If you work in marketing or you’re looking to explore new communications channels for your brand, you may have come across the term combined media and wondered not only what it means, but why it’s so important in today’s media landscape.
In its purest form, combined media is simply using more than one channel to communicate your brand and its key messages. Channels and tools can vary, from social media to print advertising and PR to SEO; but the important part is to drive consistent campaigns – albeit presented differently – through multiple channels as part of a cohesive strategy.
In today’s fast-paced world people consume media, news and brand messaging on more channels than ever before – the fragmentation of media channels today is undoubtedly impressive and presents a great opportunity for brands.
The rise of multi-screen viewing means that traditional TV adverts are not always the most impactful marketing tool; and shouldn’t automatically be considered the ‘holy grail’ of marketing, as was the case in the 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s.
Should I consider a combined media approach?
Put simply, yes.
A combined media approach will garner much more attention than using a single channel, because consumers are actively connecting with more types of media. Why focus just on a PR story, when you can target through social, advertising, etc and reach more audiences or people more than once?
For a modern brand, using just one medium is nowhere near as powerful as creating a brand campaign that is spread across many channels, reaching different target audiences with different purchasing habits.
Knowing what your target audience looks for will help you better understand how they respond to marketing messages and can then inform your strategy and creative.
At No Brainer, we believe all campaigns should be driven by data. It’s important to spend time at the front of any campaign understanding your objectives, your audience and the existing insight that’s already available to you. This will help to better define what combined media approach will have the biggest impact.
Evaluating your campaigns regularly will also make your efforts more cost-effective because you can gain moment-to-moment data from your target audience, across most combined media channels – from there it’s a constant cycle of learning and adaptation.
By taking into account how each campaign and channel performs, you can detect patterns that affect when and how you chose to promote your brand in the future and what channels you’ll use.