In his article, Advertising’s Compound Interest, Jim Gustafson discusses advertising effectiveness. He correctly states:
All advertising mediums can be effective when used properly and consistently. However, no advertising is worth the investment if you just shotgun it or try it a short time.
The first key is to find the right medium; do not write off any option off. Just because it worked or didn’t work for someone else, has no bearing on whether or not it will work for you and in your circumstances. Consider everything; dismiss nothing.
Next is the proper use of advertising. If you want people to respond to your ad, give them a compelling reason to do so; be sure to include a call to action. If you produce a brand awareness ad, look for increased brand awareness, not for the phone to ring or for orders to be placed online.
The third item is consistency. This is of paramount importance. Even if you find the right medium and develop the proper ad for your goals, it will have little effect if you use the “shotgun” approach to placing it. Running an ad one or two times — or in a smattering of places — will have little noticeable effect. You need to be consistently running your ads (the right ads in the right medium) if you expect anything to happen.
Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is publisher, editor, author, and blogger with 30 years of writing and publishing experience. Check out his book The Successful Author for tips and insights.