Organic vs Paid Marketing – What is the difference?

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Both organic and paid marketing are strong and legitimate marketing techniques, yet there are some notable differences between the two and how they can help advance your business. It doesn’t need to be one or the other either, many businesses have found their marketing campaigns work best with a mixture of the two.

Quite simply, organic marketing refers to traffic that comes to your website naturally, without you having paid for it, and paid marketing refers to paying for an increase in traffic to your site. There are a wide range of digital marketing strategies available, and it can be a process of figuring out what works best for your business over time.

Our team at Bark Street Digital have significant experience in creating bespoke digital marketing campaigns for our clients across a range of industries, meaning we know what tools work best to drive traffic to websites. We possess a strong understanding of what people search and look for online and can use our knowledge to help your business increases its brand visibility and reach its target audience. If you want more information or advice regarding organic vs paid marketing, then please feel free to get in touch with us today.

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What is paid marketing?

Paid marketing essentially does what it says on the tin, you pay for marketing to target your intended audience in hopes it will encourage them to notice your business and engage with your websites, ultimately converting audiences online.

The most popular and well-known technique of paid marketing are paid ads, also known as pay per click (PPC). This type of paid advertising revolves around targeting specific groups of people to come across your paid adverts. This could be your target audience or perhaps people who may have never heard of your business before and could now be interested in what you have to offer from noticing you online.

Businesses can measure how well their paid adverts are performing through continual checking and updating of their ad spending and assessing their conversion rates.

There are many benefits to using paid marketing within your online marketing campaign, it can provide short-term, quick results with you controlling which audiences see your ads and how often. However, some consumers easily recognize paid ads and may be more likely to ignore your efforts if they feel it is strategically forced upon them.


What is organic marketing?

Organic marketing revolves around generating traffic to your website over time due to strong online content. It involves things such as search engine optimization (SEO), blog posts and social media posts/usage.

If your business has a strong online presence and quality content on its online platforms, then both search engines and potential customers will think of you more highly, resulting in more custom.

Organic marketing takes a lot more time to implement than paying for advertising, however it is much more reliable and proves a strong asset to have in place in the long run. If your business keeps showing up organically on search engines then consumers are going to automatically assume you are a well-known and trusted company and are therefore more likely going to come to you with their custom and even spread your name around through word-of-mouth referrals.

Undeniably, SEO is the strongest tool in organic marketing, and we are experts at conducting SEO audits and SEO content writing here at BSD.

SEO works by bringing together several components of your marketing strategy to boost your online presence. The main goal of SEO is to get your website shown on the first page a search engine search.

By recongising and analysing the most popular keywords and phrases people search for within your industry when browsing online we can incorporate the best key phrases into high quality content marketing to get your products and services at the forefront of an internet search.

SEO does not solely rely on keywords however. Other types of content such as website speed and high-quality blog posts make an impact when your website is analysed by the search engine. If you are utilising all of the tools available to you then we can expect your website to show up in a prime position on a results page.


Tips for a strong organic marketing strategy

Web design – A well laid out website significantly improves user experience and shows that you take your online presence seriously. Site layout, structure, wording and the use of effective meta descriptions and meta titles all influence how well your web page is to be perceived by the public.

Local SEO – Local search engine optimisation works towards targeting clients in your immediate local service area, even if you are a national firm, as many people still search for businesses in their towns and cities. A great use of local SEO is to setup a ‘Google My Business’ account which you can use to upload your phone number and address. This data enables your business to show up on Google map services when people search for plumbing firms near them.

Relevant content – Quality content goes a long way, and Google is known to prioritise websites that regularly upload new and relevant content.

Keyword research – Undertaking keyword research in order to create better quality content for your website is important. Researching what people in your area are searching for specifically will ensure your website and content pages have a higher chance of being visible on search engine results.

Mobile friendly design – With most people owning a smart phone, potential customers are perhaps more likely to do an internet search on the go via their phone. Ensuring you have a responsive web design, meaning your website can adapt to whatever device is viewing it, is an important factor that Google also takes into account.

Link building – Link building is an important tool in off-page SEO. Having links on your and to your website improve your businesses visibility and can effectively place you higher on Google search rankings. Link building can be achieved through social media engagement and guest blogging to name a few.


How BSD can help

Organic vs paid marketing can be a confusing subject for many businesses. As a specialist digital marketing agency, we understand how utilising both paid marketing and organic inbound marketing can help you advance your business goals, assisting our clients with bespoke marketing strategies to further their brand visibility.

Our team possess extensive knowledge surrounding how best to drive organic traffic to your website and can assist in implementing a range of techniques to achieve this, including generating organic social media engagement to boost your reputation.

We are able to offer bespoke marketing packages to meet our clients’ needs, tailoring our services to exceed their expectations while meeting their budgets.

To find out more about any of our services, then please feel free to contact us via the forms on our website or email our Director on


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