Tuesday, April 14, 2009

When the times are tough: get tougher

Complacency has never been a viable approach in the world of marketing. During an economic recession when consumers and businesses alike are spending less it can take more to get noticed. Unfortunately this can be a difficult prospect for many businesses as the inclination is to keep one’s purse strings closed.

One solution: digital. As always, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your competitors to see what approaches they’re taking and where they’re succeeding. The current trend is definitely to stick with the cost-effective marketing options offered by digital technology. The obvious benefit of digital forms of marketing is their cost-per-impression. From websites to newsletters to social network marketing, advertising online generally lets you reach an unlimited audience for a set expenditure, a benefit that print media cannot give.

The flipside of this is that, as many companies are shifting their focus from print to web, the few print pieces that customers receive stand out more. We’ve seen an increased interest in media kits since they allow the best of both worlds. They can be designed as PDFs that can either be emailed or posted online, while also being printed for mail-outs. New advancements in the world of digital printing allow for affordable high quality small print runs. Ask us about the many options available for any print project from stationery to catalogues to trade show materials to unique self-promotional ideas that may never have seen before by you or your customers.

From strategies to the implementation of these strategies, we can steer you towards the highest return on investment solution. However you want to push yourself, be it online or through printed materials, ask us what Starmedia can do for your business today.