Cross promoting your business is primarily a matter of partnering with other businesses to create joint advertising while sharing costs.
Retailers and marketers understand the importance and potential of multichannel marketing or Omnichannel marketing, but executing it is the hard part.
According to Marketers:
- Brands will invest in cross-channel initiatives to build on existing strategies.
- 40% will implement cross-channel attribution initiatives in 2017.
- 38% are not currently using user-generated content but would like to do so in the next year.
- Technological innovation is the most important offering when choosing a marketing services provider.
- Brands are increasingly turning to marketing service providers and technology for innovation.
- 49% report that they have a one-size-fits-all approach to communication, which they know needs to be improved.
In this case study, you can find quite a lot of brands that have already implemented fantastic cross-channel marketing strategies.
Why is Cross-Channel Marketing Important?
This huge collection of marketing channels means that your potential customers could anywhere and you need to be where they are. As the number of potential marketing channels grows even further designing multi-channel marketing campaigns will continue to be key for governing in top-tier customers.
The Keys to Effective Cross-Channel Marketing
- Search marketing/display ads
- Direct mail
- Mobile (text messaging, apps)
- Content marketing (webinars, blog, guides, whitepapers)
- Traditional (TV, radio, press, billboard)
The Benefits of Cross-channel
- Improving customer experience
- More Attention
- Consistency across all touch points
- Increasing chances of engaging with a customer or potential customer
- Keeping up with the way in which consumers today behave
- From a budget perspective, cross-channel is also beneficial
5 brands with Inspiring Cross-channel Campaign Examples
#1 Old Navy
Clothing retailer Old Navy is a good example of how to implement on your cross-channel brand message.
When followers see the tweet below, they experience a fun-loving brand devoted to helping customers save money on the latest clothing.
Bring the heat with 50% off all tees, 40% off all tanks, 40% off all swim & 30% off all shorts.
— Old Navy Official (@OldNavy) May 19, 2017
Old Navy stays constant with their message when interested shoppers land on their website. The joyful images are present along with the discounts.
EGO, a manufacturer of outdoor lawn equipment, sends their email subscribers statements about upcoming deals.
To redeem the $50 off coupon below, consumers have the option to purchase in-store or online at Home Depot.
Starbucks rewards app is one of the top cross-channel experiences.
First, you get a free rewards card that you can use whenever you make a purchase. They made it possible to check and reload your card via phone, website, in-store, or on the app. Any change to the card or your profile gets updated across all channels, in real-time.
Standing in line to get a coffee and realize you don’t have enough on your balance? Reload it and the cashier will know it’s been updated by the time you swipe your card.
An industry leader in multichannel marketing is fashion retailer Rebecca Minkoff.
As a brand, it has evolved alongside new marketing strategies and has enjoyed a stronger flexibility to more easily and more quickly invest in evolving digital platforms and new technologies.
This video explores the online and offline investments that make up Rebecca Minkoff’s multichannel strategy:
#5 Nina Ricci
To mark Valentine’s Day 2017, French brand Nina Ricci (Parfums) ran a campaign entitled #MyBestValentine celebrating the friendship found between best friends.
The campaign, severely promoted on social media (mainly Instagram) invited followers of the brand to get involved by submitting a picture of themselves with their best friend on the brand’s website to create a cool gif, decorated with emojis by illustrator Ana Strumpf.
This gif was then followed up by an email asking recipients to submit their mailing address to receive their bespoke gif in the form of a patch via post.