It’s my turn to have a little bit of a grumble today. I shouldn’t really, the sun’s finally out and at Ketchup Marketing HQ the atmosphere is bubbling with focused creative energy as we busy ourselves with some juicy projects… but something has been irritating me.
Over the last few weeks I’ve spotted that a couple of local small businesses have invested in A-boards. A-boards and other such signage can be a great way to attract passing pedestrians into your premises, but getting the message and position right is critical. The thing that has irked me is that these two new, shiny A-boards are situated on a busy A-road, so very few passers-by on foot. Most people who spot them will be, like me, driving past at 40 mph. And guess what? You can’t actually see what the boards say from your car at that speed.
It bothers me on two levels; As a marketing professional as well as from the point of view of a small business owner in tough economic times, we all want as much bang for our buck as possible. So spending a couple of hundred quid on something that has no impact whatsoever actually makes me feel a bit sad that these small businesses have wasted their hard earned money. Yes, yes, it’s my usual mantra about return on investment. For the same money – or less, the businesses could have chosen something much more effective – a vinyl banner, a sign positioned perpendicular to the building, posters, or leaflets distributed to target postcodes.
Here at Ketchup Marketing we wouldn’t dream of selling you an ineffective “solution” to help you attract more customers. If you have a store and you want more people to come into it, we can advise you on how best to get your message to people (one that is meaningful, and importantly, one that they can actually read) to maximise your return on your marketing spend. So, give me, Michelle a call on 0330 088 9277 and I (and Gary) will help you avoid the A-road-A-board error, among others.