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Advertising will make or break your business. It is crucial to your success that you learn to write great ad copy. Here are a few simple concepts to get you there.
1. The Headline
This is THE most important part of your ad, especially when using online advertising. The point of the headline is to grab a potential customer's interest and then entice the reader to go on and read the rest of your ad. The best headlines tend to be those that emphasize the benefits to the customer, ie. what your product or service can do for them, WHY they MUST have it - right now!
If your ad is taking the form of a webpage, or any other ad that allows the use of HTML/formatting, take advantage of it. Make sure your headline stands out from the rest of your ad by using a larger font, bolding, italics (careful here: make sure it is readable, some fonts aren't), or a different color. Remember to ensure that the overall look is business-like.
Some ad sites (like AOL) allow you to post a graphic along with your ad: definitely do so! It will really make your ad stand out compared to the ads of those who haven't bothered and makes you look much more professional.
If you're advertising to safelists or using any other type of email advertising, use interesting characters to make your subject line stand out, some examples: >>
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Honesty in advertising
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Advertising Solutions Aren't Always Black And White
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Disney's Advertising Empire Could Get More High-Tech After Fox Purchase
With an acquisition of a good chunk of 21st Century Fox, Disney takes control over many things it does not currently have. Its cable networks target families, kids, and young teens. Fox's outlets go after people interested in big-swing drama and ...
Facebook will no longer always divert international advertising revenue to Ireland
Facebook today said it is shifting to a “local selling structure” in countries outside the U.S., in which its advertising revenue in that country will be recorded by their local company in the country. That means that rather than directly route its ...
Facebook to book advertising revenue locally amid political pressure
Moving to a Local Selling Model | Facebook Newsroom
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Advertising authority considers complaints over Amazon Prime delivery times
Complaints about packages not being delivered on time by Amazon in the lead-up to Christmas are being considered by the advertising watchdog. Customers signed up to the online goods giant's premium service Prime have raised concerns their expected ...
Amazon Prime faces probe over Christmas delivery failures as customers say they have waited FOUR DAYS for their ...
Amazon investigated by advertising watchdog over delivery complaints as Christmas gifts delayed
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Balancing Omnichannel Advertising with Individual Channel Considerations
Good digital advertisers are open to exploring the benefits of every channel available to them, but it can be difficult to balance omnichannel practices with individual channel optimization and measurement. Ivo Totev, CMO of SAP's ERP solution, S/4HANA ...
What you need to know in advertising today - Business Insider
Rupert Murdoch doesn't see much of a future for anything on linear TV that's not news or sports — and even for sports he sees an impending challenge from Facebook. On Thursday, the media mogul went into detail about the thinking behind his blockbuster ...
Off-premise advertising on Irvine Auto Center freeway sign expected ...
Irvine Auto Center President Brad Mugg shows a clip of a commercial promoting the auto center during an Irvine Planning Commission meeting Feb. 2, 2017. (Photo by Tomoya Shimura, Orange County Register/SCNG). By Tomoya Shimura | firstname.lastname@example.org ...
Addressable Advertising: An Upgrade for Travel Brands
Football and turkey. Ugly sweaters and gingerbread lattes. No matter what your association is, the holiday season is already in full swing. It's a time of celebration and merriment but above all else, the holidays are about family. And whether that ...
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