|The more things change in business, the more they stay the same. The things that worked in advertising 50 years ago continue to work today. Yes, times and technology have changed, but people haven't—at least, not the way we react to effective advertising. An effective ad for a car dealer will have even more impact since there are so few ads out there that are well done. In the sea of auto advertising, a well-done ad will stand out and get noticed.|
When writing any type of advertising, there are two critical points you must never forget:
Now go back and read point number two again. There’s a very fine line between the customer’s choice and persuasion. However, if you are going to have success in special finance, you must learn the distinction and master the art of vehicle selection and re-selection. You must realize this distinction in your advertising and understand that the attention-getter in a car ad is how a certain car will change a person’s image. A vehicle says a lot about someone’s personality. Even though people need reliable transportation, they want image. Looking good and feeling good are important emotional influences to consider when writing effective sales material in the car business.
Writing an effective car advertisement is really quite simple. In fact, you can learn all of the basics in this article. If you consistently apply these basic fundamentals, you will see your traffic rise and your phone ring more often.
Let's break down each letter to provide a better understanding of the formula:
A = Attention
What makes the title of this article an effective headline? Two things: First of all, I answered the "What's in it for me?" question. Secondly, the headline made you read this article. That is the whole point! You want your prospects to read your ads. For example, if you offer guaranteed financing at your store a good headline would be: “$100 Credit Guarantee.”
I = Interest
“We guarantee financing that will help you re-establish the strong credit you deserve. In order to qualify, you must meet the following criteria:
Be careful to stay away from the perception of a gimmick. These simple parameters let the prospects qualify themselves, which brings credibility to your offer. If you claim that everyone qualifies for a loan regardless of their credit, it will come across as a gimmick and won’t be believable. Too many car dealers over-promise and under-deliver, especially when it comes to special financing.
D = Desire
The primary concern of customers who buy pre-owned vehicles is the fear of getting a bad deal. Realize this and do everything you can to build value in your image and reputation to alleviate this fear and increase desire. Remember to keep telling them what your headline promised and push their emotional hot buttons. Let them imagine what they stand to lose if they don't purchase. Use emotional impact words or power words: new, save, amazing, free, guaranteed, security, no-risk, look younger, feel better, absolutely, just in, enormous, etc!.
A = Action
Follow this formula faithfully and it will not let you down.
The fuel that ignites an effective ad is the message contained in it. This message must get through to your prospects one at a time. These people react to your message once they connect with you and feel compelled to act. So, the real key to your success is connecting with your prospects one-to-one. Take a look at your own buying behavior and you will realize that you buy from people who you connect with, people you trust. You feel good when you buy a product that you could have purchased from hundreds of different individuals, but instead you chose to buy from someone you have gotten to know a little bit.
An effective ad captures a prospect’s attention among the competition and creates a desire for your product that leads that prospect to act and become your new customer. Advertising is an absolute necessity in business. However, don't expect it to do the job of your sales force. Effective advertising will bring prospects to you, but you need trained people to sell and serve these ready-to-buy customers.
One last thought on writing ads is that many of the people who sell advertising know very little about effective advertising. They will offer to create your ads for free, which is usually not a great deal. These are sales reps who make money by selling, not writing. Occasionally, you may find a fantastic writer who also sells ads, but it's not very likely. My advice is to follow these simple guidelines yourself and get your staff involved in the process. Let the creativity flow and dare to be different.
Vol 5, Issue 4
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