As we witnessed in 2020, sometimes, it’s necessary to pivot your ad campaigns and messaging to suit the current situation and your customers’ needs. When it comes to marketing your business, however, one fact has proven itself to be true time and again: print is not dead.
In fact, print is experiencing a major revival, and this actually started happening in 2020. Amazon, for instance, came out with a printed holiday catalogue that helped spark nostalgia in customers who remember the “good ole days” of receiving their seasonal Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogs in their mailboxes. You may have also noticed an increase in mailers with advertisements and special promos to use at local restaurants, books stores, and other small businesses in your community.
Why the push to print from digital? Well, it’s clear digital is here to stay, but the cultural changes mentioned below suggest print isn’t going anywhere either:
- The average time Americans spend online (i.e., via laptop, smartphone, tablets) has significantly increased as many people are still either working from home, practicing at-home learning, or connecting to loved ones outside of their household. And this added screen time has developed what many refer to as “digital burnout.”
- Because the competition of attracting the attention of users across digital media is so high, brands are discovering that what their customers really want are personalized experiences, hence the push for promotional mailers that arrive in physical, not Gmail, inboxes. In fact, since most of the physical mail we receive are bills, and an unfortunately high number of spam, receiving an authentic, well designed ad from your local merchant is well received and much appreciated.
- Print is tangible. This means you can hold it in your hands, and it doesn’t change. Digital, on the other hand, is abstract. It can change depending on the situation and other influences. Though sometimes, this is a great benefit, especially as we saw with the pandemic and businesses needing to inform their customers of new policies and hours of operation, when something isn’t concrete, it can feel fake or inauthentic to your users. But print, on the other hand, helps mark a moment in time that cannot be deleted or erased from public view.
2021 Predictions in OOH Ads
It’s clear that print and Out of Home (OOH) advertising are going to be big this year. With businesses beginning to open back up to the public, and customers looking for more personalized experiences from brands, now is the time to regroup on your current marketing efforts to get your voice heard and engage a larger audience.
Depending on your advertising goals, we recommend the following OOH ad campaigns:
Gas Pump Ads
As more Americans are heading back to work, and those who have postponed travel are now resuming their plans, you can expect more traffic (literally) at convenience stores in 2021. To learn more about the benefits of gas pumps ads, and the options available to you (i.e., gas nozzle, gas toppers, ice boxes, etc.), read our article.
We’ve always believed in the power of truckside advertising to get your brand messaging to more people in less time. As consumers take to the streets and roads, it’s important to invest in marketing tactics that bring your advertisements directly to the customers, which then leads them right to your stores to complete a purchase. To learn more about the benefits of truckside advertising, read about our service offering.
Door Hanger Ads
If you already know where your target demographic lives, consider the benefits of door hanger ads for your outdoor advertising campaigns. Door hanger ads allow you to get your brand directly in front of potential buyers, as well as spread the word about a new product launch or sale via store coupons, loyalty discounts, or promotional codes. This also allows you to combine your digital and print efforts together. For instance, customers can receive a special promo in the mail (personalized experience) and use it to shop online at your eCommerce store. To learn more about the benefits of door hanger ads, read our article.
Get Connected with AllOver Media in 2021
The type of outdoor advertising you choose will depend on how you define success: Are you looking to attract more customers, convert larger sales, generate new leads, or a combination of the three?
To get started ramping up your 2021 marketing ads, contact AllOver Media. Our team has the experience, industry knowledge, and services you need to really gain traction on your 2021 ad campaigns.