"Marketing is all those factors which go into the sale of a product or service such as price, distribution, wholesale and retail support, plus advertising and promotion," says Don E. Schultz in his book Essentials of Advertising Strategy.
His advertising definition: "Advertising is simply the communication of a sales or persuasive message designed to affect attitudes or behaviors toward the advertised product."
He continues, "Advertising consists of only two basic parts, the creative product or message and the medium or method used to get the message to the audience.
"We know the primary goal of advertising is to get the right message to the right audience at the right time," Mr. Schultz says. It is advertising that communicates the selling message.
• The Creative Aspect
The best creative messages must sell the product or service. David Ogilvy, said it well in his landmark Ogilvy on Advertising book, "When I write an advertisement, I don't want you to tell me that you find it 'creative'. I want you to find it so interesting that you buy the product."
• The Media Aspect
The listing of media available for use today is broader and wider than ever before. Consequently, how to make your small business advertising message stand out has become even more of a market targeting challenge.
The standard historical options of mass market newspapers, magazines, direct mail, yellow pages, radio, and network TV, are still around. And selecting one or more media options was simpler compared to today.
When you add the new choices of everything internet (including e-mail, web pages, viral marketing, Facebook, etc.), cable television channels, specialty magazines and publications, signs, four-color post cards and more, it's even harder to know where to spend your advertising dollars!
To make your own advertising plan, figure out what you want to do with your advertising. Your difficult financial choice is which medium or combination of media to select as you target your market.
That depends on your specific market and how it makes purchasing decisions. You have to do basic market research.
Here is today's advertising definition for small businesses: more creative and more media opportunities. It's almost too many choices. So you need to experiment, implement and be sure to keep track of results from each ad venture.
Our advice? Pick the top one, two or three media and concentrate your efforts there!
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