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Print can be a tough sell to those prospects who say, “We only do digital”. But fear not! There are ways to overcome that obstacle.

Print can be a tough sell to those prospects who say, “We only do digital”. But fear not! There are ways to overcome that obstacle.

How to sell print to clients that “only have a budget for digital”? It all starts by telling your print story. How do you do that?

Start by emphasizing the direct link between your own website data and ROI.

Be sure to regularly share this valuable data with your clients so they can better target their messages – to the audiences they want to reach.

Then show your clients how a healthy mix of digital, print, and other channels can truly reach their best customers.

Seven tactics to sell print to prospects who think only digital works

  1. Work with your marketing people to get real data on the pass-along rate, most popular topics, and renewal rates. Then make the print sale by providing reader stats to prove your audience will engage and see your client’s advertising.
  2. Incorporate lower cost or “trial pages” within the digital package.
  3. Make sure your clients design ads with engagement tracking. Think of a specific promo code, QR code or phone number to ensure they see print action.
  4. Coach clients on the effectiveness of a multiple-product strategy, that includes digital ads, webinars, video, mobile AND print.
  5. Armed with your digital data, you can sell ad renewals by showing clients the peaks and valleys in customer engagement after each print+digital campaign.
  6. Offer free print advertisements with a substantial digital buy. It keeps the print product healthy and rewards the advertiser who has a tangible value add.
  7. Provide solutions to increase the conversion rates by looking for new verticals within their niche as a way to pump up online and print revenue.

Finally, the key is to help your clients understand the bigger ROI picture. Then they will see better results in your magazine with a combination of digital, print and more!

Register for the 2020 Super Niche Media Event

Headed to the States? Just for niche audience publishers, Super Niche is designed to educate, inspire and connect niche publishers to drive revenue and grow their brand.

The event includes publisher, event, audience development, and ad sales strategies and immediately actionable tactics. Super useful – super fun!

The event will be held from 23-25 March 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, US.

For more information, visit the Super Niche event website.

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Diana Landau, Content Wrangler, Niche Media HQ
Diana Landau, Content Wrangler, Niche Media HQ
Diana Landau is the current Content Wrangler for Pickleball Media. A former sales director and corporate marketing hack, she has now found nirvana in writing and wrangling quality content. She is the former editor for the Niche Media HQ blogs and newsletters. Known for her strategic thinking, zippy copywriting, and ability to track down industry contacts, she enjoys sharing the happenings and wisdom of the niche magazine world with the niche magazine world.

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