5 Mistakes in Your Ads That Keep Customers Away
It’s not hard to find a place for your advertisements—websites, social media and mailers (to name a few) are all great places for reaching your customers. But is your ad itself ready to be shown to the world?
An advertisement is like a cake: it needs to be carefully constructed because one wrong ingredient can ruin the whole experience. Take a look at these 5 common advertising mistakes to make sure your ads are good enough to make sales.
Mistake #1: Having too many goals
Each ad you put in a mailbox or on a webpage should have only one goal. Are you trying to introduce your brand for the first time? Want to lure your viewer into your store or onto your website? Or are you simply reminding your audience that you exist?
Having one goal can help steer how you make your ad, while stuffing in too many objectives can confuse the reader so much that they move onto the next ad or ignore yours altogether.
Keep your goal as simple as possible. Try one of these objectives:
- I want them to fill out a form
- I want them to know my company exists
- I want them to call my number
- I want them to change their mind
- I want them to make a purchase
- I want them to avoid a competitor
- I want them to know where my store is
- I want them to ask for a quote
Mistake #2: Using random colors, fonts and voices
Think of your ad as if you’re calling your customer on the phone or showing up at their door—they should be able to recognize you within a few seconds.
Using your branded colors, fonts, voice and marketing styles will make you identifiable (and can make your company appear strong and grounded).
If you use randomly chosen colors and typefaces, you run the risk of not only poor design but also not standing out among the thousands of ads people see each month.
If you don’t have defined branding, use colors that stand out but don’t over-stimulate, typefaces that are legible for the media (don’t use thin, small lettering on a billboard), and a brand voice that your target audience wants to hear.
Mistake #3: Stuffing in too many elements
Aside from having too many goals, having too many on-page elements within the ad is an easy way to become background noise.
Don’t get caught up in the unnecessary details:
- Too many images
- The word “phone” before your phone number
- The word “email” before your email address
- Design just to fill white space
- The “www.” before your web address
- Multiple call-to-actions
- Social media icons
Mistake #4: Making your logo too large
You understandably want your logo to be seen, but customers care more about what they can get from you, not necessarily who you are.
Making your logo too large takes away valuable space in other parts of your ad.
It can also attract too much attention—instead of guiding your readers’ eyes to the main purpose of the ad (headline, call-to-action, button), they may spend their few viewing seconds on your logo and move onto the next ad.
Well-designed logos are also recognizable even if they are placed smaller in an ad. Unless you’re introducing your brand for the first time, it’s okay to leave your logo readable, but smaller in size.
Mistake #5: Not knowing your audience
Having a defined target audience will make all other aspects of an ad fall into place. Certain demographics view more billboards. Some are more enticed by bright, flashy colors. Others prefer to read several paragraphs of copy.
If you haven’t yet, figure out exactly who your target audience is and use their habits and interests while marketing to them. This can be done via market research, checking out your Google analytics or creating a profile of the majority of your current customers.
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