- 1 Introduction
- 2 Writing Great Advertising Content
- 3 Advertising Using Power Words
- 4 Characteristics of a Successful Advertisement
- 5 A Word About Research in Advertising
- 6 Advertising for Free
- 7 Search Engine Optimization and Advertising
- 8 Writing A Good Headline For Your Advertisement
- 9 Low-Cost Advertising
- 10 Advertising on the Internet
- 11 How To Write Business-To-Business Advertisement
- 12 Impact of Colors in Advertisements
- 13 Advertising: Self Promotion
- 14 Conclusion
- 15 Recommended Training:
To write successful advertisement content is to catch the attention of the customer at first sight as they flicker though the brochures and fliers like they flip through a magazine and not how they will read books with concentration. In this article, we will explore some common-sense best practices, tried and true methods and personal organization techniques to help you become a better advertising content writer.
Writing Great Advertising Content
It need not be necessary that the customer reads each and every line of the advertisement; hence, each line should be effective and should pass out a message. So, it’s not only necessary to write logical matter, but it should also be creative enough.
Firstly, only relevant and specific matter should be written in the ad. Some content writers fear missing out information and write as much as they can. This will only disinterest the customers more and space will be wasted.
The writing style should be related to the type of flier or brochure that is to be written. It’s usual for the reader to read skipping lines in between and there is a possibility that they will read it from bottom to top. It always helps to use words that sell.
But still, the content should be properly organized with the heading at the top, body in the middle and conclusion at the end. The main points can be written as subheadings, in bold font.
The body following the sub-heading should discuss the sub-heading and if it is related to any other sub-heading, even those points should be discussed. If the product is to be discussed from the technical point, it should not be so technical that it sounds like a foreign language to a common man.
Chunking is another technique that can be used. Chunking is writing small stories with a conclusion at the end. They can either have or not have a connection between themselves. It’s better if they aren’t connected because it won’t require the reader to go back to a previous chunk in order to understand the present chunk he is reading.
This works quite well when there are pictures in the advertisement and the chunk illustrates the picture. The two-dimensional picture is speechless unless some well-chosen words talk about it and motivate the customers.
Obviously, while chucking, sub-headings can be used to let out critical information. Another point to be considered is the product or company about which the content is based on. Suppose if the brochure is related to a corporate, the style of writing should be formal.
Spelling mistakes should be avoided to the maximum extent. They reflect poor quality and bring a bad reputation to the client. The design should speak clearly and loudly about the organization being discussed.
Unclear, cluttered and illogical information creates an illusion that the company also has the same characteristics. Catalogues are the only source of advertisement for some businesses, because of low investments. Such kind of business catalogues won’t require much writing, just product description will do. Instead one can work on the font sizes, colors, etc.
The next step should be writing information about contacts so as to buy the product; detailed forms are a big turn-off. Contact information, postal address and website URL should be clearly specified. Also, include whether the business accepts cash, check or credit card.
Another thing to be taken care of is the contact information, which is usually written on the forms, which have to be mailed. It is better to write to them in the advertisement also so that the customers can save it for future reference.
After the final content is written, it’s time for organizing it. Depending on the demand for the products, arrange them in the hierarchy, especially when designing a catalogue because each of the products should get the consideration and attention they deserve.
It is a good habit to write down procedures, which have been applied to every kind of advertisement written. And also save the information like what customers were targeted with what kind of advertisements, to use to the same kind of logic the next time to similar customers. This helps to create a blueprint for a future job.
Advertising Using Power Words
Words cannot only influence the minds of people but can completely change their perception about a particular thing. Words have the persuasion power to entice and motivate.
They are used by the politicians, public relations personals, and even by parents to pass on their message. These words are known as power words and they can do wonders when used in an advertisement.
New or improved words create a sense of curiosity. The customers get the impression that the product is something that is different from others and he tries to get it before anyone else does so as to have edge over others.
The laundry products have always been advertised as new and improved, from years. Although it can be either a new or improved version of the existing product, but the power of both the words and the product reinforces each other’s strength.
Take for instance the line ‘Money back guarantee’, these power words help gain the trust of the customer. It is a must to print these words at the closing line of an advertisement. After this sentence, the methods of payment and how the money will be returned if the customer is not satisfied should be stated.
Most of the successful advertisements have a little-known secret that surely generated curiosity within the reader. People are knowledge thirsty, they want to know what others do not know. They think that there is some vital information they are missing because of which they haven’t gained success in something particular.
Words ‘Insiders say that’, is similar to ‘secret’. It gives out information from some expertise that is still unknown to the outside world and only if the customer gives money, that information will be divulged to him.
Free word in the headline of the message simply does wonders. The reader easily absorbs the message, unless and until something free is given to the customer in reality.
By any chance, if the company tricks the customer into paying money for something, which was supposed to be free, the trust of the customer is lost instantly. Usually, the word FREE is spelled as FR~E on websites as ISP filters blocks messages having the actual word, considering it to be some kind of spam.
“You” is a very important word to be used in an advertisement. It directly points out the advantages to the customer as an individual if he buys a particular product or service.
Step into the shoes of the customer and try to note down the points which will be of benefit and what points will decrease the interest. The advantages then should be referred to the customer by addressing them with ‘you’. The customer feels that he is being directly talked to.
The word ‘Immediately’ rings in the emergency. It can be interpreted as ‘Don’t wait any longer, get it now!’ This motivates the customer to take some necessary and quick action.
Power in itself is a powerful word. Give that power to the consumer and see the magic. This gives the consumer a feeling that he can get possession of something that he lacked till now and this could make him achieve the impossible.
The basis of a successful advertisement is to understand the consumer’s needs and then design the advertisement accordingly. Just stating the advantages of using the product or service of the company isn’t enough.
A sentence should be so designed that the customer should see his advantage in the product. For example, when advertising for a digital camera, just stating that the in-built memory of the camera is of 1 GB, won’t do the trick.
Instead, the sentence should be changed to ‘enough memory to store 350 pictures or 50 videos. The solution to the problem of the customer is reflected in this sentence. Ideas can be taken from advertisements of other similar brands like how the sentences are written and placed in an advertisement.
After the sentence framing, adding power words to spice up the advertisement will definitely make a winning ad campaign.
Characteristics of a Successful Advertisement
Many small businesses don’t get the success they want from advertising due to the availability of very little resources. The results are simply flat due to a lack of good ideas for improvements. Whether the ads are put in a local newspaper or are printed in the famous periodical or posted on a website, the money invested should gain the desired outcome.
There are some common mistakes small businesses and professional service providers do when designing and posting the advertisement, which leads to the failure of the advertisement.
Bigger is better is believed in by many. That’s exactly what some of the small firms think when they want to advertise their product. They think bigger and select a medium where they need to invest a lot of money, but do not reach the targeted market.
For example, if a company specializes in designing diet plans and wants to help out people who had disappointing results from their individual diet plans, and the company chooses to advertise a full page in the local paper instead of running advertisement in a health magazine, obviously not many of the dieters will notice the advertisement and the advertisement doesn’t get the desired attention.
So, the point is to come up with the best campaign, which will increase the probability of the ad getting viewed and the right customers trying to buy the product or sign up for the service.
Studies and research can be carried out on the market and the targeted audience can be narrowed down. Once getting the list of newspapers, magazines and magazines meant for the customers in mind, find out how many readers they have and the cost they ask for posting the ad. Special deals are offered by them from time to time and can only be found by watchful eye.
It is estimated that everyday people are subjected to around three thousand commercials. That is a huge number and if someone desires to be noticed, he should certainly be different. Not only the services and product sold should be unique in the market, so should be the advertisement.
For example, if a business selling mattresses say, “We sell mattresses”, it will not make a statement and will be passed off as any other mattress advertisement. But if they say, “Our mattresses are of the finest quality”, it will make the advertisement stand out in the crowd.
Other catch lines are “Are you suffering from back pain? Probably you must try our mattresses,” are more specific and will catch the fancy of the people who are suffering from back pains for a long time. The advertisement should also focus on the uniqueness of the product and how it is better compared to the competitors’ product.
Focusing on the problems of customers and giving them a solution is what customers need. A customer does not buy a product; he buys benefits in the form of a product.
The real value of the product should be realized and a clear picture of it should be presented to the customer, so he will be able to relate with the product. If the advertisement doesn’t specify the solution it can provide, the customers will never know of it. So, focusing on the customer’s problem is what some ads miss.
The last thing missing in most advertisements is the motivation for the customers. If the advertiser has designed the advertisement and the customer had read the advertisement, all efforts and money invested will be wasted if he doesn’t get up and do something about it.
It shouldn’t be assumed that the customer knows what to do; instead, the advertisement should influence the mind of the customer and should tell him what to do. A call of action is the final job of the advertisement.
It should call for information or visiting the store or even visiting the online store. The message should sound confident and clear.
A Word About Research in Advertising
Research in advertising is done in order to produce better advertisements that are more efficient in motivating customers to buy a product or a service.
The research can be based on a particular advertising campaign or can be more generalized and based on how advertisements create an effect on people’s minds. Lots of approaches are involved to go about conducting advertising research like economical, psychological, demographical and sociological.
When designing an advertisement for a particular product many things should be researched like where it should be displayed, whether the advertisement can be printed in newspapers or magazines or broadcasted on television or radio or published on the Internet.
Many methods are undertaken to collect relevant information. The research itself is of two kinds, syndicated and customized. Syndicated research is a single research done by the company that is available to other companies as well.
Customized research is research based on certain criteria and is done for a particular company and its results are available to only that company.
Pre-testing or copy testing is a type of customized research that determines the in-market efficiency of an advertisement before it is released or before the final production. The more the pre-testing is done the more likely that it will be a successful advertisement and each pre-testing should be applied number of times.
This can be done by studying the level of attention the customers have, motivation, brand linkage, communication, and entertainment. The flow of emotions and flow of attention are broken down and studied individually. The results are applied to the advertisement that is still being developed to recognize the weak points and replace them.
A reliable feedback loop can guide the researchers, client and the agency to work in harmony. Tests should be applied during the storyboard stage of ad making. This is an early stage and the results are highly predictive. During this process, images are selected and used as an integrated campaign print ad.
Post-testing or ad tracking studies are either syndicated or customized. Studies are done over a period of time or continuously. The in-market research is done to understand a brand’s linkage, performance, awareness, and preference along with product attitudes and usage.
They are done by, conducting interviews either on the phone or the Internet. Testing the finished advertisement provides confidence and gives an idea of if it is following the strategy.
All the above studies should facilitate the client’s advertisement development to make the end product easier to achieve. The study should contain rational information having not only to surface knowledge but also to provide deep in-sight that will open window to a customer’s mind.
The customer, too, should provide precise information based on facts and not based on imaginary thinking and self-delusion. He should be able to explain the role of advertisement in the whole marketing plan. Working in a vacuum doesn’t get the desired result.
The basis is to provide an in-depth understanding of the consumers for improving the advertisement techniques and other marketing decisions. The traditional methods of qualitative and quantitative techniques have been improved to analyze the information with good insight.
The rapidly changing likes and needs of the customers are difficult to track but should be studied in order to increase the quality of the advertisement. The changes are because of the huge number of options offered to them by the market.
Advertising for Free
Advertising for free seems like an impossible thing when heard.
But there are several ways by which the cost of advertisement can be conserved, with the help of some imagination and creativity.
A business wanting to advertise can write articles related to their field of expertise that can be submitted to media and publications having an interest in that particular field. The advertising article can have information about the company and dealership opportunity.
Due to the rise in Internet users and websites, new websites have sprung up which offer free services. Articles can be written for these websites and they can be broadcasted for free, which will be viewed by hundreds of people every day.
Once the business has gained some recognition, within no time it will gain popularity also among the crowds. This popularity can lead to them being invited on radio and television talk shows and even to interviews.
Such kind of opportunities shouldn’t be missed as they provide a chance for free promotion. If it is taking a long time to get a break, the producer can be addressed with a letter that can be followed up by a telephone call or in-person visit.
During the visit, the nature of expertise can be discussed about the business, which will be of interest to the viewers of the particular channel. Once a businessperson gains the status of being public-friendly, more offers start pouring in.
Free bulletin board located in the neighborhood, like in grocery stores, libraries, and salons, are another good idea. Advertising circulars can be posted on such boards for free.
Circulars for mass distribution can be handed out at the mall, shopping center, bus stops, particularly on weekends when there is a big rush. Students can be hired on a part-time basis for this purpose.
Promotional advertisement can be printed on the envelopes used by the business firms. Both the sender and the receiver can view this advertisement. Promotional offers can be sent to customers by postcards, which should be utilized to its full, leaving only place left for writing the address.
Some of the new mail-order publications offer free first time and seasonal deductions for advertisers. Other publications offer pay per inquiry space.
Inquiries can be made about stand-by space, which means that the publication holds the submission of advertisement until space is not sold and, in that case, thirty-three percent saving can be achieved. Usually, local newspapers provide these kinds of offers.
If the business is involved in ad sheet or catalog publishing, other publishers can be contacted for the purpose of bartering an advertising exchange. They can place an advertisement in their publication, in return for placing their advertisement in the business’s publication.
Free offers can be provided to the customer. This can be done by emailing or printing newsletter about information regarding the area of interest of the targeted customers and can be made popular by using tag lines. Attach a free coupon with it, which the customers can use it for shopping if a criterion is met like a minimum purchase of $50. By this the response will be huge and most of them will purchase something or the other to avail the free offer.
The basic ingredient for advertising for free is imagination and research. Opportunities should be searched, and a strong working force should be applied to increase sales.
Search Engine Optimization and Advertising
In today’s net-savvy world it has become common for any business to have a website which they use mostly for advertising their products and services.
With the advent of search engines, it has become even easier for the customers to search for the stuff online. For a website to be successful its link should land in the first three pages which the search engine brings, and the rank of the page should be high which means many visitors come to the site.
This can be achieved by applying search engine optimization or popularly known as SEO. This is a marketing strategy that increases the quality and quantity of traffic flow to a particular website via search engines.
SEO not only affects the search engine results but also image search, video search and industry-specific vertical search engines. It determines how a search algorithm functions and searches what is popular with people.
When a website link is submitted to a search engine, a spider crawls through a page to gather links that lead to other pages and stores those pages on the server of the search engine.
The information collected from these pages is sent to the indexer, whose job is to extract information from those pages such as the keywords and their weights, the location of the page and other links that are stored for the spider to crawl in the future.
In the beginning, the search engine optimizer algorithms were dependent on the keywords, Meta tags, and index files provided by the Webmaster.
Meta tags provided information about a particular page but using them for indexing the pages didn’t prove to be successful as some Webmasters added irrelevant Meta tags to increase the number of hits and earn huge ad revenue.
They even changed the HTML of the web pages to achieve a good rank for the page. But this was a case of abuse as it fetched irrelevant pages.
Search engines then began utilizing complex ranking algorithms, which were difficult for the webmasters to manipulate so as to provide web surfers with genuine results. The rank of the web page was calculated mathematically by functions using the strength and quantity of the inbound links.
The higher the rank of the page the more chances it had to be viewed by a person. Later algorithms were developed which considered various other on-page factors such as rank and off-page factors such as hyperlink.
Since the webmasters couldn’t manipulate the page rank, they began exchanging, selling and buying links, which lead to link spamming and even creation of numerous sites dedicated to this purpose.
Algorithms became more complex by every passing day and top search engines kept their algorithms a secret. As the cost of SEO increased, advertisers were roped in to pay for it, which finally resulted in high-quality web pages.
Although investing in SEO is very fruitful, but at the same time is risky because without any prior notice the algorithms being used are bound to change and the search engine will stop directing visitors to the page. Many consultants are available in the market that provides SEO services.
They manipulate the HTML source code of the web site like menus, shopping carts and sometimes even the content of the website to draw more traffic.
Search engines like Yahoo have algorithms that extract pages not according to the page rank but according to the cost per click or set fee, that is if an advertiser desires that the page containing his ad be displayed, he is expected to pay money for it.
This is a point of controversy, as only the big businesses will be able to increase the number of hits of their page but not the small business who might be having a better quality page.
Google Ad Words explores ads that have words typed in the search box by the surfer. The Million Dollar Homepage started the concept of Pixel advertising, which is a graphical kind of advertising.
Depending on the pixels, space is sold to the advertiser. Keyword advertising involves advertisers who buy URLs of a site and place their ads at that location. Thus, SEO is a market on its own which is yielding great results for businesses on the Internet.
Writing A Good Headline For Your Advertisement
Advertisements of products, organizations, and services are generally aired on television.
This is be done by buying slots on the airtime from a particular television channel. The price depends on the popularity of the channel, time the commercial is being aired, the number of viewers and the length of the commercial.
Placing a commercial on local channels is more affordable than on national channels where the cost is almost double. When thinking of placing a commercial on television it is advised that you first understand what the audience needs to be reached.
Different audiences have different taste, which can be determined by their choice of television show like celebrity talk, cartoons, sports, reality, news, movies, soaps, prime time, etc. Primetime is usually from 6 to 7 pm and is the most expensive slot. Following it is the news time at noon or 10-11 pm slots, which are proven to be the most effective time slots for the success of a commercial. More affordable is 12-4 pm soap time.
Always check out with the sales representative for the prices. When advertising on the national level, check out an ad agency that usually works on a commission basis. It’s highly recommended to negotiate during a re-run of the advertisement and stay away from paying the complete amount.
Compare the prices of different networks and different programs before you place an ad. Another money-saving trick is to buy a thirty seconds slot and air commercials of ten to fifteen seconds of length one after the other.
This increases the possibility of target viewers seeing the commercial without the cost of re-runs. But this is risky as the pressure of conveying critical information in a short period of time increases. So, the commercials should not be so short that the actual message couldn’t be delivered correctly to the audience. Usually, a reminder commercial can be of a shorter duration.
Look out for the people who would like to buy a slot that has already been purchased. This can be very tricky as it will be more like a bid for which they will be ready to pay a larger amount sometimes even double because they badly need a slot.
This usually happens during the holiday season, which comes in the last quarter of the year around New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving holidays and Christmas holidays. The best time of the year to buy slots for commercial is the first and second quarters of the year.
Price is usually negotiable during the first quarter as the sales representatives give discounts to advertisers who have spent a lot of money advertising during the holiday season and are trying to recover from it.
If planning to pay for advertising commercials for the whole year check out the discounts that are being offered for advertising round the year. Usually, a five percent discount is offered when signing for a six-month time period and ten percent when signing for a twelve-month time period.
But do keep in mind to check out exactly when the commercials are being aired because these discounts are usually offered to distract people from this point and the commercials are aired during odd hours and also not during the holiday season.
The very first commercial to go on air was of Bulova Watch Company on WNBC, the United States of America on July 1, 1941. And ever since then there has been no stopping and now commercials sell anything that one can ever imagine.
There is no better advertisement campaign that is low cost and also successful at the same time.
Great business ideas when utilized effectively can save lots of money. This is not only easy for those who work full-time as an advertiser, but also for those who work from home.
Advertising from home is also a low-cost option, which involves making and distributing fliers. Usually, potential customers will visit home for business dealing.
Print a good number of fliers and give it to anyone who is visiting home like family, friends, mailman, etc. Business cards can also be distributed. Few selected people can be given a sample of the product.
For those who work outside the home, employ college students to distribute fliers at supermarkets, community centers, or malls, especially on weekends, when there is a rush.
Spread the word by the mouth. Talk to everyone about the product and ask them to talk about it to others. It’s a very powerful tool to increase the network and doesn’t even cost anything.
When receiving a casual call from family members and friends, don’t forget to tell them about the latest events, discounts, and promotions and ask them about what they are up to. If the parties are into the business, it won’t hurt to promote each other. Joint ventures can be started with trustable people of the same trade.
The only cost that will be incurred during the whole process is printing fliers. For a better quality, professionals can be hired to design them, as they will be able to play with colors and write motivating material.
Most of the businesses have company bulletin boards that they use to put up the company’s latest news. Fliers and business cards can be tacked on such bulletin boards. But before doing so, check out with the human resource department before placing the information as most of the HR departments make it compulsory to consult them.
Parents are required to be in regular touch with the teachers to know about the progress of the child and they have meetings from time to time. Do not miss this opportunity and spread the word. Hand them the business card and fliers personally at the meeting, instead of just giving the contact number.
Get involved with a fundraiser at schools, as it’s a nice approach to market business. Prior to handing out the order received, collect all necessary information like business card pack, fliers, with proper information.
Information can be based on what is the company about, what are the products and services provided, or how to get in touch with the company. In each individual order, carefully place all of them and seal the package properly. Presentation, too, is of importance and should be paid attention to.
Voice mails can be put to good use, other than recording messages. They can help to deliver the marketing message. Greet with a brief message, following with website and email address, so that whoever calls will be already having the telephone number and they will be able to learn more about the business by visiting the website. When the company is providing special promotional offers and discounts, include information about those in the voice mail.
Discontinuation of any services of products can also be informed about. Repetitive voicemails sound boring, so keep changing the voice mail frequently and add some creativity to it.
Most of the big businesses attach business cards or fliers with outgoing mail. This works for companies who send bills to their customers. For those who have customers paying online, they can send the information through emails.
Advertisements can be done, in the locality, by placing fliers on the bulletin boards of the local grocery stores, businesses, barbers, or butchers.
People frequent these places and there is a possibility of getting a good response. Some businesses place a jar at the reception counter where the business cards can be dropped for future reference while visiting them.
Advertising on the Internet
Ever since the advent of the Internet, advertising on the World Wide Web has been very popular. Many corporations, companies, and businesses have taken advantage of this and you can see ads on any web pages you visit.
The consumer can go to any search engine and type the keyword relating to what they are looking for and hit search and they will be provided with a huge list from which they can select. This is a very cost-effective and time-saving method of advertising.
It has become really easy for any business to have a personalized website by which they can advertise, directly interact with the customer; provide details about their product and services. Regular newsletters, offers, discounts can be pasted on-site to increase the interest of the website visitors.
Since it’s easy to reach any kind of audience concerning any kind of business, the possibility of misuse is always there. Based on this Internet advertising is classified into two kinds of advertisement, legal online advertising, and illegal online advertising.
Legal online advertising includes online advertising directories, search engine advertising, e-mail advertising, and desktop advertising. Illegal advertising is more commonly known as spam.
This is usually done by altering some system settings with the help of external applications after which pop-ups are sent to a particular network or computer.
The external applications are known as adware or spyware. Some of these are really harmful, the most famous being Trojans, which are very hard to uninstall and remove from the system.
With the increase in technology, special effects are being used to make the advertisement more interesting. Vivid colors, good page layout and lots of imagination are involved.
Typically, Adobe Flash is used to design advertisements these days. Depending on the technology being used to design advertisements can be classified into various categories.
Banner ads are animations displayed on the website usually created in HTML or Eudora. There is a range of types and sizes of the ads. Trick banner ads are banner ads that have an extra functionality of dialog boxes and buttons and are displayed as an alert or error message.
A pop-up is an advertisement displayed in a new window that covers up the active web page. A pop-under advertisement opens in another window that is under the active web page and can be seen after the present window is either closed or minimized.
Interstitial ads are those that are displayed before directing over to the desired page.
• Wallpaper ads form the background of the web page.
• The ads that float on the screen are known as a floating ad.
• Polite ads download at a low pace without interrupting the normal functioning of the website.
• An ad that enlarges and changes the contents of the page being displayed is known as expanding ad.
• Advertisements which are displayed in a video form on a website is known as a video ad.
There are many ways by which advertising slots can be purchased on the Internet like CPM, CPV, CPC, CPA, CPL, and CPO. CPM or cost per mil means that the advertiser is meant to pay for a particular number of people to whom the advertisement will be exposed.
CPV or cost per visitor means that the advertiser is meant to pay for the people to whom the advertisement was delivered. CPC or cost per click means paying for the number of clicks made on the advertisement by the visitors.
Although the advertisement is put up on the website, the amount is paid only after the visitor clicks on the URL of the advertisement.
CPA or cost per action means that the advertisement publisher bares all the charges of advertisement, but he gets paid only if the visitor clicks on the advertisement and purchases a product or signs-up for a service.
CPL or cost per lead is similar to CPA, only that the visitor doesn’t have to necessarily buy anything; he or she can simply apply to get regular newsletters and special offers. CPO or cost per order is where the advertiser pays each time an order is placed.
Online advertisements cannot only be used to promote a product or service but in fact, they can be used for purposes like promoting charity and spreading education.
How To Write Business-To-Business Advertisement
Business-to-business firms are those firms that sell products and services among themselves.
The selling is done to a client of another company, who might use the product for intermediate purposes or so. The advertisements relating to B2B companies should not only generate interest, but it should also be simply outstanding despite the tough competition.
In the market, there are several firms that produce the same stuff and they reach out for clients with whom they want to do business. So, finding the right client isn’t a big deal, but actually getting hold of them is.
In written content, use the name of the company in the first sentence; preferably first word. It is not pleasing to start with ‘‘us’’. Following it, give a brief introduction about the company. In today’s busy world people don’t have time to waste so deliver the message right away.
Using catchy adjectives will do the trick. The sentence should be framed so that the client knows about the company, what it does and how it is unique from others.
Pose questions before creating the writing material, like what is that the customer will expect, and do they demand high quality. Don’t hesitate to use ‘you’ very often. The reader will feel that he is directly being referenced and it will be easier for him to relate to.
Play with customer’s psychology. Understand the difficulties faced by them and then show them how the company or the company’s product can solve it. Call of action can be given then and offer to clear their doubts. It should be more than just a helpline. The action should be really immediate. Simply don’t let the client slip away.
After the initial writing, write in detail about the product or service provided. This is in-depth information for those concerned about your company’s product. Point out the advantages of using them. Write them in a hierarchical form with numbering or bullets. If writing short paragraphs, strong sub-titles can be used as the heading of individual paragraphs. Again, using adjectives will be good.
A good amount of entertainment factor should be added. This will retain the interest of the customer and will not distract him. But if lots of it is used, it will simply become shabby. It’s a nice idea to use product noun as a verb along with other adjectives.
Submit websites and advertisements to search engines. Millions of people use it every day to find what they need. If the website is search engine optimized, it will surely get lots of traffic. The name of the company and keywords should densely populate the website content.
Make it a compulsion for the visitor to go through the advertisement before moving on to the registration or payment process. Some B2B websites don’t allow adding an email address or URL in the advertisement. They can be tracked in by actually spelling out dot or at in the email address or website link.
Once the customer is lured, they should be maintained. The product should be delivered on time. Quality should be maintained. Once it is done, not only will they start trusting the company but also at the same time they will spread the word about the company. They will advertise for free. Their experience with the company will motivate others to join the bandwagon.
Impact of Colors in Advertisements
The human brain receives signals faster through eyes rather than ears. Visual appearance is supposed to be more appealing when compared to any other senses, no matter what the medium of presentation is.
So, there are methods by which one can increase the visual appeal. Other senses facilitate visual appeal and are also important to concentrate on.
A typical example is a color when accompanied by audio, and writing. According to a study, big budget companies spend billions in the color market research, which helps in product and packaging development.
Color, along with content, helps to pertain to the interest of the visitor and makes him surf the website longer. A colorful article will make the reader read it till the end. Color makes things look more amiable.
Colors are known to influence the behavior of a person. Like blue color is said to have a relaxing effect. Red represents passion and love. A dating website can have red as the background color.
Fast food restaurants have a bright picture of food beautifully decorated pasted on the walls. This tempts the taste buds of the customer and the customer pounces on the food, eats and leaves quickly. And this is exactly the reaction expected.
Light effects can also be used to play with the mind of the on-looker. Advertisements, especially for food products, have strategically placed lights. The light effects trigger the hormones in the brain, which increases hunger. If the same is placed in slightly dim light, it won’t be equally tempting.
Countries around the world have different cultures that relate a color to an occasion or emotion. Climatic conditions also attribute to this.
Like in America, people relate black to death and whereas in Asia, white is related to death. People living near the equator like warm colors and people living nearer to the poles like cold colors.
It’s a must for an advertiser to have knowledge about the colors and what they refer too. Black stands for elegance, sophistication, seduction, and mystery. White stands for peace, pure, clean, mild and youthful.
Gold stands for prestige, luxury, and elite. Silver stands for prestige, scientific and cold. Yellow stands for warmth, happiness, and cheer. Orange stands for warmth, playfulness, and vibrant. Red stands for love, excitement, strength, passion, and danger. Pink stands for nurture, sweetness, softness, and security.
Green stands for nature, fresh, fertility and abundance. Blue stands for cool, trust, belonging and reliability. And lastly Purple stands for spiritual, royalty, and dignity.
From the advertiser’s point of view, we can conclude that colors can determine the shopping habits of customers. Black, blue, red and orange attract impulsive buyers. Smart shoppers are attracted to pink, light blue and navy blue colors.
Companies use colors in the logo, advertisement, etc., to pass the right message to the customer. Wal-Mart advertise has a navy-blue background and its catch line is “We sell for less”, which means smart customers are their goal. Mercedes has a silver logo, true to its class.
Before designing an advertisement, the targeted customers should be recognized, and the advertisers shouldn’t use the colors that are their personal favorites but according to the ad campaign.
Advertisement for children should have bright and vibrant colors. Yellow, red, blue and green, which are the primary colors, are the colors, which attract the children, which is why parents buy those colors for their kids. These colors represent warmth, sweetness, trust, reliability, playfulness, and security.
Advertising: Self Promotion
Self-promotion is similar to spreading the word by any other means but with an artistic approach. If the artistic part were taken out of the equation advertising would look more like barging rather than self-promotion.
There are many steps involved in this process. The first step is to collect and create useful content relating to the topic, which is not an easy job.
In today’s fast-paced world owning a website for your business is a must which is not a big deal anymore with so many people available who excel in web designing and also offer a competitive rate. There are many types of technologies involved in the creation of a website, a one-page flash website wouldn’t take you places.
Intense graphics should be incorporated to catch the eye of the customer. After the creation of the website, the website content should be emphasized upon. Writers who expertise in search engine optimization should be raked in so that the page ranks amongst the top pages on Google, Yahoo, and Msn.
Search engines have become popular universally and your website doing good on them plays a more vital role than getting other kinds of references. Hence, efforts should be made on making remarkable progress to bring your website in the hit list.
Also, material on the website should be updated frequently to meet the changing needs of the people. Get someone to design a logo for the company and website which is catchy and delivers the right message to the customers.
Other than website content, articles should also be published in newspapers, magazines and online publications especially business oriented emphasizing ten strong points which describes the best about the business or the product. Online publication will facilitate in providing successful searches to the targeted audience.
The next target method of advertising should be television. Putting a commercial during prime time will spread the message to a larger crowd.
The content of the advertising should be akin to the value of the product. Famous personalities can be roped in to endorse the product, which will not only attract common people but also their fans in buying the product.
From time to time it is essential to review the past work and improving on the mistakes previously committed. Once the previous mistakes are tackled, it wouldn’t hurt to analyze previous milestones, awards, and acquisitions.
This increases the chances of running into something that really deserves to be highlighted to the public. The more accomplishments you display to the public the more fan-following your product will get.
Reviewing competitor’s work on a regular basis would prove fruitful. This would also help identify loopholes in your product that have been overlooked before and would provide the key reasons to improve on.
Although this is an old approach, snail mails are also one of the best advertising methods. As it’s a more energy consuming approach, it’s important that you have the addresses of the customers who are really in need of the product.
Regular mails containing details about the new development will keep people informed about your company’s products. A more modern approach to this method is collecting e-mail ids of the targeted customers and posting them ads and the latest deals. This is a cheaper and less time-consuming approach compared to snail mails as you can mass email as many people as you want at any time.
Before releasing any product in the market, product testing should be done by giving out samples among the targeted customers. The feedbacks make it clearer whether the product is ready to be released in the market or whether changes should be made to make it more appealing to the public.
It is recommended to approach sincere friends, acquaintances, partners, and clients at first to test your product and then go to the public, as expert advice is more useful.
To make more brownie points, address the customers and clients and appreciate them for their contribution to making the product popular. Send a token of thanks on special occasions like festivals or on accomplishing an important task.
Customers can also be thanked by offering special discounts and free gifts. After gaining popularity focus should be on retaining the reputation rather than taking things for granted.
After the advent of online selling sites, shopping has been made so easy that it can be done within the comfort of the home.
Online selling gave rise to online advertising also known as Advertising, which is proving to be the best way to reach a larger audience within a short time using less money.
There are many options available on the Internet to get started. Creating a website and then placing its link on different websites is one of the ways. Pages can be submitted to the search engines after applying search engine optimization techniques.
Websites offer various payment methods. Some take money for simply placing an ad or link on their website, some take money only if a visitor clicks on the link or website and some take money only if the visitors visits a link and have bought something or availed some service. There are options available for the type of ad being placed. There are pop-up ads, banner ads, wallpaper ads, polite ads, video ads, etc. Businesses with a really low budget can send mails to targeted customers.
Radio stations offer a good price to advertise during the non-peak time. Get in touch with the local station and try to ask for a discount. The same applies to television; even they have a minimal amount for advertising slots during the non-prime hours, especially after midnight. Contact different television stations to compare pricing.
The age-old tradition of advertising in yellow pages directories is always a success. All businesses from small to big register themselves in the yellow pages and have sworn to be benefited from it. People can look up for contact numbers, addresses, and services offered directly from the pages.
A newspaper is the next best thing. First analyze the audience to be targeted by age group, sex, and location. Choose the local newspaper and section where the ad should be placed depending on the audiences to be targeted. The classifieds department of the local newspapers have special offers, find out in detail about the pricing structure for the size of the advertisements, number of words, font size, etc.
Design business cards with accuracy. Try to include all the vital information about the business like the name of the company, where it is located, services provided, working hours, and contact information like landline number, cell number, and person to be contacted. Personalized business cards are a good way of reaching genuine customers.
Another way to advertise is to give presentations on your products. Brochures can be inserted in the business presentation package. Other than things like the history of the company and annual turn-up, once again business cards can be included in the package. Distribute newsletters with information about the latest offers and discounts. Informational letters of a page length and e-mails can be sent too on a regular basis. All this can become a lot easier by getting in touch with companies who can provide the mailing list of a particular locality and it comes for a very small price.
Again, the yellow pages can be referred to get information about such companies. After getting the information get in touch with the company to get a copy of the latest mailing list. Different companies charge different prices
The word of mouth is also a good method of advertising. Try growing the links in your network and join organizations that deal with advertising like trade associations and chamber of commerce. Active participation in events of these organizations eventually helps to reach a greater number of people
If you want to achieve something you need to set a goal. Objectives of your goal can be:
- Creating product awareness
- Selling a product or service
- Engaging followers in conversation
- Framing credibility
- Lead development
- Brand promotion
- Customer support
Understand the customer’s goals as well as yours. Then your process becomes a matter of “connecting the dots” by writing great advertising content to attain the objectives for both parties.
Create a “PLAN”. A good place to start is to read our article “How To Create a Successful Advertising Plan” that explains common-sense best practices, tried and true methods and personal organization techniques to help you plan your advertising and campaigns.
Become proficient in digital marketing techniques. Our article “Smart Digital Advertising” will get you up to speed quickly.
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