In her BusinessWeek article at Marketing
with an Spanish Accent she points out two major errors.
The most important one is the need to think like Hispanics and
to talk to them on a Personal level. I believe this is true
for any segment. Everyone is attracted by advertising that not
only attacks our needs and desires but, does so in our language.
- I mean by this that they talk to me in way that I understand
and feel comfortable.
The second mistake she points out is the use of stereotypes.
Now, no-one likes to be classified into a stereotype or do you?
Well if you talk to a stereotype, nobody will listen to you
or even worse, you'll probably get rejected.
I reckon that mistakes in advertising are quite common so I
decided to look for an article that could point out a few more
1. The quest for instant gratification. These ads, targeted for immediate response, don't create
a permanent image of your brand.
2. Excess reach. Repetition is essential to establish retention, so trying
to reach a larger target than your budget allows will decrease
3. Answering the wrong questions. Consumers are not interested in products, they are
interested in satisfying their desires.
4. Unsustainable claims. You must prove what you claim. Otherwise, your ad will be
5. Creating Ads instead of
campaigns. One ad can't tell the whole story.
Each ad should make one single point. This increases its effectivity.
Then, you should make as many ads as you have points to transmit.
6. Overestimating the importance
of the qualitative targeting. Sometimes it's
more about saying the right thing because saying the wrong
thing to the right people is useless.
7. Great production without
great copy. What's better? A clever, ingenious
advert that leaves people with their mouths open trying to
understand what the ad really means or a clear message explaining
the reasons why you should buy the product in an informative
but persuasive manner.
Here are just a few things you shouldn't do when advertising: Advertising
Mistakes. (Link removed because it was broken.) I find the last one particularly interesting because
there are many adverts on TV which I either don't understand
or I spend all day singing their music, but I can never remember
what they are advertising.
Practice the vocabulary: Advertising
founder - fundador
ad - advert - advertisment - anuncio
advertising agency - agencia de publicidad
take advantage - aprovechar
mistakes - errores
consumer - consumidor
point out - señalar
no-one - nobody - nadie
rejected - rechazado
I reckon - Yo opino
quite common - bastante común
quest - búsqueda
brand - marca
reach - alcance
target - objetivo
unsustainable claims - reclamos insostenibles
prove - probar (proporcionar evidencias no
instead of - en vez de
campaign - campaña
qualitative targeting - alcanzar un público
useless - inútil
copy - texto (de un anuncio)
ingenious - ingenioso
persuasive - convincente
manner - forma o manera
spend all day - pasar todo el día