One Simple Step To Easily Write High Performing Ads For Your Business

Jun 24, 2024

Frustrated Man Sick and Tired of Failing Ads

If you’re looking for a way to make your ads more effective, capture more attention, and get more clients… this article will show you exactly that.

I vividly remember writing my first ad. I didn't make a single sale.

You know what the worst part was? I was testing a product for my friend's ecommerce store and ended up losing all their money. I thought if people had the product name and a good price, they would buy it. I was wrong.

Looking at that blank page I realized I was in over my head. And the longer I sat there, the more stupid I felt.

The Secret Reason Why Most Ads Don’t Perform

So I did some research to find the formula.

Some sources told me to use a cute baby animal in my ad. Others said that wasn’t professional.

Some sources told me to repeat my message again and again. Others said repetition annoys people and makes them NOT buy from you.

With the deadline rapidly approaching I took a shortcut. I looked at the ads of our competitors and did roughly the same. Like copying your classmate’s homework and changing it up slightly so it’s not an exact copy.

I showed it to my boss, he said it was OK and we ran the ad.

We ran the ad. A few days go by and I don’t hear anything about the results. So I asked my friend what the ad results were. He seemed slightly confused by the question:

“Uhhh… what do you mean ‘results’?”

“The results from the ad we ran. Did we make any sales from it? Did many people call in?” I asked him.

My friend smiled, leaned back, and said:

“Nooooo, Rob. That’s not how ads work! This ad was for brand name recognition. Top of mind awareness. It’s all about branding, you know?”

I played it cool and said: “Sure, I understand.”

That was a lie. Because I didn’t understand at all how those things got us more sales.

And now, almost 10 years later, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I was lying to my boss. But he was also lying to me.

Because he had no idea what he was talking about either.

Fixing Your Marketing

When we spend money on something we measure the result.

Doesn’t matter if we're spending money on equipment, lunch, or vendors - we make sure that we get what we pay for, right?

When I started my own business I tried to do the same with marketing. Instead of results I got wordsalad.

‘Well, this ad is for brand name recognition’

‘We’re focused on top of mind awareness in our market’

‘This campaign is set up to solidify our branding and brand positioning’

This is usually said in a slightly condescending tone designed to make you feel dumb for even asking the question.

Here’s the ugly truth:

“Most businesses throw away at least half of their marketing budget. Maybe even more than half.”

And that just didn’t sit right with me

How I Stopped Throwing Money Away…

...And How You Can Do The Same

I decided to get to the bottom of this and figure out the formula for effective marketing.

The good news? There was a formula and I figured it out.

The bad news? It took a lot of study, puzzling pieces together, testing, and using trial and error to figure out what actually worked.

I enrolled in a private marketing and copywriting school. I practiced daily. I analyzed top players in specific niches and reviewed successful ads that had been run in the past.

If I had to write out all the elements of the formula we would be sitting here for weeks, so let me give you one of the best shortcuts I found.

Some might recognize it as ‘Pearson’s Law’.

“What is measured, improves.”

Want to immediately and dramatically increase ad results?

Make them measurable by adding a response mechanism. A call to action in every ad that asks the prospect to do something.

And then you monitor that action like a hawk.

Now you can measure. Test. Figure out what works and what doesn’t.

One of the first things I do when I start working with a client is implement this simple rule:

“Every ad we run needs to be measurable, no exceptions.”

No more jargon. No more vague marketing gobbledygook. Measurable, tangible, solid results.

There’s plenty of ways to do this and it’s doable for every single business, yours included. If you want to know how we would do this in your business, get in touch with us today.

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