As an internet marketer it can be easy to forget that there is an entire audience that might want to use your site, your services or your products outside of the internet. It is so easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and you focus start to focus exclusively on the internet for doing business; this is understandable and even expected due to the ease and comfort of working from your computer. Marketing on the internet is becoming more competitive as we speak. You are leaving a lot of money on the table by not taking advantage of offline marketing. All it takes is for you to make them aware. Next, we are going to describe a few of the methods that you can immediately start using.
All newspapers have a page or section devoted to classified advertising. Online classified sites such as Craigslist have become a very popular form of advertising. Why not place a classified ad in a traditional newspaper as well? A well placed three line classified ad can bring in more potential buyers than twelve ads in online classified sites. The classified ad in your newspaper might cost you some money, but when you think of all of the sales you are creating, isn’t the cost worth it? Newspaper classifieds will bring all the people who don’t own computers, while at the same time if they want to order something from you online they can always use a public computer!
Another great option not often used by internet marketers is display advertising in newspapers. Browse through a newspaper and look at some of the small display ads; where might you place one of your own? A small ad that is only a few inches square shouldn’t cost you too much money. Make sure your ad is placed in the best section of the paper for what you are offering; in this way you can be found by droves of people who would never have seen an online ad. To find out how effective your ad is you might create a special coupon for your newspaper readers. If you find an ad that works well, you can keep using it; don’t forget to have nice graphics in the ads aside from text!
Always have your business card with you. Someone you meet at a party or on the bus could be your next customer! Don’t be shy about talking to the people that are nearby in your everyday life. Lots of clients can be made this way! Business cards are also easy to leave in a variety of places; some businesses, such as restaurants, even have special boards or tables where you are encouraged to leave one. Even if you have an internet based business, you can market it offline in many different ways. There are many ways to advertise online, but there might be even more offline marketing possibilities! You simply have to be open to the many possible ways this can be done.
The possible ways to market your business are almost limitless if you allow your creativity to flow freely and you keep trying things until something works! Don’t be afraid to approach people who might benefit from your service. You may have to invest a few dollars in a direct mail campaign or printing up some materials, but it can be well worth it in the long run. If you split your marketing between online and offline methods, you can have the best of both worlds and attract more business overall.