Offline marketing ideas to promote your business

Online marketing is usually prioritized over offline marketing and that’s reasonable. The Internet has changed everything, and businesses tend to focus on online marketing strategies since this is the best way to promote a business. However, there is still a lot of potential in offline marketing activities and based on our extensive experience, we can say that you can best promote your business with online and offline marketing efforts combined. We have talked a lot about online marketing and today, we’ll focus on some brilliant offline marketing ideas that will help you boost your website traffic and thus promote your business.

Advertise in printed media

This might be the age of the Internet, but people still read newspapers and magazines. Identify a magazine close to your target audience’s niche and advertise there. They will see you and hear about you and that’s a great start.

Printed marketing material

Flyers, pamphlets and brochures are a great way to promote your business offline. If you are selling products, you might want to add discount coupons to your flyers or if you are selling services, flyers are a great way to offer a free initial consultation. Don’t forget to be creative in your printed material design – that will catch the reader’s eye immediately.

Business cards

Business cards never get old really. So always make sure that your staff, especially the employees whose job involves a lot of networking or client facing activities, have them handy. And never forget that business cards are a great investment and it is important that they are designed by a professional.

Networking

Networking is a great opportunity to create a personal connection with people. So, pick a networking event that is relevant to your industry and start mingling with other guests. Networking events can help you meet potential customers, but you can also build strategic partnerships with other businesses. So, what are you waiting for, go mingle!

Attend tradeshows

Once you have identified a tradeshow relevant to your industry and taken care of your promotional material, you are good to go. You can either attend a trade show as an exhibitor or a visitor attendee and you can for sure generate some quality leads anyway. Tradeshows are also a great opportunity for personal interaction so have your business cards and promotional material handy!

Organize workshops

Workshops are a great opportunity to educate your potential customers. That way you build trust with them and establish yourself as an authority on the subject. And that’s exactly the core of the relationship you want to have with your customers. Don’t forget to use this opportunity to hand out promotional material!

Be seen

Be everywhere! Think about billboards as outdoor advertising or if you have a car, consider featuring your email address or your logo on it. Or what about having an office sign outside of your office? There are so many ways to get creative and be seen without spending too much money on advertising.

In summary

Yes, there are so many ways to promote your business offline. For most of these activities, the design is very important,  and you will need a professional designer to help with this. But we can help you just the way we helped Newcastle based Liquidators & Insolvency Practitioners, Connect Insolvency with branding and printing.

 

Connect Insolvency Business Cards

 

Eye Catching Animation Increases User Experience

Eye Catching Animation

Eye-catching, subtlety animated icons improve the user experience and can increase click through and conversion rates. All clients are looking for ROI on their websites, designers & developers have many tools available to achieve this, including a graphically enticing and engaging content.

There is a whole methodology around designing a user experience…

Peter Morville created a useful illustration to visualise some of the aspects of the User Experience

User Experience

We may all rank these factors in differing orders of importance, but they are all important to the User Experience. Animated icons make the page graphically more usable, desirable, valuable and accessible.

These animated icons or logos can be created by a designer or purchased online.

An example of eye-catching animation on a home page was recently used by leading UK web design company Sleeky on a site developed for Norvic Aero Engines.

Specialising in aircraft engine overhauls and ‘Ready to Go Engines’ Norvic’s site is clean and simple. Midway down the home page, two animated icons increase User Experience and add to the attractive design of the site.

4 Ways to Promote Your Business Online

Mini Bees Photography Website Homepage

The digital world has opened up many doors for businesses wanting to promote their products and services. Creating a positive impact online can be done in a number of ways. Here are 4 ways to think about:

  1. Create a Website: Use a website to showcase your business and everything it offers. Having a platform that is unique to your brand is an essential in the world of promotion. Potential customers may create their first impressions of your brand from your website, which means putting some thought into the design and content of your site. Photography business, Mini Bees Photography‘s website is an example of this. One click onto the site’s homepage and you are immediately met with a large high res photograph taken from one of the photoshoots. The photo changes from one to the next, instantly portraying the work of the photographer.
  2. Social Media: Social media platforms have been around for a while now, but the way in which brands are using them is something that is still relatively new. With 3.03 billion active social media users (that’s a lot of potential customers!), it’s vital that your business has a presence on at least one social media platform. Social media pages are now more than simply having a profile. With the shop section on Facebook, businesses can now directly sell to their consumers. Twitter allows businesses and consumers to have instant conversations and get real-time information.
  3. Blog: A blog is a great way to show your consumers what your business is up to and to post any updates. Blogs can also be used to share information that you may think that your consumers could be interested in knowing, such as links to articles, events or any knowledge or expertise. Blogging can give your brand a voice and portray your brand’s values and passions through the content that is posted. This in turn can help to personalise your brand and increase the chances of customers who can relate to your business.
  4. SEO: With the amount of websites that now circulate the Internet and new ones going up everyday, getting your business discovered has become just as important as it’s content. Search engine rankings should be considered by businesses who want their websites to be found by potential customers. Both off-site and on-site SEO strategies can be put into place to maximise the chances of your website moving up the search rankings on Google. For example, targeting your desired audience by incorporating keywords, into your website, that they are likely to search.