Old Marketing Methods have given way to new search and buying trends
In the past, businesses used old marketing methods because they were the best way to advertise – in the Yellow Pages, newspapers, or other traditional advertising sources. Nothing could offer the kind of convenience and reach to potential customers compared to a highly visible and well-placed Yellow Pages listing, or newspaper ad. However, everything has changed drastically.
The fact is, the world is rapidly transforming from analog to digital. People now consume more digital contents on a daily basis, on their smartphones, tablets, and desktop PCs at work, just to mention a few. Online marketing/digital marketing is the real deal in this century. Having an online presence is now essential for each and every business or brand.
Are traditional means of advertising dead?
As a matter of fact, the advertising model embracing the media of old marketing methods (newspapers, Yellow Pages, and other traditional forms of advertising) basically doesn’t appeal to today’s consumer.
Nowadays, the first point of call for a customer before doing anything is to search online.
Before making any purchase, buyers try as much as possible to gather more information about the product or service online, from the comfort of their home, or at work. Not only do customers find online search convenient, but they are also able to gather more information compared to the streamlined information provided by newspapers, and the Yellow Pages.
What causes this?
A recent study revealed that commercial purchases now utilize online channels both for making research and purchasing. Online channels have now surpassed more traditional buying channels. Some of the reasons for this include:
Buyers want a simple, easy, and convenient shopping experience. The only way this can be achieved is through online channels. With a quick online search, buyers are able to either get or learn what they want as quickly as possible rather than having to spend a lot of time searching through the Yellow Pages or newspapers.
Full product descriptions
The search for a full product description has influenced more buyers to use online searches. Online videos are often viewed to get specific features and benefits. Buyers now also seek full product descriptions, specification sheets, and instruction manuals. They also want related questions about the product, reviews, and other helpful information. All these are some of the advantages offered by online searches that remain unmatched through traditional means.
Mobile Friendly Websites
What purchasers want is a straightforward and intuitive experience they can easily navigate through while shopping, and not some bulky paper listings. This has brought about the development of mobile-first e-commerce providing shoppers with an easy-to-navigate shopping platform, whereby they can do research and place an order anytime they find convenient be it at nights, during the holidays, on weekends, and so forth.
Furthermore, buyers want product listings to be up to date, and also have an idea about when the product is available for pickup. Online listings are usually up to date as compared to newspaper, or Yellow Page listings.
What is the way forward?
As of 2013, about 81% of buyers conducted online research before making purchases. 60% start by making use of a search engine to find the products they will like to purchase, and 61% will read product reviews before making any purchase. Certainly, over three years later, these would have only increased. On average, consumers usually go as far as visiting up to three online stores prior to making their purchase.
“Good marketing makes the company look smart. Great marketing makes the customer feel smart.” – Joe Chernov.
It is time various business organizations and brands abandon old marketing methods and begin to incorporate digital marketing more. Companies of varying sizes should not waste their money on Yellow Page advertising. Business organizations can meet the information and shopping needs of their various customers, and in the process, benefit from increased deals and sales.
The outline for achieving your business objectives lies in your online marketing strategies. You have to be flexible and versatile enough to make proper adjustments and adequate changes necessitated by the environment to effectively attain your goals. Business owners need to focus more on their online marketing and digital marketing strategies. In other to achieve this, your business or brand will need an online presence, a website friendly to search engines, an active social media campaign, and lots more.
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