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Six Sure-Shot Tips to Successful Advertising

Six Sure-Shot Tips to Successful Advertising

Efficient advertising is key to any business thriving in the competitive environment of the world today. Companies allocate a sizable chunk of their operational funds to advertising in a bid to gain customers who improve their bottom line. Marketing experts will admit that not all advertising efforts translate to extra dollars in the bank, but here are a few guidelines to improve your advertising campaigns.

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    1. Identify your goals.

    The first step in any advertising campaign is to understand what your goals are. Meet with the marketing and sales team to determine your aims by discussing what is lacking in a product or what the market demands. Remember, you cannot solve all your marketing problems with a single campaign. Wade through the list of possible achievements you want and narrow it down to the most plausible goals. Trying to achieve too much with a single campaign is overwhelming, and may dilute the intended message. Instead, define your brand and target a particular customer segment as opposed to targeting a mass audience.

    2. Strive to deliver.

    Marketing campaigns are not meant to please the head of the marketing department. They are a means of communicating with your existing customers and potential clients who will come onboard after seeing the ad. Therefore, you need to design your campaign in a fashion that meets and exceeds customer expectation and solidifies your brand’s place in their budget. Wowing your customers will bolster the chance of word-of-mouth advertising among their circle of friends. How can you achieve this? Allocate a sound budget that accords you the services of a reputable ad agency then sit back and savor the results.

    3. Be consistent.

    Companies need to maintain a familiar look and feel of their products to resonate with existing and potential customers. Changing your color schemes and name of business each time you launch an ad campaign is likely to confuse your clients and most may not recognize the campaign. Avoid the temptation to jump on the latest hype because drastic and regular changes will do more harm than good. You want your customers to associate the ads with you so that your product is at the tip of their tongues when they are in the market to buy. Consistency in branding goes a long way in customer retention which is why big brands continue to dominate the marketplace for generations.

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      4. Use great visuals.

      The essence of a successful marketing campaign lies in the ability to convey the message in the simplest manner without confusion or doubt. As the needs of the modern consumer evolve, there are countless distractions in media channels used to reach them. Make your ad memorable by incorporating graphics that complement the audio or written message. For online marketing you can try Infographic marketing as well and it’s not that hard to find great Infographic ideas in any type of business. For instance, a marketing campaign for baby monitors could feature a mother juggling household chores while her infant cries in the nursery. This scenario borrows from real life experiences of parents who mind children while simultaneously tackling duties such as laundry and cooking.

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      5. Test your ads.

      When planning an ad campaign, it is paramount that you field different ideas from the team and prepare ads for each idea. Then invite a group of your target audience and present these ads to get their opinion on which relays the idea in the best way. Typically ad testing will require the services of a professional firm although you can opt to recruit the respondents independently. To avoid biased opinions, use a focus group studio with a separate viewing room so you can observe the group’s reactions as the ads play out. Administer a questionnaire where respondents will rate different aspects of the campaign on a five-point scale. Analyze the results and then monitor the preferred ad upon launching.

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        6. Include contact information.

        Regardless of the media channel you use to run your ad campaign, be sure to include your contact information. Otherwise you lose to your competitors who are constantly on the prowl for new clients. Traditionally, a phone number and physical address of the company and perhaps an email address would suffice, but social media is radicalizing the manner in which businesses conduct their affairs by offering great return on investment. If you fall behind the social media wave, it is time to open corporate accounts in the common platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. An active online presence helps you keep up with the latest market trends that interest your target customers.

        Conclusion

        Take time to develop a marketing campaign and a great social media strategy that meets the desired goals and keep your clients’ needs front and center. Having the edge over the sea of competitors will win you customer loyalty.

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        What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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        1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
        2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
        3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
        4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
        5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
        6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
        7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
        8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
        9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
        10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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