Marketing History: A Present Day Success

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The Marketing industry has dramatically changed over the years. With new advances in market research and technology, marketing has taken a new spin, allowing it to generate all new avenues for clients and marketers alike. Even so, door-to-door marketing has been able to withstand the hands of time proving over and over again that sticking to the very foundation of marketing proves to be the most efficient way to grasp the attention of the consumer, making marketing history a present day success.

Beginning with the early 1900s, marketing has become a topic of discussion as it sprung upon the general public as a means by which to generate data to increase client revenue. In fact, “The idea of what later was called market research became endemic to the period between 1910 and 1920,” (Lockley 733). From this time forward qualitative research became a new means of market research for marketers. A man by the name of “George B. Waldron was doing qualitative research for Mahin’s Advertising agency around 1900. Harlow Gale, at the University of Minnesota, was using mailed questionnaires to obtain opinions on advertising in 1895 and in 1901, Walter Dill Scott undertook a program for experimental research on advertising for the Agate Club of Chicago,” (Lockley 733). Market research by the means of questionnaires was just the beginning of market research. It was the only way to get data and statistics for the time period.

In 1911, a man by the name of Curtis Parlin changed marketing research through his new techniques and ways of study. Parlin’s studies “were studies of marketing structures of industries—broad in their sweep, yet affording guidance where none had previously been available,” (Lockley 734). Parlin “built up a tabulation of the volumes of sales of department stores in cities of 54,000 and over—a tabulation sufficiently accurate to withstand considerable checking,” (Lockley 734). By studying not only the industry but also the volumes of sales, Parlin was able to increase revenue for his clients in the same way that door-to-door marketing does so for their clients as well. This was the foundation of market research at its best.

Since the early 1900s, there have been many changes in marketing and market research as a whole. It can be said that, “over the decades, the marketing discipline has experienced changes in terms of its dominant focus, thought, and practice,” (Kumar 1). Marketing has continually changed as the consumers have developed new ways of communication and as technology has advanced. These new changes have called “for a complete integration of marketing activities with business functions and creates opportunities for marketing scholars whereby research studies must now consider not only the marketing function but also its interface with other business functions,” (Kumar 4). Whereas before, marketing was strictly done so on a door-to-door level, marketing has become a multidimensional industry.

In recent years, social media has become a major part of the marketing industry. Marketers have found that “media usage patterns have undergone changes over the years. Specifically, the variations in customers preferences toward media channels have increased: people are spending more time on interactive media (interactive television, pure-play Internet and mobile services, and video games) than on traditional media (radio and print),” (Kumar 4). Even so, media cannot withstand the very foundation of market research. Advertisements via media only capture the consumers’ attention for a moment or two before it is quickly forgotten. In addition, consumers are bombarded by so many advertisements all at once that it is easy for an ad to get lost among the crowd.

Another form of marketing that has developed over the years is that of telemarketing. However, telemarketing has proven itself to be problematic especially “now that a nationwide do-not-call list makes it impossible to reach millions of potential customers, some U.S. marketing companies are returning to an old-fashioned alternative: door-to-door salespeople,” (Reeves 7). Although this form of marketing was once effective because the consumer had no choice but to answer a phone call, advanced technology, caller IDs, and blackout lists have made this sort of marketing inefficient for marketing firms. Hence, marketers are returning yet again to door-to-door marketing to achieve their campaign needs.
Email, yet another form of inefficient marketing, is still out and marketers are slowly learning that it is proving itself to be another lost cause. While some marketing firms still choose email as a means to advertise, this form of advertising can be frustrating and incompetent. For the most part, “unsolicited email annoys most computer users, and improved spam-blockers makes the tactic less effective. And it’s hard to persuade customers to visit a company’s Web site,” (Reeves 7). Although it is true that we live in a technology-based society, it is still difficult to drive consumers to company websites. Unwanted emails can be a disturbance to consumers and can easily turn them off. If a consumer receives an unwanted email, it is easy for that advertisement to be sent straight to the junk, spam, or trash box.


While technology-based marketing can be costly, door-to-door marketing can be an alternative for those looking to keep a low budget campaign. In fact, “door-to-door leaflet distribution is not only an extremely effective form of marketing, but it is also very cost efficient,” (Greener 30). While some companies chose to spend top dollar to get the latest and greatest technology based marketing campaigns, they fail to realize that the most efficient and cost efficient ad campaigns are right at their fingertips. Door-to-door marketing offers an inexpensive way of delivering direct advertising to targeted audiences.

Door hangers are showing that door-to-door marketing is proving that getting back to basics is the way to go. Statistics show, “as many as 79% of recipients keep, pass on or glance at leaflet distribution items, 38% keep it for days, while 13% retain it for a week or more,” (Greener 30). The longer the advertisement stays in a homeowner’s home, the higher the likelihood that the consumer will react to the campaign. With door-to-door marketing, “every household that is targeted by your leaflet has the advert viewed,” (Greener 30). Whereas other marketing campaigns are given a simple glance, door hangers are kept for longer periods and are proven to be kept for longer periods of time, thus further increasing response rates for the marketing firm and client of interest.

It is easy to get blinded by what is shiny and new. Everyone wants to be a part of the latest and greatest in technology to advance their ad campaigns, but what they don’t realize is that the foundation of marketing rests in the very basics. There is no need to mess with impersonal advertisements. The general public now seeks a personalized approach. Parlin and Waldron in the early 1900s had it right when they stuck to door-to-door advertising. Reaching their clients at their doorstep was the key to success and could be the key to your success as well. It’s time to stop looking for the new approach and stick with the foundation that works: door-to-door marketing.

Works Cited:
Greener, Robert. “Door Dropping Efficiency.” The Journal 1.1 (2012): 30. Newcastle Chronicle & Journal
Ltd. Web. 8 Nov. 2015.
Kumar, V. “Evolution Of Marketing As A Discipline: What Has Happened And What To Look Out For.”
Journal Of Marketing 79.1 (2015): 1-9. Business Source Premier. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.
Lockley, Lawrence C. “Notes On The History Of Marketing Research.” Journal Of Marketing 14.5 (1950):
733-736. Business Source Premier. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.
Reeves, Scott. “Door-to-door Sales Making a Comeback: Do-not-call List Curtails Marketers’ Efficiency,
Spurring Companies to Revive Old-fashioned Approach to Reaching Potential Customers.” The
Gazette (2003): 7. CamWest Interactive. Web. 8 Nov. 2015.

The Benefits of a Door Hanger

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Sometimes It’s Better to be Alone

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Making a Grand Entrance for Your Grand Opening

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Grand Openings can be stressful and hard to plan as they involve a great deal of advertising and planning for months on end.  With the stresses of the business itself at stake, the grand opening must come forth with a bang.  Businesses look to advertising agencies to help set just the right campaigns to bring forth as much clientele as possible.  Their goal is to get the business’ name out to the community as fast as  possible and to create a hype so grand that people will quickly flee to the grand opening to see what all the fuss is about.

A grand opening consists of welcoming clients to the very doorstep of the business and to lure them in.  Marketing campaigns such as door-to-door advertising further develop this idea as they bring the very notion of business right to people’s very doorstep.

Door hangers as a sense of advertising for grand openings work for a variety of reasons.  They can be utilized to announce the business’ very existence.  Presence alone can be hard to announce.  Door hangers allow a means by which to announce that a business has been created and will be opening in the near future, thus creating an awareness in the community. The goal is to avoid an unannounced grand opening and “To prevent your new franchise location from becoming yet another failed business statistic, it’s important to tackle the grand opening with advance planning, digital ingenuity and local relevance,” (Bowyer 38).  Without an announcement, individuals might not ever see or hear of such a business until months later or by hearsay.

Grand Openings also create a great way of announcing sales and what better way to advertise this than on a door hanger.  With companies who can customize door hangers size, look, and text- it’s the perfect way to get a buzz going about the business that is about to open. Promoting a sale could be a great way of putting the customer first.  Do just that by putting;

“The individual needs and wants of your local customers at the center of your offer- wherever they might see your business, whatever devices and channels they research and buy, and even the types of content and ads that are most likely to influence them to come in-store to browse and, if you’re planning this right, buy items repeatedly (Bowyer 38).”

It is important to note that allowing the customer to be the center of a marketing campaign can prove to be a highly effective marketing strategy.  In addition, when joined together with door-to-door marketing, the door hanger’s design could be crucial to the suspense and element of surprise it adds to the grand opening itself.   Make sure to “write, design, promote and optimize your content with the mindset that your customers’ local needs always come first,” (Bowyer 38).  Individuals always want to feel that their needs are being taken care of and always want to be amidst anything new and trending.  A fresh perspective and new business adds an element of excitement.

While sales are a great way to announce the grand opening, coupons are another great way to advertise the new business as well.  This can also be easily incorporated on the very same Grand Opening door hanger announcement. One must stop to question, “Is the offer of 20-percent-off the first visit strong enough to convince them to head over to your store on grand opening day?” (Bowyer 38).  If that percentage is not good enough, the marketing campaign or even future planning needs to be thought out further.  Through these coupons and discounts one might question, “could you convince them to return for a second, third or even a fourth visit with the promise of a discount?  These are just a few questions you should ask to make that offer compelling and irresistible enough to consider buying from your store over and over again,” (Bowyer 38).  Coupons give future clientele a reason to believe they will be getting a good deal that they simply cannot miss out on.  Adding the element of the “Grand Opening Event Sale” only further increases this idea that these deals might be a one-time deal.  Thus, coupons and sales announced in these advertisements can be a creative way of generating greater revenue and a higher response rate.

Giveaways are another great marketing tool at these Grand Opening events.  These giveaways can also be announced directly on the door hangers themselves.  People love to get anything that is free.  Announce a raffle giveaway to create an element of excitement.  This will get people wanting to step foot into the business for the simple fact that they might just have a chance of winning a prize.

Giveaways work but what better way to welcome someone to your business or make someone feel at home than to offer them food?  Just as one might find a friend at their doorstep and welcome them in for lunch or dinner, free food works as a great way of bringing in clients.  Yet, another element to add to the marketing campaign.

When running Grand Opening campaigns it is important to note that marketing companies must track all data.  In order to better understand the target audience, marketers must first gather this information from business owners so as to create a successful campaign.  In addition, all data in terms of where the door hangers were sent and the response rates, must be closely analyzed, as these will help in future advertising campaigns.  Grand Openings create a means by which to create new clientele but in order to keep those clients and expand clientele, the data gathered from these campaigns must be kept so as to further appeal to these clients in future ads.

Grand Openings should be just that- Grand!  With these marketing techniques and a few new door-to-door ideas, your new business should open with a bang! Know your market, create offers people won’t be able to deny, bring them right to their door step with a door hanger campaign that will leave them coming back and forth from their door step to yours, time and time again.

 

Works Cited:

Bowyer, Tracey. “Four Steps To Nail Your Grand Opening Marketing

Strategy.” Franchising World (2015): 38-39. Business Source Premier. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.

 

 

Front Door Marketing Outlasts Internet Era

A Long day at work and you come home to a pile of mail full of ads that you probably won’t even give a second look at before throwing them away with the rest of your trash. There’s no appeal. Nothing to catch the eye.

That’s where Power Direct Marketing comes in with its powerful front door marketing strategy. Surely this is not a new idea but even so, front door marketing has proved to be very successful for a number of reasons and here are just a few to consider as oppose to other forms of marketing.

1. With the explosion of the internet over the last decade, advertising via social media has become crucial for many companies. Yet, these ads prove to be nothing more than a nuisance to consumers and are often ignored. The consumer of today has been exposed to so much of this type of advertising that they have learned to either blur or block out these ads as if they don’t exist.

2. Email blasts: this type of marketing ends up in our “junk mail” box and if it happens to make it through, individuals are more than likely to delete the email. Bombarded by the ridiculous amounts of direct ad emails received per day, there simply isn’t a way to stand out.

3. Power Direct offers a service through which your printed materials are specifically designed for each set market, client, and industry. The front door marketing programs are made uniquely to fit the demographic of the region in which they are to be distributed.

4. Unlike email or regular air mail, front door marketing simply cannot be ignored. Front door marketing does stand alone. They stand out and whether the homeowner chooses to admit it or not, they must acknowledge their presence. At the very least, the door hanger is given a glance, which is more than can be said for ads placed in mail.

5. Similar to when an individual misses a package delivery, front door marketing material is hung on the door. Individuals are more likely to read them.

With all options considered, front door marketing is still a very powerful marketing tool. Power Direct offers distribution across the country in various quantities for your marketing needs. In an era where the internet has become everyone’s favorite marketing game plan, take a different approach and watch your sales increase as the results of front door marketing work for you as they have for all of our valued clients.

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Living in a world of media overload, Front-Door Marketing campaigns can generate impressive results.

The Direct Mail Association (DMA) 2013 Factbook reports that 65% of consumers have made a purchase as a result of direct mail.  Moreover, Direct Mail News announced that the average response rate for direct mail was 4.4% for both business-to-business and consumer mailings – quite a bit higher than industry expectations and significantly greater than its electronic mail counterpart at just 0.12%.

In addition to these impressive results, a more compelling fact to consider is that unlike solo direct mail or other direct response media, front-door marketing represents a uniquely visible channel with influential impact for message placement – free of the clutter that appears in the mailbox.

Power Direct is the leader in Direct-to-Door Marketing and proud to have helped leading national and regional brands achieve their goals. Front Door Marketing can be executed in any market across the country, at CPM’s less than solo direct mail, and with better response rates than newspaper, magazines, and shared mail.

Are you using the best medium to meet your objectives?   Broaden your reach beyond broadcast, email and the mailbox with a targeted front-door marketing campaign.

 

 

What is your brand doing to capture the surging purchasing power of the Hispanic audience?

Along with the continuing rise of the Hispanic population in the U.S., comes their surging purchasing power. Despite markedly lower average income levels, Hispanic households spent more on telephone services, men’s and boys’ clothing, children’s clothing, and footwear. Also, Hispanics spent a higher proportion of their money on food (groceries and restaurants), housing, utilities, and transportation.*

So what’s the opportunity for marketers? Are you maximizing every media opportunity?

Shoppers are not arriving at the store a complete blank state waiting for the right marketing message to move their purchasing decisions. Much of their motivation to purchase starts at home and for any number of reasons. Delivering a targeted message and offer to shoppers at home can influence purchasing decisions and put brands on the consideration list. Marketing to shoppers while they are at home drives awareness and consideration, trial and action, and loyalty and advocacy.

Front-door marketing offers direct access to the home and is optimal for brands looking to create an integrated path-to-purchase experience. Starting with a targeted and uncluttered message to the home via high-quality and high-impact door hangers, polybags, or samples, front-door marketing drives shoppers from the home to the next phase in the path. The traditional path-to-purchase picks up from there; by adding that front-end, in-home component, marketers gain an important, impactful point of contact that can successfully launch the shopper experience.

Front-door marketing is particularly successful to target multicultural segments. Using quality data analytics from Nielsen, Experian and MRI, Power Direct can shape your marketing campaign by identifying high populations of specific groups – including Hispanic audiences. Front-door marketing continues to drive results for national advertisers. Let us help you target and reach the multicultural audience for your brand.

*Source: Pew Research Hispanic Center

Front-Door Creative Ideas for CPG Marketers

In our last post, we discussed why a media like front-door marketing which delivers to the home is crucial for CPG and shopper marketers to leverage in creating an integrated shopper experience. But how can an alternative, non-traditional media like this be incorporated into a full-fledge CPG campaign? Here, we’ll share three front-door ideas to help you get started.

Front-Door-Shopper-Marketing-Ideas1. Front-door Sample
Sampling through the front-door is a very targeted approach, different from in-store or event sampling which reach category non-users and therefore have wasted sampling. Other benefits of front-door sampling include a shorter lead time (usually 10 to 14 days), no duplication (such as occurs in-store with repeat booth visits), and efficient cost per targeted sample delivered. Front-door sampling campaigns can mimic the brand’s campaign creative to drive synergy from the the contact in-home through to the store.

2. Shopping List Door Hanger
Get the ultimate control with shoppers with a shopping list door hanger and dictate where shoppers go in-store. You can also highlight brands front and center by adding them as a “must-have” item on the shopping list or by offering a specific promotion. A shopping list door hanger is also a great way to tie-in various different products, such as a “Family Dinner Shopping List” which could outline all the different products needed to cook a family dinner.

3. Reusable Shopping Tote
A reusable shopping tote, delivered as a branded bag or packaged into a smaller shape, helps you gain brand impressions from the store all the way to the store. Shoppers will value a quality tote that is environmentally conscious and additional incentives can be tied into the tote (i.e. 5% discount if you bring it in-store). The tote can also serve as a vehicle to physically hold other offers and inserts. 

You may also be interested in this case study about how front-door marketing was leveraged to increase trial for a product launch.

4 Creative Print Add-Ons to Drive Response & Engagement

One of the key benefits of print media is its tangibility, which opens up the possibilities for creative flexibility. Die-cut shapes and tri-folded panels are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some creative print media enhancements that range from simple to more complex, and can work for any budget.

Power-Direct-Front-Door-Marketing-Creative-Add-Ons1. Scratch-offs
Scratch-offs are most often seen and used in lottery games and tickets. That element of surprise and chance is a characteristic of scratch-offs that makes them a simple and relatively inexpensive add-on to any type of print creative. Most commonly, we’ve seen scratch-offs used for sweepstakes with one grand prize winner. However, other marketers have used scratch-offs just for the additional interactivity between the consumer and the print media, and the underlying prize is the same for everyone.

2. Gift cards
Affixed gift cards literally add some weight to a piece of print media. While gift cards can vary in type, less expensive options are available with gift cards printed just on a heavier stock. Gift cards are a great creative add-on because 1) they extend the life of your advertising message when the consumer keeps the card for use, and 2) they can achieve a variety of objectives, such as drive foot traffic, increase average load, or encourage repeat visits.

3. Rub-and-smell
One of the newer introductions to print media is scent technology. While past rub-and-smells delivered only standard stock smells like strawberry and lemon, today’s technology can mimic nearly any kind of unique scent. A Pine-Sol front-door campaign executed by Power Direct introduced two of the brand’s new scents on a two-sided door hanger, and the home care brand leveraged the front-door media’s ability to deliver directly to the home to maximize impact.

4. Paper engineering
What is paper engineering? Think pop-up construction, shifting panels, and pull tabs. While paper engineering is an interesting way to make a printed media engaging, keep in mind that more complicated constructions can get confusing and may not always represent your brand the way a simple pop-up would. Paper engineering is also a great option for marketers on a tight budget since the additional cost is usually for only paper rather than external materials.

Would you like to see some live, physical samples of any of these creative add-ons? Just contact us to request a media kit.

What are some other unique print add-ons that you have seen or used?