Why do so many businesses lose too much money on their advertising and simply give up? Because their marketing efforts are too business-focused and not customer-focused. Keep a strong focus on your core customer base and know everything about how they think and act.
If your advertising is not working, don’t blame the publication; stop and take a look at what you could do to improve the effectiveness of your advertising. Educate yourself on marketing skills by reading books and studying from the masters. You will reap the rewards of more effective advertising when you make the extra effort to educate yourself in advance.
Cut out the Excess. If it doesn’t need to be told, don’t tell it. Keep your advertising straightforward and to the point. The problem is that we are so close to our business that we often don’t see the most obvious things that prospective customers see. Don’t assume that viewers of your advertising know what your business is all about. You must tell them and show them in a simplistic way that makes them feel comfortable.
Feature Your USP (Unique Selling Proposition). Here are some insightful questions to ask yourself when designing your advertising:
- What makes your customers do business with you instead of your competitors?
- What is your specialty?
- Why do existing customers stay loyal to your business?
Study your competitors and know what their strengths and weaknesses are. I even suggest that you become a customer of your competitors, if you can, to see how they do business with their customers. Sign up on their mailing lists, go to their websites and pay attention to what your customers have to say about them.
Benefits – Not Features! Advertising is only effective if it sells. No ad sells unless it first informs. Inform your prospective customers why they should trust you, believe in your business and understand why your business is the best possible choice.
Work and rework your advertising copy. Spend 50 percent of your efforts writing a shamelessly benefit-rich headline that grabs prospective customers’ attention fast. Ask employees, business alliances and existing customers to review and evaluate your advertising. Ask for their input and see how they react to your advertising versus your competitors’ advertising.
Make it a Priority. To be successful you MUST plan for success! The most successful businesses plan their marketing and advertising well in advance and compare what has worked and not worked in the past. They don’t wait until the last minute to simply throw an ad together because they don’t like working on their marketing or don’t have the time. You have the time when you make it a success priority.
If you want to cash in on your advertising, stop throwing away your marketing dollars with ineffective advertising. The quality time you spend on your advertising will pay off for you time and time again.
Create a Call to Action. What do you want your prospective customer to do? Call your business, drive to your business or view your website? Whatever that CALL TO ACTION is, you must develop it in the foot of your advertising message.
Once your advertising is working effectively for you, it is a 24/7 nonstop marketing machine. Keep seeing the results and cashing in!