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Why Business Owners Shouldn’t Forget the Importance of Offline Marketing

The majority of businesses generally use online and digital marketing strategies for their marketing efforts. When setting up a marketing campaign, business owners and marketers tend to jump straight into digital advertisements, social media marketing, blogging, search engine optimisation, local search and the list could go on. It’s not surprising as these marketing tools are only a click of a button away. Years ago, it was a huge luxury to even own a computer, let alone have access to the internet. Fast forward to today and practically everybody owns at least one internet-connected device, with many using smartphones to access the web on a day to day basis. Because of this, it’s no wonder why online marketing is so important. But, are offline marketing methods being forgotten about?

Tried and Tested Methods

Why hand out a business card when you can send an email or post a social media update? Before the digital age existed, business owners relied on offline marketing methods to achieve success. Now we may ask the question: are business owners forgetting about the traditional offline marketing methods? Sadly, businesses are forgetting about how effective in-person meetings and physical print can actually be. While there is no denying that online marketing is hugely important, there is still a lot to be gained from traditional, offline marketing strategies.

Exhibition Shows

Take for example exhibitions. This type of marketing incorporates a physical stand and displays. The main advantage with taking part at an exhibition is having your customers right there in front of you in-person. Yes, you could easily incorporate digital marketing methods into this scenario, however it’s the offline marketing strategies you use that really decide how successful you are. Exhibitions are just one method of offline marketing which can be vastly effective with bringing new customers in. The new flow of customers should generate more sales and expose your business to a larger number of potential new buyers. By using offline marketing methods such as business cards, flyers and banner stands, you could capture your target markets attention without the use of a screen. There are many suppliers that you could explore to find exactly what you are looking for when planning your next exhibition. Why not make a start by checking out the wide range of Marler Haley banner stands for your next show? Banner stands come in an extensive range of sizes and are a great marketing tool to capture the attention of passers-by.

Business Cards

Businesses cards still remain to be a vital aspect of presenting yourself to potential new business in a professional manor. If your business cards are sat in a corner gathering dust, you might want to consider changing how you view them. The humble business card has proven to be effective with bringing in new customers and building good customer relationships. Although there are many digital alternatives to business cards today, there’s no denying that customers like that ‘personal touch’ and after all, wouldn’t you prefer somebody to hand you a business card in person with a smile and handshake rather than a generic sales email?

Today, businesses are becoming even more competitive with their business cards to make them stand out to capture their potential customers’ attention. With print services available at competitive prices, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t have a handy business card in your back pocket.

Which offline marketing methods, if any, do you use? Let us know in the comments.

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