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Using Craigslist As A Promotional Tool For Your Business

Jun 10, 2008
One excellent avenue for business promotion is Craigslist. Whether a person has a small part time business or a thriving business which has become a fulltime endeavor, Craigslist can help the business not only increase in popularity but its profits as well. In order to successfully promote a business on Craigslist, two components much be in place. The first includes reaching the target audience and the second is running a marketing campaign which is going to appeal to this target audience. This article will help show the reader how utilizing Craigslist can be used to grow a business by putting into place these two components.

Reaching Your Target Audience on Craigslist

It does not have to be difficult to promote a business on Craigslist. It is not really easier than promoting your business offline either. You may notice some similarities in promoting your business on Craigslist and promoting it offline. The main likeness is that the business promoter must do his or her research to find out just who the targeted audience is.

If your marketing campaign does not reach the intended audience, it does not matter how well thought out or innovative it was. That is why it is extremely important for those who are trying to promote their business on Craigslist to be sure that they get their ad under the proper heading so that their targeted audience will receive the intended message. Most of the posts on Craigslist are available free of charge except job listings in Los Angeles, New York City and the San Francisco Bay area as well as brokered housing listings in New York City. So it is that the small business owner can take advantage of the free postings on Craigslist to reach their target audience in multiple locations.

Consider a company that is offering moving services in Portland, Oregon. A small moving company that has just gotten started may want to take advantage of the free advertising available on Craigslist. In order to have the greatest opportunity to reach its target audience, the company should place a services offered posting under the labor and moving category for the counties in Portland in which the services are being offered. If they place the post in this manner, it is far more likely to reach an audience of those who are planning to move to another area in the county.

Additional benefits are also offered on Craigslist besides free postings. The most important benefit is a large audience. Over 4 billions readers view Craigslist every month. Having such a large audience, it makes it possible for posters to Craigslist to reach a large audience. However, be sure to categorize the advertisement correctly to ensure that your ad reaches the largest target audience possible.

Effectively Marketing on Craigslist

It is not so different to market effectively on Craigslist as it is to market effectively in other forms of print media. If you are going to conduct a marketing campaign on Craigslist, a very important element that you will need is professionally written copy that appeals directly to the target audience. It would be a good idea to hire a freelance writer who is skilled in writing sales copy for this job. The business owner might be very knowledgeable about his or her business, but does he or she have the necessary skills to convey the purpose of the business to others? The target audience may need to be convinced to visit a website and make a purchase, request additional information about products or services or even visit a traditional store.

The final component to market effectively is to place the ad in the correct section of Craigslist. The ad must not only be categorized correctly, but it must be placed in the proper physical location. Products or services which are just offered in a limited area such as a specific city or county should be advertised in these exact locations. For those who offer products by way of a website, they may want to consider placing an ad in all of the locations to which they are willing for their products to be shipped.

Remember that Craigslist is a very good place to advertise, but you are always going to have people who want something for nothing. Do not be discouraged by all of the "no shows" that your advertisement pulls in. Out of the thousands who try to use Craigslist for their own selfish purposes, you get many honest and upright people out there who are just trying to make some extra money.
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