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Effective advertising reaches potential customers and informs them of your products or services. Ideally, advertising should capture the prospective customers attentions attention and entice them to use your product. Regardless of the method, all your advertising should be clear and consistently reflect the unique positioning statement of your business. Advertising is communication intended to inform, educate, persuade, and remind individuals of your product or businesses.
Advertising must work with other marketing tools and business elements to be successful. Advertising must be interruptive — that is, it must make you stop thumbing through the newspaper or thinking about your day long enough to read or hear the ad. Advertising must also be credible, unique, and memorable in order to work. Like all effective marketing support, it must be built upon a solid positioning strategy.
Finally, for any advertising campaign, enough money must be spent to provide a media schedule for ad frequency, the most important element for ad memorability. Word-of-mouth advertising has existed as long as mankind has communicated and traded goods and services.
Word-of-mouth advertising is considered the most effective form. It has the desired qualities of strong credibility, high audience attention levels, and friendly audience reception. It features open-ended conversation with questions and answers about the product, psychological incentives to purchase, memorability, efficiency and frequency.
Word-of-mouth advertising passes product information to many other potential buyers and may even include promotional trial demonstrations and free samplingat little or no cost to the business. Whenever possible, a small business should build an advertising program that in word-of-mouth advertising. Satisfied customers are your best advertisements. In some respects, typical media advertising e. Successful advertising will achieve many times more ad mentions through word-of-mouth than the of paid media presentations of the.
There are many things you can do in the way of advertising, promotion, and publicity that cost little or nothing.
And when you become successful enough to be able to afford more sophisticated ad techniques, there are ways of measuring to some extent just how effective these methods are in terms of your business growth. As always, the chief concern is that the advertising do what it is intended to do: cause more people to purchase more from your business. Effective advertising does not need to cost a fortune, provided you spend your money wisely. As we noted earlier, word-of-mouth is not only the oldest form of advertising, but is still one of the most effective. To help encourage word-of-mouth advertising, ask for referrals consistently.
Depending upon the nature of your business, staying in contact with your customers can help generate referrals by keeping your name top-of-mind. Many personal services businesses, such as ants and real estate agents, send birthday and holiday cards to their customers. Other businesses, such as hair salons, offer discounts or a gift certificate to customers who provide a referral that brings in new customers. Good advertising is consistent in look and message. This means that you should develop a simple logo that and use it on all printed material to identify your company.
Printed material includes items such business cards, letterhead, brochures, flyers, gift certificates. Your logo should also appear on your website. Print attractive and informative business cards that include your logo and hand them out everywhere, consistently! If appropriate for your business, you use your card as a discount certificate or other incentive.
Another option is to have some cards printed on a magnetic backing so that it can be put on your customer's refrigerator.
Print up some gift certificates. These let your customers introduce you to new customers. Since you get paid up front for the product or service, these are cash-flow friendly. Brochures allow you to provide enticing details about your product or service. Simple three-fold brochure paper stock may be purchased from mail order suppliers such as Paper Direct. This type of stock comes in attractive cuts and colors.
Template software can be obtained that permits you to use your computer to generate classy looking brochures at minimal cost. Plus, many suppliers, such as Paper Direct, provide instantly downloaded templates. When deing your brochure focus on making it simple, yet eye-catching. Make your headline stand out. Use graphics. Give your customer as much quality information as you can pack into this identity piece. Keep it up to date and personalize it when possible by writing in the margins or underlining specifics that might interest a particular prospective customer.
If you have a slightly bigger budget, go for a slick four-color piece. You'll need a printer who can do four color separations, so if you're in a small town market with few hi-tech services, you may want to call a national firm that specializes in doing short runs. Firms such as FedEx Office do high-quality, relatively I have responded to a couple of adverts work for small businesses. They also have a wealth of samples to get your creative ideas flowing. You can create them very inexpensively on your computer, or your local print shop can do them for you.
You can use as much color as you like, with either a color printer or old-fashioned colored paper stock. Pack them full of information and post them on every bulletin board you can find that'll allow you space. Easy to distribute in bulk, these handy attention-getters can also be used as bag stuffers or inserts to put in with billings or to include when mailing payments to your suppliers.
In fact, don't mail anything out of your business without including some little sales piece. Take advantage of piggybacking on that postage stamp. Placing stacks of flyers in building lobbies and tucking them under windshield wipers are done frequently, but you must be willing to alienate some people if you use these methods of distribution.
Door hangers are widely used by fast food and home delivery and service businesses. If you choose this medium, don't scrimp on the stock. Make it heavy so it won't blow off door knobs and litter the neighborhood. Add a coupon or some other incentive to the hanger—in fact, many businesses use the door hanger itself as a coupon. Paper Direct and FedEx Office both have templates available and can handle the printing. Door hangers are a good way to focus in on a specific target market that is defined by their geographic locale. Surprising as it seems in this internet and smart phone-driven economy, an old local advertising standard continues to be important.
A survey, commissioned by the Local Search Association formerly the Yellow s Association revealed that 78 percent of the respondents consulted print yellow directories during the past year. When Internet "yellow s," were included in the mix, 84 percent reported consulting a yellow directory.
This means that, despite the buzz about Facebook and Twitter, as well as the long-standing need for a compelling website, advertising in telephone directories remains critically important. However, directory advertising is definitely not cheap. Publishers of these directories have stringent guidelines that make it hard for you to distinguish your ad from your competitors' without spending a lot of money.
If you go with this kind of ad, check out whether households in your area receive directories published by more than one company. The cost of advertising varies, as does the market served. Try to pick the one that targets your potential customers the best at the lowest cost.
Get all their prices and pick their reps' brains for information and advice. But don't confuse a sales pitch for advice. Be very careful making your listing category choice. Do you want to position yourself as "pizza" or "restaurant" or "carry-out"? Even if you have to stretch to afford it, go for the bold-type listing if you can afford only a single line listing.
If you can manage it, a display ad will probably pay big dividends if you keep it running year after year. Use strong black borders if possible and get the I have responded to a couple of adverts size for the money without sacrificing placement. Don't be afraid to use lots of copy and use pictures and color red is the usual alternative if the budget can handle it.
Try to give your business a solid, dependable, reliable feel in your ad. If appropriate, say that you're insured or mention that you've been in business a long time. List every service you can think of as well as your hours and put some stress on your location so people can relate to it. The publisher's rep will give you guidance and examples of what you can do, but try to get a little edge of originality if at all possible. Toll-free s allow a customer to reach you without having to pay any phone charges. Originally, toll-free calls were all "" s. Now, it is a that begins with any of these three-digit codes:,or Because RespOrgs run the gamut from big box stores like Home Deport to all the major wireless companies, knowing exactly what you need how many calls per day, how many calls per month, and how many minutes per call and undertaking some serious comparison shopping is absolutely essential.
Small display and classified in local newspapers or magazines can be a good way to reach your buyers. Remember that the lowly classifieds are perused by a huge of people, especially on weekends. Auto dealers and real estate agents fill these s up for a reason. If you slip a classified ad into the right category and keep it running consistently, you'll probably get a response strong enough to at least pay the cost of the ad.I have responded to a couple of adverts
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