Businesses today, specifically small business, are constantly toying with the idea of advertising. Is advertising important? A necessity? And then, of course, there is the task of advertising cheaply and affordably. Can it be done? It’s important for growing businesses to be familiar with and understand the ever changing and different advertising methods available.
It’s not a secret that social media is widely popular and constantly changing. A quick and random survey would undoubtedly show that more people (kids and adults included) have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, or an Instagram membership than those who do not. And in most cases, those being asked probably participate in all three of the above-mentioned, social media pheromones versus just one.
It’s been proven time and time again that social media is a great tool to take advantage of if you want to get your business name or product out to the masses. Though there are fees and different packages available that will assist you in marketing your company on these different sites, there is also a “free” option that is still available. Simply put, you could actually be getting free advertisement just by joining Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Of course, some maintenance and up keeping will have to take place on the business owner’s part to make sure the pages are constantly looking fresh and offer quality information; however, it’s a great way for new businesses on a budget to get started.
Believe It Or Not, Everything Is Not All About Social Media
Social media is huge right now, that’s a given. However, businesses are still using other methods to advertise their products or events. For example, outdoor banners are not only constantly being purchased, but also proven to be quite effective.
Let’s face facts: not everyone gets on the computer daily. There is still a portion of the world (albeit, a small one) that enjoys old school methods and means: enter the use of an outdoor banner. Outdoor banners come in different sizes, materials, colors, and looks. Not only used for advertising, these banners can and have also been used for different purposes, such as: sporting events, parties, open houses, and much more. Outdoor banner printing has even progressed to sign printing and poster printing.
Other Ways To Advertise
If you think about it, there are a million different ways to advertise your business or company. Basically, just talking in general about what you have to offer, in a way, is advertising. Other inexpensive ways to get your business known include, but are not limited to: handing out free items, giving away flyers, going door-to-door, and making phone calls to different neighborhoods and residences.
Because there are so many different businesses to choose from today, it’s important (especially for small businesses without corporate backing) to advertise what items they have to offer. How is the public supposed to know about your business or product if you don’t advertise and get your name out to the consumers? And with the effective and variety of ways to advertise (even cheaply and freely), there is really no reason for a small business to not advertise.
Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and occasional blogger. She has a full-time job in marketing, so it’s no surprise that in her writing she also focuses on topics related to business development, advertising and social media marketing.