Top tips for your banner advert
You should treat your banner advert like your shop window.
A shop window should create enough curiosity in your customers to make them want to come in and take a look around for more. Your banner advert is the same, you need to create a banner that is alluring and makes the consumer want to find out more. Here's how to do just that:
DO use a clear and concise message
Make your point simple - this is what I'm selling and this is why you should buy it from me.
DO state your location if you're a local business
Local business is very much at the forefront right now. Use your banner advert to your full advantage and let people know you're just around the corner.
DO use bold and vibrant colours
Make your banner stand out from the crowd and attract the customer's eye.
DO make your branding obvious
Use a logo, state your company name, use your brand colours ñ they'll help people remember you.
DO use a strong call to action
Tell people what you want them to do next, 'apply for a free quote', 'click here', 'call today'.
DON'T use strobing, flashing images
Anything that can potentially put the customer off is bad.
DON'T stretch the truth
If you're not the cheapest, don't say you are. If you don't have a special offer, don't say you do. It may get people to click, but they'll remember that you lied and won't come back.
DON'T link to a poor quality site
If you have a great banner and a bad website, people will bounce pretty quickly. No-one wants to spend hours figuring out how to navigate the site when they could go elsewhere.
DON'T be too risquÈ
Your sense of humour may appeal to some of your target audience, but it may offend other people ñ be careful not to alienate your audience.
DON'T change your advert too regularly
As good an idea it is to keep your advert fresh, don't change it too often. People need time to get the message. Depending on your business, once a month is a good guideline to work by.