9 Trends that Prove Print Advertising Still Works
Simple. Personal. Trustworthy. These are the enduring hallmarks of print advertising. And based on the trends showing up, print marketing will remain a dependable and highly effective way to boost your business for years to come.
So what are the latest trends in print advertising? Streng Agency is on top of them. Want to know more? Read on…
9 Print Advertising Trends to Watch
Digital media is bristling with activity that is growing exponentially. If your business doesn’t keep up on the trends, your signal can get lost in all the noise. It’s important to take advantage of every marketing medium available, and -in spite of arguments regarding its demise- print advertising does more than merely endure. It remains a major player.
Print marketing remains compelling, memorable, and engaging. Why? Because one thing will not change in human nature. We are tactile creatures who love to grasp and touch. Here’s a statistic that may surprise you:
82 percent of internet users in the United States trust print advertising more than digital marketing, according to marketing research institute Marketing Sherpa.
The simplicity of being able to reach out and touch something is comforting and feels all the more solid in this digital, virtual reality age of advertising. Having something tangible at hand continues to be a dependable way to build credibility for your brand with your target audience.
In fact, over the past few years, print advertising has been enjoying a real renaissance. 2017 saw print marketing flyers each past $15 billion in the United States, according to Statista. Projections predict the impact of print advertising to go through the roof when the final numbers come in for 2018.
There is little doubt, when you look at such stats, that print advertising communicates an authenticity that digital marketing can’t offer.
But the question remains: how can your business take advantage of print marketing strengths as they evolve in craftsmanship, intelligent design, and compelling storytelling? Here’s how:
1. Keep It Simple
There’s a reason the old saying “less is more” has never faded. And it is as true an axiom in print advertising today as ever; more so, actually, in this era of digital chaos. There is a yearning among consumers for a return to honesty and simplicity.
A minimalist approach wins the day. Print advertising that conveys clear, to-the-point elegance and purpose cuts through the fog of digital overload like a scalpel. So keep the imagery and text brief and on target. Take advantage of white space in your layout so you can showcase your product or service’s authenticity.
2. Personalizing Print Marketing
Print advertising is by nature a highly personal medium. Today, the personal side of it can be developed to more meaningful levels than ever. Your business can have customized posters, highly targeted flyers, and direct mailings created that leap over your competition.
You already have an online presence, right? That means you have at your disposal analytics about your customers’ preferences. Apply that to your print marketing to take the personal touch to the max.
3. Hybrid Your Digital and Print Advertising
Naturally, you aren’t going to abandon your digital marketing methods. That’s not the point at all to this article. Rather, you should turn your digital and print marketing campaigns into the perfect partnership.
Print advertising and digital marketing aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, well into the thick of our information age, these two media should be parts of a whole, working in concert to boost sales and revenue.
Any modern marketing agency worth its salt knows that digital and print marketing go hand-in-hand to develop the most innovative campaigns in today’s advertising trends.
Include QR codes in your print marketing.
QR stands for “quick response.” A QR code works very much like barcodes, but in the case of QRs, they generally lead to a web page.
QRs are a must-have in your hybrid marketing, so you’ll want to include them in all your print advertising. Consumers can scan the code with their phones or other mobile devices. This allows them to go directly to a landing page that allows them to order a product or service, enjoy freebies, or get more detailed information about your brand.
QR codes turn your print advertising into a gateway to your website or social media pages.
Since QRs are scan-able, they are more consumer friendly than the traditional method of providing links on posters or flyers. So utilizing QR codes help builds a brand engagement network that takes advantage of both online and offline marketing.
QR codes can be used for much more than website links. They can send consumers to videos, free downloads, complimentary wifi access, gaming, questionnaires, real-time map directions, and more.
4. Include Unique Coupon Codes
Coupons have long been a staple of print advertising, but a unique coupon code updates that classic model. A unique coupon code (a.k.a. unique promo code) is a computer-generated code that an interested consumer can enter into a specially designated box on the shopping cart page of a business’s website.
Unique coupon codes are more targeted than generic ones, making customers feel valued on an individual level. They can be used to take advantage of discounts or free gifts or/and product trials.
This makes unique promo codes a great print advertising technique that attracts new customers or rewards long-standing ones. Just about any way a business chooses to use these unique codes, the result is a boost in sales.
Trends indicate that 2018 will see a rise in consumer use of coupon codes.
Moreover, a unique coupon code makes an excellent analytic. Among other things, the codes allow your business to profile customers and learn more about their buying habits. They can also create meaningful B2B (business-to-business) connections. So, you can think of unique coupon codes, as well, as an accurate measure of the old business courtesy of “Tell them ABC Industries sent you!”
5. Color, Color, Color!
Color is critical in print advertising. It has the power to make or break a good print marketing design. It even holds sway over the customer’s mood!
Color will always remain essential when setting the mood of your print advertising campaign. So remember: choose your print marketing’s color, change your customer’s mood.
6. Texture, Texture, Texture!
Tactile sensation has been shown to be one of the strongest impactors on memory. It is so influential that this type of memory has a name: haptic. When someone holds an object, it evokes a deep-level sensation. We identify different textures with quality, pleasure, revulsion, and more.
Tapping into haptic memory can greatly enhance lasting brand awareness. So never discount the importance of producing print advertising that is a pleasure to the touch and evokes quality.
Potential customers are far more likely to keep flyers, business cards, and postcards that have a unique texture.
Explore the value of embossed or debossed, raised ink or finely detailed folds, and quality paper stock. Wondering if your print advertising should be matte or glossy? 2018 trends indicate matte is the way to go.
Soft-touch texture on printed materials also takes advantage of the sub-liminal haptic response and gives