How to Brand your Small Business with Printed Materials

There’s no doubt about it, online and social media marketing is a trend that is here to stay. Using the online world as a tool for marketing yourself is a great way to promote your business and should be of top priority for any small business owner. With that said, print marketing is not something that should be forgotten about!  Here are just a few of the many reasons that you should not skip adding print marketing to your small business promotion campaign:

1) People who read print are more focused

The online world is a great place to capture the attention of someone, but it’s also a great place to lose it. Online reading comes with a lot of distractions. No matter where you look you will find distractions from online advertisements, pop-ups, messages, notifications, and other sources. As soon as your viewer sees something they are more interested in, you can quickly lose their attention.

In addition, most people who are online are skimming through pages looking for something that captures their attention. With print materials, attention is more focused. If a viewer is looking at your material, it’s probably because they want to know what it says and they are likely to read (instead of skim) the entire thing.

2) Print material lasts

When scrolling online, your advertisement can quickly be seen and just as quickly passed by. Print marketing gives your audience something concrete to hold onto. Let’s use the example of offering a discount or free sample. If you offer this online, your audience can see it and hopefully they will retain it in their minds. But let’s face it, today is a fast paced world and most of us have trouble remembering what we ate for dinner yesterday let alone an offer we found online. Print marketing, on the other hand, gives your audience something physical to keep. They may choose to cut out the offer and put it on their fridge as a reminder. As such, they are much more likely to use it.

3) Not everyone uses the Internet

While 1/3 of the world’s entire population uses social media on a regular basis, that still leaves 2/3 that don’t. In return, if you choose to only market your business online, you are missing out on a large part of the population. This is especially true if you are marketing your business towards older generations that aren’t as computer savvy as younger ones. Print marketing allows you to reach all ages of audience from young to old.

4) Print marketing can often be seen as “more credible”

The online world can be a great way to find businesses and deals, but it can also be a great way to find scams. Many of the online pop-ups that appear are simply overlooked over because they are seen as less credible. In addition, many people are afraid of clicking on pop-up ads for fear of viruses or malware.  Print marketing doesn’t have this problem. People who see print advertisements generally see the business as more trustworthy and reliable.

In conclusion, we cannot downplay the importance of online and social media marketing – it is crucial in building awareness for any small business. With that said, the benefits of print marketing should not be overlooked. Print marketing helps you to target a niche market and can help you reach those who do not use the internet on a regular basis. In addition, once seen by a potential client or customer, print marketing is often deemed as more credible and can produce more sales by avoiding distractions and giving the reader something concrete to hold onto.

The Importance of Emotional Branding in Non-Profit Marketing

Non-profit organizations have a difficult goal – to gain money from donors without giving them anything physical in return. Unlike for-profit organizations who can satisfy their customers by providing them with a quality product or service, non-profit organizations have to find unique ways of satisfying their donors by making them feel proud about the service they are doing for society. As such, one of the best marketing techniques for non-profit organizations to gain and retain donors/volunteers is through emotional branding.

What is emotional branding?

“A diamond is forever” – this is a common slogan that was originally branded by the De Beers Company to sell their jewelry products.  The slogan is simple, easy to remember, and has lasted for years. How has something so simple lasted so long? Because it works! And why does it work? It appeals to the emotions of its audience.  The slogan, “a diamond is forever,” is a suggestion of everlasting love and sentiment – something that every woman desires to achieve.


This is a great example of emotional branding – a technique in marketing that refers to building campaigns and brands that appeal to the emotional needs of an audience. You see these types of campaigns everywhere, especially in non-profit marketing. Think of the ads you see on television for homeless children around the world or abused animals in shelters. These ads play to our emotions and are very successful at doing so. These ads typically result in one of two responses: either the viewer changes the channel because the advertisement is too difficult to watch, or the viewer calls and makes a donation. Generally speaking, the more you can appeal to a viewer’s emotional side, the more likely you are to gain their support through donations or volunteer work.

How do you create an emotional campaign?

Luckily for non-profit business owners, most non-profit organizations make it easy to appeal to the emotions of the audience. With that said, it is your job to push the emotions of the audience as far as you can. The more you can impact them, the more likely you are to reach your end goal. Once you have generated your first emotional response, you must demonstrate how your viewer’s contribution will make a difference. Remember, as a non-profit organization you are not providing your donor with a physical product or service, so ensuring that they feel good about their donation is an essential factor that cannot be overlooked.

Maintaining relationships

Once you have attracted a “customer," you want to ensure that they will continue to give to your cause. The only way to do this is to create lasting relationships. Again, generating an emotional response will be essential in maintaining these relationships. You have already told your donor how their contribution will make a difference – now it is time to show them. It is important for non-profit organizations to keep communication with their donors. Send regular updates, photos, or videos demonstrating how their donations are changing the world. Giving your donors that “feel good feeling” will be essential in maintaining an on-going relationship with them.


In sum, if someone believes in the goals of your organization, you are likely to gain their support. With that said, it is your goal as a business owner to make them believe in those goals. The best way to do this is through appealing to their emotional senses. People respond more to their emotional responses than they do to the content of an ad, and it is your job to evoke that emotional response.