head scratchThis week is our final post about why you should hire an advertising agency? The simple answer is, “You don’t have time to do it the right way by yourself.” In most cases we rarely reveal anything new about an advertising strategy or objective that the business owner doesn’t already fully understand. What the owner is not able to do in most cases is implement the strategies and objectives. He simply does not have the time and resources because those are dedicated to running his business.

A great advertising agency like SDB Creative Group is an invaluable partner for a business. Imagine adding a full marketing department dedicated to selling your products and services to your key targets without adding the payroll, taxes and other overhead expenses. That is exactly what you get when you hire an advertising agency. All the research, planning, coordinating, buying, auditing, production, and especially the headaches are taken by the advertising agency, not you. All of the thousands of sales calls you receive wanting you to buy t-shirts, newspaper, radio, TV, internet, etc. are taken by the advertising agency, not you.

The advertising agency is your at will employee where their retention is based on their performance. You wouldn’t go to court without expert legal advice. You wouldn’t file your taxes without the expertise of a CPA. You wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself. Why would you put your name and image in front of thousands of potential customers without expert marketing and advertising advice? Make it easy on yourself and hire SDB. You’ll be glad you did!

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By Shane BoringImage

“Creative without strategy is called ‘art.’ Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising’.”
– Jef I. Richards

Last week we talked about one of the two main components of effective advertising, the message, or “the creative”. It is critical to have a great message, but if you’re not strategic in where you place your message, it is all for not. This week we will discuss how to buy the right media for your business.

Think first about all the options available to you. TV, Radio, Cable, Newspaper, Billboards, Email, Social Media, Website, Blogs, Magazines, Trade Shows, Promotional Items, Printed Materials, and on and on and on. Now think of how many different channels there are for each of the above categories. Add them all up and you have thousands of options to place your message. However, you should avoid most of them.

Know your customer inside and out. Put yourself in your target customers’ shoes. Know their habits. When are they home, in the car, at work? What do they like? How do they consume their media? This will tell you where to start. The next step is deciding which channels are the absolute best for you. Unless you have the advertising budget of Coca-Cola, don’t try to spread your message over all the channels. You need to have enough frequency with your target audience for it to work. If this means you can only buy one channel, that is what you do, and you keep it there until your business grows where you can add another. Trying to buy more than what you have the money for is one of the most common mistakes made. Don’t do it. The other is buying what you like, not what your customer likes. Don’t do that either.

If you want your advertising to be effective, you’re going to need to put a significant amount of time and research into it. If you’re not sure you can afford the time commitment, then your best option is to hire an advertising agency like SDB Creative Group. They possess the tools and talent needed to put together a real, effective advertising program for you. Plus with an advertising agency an outside perspective can be extremely valuable.
If you would like more insight on buying the right media, register for our June 19th seminar or schedule a consultation by calling 432.218.6736 or emailing us at info@sdbcreativegroup.com.

by Shane Boring

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“A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time.” Henry Ford

“Word of mouth is our best form of advertising.” This is what 90% of advertising sales representatives hear when making an initial prospecting call. How much truth is behind this statement? 100%! No marketing compares to a referral from a satisfied customer. The problem is most businesses cannot simply survive only on referrals. That is why there is advertising.

The two main components of advertising are “the message” and “the media”. If you have a great message and are using the right media, you’re going to be very happy with your advertising. But if you have a poor message or you are not buying the right media, chances are you will be very disappointed. This is where a great advertising agency like SDB Creative Group becomes an invaluable partner.

First let’s consider “the message”. If you shortchange your potential buyer on this, forget about getting the results you want. Your message has to be compelling, and has to speak to your buyer from their point of view. Who do buyers care most about? They care most about themselves. Make your message about them.

Most companies advertising on their own without the help of an advertising agency completely miss on the message and talk nearly 100% about their company, not the consumer. “Hi! We’re here! And we’re open!” is the basic theme used by companies working on their own without the help of an advertising agency and is easily dismissed by the consumer. Think about how distracted our society is with the thousands of text messages, emails, commercials, and other messages we are exposed to every day. You have to get their attention, and you get it by talking about them.

A great advertising agency will bring an outside, unbiased perspective. The agency will know your company, its products and sales processes, and it will have very good understanding of your ideal client, and what makes them buy. This data and information is taken into a creative process where amazing ideas for solid, long-term advertising campaigns are born. SDB Creative Group has experience with this process and it is part of their everyday operation. Creativity is in their blood. You wouldn’t go to court without a lawyer. Don’t start shouting out your message without the expertise of a marketing expert like SDB.

Next week we will go in-depth on the second component, “the media”, but here’s a quick preview and some homework. Try to count how many different media channels you use in one day (internet, TV, radio, cable, print, outdoor,). I’ll bet it’s a long list.

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Lonnie was framed!

Lonnie Richardson has worked for SDB Creative Group for several years as the Director of Video and Audio Production. His many years in the industry has given him insight into how to make great video production that will deliver the clients message and meet their goals. Lonnie’s work has earned him many accolades but recently he received the Best in Broadcast and Gold Addys for his work with Fitness Specialist and another Addy for his work with the Midland Chamber of commerce. We encourage you to check out the links below to see his work.

So, from the man himself, Lonnie gives us some insight on what inspired him to work in the creative field of commercial production.

One of the advantages of growing up in a small west Texas town, is the complete lack of entertainment. Of course, you don’t see it this way when you’re doing the growing up. But the absence of movie theaters, bowling alleys, and shopping malls, forces the young mind to develop its own form of entertainment. I credit much of my creativity to this upbringing of boredom.

Now a days, 300 cable channel TV, video games, and the internet, have flooded ample entertainment into every corner of our lives. You can’t even hide from it in a small west Texas town anymore.

While the times have changed, the usefulness of a creative mind has not. Now I use that creativity not just to cut through boredom and entertain myself, but to cut through the overwhelming clutter of media and deliver a message that stands out.

Yesterday’s play is now today’s work.