Saturday, 12 October 2013

DO'S AND DON'TS WHEN WRTING CLASSIFIED ADS




DO WRITE OUT ALL DETAILS in your ad offer. Read it, edit it,



and re-write it for a shorter, money saving effective ad.



"Think small".





DO FOLLOW ALL THE RULES when writing your classified ad. Use



these ideas.





Attention Interest Desire Action





DO USE A NAME with each classified ad including your envelopes.





DO NOT CHARGE for sales letters or circulars.





DO BE HONEST with all your classified ad claims.





DO IDENTIFY your product.





DO WRITE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD simple, clear and direct.





DO USE WORDS EVERYONE KNOWS and everyone will understand what



your are saying.





DO USE A WORD that will benefit a reader.





DO NOT OVERPRICE your product.





DO ADVERTISE FREQUENTLY. Constant exposure creates a familiar



offer with better response.





DO OFFER A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE in your classified ad,



salesletter or circular if possible. An excellent sales



technique!





DO TEST YOUR AD in 2 or 3 smaller, low cost publications.



Record results. Code each ad.





DO READ PUBLICATIONS that relate to your product. Write for ad



rates, paid circulation, discounts and closing dates. Keep



records.





DO HAVE ALL YOUR LITERATURE AND PRODUCTS ready for mailing when



your ad appears in the publication of your choice. Do not delay



in responding.





DO USE THE COPYCAT METHOD. Do what other successful advertisers



are doing. Only with a slight twist, idea or offer.





DO RUN SEVERAL ADS worded differently. Keep records of results.





DON'T OVER ADVERTISE. It can be expensive. If you want to, do



it gradually.





DON'T PRETEND YOU KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS. Because you don't.



Take time to find out what you need to know.





DON'T TRUST YOUR MEMORY. A thought will leave you as quickly as



it came. Always write down a good idea. NOW!





DON'T PLACE YOUR AD in the wrong classification.





DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY on ad words to amuse or entertain, but



use words to persuade, inform and sell your product.





DO USE A SHORT BUSINESS NAME. Make it easy to pronounce and



remember.





DON'T FORGET THE M.E.D.I.C.S. Motivation. Enthusiasm. Desire.



Image. Creativity. Success!





DON'T GIVE UP. If your ad doesn't pull after a fair exposure,



try re-writing it. One or two different words may do the trick.





DON'T SPEND THE PROFITS. Re-invest the money in more continuous



advertising.





DON'T FORGET, an ad that offers "FREE DETAILS" means writing a



sales letter or circular.







AVOID HIGH TYPESETTING COSTS AND MISTAKES







Getting your price lists, brochures, catalogs or newsletters



typeset does not necessarily have to be a costly procedure.



Keep in mind that the main cost in typesetting is the time



involved in setting type. By minimizing the time needed to



create a typeset piece you can effectively keep your cost down.



The following suggestions can help reduce your typesetting



expense.





Know what you want the FIRST time around. Have a picture in



your mind. Trial and error can be costly. Don't have a



typesetter set it one way, then decide a different format would



look better.





Reduce and eliminate author's corrections by thorough proofing



and re-proofing.





Avoid minimum charges by combining small jobs and having them



set at the same time.





Try to use one family of type to save time and money by avoiding



font changes. The consistent look is better.





Give explicit instructions on marking up copy: type styles,



column widths/margins.





With a large job, such as a brochure or annual report, request a



style setting proof sheet to get approvals before the entire job



is done.





Avoid super rush jobs, especially if you don't really need them.





Avoid lengthy corrections on the phone. You might end up paying



for corrections later that could have been avoided if you had



done your editing on proof sheets.





Get the layout finished and approved before having type set...



the same goes for copy, of course.





Avoid the use of "run-arounds" (reducing the width of the copy



to make room for a photo in the column, for example). If you do



use them, use simple shapes, boxes, squares.





Avoid the use of curved or angular type. Type reading left to



right on a page (for example, this report) is faster and less



expensive to set than copy that is set in a curve or running



sideways on the page.





The use of unjustified text and captions is less expensive than



justified because it sets quicker, costing less time.





Don't depend on the typesetter to read your mind. Be specific.

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