If you are advertising a new business, it might seem as if you have very few options that will not cost you an arm and a leg. However, there is one that you will be surprised to see. It is very cheap and very effective, and it still reaches millions of people all around the United States. Newspaper ad buys in free circulations can be extremely effective -- in fact, this approach can be even more effective than traditional advertising purchases in major newspapers.
There are several reasons for this, so let’s explore them step by step.
When was the last time you saw a free circulation? Odds are that you saw them somewhere where you are waiting for something to happen. For example, free circulars frequently crop up in doctors’ offices and other places that are defined by their waiting room. This causes people to look at them for want of anything else to do.
Plus, they are very frequently read rather than skimmed. Unlike an entire newspaper, for example, a free circulation is only about two pages long in most cases. That makes them a lot less intimidating, which leads to them being looked at for something easy and simple to occupy time.
These circulars have an incredibly powerful reach and distribution. In many cases, they may reach thousands and thousands of people every week. Over time, that adds up to millions and millions, some of whom may be exposed to your advertising message several times over if you are persistent.
In some cases, it is possible to make advertising buys in these flyers and other publications for very little. This is because the organization that displays them pays for them in terms of a subscription. In other cases, the circular is subsidized by other means and is free for the public to use.
In a general sense, the readership of paper media is declining. However, those who regularly read paper media such as newspapers are among the most loyal and voracious readers of them all. It is not a good idea to ignore paper media when you are constructing your advertising strategy. Like everything in business, though, the subject is complex and can be more complicated than it seems at first. To get the most out of your efforts, it is usually a good idea to seek out the expertise of those who have come before you. A media buying agency, for example, might be able to speed you on your way.