Monday, November 23, 2009

Simplicity Rules

Simplicity has always been key in advertising — hence, the KISS method (keep it simple, stupid). Oftentimes, it is this concept that I find most difficult to convey, and as I look through our local publications each day, it is evident that many of our local businesses fall into the same pattern — trying to fit everything they do into one ad.

So I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some rules on developing a good ad. I call them my Simplicity Rules.

- Know your audience

- Advertise where the majority of your audience is likely to see it

- Pull readers in with a catchy headline

- If using a graphic, make sure it is relevant

- Copy content should be direct and to the point

- Hone in on the benefits of your product or service

- Keep plenty of white space

- Do not forget the Call to Action

- Provide contact information

- Do not clutter the ad

Lets face it, we are all on information overload. If advertising is not presented in a manner that is invited and enticing to our audience, no one will read it. Cluttered ads are stressful and will be overlooked.

Simplicity truly does rule! Try it out.

June Bisel
BBG&G Advertising and Public Relations
Twitter: BBGGadv

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