Advertising Tips from Fletcher Prince

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This year, as you make your marketing plans, I hope you are allocating money for advertising.  While advertising may be the most expensive component in the marketing mix, it is often highly effective.

There are two upcoming opportunities to expand your knowledge about advertising opportunities in the DC area.  One is the local ADDY awards, which will be presented by the DC Ad Club in mid-March.  This is the perfect occasion to scout out the agencies that are producing award-winning work.  The other is DC Ad Week, which will occur in mid-September.  You have the opportunity to hear from nationally known experts in advertising at DC Ad Week, and learn about the latest trends and best practices.

Of course, David and I hope you will work with us this year.  As you consider your advertising options, here are some “Do’s and Don’ts” to keep in mind . . .


  • Integrate your marketing, public relations, and social media campaigns to complement each other.  We can help you plan your integrated campaign.
  • Examine where your competitors are advertising, and the frequency.
  • Invest in professional graphic design for display advertisements.
  • Use cost-effective email marketing.  It has the highest ROI on the dollar of all marketing channels, according to the Direct Marketing Association
    • Email marketing: $40.56
    • Internet, search: $22.24
    • Internet, display: $19.72
    • Social networking: $12.71
    • Mobile: $10.51
    • Catalog: $7.30
    • General advertising: $5.24
  • Use search engine advertising, especially if you have numerous competitors.
  • Target workday commuters with drive-time radio spots and Metro bus/rail ads.


  • Skimp on advertising!  This is the most common mistake we observe.
  • Assume Twitter and Facebook updates can replace the results of paid advertising.
  • Run small, lower-price ads in many outlets.  Larger ads get noticed.

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog, and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.

Posted on January 25, 2012, in Advertising Tips and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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