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We are all familiar with the concepts of online marketing. From working social media channels to sending out periodic emails to old and new customers, online marketing is quick, easy, and relatively cheap. There is no denying that social media and other online marketing strategies are successful, but have you considered the effectiveness of offline marketing?
Offline marketing is not for everyone. If you provide SEO services or you are a copywriter, you probably find most of your new clients in the online world, and a website is more cost-effective than printing leaflets for distribution in the local neighborhood. However, in many instances, offline marketing is worth the effort, as some of your neighbors could easily become clients.
A good example of this is a pet sitting service. Spending time on social media, paying for PPC advertising, and building an attractive website is going to pay dividends, but don’t overlook the fact that you need local customers, preferably people who live a short distance away. To this end, it is worth spending some time and money on local advertising, so what are your options?
Yard signs are an excellent way to advertise your business to local audiences. A prominent yard sign will attract attention and let local people know that you provide a potentially valuable service. You may need to ensure this is permitted if you’re a renter or your property is subject to any covenants.
Do you drive around the local area regularly? If so, custom stickers for your vehicle will attract attention and draw in some new clients. Stickers can be used to build brand recognition and advertise services. Go small and discrete for a car or large and bold for a van. Use your company logo for maximum effect, and don’t forget to include a telephone number so people can contact you when they are out and about.
Leaflets cost very little to print in bulk, and if you have the time, it’s worth pounding the sidewalk and delivering leaflets over a few days. The majority will be discarded, but you may just secure some new clients.
Newspaper advertising is less effective than it once was, but in smaller communities where a popular newspaper serves the local community, a small ad could reach people who might not know your business exists. This is particularly true of seniors, who often rely on community newspapers for their news and local information.
Place a poster or some business cards on a store noticeboard. Customers often check these on their way into and out of a store. For maximum effectiveness, target stores most likely to be used by your customers.
Local Networking Events
Networking events are not just useful for building contacts and making B2B connections. They are also good for promoting small businesses in the local community. A quick conversation over coffee could yield a new client.
Don’t forget about word of mouth advertising. And be sure to perfect your elevator pitch – you never know when it might come in handy.