With the race for superiority as to which is better in attracting consumers’ attention, both online media and traditional media supporters have their strong arguments why each has their benefits and advantages. If you are one of those who advocate online media, there are a few things that come to mind – cost, proximity, exponential growth, and many more.
There is no doubt that when it comes to marketing and advertising cost, online media can save a business more than traditional media. Instead of spending millions in an advertising campaign with no guarantee whether it will be successful or not, traditional media spells a much bigger risk.
Online media, on the other hand, has a myriad of free tools you can use to promote a product, a service, or a talent.
Think what Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and all other social media sites have done and made stars from virtually anonymous people and products. At what price? Not pretty much.
Another advantage of online media is the extent of its reach.
Traditional media, because also of the cost, has limitations as to how much people it can reach. In contrast, an advertising campaign using online media can reach even the impossibly reached areas because of the internet. Since the whole world is virtually connected to each other, a businessman from Asia can be aware of new products from other parts of the world and have them in a matter of weeks, or even days. A thriving business in rural United States can gain customers even from the farthest villages where there is an internet connection.
And since the reach of online media is unlimited, there is a promise of exponential growth.
There is, of course, no guarantee for success in either avenue; however, if your advertising campaign using online media becomes a hit, then you have a success story in your hands at such a low cost. What more, you can sustain and repeat the process again with low risks. Remember YouTube sensations that become multi-million stars because their video became viral and in a matter of months gained millions of followers worldwide? That’s the power of online media.
This phenomenon can be contributed to another factor of online media which is participation. Nowadays, when you want to promote a product, a service, or a person, the first thing you do is ask your friends in your social network to help you. This help usually comes in liking the page, viewing and sharing a video, tweeting and re-tweeting it, and blog about it. The friends of your friends will do the same process and what you have in your hands becomes a promotion at a free cost. And the ultimate reward of those who helped you comes in the satisfaction that you have managed to make something and someone go viral.