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Traditional Marketing: The Benefits of Offline Marketing

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The digital age has led to a significant shift in the marketing landscape.

More than ever, companies are focused primarily on online marketing efforts, as they are easier to track and often less expensive.

Far too many businesses left any offline efforts on the wayside or low in the budget in their jump to the digital space.

However, this does not mean that traditional offline marketing efforts do not still provide value.

In fact, a combination of the two efforts offers the highest level of reach and success for a business.

Let’s take a closer look.

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What are Offline Marketing Strategies?

As the name probably implies, offline marketing strategies are any type of marketing that isn’t done through the Internet.

This can include various formats, such as TV and radio ads, billboards, newspaper/magazine ads, and more.

This type of marketing is also known as traditional marketing.

Offline Marketing Platforms

Numerous offline marketing platforms can be incredibly effective when added to current efforts depending on budget and resources.

Check out some of the ideas below.

Print advertisements

Print ads are ads put out in various types of physical publications, like newspapers and magazines.

Magazine ads tend to be more effective as they cater to specific interests. These are a good way to target certain professions or niche interests.


According to research, consumers also tend to trust print ads significantly more than search engines or social media ads.

Flyers or leaflets

Flyers or leaflets are an excellent method of broad distribution. They can be delivered inside magazines or in local hotspots — with permission, of course.

This is a relatively cheap method to get a lot of eyes on an ad for a new launch or to reach those in particular areas or interests.

Direct mail

Most businesses probably assume direct mail is one of the least effective strategies in today’s digital world.

Actually, this is far from the case, as some surveys have shown that direct mail actually has a higher ROI than paid search and display ads.

Of course, the caveat is ensuring customers aren’t being spammed with mail. Just because it has a higher ROI does not mean a business should send endless direct mail campaigns.

However, an occasional promotional direct mail campaign may be good to include in the strategy.

TV and radio

TV and radio marketing can be an excellent way to reach customers with little online presence.

This can be done through advertisements during breaks or as a featured spot on a program.

These methods will likely be the most expensive traditional marketing methods, but they can be good for reaching those who don’t see the other efforts.


Billboards are an easy way to create a bold and noticeable offline message.

These massive advertisements will be seen by many people during their commutes to and from work, as well as other general travelers.

The one downside is that they will only be seen briefly as someone drives by, which means the message needs to be clear and concise. Depending on the type and placement of a billboard, these advertisements can cost from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.

The above are far from the only offline marketing examples, but they should serve as a solid basis to get started.

Why Bother with Traditional Marketing?

With such a significant portion of online business, some businesses may question why they should bother with offline marketing these days. After all, these efforts can’t be clicked on, purchased, or quickly converted, so what’s the point?

The bottom line is that traditional marketing strategies are simply another effective tool in the marketing arsenal.

Offline efforts are not meant to replace any of the current online strategies. As mentioned above, they work best in an overall multi-pronged approach.

The Benefits of Offline Marketing

There are certain benefits to traditional marketing.

  • Offline marketing efforts can be accurately targeted toward a specific location and interest. This can be highly beneficial for those with brick-and-mortar locations, as they can draw in more local traffic.
  • Offline marketing efforts are also much easier to target for specific or niche interests. Magazines or publications catering to a niche will reach target audiences that are more interested in the advertisement. Digital ads can be targeted in a similar way, but a combined strategy will reach both those online and offline.
  • Sometimes, offline strategies will be less expensive than many online efforts. The primary exception to this is TV advertising, which can become quite expensive, depending on the space.

The Downsides of Offline Marketing

Just like any other marketing strategy, there can be downsides to offline efforts.

The primary downside is that they are much harder to track and measure.

The business won’t have any concrete idea of how many people the strategy was able to reach or impress upon.

This can be done through manual efforts, such as surveys and tracking sales and reach after launching the campaign.

Of course, this means it will cost more time and resources to track.

A Combined Strategy is the Way to Go

At the end of the day, offline marketing will never replace current online strategies.

However, a wider audience will be reached when companies use both traditional and online marketing channels. It helps to bridge the gap between the online and offline space, helping to create a broad net of marketing.

There is no perfect marketing strategy, but the more robust the overall strategy, the more reach it will provide.

Realistically, there are still many people who don’t use the internet or use it very little, and this can be a missed customer base without offline strategies.

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If your business is newly entering the ecommerce space or looking for a more efficient platform, Ecwid can help.

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Max has been working in the ecommerce industry for the last six years helping brands to establish and level-up content marketing and SEO. Despite that, he has experience with entrepreneurship. He is a fiction writer in his free time.

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