The Expanding Definition of Integrated Marketing

(originally posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2010)

It used to be that email was the cutting edge component of an integrated marketing strategy. That is so 2003. Today 300,000,000 people are on Facebook, Twitter is speculated to be worth $1 Billion, 91% of mobile phones have text messaging capabilities, and bloggers have the FTC revising their rules and regulations as you read this.

So what’s a marketer to do? All of it.

Integrated marketing still means the same thing—use multi-channel communications to reach a media-diverse audience. But now the audience is so media-diverse that there is no predictable way to reach them anymore. In fact, preliminary data from the US Census for 2010 has prompted media pundits to declare “the death of Joe Consumer”. Meaning, there is no such thing as an “average consumer” anymore. This is actually a good thing.

At The Weinstein Organization (TWO), we’ve always believed that the power of the message is only as strong as the way it is delivered. That’s why we put a lot of emphasis on “where” the audience is when we develop our strategies. Multi-channel marketing derives its effectiveness from capturing your audience’s attention from different angles, which is why we take a 360-degree view of the recipient’s sphere of influence. Now more than ever your customers and prospects are jumping from email to Twitter, to You Tube, to Facebook, to SMS, and to good old-fashioned TV all from the same device—a mobile phone. And somewhere a telemarketer is smiling because she knows the phone isn’t going away.

The point we at TWO are trying to make is that if media is fractured, then fracture your message. Learn how to Tweet. Figure out how to build a better WAP file. Write a Facebook media plan. Design an iPhone app. And make it all work together with postal direct mail, email, in-store collateral, inserts, and even DRTV. That’s what we’re doing.

Because if your unique selling proposition is strong, and your strategy is sound, you should be able to shout it from the rooftops or text someone about it, and effectively make your point either way.

At TWO we believe in the power of integrated marketing. We’ve seen it work with every new technological advancement and sociological phenomenon. We market everywhere because that’s where the people are