When launching a new service, product or startup, it’s important to do so from an integrated and connected perspective. Marketing campaigns should be planned strategically across all available marketing channels. If a particular channel isn’t utilized it’s important to understand and notate why.
Creating awareness and buzz is best done in concerted partnership across multiple marketing channels, leveraging the audience and strengths available in each channel. Omni-channel marketing ensures that you’ve covered all the bases.
Once the purpose, theme, budget and schedule are determined, drilling down to analyze each marketing channel is necessary. Campaigns aren’t one size fits all, so a strategic play on how to utilize digital, traditional and out-of-home, as well how as how key tools such as targeting and segmentation impacts your messaging are important. How you communicate on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, can be decidedly different from Email Marketing, Radio, Banner Ads, Direct Mail, PPC or DRTV so it’s necessary to create customized copy for each channel that ladders up to your overall campaign theme and message.
Measurement is crucial in understanding what roles marketing channels play in the performance of your campaign. Implementing multi-channel attribution tools can assist in this area. While you may not see a direct conversion from some channels, knowing which channels are introducers and influencers are just as critical as knowing which ones are closers.
When launching marketing campaigns, do not do so in separation. Leveraging at least multi if not omni channels will yield better performance. I have witnessed organizations that launch campaigns in isolation – with different teams being responsible. The email team is launching a totally different campaign and message than the social team, etc. with no integration or coordination from the top. Creating an editorial and acquisition marketing calendar will help coordinate the efforts of multiple teams, and ensure everyone is on-message.
On your next campaign, utilize omni-channel marketing to engage consumers on their turf and to see a lift in performance.
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