We are happy to have advertisers on our online edition of the Connection but the only way to do that is to be in the print edition! So come and join us. FOR AD SALES: Call Pierre at 705.927.7139 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively? You can go to AdHub.CA and purchase print ads online! You just buy and we move ahead with design. The prices are discounted to reflect our lower overhead costs. AND! All print ads purchased through AdHub.CA will be displayed (or a variation thereof) on THIS site for the duration of your package. For FREE.
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Your package with the Connection gets you: your ad, basic ad design (by basic, we mean no logos or other design work), placement, distribution in print and online of your non-advertorial article (if you provide one) and non-substantive editing (this means spelling but no substantive changes to your pieces: we don’t look at the quality of the writing, any search engine optimization (SEO), etc…). In addition, you will receive whatever perks or extras have been negotiated with Pierre.
In fact, the inclusion of written materials in print and online is a bonus because most other publications don’t allow branded content in their publications. The Connection has been doing it for 10 years +: we are rather ahead of the times!
What are your expectations with regards to responses? It’s not always possible to know what ROI will be achieved with print advertising (display or branded content or a combination thereof), but obviously it takes one important thing: repetition. I have reproduced an article from SOHO magazine 2005, below – it speaks to the importance of repetition and frequency in advertising. And this article was written LONG before the bombardment of information that is our media infused lives today. Read it: the ending is a kicker.
Now let us switch hats to our other company: Shrinking Violet Media. In this capacity, we work with companies developing their branded content and their online community engagement. These are services that are offered on an hourly basis but we are offering three points, for free, for you to consider:
1. Titles = Readers: Your titles for your articles MUST invite readership. They need to scream: Read me. While we are quite sure the articles are being read – we have people tell us time and again that they love the paper and read it cover to cover. If you are not hearing from the reader, there is clearly something that is preventing them from acting on what they read. Whether that is current economic circumstances or a need for a stronger call to action is something for you to decide.
2. Call to action: A reader will read your piece and think: “Hmm. Interesting.”, but if there is no call to action at the end to push them to the next step, which is reaching out to you online or via phone, then you will receive few responses. We have done our part at the Connection: we have put your business in front of your potential customer. Now you need to reel them in, so to speak.
3. Make sure that your content answers a hot button issue: The reason Colin Lewis (Contractor’s Corner) and Gwyneth James (TCP Accounting) are always top two on the online readership (something we can more readily measure) is because they address hot button issues in their lines of business. Frankly, I never thought of contractors having hot button issues but they do: and that’s why his branded content is effective. He takes a specific question that is problematic in his line of business and he answers it. What’s a problem in your areas of expertise? What do people complain about the most? What issues are similar businesses tackling that might be relevant?
Quoted from SOHO Magazine, Spring 2005 edition
When buying real estate, you should consider location, location, and location. In marketing, consider frequency, frequency, and frequency. To comprehend how much frequency is enough to spark the sale, you need to know what your prospects think from each exposure. Here is what your potential customer thinks about your ad:
The list you’ve just read was written by Thomas Smith of London in 1885 and it still holds true. Successful marketers know the single most important element of superb marketing is commitment to a focused plan. Do you think commitment is easy to maintain after an ad has run 19 times and nobody is buying? It’s not easy. But good marketers have the coolness to hang in there because they know how to get into a prospect’s unconsciousness, where most purchase decisions are made. They know it takes repetition. This knowledge fuels their commitment.