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5 reasons brochure design is still relevant in a digital world

5 reasons brochure design is still relevant in a digital world

It feels as though the key marketing tools these days are all online, as people find products, services and businesses online through search engines and targeted ads.  This in no way means that print is dead nor should it be. $24.66 billion was spent on print marketing in the US alone in 2018 and many businesses still have a brochure as a key piece of marketing collateral.  Here are 5 reasons that brochure design is still relevant in a digital world.

1. Size matters

Websites are good to showcase and raise awareness, but if you have a product or service that has more to explain, contains a lot of technical information or involve large drawings where you need to be able to see it all at one time, then you’re going to get more space and flexibility with a A4 brochure design.

2. Keep their attention

Research on how people read websites has shown that 79% of website users always scanned any new page they came across, as opposed to actually reading it.  If you’re happy with that level of interest that’s fine, but if the text itself is what’s important then a print item might be much more appropriate for your needs.

3. How mobile is mobile?

“We don’t need a brochure because now everyone has a mobile people can just look us up there and then.”  Is there always signal? Do they always have battery? Is their screen playing up?  Is their kid using their phone at the time to play CBeebies?  And if all of this backfires on you, are they going to remember you, your name and your business or event when they get their mobile back online?  If you have a brochure to give them, that’s the most mobile kind of marketing there is.  And assuming the brochure design isn’t too heavy to carry you can have some on hand at all times.

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4. Local visibility

If you’re running local events in particular, it’s easier to get people using brochures and flyers, as you can get your message to people in the relevant area only.  It also means that people don’t actively have to be looking for your online and you don’t have to have the technical expertise needed to run localised social media campaigns.

5. Not everyone is online

Alien concept I know, but more than five million people have never used the internet in the UK, and in 2018, of all households in Great Britain there were 10% who still didn’t have internet access. Reasons for this might vary but the fact is that there is a decent size audience that will never see you without an offline presence.

Get in touch for more information about our print and brochure design services.

 

How to make print marketing measurable

The rise of digital marketing is well documented, and some have said that print, as the formally ‘traditional marketing’ source, is now the official ‘non-traditional marketing’ source.  Where digital used to fit in with print, combining digital and print marketing seems to have more of a digital led feel.

One advantage of digital marketing as opposed to print marketing, is how measurable it is.  You can use analytics packages to see where traffic is coming from, the quality of the traffic and the conversion rate.

Traditionally you would measure print reach and engagement but the number of people it went to or went in front of, and looking for any enquiry or sale increases.  This could be unrealistic and unreliable.  Having said that, using digital marketing alongside print, or just boxing clever with your print marketing, means you can pretty accurate on measuring Return On Investment (ROI).  Here are some ideas on making print marketing measurable.

Unique landing pages for print marketing

On digital marketing you can give complex urls on landing pages to show every aspect of the campaign and measure it’s success including location, keyword and source.  On print there is no ‘click’ but you can make the CTA a specific url.  “Visit www.mywebsite.com/newyearsale for example is easy to type and find, and if that url was only used on your print campaign you can see how many people are following your CTA.  Even if your page does get picked up by searches, you can still see this and identify the keywords used.

Set up conversion tracking on this landing page

The ability to see the engagement on this campaign as well as just the amount of people reached is essential, because in addition to measuring the effectiveness of the landing page, it will also help you see if the print campaign is getting the right leads to the website.  It would be better to have 100 leads with a 10% conversion rate than 1000 leads with a 1% conversion rate, as if you’re paying for print by the number of items to print.

Setting up conversion tracking on your landing page means that you can see how many of those leads actually went on to do what you wanted them to do.  Whether that’s clicking to buy, downloading a brochure or attending an event, using conversion tracking is essential to monitor that.  A good web designer will be able to incorporate this into a design.

Get them to give you your print back

Whilst converting of course! The idea of giving out coupons is not exactly revolutionary but at the same time, it can be very cost effective in comparison to digital coupons. On average, digital coupons tend to perform 35% better when it comes to bringing in new customers, retaining existing customers, and raising brand awareness. However, printed coupons typically provide a higher return on investment, with digital coupons typically getting a lower ROI by 18%.

If you’d like more information on using print alongside digital marketing, get in touch with the team.