Using Ad Agencies and Designers

Written by Bob Nicholson

Continued from page 1

So far we’ve talked about printed advertising and promotion, but for most businesses,repparttar internet has also become an important promotional tool. Print design, web design, and e-mail promotions require different skills and tools, so you may use different firms for each. However, there are some advantages if you can find a single firm to handle all your needs. The design firm can make sure that your print and web communications project a consistent image. And you will only need to provide your event information and promotional goals to one firm, who can then make sure thatrepparttar 135983 print ads are placed,repparttar 135984 website is updated, andrepparttar 135985 e-mail invitations are sent. Some firms can also handle other design tasks, including menus, signs, and promotional items.

Typically, in order to get this range of services, you’ll need to work with a mid-size agency or design firm. There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing large or small agencies:

An individual designer (free-lancer) or very small agency can give you personal attention and often lower rates. But you will need to work around their schedule if they are out sick or on vacation, and you will need to find a new designer if they change jobs. Individuals and very small agencies probably cannot provide a complete package of design services.

Mid-size firms give your somewhat less individual attention, and may charge a higher rate than free-lancers. But onrepparttar 135986 plus side, they can provide a broader range of services, and they have several designers on staff so they can accommodate your needs even if someone is out, or if you need a lot of work done for a key event.

Large firms can offer a full range of services and a large staff to meet all your needs. Unless you are a large account, you will probably get little personal attention. (In fact, in a large firm,repparttar 135987 smaller accounts are often given to junior designers and trainees.)

So, how should you choose?

Above all, find a firm whose work you like! Ask for samples and references, and if possible meet withrepparttar 135988 designers before making a selection.

Decide if you want to hire a design firm (and managerepparttar 135989 ad planning and placement yourself) or an ad agency to provide more assistance with your promotional planning (most ad agencies will also provide "design only" packages if you prefer).

Find a firm that is large enough to meet your needs, but small enough to care about your business. We typically find that local, neighborhood businesses are best served by free-lance designers or very small firms; regional or metro-market businesses do well with mid-size firms, and major national companies getrepparttar 135990 best results from large firms (and can afford to pay for them).

Talk torepparttar 135991 firm about how you will measurerepparttar 135992 effectiveness of your advertising. It’s a good idea to try different types of advertising over time to see what works best for you. Consider coupons and special offers to measure how many people are responding to your ads.

Remember that evenrepparttar 135993 best advertising campaign gets stale over time. Plan for (and budget for) occasional reworking you advertising. Most designers respond very well to an opportunity to do something new for a client, and you will getrepparttar 135994 best results from both your design firm and your customers if you freshen your advertising every 6-12 months.

Thanks to LunaGraphica Inc ( for input and suggestions on this article! Lunagraphica is a boutique advertising and design agency specializing inrepparttar 135995 arts, entertainment and youth markets.

Bob Nicholson provides business and strategic consulting to internet start-ups and entrepreneurs through his company, WYGK Consulting (

Internet Millionaire Reveals Secret of How to Get Tons of Free Advertising That's Effective

Written by Terry Mansfield

Continued from page 1

And as attractive as cheap advertising may sound, it pales in comparison torepparttar prospect of getting advertising that's both free and effective.

That's exactly what it can be--and should be, according to Howard. He asserts that in his e-Book "My SUPER Free Ads Secret," he explains exactly how to be "instantly put ahead of your competition and your industry as you'll be able to reach 100 millions of potential customers and clients for whatever you're selling." And best of all, "Since there's no costs, you stand to lose nothing -- but since your reach is so vast, you stand to make an instant 'killing!'"

Pretty compelling stuff. But are Howard Moreland's claims just exaggerated hype? Or are theyrepparttar 135874 real deal? If they arerepparttar 135875 real deal, then his e-Book "My SUPER Free Ads Secret" could prove to be an Internet marketer's dream come true in terms of minimizing advertising costs while maximizing profits. You can judge for yourself, and get further information, by visiting

Copyright 2005 Terry Mansfield. All rights reserved. Note: Anyone is free to publish this article online or in print as long asrepparttar 135876 entire contents ofrepparttar 135877 article and accompanying resource box, including any hyperlinks, are left unaltered, andrepparttar 135878 byline is included. This article should not be used in anything that could be considered spam.

Terry Mansfield is the Owner and President of First World Enterprises, which has been providing online customers world-wide with a choice of high-quality products, services, and business opportunities since 1999. Visit Firstworld.Biz -- the Link-Up Place at to see what First World is currently recommending.

    <Back to Page 1 © 2005
Terms of Use