Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Flipboard 0 geralt / Pixabay There are two ways in which marketers conduct promotional activities. They either advertise the product for the market as a whole or they create a focused communication for a specific customer group. Today, these marketing strategies fall into two distinct categories – Above the Line (ATL) and Below the Line (BTL) activities. With consumption trends shifting constantly, marketers needed to find ways to address these changing demands. Through the Line (TTL) marketing activities help marketers use an integrated approach to advertise products to both mass and focused markets simultaneously. Let’s take a look at each of these approaches: Above the Line (ATL) advertising ATL strategies focus at directing the communication towards the mass market. All promotional messages are untargeted, meaning they do not focus on a specific target group. The idea behind this is to inform customers about the availability of the product. Marketers seek to encourage customers to visit stores and actively seek the product. These strategies help companies reach a larger audience and create brand visibility. Implementing ATL activities: Television: Advertising campaigns directed at the regional or national level Print media: Promotional messages in newspapers, online articles, and advertisements Radio: Pan-country or pan-city radio broadcasts Below the Line (BTL) advertising BTL activities are more focused and they are directed towards specific groups of customers. They are highly targeted, with advertisements being created keeping in mind the demographic and psychographic characteristics of particular customer segments. The communication is highly personalized and the objective is to gain conversions. The major advantage of BTL advertising is that the results of the campaign can be easily tracked. ROI is also higher here. Additionally, campaigns can be tailored for different subsets of consumers within a single segment. Implementing BTL activities: Outdoor advertisements: Billboards, fliers, banners, sandwich boards, and so on Direct marketing: SMS, emails, social media posts, pamphlets Sponsorship: Events, competition Public Relations: Press conferences, viral marketing In-store promotion: Visual merchandising, retailer pop-ups, sampling, sales promotions Through the Line (TTL) advertising TTL advertising involves an integrated approach where both ATL and BTL strategies are combined. The objective here is to get a holistic view of the market and communicate with customers in every way possible. Considering that both ATL and BTL activities are used here, all TTL strategies lead to better brand visibility and brand recall. The major challenge of TTL activities is the cost associated with implementing various promotional campaigns. It is usually only established or financially secure companies that can implement TTL activities successfully. Implementing TTL activities: 360-degree marketing: Using both ATL and BTL activities – for example, a television advertisement supplemented with pamphlets of the product attached to newspapers. Digital marketing: Online banners and buttons, social media posts, blog articles. Final thoughts There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to marketing. While ATL activities may work for some companies, others may need to supplement it with BTL. Everything depends on how well marketers read the market and whether there is a fit between the customer and the communication. Twitter Tweet Facebook Share Email This article was written for Business 2 Community by Jonathan Furman.Learn how to publish your content on B2C Author: Jonathan Furman Follow @JonathanCFurman Jonathan got his start through an Advertising agency. He began in the production department and eventually worked his way up to managing a small team. He then decided to make a transfer over to sales, and over the course of a year built a book of business valued at north… View full profile ›More by this author:Automation and the Workplace: A Peek at What’s to ComeBuilding the Bridge Between Tech and ProductivityTop Tips to Up Your Sales Game – TODAY!