The Power of 26: You Gotta Dance With Who You Brung!

Greetings once again, and thank you once more for joining me. It’s such a treat to
have you share a few moments with me.

We’ve made it to article Number Five in the series of the Top Ten Mistakes In Advertising & How To Avoid Them.

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Today what I want to share with you is my thoughts on making sure that you stay with the clients that you have, and that you have to work hard to keep nurturing that relationship.

My Mom and Dad passed an expression on to me all those years ago. Sort of stuck with me and I think it’s kind of apropos here. You gotta dance with who you brung.

Now the grammar notwithstanding, you have to please remember to take care of
your existing clients with all the passion, and attention, and devotion you can, before
you clamour and devote your energy to getting more or new clients.

Did you know, and this research has been substantiated by multiple studies, but did you know the biggest reason people change suppliers across all categories is not because of your prices. You might think they’re too high. It’s not because of your product, it’s already doing the job, but a whopping 68% leave because of your indifference to them.

That’s right! You need to show them that you care. You need to be constantly, constantly attending to them. Think of it as an ongoing dating relationship for 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 years where you are forever trying to impress the guy or the girl about your intentions and always wanting to make them feel important and vital for you.

Because the minute you stop giving them that attention, they’re going to find it
somewhere else from another supplier who is prepared to devote the time and energy to keep taking care of them.

That’s great Dennis, but we need to get new business. Yes, yes you do. And that’s vital for every company. Because no one expects you as a business to have only one client.

That’s a precarious business position to be in. When you’re reliant just on one client, one source of revenue, one product or service where your livelihood can be compromised in a heartbeat because of someone else’s decision. That’s scary.

So, nobody likes to be in that position of having only one client. No matter how large. Now, supplier number one gets to being number one because they have multiple sources of income behind them.

So when there is a slowdown somewhere, there’s an uptake somewhere else.
But for every one of those clients that you have, you must continue to nurture them, look after them while they’re in your stable or they are going to leave. I’ve seen it happen too many times because of apathy.

Not that there was anything wrong with the service or the creative efforts of the
teams that I worked with. But too often, as an ad agency, we were too busy running after new business that we didn’t tend to the business we had in hand.

That’s a terrible feeling and I don’t want you to experience that. If you already have, you understand the pain that I’m talking about. So what I want you to do is remember that your existing clients are the ones who pay the bills and they don’t want to be forgotten for a newer, shinier client that you’ve just gone out and won.

Those clients need you to show them the same attention and affection you had for them when they were a prospect. Now that they’re a client they need you to continue to show them that they are important to you.

When their needs are consistently met, when you can continue to deliver what it is you promised, they will be your best testimonials for you to win new business.

In fact I’ve had one client go out of his way to attend a pitch with us, when we were
going after new business. That’s how much he liked the service and attention that we were delivering to him. He actually came to the pitch with us to try and win some new business.

That was a wonderful reciprocal arrangement. He liked our work so much he wanted to help us get more. So please, please, please I implore you take the time to be on a wonderfully regular warm relationship with your client.

That doesn’t mean hand-holding all the time necessarily. It means showing backbone with them and for them. But it also means that you are a resource that they can count on. That you show you care, and that they can depend on you.

Until the next time this is Dennis Kelly of First Impressions Media.
Incidentally if you’d like, there’s lots more information from me on triple W First Impressions Media dot ca. https://www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca/

There’s a whole lot of free resources, and some paid ones, that you can take a peek through. I look forward to hearing from you when you’ve had a chance to visit the site. It’s triple W First Impressions Media dot ca.  https://www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca/

Many thanks. Look forward to seeing you on the next article.

You can view Video # 5 at this link:

Top Ten Mistakes In Advertising & How To Avoid Them

https://www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca/top-10-mistakes—videos-by-dennis.html

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First Impressions Media
www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca

Ph & Fax: 905-427-3819
E-mail: dennis@firstimpressionsmedia.ca

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The Power of 26- The Power of Planning

Greetings once again and thank you for joining me. Last week was my Return To Form, my first contribution in sometime. I hope you enjoyed it.

A successful end result in any endeavour can usually be traced back to good planning.

What do we want to do? What can we afford? What tools or talent pool do we already have? What do we need to bring in? How long will it take? Are we able to manage this?

That’s not to say your success won’t be without challenges and things to overcome.
But taking the time to plan, research, evaluate your resources, test and keep trying will eliminate a lot of pitfalls and keep you from going down too many dead ends and blind alleys.

Earlier I advised I have completed a series of videos and articles related to my work. Today we’re going to step into article number two in our series of 10, for the
Top 10 Mistakes In Advertising and How to Avoid Them.

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Article #2 – Plan Your Campaign Timing Carefully

As we saw in article number one, Testing remains front and centre The most important and powerful and effective thing you can do to help your advertising. Regardless of the budget, the message, the media placement you make.

You need to test and test and keep testing because there is going to be an opportunity for improvement, however modest, in each and every ad. And those cumulative changes can be absolute gold showing you what your customers want and need, and are prepared to put their hand up for it.

Now, you have testing ingrained and under your skin and it’s going to be
part and parcel of every ad moving forward, correct ? Good. I’m thrilled to learn that you’re onboard with that.

Mistake Number Two that I’ve seen too often through the years is that far too many advertisers are jumping in at any time without rhyme and reason wondering if this is the
best seasonality to be in front of the target. Certainly I understand very few advertisers can afford to be there all the time, running their campaign at full throttle, and that’s not unexpected.

You have to have some rather deep pockets to keep an ongoing campaign all of the
time. You can quickly make yourself broke if you keep marketing, but not testing to see if the ads are working.

The whole idea is salesmanship. And that goes back to John E. Kennedy in 1904.
Hi mantra was that your advertising is ‘Salesmanship in Print’ and so what you want to do is make sure that every single ad you have out there gives you the opportunity to make a sale. That’s kinda why you’re marketing isn’t it?

Regardless of what you’re selling, product or service, you want to sell something.
So make sure every ad is a sales opportunity for you.

Maybe this is your baptism in to Planning. Welcome. Here we go:
Here’s what I’d like you to do. Maybe some of you are already doing this and if so that’s fantastic because it will give you a much better understanding of your spending and your planning.
The biggest challenge for many advertisers is not anticipating when their best sales periods are going to be and so they’re jumping at every opportunity for every well-intended media sales person, who comes through the

In the majority they are all very good people and I have some wonderful relationships with many of my sales reps going back decades, which is fantastic. They have become true allies for me in making a campaign that works incredibly hard for my clients.
I applaud them and I continue to do business with them.

But understand their mandate is to sell. To sell the advertising space or time or placement. And they want to see you do well but they also want to see some money.
It is in their interest to get you to advertise as often as possible with their
publication, their website, their outdoor board, their radio station, and kudos to them, they should be. That can really stretch a budget if you’re trying to be there all the time and you’re not sure what you should be doing. So here’s a simple thing that will really help crystallize for you what your timings should be like.

Planning: I want you to map out an entire year on a spreadsheet. It can be any fiscal if
you prefer but for simplistic sake I try to stick to a calendar, January to December.

I want you to pick any two sales periods. If you have more, that’s great but two is easier
to work with. The times where you have some sales history showing you your best months, your products’ seasonal applicability will determine the key sales potential period.

So let’s say April and May for spring and then November and December for winter are your best sales carrots. What I want you to do is devote up to 50% of your annual ad budget to support these two windows.

That’s where perhaps upwards of 80% of your business is coming from so you should
be giving those two key periods the best opportunity to maximize your exposure. Put most of your marketing muscle in there because they are driving the majority of your revenue. Now these are the key times that you want to be making sure your name is out there on an ongoing basis. They will get your most attention and your most support.
The remaining eight months of the year will share the remaining 50% of the budget and perhaps you devote 30% to six months and 20% to the remaining two months.

You can do that up as you feel comfortable, and your cash flow allows. But what this does and it’s been my experience, that it gives you sustained presence to have some modest exposure so you’re always on your prospects radar.

You don’t have to be running full-throttle all the time but it allows you to
ramp up your presence in the four heaviest months split between spring and winter.

Then you have maybe six months that are second tier and that need some increased support. But they’re not the same demand period so you don’t have to be with your foot on the pedal quite as aggressively through those periods.

The intensity is not as critical, as your key periods. Then the lightest months for some advertisers that’s, you know, the summer period, June July maybe August when people are at last vacationing or not really in an aggressive mode of work because the outdoor beckons, those might be your lighter periods.
Please keep some spending out there. You don’t want to lose all of the equity and all of the awareness that you’ve built up through your spring periods.

So you want to have some ongoing presence, however modest, just to make sure that your key audience knows that you’re still in there pitching. Your lightest months can just be a sustaining presence. Thus the times where you have some sales history showing you your best months, your products’ seasonal applicability will determine the key sales potential period.

This is only one of many deployment strategies, as I’ve discovered. I’ve had the great good fortune of working with both large and small agencies and some advertisers who had very modest budgets while others have very deep pockets.

You don’t have to spend more than the competition. Certainly it helps, it helps to increase your media exposure when you have multiple opportunities there, but you just have to spend smarter, at the right times.

Planning means you take the time to map out on a calendar what your key sales periods are to maximize your sales messaging.  The value of ad planning cannot be overstated.

Heads-Up:  this is probably the single biggest tip I can give you.
Importantly, Plan Early. Planning months in advance you will save yourself an enormous amount of grief but more importantly you will save an enormous amount of money. So take the time to plan out your scheduling and spend smarter.

It’s been my privilege to have you along today. Thank you I look forward to you joining me in Article #3

You can view Video # Two at these links:

Top Ten Mistakes In Advertising & How To Avoid Them

(https://www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca/top-10-mistakes—videos-by-dennis.html)

OR

Top Ten Mistakes In Advertising and How To Avoid Them – Video # 2 of 10
https://youtu.be/-V2oRDTnf4Q

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Nine Vital secrets you need to know to catapult yourself miles ahead of your competition. They won’t know what hit them.

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Go get it now, before this offer expires. Click this link to order yours now.

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Dennis Kelly
President
First Impressions Media
www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca

Ph & Fax: 905-427-3819
E-mail: dennis@firstimpressionsmedia.ca

 

 

The Power of 26 – A Return to Form

This is a wonderfully refreshing Homecoming. Whenever you may see this, thank you for coming back.  I know I haven’t written in a while, but heck, neither has Shakespeare, and we were in grade school together.

Truly this is a wonderful in and out platform and I’m grateful for the exposure and the flexibility to chime in when I can, or not. It’s about 16 months since we said hello. I’ve missed you. But I’ve kept busy. Other writings have been required. I am going to share these in sequence as they are among the best ‘Professional’ writings I believe I’ve composed.

Some followers know I am a Media guy. Planning and buying advertising space and time in newspapers, radio, on-line, TV, outdoor and elsewhere as needed. A professional shopper negotiating for best advertising value for all my clients.

Recently I composed a series of the Top Ten Mistakes In Advertising and How To Avoid Them.  These have come full circle. Starting as Ten bullet points, to becoming a series of Ten videos posted on YouTube, my website, Linked In, then audio on Soundcloud, and transcribed to text to be picked up by an OnLine industry magazine and now as full fledged articles from 800 to 1,800 words each.

Your kind indulgence, I shall begin posting these perhaps once or twice a week.

I truly discovered The POWER of 26 in this exercise. I hope you enjoy the style and content and as always you are welcome to share and refer. These were taken from my videos, so you may encounter references which reflect that.

Top Ten Mistakes In Advertising & How To Avoid Them
Text from Video #1 – Ad Testing & Tracking

Greetings and thanks very much for joining me today. This is Dennis Kelly of First Impressions Media.

I’m so delighted you could join me today. It strikes me that there are quite a number of opportunities out there for you to showcase your product or service using just about any form of media, and that’s fantastic. There’s, as you have probably discovered,
certainly no shortage of media players and opportunities. However, what I found the most powerful is utilizing all of those resources to their respective individual and then collective advantages.

Sometimes campaigns work wonderfully well using the more traditional radio, television, newspaper, magazine, maybe out of home advertising. More recently some advertisers have had some success with one or more of the social media platforms and that’s terrific. I think they should all be embraced and all form part of your media mix.

Please make no mistake that it should genuinely be a mix of media because you never know exactly which particular component is going to pull the trigger and get your target group to say…..That’s for me, that’s the product that I want!

Your service is exactly what I’m after. You want to make sure you give yourself every opportunity to be seen and to be heard to promote whatever it is, whatever service or product you have out there. You want to stand head and shoulders above the crowd, in front of as many of the right crowds as possible.

So, what I’d like to share with you starting today is a series of ten of the Top Ten Mistakes in Advertising that I’ve seen through these three decades of being a professional media planner and buyer, and share some secrets and some tips on how to avoid getting into those very same advertising challenges.

So we’re going to space this out as a series of 10, done one at a time, today being the intro will perhaps be a tad longer I do hope you will you will indulge me but let’s getstarted with Mistake Number One.

And you see ladies and gentlemen, the single biggest mistake I see repeated over and over and over again is the failure to Test and Measure your ads. All too often too many advertisers simply write a cheque for the ads in the newspaper, online, TV, radio, regardless of the media and simply hope for the best.

Many of you will attest, hope marketing really doesn’t pay an awful lot of bills.
You wouldn’t put your own product, tablelamps, lawnmowers, keyboards, post hole diggers, floor tiles, into the marketplace without putting them through an extensive battery of tests to see if they can live up to your standards.

You’re testing the ad that sells the product and, unfortunately, maybe you’ve encountered this yourself, or you know friends of a friend of a friend who had this happen to them.But they put all of their muscle into one media without finding out how effective it could be on a smaller scale and all they heard was crickets. That’s a devastating sound when you’re in advertising, so here’s what I want you to do.

Here is how you fix this: To identify each and every ad you place in any and all media.  What? Dennis, identify everything? Absolutely!

You see, what you want to do is see how well every single piece of creative is performing in each magazine, website, leaderboard, big box, outdoor ad, in every radio commercial. You should have, an identifier, a tag of any description that’s exclusive to that ad so you can go back and say we invested X number of dollars in this media and it brought us two returns, five returns, a thousand returns, whatever.

The performance helps you to know exactly how well that worked. What it does is it helps you on the future campaigns by identifying for you what has been your best performer. It challenges you to come up with even better ads, better media mixes, better dollar spending, because now you know what’s performing.

Dear readers this is not new. Nor is it rocket science. But it takes time and energy
and patience which is, unfortunately, a little bit lacking in too many arenas. So when you’re preparing your ads make sure that all of that creative excellence that’s been developed has a chance to be evaluated and measured. You want to go back and track it so you can see how engaged your audiences are, how many times did they purchase the product, how many times did they go to the website, how many times that they raised their hand to say,
More. Hey I’m over here. I really like what you’re selling.
Show me more, tell me more. Give me some more information.

That’s what you want to deliver. So code your ad with the coupon exclusive to that campaign or magazine. Create a different URL or even a 1-800 number that can be tracked and monitored for every single ad.

You want to see how each ad is doing. Then, only then can you tell if it’s
working and giving you a return on the investment.

If it sounds like an awful lot of work, well you’re right. Yes. You’re right, it is. But you are setting a template that will help you refine every ad moving forward. And if you get it right, right out of the gate, then kudos to you and Congratulations.

But in the majority there’s going to be some refinement, some improvements, some
opportunity to tweak subsequent ads that says we, we know we’ve got to improve this line or this copy.

There is a famous advertising gentleman by the name of John Caples who was an aggressive and prolific advertising tester, way before the Internet came onboard.
He discovered that through all of his testing, one ad, by changing the headline performed 19 and 1/2 times better than every other ad that he had produced.

Same product, same newspaper, same service, same price point, all he did was change the headline and by changing multiple times he found one that struck gold.
You want a good return? Two times, three times better? Try nineteen and a half times better! That’s the difference that testing delivers.
Please remember when you’re testing there is no failure, there’s only results.

So here’s the strategy you might like, to give yourself a better return on investment.
One enterprising client in my history treated it this way. Because he came from a financial background each ad to him was considered different mutual fund in his portfolio and he named them before they went into the media. Now, because they were coded in names he liked, he was able to remember them but he was able to soon see how well each of his investments, as he put it, was performing. He would put more money against the ads which were performing, and changed any ads which were underperforming to a new one, to keep testing. To make sure of any money coming in he watched very carefully all of the money that was going out.

So my message to you for tip number one is to Track Every Single Ad you prepare.
It’s the only way to accurately measure what’s working.

Thank you I look forward to you seeing you on video number two.

You can view Video # One at these links:

Top Ten Mistakes In Advertising & How To Avoid Them

(https://www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca/top-10-mistakes—videos-by-dennis.html)

OR

Top Ten Mistakes In Advertising and How To Avoid Them – Video # 1 of 10

 

 

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Nine Vital secrets you need to know to catapult yourself miles ahead of your competition. They won’t know what hit them.

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Go get it now, before this offer expires. Click this link to order yours now.

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Thank you. It feels amazing to be back here again.  Be well.

 

Dennis Kelly
President
First Impressions Media
www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca

Ph & Fax: 905-427-3819
E-mail: dennis@firstimpressionsmedia.ca

 

 

The Power of 26 – Words Are Immortal

Will you live forever?

The craftsmen who spin 26 letters, in every language, have made their presence
felt in life and from the beyond.

Thousands, indeed hundreds of thousands have come and gone before us and
their legacy is the messages they have left for successors to follow and enjoy,
or learn from.

In one of the most powerful and best remembered speeches of his distinguished Presidency,
Mr. Abraham Lincoln galvanized a new nation with his historic Gettysburg Address.
Delivered at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg on November 19th, 1863,
President Lincoln’s speech opened with the now iconic ‘ Four score and seven years ago ……..

His delivery of his ‘remarks’ took three minutes, to a crowd of over 15,000 attendees.

Incredibly his speech was a mere 272 words, in three paragraphs.

His words, so thoughtful, powerful, and polished resonated so deeply with the audience,
that he was interrupted five times for applause during his speech.

In a truly ironic note, Mr. Lincoln crafted a line which stands the test of time where he says

‘The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here….’

At this writing, 2013, it will mark 150 years since Mr. Lincoln delivered this masterpiece
of dedication and inspiration. Will any of your writings survive seven or eight generations
and live on in perpetuity?

In no particular order, a few other well chosen words have lived on, including:

‘That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’-
Mr. Armstrong- July 1969 -Moon Landing

‘ Free At Last, Free At Last- Thank God Almighty, We are Free at Last.’-
August 28th, 1963 – Dr, Martin Luther King Jr.- I Have A Dream speech.

‘In The Beginning Was the Word.’ The Gospel of John, Opening line of Chapter 1. Verse 1

I present these as reminders, and touchstones that those 26 letters have infinite power.
Guided by the talents, musings and expertise of the storyteller on the other end of the
pen, your words can catapult your ideas beyond space and time.

Or they may simply languish in sloppy correspondence if you treat them with disdain.
A practice we witness all to often it appears.

My good fortune in my role of ad placement has allowed me to witness early stages,
and final delivery of some excellent ads and ideas. Sadly, some less glamorous efforts
as well. Ads best remembered speak volumes, without that much writing.

Where to use your words?Whether you choose to advertise on Radio. In Newspapers.
Perhaps On-line sites. On Television. In Outdoor media. Through Magazines, it all
comes back to those same letters of the alphabet.

I have little to do with the composition of the ads you see. But I have everything to
do with you being able to see it.
Thus it is in my interests to know what’s being written. It helps having a sense of
creative direction so media recommendations can best showcase the creative.

Choose your words carefully. In sales. In affection. Select them well.
As we see from Mr. Lincoln and others, you may live forever with the Power of 26.

Dennis Kelly
dennis@firstimpressionsmedia.ca
http://www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca