The Only Bad Advertising Is No Advertising - Or Is It?
Depending on whom you ask, you will get told many "truths" about advertising. The question I have for you today is this - "Is the only bad advertising, no advertising?"
Before we begin, it might help us to agree on what advertising is, so here's one definition:
"Advertising is the non-personal communication of an individual's paid persuasive information regarding products, and or services via various media."
In other words, someone is trying to "sell" us on something - be it a product, or a service, or just picking up the phone....
Non-profit Coupon Books and Coupon Mailers for Small Businesses
Many groups like the Chamber of Commerce, ASB at the local high school, etc. will ask if their members can get a discount if they shop in your store or use your service. Of course, the answer top these groups should be a high-energy YES! They will then make a discount booklet for their members with your company listed, this is excellent and promotes good will for your business.
The more membership booklets and coupon books your small business can be in the better your business will do. Get in all the free ones and any, which distribute to 10,000 or more people for under $50....
Print Advertising: Knowing What To Put In Your Ads
So you've decided to run a print ad in your local newspaper. The paper may have even told you they could produce the artwork for you if you just tell them what should be in the ad. Problem is, you're not sure what should be in the ad.
The first thing you need to do is answer the following question: What is your objective for the ad? You need to know what result you expect the ad to accomplish in order to determine what needs to go into the ad.
Once you determine your objective (e. g. I want them to visit my store;...
Dont Put All Your Eggs in The Same Basket
Solution: You can protect yourself by partnering with other lead sources because it is unlikely that they will all have a problem or technical issue at the same time.
Other alternative: It doesn't hurt either to use a few marketing tools to generate leads for your business. Again don't just depend on one marketing medium to generate leads because it may slow down at one point. Just think about other ways to get qualified leads. You can use Direct mail, Call Centers, Newspapers, Radio, TV, Online Advertising etc....
How to SAVE Yourself from Spending too Much Money on Advertising!
How much money have you spent in Advertising, Promotion & Marketing? If you're like most people you've probably spent over $1000 or more. Many individuals and companies have spent $2000 to $50,000 in Advetising within a course of 1 Year... Ouch!
We all know that in order to succeed in business, we all have to do a lot of advertising right!... However why are we spending so much on advertising? "Could it be because others are doing the work for us?" I have a clear answer to the question, read on....
Attention-Grabbing Fixes that Make Your Yellow Page Ad Leap Off the Page
Stand Out in Ways that Matter to Directory UsersA Yellow Page directory presents a difficult challenge foradvertisers. All the competitors are packed together, withinthe space of a few pages. Each ad within the directorycategory screams "Notice me!" so insistently, they blendinto an muffled chorus. It's not easy for one to stand outwith a clear, distinctive voice - like a soloist above thechoir. That only happens when the business is clear aboutexpressing its unique "song," and understands what buyersmost want to hear....
Boost Headline Believability With Specifics
Don't use vague generalities in your headlines. Be as specific as possible. For example, you may want to put a date into your headline, or a profit increase of some specific percentage, etc. When you use something specific, like a date, an exact dollar amount, or an exact quantity in a headline, it suddenly becomes more believable.
Using specific numbers makes the reader believe that you really know what you are talking about, you have researched the information, and that you can document what you are saying....
The Online Equivalent of an Effective Newspaper Advertisement is FREE
Ask anybody who has been in business for a long enough and they will tell you how newspaper advertisements have for decades helped to build countless small businesses.
The advantages of a newspaper advertisement are many, but what has attracted small business entrepreneurs for decades is the speed at which a struggling entrepreneur (short of funds as many starting small businesses always are, and looking for customers fast) is able to get a very quick response.
Many extremely successful businesses today started off booking tiny classified newspaper advertisements, grew into larger display advertisements (that were still very tiny) and today are multi million dollar enterprises commanding lots of respect....
How To Write Really Good Ads
All sales begin with some form of advertising. To build sales, this advertising must be seen or heard by potential buyers, andcause them to react to the advertising in some way. The creditfor the success, or the blame for the failure of almost all ads, reverts back to the ad itself.
Generally, the "ad writer" wants the prospect to do one of thefollowing:
Visit the store or website to see and judge the product for himself, or immediately reach for his credit card or write a check and send for the merchandise being advertised....
The Power of...
You certainly must know that Many Big Marketers consider COPYWRITING to be the most important skill you need to be earning online.
There's a lot of good copywriting around. But even in good copywriting there are some manerism that in my opinion don't help to achieve the desired result. No doubt the most over-used in copywriting is the Exclamation Mark. As a result of this over-use it's become a very ineffective means of expression. But nevertheless, it still appears everywhere, often in pairs or big flocks....
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