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Banner Advertising - How To Get One

Jan 29, 2008
Large companies that have impressive advertising budgets are doing very well with animated or video directed banner ads on some of the most visited websites on the Internet. The content is creative and professional.

Many people may think of banner ads as a rectangular box with a static and stationary company logo with a clickable link. Some may remember early animated banner ads that appeared to be a game, but no matter where you clicked it took you to a business website or flashing banners that tell you that you are the 10,000th customer and a winner of some valuable prize.

Today's banner ads are impressive and high profile. With the advent of AdSense and other Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising methods it was thought the use of banner ads was no longer something that business owners should engage in.

I think the truth is many business owners understood the value of visually appealing advertising. They could design creative ads for newsprint or television so why not the Internet. Had the notion of creativity been relegated to the fewest words with the most keyword specific target?

In the end the business owners helped reestablish banner ads with a whole new look.

Is it possible for small business owners to find success in banner advertising? Well, chances are pretty good you will not be able to successfully compete for the same ad space big business owners occupy. That being said you can look for a trusted forum that is geared toward the industry you serve. Most of these forum owners can supply an attractive price for banner advertising.

It is possible you don't have a background in graphic design. You have two options. The first is to hire a graphic designer who can assist you in creating one or more banner ads. The second idea is to utilize the website logobogo.com. This site is filled with graphic designers who can provide logos at no cost.

What's the catch?

The designers on this website are at various stages in their skill level. The designers accept a donation if you choose to provide one. The most professional among the ranks at this website provide design work to add material to their portfolio and to solicit additional work beyond the original free graphic work. Just make sure you ask the designer for the exact banner ad size you need (check with the site you plan on advertising with).

Most of these artists will provide one free graphic per customer and if you would like the same designer to work on additional material you may want to consider hiring them.

You do have options that include banner advertising. I've supplied a few ideas on ways you can go about developing a banner ad and I've also given you one primary location for banner ad placement. If I were to suggest another location it may likely be with an online magazine that deals with your industry.

Marketing is all about advertising. In an online environment advertising can be about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Pay Per Click (PPC) or banner ads to name a few.

Explore your options and do your best to develop a plan that includes affordable ways to get your message to the buying public.
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