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Why Some Ads Fail Miserably While Others Succeed Wonderfully

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Posted 8th February 2009 at 10:57 AM by dekac1

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Why Some Ads Fail Miserably While Others Succeed Wonderfully
by David Garfinkel

The voice on the other end of the phone was tense and impatient.
It was a prospective client calling. After we introduced
ourselves, he got right to the point: "Our advertising isn't
working and we need some help."

Who I was talking to doesn't matter very much, because it could
have been almost any of my prospects before they start working
with me. That's because, statistically, most advertising doesn't
work -- if by "work" you mean, bring in new business. Think
about your own ads. Even if they already generate leads or
create sales for you, don't you have the sneakin' suspicion they
could be working a lot better?

Here are two reasons why most ads don't work at all -- or if
they work, why they deliver far less business than they could:

1. Most ads don't get the attention of your prospects. This is
pretty basic. It is physically impossible for prospects to
contact you unless they know about you, and if you're counting
on them to find out about you from your advertising, then step
one is for your ad to get your prospects' attention.
Unfortunately, some ads actually do get attention, but…

2. These ads get the attention of your prospect in the wrong
way. For an ad to generate a qualified lead or create an
immediate sale, it must start off on the right foot. That
"right foot" sets the right tone and invites a qualified
prospect to call you. I just saw an ad in Newsweek that still
has me wondering what it's about and why someone spent tens of
thousands of dollars on it. (Bet it wasn't their own money.)

The ad shows a boy on a bicycle flying through the air, out in
the wilderness. The headline, in a semicircle, says, "They will
always fall before they fly." Since I'm not a kid and I'm not a
parent, it doesn't do much for me.

But wait -- even if I were a parent or a kid, I still don't
think this ad is going to sell me on anything that would make
the advertiser any money. If I were a kid, the only thing this
ad could sell me on is taking these kind of risks to annoy my
parents. And if I were a parent, the only thing I can imagine
this ad would sell me on is making sure my kid never rides his
mountain bike in hilly terrain -- since, obviously, the kid in
the picture is on a collision course with certain death.

I've got to hand it to this ad in one department -- it's
interesting. It got my attention. But that's as far as it got.

The Headline's the Thing

Let's get off this negative track and look at some ads that I am
certain are making money. These are not from a glossy national
magazine, but small ads from today's local newspaper. (By the
way, small ads that run in the newspaper are usually paid for by
the person who wrote them. And these ads get to the point and
are likely to be profitable. Hmmm...I wonder if I'm noticing a
trend here...)

All I'm going to show you are the headlines of these ads. But I
promise you, the headlines are all you need to see. Tell me if
you can guess what each ad is about, and who its target market

1. "Lose 3-5 Pounds Per Week With the System Proven by Over
90,000 Successful Patients"

2. "Up to 40% Savings on Heating and Cooling Costs With a
(Brand Name) Foam Roof"

3. "Men and Women -- Remove Unwanted Hair Today!"

Now, I know what you're thinking. Not very clever. Not very
hip. In fact, those headlines are downright boring!

Hmmm. I have two things to say about that. First, if you have
tried everything under the sun to lose 40 pounds and you are
frustrated to the point of tears, then headline number 1 isn't
that boring to you. (And I would say the same regarding people
in the target market for headlines 2 and 3.)

The second thing I want to say is, yes, and it's also pretty
boring to stand in line at the bank waiting to make a large
deposit into your business checking account. But you know what?
Once you've gotten past that boredom barrier, it's actually
sort of nice. You know?

And here's some interesting news: A good headline on your ad
will get you 90% of the way from the agony of defeat to the
ecstasy of advertising success -- so you can deal with weighty
issues like the boredom barrier and what to do with all that

David Garfinkel has been described as, "the world’s greatest
copywriting coach." He’s a successful results-oriented
copywriter and the author of Advertising Headlines That Make You
Rich, which shows you how proven money-making headlines
customized for your business can increase your profits by 1700%.
Go to here to find more information...

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    Elaina's Avatar
    Great advice, Thanks for the help...
    Posted 9th February 2009 at 09:15 PM by Elaina Elaina is offline

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