Any business, whether it is online needs to advertise, yet, using free classified ads can be a complex matter to handle.
Free classified advertising is The Right Thing?
There are many ways to advertise a business, product or service; however, each form of advertisement is called an “ad”, whether you are using printed brochures, pamphlets, posters or using radio spots to advertise, each one of these is called an “ad”. The difference between each one of them will be the media that they use to communicate what you want to the rest of the world, in this case, your potential customers and clients.
A proper working ad can be a tricky thing because you have a specific amount of time in which you need to communicate your benefits to potential customers who are your target market. Infomercials, the “newest” trend of ads, provide you with additional time to exploit all the benefits and advantages of your business, product or service, unfortunately, they have been overexploited and most people simply change television channels or radio stations. This means that using an infomercial to advertise as a main base or sole ad strategy will not suffice or work properly.
With this in mind, any business owner or merchant that wants or needs to advertise a business, product or service has to –at least- plan what type of ads will work better for his or her enterprise. For instance, free classified ads are usually the best choice for those new entrepreneurs that want to start as soon as possible with as little expense as possible.
Free classifieds ads are listings in which the advertising person will create a small and narrow ad regarding what she is offering in terms of services or the advantages of the product that he or she offers. In the free classified ad, the advertiser will have to include some contact information whether it is a phone number or an email address. It will depend directly on the type of free classifieds ads that you are dealing with.
Free classified ads can be printed or posted on the internet. Those that are printed can be printed in books and booklets such as private directories and the yellow pages; most newspapers offer classified ads even though most of them are not free. Generally free classifieds ads are so because they are part of a bigger advertising plan, and they are considered a “bonus” or a “plus” to the rounded advertising plan, and not really because they are actually free.
Nonetheless there are printed ads that are actually free classified ads, mostly they are printed and posted on bulletin boards all over the real world society such as Churches, and some convenient stores. In these places, the boards are free for ads and all they require is that the services, products and businesses that advertise there are serious and provide sufficient and valid contact information.
When you are dealing with free classified advertising you need to be aware that in the case of free classifieds ads that are printed, in order to keep them free, publishers need to promote their own services to paying customers, so that you might have a bigger better advertisement in the same page where your ad is placed.
In the case of the internet, the same guidelines apply. There are websites that offer paid advertisements and there are those that are free for ads of private companies and individual merchants. Websites that provide free classified ads also have to make a profit, and sometimes they have paying customers that will advertise on the same place in the form of a bigger listing or even a banner.
Using an online free classified advertising means that you will need to determine the type of target market that you have; some websites offer you free classified ads that are available worldwide while others focus specifically to a country, state or even geographical area. Even if they are free for ads, choosing the right website is key to an adequate advertisement and reaching your interested target market; using “any” website that is free for ads will not suffice when your intention is to increase sales or commercial operations in your business, regardless if it is new or already settled.
The internet provides you with a valuable mean to post any free classified ad; of course, many websites that offer you free classified ads simply will post your ad in a simple text manner with no possibility to add content or images to it, similar to the printed ones. In such cases, you will need to make the most out of the limited resources that you have: Words and text, though using many words or writing a whole essay about your website, business, products or services will not have the desired effect and can, indeed cause the opposite one in the target market that you seek to reach.
Even though the Internet is accessible enough to post a large amount of information in your free classified advertising when you need to focus on text and words; you need to consider that a large amount of information might be too much for your target market to read. If this happens, you will not benefit from the websites that are free for advertising, and you will end up losing businesses.
In other cases, the websites that offer free classified advertising will allow you to post a specific amount of additional bonuses such as images, logos and even links that will transport the visitor to your website home page or even the specific page of the service or product that you are advertising. In these cases, making your free classified ad interesting and appealing to your target market will depend directly of your own resources.
It is important that you understand and are aware that using free classified ads can reach your target market, but since it is being used without the assistance of an experienced internet web agency it is likely that the website listings, where is free for advertising will fail in terms of the strategy, scheme and expectations that you have in terms of a free classified advertising plan.
The best possible approach is for you to hire a specialized internet advertising agency so that they will be able to guide you through the building process of the adequate ad creation so that you can maximize the use of these free classified advertisement opportunities. The money that you would normally invest in the payment of a highlighted classified ad can be invested in the Internet advertisement and marketing agency, which will be far more beneficial.