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Tips for advert design
Below is a list of tips and general guidelines for designing banner adverts.
Create a compelling call to action
The call to action is the phrase that encourages the reader to act now. There is limited advert space so use a clear and concise call to action. Placing a “Click here” or “Submit” button on your banner can significantly improve your click-through rate. It should be a stand-out focal point of the advert, prompting viewers to click on it.
Use engaging copy
Use key words like “free” and “special offer” which help to grab the attention of readers. Keep the message short; simple banners tend to have higher click through rates. Speak to your potential customers in a language that they will understand and recognise; homeowners may not understand technical planning jargon. It is good to think about what problem the reader may be trying to solve: “Do I need planning?” or, “I want to make my home more energy efficient,” and tailoring your copy to inform the reader that you can help meet this need. For example, “Increase your home’s energy efficiency with solar PV.” It is also important to highlight why you are better than your competition or your message may not stand out from the other messages vying for a reader’s attention.
If your advertising campaign is a brand building exercise, it is advisable to include both the logo and the website address in the banner. For other types of campaigns, you might like to include both – but don’t drown the advert in copy.
Images should reflect the copy
Make sure the pictures in the banner are relevant to the products or services you are offering. Choose images, graphics or photos that offer visual enhancement and that are directly related to your message. Simple, clean design is more effective than abstract concepts. It’s not always necessary to use photos or images in your ads: text adverts with great copy and good typography can be just as effective.
Link the banner to a specific page
When people click on your banner, make sure they go directly to the page on your website that has the information that relates to your advert, don’t make them search for it!
Test your advert before it goes live
You need to ask yourself, “Would I be interested?” Would you be drawn in by what your advert offers? If not, then most people probably won’t either. Try sending the banner to a friend or a colleague to get some feedback. You should send a number of different executions of your adverts to see which one people like the best and why, to ensure you get the best response possible.
Measurement: the success of your campaign
You need to define what success looks like for your campaign. This might be the number of clicks generated by the advert, or the number of sales that you can attribute to it. You also need to be sure of how you are going to gather this information before the campaign.