In the past, traditional forms of media were the only way to get your message across to the public. However, in today’s digital environment, there are many new ways to get the attention of the general public or specific groups of people. While the value of new media is undeniable, the benefits of traditional media should not be overlooked.
What is traditional media?
Traditional media refers to any element or set of elements that relies solely on physical form to convey meaningful information or messages in the minds of users. It can also refer to any form of mass communication available before the advent of digital media. Traditional media refers to advertising channels that have been used for decades. These are the tried and tested methods that companies have relied on for years. These channels can be very effective, and for many companies they account for the entire advertising budget.
Examples of traditional media
Traditional media, also known as mass media, includes radio, television, cable and satellite, print and billboards. Television is the mass medium par excellence. Traditional media are the forms of advertising that have been around for years, and many have been successful with traditional media campaigns. There are advantages and disadvantages to mass media, whichever form you choose. The type of media that works best for you depends on the demographics, information, budget and personal preferences you wish to target.
Advantages of traditional media
People trust what is familiar to them. Television has been delivering (mostly) factual information for decades. People are more likely to trust a journalist than Facebook.
Television and radio are still alive and well. According to a recent report, 88% of media hours are spent watching television and 92% of media hours are spent listening to the radio. That’s a lot of time spent on these two traditional media, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Old media can save you time and money. Sure, traditional media like direct mail can be a bit expensive, but when it comes to a large audience, TV and radio will bring you more revenue.
Overall, the advertising world has definitely moved to new media, but most of the old media are alive and well! And you don’t have to choose one or the other. Embracing both traditional and digital media tactics can be extremely beneficial to your business.