Plan and budget for specific target market advertising design

I often read free magazines targeted to specific sub-groups or demographics, specifically those that I don’t belong to myself. I find that it helps me understand different perspectives (even if I do get weird looks reading them at coffee shops), but it’s also very interesting from an advertising and marketing perspective to see the advertisements targeted to these groups.

One thing I’ve noticed is, especially with these magazines, it’s very easy to tell who created an ad specifically for the target market and who used one of their regular ads.

Examples:

  • Realtor ads in magazines targeted towards the LGBTQ community that show a happy heterosexual couple.
  • Restaurant ads in magazines targeting Hispanics showing a group of non-Hispanics dining at the restaurant.

Especially when next to ads that are very targeted to the target market, the generic ads seem like a half-hearted attempt to connect to the target audience or that you don’t understand the target audience, which means it very likely will cause more harm than good.

An older male, a male, and a female on a couch, all three holding one triplet baby
While this photo may be great for an ad for a real estate company advertising in a family magazine, “Need more space? Call us!” this photo wouldn’t work well for magazines target toward singles, urbanites, etc. and would most likely communicate that you don’t “get” your audience.
Photo: “Family Multiplicity” by Edward Webb, via Flickr Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Plan and budget advertising design for specific target markets

If your company plans to advertise in spaces for specific sub-groups or demographics, be sure to include in your budget and project management plans the necessary time and resources to develop specific ads that speak to the target audience. It may sometimes be as simple as changing a photo, but if you want to be truly effective, you need to start the development process from scratch and develop something that specifically speaks to the target audience.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: