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Old 09-29-2008, 07:04 AM   #1
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Hello Warrior members:

How are you doing?

I am thinking about dipping my toes (and money) into an offline newspaper classified project however this is a brand new venture for me so I definitely want to have all of my ducks in a row before I invest any cash in this.

Could you please share your experiences, strategies, tips, pros and cons concerning off line classified advertising?

Your help will be greatly appreciated!

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Artgirl, what is your product/service and what is the demographic you're most after?

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Hi,
I've used classified advertising in newspapers and magazines before with success. However it can be a slow and expensive period to get your ad 'right'. The problem with many offline publications is the lead time for your ads.Many have anywhere upto a month before publication. Also when you start off many require payment upfront well before publication.
However as I said I've found it can work well particularly if you target 'niche' publications.


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Default Re: Offline Newspaper Classified Advertising - Advise, Tips, Strategies, pros and Cons

Classified ads are great, like all ads, you ou can test should focus on your headline and the benefits you are bringing to your customer. However I feel that since you are starting out, its always quicker, cheaper and faster to test online. You can test online ad in 24-48hrs, with offline ads, anyting from weeks to months. Consider testing online before moving offline
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Hi,
I've used classified advertising in newspapers and magazines before with success. However it can be a slow and expensive period to get your ad 'right'. The problem with many offline publications is the lead time for your ads.Many have anywhere upto a month before publication. Also when you start off many require payment upfront well before publication.
However as I said I've found it can work well particularly if you target 'niche' publications.


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Rich is spot on about print advertising. I have much success advertising in a local free entertainment magazine. It took a few weeks of tweeking before I got positive results.
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Be sure to track your results and to calculate the
return you are getting from each advert.

If you include a URL.. include an identifier.

If you give a phone number.. offer a unique coupon
code.

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Classified ads are great, like all ads, you ou can test should focus on your headline and the benefits you are bringing to your customer. However I feel that since you are starting out, its always quicker, cheaper and faster to test online. You can test online ad in 24-48hrs, with offline ads, anyting from weeks to months. Consider testing online before moving offline
Actually, this is how I find successful classified ads. I set up a Google Adwords campaign and tweak the ads for response. Good Adwords ads tend to make good classified ads, too.

The next step is newspaper classifieds. Not as quick as Adwords, but quick enough to test and still cheaper than most monthlies.

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Be sure to track your results and to calculate the
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If you include a URL.. include an identifier.

If you give a phone number.. offer a unique coupon
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What he said, bold and underlined...

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In one former program I tested via Online Ads
(Google Adwords) and then placed ad in local
daily paper.

Two days later ad ran and great response followed.

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Default Re: Offline Newspaper Classified Advertising - Advise, Tips, Strategies, pros and Cons

Thank you all for your knowledge concerning newspaper advertising. My goal was to expand my Google Adwords campaign to newspaper classifieds.

If it works on Adwords it should be successful by targeting its targeted audience offline...correct?

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Thank you all for your knowledge concerning newspaper advertising. My goal was to expand my Google Adwords campaign to newspaper classifieds.

If it works on Adwords it should be successful by targeting its targeted audience offline...correct?
Reach the same kind of people, and you should get a favorable response.

The extra step is a trade-off. You lose the 'just click the ad' ease of Adwords, but you gain at least marginally more committed visitors.

It sounds like you probably already know this, but for the sake of those who might be following along - keep you eyes on your Most Wanted Result (usually sales or opt-ins), and not on the traffic counter.

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Default Re: Offline Newspaper Classified Advertising - Advise, Tips, Strategies, pros and Cons

Old thread but still very relevant. While we're at, may I suggest online classified advertising?
a good online classified advertising ideas read:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Classified...ces&id=7035305


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