Happened? Troubleshooting Poor Response from Ad Campaigns
By Diane Hughes Copyright ©
Too many small business owners today
run ad campaigns that get little to no results, and they have no idea why.
When you have the knowledge to troubleshoot the poor responses, you also
have the knowledge to make the needed changes so that - next time - your
sales improve! Lets take a look at the breakdown of an ad campaign,
and how to determine what went wrong.
Response vs. Results
Its important to understand the difference between response rate and
results. When a customer takes the action you want him/her to take (i.e.,
clicking to your site, calling your 800 number, etc.), then youve achieved
"response." This does NOT mean youve made a sale. The response rate
of your ad campaign can be high without ever selling one product or
"Results," on the other hand, are the sales you make in conjunction with
the response rate. When a customer takes the action you want him/her to take
AND buys your product/service, then youve achieved results.
When you get little to no response, chances are that one of two things happened.
One - your ad was poorly written and didnt generate enough interest
to excite the customer to take action; or two - the ad didnt reach
your preferred target customer.
How do you determine which one is the culprit? Test! Use the same ad, but
place it in a different ezine or on a different Web site. If response rate
improves, you know the ad is most likely fine, but the audience exposure
was off. If the response rate does not improve, its probably best to
rewrite the headline, the ad, or both.
Response But No Results
If you run an ezine ad, banner ad, etc., and get responses without making
any sales, the most probable theory is that your supporting ad copy or offer
is not doing its job. Ezine ads, banner ads, and the like will never make
a sale on their own. The customer is almost always going to be directed to
click back to your Web site. If the copy/design of your ad is working, but
no sales are being made, take a good look at the copy or design of your site.
Chances are that *it* could be costing you sales.
Again, testing is the key. Change a headline, add links that direct to "more
information" pages, and so on. Run the ad again, and see if your results
Youll notice that in either case, testing is the recommended course
of action. So many small business owners get in a hurry and neglect to test
their ads. While it may seem costly to run an ad, change an ad, and run it
again - the truth is that running unproven ads all across the Net without
gaining any return on investment (ROI) is a huge waste of money.
Yes, it does take a good deal of time. Yes, it can cost additional money.
However, once youve taken the time to test an ad, and the copy on the
supporting Web site that customers will be directed to, youll be in
a much better position to ensure consistent sales from your campaigns.
About the Author:
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