LI Press Home Improvement Guide

The March 24th version of the Long Island Press will feature The Spring Home Improvement Guide, which we recommend for our home improvement contractor and retail clients.

According to the Press, “The Spring Home Improvement Guide is always one of our biggest issues of the year. It is timed perfectly for our homeowners with Tax return checks in hand to make those long awaited home improvements. This winter has taken its toll on our homes and the Home Improvement industry should see a lot of action. The average Long Island Press reader is a homeowner who spends quality time with the publication. This issue will give your business an opportunity to reach that home owner and more. ”

“If You Build It,” They Won’t Necessarily Come…3/3

Implementing an Advertising Strategy

You are doing everything low cost that you are supposed to do. However, it may not be enough. It may be time to start advertising. For all forms of advertising, it is helpful to ask these questions when developing an advertising campaign:
• Who are our current customers or clients?• What percentage of our customers/clients lives within a certain geographic areas?
• What percentage of our customers/clients falls into our various business areas?
• What is their age range?
• Are they male or female?
• Where do most of our current clients come from?
o Do they come from ads?
o Do they come from referrals?
o Do they come from street traffic?
o Do they come from the web?
• Who is our targeted audiences?
• Who should be our customers/clients but aren’t?
• How much money do we have to spend?
• What form(s) of advertising are our targets most likely to be exposed to?

Once you answered these questions, here are some strategic considerations
If your customers or clients come primarily from referrals, then consider:
• Trade publications
• Direct marketing to membership lists
• Participation in professional organizations and their events.

If your clients come from a wide geographic area, then consider TV or radio advertising. If from a narrower geographic area, then consider local newspaper advertising, direct mail, D-Cards, ad word and social media advertising.

One of the best places to start advertising is on the Web. Use Google AdWords and other search engines to create an advertising campaign at a budget level you are comfortable with. Create landing pages corresponding with your ads that include a method, such as downloadable content or a coupon, to collect e-mail addresses. Set this form to dump the contact information into your e-mail distribution program. You can set up triggers to provide automatic follow-up to these new prospects and begin to send them your regular e-mails and e-newsletters.
If you are in the restaurant or retail business, you may also consider advertising on Facebook to build more contacts. Like Google AdWords, Facebook ads only require the advertiser to pay for the number of times an ad is clicked-through. (On Facebook, you can pay for impressions or clicks. However, we recommend only paying for click-throughs.) In order to purchase Facebook ads, your organization must have a Facebook business page, which is different than a personal page and is entitled to different privileges, while operating under different limitations. It is crucial to familiarize yourself or your dedicated staff member with Facebook’s terms of use so that you are not found to have violated the terms, which could result in your page being taken down and your email address banned from the site.

You may also want to consider “take over” e-mails or prominent ads on other organizations’ e-mail blasts that link to your landing pages. While these are more expensive than ad word campaigns, they more closely target your audience and provide faster results.

OK, we’ve done the web-based lower cost advertising; it may also make sense to engage in some targeted traditional advertising. Here are some strategies tailored for your business type:

Retail

• D-Cards, front page advertising in local Pennysavers and advertising papers. It is better to have a less frequent, more prominent ad.
• Direct mail to your demographic group in your geographic proximity. You may be able to send the same pieces to your current customers.
• Print advertising in specialty publications specific for your demographic, as well as web-based display advertising on sites that provide significant traffic and can show click-through statistics for other advertisers.
• Prominent ads in daily newspapers in sections read by your targeted audience. It’s better to have a less frequent, more prominent ad in a daily newspaper. The dailies still get better results than weekly or monthly publications that have low readership.
• TV – While requiring a bigger budget, we have found TV to still be one of the most cost-effective advertising vehicles, over newspapers, magazines and radio.
• Radio – Most radio stations have gift certificate programs, providing trade opportunities. Consider radio to help promote a grand opening event.

Restaurants

• Use D-Cards, front covers and other prominent ads in shopper publications.
• Advertise to your demographic in Facebook.
• Constantly work to build your local contact list, collect comment cards, business cards, e-mails. Send out weekly specials. Use “take-over” e-mails and consider prominent ads in other’s e-mails.
• Put a high priority on press releases and be sure to register with all the online restaurant directories.
• If you can limit your target audiences more closely, then consider direct mail.
• Send catering and lunch specials information to local businesses. Consider going door to door with cookies and coupons or gift certificates to bring in the local business community.

 

Professionals

• As described above, professionals should concentrate on referral sources, B2B direct mail and e-mail, and follow up based on click-through activity, along with traditional and social media networking.
• Professionals should put a high priority on article writing and using this content to publish in trade publications, mail to prospects and include in e-mails. Use this content to engage others in forums and on blogs.
• If you are a professional that services the general public, then consider specialty publications and television advertising. If you serve a smaller geographic area, then consider D-Cards and other prominent local advertising.

If You Built It, They Won’t Necessarily Come: Part 1

If You Build It, They Won’t Necessarily Come: Part 2

Long Island Press End-of-Year Issues

The Year in Review / The Last Issue before Christmas – Long Islanders are out in force during the Holiday shopping season time. This issue will give your business a chance to market products and services from style and fashion to great food and desserts and more during the holiday entertainment season. The editorial in this issue will look back on some of the biggest stories of the year.

Special Fitness Section – The new year brings new hope and the Long Island Press will deliver a list of 101 places to get fit. Get your gym on the list and your ad in this special section as we celebrate the new year.

More Holiday Issues from the Long Island Press

The Annual Gift Certificate Guide Special Pull Out Section – Gift card & certificate sales are booming and everyone loves to get one. This special issue will highlight the actual Gift Card or Certificate in your advertisement and we urge all participants to offer and highlight a special deal such as buy a $ 25. Gift Certificate for $ 20. It will also feature editorial pieces on Gift Card usage and secrets. Please join us in this exciting special issue. It will be a great one.

The Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide – Oh no, your co-worker or even an unexpected friend has given you a gift that you were not expecting . . . How can you get a quick gift idea? LI Press’ Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide will point you in the right direction to find some quick and easy gift ideas. Newspaper readership is sky high during the holiday season and it is a great time to be seen to market your business. Here is another opportunity to get into the action of the gift giving frenzy.

For more information on Holiday advertising, contact PRMG.

Holiday Shopping Issues from the Long Island Press

Black Friday Special Issue and The Annual Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 – It’s an early deadline as the Long Island Press distributes this exciting issue one day early for Thanksgiving. This issue will feature an annual $1000 Holiday Gift Card Giveaway courtesy of Green Acres Mall plus the annual Gift Guide and inserts for your Black Friday shopping plans.

Does your business want to feature a Holiday Gift idea in the Long Island Press’ annual guide? Reserve a half page or full page ad adjacent to the guide and we will feature a photo and editorial of the years hottest gift from your inventory.

The Annual Holiday Gift Guide Part 2 – The annual gift guide is so big that it takes two weeks to deliver. This week you get a second chance to market your business to a large gift seeking readership. Get a second chance to have your products featured in the annual gift guide and drive traffic to your business.

If your business is interested in last-minute advertising opportunities for Black Friday, contact PRMG ASAP for help!