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Advertising: What you have to know

Date posted: 26.11.2014 | Author: Harry Bovensmann

Advertising is a significant investment for any company. If approached correctly, it can yield great results, but in the same way, if it fails, it can be an expensive mistake. There is a perception that the effectiveness of advertising is impossible to track, but there are seven key areas of advertising that will help give insight into getting it right:

Clear strategy
The first step when considering an advertising campaign is to have a clear strategy. Important decision points include who the advertising is intended to influence, what action points they should follow and how they are going to be encouraged to take action.

Keeping adverts as simple as possible helps people understand the message being portrayed. If something looks too complex, people will shy away from it or get overwhelmed and confused by the detail. Even when a company has many products or services to sell, it is best to cover one key product or aspect of service in an advert.

Differentiating value
Customers have no incentive to choose a company over its competitors unless it has a distinguishing selling point. Value to the customer doesn’t necessarily need to cost money, but it can be existing services that aren’t yet well known.

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An advert banner of an electric installation  company. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Local is lekker
People are generally loyal when it comes to their local communities. Where appropriate, it is important for companies to tap into these elements in their advertising strategies with communication that is relevant to the community.

People like a good story, and this translates into advertising too. There are very few people who are interested in straight facts, figures and statistics. Many people don’t like to be sold to, but they do like to buy things. The advert shows to potential customer that the product or service solves a problem, adds value to their lives or fills a need that they may have.

Over deliver on expectations
Placing an advert should be done with the intention of making sales. Advertising draws people to a business, but once there, they need to be assured that the promised offer will be delivered on. Once they engage, companies that go beyond delivery to surprise and delight the customer will have an added advantage and will more likely receive positive referrals.

Measure everything
It is important not to fall into the trap of assuming that advertising is automatically guaranteed to have the desired results. Adverts should be tested, with different ads being run until the one that works is found. If ads are not working, don’t continue running them hoping for a different result and similarly if they are working, rerun them.

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