Put simply, multi-channel marketing is getting the message out about your products and services through many different methods. The goal of multi-channel marketing is to get the information into the hands of as many of your audience as possible. How many channels you use will depend on the ways in which you sell your products as well as where your audience is located.
The different ways you can market and sell products today include:
* Web paged
* Social media
* Mobile commerce
* Call centers
* Catalogs (online and off)
* And more…
The benefits of multi-channel marketing are many, the main one being that your audience can interact with and buy from you in numerous ways depending on where they are when they choose to buy. In order to take advantage of the many ways to sell something, it’s important that you inform your consumer through many different ways, as well as sell to them in many different ways.
Getting the message to your audience requires a multi-pronged effort using various marketing channels.
You may want to use a combination of:
* Mobile advertising
* Website advertising
* Pay-per-click advertising (PPC)
* Content marketing (SEM)
* Newsletter ads
* Social Media ads
* Email marketing
* TV ads
* Print ads
* And more…
For example, the process might look like this:
A lead sees a PPC advertisement on Facebook regarding a free webinar that you’re having in the next seven days regarding a topic they’re interested in. They click through and sign up for the free webinar. This triggers your email marketing software to send them pre-formatted and created information on a periodic basis, as well as signs them up to come to the free webinar.
Via email they learn about all the different products you offer, and are reminded to attend the webinar. At the webinar they listen to the information you promised and are given a link to buy the promotional items you mention in the webinar. They click through to buy, and are then prompted to give more information such as their snail mail address, email address or whatever other information you’d like to be able to contact them through. Each step pushes/pulls your lead, then customer, through your product funnel - one thing leading to the next.
But, you have other entry points too, not just the Facebook advertisement. You keep your blog populated with regular and informative articles and information about your niche in which the calls to action point to your products and/or services and, of course, prompts them to sign up for your email newsletter. In addition, perhaps you guest blog post regularly too. The link within your bio at the end of the blog posts points your audience to more information.
Each thing works with the other and independently as well, thus forming many different channels that all lead to the same or variations of the information you want your audience to know about.
If you want to create product videos, it’s important to understand what makes a good video. You’ll want to have a clear view of the product. And if you have talking, you want to be able to hear it. If you have music, you want it to be loud enough to hear but not so loud that it frightens the listener. You also want the voice-over or text over to make sense and explain the benefits of the product.
Lighting, sound, and the visuals matter when it comes to product videos. But you don’t have to buy the most expensive equipment. Having said that, you do need to understand how to use it and how to get the best picture, sound, and lighting with what you have. It helps to practice.
When you create your script you’ll want to remember that anytime you bring up a feature, you must then explain the benefits of that feature.
Once you’ve created the script and got the lighting and sound right, it’s time to film it. Since you are recording, don’t worry about mistakes; just do it again and again and fix it later.
After you’ve recorded the video, you’ll want to use editing software to make the video look professional. Most of the way to make your video great comes in the editing. Cut out the parts that aren't right. Add in music, annotations, and links to more information.
A product video should not be long. The shorter you can keep it, the better. One exception is when you are going to use the video on Facebook or other platforms where they may not hear the video unless they turn up their volume. You may want to do something extra on Facebook to grab their attention.
On products, people want to see a 360-degree view. Get up close and get all sides of the product you are highlighting. Different views help tremendously.
You an insert images into MS PowerPoint, add some text, and turn that into a video without even taking a video.
There is amazing technology that helps you automate your product images and videos. For example, Treepodia helps you create videos for all your products quickly and easily.
Videos will boost your SEO and help your customers understand your product more. And if it’s done right, your video might even go viral which can help you build your traffic, email list, and more.
Creating a video for your products is an excellent way to show them in a new light. You can provide demonstrations and a view of your product that is almost as good as touching it with the right type of video.