Everyone understands that the purpose of advertising is to raise the profile of your business and to draw in those elusive potential customers. While methods of advertising need only be limited by your own imagination, it seems obvious that choosing the correct method can make a world of a difference to the impact on your business. When considering this crucial decision of how and where you should advertise, there are 3 key points to consider:
Will this form of advertising reach my target client group?
How much will this advertisement cost me?
Will I see a return on my investment?
When considering these key points, it’s impossible to ignore the potential advantages of advertising online. Internet advertising has become the first choice for many businesses due to the potentially significant benefits it can afford. Here are just some of the reasons why advertising online could be the right choice for you:
Be Kind to your Wallet
Your advertising and marketing budget will dictate how much you can afford to spend on adverts for your business; television, radio and perhaps even print advertisements may be out of your reach. The good news, however, is that many business owners are discovering that internet advertising is an affordable option. When you see colourful, dynamic, eye-catching advertisements online, don’t assume they’re out of your price range. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get for your money when you advertise online.
Ready, Aim, Fire!
Just as print advertisements are aimed at a specific target client group (you’re unlikely to see an advert for the latest mascara in Men’s Health), internet advertising is targeted towards those who are potential customers for your product or service. You have ultimate control over when and where your articles will be displayed meaning that you can manage your advertising effectively for maximum exposure and impact.
The World is Your Oyster
Your website is like your virtual shop window. It allows you to have that shop window viewed around the clock in every country in the world. The potential to get your business noticed above and beyond your expectations is simply staggering! Where the limitations of a print or a television advert are obvious, equally obvious is the limitless potential of putting your business on a global stage and then showcasing your products and services to a potential audience of billions.
Track your Success
One of the main advantages of online advertising as against traditional print adverts is the ability to track your conversion rates. This means that you can find out exactly how many people have viewed your advert and how many people come to your website as a result of a specific advert. The benefit of this is clear; if you know an advert is working for you, you’ll want to continue with it. If, on the other hand an online advert is failing to bring you any return you can discontinue it and switch to another more beneficial strategy.
One of the difficulties posed by using printed leaflets and pamphlets to advertise your business is that once they’re printed up, you’re stuck with them. Advertising online gives you the flexibility to make changes periodically and this can save you money (no expensive re-print), whilst continuing to create and maintain interest in your business by highlighting specific events, special offers and perhaps items or services that are particularly relevant at any given time. You’re likely to find that minor alterations to your advert will incur very modest charges and in some cases, no charge at all.