10 Helpful Design Tips to Help You Design Your Ad

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With the trend in digital going big nowadays, local business advertising has shifted from print marketing to digital advertising. However, this does not mean that print marketing is not effective anymore. 

In fact, research showed that more than 80% of consumers have acted on the call to action of magazine ads. This is better than the 45% who have responded to online advertisements, primarily because of the saturated market in digital. 

So, if you’re still maximizing the powers of print advertising, here are some tips on how you can influence your consumers’ buying decisions.

1.) Maximize The Right Hand Side


Psychologically, readers prefer reading the right-hand side of the magazine more than the left one. Most individuals skip the content on the left. Therefore, it is a great strategy to place the majority of your call to action on the more effective side of the magazine. 

 

2.) Use the Correct Color Combinations

Mixing the correct colors is one of the best techniques to captivate your readers. You just have to know which ones provide the best contrasts. When looking at the color wheel, look for those that are found opposite each other since these are the ones that complement each other. 

Remember that using too many bright, bold, or loud colors on your print ad is a no-no. This is because your readers might miss the primary messages of your ad. These bold colors have a huge tendency to overpower some areas of your messaging. So, ensure that color accents are used wisely.

 

3.) Apply the ‘ABC Rule’ With Your Cover Designs

The first touchpoint of your magazine ads is the cover. There’s no point perfecting the inside content of your magazine if your customers don’t pick it up and read it. The more eye-catching your cover is, the higher the possibility of capturing your audience’s attention and making them delve deeper into the stories inside. 

To help you make your cover stand out, make sure to apply the ABC rule. This is a strategy used by expert designers when making the covers of the biggest magazines in the world. 

So, what is the ABC rule?

First, stick to one A-heading, which is also known as the magazine title. This should be the main focus of the passers-by. Although some local business advertising titles might not be familiar to people, it’s a great start to introduce the branding to their target market. 

Second, there should be a (B) subheading (which will be the primary call to action) coupled with smaller (C) sub-headings that will support your main claim. The ABC rule is proven to promote layout balance, and almost every big magazine brand applies this.

 

4.) Apply the Right Font

Use a maximum of three fonts in your content. Connecting to the ABC rule, each part should have its assigned font wherein the title has the biggest and boldest one to make it stand out.

Once you have decided which font to utilize, make sure to use it consistently. Do not have another set of fonts for your inside content. This will only ruin your branding, and the tone will be inconsistent. 

As a starter, you may use sans serif fonts for your primary headings. The body of the text, on the other hand, may use serif fonts. This contrast will have a unique distinction between your heading and paragraph, avoiding audience confusion when reading the content.

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5.) Print With High Resolution

Print ads are usually printed on high-quality paper. This means that photos should also have high resolutions to make them look good. To achieve that crystal clear image, the image should at least have 300 dots per inch.

 

6.) Improve the Digital Look With Infographics

It’s a known fact that people have a short attention span when reading. They don’t like blocks of text, so it is vital to keep them engaged with different content techniques. One thing that you can utilize in your digital look is infographics. 

Experimenting with infographics is a great way to immerse your readers in your message. Although text is involved, the different arrows, dividers, and shapes delve away from the boring look of text-heavy articles. This strategy works for commentary, finance, and sports magazines. 

You may also incorporate a couple of pie charts to demonstrate data, statistics, and even maps if geography is part of the content. 

 

7.) Understand Proper Logo Placement

Yes, it is a given that your logo will be included in the mix of your content. However, avoid making the mistake of shaping it as the most important element on the page. This will only deter your audience from seeing your call to action. 

 

8.) Ensure Proper Spacing

Even if you have a large space for your cover, you don’t have to use every corner of it. Balancing the available space is a critical move if you want your audience to fully understand what you are trying to convey. 

For simple adverts, you may maximize the use of basic elements to separate the leftover space from the pictures, colors, and lettering. It could also mean applying scenery and imagery to fill up the remaining spaces.

 

9.) Stick to a Single Theme

Consistency is key if you aim to retain the attention of your readers. Your theme should be included from cover to cover since this will be your hook and hallmark for your overall content. 

The best way to go about this is to introduce various key elements on the cover, which will then be carried over to the other pages of the magazine. 

 

10.) Highlight the Call to Action

One vital technique in designing an ad is to make your audience understand what you are trying to make them do. For example, are you selling a particular product or service, or do you just want them to be part of a local community? Whatever it is, do this by highlighting the call to action. 

Although digital has taken over the world of advertising, print will never go out of style. Apply these ten designing tips, and you’ll come up with the best ones in the market. 

Why Print Media Advertising Is Still Important In 2021

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That classic paper feel of advertising never gets old. In the age of social media and digital advertising, is there still room for print media advertising? Print media has a straightforward approach to advertising that cannot be replicated by email or social media marketing. Print advertising provides your customers a unique brand experience that sticks like glue.

With many brands spending most of their ad budget on digital marketing or online advertisements, is print advertising still worth your buck? Considering that there are many free and paid options to advertise or promote your business online, do you still have to spend on print ads?

While online advertising does have its strengths, like how you can easily measure the effectiveness of a campaign, print advertising has enormous advantages because it provides a lasting impact on a target audience. Thus, precision is a competitive advantage with print advertising, and there are many more reasons why it remains crucial and significant in 2021.

 

High Trust Ratings

Most consumers feel more confident buying from what is advertised on print ads than other advertising channels online.  In addition, businesses advertised in magazines and newspapers or on billboards have more credibility than emails or intrusive ads that pop up on your screen while you’re socializing or browsing online.  

There’s something about the newspapers and magazines that have been around for decades that gives products and services that extra credibility factor.

 

Brand Recall

Online advertising can be highly chaotic to a normal eye. There are countless options when you browse or shop online, and you would also be taken to multiple links or calls to action when you reach a squeeze page. It’s just a dynamic interaction when you encounter online advertisements.

There is so much distraction when you shop online, but you are led to just one call-to-action with print media advertising. It reduces confusion and overwhelm.  With the newspaper or magazine in your customer’s hand, you have more control when it comes to capturing and holding their attention for a longer time.

When you browse digital content, you tend to scan the content as quickly as possible. On the other hand, with reading print ads, you get to consume or digest content slowly, leading to long-lasting brand recall and increased sales or ROI. 

Physical or print advertisements can trigger or activate more parts of your brain compared to using online ads. Brand association and brand recall become easy this way.
 
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Longer Shelf Life

When you create online ads like on Facebook, it stays on, and your target buyers would have that pop up on their screens depending on their browsing behavior. However, if people pause or stop using Facebook or Google for a while, you also lose your brand visibility.

With print advertisements or traditional advertising, the content has this longer shelf life or value as long as it’s up on the billboards or the newspapers and magazines are on your desk. 

The fact that it’s a physical and tangible product means it could generate countless impressions. It would most likely stay at your home or office table and could even be passed along to other potential customers. Thus, print advertising has an audience reach that compounds over time.
 

Long-Lasting Results

With digital ads, you get to see instant or quick results. On the flip side, print ads usually take some time before you get to see results because it’s being passed on from one user to another for an extended time.

This traditional print media advertising can be seen in publications that have become household names in an area or industry. Print advertising is worth it over the long haul because its value compounds over time and does not stop with the first person who gets a hold of it.

 

Unique User Engagement

It’s an entirely different mental space when you’re consuming print ads. You can read it over and over again, and the value doesn’t diminish a bit. In addition, magazines are very interest-based in that they target a particular audience with their content (so it’s not just trying to connect with everyone).

Magazines only attract a specific niche or audience and focus on that market. In this way, magazines attract subscribers who are already interested in what they have to offer. Print advertisements also appeal to this market because the magazine aligns everything to provide the best value to their audience.

The laser-beam targeting that print ads offer is exact: there is always value upfront, even before buying. That said, subscribers would most likely read the ads because everything in the magazine is consumable and adds value.

 

Rich Visual Landscape

Print ads are visually appealing. With print advertising, you get to season the entire newspaper or magazine with a visual storyline that people would love to consume in pieces or bit by bit for hours. Rather than just a one-liner, with print ads, you get to explore and weave your ads so that it interacts with your readers in every page alongside rich content.

 

Print Media Advertising is Ageless

As more brands take the online marketing approach, this is the best time to revive the old and integrate it with your marketing strategies. After all, the good old traditional advertising has not lost its touch – not one bit. 

It’s apparent that many email advertisements are ignored and dumped into the trash bin, making print media advertising the tangible option you need to invest in.

With print advertising, less is more. As today’s generation of consumers has minimal attention spans, print advertising is too hard to ignore or skip, unlike unsolicited ads that you get in your inboxes or intrusive ads on websites.

A mix of online technology and print advertising will help your brand visibility and engagement soar. Marketing campaigns today that you can see online are more fun and interactive, but people love content that they can feel and touch – and this is where print advertising does its magic with consumers. 

 

 

5 Small Business Advertising Trends to Amplify Your Reach

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The ideas that we’re going to discuss in this blog post have worked incredibly well for small business marketing in Kansas City. Most of these methods should be viable in helping your business grow.

However, with that being said, there is no magic bullet marketing strategy. In the end, it’s all about connecting your business’s value proposition to the correct customer base. The concept is simple but can take on many different forms.

To know which of these strategies will help you amplify your reach, you must have answers to the following questions:

  • What are the demographics of your target audience? Where do they live?
  • What places does your target audience like to congregate online?
  • What process does your target audience engage in to find products in your niche?
  • Who are the online authorities they follow when it comes to making purchasing decisions related to your product/niche?

These strategies are:

  1. Facebook Marketing
  2. Google My Business
  3. Content Marketing
  4. Social Media
  5. Email Marketing

Let’s get started with the elephant in the room – Facebook marketing!

 

1. Facebook Marketing

There is a good reason why over 2 million+ small businesses are advertising on Facebook; it’s relatively cheap and effective at marketing to almost any audience on the planet.

Facebook ads work incredibly well at advanced targeting. For example, you can target users based on their interests, sex, age, behavior online, and of course, their location.

Making a Facebook ad is very simple. All you need is a good headline, some descriptive words, an image, and a hyperlink.

Facebook Ads Manager also makes it pretty easy to test several different ad sets, which lets you discover the winning formula for yourself and become profitable, with no advanced technical skills required.

 

2. Google My Business

Ranking a Google My Business (GMB) listing is incredibly impactful for any business.

And, if you have a local business serving local clients, GMB will probably work best for you.

In many cases, when someone searches for something on Google, they will find a paid ad, followed by a few GMB listings, and then followed by the organic search results. So, as you can see, being above the organic results while not being a paid ad (which many people have learned to avoid) has plenty of potential to pull in traffic. And the best part is you won’t have to spend any money on advertising.

But just what is a Google My Business profile? Simply put, it’s a platform/central hub that combines all of your Google accounts (Google+, Google Maps, Google Reviews, data from Google Analytics/Google Insights).

Also, if your brand name is unique, you should be able to have a large display for your name in the search results.

Thanks to all of the above, your business will automatically get more visibility and credibility. If you’re a local business, getting your GMB set up should be your #1 priority.

When it comes to ranking your GMB listing, it’s really not that difficult either. It starts with making sure that your profile is optimized, and then you gather reviews and make sure to post to your GMB profile at least once a week. This helps Google see that your business is relevant and regularly updated, similar to a website.

 

3. Content Marketing

Content marketing means making and distributing good content to capture and retain your target audience, with the follow-up goal of driving profitable actions. Good content is defined as these three things: relevant, consistent, and valuable.

Content marketing emphasizes long-term results in contrast to paid advertising, which focuses on the short term. This means that the short-term payoff of content marketing tends to be lower. Still, the long-term growth of customers, visitors, and leads can make a business successful.

However, content marketing isn’t an easy thing to do, and a lot goes into it besides having a creative mind for writing content:

  • valuable content
  • topic relevance
  • SEO
  • Optimized with the target audience in mind
  • Consistency in content publishing and promotion

Content doesn’t just mean writing some blog posts and calling it a day. No, it also means videos, online classes, podcasting, and plenty of other mediums where people like to consume content.

If you’re thinking about pursuing this strategy for your business, then be sure that you have the time and money needed to keep things going with no expectations of initial ROI. Then you must actually create quality content and get it out there. Unfortunately, there’s tons of bad content out there that ends up seeing little to no payoff in both the short and long term.

 

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4. Social Media

For almost any business today, having a presence on social media is pretty much mandatory.

67% of consumers get customer support from social media. And furthermore, 33% of consumers prefer to contact customer support from social media instead of through the phone. These people will look for your business on their preferred social media websites. If they can’t find you, they’ll fall into the arms of your competitors.

The question isn’t whether or not your business should be on social media. Nowadays, the important question is what platforms should you focus on, and how much money and time should you be putting into them?

For example, you may want to spend a lot on organic social media growth, depending on your business.

However, for any business, it’s key to first discover where your customers like to hang out online. Then, you should know how they want to be approached. For example, does a pushy approach work, or is a more subtle approach required? Do they follow influencers, or like being a part of a community?

 

5. Email Marketing

Email marketing still works as a reliable way of getting leads, contact information and nurturing those leads over time. This is one of the best ways to sell products, hands down, which is why it’s among the best marketing channels for conversions.

Terms that you should be familiar with if you’re into email marketing are “marketing funnel” and “lead magnet.” The marketing funnel is your email marketing process. The lead magnet is a compelling offer that the visitor will receive in exchange for their email address. Some options for lead magnets are free trials, free downloads, website membership, coupons, webinar “seats,” and so much more.

 

 

Why Print Advertising is Still Important in the Digital Age

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The rise of technology has undoubtedly transformed the world of advertising. With so many digital avenues out there, there are now endless ways for brands to tell their stories. But with this digital shift, can we say that print advertising is dead? Surprisingly, the answer to this is no. With the right strategy, a combination of print and digital advertisement can be the most effective marketing campaign.

Here are some reasons that will convince you of the unbeatable power of print.

 

People Recall Print Better

Print mediums foster a more emotional connection with prospective customers. According to a study, paper-based marketing activates significant parts of the brain more than its digital counterpart. Print media can convey vivid images with tactile stimuli, making it crucial for brand associations and recollection. It allows you to highlight visual attributes such as font, colors, texture, and images.

Moreover, people spend more time reading print copies of newspapers and magazines than when reading them online. It accounts for the lesser distraction print media gives than online, where you can switch through websites at once. There are also technical issues online such as a slow loading time that can make people abandon reading advertisements.

Thus, it’s likely for people not to finish reading an advertisement online that they would normally spend time focusing on in print.

As a result, we place a higher value on products and services we’ve seen in print in our subconscious. This then ultimately leads to more effective customer conversion. Thus, we can conclude that print offers more significant buying decisions for consumers than digital advertisements.

Boosts Demographic Targeting

Do you have a specific customer base that you want to target? One of the most effective ways to reach out to your target audience is through print ads. You can do this by placing print ads in publications often bought by the demographics you’re targeting. Or, you can also do so by strategically placing poster advertisements in places they frequent.

For example, if you’re offering fitness products for women, you can place advertisements in women’s fitness magazines. Another example is if you’re offering tutorial services, you can distribute posters near schools to reach students.

This strategy helps you narrow down and target prospective customers specifically instead of random email and post blasts. Thus, you can boost the number of potential touchpoints your prospects have with your brand.

 

Print Builds Trust

Many consumers are wary and skeptical of fake advertisements and misleading marketing campaigns online. Because of this questionable reputation, many people lean towards print advertisements as a more trustworthy marketing information source than digital.

Print advertising has a straightforward method of promoting products and services. They don’t incorporate questionable pop-up screens that often happen with digital advertising. Thus, print has a more credible reputation that establishes trust among prospective customers.

In fact, according to the Direct Marketing Association, 79% of consumers act on direct mail more promptly. This percentage is far from the 45% of consumers who do the same with electronic mail.

 

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It Bridges the Gap Between the Online and Offline World

As surprising as it may be, there are people who don’t use the Internet and are detached from technology. It seems impossible in this day and age, but it still holds for many, especially older people. While these people do not have a digital footprint, they are still consumers that you need to reach out to. Otherwise, you could be missing out on a great number of potential customers.

For instance, local newspaper advertising remains a powerful advertising strategy today. In fact, according to the Newspaper Association of America, newspaper advertising is the leading medium in making purchase decisions among consumers.

 

Use the Lesser Competition in Print Advertising to Your Advantage

Many businesses today rely solely on the Internet and digital media for their advertising needs. Thus, you can use the lesser competition in print publications to your advantage. When done correctly, it will help your product or service make a greater impact on your prospects than competitors. It will allow your ad to shine, and you’ll even pay less for the ad space.

 

Print Complements Digital Advertising

Additional advertising never hurts. The reasons stated above do not mean that you should completely abandon digital advertising. We all know the advantages and benefits of using digital advertising today, including accessibility, customization, targeting, etc.

But the thing is, entrepreneurs must learn how to take advantage of the unique properties of both print and digital. It’s not advisable to choose one over the other since they complement each other and make the other one more effective if done correctly. To illustrate this, it’s crucial to determine the unique strengths of the two forms of advertising.

Here are the different strengths of print advertising:

  • Maximizes sensory appeal
  • More effective in comprehensive information
  • Can help relay information to people who aren’t digitally savvy
  • Lesser competition

Here are the different strengths of digital advertising:

  • Designed to avoid information overload to consumers
  • It costs less and offers flexibility on the platforms to advertise on
  • More advanced features on targeting customers

Implementing both print and digital advertising can help strengthen your marketing campaigns and make them more resilient. In many cases, learning how to complement the two can help you generate higher customer conversion rates.

 

Ways to Integrate Print and Digital Advertising

There are many various types of print advertisements you can experiment with. So the notion that print is a static medium is a myth. Especially today, you can integrate technology into your print advertisements.

To help you get started, here are two ways to integrate your print and digital advertisement:

  1. QR Codes. One of the easiest and most effective ways to lead people to your website is through QR codes. You can integrate it into your local newspaper advertising or posters to help people learn more about your offer.
  2. Social Media. For this, you can put your social media icons along with the tags in your printed materials to boost brand awareness. To complement this, it’s important to post engaging content on your online platforms regularly.

 

Print as a Medium Isn’t Dead

As you’ve seen, there are various reasons why print is still effective in the digital age. There are endless ways that print can work synergistically with other advertising strategies. The key is to be creative and really get in touch with your target audience. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll start seeing more valuable results for your brand.

 

7 Tips for Creating Attractive Print Ads

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Every business needs promotion and advertisements. Even though we are in the digital era, we still need to invest in print advertisements. Why? Because it can guarantee that you are at the top of people’s minds when you reinforce digital and physical platforms. Through these ads, the audience can quickly remember your brand.

If you decide to integrate creating attractive print ads into your marketing, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our ultimate guide to kickstarting your print ads.

 

Effective Tips and Tricks: How to Create Attractive Print Ads

The top priority in creating ads is how you can capture their attention in a limited time. So how do you develop compelling and attention-grabbing content? Here are some design and content tips you can follow.

 

1. Create an Impactful Headline

Before the audience continues to read the content, they look for the headlines first. Is it interesting? Is it something that resonates with them? Is it worth reading?

Compared to a digital platform, print advertising is less saturated. You need to note that you need to capture the reader’s attention in any advertisement and persuade them to read your content. How can you do this?

  •     Make your headline concise and short.
  •     Create curiosity or include benefits.
  •     Use simple words that the readers can easily understand.
  •     Specify a pain point and let them know how you can help them.
  •     Integrate emotional adjectives.
  •     Utilize your brand or target audience’s language.

Make sure that your headlines are catchy enough to keep your readers entertained or interested. It will be more helpful if the headlines are easy to comprehend. Moreover, it should reflect your brand’s image.

 

2. Discuss the Benefits

Advertising is a way of promoting or introducing your brand, product, or service to the market. Of course, you need to share how your products or services can help the audience’s problems through the print ads. Besides explaining the features, it will be easier for them to understand if you share its benefits.

For example, you are selling a cellphone with competitive battery life.

  •     Feature: Battery Life
  •     Benefits: Long-lasting usability and no frequent charging

 

3. Incorporate an Eye-Catching Graphic

Excellent graphic design can help you in conveying your message or campaign. Plain text does not excite the audience to continue reading your content. Through the graphics, you can communicate with your audience and display your products or services. What’s in store for them?

Help your potential clients understand your offer through a high-quality graphic. Make sure that the images are relevant and accurate to boost brand recognition.

 

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4. Provide a Compelling Offer and Create Urgency

Besides creating high-quality content, emphasize your promotion. If you have an ongoing sales campaign or special deal, make sure to showcase it. Also, highlight what they can gain from reading your ads. Apart from the information, what are the benefits they will get? Will they have a reader’s discount?

 

After they read the ads, what will happen? It would be best if you create an urgency where they need to take action after reading. Here’s how you can develop a sense of urgency for your potential clients.

  •     Season or Event Offers
  •     Time-Limited Offers
  •     Clearance Sales

 

5. Think About the Call to Action

Remember that your print ads should include how customers can take action after reading the advertisement. Most customers don’t know what they should do if you don’t guide them. Moreover, you will waste your money on ads if you don’t integrate an excellent call to action wherein they can reach out to you.

You can tell your potential clients to give you a call, email, or message you, visit the website, or get a special offer. There are different ways to tell them to connect with your business. Also, you want your clients to move towards your business and get in touch with you. Here are some of the best CTAs you can use:

  •     Talk to Us or Contact Us
  •     Join Now
  •     Get a Free Trial
  •     Sign Up or Subscribe
  •     Learn More

 

6. Utilize a Simple Layout

The advertisement layout helps the readers understand your message and provides supporting ideas about the ad. Conversely, the copy encourages the potential clients to take action.

In advertising, avoid clutter and providing too much information to prevent readers from skipping your ad. Make it short, simple, and concise.

In creating an advertisement layout, take note of the following:

  •     Color Scheme
  •     Clarity of Message, Concept, or Idea
  •     Font Style and Size
  •     Relevant Graphics or Images

 

7. Embrace Your Brand’s Uniqueness

With all the advertisements available on digital and physical platforms, always think about standing out from the competition. Answer these questions:

  •     What products and services can you offer to the public?
  •     How can your business help your customers?
  •     What’s unique about your business branding?

Most brand owners or entrepreneurs try to copy other owner’s ways of advertising. But to succeed in the competition, you need to establish your business branding and goals. People will remember your business through effective and credible print ads.

Are you looking for Kansas City advertising to ensure that your business is easily noticeable? We’re here to help you get started. Apart from knowing that your products and services are one-of-a-kinds, make sure to connect to your target market by being authentic and relevant with your print ads.

 

Start Creating!

This might be the perfect opportunity to start with print advertising. While some think that print ads aren’t trendy, take advantage of print ads to be a more credible business. You can boost your response and conversion rates through actionable print advertisements. 

Although digital campaigns help you with projection, conversion, and engagement, we can’t deny that printing an attractive ad in a highly reputable magazine is also beneficial. You can easily target your audience and deliver to them in a specific period or location.

On top of that, you can gain trust from the public through reliable printing ads. If you opt to display your content through print ads, more people will be confident with your brand’s credibility. If you are looking for Kansas City advertising, take action now and start creating your print ads. Hopefully, our tips will help you in navigating the print advertisement industry.