"Advertising Is A Science"
Tracking the results of your advertising is
fundamental to your success. There is no other way to know how you are
is where it all comes together. Measure the effectiveness of your ads, and double or triple
your customer response. Don't measure, and you'll drift endlessly.
For example, just by changing the headline
of an advertisement, marketers have achieved a 500% increase in
response. Same ad, different headline, 500% increase. How did they get
that huge increase? They tested different headlines, and measured the
The exact same logic follows for measuring
different offers, copy, media, placement, and promotions. You can test different
themes, photos, ad sizes, and where and when your ad runs.
And of course you can test mailing lists,
envelopes, stamps, and even the difference between using a coma or a
semicolon. [Direct mail marketers can absolutely tell you the difference
between the two. The comma is more friendly.]
You want to measure the things that will have
the biggest impact on your results.
What to Measure
objective is to achieve the highest return on your advertising
investment possible, without spending too much time or money on it.
companies just measure sales, but this is a mistake. This leads to
measuring short-term profits at the expense of the future. And it really
doesn’t tell you what ad or media is working or why. You need to know
what to try and improve upon. Here are some ideas on testing your ads.
Code your coupons. Each coupon should contain a code that tells
you exactly where and when it ran.
For example, the code 23-08-1018 could be the media , the ad ,
and the date[10-18]. If each coupon contains a different offer, you will
know what offer works best. If identical coupons run in a different
papers, you will know what paper works best.
two [or more] different ads with different offers. Record
how many calls come in.
you know what offer will bring you the most customers if you don't test? And
there is no doubt - one of the offers will do better than the other.
trying different offers until you find the best one. The best offer will
pull twice as many customers as the least effective offer, or more. Each offer
may be equal in value, but one will generate twice as many customers.
And there is only one way to find out which offer works twice as well.
while you are running these tests, lets save some money. Test your ads
in less expensive media. Use cheaper newspapers, smaller ads, or a
simple direct mail campaign. When you find the ad that brings you the
most customers, spend your budget on more expensive media.
After you find your best offer, test different headlines.
Again, you can double the response to your ad.
best ad, or your control ad, and run it in different media.
how many calls come in. You will find that the right media also can
double the response you get [or more].
Test the size of the ad you run. You will never know what size ad will
give you the highest return for your advertising dollar if you don't
test. Run a series of smaller ads, and a series of larger ads. Which ads
give you the best return per dollar spent?
Test different positions in your media. Again, a better position can
double the response to your ad - no kidding. Test, and find out.
Test your selling season, and the day of the week your ads run. Better
timing can double the response to your ads.
Test different sales copy, and variations on the design of your ad.
Use unique extension codes or words in your different ads or
media for phone numbers [extension 101 please], addresses [suite 1A],
names [Ask for Fred], products [Package A], or wording [Mention this
Ad]. Count how many customers do what you told them to do.
10. Track your clients by zip code. You know what zip codes you are
advertising in, and what it costs you. Ask your customers what zip code
they live in, and calculate your return on investment.
If you have the right computer program, you can even track your clients
by telephone number. This will give you their home address [for
mailings] and other demographic information.
Measure the quality of your prospects. [Please read Generating
Better Qualified Prospects.] What is the conversion rate from
inquiry to customer? What is the repeat purchase rate? What is the cost
to acquire each customer and the lifetime value of that customer?
If your ad brings in tons of prospects, but they don't become customers,
you probably want to change your offer.
12. Ask your customers – “Where did you hear about us?” This tells you what ad brought them in.
it really true that you can double the response to your advertising -
over and over and over? Yes, it's absolutely true, if you carefully test
your advertising is pretty simple and straightforward. But most
companies never bother. If you don't track your customer response rate, you will never know what is really
working, and where you are just throwing your money away.
will help you to test and track your advertising.
Effective Advertising has lots of ideas on how to
improve your advertising return on investment.
As always, Professional
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work past a marketing professional for assistance or a second opinion.
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