Jun 06 2011
Are you currently advertising but aren’t seeing a good return on your investment? If so, then I know how you feel. Most business owners would love to have a winning ad that they can run over and over again – but sadly, this isn’t the case for most business owners. If you would like to know some tips for writing ads that work, then you’ve come to the right place.
In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at some ways to improve upon your advertising efforts. The fastest and easiest way to gain more new leads and customers is by advertising, but if your advertising doesn’t work, you will have a hard time staying in business – and this is exactly what this article will try to resolve for you.
In fact, let’s take a look at the first step to creating an ad that doesn’t fail:
1. Don’t focus on building an image
Image or brand marketing is a form of marketing that I don’t condone. Most people when they start off advertising, they think they have to run ads that same way that big corporations do. You may be thinking that these small business owners are doing the right thing by following million dollar companies, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The fact of the matter is that if you want to have an ad that is mega successful, you shouldn’t follow the big corporations. They have millions to blow on advertising, while you probably only have a couple grand to spare. Do you see the chasm between these 2 numbers?
Plus, most big businesses don’t turn a profit until around the 3rd time that a prospect buys from them. You should know that you can totally avoid this. Instead of using brand or image advertising, focus on direct response. Direct response is all about getting a response from your ad right away. There’s no “waiting until you get exposure” – your ad works or it doesn’t. Here’s another tip for improving your advertising efforts:
2. Have a strong headline
Your headline is the 1 crucial factor that stands in your way of making tons of money in your business. The easiest way to analyze your headline is with the “so what” test. After you have written your headline, ask yourself, “So What?” If you can have a compelling answer for this question, then you stand a good chance of making your ad work.
Another way to do a good headline test is to run your headline as a classified ad in the newspaper. If you find that your current headline is pulling responses from your ad, then that should let you know immediately that you have a winning headline. This is a cheap test, and I encourage you to use it so that you know whether or not your headline is productive.
Use these tips in your business to have the roaring success that you dream of. They’ll be more than worth it to try.