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The Difference Between Marketing and Advertising

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Marketing and Advertising, although they sound similar but in reality they are not. Advertising is only a part of the bigger game called Marketing. Marketing encompasses complete conceptualization of your company’s brand right from research to designing to advertising to sale. Advertising, on the other hand is a component of the marketing process which is nothing but conveying the message through variety of mediums to promote the product.

Advertising is one of the most important components of a marketing strategy and can be one of the most expensive. Advertising constitutes on publicizing your message to the public, either about your company, product or services. It also constitutes behind the scenes work like the process involving formation of various strategies and coming up with the right one to target the viewers. The strategy consists of planning things like placing ads, deciding what media to use, what time, frequency, etc. The advertisements are generally placed via mediums like television, snail mail, newspapers, internet, emails, radio, magazines, mobile messaging, flyers, billboards etc.

The easiest way to differentiate advertising from marketing is to consider marketing as a cake and if you cut the cake, advertising as one of the pieces. Other pieces of cake are market research, product design, media planning, PR, product pricing, customer satisfaction, customer support, sales and many more. All these components or pieces of the cake should work independently but collectively in achieving the bigger goal e.g. selling the product and building the company’s reputation in the target market. Marketing is a marathon process involving many tasks that involve hours sometimes days of research. The research part of marketing takes most of the time as it involves thoroughly understanding the behavior of people towards a product. Designing the product and developing advertising strategy is also a time consuming process.

But many companies often make the mistake of confusing advertising with marketing. They try to ape big companies like Apple and Microsoft in advertising but they simply ignore the work that goes behind that. A classical example of this is the development of a logo for instance. Many business owners are so hysterical about the logo of their company in their advertisements that they think that it will simply bring in the sales. But what makes a logo works is none other than the reputation of the company and the logo should have a feeling to it and must truly reflect the company’s values. Also remember that these companies spend fortunes on advertising which a new start up business cannot necessarily do. Rather than spending unnecessary money on branding your product it would be wise to invest money and time in communicating to the consumers. After building your reputation and growing to a big size company then you can think of lavish ideas as logos etc.

Smart marketers are aggressive in their approach rather than passive. They provoke reader’s minds by prompting them to do something rather than just making them knowledgeable of the product. Smart marketers also bring home the names, addresses and contact numbers of people who are really interested in hiring your company by employing aggressive marketing techniques. Having a good marketing campaign speaks a lot about the company and their products and advertising gives that finishing touch to the hard work done by the marketing people in selling your product or services.

Choosing Promotional Calendars

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Promotional calendars are one of the most given out promotional products. It’s not only a simple promotional products but a useful one too. The main problem that rises when choosing the calendar as your promotional item is if you should get standard ones or custom company calendars.

The answer to this problem starts with the allocated budget for the purchasing of the calendars. If you are a starting company with a limited budget you can choose between a lot of promotional calendars that have your logo and your name and info on them, but are not a very good quality or a smaller batch of custom company calendars that are produced according to your exact specifications.

The advantage of the custom calendar is that is can be tailored to suit your needs. It can have a different size than the standard sizes available; it can have the exact shades of colors your company and logo use, or it can have a different shape then the usual vertical or horizontal design. Most of the companies providing promotional items will either work directly with you and make the product according to your specifications or present you their available offer and see if you like what they have. There are also companies that will take your specifications and ideas and will try to create you a product that would fit in your budget.

Getting a customized item is not as difficult as it seems. Any standard item that can be offered in different colors or sizes or with different fonts is a custom item. Of course a custom item can also be an item created from scratch just for your company. Depending on your budget and the customers you already have as well as the prospective customers you can choose quantity against quality at least for item like calendars, matchboxes, pencils or any other items that have a relatively short usefulness time.

One thing to remember is that the bigger the promotional item the more visible your logo, name and other information provided. If you have a bigger budget or plan to give the promotional item just to your best customers, you should consider getting them something useful, that can resist for more than a year and it is customized. An item that has a unique or interesting design, an item that is out of the ordinary is more likely to be kept around just for that reason alone.

Promotional Calendars are in front of your customers all year long. Promotional-Calendars.biz is your best solution for advertising calendars. They strive to find products that have a proven track record of customer satisfaction and offer some of the most competitive prices for calendars in the industry. If you are looking for something you don’t see here, give them a call and they will find it for you.