The Difference Between Marketing and Advertising

I was recently asked by a new client, What is the difference between Marketing and Advertising?

Well this may seem like a simple question to some, it’s actually a fairly common one. To me, there are no simple questions I always take pride in trying to educate (even potential) clients, to help them up their marketing game.

Marketing vs. Advertising, bfresh media production

So for anyone who has wondered but never asked, here is your Marketing 101 for the day, The difference between marketing and advertising:

Advertising is merely a component of marketing because marketing is defined as the planning, execution, control, and analysis of various business activities that are meant to bring together buyers and sellers. These business activities include advertising as well as many other components like branding, direct sales, market research, public relations, and community involvement. There are many other components of marketing but these are ones that are most relevant to my clients.

To further wrap your head around this, here is a definition of each of those marketing components:

Advertising: A sponsored message from producers to consumers in order to persuade buying activity. Advertising is communicated across media such as TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, outdoor, direct mail, online, or on a mobile device.

Brand: is the identity of a specific company or product. A “Brand Identity” refers directly to the symbols, colors, sounds, imagery, and even thoughts and feelings that are associated with a particular brand. You as an artist can think of your brand identity as your style, subject choice, medium, and even your signature. Later on I am going to talk about how to build your brand in more depth.

Direct Sales: Any form of face-to-face solicitation. Example: Public art exhibit; you’re not just talking to people, you are selling yourself. Later on I will talk more about the dos and don’ts of direct sales.

Market Research: is an objective collection and analysis of data about a particular target market, competition, and/or environment. The purpose of any market research project is to achieve an increased understanding of the subject matter. As an entrepreneur or small business owner, simple forms of market research can be conducted through surveys or by simply speaking to the public or customers about your product.

Public Relations: refers to the actions of a corporation, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc. Artists are often contributing to charitable causes or community organizations through participation and donation and these are forms of public relations. Basically any new person you meet is an act of Public Relations, so don’t forget to give them a business card.

Community Involvement: is similar to public relations, however, the key difference is leadership. By actively engaging members of your community and leading the charge to promote a local event, charity, organization or an exhibit, you are taking pr one step further to community involvement.

So, as I’ve said before, one of our goals is to change the marketing landscape with small businesses and that begins with education. So if your business doesn’t have one, consider writing a marketing plan. You need to think of every decision that you make, from where you show your ads to the look of your website and business cards and your participation in community events as part of your overall marketing plan instead of just buying a single print ad. You might already be doing these things with your business but it’s good to be able to apply these terms to your actions in order to understand the value of your marketing. And with a little creativity, who knows where that will take you.

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Video production in collingwood

bfresh.media was launched in November of 2015. Since then, I have been working hard to integrate the company with the local business community, here in Collingwood and the south Georgian Bay area. I’m happy to travel anywhere my clients need to shoot video, and come to think of it, this winter I’m feeling pretty nostalgic for my agency days when we were shooting Direct Response TV commercials for Scotiabank all over the Caribbean. I wouldn’t mind a client like that again.

But seriously, I really do enjoy living in the Blue Mountains and meeting and working with new people. What I have found is that Grey, Bruce, and Simcoe Counties all have a very entrepreneurial spirit, deeply ingrained and that many of those entrepreneurs are eager to advertise with video.

With more advertising clutter, and competition in these areas, it becomes harder and harder to stand out and get noticed. One thing I really do love seeing is a video from a local business that found me either through social media advertising or youtube preroll. Even if we didn’t produce the video, it is still very exciting to see those local advertisers doing something innovative, or dare we say… fresh.

Part of why it is exciting though is because I don’t see it as often as I would like. With so much opportunity to target specific demographics and locations, I feel like I should only be seeing local advertising sponsored on facebook, instagram or especially on youtube.

My mission with bfresh.media is to help businesses get the most out of their marketing dollar with video advertising. That means not only producing quality content but getting audiences to actually see it. So it is a daunting task to change the marketing landscape but we will continue to give it everything we’ve got, and make savvy marketers out of them all, one client at a time.

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3 ways video will boost your marketing exposure

Ok so my last blog post Ben’s #1 Reason to Advertise with Online Video, I talked about exposure and how Video advertising leads to way more of that good stuff. But how do you quantify exposure? Why is it so important?

Well first let me clarify that exposure should not be your only concern when marketing your business. But think of it as the mouth of a funnel. The wider that mouth is, the more leads you will generate and therefore more possible new customers coming through the end of the funnel.

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So it is my #1 reason to advertise with video but this is a more in-depth look at why exposure is so important. Here are 3 ways video will boost your marketing exposure:

1. Engagement

Engagement is about capturing the attention of your audience and hopefully motivating them to respond to your call to action. Marketing professionals agree, in a recent survey, 70% reported that online video converts better than any other medium (MarketingProfs). This is compared to facebook, twitter, and traditional television advertising. Even if you don’t have a direct call to action but want to grow brand awareness by explaining what your business does, video can help with that too. On average, internet users will spend 88% more time on a website with video. That equates to approximately 2 more minutes spent on your website. Not to mention an increased engagement in social media posts and that brings us to the second reason:

2. Reach

Kind of like Exposure but multiplied. Think about the last thing you shared on facebook? was it a video? well you’re not alone, especially if you were on your mobile device at the time because 92% of mobile video viewers share videos with others. (Invodo) and that video viewing makes up 50% of all mobile traffic. But now we’re getting into a whole other area but the fact is that if you’re marketing your business with social media, posting video is much more likely to be seen and shared than text and even photos.

3. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

You’ve probably been told you need SEO for your website. Well you can drastically increase your search ranking by adding photos and, you guessed it, video. Simply put, Google prioritizes video content because it wants to ensure that the users find the answer they are looking for. That’s probably because Search results with video have a “41% higher click-through rate than plain text.aimClear

There are so many ways you can incorporate video into your marketing strategy and each approach has their own set of benefits. It is important to remember however that not just any video will do. The key elements you always need are creative approach, engaging content, and a clear call to action. Lucky for you, we’re pretty good at those. 😉

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