Advertising can be anything from your shop sign or a website, to an advertisement in a trade magazine or a 30-second radio slot.
- provide basic information such as your contact details and website address
- increase sales by telling potential customers about your product or service
- tell customers about changes to your service, new product launches and improvements
- increase your short-term sales with a one-off message – inform people of a special offer or a benefit of your product
- prompt specific action – get customers to visit your premises or website, or use a discount voucher
- remind existing customers about your business
- change people’s attitudes and perceptions of your business
- help to create or develop a distinctive brand for your business to help you stand out from your competitors
- make your business first choice for customers, ahead of your competitors
- generate awareness of your business
- develop a particular market niche or position
Target your customers
Decide whether your target audience is local or regional, national or international. Remember that a local business might benefit from national advertising. This could help the business expand into new territories.
You can advertise in a wide range of different media. Using a media mix can help to reinforce the message or information you want to communicate.
Before selecting a particular type of media, you should find out:
- their circulation or audience figures
- what the audience penetration, or ‘reach’, of their product is
Figures can normally be broken down into age groups, average income and other useful indicators. Don’t buy advertising space in a certain type of media just because you read, see or hear it yourself. It should always be focused on your potential customers.
So the next time you wonder “how can advertising help my small business” go back and read the article again!
SOURCE: NI BUSINESS INFO