One of the tried and tested online marketing strategies is to influence the purchase decision of potential customers with discount campaigns and price reductions. However, this usually means cutting into margins and such campaigns are not always effective. If you are looking for a different approach to communicating with your target group, pull marketing offers an effective alternative.
The primary focus here is on the needs and desires of your customers for a product, which you fulfill in a targeted manner along the customer journey with the right measures. In contrast to push marketing, you don’t have to first arouse a customer’s desire to buy with discounts or limits. On the contrary, pull marketing targets prospects who are already further down the conversion funnel.
What pull marketing is, what advantages it has and how you can use it in your online shop, we will tell you in this article.
What is Pull Marketing?
Pull marketing is a popular marketing strategy and focuses on the demand-driven prospect. Provided there is a demand or a potential customer is aware of a problem, pull marketing measures ensure that they are actively guided to your offer with information. Along the entire customer journey, you provide your target group with relevant content, introduce them further and further into the topic, build trust, position yourself as an expert, and create the foundation for your product to be recognized as the only right solution in the end. With pull marketing, you become a magnet and attract users instead of pushing your solutions into the market.
Comparing: Pull vs. Push
The approach of “pushing” is followed by push marketing. In this marketing strategy, you deliberately place incentives to buy (e.g., discounts, rebates, limits, etc.) to create a need in the first place. Unlike pull marketing, you focus on a less nonspecific target audience that doesn’t necessarily know you or your product, and isn’t looking for a solution to a problem. Push marketing is often used with product launches. Learn more about push marketing in our article 6 Strategies for your push marketing.
Increase brand and product awareness
Whether push or pull marketing, both strategies focus on increasing brand and product awareness and boosting sales. Unlike push marketing, with pull marketing the user already has a vague idea of what he is looking for and even informs himself independently in advance. Pull marketing meets an interested user with a possibly existing information base. The challenge now is to provide this user with the right message and added value.
Pull marketing is also suitable for very complex products, where many questions have to be answered in advance, in order to gain attention in highly competitive markets with less effort and to build up one’s own customer base.
Advantages of Pull Marketing
Pull marketing directly serves the demand of the potential customer. He or she is thus in a sense already pre-qualified and you are provided with a foundation on which to build:
- The prospect is more open to your offer.
- Through the added value of the content you offer him in pull marketing, you gain trust.
- The customer is guided through the conversion funnel.
- The identification with the product and the brand is strengthened from level to level.
If you have conducted convincing pull marketing, the newly acquired customer will not only order the product at the end of his customer journey, but will become a referrer himself.
Example: How pull marketing can be implemented in online shops
The most important tool in pull marketing: the content around the product. On the one hand, this offers real added value and, on the other, pursues the goal of preparing the prospective customer specifically for the purchase. Frequently chosen forms of pull marketing content are e-books, blog articles, whitepapers or webinars.
An example: you have developed a toothpaste that prevents cavities. A user who has problems with caries and possibly pain on top of that, now searches online for a solution. For example, he Googles “caries what helps?”. You have set up a landing page in advance and optimized it for the keyword “caries what helps? Thanks to a good ranking, the searcher now lands on your landing page, where you give him lots of valuable tips and first aid measures for tooth decay. At the end, you inform the visitor about your toothpaste that successfully prevents tooth decay and place a call-to-action button for the purchase. You can also go one step further and first promote a free e-book with further information. In this way, you gradually build a relationship with the prospect and create trust. And those whose teeth are affected by tooth decay will certainly have a high demand for such a toothpaste.
You’ve probably already realized which methods are key in pull marketing.
Measures for pull marketing
Pull marketing focuses on the helpful communication of information and aims to satisfy a prospect’s need. The heart of a functioning pull marketing strategy is thus content and, in that context, content marketing. As can be seen in the example, the potential customer finds his way to you via a search query on Google. The engine of pull marketing is thus often search engine marketing.
Search engine marketing
Search engine marketing includes search engine optimization, known as SEO and search engine advertising, also common under the acronym SEA.
In pull marketing, you use SEO to optimize your landing page for relevant keywords, for example, and improve your ranking on Google. A well thought-out SEO strategy focuses on OnPage and OffPage measures. This is preceded by comprehensive keyword research and analysis.
Search engine advertising (SEA), on the other hand, deals with placing paid advertising within Google’s search results page, known today as Google Ads and formerly as Google AdWords. In pull marketing, you actively promote your landing page or a blog post here. The same principle is also used by Facebook Ads or video ads on YouTube.
Pull marketing only comes alive through content. Content can be in the form of text, images, video or audio. Having content that adds value has significantly more impact on target audiences than advertising.
With the diversity of different content types for pull marketing, you’re guaranteed to find a variation that suits you, your brand, and your product. A mix of content types is ideal to appeal to different sensory types.
- blog post
- reading tips
- press releases
- live consulting
- explainer videos
Organic Social Media Marketing
Pull marketing can also be done through social media. Use organic social media marketing for this. With a strategic social media campaign, you draw attention to products or services, strengthen your public perception and build a relationship with your target group with interactive communication. Always make sure that you add value to your target audience with your content. In addition to the major platforms such as LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook, you should see if it is worthwhile to also serve industry-specific networks.
How does social media succeed in pull marketing?
Simply put, it’s about making your brand or business as appealing and friendly as possible to your target audience. The goal is to create a positive perception among your target group and especially your community. A key indicator of this is, for example, likes and sharing of your posts – as well as interaction with posts. We’ll tell you the best way to go about it below.
Our tips for your pull marketing on social media platforms:
- First serve the platform where your target audience prefers to be and build a targeted community that is interested in your brand and products.
- Create useful, easily consumable and shareable content. Ask yourself in advance what will add value to your community.
- Don’t relate your content directly to your products and services, but embed it in a natural-sounding context of information.
- Tell your story and let your fans share in the creation of your brand.
- Post regularly. An editorial plan is helpful for this.
- Work out a social media strategy for pull marketing in advance.
- Plan user-generated content campaigns, i.e. content created by your fans themselves. For example, call for photo campaigns. Social proof boosts your pull marketing immensely.
- Interact and communicate with your community. Recognition, gratitude and friendliness are key factors to success.
Paid social media advertising tends to be classified as push marketing. But especially for starters, it can be worthwhile to build reach with social media ads.
Convince customers with added value
Pull marketing is the soft way that converts your prospects to customers with added value and content. Unlike push marketing, pull marketing requires a little more work and staying power, but in the long run, pull marketing provides a sustainable path to lead your prospects over and over again. Convince with content instead of discounts. Pull marketing is, of course, just one option of many and assumes that demand already exists. Always look at the big picture.
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