Tech Giants O, Multichannel Marketers 1

Tech Giants O, Multichannel Marketers 1
SHARE
THIS



Rocket Agency co-founder, James Lawrence (main photo), argues businesses should never solely rely on a single tech giant for their marketing…

Many business owners, and plenty of marketers, had sleepless nights when it looked like Google and Facebook might take their bat and ball and go home. In this guest post, co-founder of Sydney digital marketing agency Rocket, James Lawrence explains why skimping on channels is never a good idea.

Circa late February, I noticed clients were becoming far more receptive to my arguments against relying on one or two channels to market their business.

Suddenly, the usual protestations about limited time and resources and “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” exhortations were replaced with nervous claims that it was impossible the 800-pound tech gorillas would abandon Australia to stop politicians in North America, Europe and Asia getting any wrong-headed ideas.    

At the time of writing, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, Rupert Murdoch and Scott Morrison appear to have established a modus vivendi. The temptation for some businesses and marketers will be to continue with their simple (one or two channel) way of doing things.

There are two reasons that temptation should be resisted

 

  • The tech giants can’t be relied on

Recent events have demonstrated it’s possible Google or Facebook (or Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, TikTok and Clubhouse) could abruptly exit the Australian market. Yes, they’d take a financial hit. But they could easily absorb it and may decide a scorched-earth strategy down under is justified if it wards off heavier regulation and taxation elsewhere in the world.

Even if that doesn’t happen – and I accept it’s unlikely – these companies have form when it comes to the single-minded pursuit of their own agenda regardless of any collateral damage caused. Just ask any small business owner who’s allocated their entire marketing budget to SEO only to go broke due to an unexpected and unexplained algorithm update.

  • Multiple channels are now required to cut through

For the sake of argument, let’s assume Australian businesses will always have the option of investing in tried-and-tested Facebook or Google ads.

It remains the case that in 2021, hardly anyone makes a purchasing decision as a result of only seeing something advertised on Google or Facebook. The average person now needs plenty of prompting before they will decide to act; the Online Marketing Institute says it takes 7-13 touchpoints to deliver a qualified sales lead.

Some of those touchpoints may be more impactful than others, but they all play some part in closing a sale. That can seem counter-intuitive, but I’ve seen it proven many times over. For instance, a business that embraces a multichannel approach will often observe that almost all their leads or sales appear to be coming from one or two channels. They will sometimes make the rookie mistake of culling the poorly performing channels to redirect resources to the channels generating conversions. The high-performance channels will almost always then stop performing so well, making it clear the ‘underperformers’ were crucial touchpoints in the buyer’s journey across a collection of channels.

The more the merrier

A business will usually get some ROI if it devotes resources to just paid search. Or paid social. Or email marketing. Or display advertising. 

But, when working with Rocket clients, I’ve found that investing in at least three different channels typically generates the most impressive results. And it’s not only our clients who’ve benefited from the channel diversification I’m championing. Apple, Starbucks and Airbnb, as well as Mercedes-Benz, Heineken, Land Rover and Under Armour, have all enjoyed well-publicised successes by embracing a multichannel approach.   

In marketing, whatever the question, a single channel is never the answer.

Please login with linkedin to comment

James Lawrence Rocket Agency

Latest News

Hands using mobile payments, Digital marketing. Banking network. Online shopping and icon customer networking connection on virtual screen, Business technology concept
  • Media

IAS Report: Australian Digital Advertisers Experience Higher Brand Risks Across All Buying

Today, Integral Ad Science (IAS), a global leader in digital ad verification, released its Media Quality Report (MQR) for H2 2020, providing transparency into the performance and quality of Australian digital media, alongside global comparisons. Integral Ad Science’s H2 2020 MQR highlights brand safety, ad fraud, and viewability trends across display, video, mobile web, and […]

Quintis Appoints Illuminate As Global PR Partner
  • Media

Quintis Appoints Illuminate As Global PR Partner

Quintis Sandalwood has appointed Illuminate as its global PR partner following a competitive pitch process. Proudly Australian, Quintis produces and markets Indian Sandalwood oil, logs, chips and powder products across the world to major companies in industries such as fragrance, aromatherapy, cosmetics, handicrafts and Traditional Chinese Medicine industries. Illuminate will be responsible for a global communications […]

Image lead story Even More Pics From The 30 Under 30 Awards!
  • Media

Even More Pics From The 30 Under 30 Awards!

Hopefully the weekend has given everyone enough time to recover from B&T’s 30 Under 30 awards and prepare themselves for our official photo dump! We shared some of the highlights last week, and now you can peruse all of the pictures taken on the night. Thank you to everyone for attending this year’s awards, and […]

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Kinderling Kids Streams Ahead With Direct-To-Consumer Offering
  • Marketing

Kinderling Kids Streams Ahead With Direct-To-Consumer Offering

Kinderling Kids Radio (Kinderling) has announced the completion of its move from DAB+, where it launched six years ago, to a direct-to-consumer streaming model, accessible online or through the Kinderling Kids iOS and Android app. The Parent Brand, the parent company of Kinderling Kids and Babyology, made the decision to shift as streaming and on-demand […]

RUN Take On The Flu
  • Advertising
  • Campaigns

RUN Take On The Flu

Globally award-winning, indie agency RUN, have launched the New Zealand National Influenza Immunization Campaign, running over the next 8 weeks across TV, digital, social, print and press.

Audika Says Stop Ignoring The ‘Whats’ And Get A Hearing Test, Via Ward6
  • Campaigns

Audika Says Stop Ignoring The ‘Whats’ And Get A Hearing Test, Via Ward6

Most people over 60 stay on top of their health with regular check-ups. Whether it’s eyes, prostate or breasts, they realise at their age it’s important. But one that gets ignored is hearing. They’d rather live with gradual hearing loss, and continually ask what, huh, pardon or sorry until it seriously impacts their life and […]

Connecting Plots To Handle [yellow tail] Social Media Following Account Win
  • Media
  • Technology

Connecting Plots To Handle [yellow tail] Social Media Following Account Win

Creative communications agency Connecting Plots has been appointed by Casella Family Brands to handle the social media accounts for [yellow tail] wine in Australia. The win follows an audit of the Casella Family Brands social activities, which led to [yellow tail] rethinking its approach to social media and how it aligns with its overall marketing […]

HERO’s B.B.E Wins v2food Account
  • Media

HERO’s B.B.E Wins v2food Account

v2food, has appointed HERO’s B.B.E as the lead strategic and creative agency for the brand following a competitive pitch process. v2food is an Australian pioneering food technology business with a global vision to feed the planet sustainably. After launching nationally in 2019, v2food has been on a mission to offer Australians an easy alternative to meat […]

Rows of coins isolated on white background. Finance and banking concept.
  • Media

Magnite And Adform See Monetisation Uplift Using First-Party Identifiers

Magnite (Nasdaq: MGNI), the largest independent sell-side advertising platform, today announced it has been working with Adform, the only independent global ad management platform covering all aspects of the digital campaign lifecycle, to scale first party identifiers in privacy-safe ways. With the pending elimination of third-party cookies, the industry must establish future-proof identity solutions for publishers and buyers.

Martin Box Named Co-Chair Of Commercial Producers Council
  • Media

Martin Box Named Co-Chair Of Commercial Producers Council

The Commercial Producers Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Box (pictured) as its new Co-Chair, effective immediately. Box, Head of Production at Airbag, joins Co-Chair Pip Smart, and fills the vacancy left by Lucas Jenner who steps aside from the Co-Chair role after four years of service, in accordance with the CPC’s […]