Do It Yourself Advertising and Promotion: How to Produce by Fred E. Hahn

By Fred E. Hahn

Like many people operating small companies, i've got no selection yet to come back up with advertisements, brochures, press releases, and so forth. myself. This e-book offers me a scientific approach of doing so, and that i credits it with saving me some huge cash in missteps. in the event you keep on with the information and checklists conscientiously, you will likely produce ads and promotional fabric that at the least avoids being amateurish, and may most likely promote a few items. i admire that it concisely supplies an outline over all of the parts of advertisements and merchandising. It explains insider phrases with out being condescending. Any Gripes? If i may manage to pay for the "test" runs of 5000 mailing items earlier than I made my "real" mailing of time and again that, i would not be interpreting this booklet now might I?! yet i'm most likely making excuses for no longer following their recommendation on trying out ads, and will be if I it. The publication has been a good assist in construction my company, and that i seek advice it often.

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The reason for choosing sev- 20 Newspaper and Magazine Advertising eral originals is to give you flexibility in how much you say. But whatever the original has—light copy or heavy, large type or small, with a picture or without— plan to do the same. Avoid the temptation to mix and match—to take design elements from several ads and combine them into a new whole. That is what professional designers often do, but those of us who aren’t pros usually botch it up. Eventually, you’ll give your manuscript, along with your design model, to a typesetting service and ask them to approximate the original.

When you combine that with “next-quarter-itis,” the national penchant for focusing on shortterm numerical goals, regardless of the impact on brand equity, you get systemic long-term problems. In this mind-set, for example, volume will always seem more important than market share, and easy-to-measure quarterly results will matter more than hard-to-measure customer satisfaction. Add to those institutional biases the short-term perspective of brand managers at General __________ (fill in the blank) who know they’ll be on X Brand for 18 months, tops, before moving on to Y Brand (or field sales, or something).

Can you improve it? At some point, reread this chapter with that point in mind. EXTRA CREDIT Most companies and nonprofit organizations have a Mission Statement. Translate that into a Branding Statement—a Branding Commandment—by which every one of the 16 Brand Assets can be judged, then make sure that every brand-related action conforms to that law. 3Should you decide you need outside objectivity, Killian & Company Advertising provides a unique convergence of disciplines and capabilities, built around a new perspective: the Brand Equity Agency.

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