Power Promotion With Low-Cost
are the world's number one cheap way to advertise. They cost just a fraction
of a large print ad, not to mention that you can get your classified ad in
everything from an email newsletter to USA Today.
Most classified ads are either hard to understand or not terribly exciting.
To get sales, you need people to immediately understand your offer. You also
need to build a bit of an emotional fire under them.
Start each sentence with an action word. Get this.., Save now..., Click
Make your sentences as short as possible. Incomplete sentences are ok. Two
words. Fine. This fills your ad with energy and builds excitement. Classifieds
can also use commonly understood abbreviations. Try to paint a picture of
a better or more stress- free life. Mention a specific offer with a price
for better results.
When possible, include a quote from a past customer. People believe other
customers before they believe you. It's human nature.
Newspapers and magazines are great places to put your classifieds, but keep
in mind that more and more people are using the Internet everyday, and racking
up those online hours.
There are thousands of places to use classified ads on the Internet. From
free ad sites like Yahoo's, to paid classified sites like AOL's Classifieds
Plus, to ezines with thousands of readers. So how do you go about writing
a great classified ad for the Internet?
Online ad sites usually require a subject line. It needs to serve as your
attention-getting headline. If the subject line doesn't grab `em, people
will never see the rest of your ad.
Start your headline with the word FREE or with an action word like EARN,
PROFIT, RELAX, or FEEL. Some situations let you indent a few spaces so your
subject line stands out from the others. You can also start with *** or $$$
to get attention in a long list of subject lines.
Ezine ads usually don't have headlines. It is common to capitalize the first
two or three words to serve as a kind of headline to get attention and pull
people into the ad. For example:
EARN PROFITS while you relax and feel better.
Another great place for classifieds in is mail order tabloids. There are
thousands of entrepreneurs who make full or part-time income with a small
mail order business. Many of these folks live in rural areas where the quality
of life is high but there are limited opportunities for making money. The
mail order industry offers them a way to sell to customers outside their
An entire industry has grown up around home-based mail order businesses.
Mail order tabloids are inexpensive publications that go to hundreds or thousands
of people, most of whom run small mail order businesses. Tabloids are a good
low-cost way to advertise products and services to entrepreneurs who prefer
to buy things at a distance.
Classifieds and one-inch display ads start at just a dollar or two. Some
good publications to check out are Chuck's Mail Order News
and Spare Time
You can also write short articles for these publications including your ad
at the bottom of the article. I have my articles mailed out each month to
a list of 100 print tabloids (and will be happy to include your article or
press release for $15 per page). This is great free advertising if your business
sells via mail or on the Internet.
Think Classified ads don't work? I knew a guy who marketed his self-published
book with classified ads. He started out with an ad in one magazine. When
he had made his money back, he put an ad in more magazines until you couldn't
look through a newsstand without seeing his ad. He built a great retirement
for himself, and all through the use of classifieds. That's easy marketing!
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