How does wide format printing impact cross channel marketing?

How Does Wide-Format Printing Impact Cross-Channel Marketing?

APRIL 7, 2020| SpeedPro


Graphics, Retail, Signage

If you’re not implementing a cross-channel marketing approach in your business, you’re missing out on a key demographic of consumers and leaving a lot of money on the table. Although many millennials shop online, as a whole, the American population still does a lot of shopping in-store. In a study of 46,000 shoppers, the Harvard Business Review found that multi-channel customers spend 10% more online and 4% more in-store than single-channel customers.

Savvy businesses that want to reach as many shoppers as possible and raise sales turn to cross-channel marketing. Here’s a little more on what multi-channel marketing entails, and why a wide-format printing solutions provider is an integral component to a strong cross-channel marketing approach:

What is Cross-Channel Marketing?

Cross-channel marketing approaches make it easy for customers to complete desired conversions on whatever medium they’re most comfortable with – giving them a more active role in the sales funnel.

In today’s technology-driven marketing era, there are many online channels you can leverage in order to reach potential consumers – from websites to email and mobile marketing campaigns. Still, your online marketing initiatives are most effective when used along with traditional avenues like in-store signage and traditional advertisements that will bring customers into your business.

Why Are Wide-Format Printed Ads Essential to My Cross-Channel Marketing Efforts?

While many businesses funnel their marketing dollars into online marketing campaigns, forward-thinking companies are placing more of an emphasis on traditional advertisements and focusing on a truly integrated marketing campaign across channels.

In 2019, the Out of Home Advertising Association of America announced that, compared to the previous year, out of home advertising revenue increased by 4.5% in 2018. This increase marks 35 quarters of continuous growth for the sector. Why is this seemingly old-school ad format still going strong? Companies are learning that the digital marketing space is becoming increasingly crowded and that many consumers still respond strongly to traditional marketing methods.

With a little over a quarter of internet users circumventing digital ads by using ad blockers, in-store and outdoor signage are some of the most effective and surefire ways to get ads in front of your audience. So, while digital marketing is generally effective, it’s less effective if it’s not used in a cross-channel approach with traditional ads.

Many consumers still respond strongly to traditional marketing methods.

How Can I Create Cost-Effective Traditional Ads?

Many of today’s modern marketers are well-versed in the world of digital ads but less knowledgeable about the ins and outs of effective traditional ads. That’s where comprehensive print solutions providers like SpeedPro come in.

We see ourselves as an extension of each of our clients’ marketing departments, making sure we are creating a true partnership with every business. We don’t just design and print large-scale graphics for your traditional ads. Instead, we work with you to create a comprehensive strategy that will seamlessly integrate with and complement your existing marketing efforts, while reaching your audience – when they’re offline – in the most effective ways.

The Most Cost-Effective Wide-Format Printing Products

Here are some essential traditional ad formats SpeedPro creates that consistently keep your brand top-of-mind for consumers, while also driving customer visits and sales:

  • Banners: Simple as they may seem, custom banners are some of the best ways to display a message that stands up to time and weather, and stands out with bold graphics. Since we use top-quality materials from leading manufacturers, you can rest assured your investment will last for years. And fully customizable, our banners can range from 30 inches wide up to 196 inches, providing clients with ample space to accommodate the design elements of their custom banner with superior quality and great visibility.
  • Elevator Wraps: In multi-floor venues with a lot of patrons, using the available elevators to your advantage can make for a unique marketing experience. Elevator wraps allow your company to add graphics and branded messages onto your elevator doors. Whether it’s an office building, mall or restaurant, displaying your message on these always-in-motion avenues puts your brand in front of your audience time and time again.
  • Point-of-Purchase (POP) Displays: When you’re taking a new product or service demonstration on the road, POP displays are crucial elements to use at trade shows and expos. These displays draw in potential customers to interact with your product, get to know your brand and ultimately, become a loyal customer.
  • Large-format corporate sign graphics: If you want to stand out to drivers or draw people to your business, large-format graphics are perfect. Coming in various sizes, they can be mounted on H-Frames, like a billboard, or placed directly on the side of a building. Though the signs can come with a higher upfront cost, they can pay themselves off many times over due to how attention-getting they are, enticing new customers to your business with bold graphics and messaging.

Make Your Print Ads More Cross-Channel Friendly

With all of the print ad formats listed above, you can add a digital element to them that further enhances the effectiveness of your cross-channel strategy. To merge the print and the digital, companies often include QR codes or unique URLs that help bridge traditional ads with digital channels where consumers can take advantage of web-only promotions and similar exclusive offers.

With a unique URL or QR code, you’re also in a better position to track the return on your investment by including a link to digital media by analyzing how much online traffic you generate and what percentage of visitors convert as customers. By using these analytics, you can refine your print ads to provide better-targeted ads more likely to generate a response. This level of personalization combines the customizability of the digital, with the staying power of print.

Whether your business is consumer-facing or B2B-focused, utilizing traditional ads – outside your business or at trade shows – is integral to an effective marketing strategy.

Choose SpeedPro for Your Wide-Format Printing Needs

Even though creating a comprehensive and memorable cross-channel marketing campaign may seem like a substantial undertaking, print solutions providers like SpeedPro can make it exponentially less time and labor-intensive for you and your team. As experts in the realm of visual communication, we’ll create eye-catching visuals for all your traditional ad formats – and make sure they work with your existing efforts to boost sales.

We’re the only nationwide network of studios that specializes in large-format printing, so you can trust SpeedPro to provide high-quality print signage that aids your cross-channel marketing strategy. Our extensive offerings of products and services will be sure to fulfill your creative vision.

Find your local studio to discuss the best signage options for your needs and receive a free quote.

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