you answer that, I’d like you to consider the following.

I have worked at several companies where the word ‘marketing’ becomes a catch-all that usually gets lumped in with sales and advertising. The fact is that any marketing person worth their salary understands that effective marketing campaigns must be directly tied into a measure of success. Weather that measure is in increased awareness or directly tied to increasing sales, it must be monitored and there must be accountability.

The problem often comes in when the ‘marketing’ person also tries to (or is forced to) segue into the media person’s role. Media planning and media buying are two very specialized jobs that when executed at a high-level, can have many positive benefits.

I understand that most small companies don’t think they need an advertising agency to plan or buy their media. Many marketing reps meet directly with sales reps from dozens of different media companies in the market, and then make their decision based on the presentation that makes most sense.

In our 30 years of agency experience, we have never come across a media rep that has recommended another media company as the most sensible and cost-effective option to reach your target market. My point is that radio reps sell radio and newspaper reps sell newspaper and TV, etc. As a marketing professional, no matter how versed you are on the various types of media, the information you are comparing is all very skewed, making what seems like an obvious decision, one that fails miserably.

This is what we call the ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’ syndrome. Making a long term marketing campaign decisions based on this biased information can be disastrous and being so close to the process can easily blind side you.  What most concerns me is that, more often than not, advertising agencies do not charge advertisers to plan and buy their media. Typically, the good agencies negotiate the best rates, and earn their fees based on a commission built into the rates. So, you can enjoy all of the benefits from an agency buy, which include better rates, better reach and frequency, and smoother execution, without having to pay a penny in additional costs or fees.

 

Typically, our clients report an average improvement in media value received of a minimum of 30% during the first year of an engagement. This value can easily make the difference between a campaign that succeeds and one that fails.

We always say, let us do our job, so that you can do yours. So back to my initial question, what is your number one job as a marketing professional? My answer is: Effectively communicating the unique selling proposition of your organization, in a way that resonates with your target market to increase engagement. That is a mission onto itself, and when done correctly, can create a tidal wave of activity that has a direct impact on the bottom line.

If you do that right, and let the media planning and media buying professional do their job right, you can rest assured your message will have the best chance to be heard by your target market and achieve the best possible results.

If you’ve never worked with an agency, or are unsure if your current media plan is the most effective way to reach your target market – please feel free to call us at 561-683-0404 ext 119 or email us at info@bdigitalagency.com so we can conduct a Free Media Audit (or visit this link: http://bdigitalagency.com/free-media-audit/. This no obligation service will get you on the right path to accountable media buying, and allow you to do what you do best.