How To Promote Your Business Offline

marketing offlineIn this article, I am going to give you some great resources that will show you how to promote your business offline. It seems like many businesses, both online and offline, have forgotten about the power of offline marketing.

That is a shame because the reality of marketing a business is this. There is less competition offline than there is online.

I do not care if you are an offline business in a local market, or an online business that sells anywhere people show up from. Marketing offline is not that hard and you can expect only a handful of competitors at any given time.

So what do I recommend to promote your business offline? Keep TOMA, or top of mind awareness advertising in mind.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top-of-mind_awareness

Radio

When it comes to local business advertising, there’s nothing more powerful than radio advertising in my opinion. People still like to listen to local radio in smaller markets.

Even in larger markets, it can be effective, but generally, for an Internet business, this is hard to make it pay for itself. However, in a smaller market, you can do a radio campaign over a period of time and really began to brand your business and make people aware of who you are.

One of the great things about radio advertising today is, radio stations stream their advertising live on the Internet. It’s amazing how many people will listen to the radio this way while they are at work.

Of course, you have a captive audience when people are in their car and listening to the radio. In my opinion, this is definitely worth checking into in your own local market, and figuring out ways to complement your business with offline radio advertising that is also streamed online.

Referrals

When is the best time to ask for a referral? Right after you have a satisfied customer.

You should be reaching out to these people via snail mail, a telephone call, as well as an email. Do you have a referral program that pays people an incentive to refer you?

At one time in the Guinness world record book, the largest car salesman in the world built their business almost 100% on referrals. Give people opportunity to earn a little money referring you to others after they are a satisfied happy customer.

Promotional Items

This is really cheap advertising, but I’ve always been amazed how effective it can be. With promotional items, we are talking about things like pens, scratch pads, T-shirts, business cards, any little type of trinket that you can get your company name and website address on.

You should be handing these out everywhere you go and certainly giving them to your customers as you deal with them. Other things you can do would consider sponsoring a youth group sports team or sponsor an adult softball team.

You get the idea, you’re just trying to get your name out where people can see it. This is a form of: ” top of awareness top of mind awareness advertising” or Toma as is most off-line advertising like I mentioned at the top of this article.

Offline Social Networking

Ever hear of The Chamber Of Commerce, or Toastmasters, or Rotary, etc? How about leads groups? Kiwanis is another one that comes to mind here.

Before we had Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn we had offline social networking. This can still be an extremely effective way for you to promote your business in an offline network advertising way.

The key is to become involved in these groups and stay active. One great thing about these type of groups if you’re an Internet business person, it gets you away from your computer.

It gets you out socializing with people that can be a potential business for you, or at the very least can be a great source of referral business for you. The Chamber of Commerce in local markets offers a lot of great ways to capitalize on what they have to offer.

Joining a leads group would be an example of this. Members of the group use other members when they can and they refer them whenever they have the chance as they go about their everyday business.

Press Releases

Wikipedia defines a press release this way:

“A press release, news release, media release, press statement or video release is a written or recorded communication directed at members of the news media for the purpose of announcing something ostensibly newsworthy.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Press_release

As I look at this all kinds of ideas come up for combining offline marketing and an Internet business. The video release is intriguing for sure.

Newswire is where you want to learn more about using press releases. Here is the key thing to remember.

Whenever you have something newsworthy in your business use a press release to expand your reach for it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Press_release

mailing out newsletter

Start A Tips Newsletter

I saved this for last because it’s so intriguing. Start a tips newsletter, but go about it a little differently.

Print a hardcopy version of the newsletter and send it to people in the mail. Of course, offer them the option to also receive it in a digital format.

This is a form of direct mail advertising, but what you’re really doing is just offering tips that relate to the niche of what your businesses are all about. This is a passive way to keep your business in front of people after they’ve either subscribed or have become a customer. This may take a little work to get off the ground, but the long-term benefits are immense.

Summary: How To Promote Your Business Offline

I have just given you several ideas promoting your business offline. Using as many of these as possible opens up a whole new set of eyeballs on your business.

Don’t just tie yourself into doing Internet marketing when there’s a whole world of potential customers and business partners offline you were not currently reaching.

I would suspect the most Internet businesses can earn a full-time living just promoting in their own local market. Combine offline and Internet marketing to expand your reach and build your own top of mind awareness (TOMA) for your business.

The best place to start is with your business cards with your name, company name, your phone number, and a website. The best place to get your free website is by clicking on the Getting Started link below. Here you will have a community of people to help you along the way, together with some training videos showing you step by step how it is done. And I will be there to help you as well.

So, click on the getting started link below.

Getting Started For Free.

PS: Please leave me a comment or any questions you may have, I would love to get your feedback.

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8 Comments

  1. Hi Bishop,
    I never actually thought about promoting my online business offline. That opens up a whole new world of advertising. You have the wheels in my head turning. Thanks for all the great information, I certainly may try some of those methods. .
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa, yes, we get carried away working online that we forget about offline methods that still work today. There are tons of people who do not browse the Internet for information. So is good for us to provide them with some information offline so that they can go and do their research online.

      So is good to create an easy subdomain, that they can remember, and try to post them offline to catch the eyes of individuals on a day to day basis. Hope that helps and thank you for the feedback.

  2. Netta

    Hey David:

    Thanks for your interesting post. As a long-time offline marketer, I’m intrigued with your thought that the tried-and-true old-school stuff can be an aid to our online efforts.

    It’s true that the online marketing can become so hyper-focused that we forget that something as simple as passing out information cards about your blog could actually trigger an online search that leads a new customer or client to you. Hmmm….

    • Bishop

      Hey Netta, happy to know that you feel the same way. Some of my friends say they do not spend time on the Internet searching for stuff, but if you give them something to research on the Internet, that they will do.

      So yes, we have to remember that there tons of business that are out there offline and it do help to go back to the old-school way of things sometimes. Hope this way of marketing helps. Thanks!

  3. Referrals can be great. They can continue to advertise for you for a long time…

    I’m not sure why I never really thought about giveaways, but that is also a really good idea.

    I have done things like wear a t-shirt with my logo, and I have left a printed version of my logo in my car window as well. It’s hard to tell how much of an impact those things have had, but I figure that everything all together adds up.

    I might have to consider trying a newsletter…

    • Hi Craig, yes Referrals are great especially when their business is growing as well. it brings satisfaction knowing that your contribution is not wasted.

      For some reason, people love the idea of being thought of and giving them a free gift really goes a long way.

      Whenever you can leave something visual that people can use to get information, that adds a lot to your business. And information left in or on vehicles carry great value, cause a vehicle goes to many places and always in the eyes of the public.

      Please do try the newsletter, they work offline and online. Thank you for the comment, Stephen.

  4. Dear David,

    Yes indeed asking for referrals is one of the great ways. In my call center I made many sales because someone whom I already helped gave the reference and the conversion rate is also high because of the trust factor. “At one time in the Guinness world record book, the largest car salesman in the world built their business almost 100% on referrals. Give people opportunity to earn a little money referring you to others after they are a satisfied happy customer.” Yes I do read his book his name is Joe Girard!

    Your Friend,
    Paul

    • Glad you see the value of asking for referrals, this is a huge part of my business that is why we should focus on quality as opposed to quantity. If you give value to your customers and take the time to service them, they would be a huge factor in promoting your business to you indirectly. An advertising price that you do not have to pay for.

      Yes, I remember the Guinness world record with the car salesman, shows that referrals are a big part of your business. And some of your happy customers would be glad to earn a little money for referrals. Thank you for your input and insights on offline marketing.

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