It sounds obvious but outdoor marketing is marketing that takes place outdoors. As things have progressively moved into the digital space, many people forget how exposed they are to a brand’s marketing when they step away from their screens. From stickers, to bus stop posters, vehicle wraps, shop signs and even furniture like cafe barriers. There is an abundance of effective ways you can market your business outside the online sphere.
Outdoor marketing is locally targeted and often encourages consumers to subconsciously interact with a brand when they are thinking about a purchase.
Why is Outdoor Marketing Important?
Outdoor marketing helps to engage and connect your audience to your brand, where they live, work and play. Once mixed with a bit of creativity, you can connect with a number of people who may not have previously been aware of your brand. Marketing outdoors will help you to create a unique brand image and divert foot traffic without a major investment.
Utilising outdoor marketing as a strategy to grow your business is a worthwhile tool to consider. It is pervasive, yet subtle. You are not forcing your customers to look at your marketing materials but many times it is difficult to avoid it. Due to this, it is a great way to keep your brand top of your customers’ minds. Visibility nurtures familiarity, and familiarity leads to trust. This is exactly what outdoor marketing aims to do and why it is so vital to incorporate within your marketing plan. Developing a memorable brand, both online and offline, will help you generate sales. We recently wrote about developing the memorability and strength of your brand, feel free to take a read.
Benefits of Outdoor Marketing Right Now
Business has been forced outside a lot recently. Using outdoor marketing tactics in your favour can do wonders for your brand recognition and brand trust. This improved recognition and trust leads to a growing audience and high conversions. Here’s how marketing outdoors can benefit your business:
Outdoor Marketing Helps to Improve your Brand Recognition:
Customers rarely purchase from a brand on their first interaction with it. Getting your brand out in the public domain can do wonders for accelerating the sales funnel process. When your branding is exposed on parasols, cafe barriers and signage around the area and splattered on coffee cup stickers, you are actively getting your brand out in the public eye. You are subconsciously planting the seed for them to interact and be aware of your brand. 47% of consumers expect brands to market their business in outdoor spaces.
Outdoor Marketing Helps to Deliver Messages to Your Audience:
Utilise outdoor marketing tools to generate interest between you and your potential customers by tailoring your messaging to them. Design your marketing collateral in a way that reflects the needs and preferences of the people that you are trying to target. Doing this will allow your business to better connect and communicate with your target audience. Think of your ideal customer avatar’s tone of voice, visual preferences, and needs. Connect with them through the design and message of your outdoor marketing.
Build these long term associations with your audience through effective messaging. An enticing brand will encourage people to want to get to know your business more. Outdoor marketing allows for this to happen and gives your audience the opportunity to interact with your brand without any distractions. It can help to captivate their attention and permit positive results when it comes to sales and brand recognition.
The ability to contact your audience in real time and cut through the clutter at their convenience is incredibly beneficial. Outdoor marketing helps to pull them towards your brand, establishing a seamless way of marketing your brand and conveying your message.
When you can garner attention with outdoor materials to your benefit, you will not only increase your brand recognition, but also amplify your brand value. Your outdoor marketing strategies have the ability to fortify your brand equity which in turn benefits your credibility among your audience.
Being creative with your outdoor marketing can help you to effectively entice an audience into your sales funnel. Through outdoor marketing you can display your branding in a way that successfully attracts your audience. Consumers subconsciously choose a brand based on their branding and overall brand image. Getting your brand seen is of utmost importance and by marketing outdoors you are opening your business up to a larger audience than by not. Increasing the potential to grow your customer base and sales.
Outdoor Marketing is Cost Effective
Outdoor marketing allows potential customers to learn that your business exists before they know anything about it. It helps your business to get noticed. Even if a customer becomes aware of your brand via a digital medium, if they then see that your business invests in outdoor marketing like signage etc. they are automatically more likely to consider your brand to be reputable. This is a result of the consistency of your branding and marketing materials.
We know that investing in outdoor marketing materials is worthwhile when it comes to increasing your brand equity, but it is also a cost effective way of marketing your business. Outdoor marketing gives businesses the opportunity to market to a larger audience at a relatively low cost.
Drives Online Engagement
Outdoor marketing creates a unique opportunity to engage the general public. It’s a non-intrusive method of marketing. It subconsciously encourages potential customers to interact with your brand. An outdoor marketing campaign has the potential to drive customers to learn more about your business across a number of different mediums.
With this type of marketing, you can generate a powerful creative experience and engage your customers. We all know the influence the digital sphere has on consumer decisions. The way that consumers digest their information is constantly changing and, as mobile and digital marketing continues to saturate the landscape, outdoor marketing can be used to intercept consumers along their journey. Using creative outdoor marketing signage to cut through the clutter. You can engage potential customers by earning their attention and driving them to learn more about your brand online.
Types of Outdoor Marketing to Consider Investing in:
We have seen the benefits of outdoor marketing, now let’s look at the different examples of cost-effective, sales-converting outdoor marketing that your business should be investing in.
Shop Front Signage
Branding the outside of your bricks-and-mortar business and investing in window decals and signage will make your business appear to be more reputable. When you invest in your business’ exterior you are making your business easy to find and giving your customers an insight into your business before they even enter your store. First impressions are everything, so make sure you offer a great one!
Outdoor Dining Marketing Materials
If you are in the hospitality sector make sure that you take the time to invest in your outdoor marketing materials. Whether that’s a cafe barrier, parasol, or deck chairs and bean bags. Capture your audience and flaunt your branding to promote your business to customers who may just be passing by. Doing this will not only make your business more attractive but it will make your business more memorable to potential customers.
Flags & Pavement Signage
Use alternative promotional materials such as flags and pavement signage to catch the attention of those passing by. Advertising your brand by simply placing a flag outside your storefront or a sandwich board with a quirky and creative design can do a lot when trying to encourage potential customers to interact with your brand. They may not walk into your store straight away but they may easily interact with your brand online and do a little bit more research. When this occurs you have enticed them into your sales funnel!
Marketing your business in an outdoor space is just as important as marketing online. The potential to get new business by doing so is evident from the points above and if you are looking to create an outdoor marketing campaign, get in touch with your local Nettl studio and a member of our team would be delighted to help!