The holiday season is surely upon us. Between holiday parties, shopping, decorating, putting the finishing touches on this year and planning for the next I'm sure you are very busy. Although I don't have any tips to help you stretch your personal holiday budget I just might have a useful idea or two for stretching next year's business budgets.   


Want to Shine?  Just Combine!

By using a combination of both print and digital media (email, social media, mobile sites), you're likely to increase the effectiveness of your campaigns by 200%. We see this anecdotally, but it's been confirmed by independent research, too.


A recent study found a "multiplier effect" which showed marketing effectiveness doubled when combining print, events, and some form of digital media. College Admissions departments have had great success with this tactic.


The research, conducted by Outsell Inc., found that this holds true whether

the campaign is going to businesses or consumers. It also works for companies of all sizes.  Among small business-to business marketers, for example, the percentage which rated their marketing strategy as "extremely" or "somewhat" effective was doubled when the campaign utilized cross media rather than single channel.          




Among medium- sized consumer marketers effectiveness more than doubled, increasing by 2.2 times after utilizing more than one form of media.   


 Is there a right combination?


There is no "right" combination of print and digital channels. The key  is to choose a right  combination for each marketing campaign and target audience.  


Just because one combination is right for one campaign doesn't mean it is right for the next. Keep the mix current.


Need help?


Talk to us. We'll help you analyze the options and come up with the right combination of print and digital media for you.           




What are some of the most common ways to combine print and electronic media?


Print/Email Combination. Send a printed piece and follow up by email.  Or "prime the pump" with email before sending the printed piece. Don't have email addresses? Use personalized URLs to request them and add an incentive to act.


Personalized URLs. Send a printed piece that contains a unique URL for each recipient. Personalized URLs are a great way to combine media. The content is not only personalized for each target individual, but their responses online can be tracked and updated to your marketing database as well.


Online prompts. Use social media, web advertising, or even your own website to allow people to request a printed piece.  Consider setting up an option for respondents to personalize the piece so it is more relevant to them.


Electronic codes. Use short codes (a form of text messaging) or QR codes to send people from a printed piece (postcard, posters or banners, even cups and napkins) to the web.   




This holiday season may your life be filled with the people you love, the traditions you cherish and a compassion that stirs you to reach out to those in need.

Merry Christmas,



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