5 Common Stumbling Blocks to Effective Advertising

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Weak Selling Proposition

It is said that you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  Likewise, an ad without a compelling USP is destined to flounder.  Skipping or skimping on the up-front work to discover the messages that will win potential customers to your brand is likely to result in unmet expectations.

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Lack of an End Benefit

Ultimately, your target audience doesn’t want to know what your product can do – they want to know what it can do for them.  How will they benefit from your product?  This can be in a tangible way, or perhaps even better as an emotional end benefit (success, status, belonging, etc.). 

3.

Insufficient Branding

“There was this hilarious ad with a talking horse.”  “What was it for?”  “No idea.” Unfortunately this is an all too common conversation.  Worse yet is misattribution.  An ad must leave a branded impression.  And ideally your brand will act as hero of your ad. 

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Poor Stopping Power

An advertisement needs to capture – and hold – audience attention and interest.  Without catching viewers’ mental attention, there is little likelihood of them receiving the intended message.  Music, surprise, suspense, creative demonstration, provocation, beauty – there are many potential paths to achieving stopping power.

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Lack of Clarity or Cohesiveness

Viewers need to “get” the message and not work too hard to do so.  A wide range of issues can inhibit this, such as a short ad that overcommunicates, visual or auditory clutter, a message that takes too much mental effort to extract from the drama or even worse drama that is not in synch with the selling idea.

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