2 shared Advertising Mistakes That Cost Companies Millions
If you advertise your business, then what you’re about to read could change the way you use this promotional strategy. A associate of days ago, I received the Clipper Marketplace in the mail. It’s basically a small catalog of advertisements for local businesses. You probably get something similar every so often in your mailbox. I scanned several headlines as I flipped the pages.
Beat the Heat Sale!
Simply … The Very Best!
Remodel … Redesign … Revive …
Lock in Your Price for One Year!
Don’t Pay Retail!
25th Anniversary Sale
Build the Best for Less
My headline review left me questioning the success of most advertisements in the publication.
The above headlines offer little clue of what each company is promoting. From a prospect perspective, there’s little reason to continue reading. Keep in mind, studies show about 8 out of 10 people only read headlines in advertisements, while just 2 out of 10 read the remaining copy. Countless companies throw away millions of dollars each year on print advertising because they use vague headlines that without benefits and fail to deliver reasons for people to continue reading.
What’s worse is when ego-pushed executives use their company names as headlines on advertisements and marketing materials. A not-so-surprising 10 companies used this tactic in the Clipper Marketplace. The truth is prospects could care less about your company name. They only want to know what you can do for them. If you fail to show this information – beginning with your headline – then you’re just padding the pockets of any publication you advertise in.
Here are a associate of other quick advertising tips:
· People are naturally drawn to pictures of other people. We’re taught at an early age to look at faces for feedback – this carries over to our viewing habits on advertisements.
· Similar to headlines, people read text under pictures. Use this valuable space to explain the big benefits your readers receive when they respond to your call to action.