Are You Throwing Your Money Away on Advertising?

March 27, 2011 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani

He Says…

I was talking to a DJ buddy of mine the other day and he was crying the blues about how he was getting “ripped off” by one of these big wedding websites he advertises on.  (I won’t mention names, but it starts with a K and ends with ot.)

I’ve spent all this money and got NOTHING in return.  The site doesn’t work,” he said.

Maybe you’ve said the same thing yourself.  Here’s the question I would ask you…

How do you know?

Would you say that Ebay “doesn’t work” just because you put something on Ebay and it doesn’t sell?  Maybe the people on Ebay aren’t looking for what you’re selling.  Or maybe you’re selling used tissues…something nobody would buy anywhere.

It’s important to know what’s not working before you ditch that advertising altogether.

Let’s look at it as a chain with many links connecting of the way from when a potential client first connects with you to when she books.  Typically, the chain goes like this:

Bride sees ad – Ad links to website – Bride sees website – Bride calls you – You meet her – She books

Back to this crappy site that doesn’t work.  Are you sure it doesn’t work?  What if there are thousands of brides looking for your service on this site, but they’re just not clicking your ad?

If you randomly throw up an ad that looks good enough or pick it because your DJs friends think it looks cool (the first sign that your ad is garbage) there’s a good chance it’s not going to work.  If you ad is not relevant and doesn’t call her to action, it will get passed over for the one that does.

Watch the video below to find the weak link in your sales chain.

The point here is that it isn’t always the advertising website that doesn’t work; sometimes it’s you.  There is a process here and you can’t just assume which part is broken.  It’s much easier to blame someone else than to take responsibility.

Maybe it’s time to man up; your ad sucks.

She says…

It could be true that those Big Advertising Websites don’t work anymore.

You’ve got to look at each link in Jeff’s “sales chain” to be sure.  A little research and digging into the facts will tell you the truth in no time.

Examine each link in your chain and ask these questions:

The Advertising Website

  • Is my ideal client visiting this website?  How many of them are there? You’re not just looking for brides; you want brides searching for a DJ in your region.
  • Is my ad even visible?  How many page views does it get? If she can’t see it, you don’t exist.

Your Ad

  • Does your ad stand out from the competition or does it look just like everyone else’s?
  • Have you tested your headline and image elsewhere to make sure it gets clicks?
  • Is your ad totally benefit-driven, promising the answer your ideal client wants?

Your Website

  • Does your website look trustworthy and professional?  Does it speak directly to what the potential client is looking for and grab their attention immediately?
  • Do you have a clear “call to action” that compels that visitor to contact you?
  • Are there multiple ways a visitor can contact you that are easy to find?  (Telephone, email, contact form, Skype, social media, etc.)

You’ll need some hard data to answer these questions.

  1. Grill that advertising website. Ask them how many unique visitors they get per month.  Ask how many “impressions” (a fancy word for page views) each level of advertising gets.  Collect as many stats as you can, and if they can’t or won’t share them, that’s not a good sign.
  2. Check your website analytics. What’s that?  You don’t have them?  Get free Google Analytics on your site ASAP.  This will tell you how many people visit your website by clicking on that ad, and you need this vital information to figure out if that advertisement is making you money.
  3. Test and measure different ads against each other and optimize for the best results. Change one part of your ad at a time and then measure the difference in results. Make sure you’ve got your analytics set up first so that you can track those results.  Record them for two weeks to a month with your current ad. Then change just ONE element of your ad.  The headline is a great place to start.  Track your results and see if you get more visits from that website or less.

The question isn’t whether advertising on a given website works or not; the real question is why it’s not working for you.

Check your stats, examine each link in your sales chain, and figure out for yourself where the sales chain is broken.  Then fix it!

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Stephanie Padovani and her husband, Jeff, are the dynamic husband-wife duo behind Book More Brides, the #1 marketing resource for for the wedding industry. Visit to learn, “21 Must Have FREE Tools to Turbo Charge Your Wedding Business.”

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