Small Business Tax Center
Small Business Ideas, Grants &
Plans to Start & Run a Business:

Small Business Grants
Network in Cyberschmooz Community Ask Questions Questions and Answers Share Tips Small Business Ideas List Your Business Business Advice from Idea Cafe Experts Coffee Talk with Experts Starting A Business Business Plan Biz Planning | Sample Plans Small Business Ideas Idea Name Your Biz Name Plan Your Biz Plan Financing $ Starting a Business Do It! Running your Business Marketing Tips Promotional Merchandise Marketing Tips Marketing | Sales | Customers Human Resources HR | Employees | Contractors Legal Forms & Tax Information Legal | Biz Forms Managing a Business Managing | Operations
Financing Resources Financing Your Business E Commerce & Webhosting eCommerce Take Out Info Trade Publications FREE Trade Publications Business Books Biz Books Your Own Business Small Business News Small Biz News Gen X Biz Gen X Biz Work at Home Work @ Home Business Information The Fridge - Biz Info on Ice Destress Send Awards Send Awards & Greetings Yoga At Your Desk Yoga @ Your Desk Fun Guide Guide to Find FUN Online About Idea Cafe Press Idea Cafe has received Idea Cafe in the News Idea Cafe's Kudos Kudos for Idea Cafe Advertise on Idea Cafe Advertise on Idea Cafe Privacy Policy Privacy Policy Contact Idea Cafe Contact Idea Cafe Link to Idea Cafe Link to/from Idea Cafe Join Idea Cafe
Search Idea Cafe Site Directory Site Map Online directory to business resources Biz Web Guide

Expert Answers to Biz Questions

Listen in! Pick up some expert advice to a reader's question that we selected from CyberSchmooz.

color business bar

Cost Effective Traditional Marketing Tactics That Drive Results


Marketing continues to evolve, especially in the digital marketing age. However, don’t count out those traditional marketing tactics, because they still have value. For example, consumers and buyers still get mail delivered to their homes, they still watch commercials, and they are still looking up at clever roadside billboards.


“The biggest potential payoff with this type of marketing is that your potential customers now associate you and your business with the community,” Dave Lavinsky explained in a Forbes article.


Despite the growth of digital marketing and a somewhat seeming all online approach to life, traditional marketing tactics, like direct mail and business cards are still worthy of driving results. These traditional marketing tactics are not only useful, but also cost effective. Let’s take a closer look at our top tactics.

Business cards are still useful for marketing

Exchanging business cards started more than four centuries ago in England. It may not be as effective as before, but surprisingly it’s making a comeback. This technique is helpful when talking to a customer, potential lead, or attending a networking event. According to Adobe, 88 percent of  business cards are discarded, but the colored ones last ten times longer.


Not only are business cards inexpensive but they can also raise your sales by 2.5 percent per every 2,000 cards passed out. To lower the possibility of your cards being discarded, try to target people who would need your services. As long as they are used the right way, they can still result in strong ROI.

Direct mail marketing still has a seat at the marketing table

Email marketing is certainly a buzz word. The only problem is that almost everyone gets plenty of emails daily. There are a total of 269 billion emails sent all over the world every single day. Most office workers get more than 120 emails each day, not counting personal accounts.


Businesses, particularly the ones with brick-and-mortar locations, are going back to direct mail in order to get bigger returns on their marketing spend. In fact, direct mail has a response rate over five percent, while email boast just over 0.5 percent.


Who would have thought a marketing message via direct mail still has influence. And it’s affordable. You can easily create a unique and clever marketing letter using Canva and get envelopes in bulk at

Take your business signage to the next level

Do not underestimate the power of sign spinning. In various cities across the country, the most crowded commercial strips typically have a few sign spinners who make spectacles of themselves during the prime shopping or commute hours.


“As drivers, we’re completely trained to notice other people,” Charles Taylor, professor of marketing at Villanova University told Market Place. “And when you put human interaction in marketing, in general it leads to more ability to appeal to people’s empathy and raise emotions.”


You might find it difficult to believe, but plenty of studies have proven the effectiveness of such a technique because it grabs the wandering eyes of the passersby. Production of the signs doesn’t cost that much, making sign spinning an affordable investment with positive ROI potential.

There is a reason businesses still pay millions for TV ads during the Super Bowl

Search engines, like Google, are the mediums in which people interact with businesses. So it’s easy to think that traditional media, like TV or radio are effective. However, these advertisements still have value as marketing tactics. Companies still spend a lot of money on traditional marketing to humanize their businesses, because media ads gets results.


“Despite fragmentation, linear TV still is more reliable in delivering reach than any other medium, and its strength lies in effective, emotional storytelling,” Jim Nail at Forrester explained.


Small businesses that serve a specific community can opt for local TV and radio stations to target specific markets. This is showcased during election years, as local political candidates are all over local TV and radio ads.

Billboards on busy highways can have exceptional cost per impression (CPM)

U.S. roads have changed over the last few decades, but there’s one thing that has been constant — billboards. Billboards that line the highways and rise above the city streets are still great for marketing. You can take a page from Hollywood movie marketing on this one. 


Size matters, but that’s what billboards bring to any brand ad campaign, because most digital ads are among so much other noise on desktops and mobile devices. Some digital ads can even seem intrusive.


Not billboards. People commuting to work are more likely to see a huge colorful billboard from afar. All you need is a single glance and a well-designed billboard will grab attention and deliver your brand’s marketing message in a way that few other forms of advertising could.

Wrapping Up . . . 

There are plenty of traditional marketing tactics out there that still serve up value for your business. The above five can be part of your strategy, but be sure to test and track metrics to ensure you’re getting the best ROI. Tell us about a traditional marketing tactic that worked for you.


Small Business Tax CenterIdea Cafe HomeSign UpBiz Grant CenterCyberSchmoozCoffee Talk with ExpertsPeople in Biz ProfilesStarting Your BizBiz PlanningRunning Your BizFREE Trade PublicationsMarketingFinancing Your BizHuman ResourcesLegal & Biz FormsManaging Your BizeCommerceYou and Your BizGen XWork@HomeThe FridgeDe-StressSend an AwardSend an eGreetingYoga @ Your DeskWeb GuideIdea Cafe in the NewsAbout Idea CafeAdvertise on Idea CafeContact UsPrivacy PolicySite MapSmall Biz News

Copyright 1995-2024, Idea Cafe Inc. Downloads are for personal use only, not for resale to others, and may not be reprinted in any form without written permission from Idea Cafe Inc.

DISCLAIMER: We hope whatever you find on this site is helpful, but be cautioned that it may not apply to your own situation, or be totally current at any given time. Idea Cafe Inc. and all of its current and past experts, sponsors, advertisers, agents, contractors and advisors disclaim all warranties with regard to anything found anywhere on this family of websites, quoted from, or sent from Idea Cafe. and its related sites, publications and companies. We also take no responsibility for comments published by others on these pages.

TRADEMARKS: The following are Registered Trademarks or Servicemarks of DevStart, Inc.: Idea Cafe®, Online Coffee Break®, The Small Business Gathering Place®, Take out Info®, Biz Bar & Grill®, Complaint-O-Meter®, A Fun Approach to Serious Business™, CyberSchmooz™, and BizCafe™.