Marketing Matters

How Often Should You Advertise?

What are people actually thinking about when they see your ad? Thomas Smith, a nineteenth-century London businessman, offered the following advice to advertisers in 1885. And his words still apply today: 

1. The first time people look at your ad, they don’t even see it. 

2. The second time, they don’t notice it. 

3. The third time, they are aware that is there. 

4. The fourth time, they have a sense that they’ve seen it somewhere before. 

5. The fifth time, they actually read the ad. 

6. The sixth time, they thumb their nose at it. 

7. The seventh time, they start to get a little irritated with it. 

8. The eighth time, they start to think, “Here’s that perplexed ad again.”

9. The ninth time, they start to wonder if they may be missing out on something. 

10. The tenth time, they ask their friends and neighbors if they’ve tried it. 

11. The eleventh time, they wonder how the company is paying for all these ads. 

12. The twelfth time, they start to think that it must be a good product.

13. The thirteenth time, they start to feel the product has value. 

14. The fourteenth time, they start to remember wanting a product exactly like this for a long time. 

15. The fifteenth time, they start to yearn for it because they can’t afford to buy it. 

16. The sixteenth time, they accept the fact that they will buy it sometime in the future. 

17. The seventeenth time, they make a note to buy the product. 

18. The eighteenth time, they curse their poverty for not allowing them to buy this terrific product. 

19. The nineteenth time, they count their money very carefully. 

20. The twentieth time prospects see the ad, they buy what is offered. 

In other words, if your ad campaigns aren’t showing a return after six weeks, don’t give up hope!