Traditional versus Digital Marketing

Traditional versus Digital Marketing

Digital & Technology

Sandeep Raut

Sandeep Raut

244 week ago — 5 min read

Background: Digital marketing expert Mr Sandeep Raut explains how digital marketing has transformed how business is carried out when compared to traditional modes of marketing.


Today, people spend most of their time on mobile phones and other digital gadgets and hence making use of digital technologies makes more sense.

Digital marketing allows marketers to keep up with the latest trends online, therefore remaining relevant to customers.

But still, in every marketing department there is a debate whether to invest in traditional marketing or digital marketing. More so when it comes to budget allocation.


For ages, businesses have been using the following five categories for traditional marketing

  • Print media (business cards, posters, magazines, newspapers, etc.)
  • Broadcast channels (TV, radio, etc.)
  • Superstores like Argos, Walmart used Direct Mail (catalogs, postcards, etc.)
  • Most of the businesses still use telephone (telemarketing)
  • Based on their budgets, organisations use outdoor advertising (billboards, flyers, etc.)


Traditional marketing still works on old ways of 4Ps – Product, Price, Promotion and Place.

While Digital Marketing involves:

  • Websites
  • Social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter
  • Content marketing – blogs, videos
  • Mobile Marketing - apps
  • E-mail Marketing
  • Banner Ads, Google Ads
  • Online video marketing

Digital Marketing has evolved from 4Ps to 4Es:

Product to Experience - What is the experience you are giving in the full customer journey for your brand?


Price to Engagement – What value do you consider for your customer’s attention, engagement


Promotion to Exchange - Inspire your customers and employees with your passion; find the passion and emotion in your brand


Place to Everyplace - Reach your customers anytime, any device, any place.

Also read: Digital Marketing Trends in Product Pricing

Here is a summary of the difference between traditional and digital marketing:

Traditional Marketing                                                                                                               

  • Results are not easily measured, and in many cases cannot be measured at all               
  • Only local audience can see it who are passing by                                               
  • No customisation possible, no real-time adjustments
  • Traditional marketing is static which means there is no way to interact with the audience
  • Messages are pushed to customers
  • More costly compared to digital marketing
  • Takes time for brand awareness due to local reach

Digital Marketing

  • Results are much easier to measure
  • A digital campaign can reach an infinite audience
  • Digital ads are more customisable than print ads
  • Digital Marketing is interactive and we can encourage customers with different Call to Actions
  • Customers are pulled as well based on targeting
  • Less costly compared to traditional marketing
  • Brand awareness can be viral due to global reach


This will give you some clarity about which marketing is better for your business and allocate the right resources. Digital marketing also allows marketers to keep up with the latest trends online, therefore remaining relevant to customers.

Also read: Digital Disruption: An advantage for your business in 2019

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