Is Your Presentation Ready for Your Public Speaking Event?

Did you know that public speaking dates as far back as the Egyptian days? The most popular forms of speaking date back to ancient Greece and Roman days, where a style of speaking called Rhetoric was formed. Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates were the three main players in those speaking days, but have developed a skill that would be taught in schools for centuries to come. None the less, public speaking is very important in today’s working world, which is why many universities require all students to take a public speaking class.

Most of us would rather pull a tooth than to stand in front of an audience and speak. Furthermore, in most business environments speaking during presentations is a normal everyday occurrence. In most cases, the average presentation requires a speaker, and a Powerpoint presentation.

When preparing for your speech and or presentation, here are some things that you will want to know…

What type of speech are you going to use for your public speaking event or presentation?

4 Types of Speeches

Ceremonial Speaking: Ceremonial speeches are common at weddings, funerals, office parties, and graduations. Ceremonial speakers typically have a personal connection with his or her audience and will often include a toast.

Informative Speaking: Informative speaking is the process of informing one’s audience on the topic and subject discussion. This type of speech is used to relay information to the audience, rather than to persuade or demonstrate to the listeners.

Demonstrative Speaking: These types of speech require the speaker to demonstrate and describe a process while speaking to the audience. While using action to explain a process, the speaker can educate his or her audience on how to cook, fish, or use a product.

Persuasive Speaking: Persuasive speaking is the most glamorous style of speaking because it is typically used by lawyers and presidents. The persuasive speech is to persuade the audience to believe or become emotionally involved about the speaker’s viewpoints. This type of speech is used in advertising as well, where the advertiser tries to persuade its audience to buy a product or service.

Now that we have learned about the four different types of public speaking, below are some tips on how to prepare for your presentation…

1. Learn about your audience
2. Choose your speech
3. Practice your speech, and know your subject
4. Create powerful Powerpoint slides using the 10/20/30 rule
5. Add visuals and audio to your slides if needed

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Messages

Is your Brand Message sticking?

We all have listened to a song on the radio that has played over and over in our heads all day repeating the same message over and over again. When this occurs it is often called an ‘Ear worm’, also known as a ‘Brain worm’.

If you are a business owner, wouldn’t it be nice to have an ‘Ad worm’ stick into your target consumer’s brain for the day? To be exact, communicating the main takeaway of your business’s message is important, only you don’t want to lose your audience’s attention. Furthermore, changing up your brand message while sticking to the main ideas, is better than using repetitive messages.

Every business should learn the four sources of brand messaging, in order to create brand coherence to their target audience.

Let’s take a broader look into the four sources of brand messaging below…

What is the difference between Planned and Unplanned messages?

Planned

A planned message is usually delivered through mass media, and is one of the most traditional forms of brand messaging. Ideally, this form of brand messaging uses advertising, promotional materials, publicity releases, and more. Ironically, even though this form of messaging does not always have the greatest impact, it does allow a business to control how the message is placed.

Unplanned

A celebrity’s name and personality is their brand, and often celebrities feel as if bad publicity is good publicity. Despite the status, celebrities generally believe that any type of news keep their name in to the media. Unfortunately, gossip and bad word of mouth reviews are often uncontrollable. These types of messages are what we call unplanned.

What is the difference between a Service Message and a Product Message?

Service

The service message should include all details about your business’s services, and how a consumer will benefit from them. In a competitive business world, it is imperative that your service message explain the business’s core competency over its competition. Most important, explaining the service’s quality and how a consumer will benefit by using the service, will help give you a competitive edge.

Product

Understanding your target’s thoughts and needs are essential in planning your product message. Before launching your business product, you’ll want to explore target group sessions, and product testers. This will enable your business to gain feedback about how your product message engages with your target audience.

Listed below are five questions that every business should be able to answer before launching a new product…

1. Who is your ideal target market?
2. What problems and concerns do your consumers have?
3. How will you solve your customer’s problems?
4. What are the benefits offered by your product?
5. How is your product better than the competitor’s product?

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The Augmented Reality in Augmented Advertising

Have you ever shopped online, and wondered how a pair of sunglasses would look with your face’s shape? Wonder no more, because Augmented Reality (AR) has bridged the gap between online shopping and the out-of-store shopper.

Want to know more about this new age method of advertising that is spreading like wild fire? Read below to learn more about the exciting new strategy named, Augmented Advertising.

Augmented Reality (AR) is ‘All the Buzz’ in the world of advertising.

Many of us have played Pokémon Go or have engaged in other types of virtual reality games before. In fact, if you have ever uploaded your picture onto Facebook and virtually tried on lipstick, then you too have participated in Augmented Reality (AR). Although this particular technology has been around for a while, Augmented Reality (AR) is now rapidly becoming a powerful tool for brands to engage with consumers.

Advertisers are now using Augmented Reality (AR) in full force!

Augmented Advertising is often used in many social media platforms, because consumers enjoy participating, along with sharing. Actually,the augmented advertisements are goofy, humorous, and hard to ignore. Furthermore, a lot of technology and sophisticated artificial intelligence was used while creating the ads.

Social media platforms use Augmented Advertisements.

Facebook has jumped on the Augmented Advertising bandwagon, and is now working with businesses to showcase their products on Facebook. By including Augmented Reality (AR) into social media advertisements, consumers can virtually try products with a touch of a button. According to an article written by Anthony Ha, Facebook plans to offer Augmented Advertising to businesses in both Messenger and Instagram.Finally as technology progresses, the average consumer will see more social media platforms that use Augmented Reality (AR) in their advertisements.

If you would like to learn more about Augmented Advertising, click on this  link for more information!

What in the World is Guerilla Marketing?

Most of us at some time or another have sold lemonade as a child or had a yard sale in our front yard. If you are one that did, do you remember the low cost and creative tactics used to attract business?

Without question, your cost to operate your lemonade stand, or yard sale was likely $20.00 or less. However, your sale brought in more money than what you put in to it. This is a great example of Guerilla marketing!

What is Guerilla marketing exactly?

Guerrilla marketing is a high energy, creative marketing strategy that promotes products, services, people and organizations, at a low cost.

Although Guerrilla marketing is highly effective for small businesses, large companies who don’t use traditional advertising channels should also consider Guerrilla marketing. As a matter of fact, it is actually very common for large businesses to use Guerrilla marketing, especially during long-running advertising campaigns.

You may be asking yourself, “Why is this strategy called Guerilla marketing?” To explain, the term ‘Guerilla marketing’ originated by Jay Conrad Levinson, in his 1984 book “Guerilla Advertising.”

More important, the term Guerrilla marketing got its inspiration from a form of warfare, called ‘Guerrilla Warfare.’ Guerrilla warfare strategies included ambush, and elements of surprise. Furthermore, Guerrilla marketing’s main point is to take the consumer by surprise. Consumers should feel positive about the advertised product or service.

In conclusion, most Guerilla marketing activities are done in large populated areas, such as the beach, busy streets, public places, and shopping centers. Some examples of Guerilla marketing are….

  • Sample Distributing
  • PR Stunts
  • Viral Videos
  • Airplane Banners

If you would like some ideas and to learn more about Guerrilla marketing, read this article for more information on how your business can effectively benefit from Guerrilla marketing. Feel free to contact us at Adventure Ad Agency and learn how to use Guerrilla Marketing in your advertising campaign.

The Importance of Outdoor Advertising!

Driving down the road and passing an eye popping billboard, will certainly grab your attention! In just a few seconds, the billboard’s bright colors, bold text, and catchy product image, just informed you about a HUGE tire sale at a local tire store, in your town. None the less, you may not have been thinking about your old tires, until the bright colored billboard reminded you, that you could use some new tires for your car.

Billboard advertising is effective, because Americans are constantly on the go, and spending more time traveling, more than they are spending time at home, watching television.

According to The Outdoor Advertising Association of America, as of 2010, 90 percent of Americans will travel down an interstate daily, using at least one car. As a matter of fact, more and more mobile consumers see billboards every day, while traveling to and from their jobs, or during their leisure time.

Billboards have been used to advertise since 1867, and are still ranking high as a popular advertising medium, today.

If you are considering outdoor advertising for your business, here are the three most popular billboards, used today….

  1. Standard Billboards are commonly used billboards, with ads printed or painted on to paper that is applied and removed to a billboard, by workers.
  2. Digital Billboards are increasing in popularity, these billboard’s advertisements can be launched instantly, using modern technology. Digital billboards, also allow animations, moving text, and videos.
  3. Wall Scape Billboards are the largest type of billboards that are either hand painted, or printed.

Contact us at this website for more information, on how you can jump start your advertising campaign with outdoor advertising!

The Road to Legal Advertising

Did you know that all forms of legal advertising were once prohibited in the United States, by the American Bar Association? Until the 1970s, The American Bar Association considered legal advertising to be tasteless, and unprofessional. As a result, attorneys were only limited to using their business cards, when advertising their legal services. Later on, the Supreme Court ruled that attorney’s use of “commercial speech” would be protected under the First Amendment.

Unlike today, most early legal advertisements were fairly boring, where you would see ads with Scales of Justice clipart, surrounded by text, or a picture of an attorney standing in front of legal books. Shortly after, television, radio commercials, along with billboard and bus advertisements, emerged in the 1980s and 1990s.

Without a doubt, the road to legal advertising has been long; however, with the growing competition among law firms, it is necessary to advertise. In fact, the days of Yellow page advertising are far in the rearview mirror. In order to speed ahead on the fast track of legal advertising, you will want to update yourself with the latest trends in advertising that will help grow your business.

Here are some examples of current trends …

  • Industry News
  • Content
  • PPC
  • SEO
  • Social Media
  • Web design and more!

If you’d like to learn more about popular legal marketing trends, and how your law firm can benefit, contact us by using this link.

Have you heard of Experiential Marketing?

Have you heard of experiential marketing? If not, this blog post is for you. Don’t worry if this is your first time hearing about it. You have probably already experienced it in your life.

While it’s been around for a long time, marketers have finally created a name for it. Experiential marketing is a marketing strategy that engages with a consumer in a real-life, hands-on manner. This can be giving a consumer an opportunity to try out a new project, or this can be awarding possible customers with the experience of a life time such as a trip out to headquarters or a luxury vacation.

If you are finding it hard to picture what experiential marketing is, just think back to the last time a grocery story gave you a food samples or had a booth set up to teach you how to cook or use a product. This is experiential marketing at a basic level.

Be careful not to mistake this with event marketing, which is very similar. Experiential marketing is less focused on events such as fundraisers or concerts, and it is more focused on allowing consumers to come in contact with your brand or products. Plus, this strategy can work not only for Business-to-Consumer brands, but also for Business-to-Business brands.

If you are not sure about the value of experiential marketing, it is important to know that it is not just about the value the experience creates immediately, but it is also about the buzz it builds and dialogue it creates overtime. According to an article on HubSpot, 71% of people share these experiences. This is extremely valuable when we think about the power of social media in marketing and advertising. A lot of times hashtags and social media is incorporated into these experiential marketing strategies.

To learn more, check out this article on the best experiential marketing campaigns or reach out to us at Adventure Ad Agency.

Top Advertising Must-Reads of 2017

While so many of us prefer to pick up our laptop, tablet, or cell phone to get the latest in advertising and marketing news, there are some worthwhile books out there that can help big or small businesses to better understand their audience and to improve their advertising strategies. If these books aren’t on your list for 2017, they should be.

  1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – This book may not be your typical advertising read. However, this non-fiction book uses illustrative examples and stories to explain human behavior in an engaging and dynamic way. Reading this book will change the way you think about ideas and marketing products.
  2. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon – A fun, short read, “Steal Like An Artist” is a step back to the basics. It is a reminder of how good, innovative ideas are born. An inspirational read this book is the perfect boost you need to keep your ideas fresh and exciting.
  3. Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Ads by Luke Sullivan – New to the business scene and looking for a starter guide to advertising, but you find all the other how to advertising books boring? Give “Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This” a try! In a fun and imaginative way, the author will bring you into the narrative while also teaching you useful information about advertising.
  4. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Ries and Trout – Straight-forward and all about advertising, this book will teach you the fundamentals on how to position your business, as well as your products or services. From learning to harness your competitive advantage to understanding how to forge ahead in the industry, this book is a basic.
  5. Caffeine for the Creative Mind by Stefan Mumaw and Wendy Lee Oldfield – A slightly different type of book, “Caffeine for the Creative Mind” is a practical workbook filled with exercises for you brain. Feeling sluggish and out of good ideas. Try these mental workouts. As a result, you will better be able to approach problems by considering new perspectives. Your advertising will improve as you reconsider your approach and strategies.

Finding An Engaging Blog Topic

Blogging can be fun, but often the hardest part is knowing where to start or possibly what to start with when writing a post. Finding a topic that is both new and interesting can be hard and stressful. Creativity doesn’t always strike in sync with deadlines. Since content marketing such as blogging is so important to a business, we have come up with some helpful suggestions to get you started.

The most important thing when trying to find a topic is remembering or deciding what the goal of your blog is. Is your blog meant to inform your audience about your products, industry, etc? Is it meant to help or educate your audience on options and alternatives? Is it to persuade your audience to act? Your blog can do all of these things or just a few of these things, but it is up to you. A good blog topic comes from having a good purpose for you blog. By taking a moment to remember why you a writing, you will produce better content for you audience.

Ask questions. The number one way to come up with topics is to think back to the questions you are most frequently asked by customers. Think about the information that could be added to your website to make your job easier. For instance, if you are a gardner frequently asked why hydrangeas can be different colors, write a blog post explaining why. If you have a new patient portal on your website, write a post with images showing them how to use it. You can answer these questions post by post. You can also do FAQ posts where perhaps you do the top ten FAQ about frost resistant plants.

Explain your business. As a business owner, you know more specialized information about your field that your audience. That knowledge that may seem mundane and obvious to you is interesting to others. A post explaining the difference between a cold sore and a canker sore is valuable information for your customers if you are a dentist. You may think it is boring, but they will find it informative and useful.

Try a How To Post. While this may seem overdone, when done right this can be extremely powerful. We live in a world where more and more we want a way to do it yourself. Instead of messing up and making it up along the way, we like to google our life advice from everything about how to buy your first home to how to get over that lousy ex-boyfriend. If you write about a topic that is relevant to your audience, it will be relatable and thus, powerful.

Look at your calendar. There are more holidays and special events out there than you can imagine. Even if you work in a dental office, you can find a fun way to post about christmas time with a fun list of dental stocking stuffers. If you think about it, there is plenty of content sitting out there waiting for you.

Make lists. People love lists, especially checklist or short bullet points. We don’t need lengthy blog posts. We want shot and to the point. If you can list out helpful tips or tricks for you audience they would love it. Imagine if I just gave you here a list of 45 blog ideas. You would love it. The only problem is you wouldn’t be learning how to come up with topics on your own, which is the goal of this post.

Finally, go explore other blogs. It is okay to take inspiration from other people or write a post that has already been written. If you have a unique perspective or information to add, your audience will find it engaging. Get out there and look at other blogs from businesses like yours. Which ones do you like? Which ones do you hate? The ones you like are probably the ones that you should try to emulate on your blog.

Benefits of Blogging

It seems every business these days has a blog on their company website. Even your local dentist is featuring a blog on his website with weekly tips and how to’s. The fact of the matter is that blogging has lots of benefits for businesses and content marketing such as this helps drive traffic and customers to businesses.

To start, content marketing is a form of marketing that focuses on creating and then publishing content online for consumers. The goal of this type of marketing is to engage your online audience in a new and exciting way. Blogging is one of the most effective and easiest ways to do this.

Think about it, if one business provides you blogs and resources that help you learn about all the different types of options related to their product or service, you will be more likely to want to do business with them. You will have helped them, and they in return will be more likely to want to use you and your business. This will also distinguish you among competitors.

Additionally, if you inform, amuse, or entertain with your blog, you will have the same effect. More consumers will want to do business with you. Plus, your brand awareness will not only increase, but so will the credibility and positivity associated with your brand. With each blog post, you are creating new ways for your audience to find you.

By opening up new channels through which consumers can find you, you may be able to both expand and broaden your audience. Your typical target audience or user base may grow, and you will find yourself naturally increasing sales revenue. Not to mention, you are creating deeper relationships with the online audience you have already created.

This development of relationships is the entire point of blogging and of content marketing. As we share information and ideas with our audience, we create and foster relationships. Through these relationships, business can increase brand, sales, relevance, and their target audience. As these relationships grow, your business will have an entire online community surrounding it.

Therefore, if you are thinking about starting a blog on your business website, it probably is a good idea. There are so many different ways it can benefit you, and numerous studies has been done to show how posting blogs directly affects your site visits and audience engagement. Don’t wait till later, get started now!