8 Ways to Build Interactive Marketing from Scratch
Our ancestors had plenty of time to adjust to those new-fangled devices we now call primitive tools. After all, agriculture wouldn't come along to change their world again for another 400,000 years.
The amount of time between world-changing events has been shrinking ever since. The Agricultural Revolution gave way to the Industrial Revolution in just 26,000 years. Electricity and the internal combustion engine overhauled the world again in a mere couple of centuries. It took less than a century from the time Thomas Edison patented his light bulb for desktop computers to burst on the scene, and only two decades for them to take over.
Today, just two decades after that, portable electronics that were once the stuff of science fiction are transforming the world at blinding speed.
With these latest changes, marketing changed, too. One-way messaging is dying while interactive marketing thrives. It's sobering for old-style marketers groomed on running ads and waiting for in-store sales. For direct marketers, whose work has always been interactive, the shift comes in keeping up with fast-evolving technology and adapting back-end practices to the instant nature of online communication.
But unlike our ancestors, we don't have eons to adjust. If it's your job to overcome "The Way We've Always Done Things" and propel your company's marketing into a new age, here are some tips that may help.
1. Sell the concept at the top. Vision trickles down. To build an interactive marketing department with teeth, secure the CEO's enthusiastic backing. If you don't have direct access to the CEO, enlist an empowered advocate to bring and keep the CEO onboard.
2. Next, sell the concept system-wide. Everyone, from the highest to the lowest paid, needs to know what you're doing and why. (They also need to know not to panic as they see less mass advertising with improved targeting.) After all, these are the people who fulfill what your marketing promises.