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You've got a great idea for a campaign. But where does it go? Billboards? Direct mail? Cell phones? Posters? Guerrilla tactics? As an advertiser, you have thousands of choices. Learn more about your options, and the strengths and weaknesses of each one.
What's the difference between advertising and public relations? It's one of the most-asked questions people have about these two very different industries.
A breakdown of the typical structure of an advertising agency.
Advertising has changed a lot over the decades, but certain words are as powerful today as they were so many years ago. Here then are the 10 words you should always consider using in your campaigns; and if you've been paying close attention, you'll realize three of them are actually in the headline and subhead of this article.
10 of the best fake ads and parody commercials from movies. From Robocop and Batman, to Total Recall and Coming To America, they're unforgettable.
The basic steps you need to take to write a good creative brief
Investing in a TV commercial is much more cost effective than you might think. You just have to know what to look for and how to produce your company's commercial in order to reach your target audience effectively.
Sex and advertising go together like movies and popcorn. And these days, sex is everywhere. But does it actually do the job of selling more product?
The six rules you need to know to create effective billboard ads.
A list of the best 10 books anyone in advertising should read
Don't just dream of working with the big boys at an ad agency. Do something about it. These ten tips can help you get your foot in the door.
How do you make extra money using a blog or website that you already have? Google Ads. How much can you make?
Need to advertise something but don't have a lot of cash? Flyers are an inexpensive way to reach a wide audience.
If you're a creative in the advertising or designer industry, freelancing can be a great way to earn a living, or supplement your current income. And you should never feel guilty about charging the rate you deserve. Find out why.
Product placement is the promotion of branded goods and services within the context of a show or movie, rather than as an explicit advertisement. Discover what some of the most infamous uses of product placement in movies and on TV.
As a business owner looking for the best, inexpensive ways to advertise your business, you may feel overwhelmed on the advertising choices you have to make, especially when you're looking at a tight budget. There are plenty of low cost options for you to consider so you can get the most out of your advertising dollars.
What press kits components do you include when creating a media kit? See press kit examples and how every one of your press kits can be used to generate free media buzz for you or your company.
If an advertisement is printed on paper, be it newspapers, magazines, newsletters, booklets, flyers, direct mail, or anything else that would be considered a portable printed medium, then it comes under the banner of print advertising.
You spent all of your time working on that project. The client approved it. So why isn't that check in your mailbox yet? You have several options for dealing with a freelance client who doesn't seem to want to part with the cash you're owed.
Having the media show up at your event can give your company free exposure to a large audience. Organizing the event and handling the media once they get there can make or break your coverage. Avoid the common mistakes people make by using these tools to effectively deal with the media and establish a long-term relationship.
What does an advertising agency account executive do? An AE has many responsibilities and is practically the glue that keeps the client and the ad agency on the same page. Behind every successful ad campaign, there's a fantastic AE that made it all come together.
You may be fresh out college or maybe you're just looking for a career change. There are 10 things to do right now before you find a job in advertising.
A really great tagline conveys a company's benefit with personality and attitude and the most memorable taglines connect on an emotional level.
There's nothing as frustrating as writer's block, or staring at a blank page. But there are ways to sharpen the mind instead of admitting defeat. Try one of these 10 exercises the next time you feel stuck in a rut, or just want to sharpen your mind.
Time for a fact check. Get ready to shed some light on a career surrounded by many myths.
Need to create a newsletter? Don't know where to start? This how-to walks you through the process of creating a newsletter.
Consumers are usually well-informed of a product or service before they actually make a purchase. We get that way because we read up on a product, know everything about it before we buy and even comparison shop. Know what type of brochure that will fit into your advertising plan to get consumers one step closer to making a purchase.
Advertising agencies do some very creative, funny and sometimes outlandish work. But where does it all come from? Well, in the best agencies, everyone's involved, but it's always the creative department that's at the core of the work. Think you could be part of one?
Creative Directors aren't born overnight. It takes a long career in advertising to grow a successful CD. Reaching this management position comes with many perks like a lucrative salary and the bragging rights to a successful ad campaign. See if this career path is right for you and find out how to get started.
A description of the key roles and function of an advertising agency's account services department.
Anyone in the advertising industry will go through dozens of interviews during their career. Many will keep making the same mistakes. Here are the five big ones, and how to avoid them.
Ever wonder if the ad campaigns on TV's Mad Men are real? Many Mad Men advertising campaigns use actual ads that ran back in the day. Some of the most inventive and, yes, manipulative advertising that ever appeared ran during the '60s, changing the game forever.
Looking forward often requires looking backwards, at where we have come from. In the case of advertising, many great people have given us a great deal of insight on the subject. All we have to do is listen to it, and we can stand on the shoulders of giants and take the next step. So, for your inspiration, here are 25 great quotes on three different advertising topics – honesty, content, and the creative process. Enjoy.
AIDA is one of the founding principles of most modern-day marketing and advertising. In fact, it's often said that if your marketing or advertising is missing just one of the four AIDA steps, it will fail. While that's not strictly true (a branding or awareness campaign does not necessarily need the Action step) you need to know about AIDA, and use it whenever possible.
If you're on the fence about a career in advertising, you need to know what to expect before you take the plunge. Evaluate this career's traits to find out if working in advertising is right for you.
In advertising and marketing, customer acquisition is the term used to describe the process of bringing new customers to a particular brand, product or service. This process almost always has costs associated with, and this is known as the ROI, or Return On Investment (more on that in a moment). While there are many different ways to acquire these customers, some methods can be tracked, others cannot. But the primary goal of customer acquisition is to do the least amount of work, and spend the least amount of money, to get as many customers as possible into the fold.
Can't afford an agency price tag? Run your own advertising campaign, whether you're a small business or a freelancer trying to promote yourself.
Before you tackle writing a brochure, you've got to thoroughly plan it out. These five essentials show you exactly what you need to do first.
Whether you're a freelance copywriter or a freelance graphic designer, you need a contract in place to protect yourself and to let your clients know exactly what they're getting from you.
Need writing samples for your advertising portfolio? SPEC ADS are a great way to show a potential client or employer your copywriting talent. Land the job by using these tips to go from zero writing samples to a portfolio full of them.
A bad presentation can kill a great campaign before it ever gets the chance to live. A good presentation can change the course of an agency, and the client, forever. Make sure you know how to rock your next creative presentation.
Car wraps are becoming a popular, low-cost means of advertising. And it benefits both the clients and the everyday driver.
There are plenty of advertising agencies looking to fill copywriting jobs. Learn more about this advertising career.
Radio, when done correctly, is a fabulous advertising medium that can truly capture the imagination, build a brand and lead to a sale. Learn the seven tips for radio advertising success.
If you're in the advertising, design or creative industries, you'll never be content with the knowledge you already have. You want to learn, improve, grow and push yourself past those boundaries. When you do, you become better. And one day, perhaps become the focus of a great documentary, to teach people what you have learned (so far). Here are 6 documentaries you absolutely must watch. Seriously. Think of it has homework that's fun and could change your outlook on your whole career.
The term outdoor advertising, also know as out-of-home (OOH) is a broad one that covers billboards, posters, transit wraps and much more. Learn what's involved, including the costs.
If you’re new to advertising, you will hear people talking about the SMP (Single Minded Proposition), or sometimes the USP (Unique Selling Point / Unique Selling Proposition). They’re all one and the same, although the term USP was invented by Rosser Reeves of Ted Bates & Company decades ago. In his book, Reality In Advertising, published in 1961, Reeves gives a precise, three-part definition of the USP which is just as relevant today as it was over 50 years ago.
From the day Kobe Bryant was accused of sexualt his endorsement deals have been in question. Take an in-depth look at each of his deals and find out how other athlete endorsers may be affected.
Half the battle of making your product a success is being prepared when you take the product to market. These five steps show you how to get on the right track from the start.
Writing press releases helps you get free exposure for your company and its products. Learn how to write press releases that the media can't resist.
The complete definition of broadcast advertising, including the many different types of broadcast advertising there are within the category, rates for commercials, types of ads and the cost of creating adverts for TV and Radio.
A list of the top six advertising, marketing and design awards that are actually worth the entrance fee. Win these, you win big.
Get free media coverage by creating a press kit for your company, your band or even yourself. See sample press kits examples and learn how to create a press kit that will generate free buzz.
In just five quick steps, you can create a brochure with staying power.
Are you writing headlines that draw consumers in or are they turning the page? You have many options for writing headlines that will make your advertising campaign effective.
If it's a charity, an important message about health or public safety, or anything else that raises awareness of an issue of importance to the general public, then it falls under the realm of Public Service Advertising. But how much do you really know about it?
Do you need a degree? If so, what kind? Anyone with an interest in working in advertising always wants to know what kind of educational background they need and how they can get started. Find the answers to your common questions about beginning your career in advertising.
Budget blues don't have to keep you from advertising. For less than $10 a day, you can reach customers through ads on cable. And the best part, you don't even need a degree in advertising to create your ad.
Here are 50 of the best taglines from brands around the world. Most are American brands, but you may spot a few from other countries in there.
Papa John's claims to have better ingredients and a better pizza. But Pizza Hut feels differently and filed a false advertising lawsuit against its competitor. The U.S. Supreme Court put an end to the case in 2004. And one company was shocked by the results.
You've made the decision to become a freelance copywriter but you're not sure what to do next. These seven tips show you how to start your freelance copywriting career off right.
Working in the media department may be the right career for you. See what it takes to become a Media Director and what a typical day is like on the job.
A pioneer, entrepreneur and one of the best clients the advertising industry ever had, Steve Jobs had a career (which ended way too soon) that anyone would envy.
Time's running out and you need extra customers now. These perks can turn those potential customers into paying customers.
When you know how to write a sales letter, you can hone in on your target audience and turn those prospects into paying customers. These tips show you how to write a sales letter that will get results.
Radio commercials are some of the most affordable ads on the market. Find out the five keys to making your radio commercial campaign a success.
Breaking into the advertising industry may seem impossible. But a little speculation can get you in the door and on your way.
Print advertising is effective and affordable if you know how to write print ads. Understand the elements of effective print advertising to create print ads that sell your products and services.
If you have an idea to sell and you meet a potential buyer, you need to jump on that opportunity and pitch it to that person quickly, and with confidence. A good elevator pitch can do wonders for your business or ad campaign.
Considering a career in advertising? Here's your chance to check it out and learn if advertising is right for you, and if you have what it takes to be an art director.
A very quick overview of how an agency works, broken down into a few key areas.
An explanation of the core principles of guerrilla marketing
I get a lot of letters and emails asking me “how do I keep my ideas safe?” and “how can I make sure that my ideas remain my ideas?” Or, to go one better, “what do I do if someone steals my ideas?” And to many, these are tricky questions.
Small companies have nothing to fear from their larger competitors. They may not have the money, but they do have the ability to play David to their Goliath. And it's usually a successful strategy. Find out why.
Need to advertise something but don't have a lot of cash? Flyers are an inexpensive way to reach a wide audience. See how to create one here.
What can you expect from a career in modern-day advertising? Is it a playground for creativity, filled with short weeks, free vacations and tons of money? Or is it hard work, low pay and weeks being tied to your desk? Find out.
As marketers look for ways to keep up with changes in technology and media, advertising trends have changed dramatically. Find out the ways marketers have been trying to reach you, and that you can take advantage of for your business or career.
Your advertising portfolio is your calling card. Is yours ready to land you a copywriting job or a freelance gig in the advertising industry? Follow these 10 tips to create a perfect advertising portfolio no matter what your experience level.
If you see an advertisement via the Internet (World Wide Web), then it is classified as online advertising. In fact, there are ads on this very page, and most other websites you visit, as they are the primary revenue driver for the Internet. Learn more about this vital part of the Internet.
Ready to branch out on your own in the advertising world? Use these tips to begin your new freelancing career path.
Walk around any trade or consumer show and you will be able to collect a bag full of advertising specialties or giveaway items all designed to promote. But look a little more closely. How many really do an effective job?
Why isn't the phone ringing? Maybe it's your call to action. Use these techniques to boost sales and get those phones ringing.
The advertising definition of in-house agency.
You have a great idea. You've never seen it done before. Now what do you do with it?
Your commercial looks great on TV but what happens when the airtime you bought has come and gone? Get more out of your ad budget, reach new customers and generate buzz about your company by posting your commercial on YouTube.
Whether you’re a recent college grad or you’ve been in the workforce a few years, and you’re wondering whether a career in advertising is right for you, here’s a preview of what to expect as a Mad Man or Woman. It includes a list of advertising job descriptions, titles, career paths and what you might expect to be paid.
Whether you're pursuing an ad agency position as an account executive or a copywriter, you have to land that face-to-face interview before you can get the job. Help increase your chances.
The advertising definition for billboard.
There are several landmines to avoid when putting together your advertising portfolio. Here's what you need to know.
What happens when some of America's greatest taglines are put through the translation filter? It's not actually as cut and dry as simply hitting the translate button, due to different cultural references. We went through the advertising archives to find some of the best examples of tagline crash-and-burn.
An examination of the possible impact that cell phone advertising will have on the industry as a whole.
Get your copywriting career on track today. Whether you're looking to become an advertising agency copywriter or you want to be your own boss as a freelance copywriter, there are five ways you can jumpstart your copywriting career right now.
If you’re any kind of writer, be it a copywriter, someone in public relations, or a marketing writer, you will be asked to write an advertorial at some point in your career. Advertorials, also known as long form copy ads, are the opposite of typical ads that feature 90% visual and barely any copy at all. Instead, advertorials are designed to look like a part of the publication in which they’re appearing, and are intended to be an interesting read that divulges a plethora of information about the product or service.
As a man, in advertising, I am writing this knowing that in the past I have created ads that are guilty of this objectification. As a man who consumes advertising, I can also say I have been affected by them in some way.
If you know how to write subheads for any advertising medium, you'll be able to create compelling copy that grabs your reader's attention. Writing subheads for print ads and websites requires different approaches. Find out how to write subheads that work no matter what you're writing.
How should your press release look? From contact information to headlines, these step-by-step instructions show you the visuals of a powerful press release.
Optimize your site using white hat SEO strategies and avoiding black hat SEO techniques. These tips show you how by pitting white hat vs. black hat SEO methods.
There’s a long history of advertisers and big corporations pulling April Fool’s jokes, and they continue to suck in consumers, readers, viewers, and radio listeners. To celebrate the tomfoolery, here is the Advertising channel’s top 10 April Fool’s Day pranks over the years.
Say “stock photography” to anyone worth their salt in a creative department, and they will look at you with a mixture of contempt and fear. Mostly contempt. Despite stock houses making many millions of dollars from stock every year, most of the big agencies won’t touch it. But why is it so universally hated by the top dogs, and loved by smaller shops?
All business is moving toward e-business. Regardless of the products or services you sell, every company needs a Web site. Is your ad campaign ready for the Internet?
Even the ad pros make blunders. From claims of racism in ads to failed consumer-generated commercials, advertising flops can be more interesting than the actual ads themselves.
Just how do you get to be one of the lucky few to drive an ad-wrapped car around town? It's not easy but if you're patient, you could get paid for advertising companies while you drive around town.
To combat the complacency, here are 10 articles to help your agency succeed. From improving feedback and presentations, to knowing some basic advertising methods, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into here.
Just as a new company creates a business plan, a new advertising agency needs one too. Even if you're a freelance copywriter or graphic designer, you need a plan of action as well.
With a little thought and a genuine reason to advertise during the season, you can turn the nightmare season into dream sales figures or brand awareness.
Why it's easier to change customer behavior than customer beliefs.
So you want to be in advertising? Problem is, you don't even know where to start. Grab your pencils, you're about to take a crash course in advertising.
Is your ad campaign lacking bite? Do you wonder why ideas never take off? Maybe you need to take some brave, bold steps and fly higher.
The advertising definition of an advertising agency.
Taking a leaf out of the popular and funny “porn for women” and “porn for new moms” books (don’t worry, none of them are x-rated), we thought it would be appropriate to put together a collection of articles that we like to call “porn for creatives.” These are articles that tell creative people exactly what they want to hear, need to hear, and never hear enough. From the basics of writing a creative brief that art directors and copywriters can actually use, to talking about morale and creating solid ads, these articles are like catnip to them.
Over the years, I have noticed that the adverts seem to fall into several big buckets. There are obviously more than six categories, but most fit into them. If you’re a woman reading this, some will apply to you, too. After all, you also buy products for men. But advertisements that are aimed at you, for you, tend to fall into different categories that we’ll discuss in another article. So, here then are the six big ways men are patronized to be advertisers every day of the year. And sadly, they work. Again and again and again.
Looking to enter the world of advertising or public relations? Get ready to shatter some popular myths.
Naming your business is not only your first step to opening your company, the name you choose can also help advertise what it is you do. Create a solid name for your company with these six essentials.
The importance of yellow pages advertising is commonly overlooked but it's one of the most effective methods to get your business name out there. These tips will help you create an effective yellow pages ad.
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Truly successful direct mail is targeted, says something powerfully (and memorably) and talks directly to the customer. And there’s no better way to engage in conversation than with a letter. Learn the basic elements of a successful direct mail letter.
The advertising definition of DMA.
Whether you're just starting a business or you're on a budget diet, find out the many ways you can bypass high cost advertising.
Some ideas and thought starters to help you create a good viral video. Page 3.
Thinking of setting up shop as a freelance copywriter? Before you do, find out the special skills necessary, a typical day and how to get started.
Podcasters are quickly finding out their free podcasts are a great avenue for selling advertising. As many Webmasters quickly transform their content to include podcasting, find out what you need to know to begin running paid commercials during your podcast.
Internships in advertising and PR can be an invaluable experience to your career. Follow these steps to get the most out of your internship.
One of the greatest copywriters who ever put pen to paper, Neil French is still considered by many to be the gold standard for copy and headlines.
As a new copywriter, you have to know how to write a wide variety of materials. How do you know which ad mediums to learn about first? Every copywriter should know how to write in these five advertising mediums.
The term AIDA, and the approach it uses, is attributed to an ad man named E. St. Elmo Lewis. It means Attention, Interest, Desire, Action.
There are places beyond non-traditional that you should consider, because now those “unexpected” places to advertise are becoming inundated with messages from big brands far and wide.
Anyone with an English degree will take one look at the headline and feel either appalled, nauseous or angry. It’s not very good. Come to think of it, that last sentence wasn’t, either. Or this one. Ouch. But in the world of advertising, marketing and design, the most important aspect of the work is communication. Does it get the message across successfully?
Your contract is key to sealing the deal with the client and making sure you're both on the same page when it comes to the project. Create a solid contract with this step by step help.
What is a loss leader? What are the advantages of using a loss leader strategy, and what are the downfalls? All is explained here.
You've learned the fundamentals of creating a newsletter. Now it's time to learn the most cost effective way to getting your newsletter in print and getting your advertising message to consumers.
There’s no doubt about it; the industry is going digital. And as the traditional media choices disappear, making way for digital equivalents, so too do our news and information sources. We can no longer rely on magazines and other periodicals; by the time we get them, the news contained is already out of date. Therefore, as a good advertising professional, you should dedicate a small portion of your day researching great websites that contain a flurry of information. Not just news sites, but social media, content aggregators and more. Here’s a list of 10 websites that you should check out daily, be it through bookmarking or your RSS feed.
The advertising definition of graphic design.
Whether you’re in an advertising agency, or you’re someone with a product or service that needs to be promoted, think about these 10 unusual places to put your advertisements.
There are many ways you can approach a project when you’re feeling stuck in a rut, but how many times have you looked at the brief and said “I wonder what a comedian would make of all this?” Probably not too many times, right? To be fair, most people don’t. Unless the brief actually has a comical element to it, or specifically requests that kind of paradigm shift, you’re going to look at the brief in the usual ways. From the point of view of the consumer, of course, being the primary one. However, when you’re stuck, it can help to turn something on its head. And very few people can look at a situation in quite the same way as a modern comedian can.
Every industry has its stars, past and present, and advertising is certainly no exception. In fact, the very nature of advertising, and the number of different industries it touches, has resulted in some of the biggest players becoming household names. If you're new to the advertising industry, some of these people may not be familiar to you. If you're a veteran, this list will hopefully be a nice reminder of the greats who helped you get where you are today.
Statistics show nearly one in 25 Americans is in the process of starting a business. Don't get lost in the masses. Use these top books to get your ad campaign on the right track and give your business a big boost.
It’s surprising that in an industry that makes its bread and butter with creativity and originality, advertising is home to some of the most boring agency names on the planet. Indeed, it’s very fair to say that only law firms rival their completely uninspired approach to self-naming.
If you're stuck for advertising inspiration, these five books offer a wealth of knowledge. Avoid them at your peril.
This copywriting exercise helps you write a print ad for a toothpaste. Copywriting exercises help you become a better copywriter, no matter what your advertising experience level.
Copywriting takes talent. Enhance your skills with these top Guide Picks.
Ready to get a commercial produced for your company? Who will shoot the video? Write the copy? How will you get it on the air? How much will it cost? Should you go with a production company, ad agency or a tv station's production house? Don't get lost in the flurry of questions. Find out what you need to know before you buy a television commercial package.
How much junk mail do you receive each day? Do you read it? Toss it? Now put yourself in the shoes of your direct mail recipients. Avoid direct mail mistakes or your materials will end up in the trash too.
Avoid the gimmicks of many online ads and run your online ad campaign responsibly. These tips help you study what works and what doesn't so you can get the most out of your online ad campaign.
Starting a new business? Redeveloping an old one? Your marketing plan is a carefully calculated tool that can boost sales and increase profits.
Television commercials are a very affordable and profitable advertising medium. Discover the key ingredients you need to have for a successful TV commercial!
One of the biggest agency problems is gossip. Chinwagging. Chit-chat. Tittle-tattle. Call it what you will, it’s really destructive. And yet it is the downfall of morale in every ad agency and in house department around the globe. You cannot eliminate it completely. That task is one even the most hardcore HR manager would have trouble doing. But you can help to reduce the impact of it greatly, if you know what to look for and how to deal with it.
The advertising definition of demographics.
Can a sponsorship help you grow your business? Absolutely. Guest author and trade show Susan Friedmann shows you how to get involved and what to expect.
If you know the name Stella Artois, you know it's a Belgian lager beer with a reputation for excellence. But do you know about the history of the campaign that made it so exclusive?
To say political ads bombard television, radio, and billboards would be a vast understatement. But where did it stem from, and how has it changed?