There are two types of ads: one wins awards for the agency that created it and one makes money for the client. It is rare for one ad to be able to do both. Below is an example of an award winning ad, or at least one that should be. It was created by BBH, London for Axe Body Spray. It’s visually stunning. In fact, I would even call it art. Here’s the problem. It won’t make one dollar for Unilever, the makers on Axe. The three cardinal sins of this ad? There’s not an irresistible offer, no call to action and no deadline for the offer. So the next time you’re creating the next ad or marketing campaign for your dealership, ask yourself if you want it to win an award or if you want it to make money. Unless you’ve got marketing money to burn like Apple or Coke, the answer should be apparent.
I often talk about the 2 different types of ads: award winning ones and ones that produce an ROI, or Return On Investment. Click the photo below to see a perfect example of an award winning commercial. It’s by Apple and it’s beautifully done. The problem is that car dealerships who try and emulate this formula will fail. Why? Simply put, they don’t have “Apple money” (I called it Coke money before Apple’s heyday). If you own or represent a company smaller than Apple, take heed: STOP trying to create award winning ads. The bill collector doesn’t care, your dealership employees don’t care and your family doesn’t care. What they all care about is that your ad is a lead generator. So should you.