Digital and Traditional Advertising: Why It’s Good To Have a Mix of Both

In today’s fast-paced world, the debate between digital and traditional advertising has hit like a storm. With new opportunities and challenges, marketers are often left with the question, “Which approach is more effective?” Rather than pitting these two advertising approaches against each other, here at Nartak, we believe that it is best to have a mix of both digital and traditional advertising. By combining the strengths of both, the results we’ve seen are remarkable. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of integrating both strategies and why it is good to have a mix of both.


Understanding Digital Advertising

Digital advertising is an efficient and cost-effective form of advertising that can be valuable for companies of all sizes. Through various forms of digital media, marketers can advertise to consumers through a computer, phone, tablet, or other device. Digital advertising and marketing take many forms, including online display ads, email marketing, social media ads, geofencing, and search engine marketing.


Digital advertising has multiple advantages, such as:

  1. Location-based targeting, or geofencing
  2. Real-time metrics tracking
  3. Cost-effectiveness

Digital and Traditional Advertising - Illustration of laptop and digital advertising methods

Understanding Traditional Advertising

Contrary to digital, traditional advertising refers to any type of marketing that is offline. These channels include things like print, broadcast, outdoor advertising, and direct mail. This includes newspapers, magazines, television, radio, billboards, brochures, and more! Traditional advertising has been widely used for decades before the rise of digital platforms.

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Traditional advertising has benefits including:

  1. Wide audience reach
  2. Increased brand recognition and awareness
  3. Credibility


Digital and Traditional Advertising: The Power of Integration

Instead of trying to argue which form of advertising is considered “better”, it is best to have a mix of both digital and traditional advertising. By combining these two methods together into one integrated marketing approach, you will be well on your way to maximizing your ad spend.


1. Expanding Reach and Targeting

Digital: Both the internet and social media have provided opportunities for reaching people from all over the world. With digital advertising, you are able to target a specific audience based on things like demographics, interests, buying habits, and location. 

Traditional: Traditional advertising channels still hold a significant amount of audience attention. Platforms like TV, radio, newspapers and billboards allow businesses to reach a broader demographic, including people who may not use or are active on digital platforms. Contrary to digital, traditional advertising has the potential to engage audiences throughout their day.

By using both digital and traditional advertising, you can expand your reach and target to those who are digitally savvy, and those who prefer more traditional forms of media.


2. Enhancing Engagement


Digital: One of the biggest advantages of digital advertising is its interactivity and engaging experiences for users. With video ads, clickable banners, social media campaigns, and more, businesses are able to communicate with their audience in a two-way conversation. 

Traditional: On the contrary, traditional advertising does not have the same interactivity that digital provides. However, it excels in capturing attention through memorable and creative content. For example, a TV commercial can evoke emotions, or a creative billboard can spark conversation. 

Combining the engagement created from digital platforms with the storytelling and impact of traditional advertising creatives, you will create a well-rounded and captivating advertising campaign.

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3. Return on Investment (ROI):


Digital: Digital advertising is extremely cost-effective compared to traditional methods. Businesses can track the performance of their campaigns in real-time and make easy adjustments to maximize ROI. Digital allows for more control over ad spend and campaign optimization.

Traditional: Traditional advertising can be more expensive and less measurable than digital advertising. Slots for TV ads or print media placements require a larger investment, but traditional advertising can still bring in a great return.

We recommend using a mix of both digital and traditional advertising in your marketing strategy to fully maximize your ROI. 


End Note:


After evaluating both traditional and digital advertising, it is best practice to embrace a mix of both strategies. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses, so by combining both, you will expand your reach, enhance engagement, and maximize ROI. 


Are you ready to get started on your advertising campaign? Or, are you curious to learn more about the advertising services Nartak Media Group offers? Contact us today! We would love to talk with you.