Marketing isn’t as simple as putting out a bunch of ads for your small business. Marketing plans require multiple tiers and approaches to achieve maximum effectiveness and to attract the most customers. Traditional and experiential marketing are two different schools of marketing thought; both are effective and can be used in conjunction with each other.
Traditional marketing comprises those advertisements and promotions typically associated with marketing. Billboards, flyers, and television commercials are all examples of traditional marketing. These methods are effective in getting your name and your mission to the public, but attaining a personal touch is difficult through traditional marketing.
As the name suggests, experiential marketing focuses on the experiences and the emotions of the customer. Experiential marketing allows customers to take ownership of a product’s marketing because they have an emotional investment in that product. Demonstrations and taste tests are common examples of experiential marketing; they draw customers to the product, give them a reason to remember the product and, hopefully, customers will give a good recommendation to their friends.
Traditional Vs. Experiential
The difference between traditional and experiential marketing may be considered a battle of old versus new philosophies, which is both true and untrue. Companies have used both traditional and experiential marketing for decades and will continue to do so in the future. However, as companies attempt to keep their costs down, experiential marketing is a more viable option. Instead of paying for a newspaper ad that is only useful for one day, a company can spend that same money to reach a group of customers that can market the product on the company’s behalf.
Traditional and Experiential Marketing Online
A good way for a small business to increase its profile is to use the Internet for both traditional and experiential marketing. Companies can do traditional marketing via e-mail mailing lists and banner ads while taking advantage of social media for experiential marketing. Using Facebook and Twitter can help people to get involved with your company and feel like they’re a part of your growing business. Furthermore, using social media is much cheaper than paying for traditional marketing conventions, allowing greater reach at a discounted price. However, experiential marketing through social media requires that you relinquish some control over your message, which conflicts with the tenets of traditional media, so factor this in as you consider your social media marketing endeavors.
by Bryan Berg,
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