A bargain! That’s how free classified advertising can seem on first glance. After all, you can promote your advert all across the web and it doesn’t cost you a penny. Really? If your ad results in no sales, then it actually has cost you. How much is your time worth?
On the other hand,free classifieds uk advertising can be very effective if done properly. It is amazing though when browsing classified ads how ineffective many of them are. How do you know? Because if you check the free classified ad sites regularly you don’t see them again. Ads that work reappear and reappear, sometimes for years. Why? Because they are working.
Do you know the single biggest mistake advertisers make when using free classified advertising? Isolating this major flaw can make a huge difference to the success you can expect with online classified ads.
Here it is:
The single most important mistake advertisers make is:
Trying to use a free classified ad to SELL!
Am I crazy? If it’s not to sell, why would advertisers do free classified advertising? Let’s elaborate. How many words can you use in a free classified ad? How many lines are you allowed? With the majority of classified sites there are strict limitations and this applies even more to newspaper classifieds.
Really, can you explain enough or convince the prospect within a few words in a classified ad to make a sale? Of course not. Often to close a sale you need to give a convincing sales pitch. You need to highlight benefits, benefits and benefits to the potential customer for the product or service you are offering. You cannot possibly do that in a few words.
Yet time and again you see higher priced items for sale simply stating item and price. How many people are going to respond to ads like that?
So how should you approach a free classified advertising campaign? By using your classified ad as bait, not as a sales pitch. The whole purpose of your ad should revolve around this one factor, capturing the interest, anticipation, even enthusiasm of your prospect and motivating them to take the next step.
What is the next step? That’s up to you. You could use your classified ad to increase your mailing list subscribers. So offer a free gift in the headline of your classified and and then put a form on your landing page for prospects to enter their name and email address.
Or you may want the prospect to click through to your sales page which has plenty of copy to motivate them to buy.
Whichever option you decide on, make sure you use free classified advertising to simply hook the prospect, not sell them. This means sitting down and thinking about the headline. Every word counts in a headline. Craft it, sweat a little over it, and test it.
Remember, people act on emotions. Is there a way in your headline you can touch their hot button and trigger an emotion that will make them want to click through to the next step? Be sure you clearly differentiate in your mind the difference between features and benefits when it comes to the product or service you are offering.
It is very easy to forget this and make the headline revolve around a feature. Every feature has a corresponding benefit. Center the headline around the benefit, not the feature. What’s in it for the customer? Just make that message scream out loud and clear and you should have no problem with free classified advertising.
At the same time not all benefits are equal. Make a list of the features with the corresponding benefit shown alongside. Now look over that list and isolate what to you is the strongest possible benefit to the customer. Don’t allow minor issues and side benefits get you sidetracked. You want to magnify the number 1 bar none benefit if the customer buys your product or service! So choose a few emotionally charged keywords that emphasize it and that becomes your headline.
A final word, make sure you tell the prospect what they have to do. Statistics show there is a higher click through rate when you tell the client to ‘Click Here for . . .’ or in some other way indicate what they need to do. Don’t assume they will anyway. Words such as ‘Click Here’ or even more emphatically with a sense of urgency, ‘Click Here Now!’ are almost guaranteed to get you a better response.
Make the focus of your free classified advertising capturing not selling your potential clients, emphasize the number 1 major benefit to them, and then tell them what to do. The results could be amazing!