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4. CREATING "AWESOME" WEB ADS
Guest Article by Jim Foreman
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==============Guest Article ================
Jim Foreman email@example.com
CREATING "AWESOME" WEB ADS
As a popular Web classifieds publisher I see over two thousand ad
submissions daily. The two most repeated mistakes writers make to
compromise their ad's effectiveness are:
1) failure to qualify the audience and/or
2) not following proven ad writing basics
I believe we can morph the solution to both mistakes into this
To design an awesome ad follow these four essential AIDA basics:
(A)ttention - (I)nterest - (D)esire - (A)ction
If your ad doesn't contain all of these, it is not an Awesome Ad.
(A)TTENTION: & AD TITLE ABC's
(a) Know Your Audience.
You must first capture your readers' attention. Picture the
reader flipping through sections of classifieds containing
hundreds of ads, of which your ad is just another ride in the
park. The ad that attracts the reader's gaze has a title that may
look exciting or even simply comfortable but, most certainly, the
ad speaks to them personally.
A sky divers club visiting Disneyland will likely seek rides for
their thrill value, while a group of senior citizens may prefer
the comfort of a safari monorail trip through the animal park.
Title appeal is different to different people for different
reasons at different times in their different lives.
Before deciding where to advertise first decide who is your
target audience. Ignoring category demographics is like trying to
"sell air conditioners to Eskimos." It just doesn't generate
enough heat to warm up the prospect to your product or service.
(b) Position Your Ad for Success.
Don't expect readers to come to your ad, take your ad to the
people. If Mohammed can't go to the mountain, bring the mountain
to Mohammed. Take the necessary time to place your ad in the most
appropriate section(s) of the classifieds.
Now that your ad is in the ball park, through proper placement,
there must be something in the title of your ad to stop the
reader from scanning long enough for them to focus on your ad.
(c) Animate Your Ad
Animated banners out perform by 5:1 non-animated banners. Why?
Because, it's inbred through genetics to focus on movement for
primal reasons. Movement in the primeval forest usually meant
either food or danger, and caused us (man the hunter) like other
animals, to freeze and gaze intently.
Today's humans are very much like our ancestors. We utilize our
inherent tendencies when moving through a forest of ads. Action
words command our attention. This knowledge helps advertisers
animate even non-graphic ads for greater "eye catching" appeal.
Consider these two ad titles:
1) "URL Broadcasting can Skyrocket Your Profit" or
2) "Use Submission Software for Improved Sales".
Both titles contain 6 words, 42 characters, and advertise
submission software. But, do both command equal attention? Notice
that one ad contains verbs and the other doesn't. Verbs show
Spend a goodly portion of your time, as I have here, on your ad
title or the reading process may end rather than start here. To
generate attention, consider the flash value of the words in your
ad's title. An awesome ad must cause the reader to stop and to
investigate your product.
The body of your ad must have cognitive appeal. It must make
enough good sense, to be worthy of a visit to your site, an email
info request, or just to continue reading the ad. Use the body's
description of your ad to state the benefits or features your
product holds in store for the reader.
Develop a mental picture of the customers who frequent the
particular classified section where you place your ad. What are
their demographics. What kinds of jobs do they have, cars do they
drive, are they young, old, single, married? The clearer and more
real your mental picture of your audience, the better you can
match the features and benefits of your product to their
There are general and specific reader interests. We all want to
make a smart buy of a dependable product that is productive for
our purposes. But, the web business man or woman will be
especially interested in buying a proven product that maximizes
their exposure to new clients and helps to close the sale.
Always look for the unique features of your product that is not
being offered by your competitors. This is your market niche.
After making logical sense to the reader, you will then need to
turn interest into a personal desire for your product.
Interest alone is not enough. The awesome ad stimulates the
reader toward desire. While interest can generally be obtained by
highlighting the practical properties of your product, your words
will need to stroke more basic buyer erogenous zones in order to
Is there something here that makes the reader feel good, excited,
confident, secure, hopeful or powerful? Think about other
emotions that your product or service might evoke. Does your
product appeal to a particular sense? Can the reader taste, hear,
smell, see, or feel your product? You need to convey the
emotional appeal of your product to the reader.
All, and let me emphasize, ALL human actions result from our
desire to either experience pleasure or to avoid pain. Desire
(for your offering) is created when your reader experiences
either; an anticipation of pleasure or expectation of avoiding
pain or problems from the use or purchase of your product. The
influence that this physiological and psychological fact has on
prospect purchases can not be overly stated.
Contrary to popular belief, we don't really desire money. We may
desire the pleasure we believe money can bring. We may desire to
not experience the pain that might result from not having money.
The word money only triggers the feelings and desires within us
which we seek, whether they be happy, secure, or powerful
desires, based upon our personal value system and past
It is the feelings that are attached to the words of our ads that
give them power. Surviving is the sole goal of every living cell
in every living thing that exists everywhere in the world. Primal
concerns are satisfied first. The more primal the feelings
attached to the words in your ad, the greater their power.
Everyone has experienced the power of impulse buying. Have you
been grocery shopping while hungry? Well, if you have, then you
were primed for food purchases. Did you make a new product buy
because the food looked tasty? Did you purchase something on
crave value rather than food value, or maybe spend more money
than you intended?
Well guess what! It is more than a little likely that your
product will be purchased on impulse. If your reader is not
presently in primal state you've got to get them there. It is the
job of your advertising to both create and satisfy the reader's
There are always good, better and best words. The right word(s)
for creating product desire are the ones that elicit biological
emotional responses in the reader. Emotional responses bypass the
cognitive process and cause us to experience rather than merely
If your reader does not take action, there is no sale. How do you
get your reader to act? Believe it or not, it's easy.Just use a
If your ad simply says: "call this number now", "email me for
details", "go to our web site" etc. Why would you create feelings
in a prospect without telling them what to do with those
feelings? Yet ironically, not asking for the sale is the single
most repeated mistake that stops reader desire from leading to
Psychologists tell us that when given a directive (unless
obviously harmful) our first instinct is to comply. If you are at
work, you can turn to the person in the seat next to you, and in
a slightly commanding voice say, "give me your pen for a minute"
chances are they will, and usually, without question, for no
other reason than you told them to do so.
If the first three ingredients (attention, interest, and desire)
have been well done, and the reader is a qualified customer, they
will more than likely take the action you direct them to take.
Develop your web ad with the above thoughts in mind. Check your
ad to see that the four AIDA basics have been met. Now you have
an awesome web classified ad that will outpull, by many times,
the thoughtless ads of your competition. That's the bottom line.
Jim Foreman, president of NetSeek World Presence and creator of
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