Advertising is one of the fundamentals in running a business. Many companies sink a sizable amount of money right into their advertising budget. If the cards are played right, then the returns are more than adequate. The problem is, while you have this great advertising scheme that will ensnare the senses of your consumers, your competitors are also attempting to gain those same costumers. To succeed, a business will need to be a bit better.
Making Advertising That Catches Customers
Whether it be print media, radio, television, or the Internet, adverting has one single purpose. To net you sales and to continue to build the brand name of your business. If people don't know you exist, then you might as well not exist. Advertising is the name of the game.
All advertisements get as much information as they can out to the consumer, in a short amount of the time. They convey the six "Ws", Who, What, Why, When, Where and How. To break that down, that would be who is your business? What product is being sold? Why they should buy it? When they can buy it? Where can they buy it? And how will it benefit them?
This is the information the people want to know about what you are selling. Nothing particularly fancy, but the facts are this. You need to convey that information through the advertising.
You also need to convey the information in a short time. The average attention span of the consumer can be measured in seconds. So it goes without saying that you need to grab them by the throats and not waste any idle time. Consumers are bombarded by countless advertisements in many different forms. You need to understand that immediate attention is needed. If you lose them within the first ten or fifteen seconds, then you lost them for good.
Also making sure your advertisements reach the right eyes and ears of people is more than essential. Understanding your audience and the medium you deliver them. Getting your advertisements plugged into the right television stations, radio stations, publications, web sites, is important. There is a reason why you don't advertise cars in a cooking magazine. It makes absolutely no sense.
Also do not get too ambitious for your own good with advertising. There are times where certain marketing campaigns might look nice on paper. In practice, a simpler one would have cost cheaper and made just as much in sales, if not more. Sometimes you got to follow the KISS Principle. Keep it simple, stupid.
Advertisements need to answer pressing questions to be affective. They also need to grab the attention of the consumer quickly. Finally they need to not only reach the consumers but the right ones. And sometimes simplicity is divine. Any business will have competition but by grabbing the attention of the consumers, half of the battle is won.