Today, we will compare and contrast “inbound marketing,” which focuses on attracting customers through content creation and engagement, and “outbound marketing,” which involves traditional advertising methods to reach customers through interruptive tactics.
Inbound marketing is a technique for drawing customers to products and services via content marketing, social media marketing, search engine optimization, and branding. – Wikipedia
Inbound marketing is a technique to drive business to you and not to try to get your message to them. We use tactics such as blogging, appealing content on social media, videos, and many more. These tactics are used to build a following. The more followers you have the more you have people trust your brand.
Take Apple for instance. Many of you may debate that Android is better, but because Apple was able to develop a brand with the help of inbound marketing, they were able to build a huge following.
There are many Apple users that will never switch to Android. This is because they have committed to the brand of what Apple stands for. So how was Apple so successful in getting this following? They used all the tactics to using “inbound marketing” and now have over 11 million followers just on Facebook.
Outbound marketing refers to any kind of marketing where a company initiates the conversation and sends its message out to an audience. Outbound marketing examples include more traditional forms of marketing and advertising such as TV commercials, radio ads, print advertisements (newspaper ads, magazine ads, flyers, brochures, catalogs, etc.), tradeshows, outbound sales calls (AKA “cold calls”), and email spam. – Wordstream
This type of marketing is mainly to accomplish one goal – awareness.
This is a more aggressive approach to gaining customers and should not be taken lightly because if done the wrong way it could tarnish your brand.
A good example of outbound marketing is what happens during the super bowl. Many people watch the super bowl for one reason, the commercials. All of these businesses pay a lot of money to be in the super bowl so every second counts. Good commercials come down to the best content to make them memorable.
The day after everyone comes back to work and talks about their favorite commercials.
In order for “outbound marketing” to work, it must of the most important component – be memorable.