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How to use Event Marketing to Explode your Lead Generation results

Ask any marketer what the most important marketing objective they need to deliver for their organisation, and up on top of the majority of lists would be effective Lead Generation. There is a multitude of marketing tactics we can use for lead generation (at Peazie we should know, we created a platform to deliver the most innovative and effective conversion campaigns). However sometimes in marketing, especially for those us in the B2B space, you just can’t beat the personal effect you get from Event Marketing.     

 

What is Event Marketing?

Event Marketing is the process of developing an exhibit or display (eg. trade show), or presentation/speaking event, or a combination of both as a way for a business to promote their service, product or organisation. Event Marketing is super powerful as it allows a business to leverage in-person engagement.

 

How Does Event Marketing Work?

Events usually have participants, a host, and sponsors. As explained below each play an essential role in the execution of the event:

  • Participants or attendees are ideally the final consumers of the product or service that is being promoted through the event. Attendees to an event can be:
    • Individuals making a purchase for themselves (B2C), or
    • Representatives of a company making a purchase on behalf of the business (B2B).
  • Hosts can be defined as the owner of the organiser of the venue. You can host or attend an industry event with a third party host.
  • Sponsors can vary depending on the type of business event you are attending:
    • Trades Shows Sponsors are the companies that bring a product to sell and help to pay the expenses of the event.
    • Presentation/Speaking Event Sponsors pay to be featured in the promotional material, event banners and are usually mentioned by the organisers to the attendees sometime during the event.  

 

If you are hosting the event, you will likely be a sponsor, but you can also solicit other sponsors and limit attendance only to companies who choose to help with your budget. We actually did this ourselves last year when we sponsored and presented at ‘Perfecting your Promotion’, a fantastic event held by our friends at Plexus.

 

Why is Event Marketing Such a Powerful Tactic for B2B Lead Generation?

Event Marketing is the is the bread and butter of the startup or growing B2B-based company. The more that you get in the field, the better your sales will be. Most B2B reps like to create a personal connection to ensure the longevity of a relationship before committing.

 

Each type of event has different strengths as to why they are so powerful for lead generation:

 

Trades Shows:

  • At Trades Shows businesses send representatives to events for the express purpose of meeting good partners – there is usually no such thing as a window shopper at events that cost money to attend.
  • You also have a chance to really spread your message far and wide. Big banners, loud displays and expansive promo efforts work well at trade shows.

 

Presentation/Speaking Events:

  • At Presentation/Speaking Events if you happen to be one of the presenters you have the amazing opportunity to have the whole room of people attention focused on you. (Make sure to provide lots of value with your time on stage, and NOT be too salesy)
  • If you are not a presenter there are still plenty of lead generation opportunities open to you at these types of events. You can sponsor the event which is a great way to get your brand’s name out.
  • Make sure to take advantage of the networking opportunities. Networking is key, make sure to talk to the person sitting next to you, talk to people between breaks, and also make sure to mingle at the after event drinks.

 

At these events make sure you have a plan of how you are going to collect your leads contact information. Are you going to give away a free trial or sample of your product or service? Maybe you can give away a small gift, or give people the opportunity to win a major prize. Remember in order to receive a leads contact details like a name, phone or email you need to offer value in return.    

 

What Goals Should Your Event Marketing Strategy Have?

You are likely spending money when you engage in event marketing. Your number one priority should be extracting a return from the experience. Set a budget and an expected return, and stick to your plan so that you will have the best chance of meeting your ROI.

 

ROI does not have to be revenue generation; as a matter of fact, redefining ROI as a certain level of lead generation is usually a better strategy. Bigger sales usually have a longer sales funnel.

 

In summary, event marketing is great for lead generation as it allows you to gain clients more quickly, and you create a more personalised relationship. Not only that, but you end up spending less money generating leads because you can focus on business reps who are showing real interest instead of waiting on clickthroughs. Nurtured right these leads can turn into long-lasting relationships.

 

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How to Use Co-Marketing for Your Next Promotion

When searching for new ways to market your next promotion it’s important to remember it’s not always about the flashy tech or latest trends. Sometimes it’s the strategic partnerships you create that take your promotion to the next level. Co-marketing is one of the best ways to bring a bit of excitement into any promotion, and there are cost saving benefits as well. Here are some of the best applications of the co-marketing concept for your next promotion.

 

What Exactly is Co-Marketing?

Co-marketing is a marketing partnership in which two or more companies share resources, data and costs that would otherwise fall on the shoulders of a single company. The combined perspectives of the participating companies should hopefully provide a more comprehensive view of the commercial landscape and lead to more successful results.

 

How Co-Marketing Works

Your marketing campaign has holes in it. Don’t get mad; it does! Sometimes, a fresh set of eyes is the only thing that can draw focused attention to the problems. You will have insights that your partner(s) will not, and vice versa. You will also be able to bring assets that your partners don’t have, and once again they will have assets that you want.

 

For example your partner may have a customer database that would align with your brand, and would be perfect for you to market your product or service to. If this is the case why not create a joint promotion? Creating a promotion with the right partner has huge upsides. You can share resources, share costs, and advertise the promotion to your respective audiences. If you create an awesome promotion (like the ones Peazie do) you have the potential of thousands of entries. When you share the data obtained from the promotion you will now have people to add to your list that were fans of your partner, and they will obtain a new a list of people who were fans of yours. You suddenly have an entirely new audience to market to and this was all from using a clever strategic partner. This strategy works incredibly well when the products that you and your partner are selling are complementary products.

 

The data that you have on your customers will also help to speed up the process of analysis. Could your buyer’s profiles use a bit of tweaking? You will find out faster if you have access to partner data that showcases an audience that you may have missed. New profiles usually lead to new directions in terms of marketing. You may prioritise different websites with banner ads or attend different industry events. You can more easily streamline successes and cull away failures if you analyse them together.

 

How to Acquire Co-Marketing Partners

The best place to start is usually with companies that have complementary products or services: If you are selling sunscreen products, then a surfwear company might be a good choice. You are not in the same direct market, but the sales of one product definitely increase with the sales of the other.

 

Does your company attend industry events or trade shows? Then this could be a great way to find companies that are looking for partners. In most cases, companies will connect with you quickly if you let it be known that you are trying to shoulder marketing costs.

 

Have you taken a look at your current list of work contacts? Chances are there are several complementary businesses you already work with that would make the perfect partner for a promotion. Make sure that you focus on companies that are similar in scale – smaller companies could probably be too much of a burden, and larger companies may require too much from you.

 

In short, the right partnership can be great for your company. Put the word out, set your expectations, and see if you can create a co-marketing campaign with a helpful partner business.

 

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Campaign Tracking: What it is & How to use it

What is Campaign Tracking?

The modern methodology of campaign tracking goes back to a company named Urchin Software Corporation, a data management company that was acquired by Google in the year 2005. Urchin created the standard known as the UTM, or the Urchin tracking module. This tracking module sets today’s standard for campaign tracking, which is the organization of relevant data that comes from your social media pages and other promotional efforts.

Campaign tracking can take on any form that you wish depending on the key performance metrics that you set. If you are looking for the answer for how to increase company revenue, you will track a particular set of data. If your goal is conversions or impressions, the campaign of data that you track will be different.

Basically, you are putting eyes on the money that marketing says that you should spend. R&D and IT might have a point – those guys DO get carte blanche to say anything they want. No more! The data never lies.

 

How Do You Use Campaign Tracking?

Use campaign tracking to quantify your assumptions about how your key performance metrics are being met or not met. For instance, if you are trying to find out which social media network deserves more of your marketing dollars over the new quarter, then you should probably determine the network that drives the most traffic to your landing page. The secret is to focus your efforts on the data that is most relevant to the goal that you are trying to achieve.

Use tracking for bragging rights. If your marketing guys get into a friendly competition about who gives the best predictive analysis reports, bet on the next data tracking campaign – loser has to set up every report in Excel for the next month!

 

Why Use Campaign Tracking?

Not only does campaign tracking give you a benchmark for future predictions that are based in data, but you also give yourself a more effective platform on which to move in your current business efforts. When you are trying to sell a business, your tracking will come into question. Investors are just as interested in how you gather your data as they are in the data itself. Each channel that you are comparing can have its ROI tracked, so you can compare apples to apples for whatever metric you are trying to find.

Tracking solves arguments. Forget about office politics – take it to the spreadsheets. Data will shorten the time that your people spend talking about empty strategy and move people towards a singular goal, one that is agreed upon by the dispassionate computer. Save the emotions for the happy hour bar!

 

When Should You Use Campaign Tracking?

In short, use tracking whenever you can. It always costs a company less to analyse data than it does to play trial and error with marketing and development strategies. “A stitch in time saves nine,” as Aesop might say, meaning that “an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.” Yes, it is bad form to define one pithy, taboo quote with another pithy, taboo quote, but you get the point.

Peazie is fast becoming an industry choice for promotional campaigns because of its ability to quantify analysis through quality campaign tracking. We organise campaign tracking for each promotion and competition we create. We manage the campaigns from end-to-end and advise how to optimise your traffic during the campaign to ensure the best quality leads, and highest amount of leads.    

 

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6 KEY takeaways from ‘Perfecting your Promotion’

A couple of weeks ago Peazie had the pleasure of presenting at the ‘Perfecting your Promotion’ event held by our friends at Plexus. It was a great turnout with many insights into how to leverage data to improve your promotions. For everyone who couldn’t make it here are the top 6 key takeaways from Peazie’s presentation:

 

1. Lead with the benefit

“Win XYZ” (what you win) should be your headline act, not “Buy XYZ” (the behavior you want to change).

Peazie has run thousands of campaigns, so we know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to writing headlines for a promotion. Clearly stating what a person will be gaining from entering the competition always works a lot better than using a headline that states why you want them to enter your competition. Remember everyone’s favourite radio station: WiiFM (What’s In It For Me)

 

2. Simple entry mechanics

Remove as many barriers to entry as possible. Do NOT run games of skill. You can ask for more effort or data from a consumer, but make it simple and fun otherwise your audience will ‘bounce’.

This is very simple to understand, the more barriers and friction there is to someone entering your competition, the less likely they will enter it. Our job as marketers is to design a promotion that removes as many barriers as possible.

 

3. Perceived attainability outweighs total prize pool

Counter intuitively, 10 x $10 performs better than 1 x $1,000… And instant win out-performs grand prize draws every day of the week – because we humans are impatient.

Having a large grand prize drives a lot of attention for a promotion, however we have examined the data from running thousands of campaigns and it consistently shows offering multiple smaller prizes actually gets more conversions. Reason being when people think the odds of winning is in their favour they are a lot more likely to enter a competition

 

4. Decide what’s more important – quantity or quality

Whilst cash drives the highest quantity customer acquisition, an incentive that is only of value to a good customer will drive better quality customer acquisition. If possible, measure the quality of your acquisition in real-time and optimise against it.

We have tried many different prizes over the years, we know cash works well with a mass audience. The freedom of choice that cash brings leads to a higher conversion rate. However when working with a niche target market, choosing the right prize, that is highly valued by the entrant will give them the incentive needed to supply their personal information to enter the competition.

 

5. Measure everything and optimise

3 banner ads targeted at 3 different audiences driving people to 3 pages = 27 campaign variants. Without exception, One of those variants will work MUCH better than another. Tech has made this level of real-time optimisation easy.

One of the biggest advantages of being a marketer in the digital age is that there are multitude options for advertising platforms. Platforms such as Facebook and Google Display Network allow great targeting, great reach, and multi-variant testing options. Ads should be tested, measured, and then optimised for ultimate performance to drive the best quality of traffic to ensure a highly successful campaign.     

 

6. Repeat your successes

Again, modern tech has enabled us to step-and-repeat great promotions. As marketers, we also know that frequency drives recall and saves us cash – so if you can avoid building a new promotion, step and repeat an existing success.

The reason Peazie can give any business a competitive advantage is that we have collected data on every single campaign we have conducted. We know what works, and what doesn’t, and you can be rest assured any campaign we create for you will apply the latest in data-driven promotion design.

 

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4 Classic Ways to Use Customer Data

Here at Peazie, we’re a big bunch of data nerds – we LOVE it. We use insights from the data we have collected from running thousands of campaigns to continuously create high converting promotions for our clients. We also strategise what type of data our clients should be collecting from their promotional landing pages in order to achieve the best result.

You may already have some great data that you are not taking advantage of. All of those names and addresses that you have sitting in your database are actually a treasure trove of information that you should be using to expand. Here are the top four ways that the random customer data that you accumulate without even trying can help you.

 

Personalisation

The data that you collect can help you to create a more personalised experience for your customers. Your customers will spend around 13% more money with you if they feel closer to you, a study by Infosys shows.

Creating a buyer profile from customer data allows you to create personalised recommendations for your best customers and provide geo-targeted promotions on the mobile platform.

 

Offer Customisation

If you already know who is buying from you, then you can customise your loss leaders specifically to their needs, following closely in the footsteps of top enterprise companies who are already doing this such as HP. Your most loyal customers are the ones who deserve the most customised offers anyway, and their data is the key to creating that offer for them.

If you have real time data, you are in a privileged position. You will be able to watch your targeted promotions move directly to the channels that work best for that audience. Watch your engagement and conversion rate soar as you directly answer the call of your most loyal clients.

 

R&D

In today’s highly competitive and instantaneous market, each iteration of your products must outperform the last. Your customer data can speed up the feedback that you get on your current product line, allowing your R&D to move more quickly in the direction that your customers demand.

If you apply the proper analytics to your customer data, you will be able to specifically identify the products that your clients will pay for, as well as the price point that will maximize the effort for you. You can direct R&D in a way that focuses on improving the most salient aspects of your products.

 

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Your best prospects are always moving between channels, and your customer data is the best way to follow them. You will be able to more closely monitor the journey of a prospect that becomes a customer, focusing more of your efforts on the campaigns that were most effective for you.

Customer data also allows you to find the behaviour patterns of your highest value clients. With this information, you can take full advantage of Pareto’s 80/20 rule (you get 80% of your profits from 20% of your customers), reducing your marketing costs while improving your ROI.

This list is only the beginning, make sure to contact Peazie to learn how to create a promotion that captures the right type of data, from qualified leads, to help you achieve your business objectives.

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The Top 3 Benefits of Event Marketing

In a nutshell, event marketing is when a brand hosts, sponsors, or takes part in some form of offline or online event, exhibition, or presentation. Here at Peazie we love event marketing, this year alone we have sponsored many events such as Mumbrella360, and the Rakuten Marketing Symposium just last week. These events have been a great opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people, amazing brands, and create relationships for years to come.  

 

Event marketing is so powerful because they offer brands the ability to meet often huge numbers of high-quality potential cliental with the hope of making a lasting impression, and building a strong foundation. Traditional advertising takes a more “spray and pray” approach, often sending a general message to millions of consumers via wider reaching methods such as billboards, magazines, and television commercials.
The benefits of event marketing, cover every aspect of the marketing process, from brand awareness through to sales, and even retention. So, no matter what your goals are with your marketing strategy, chances are event marketing can significantly increase your chances of hitting your targets. Here are some of the biggest benefits of event marketing.

 

1. Brand awareness

Hosting, sponsoring, or even simply taking part in an event places your brand in front of a primed, high-quality, often purchase-ready audience of consumers. Sponsors and hosts can obviously benefit from a hands-off approach as their brand identities are often plastered over the event paraphernalia, and sales representatives can also benefit from the increased exposure by taking the opportunity to network in a more natural, “in-person” environment.

 

2. High quality lead generation

All marketing roads lead to sales, even those with noble intentions. Of course, we all want to “provide value”, and “build trust in our communities”, and at the end of the day, the overall goal of marketing is to generate more high-quality leads, with significant potential to turn into sales. Without leads, there are no sales, and without sales, there is no business. The vast increase in brand awareness offers an equally vast increase in the number of potential leads. Unlike traditional advertising methods, the leads generated by events are, more often than not, significantly higher quality, consisting of like-minded people, or consumers who have actively sought out your brand.

 

3. Build long lasting relationships

By far the biggest benefit of event marketing is that it has the potential to introduce your brand to a vast audience of eager clientele. The audience in event situations has already chosen to engage with your brand, so rather than talking at them, like you would with traditional ads, events offer the opportunity to have valuable, in-person conversations.
Trust is the most important asset any brand can build with their potential, and existing customers. Above all else, if a client trusts your brand over another, there is a significant probability they will choose you. Event marketing offers the opportunity to build trust in your brand, and can result in significant, long-lasting relationships.

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4 Ways to Supercharge your Startup Marketing

For startups, finding budget friendly ways to supercharge your marketing strategy is crucial. Very few startups have the luxury of a big budget, and navigating the minefield of marketing buzzwords can lead to a whole lot of wastage, and very little ROI.

To point you in the right direction, here are 4 ideas to help supercharge your startup marketing.

 

1. Create regular, useful content to help, not sell.

Content marketing is one of the most consistently misunderstood elements of a marketing strategy. Traditional sales techniques and ideologies suggest any “content” should show off the best features of the company, the product, and the brand. But in this day and age, that’s simply not effective anymore. In a world where a quick Google can give you pages and pages of data on an individual, it’s more important than ever to cut through the sales talk and aim to help prospects and readers.

To find effective and impactful content, you need not hire a copywriter or professional writer. Instead, use the knowledge and expertise of your existing team to develop content that matters to your customers, and can position your team members as experts within the industry.

 

2. Use video to engage customers and leads

Video is one of the most versatile ways to engage with your customers and leads. The great news is, video has never been more accessible than it is right now. Whether it’s posting regular vlogs on YouTube, Stories on Snapchat and Instagram, or live streaming a Q&A, exploring video platforms is a great way to both engage your existing community and provide value to others.

 

3. Use competitions to drive awareness and build your database

When it comes to generating leads, and increasing brand awareness, few ways are as effective as giveaways, promotions, and competitions. Historically, if you wanted to build a database it would have cost you the earth, and taken a whole lot of manpower. The good news for startup marketers is those days are behind us, and with promotions and competitions, it’s now easier than ever to collect data and drive leads in your marketing funnel.

For us here at Peazie using competitions and promotions are some of our favourite techniques. We have used our platform to power thousands of successful promotional campaigns, helping companies across Australia to reach their database growth, lead generation and sales goals.

 

4. Be part of the conversation

One of the most effective and valuable marketing strategies to drive both brand awareness and trust is to engage in real conversations with prospects, leads, and customers.

Whether it’s commenting on customer’s blog posts or engaging in a discussion around one of your expert topics, your goal should be to have valuable conversations with the individuals who ultimately make up your community. There is no hard and fast rule here, and no secret to success. Simply be authentic, be yourself and genuinely want to have a two-sided conversation.

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Inbound vs. Outbound Marketing: Pro’s and Con’s

The debate of Inbound vs. Outbound marketing has become increasingly one-sided over the past few years. Many marketers across the globe have all but jumped ship on the traditions of Outbound marketing, instead placing the Inbound method at the core of their strategies.

Is it smart to ditch Outbound marketing? Should marketers be focusing solely on bettering their Inbound successes, instead of sticking with the dwindling ROI Outbound is reportedly providing?

The answer is quite a complex one. Although experts and gurus are readily pushing Inbound like glowsticks at a 90s rave, the truth is it varies from business to business, and from strategy to strategy, while the line between both methodologies is not as polar as one might expect.

To help you decide if Inbound or Outbound are right for your campaigns, here’s a quick rundown of a few pros and cons.

 

What is Outbound marketing?

Outbound marketing is any type of marketing that reaches out to prospects and leads, more often than not with the specific intention of closing a sale. Traditionally, these have included things like TV, Radio, direct mail, and event marketing, as well as telesales, door-to-door canvassing, and general cold calling. In the digital sense, this also covers things like PPC, email blasts, and banner ads.

Pros

  • Deliver a single message en masse: Whether it’s a commercial, banner ad, or email blast, being able to get a single, concise message to a specific audience is a huge benefit.
  • Quick results – easier to optimize: In the digital sense, it can be quite easy to know when outbound marketing is working, and therefore easier to see where improvements can be made.
  • Potentially generate a huge amount of brand awareness: One of the biggest plus points to Outbound marketing is it gets your brand in front of eyes. After all, one of the main goals of outbound is to get more eyes on your brand.

Cons

  • Often feels less authentic: The main gripe that marketers have with outbound, is the sense that it is not as authentic, and thus less appealing than inbound.
  • Expensive to succeed: Mass audiences and fast results don’t come cheap. Without plowing a decent budget into your outbound efforts, chances are your single message will reach fewer eyes and ears than you need it to.
  • One and done: Reliance on outbound methods can mean that once this advertising stops, so does the attention and sales it generates. In many ways, adopting a completely outbound approach can make it harder to focus on anything else without taking an initial hit on your conversion rate.

 

What is Inbound marketing?

Inbound marketing is the golden child of the marketing elite. Essentially, it is any type of marketing that improves the likelihood of attracting prospects and leads to your brand, including things like blog posts, SEO, ebooks, and more creative content, and more recently app-based marketing.

Pros

  • Cheaper to succeed: Inbound marketing is not always cheap, but improving the chances of success can be more cost effective than with outbound. SEO, blog posts, and content marketing, for example, are all cost effective to produce and implement.
  • Ongoing success: Inbound isn’t “one and done”. Over time, the more effort and focus you place on creating content, the more likely your brand will continually show up in search results as a source of reliable information.

Cons

  • Success is not simple and takes patience: Although success with inbound is cheaper than outbound, it can take a lot of time to see any substantial results. In many cases, this can lead marketers to abandon their inbound strategies before they have a chance.
  • Lots of noise: By far the biggest downfall of inbound marketing is its popularity. Most marketers are already making a huge impact with their inbound strategies, which in turn makes it harder for new brands to rise above the noise.
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Why is Building a Database so Important?

In the early days of digital marketing, a database was little more than a list of names, or business contacts. On a good day, there were a few people who might be interested in your product. Or, at least, had shown some interest in the industry. Data collection was tough and expensive for the small business marketer, and it was common practice to just purchase a database, and bombard them with sales literature.


Fast forward a couple of decades, and the outlook isn’t half as bleak. Data is in abundance, and the means to capture data and build a database is now more affordable than ever. This said, it’s alarming how many still consider purchasing and spamming a list a suitable marketing tactic. Sure, in all likelihood it will probably result in some conversions – after all, if you throw enough dirt at the wall, something will eventually stick. But as any marketer will attest, not all conversions are created equally.

Lead quality


If there is one reason why building a database is so important, it is lead quality. Lead quality is everything. It influences whether or not an individual converts. It impacts how long a customer remains a customer. And it plays a huge part in determining how much it will cost to retain that customer for the long term. Building a database from scratch gives you control over the quality of your leads. Unfortunately, you can’t achieve the same result with a purchased database without significant expense.


Build a community


Building an active, engaged community is at the top of many marketers to-do lists, and rightly so. In this day and age, the divide between business and consumer has been torn down by social media, creating an open line of communication between brands and customers. One that allows businesses to offer value, and cultivate loyalty in return.

Using social platforms to engage your database can act as a crucial building block for your community. And it goes without saying that the higher the quality of your leads, the more active and engaged your community can become. This, in return, makes it a whole lot easier to retain your customers, and a whole lot cheaper too.

How to build a database


So, all this talk about databases, community building, and retention is all well and good; but how do you actually go about building a database filled with high-quality leads? Traditionally, marketers would have had to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to conduct surveys, gather customer research, and run campaigns to collect enough information to compile a full database of potential, and existing leads. 

The truth is, consumer data is in abundance online. It’s simply a case of having a tool that helps you not only capture it but also make sense of it all. As a result, building a high-quality database from digital data can be a lot easier than you might think, be it through social campaigns, image upload competitions, or campaigns that drive your digital contacts to your physical store. The limit to your database building really is your imagination.

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Top 4 Extinct Marketing Tactics

As marketers, we are forward thinking and fickle creatures. Always quick to jump into something new, and throw the old tactics out the door. Over the past decade, we’ve seen the rise and rise of social media. We’ve seen direct mail give way to “outbound marketing”, and we’ve seen display ads all but usurped by inbound and content marketing. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the top 4 extinct marketing tactics of yesteryear.

 

The Long Form Homepage

 

You remember these right? They began with a super-intense, fictional sob story about how hard it was to work a 16-hour day and raise a child with a serious health condition. Especially when your wife has an addiction to Jimmy Choos. They would invariably end with the promise of a 6-figure salary, a supermodel wife, and a child with a football scholarship to an Ivy League college. Thankfully, these “sales letters” often turned out to be little more than Ponzi schemes. And have all but died out in a world where everyone is Googlable.

 

Direct Mail

 

This might be a point of contention for some. But in the digital age, savvy marketers soon realised the traditional direct mailer – often a simple flyer sent to your secretary, and often binned before it reached your desk – was a waste of time, and budget. Particularly in the world where every digital interaction is trackable. The reality is Direct Mail hasn’t gone extinct, it’s just evolved into the pseudo-personal email campaigns we know and love today.

 

“Link me and I’ll link you back”: Link farms

 

Do you remember when SEO first became a buzzword in the business world? When everyone began stuffing their websites with a word they thought would make them show up at the top of search? Well, that wasn’t the only dodgy tactic. For many, swapping inbound links was a great way to boost your SEO credentials, and from credible sources, it still can be. But back in the day, there were a few marketers who tried gaming the search engines. Using aggressive linking strategies from parked domains, to build up the number of inbound links to a website. Or offering reciprocated links, no matter the relevance. It wasn’t long before search engines cottoned on and began penalizing those pesky link farmers.

 

Phone Book Ads

 

Ah, the Yellow Pages. Nowadays, as consumers, we take it for granted that we’ll be able to find contact details for a specific business. But before search engines, those garish, almost fluorescent pages got us out of many tight spots. From finding a same-day florist on the morning of your anniversary to providing the number of that great takeout, they always had our backs. For marketers, they offered an unparalleled opportunity and the potential to reach millions of people. Or at least those who had the patience to sift through their finger-staining, carbon covered pages!