Why Some Ads Fail Miserably While Other Succeed Wonderfully

Written by David Garfinkel

The voice onrepparttar other end ofrepparttar 101165 phone was tense and impatient. It was a prospective client calling. After we introduced ourselves, he got right torepparttar 101166 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 haverepparttar 101167 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 getrepparttar 101168 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 getrepparttar 101169 attention of your prospect inrepparttar 101170 wrong way. For an ad to generate a qualified lead or create an immediate sale, it must start off onrepparttar 101171 right foot. That "right foot" setsrepparttar 101172 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 throughrepparttar 101173 air, out inrepparttar 101174 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 would sell me on anything that would makerepparttar 101175 advertiser any money. If I were a kid,repparttar 101176 only thing this ad could sell me on is taking these kinds of risks to annoy my parents. And if I were a parent,repparttar 101177 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,repparttar 101178 kid inrepparttar 101179 picture is on a collision course with certain death.


Written by Larry Dotson


When you make your first sale, follow-up withrepparttar customer. You could follow-up with a "thank you" email and include an advertisement for another product you sell. You can be more subtle includingrepparttar 101164 offer within your signature file.

Another way is to take your customer to a "thank you" web page right after they order. You should thank them for their order and next begin to tell them about another product you sell. You could also include a picture or graphic of your product.


You could upsell to your customers. When they're at your order page, tell them about a few extra related products you have for sale. They could just add it to their original order.

Besides upselling on your order pages, you could give them a choice of a basic or deluxe edition of your product right in your sales letter. Your deluxe edition would include add-on products with a higher price.

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