Push vs Pull Advertising
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Push vs. Pull Advertising - Understand the Consequences for your Product or Service
You will save yourself a considerable amount of time and money if you first determine your productís (or serviceís) suitability for "pull" and "push" advertising.
Pull advertising is geared to draw visitors to your website when they are actively seeking your product or service. Prime examples of pull advertising are search engine optimization, cost per click search engines, directory listings, yellow page ads, and shopping portals such as mySimon and DealTime.
Push advertising refers to all efforts to get the word out to an entire group of potential customers in order to hit the few that many be currently interested in your product or service. Most traditional offline advertising efforts (magazine, billboard, newspaper, tv, classifieds, etc) as well as online banners ads and email broadcasts are considered push marketing.
Understanding which approach is best suited for your product should become the cornerstone of your advertising strategy.
Take as an example the results of our wine accessories company (not wine, but accessories like corkscrews and wine glasses). Each of our push advertising efforts failed. We have tried ads in targeted magazine, opt-in email campaigns, banner campaigns at wine industry websites, ads in gourmet website newsletters, you name it. We have yet to receive a response (measured in customer orders) to justify the cost.
It all comes down to the fact that as much as we would like to think so, people don't really need $50 Austrian crystal wine glasses. There are simply too many product and vendor substitutes to command the purchase of even avid wine drinkers.
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