We now have the scientific proof. Print is better than digital for advertising.
Despite the enormous migration to electronic media, neuroscience research shows that paper-based content and ads offer special advantages in connecting with our brains.
How many times over the years have we have been told print is dead?
Ceefax (remember that?) was going to kill newspapers and videos were going to replace colour brochures. Now both theories were confined to history while print carried on.
But then the digital world exploded onto the scene. It did at the time, look as though print had met its nemesis.
Marketing people began turning to electronic mail and the internet to sell their products and services. Some even openly disparaging print as old-fashioned and doomed. However, some of the savvy marketers continued to use print to sell products because they believed it still worked and worked better than digital.
Now science has proved us right.
What we found the print vs digital facts
So, what is the scientific community telling us about printed messages being more effective than digital ones?
A study by a Canadian neuromarketing firm, True Impact, compared the effects of digital media in the form of display ads and email against a direct mail piece.
To carry out this test, the firm used two technologies. These two technologies were a high-resolution EEG that measured brain waves and eye-tracking techniques.
The critical metrics evaluated in this study were attention, persuasiveness and ease of understanding. In all three cases, the direct mail piece was found to be easier to process and proved to be better for brand recall mentally.
Those participants exposed to the direct mail piece had recall 70% higher than those exposed to the digital advert.
Now we cannot expect a mass exodus from digital marketing to direct mail and door drop leaflets. However it does prove that print-based advertising still has a significant part to play in the marketing plans of advertising managers across the land. And we cannot expect digital marketing to disappear either. The print vs digital argument will roll though.
The future is going to be print and digital working together.
Any good direct mail piece or door drop leaflet must also have an online presence.
Despite the popularity of print in getting a sales message across, many people feel comfortable ordering from a website, and print can drive this valuable traffic to an online order or enquiry form.
However, a printed leaflet can only work if it has been carefully constructed. It must be well written, designed and printed by people who know their craft.
Hallway Distribution can not only advise on where to distribute your printed marketing leaflets, we also provide copywriting, and a design service all of the highest quality.