Advertising Information

Driving Customers to You - Your Car as a Marketing Vehicle


You can turn your vehicle into a rolling advertisement. Costs start at just a few dollars, and you can put your business name, slogan, phone number and web site URL in front of thousands of potential customers while you are driving along the freeway, stuck in traffic or even while you are parked. Here are some of the best ways to use your vehicle as a marketing tool.

Bumper stickers are so inexpensive that you may want to print enough for employees, friends, family members, customers and others. Publisher Susan Sabo of Small Dogs Press made bumper stickers saying, "I do bad things for love," along with the Small Dogs web site URL. The line is from one of their books, and everyone who sees the bumper sticker wants one. Sabo sells them at her web site, and gives them away at book fairs. Of course, she has one on her car, and says she has given them to all of her friends, too.

License plate frames are a favorite of car dealers and auto repair shops, but they can work for any business. You can have them custom made with your business name or slogan, along with a phone number or URL.

Magnetic signs are an easy and low-cost way to put a lot of information on your car. Put them on both sides of the car, and make sure the lettering is large enough to read, even from a distance and when the vehicle is in motion. Personal chef Sue Gaughenbaugh added an effective twist to this idea. She bought a supply of magnetic business cards and placed them around the sign on her truck. When customers see her truck in a parking lot, they can pick up a card to take with them. Gaughenbaugh started getting calls from new customers within days of putting the take-away magnetic cards on her truck.

Vinyl decals and window stickers are a highly visible way to promote your web site. Put the URL in large letters across the width of your rear windshield. After all, you never know who might be behind you in traffic. This is most effective if you have a catchy and descriptive domain name. Custom stickers are available at prices starting under $20.

You can order many of these items from local printers and sign shops. Or, do an online search for companies that can create bumper stickers, magnetic signs, decals and other promotional items.

And when you are ready to go all-out, consider a vehicle wrap. These vinyl decals look like a custom paint job and cover your entire vehicle with bright, high-quality graphics. This is not a do-it-yourself project, but you can hire companies such as www.coloredink.com to design and install the graphics. At an estimated cost of $3,500, this option is much more expensive than the others described here, but it will certainly make an impression on the other drivers you encounter.

When your car is a traveling billboard, the time you spend in traffic will become more productive.

Copyright Cathy Stucker. As the Idea Lady, Cathy Stucker can help you attract customers and make yourself famous with creative strategies that help your business excel. Get free tips and discover what she can do for you at http://www.IdeaLady.com/.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


The Verge

GM's data mining is just the beginning of the in-car advertising blitz
The Verge
The goal was to determine the relationship between what drivers listen to and what they buy and then turn around and sell the data to advertisers and radio operators. And it got really specific: GM tracked a driver listening to country music who ...



Forbes

Beyond Ad Tech: How Changes In The Advertising Landscape Have Made Content King
Forbes
Many consumers today have rocky relationships with advertisers. Shifts in the advertising technology industry over the past several decades have led to higher instances of false advertising and fraud, leaving consumers wary. New digital technologies ...



CNBC

Sprint sells mobile advertising unit to InMobi
CNBC
Oct 17 (Reuters) - Sprint Corp has sold the mobile data and advertising company it created in 2012 to InMobi, which provides technology for marketers, in an all-stock deal, the companies said on Wednesday. The fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier by ...
InMobi acquires Sprint's advertising and data subsidiary Pinsight MediaVentureBeat
InMobi Buys Sprint's Mobile Advertising Unit, Forms Strategic PartnershipECNmag.com
InMobi Acquires US Based Advertising and Data Company, Pinsight MediaPR Newswire (press release)

all 30 news articles »


ZDNet

AR advertising is an intrusive, cross-platform mess. Can this startup help?
ZDNet
An AR advertising technology startup called CameraIQ, which offers a suite of tools that enable brands to create AR marketing experiences for customers, today released a social distribution solution that allows AR content to be posted across competing ...

and more »


Forbes

Bringing Creative Back Into The TV Advertising Equation
Forbes
As many of you may know, I spent the first half of my career working as an advertising copywriter/creative director. It's given me a strong appreciation for the value that “creative” brings to the advertising process, along with a frustration that ...



Mashable

YouTube just made TV advertising more affordable than ever
Mashable
TV advertising is notoriously expensive. YouTube just changed that. YouTube has announced it's now letting advertisers run campaigns that specifically target users watching YouTube on television screens. The video giant has just launched a “TV screens ...

and more »


Engadget

Facebook's political ad system still allows anonymous advertising
Engadget
In May, Facebook began requiring political ads in the US to disclose who paid for them and those purchasing political ads to verify their identities. Both moves were meant to address some of the issues highlighted by the 2016 presidential election ...

and more »


Bloomberg

Brexit Risks Cut UK Advertising Growth to Slowest Since 2015
Bloomberg
The proportion of companies increasing their ad spending exceeded those scaling it back by 2.5 percentage points in the third quarter of 2018, down from a 6.5 point margin in the second quarter, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising said ...
Brexit worries hit UK marketing budgets and the industry is feeling pessimisticCNBC

all 13 news articles »


Business Insider

What you need to know in advertising today
Business Insider
Facebook will now show who exactly is paying to swing people's votes through online political advertising. Similar to changes rolled out in the US, Facebook will label ads as they appear in its News Feed and archive all political ads in a searchable ...

and more »


New York Daily News

Facebook denies new claim it kept lid on video metrics problem
AdAge.com
Facebook is once again under pressure for providing faulty metrics to advertisers. The social network, which two years ago admitted to errors in how it calculated video views, faces new charges that it did not respond quickly enough to the problem.
Facebook Facing Another Lawsuit Over Allegedly Misleading Advertising ClaimsInsurance Journal
Facebook allegedly misreported video advertising data for a year before telling clients: lawsuitNew York Daily News
Advertisers Allege Facebook Failed to Disclose Key Metric Error for More Than a YearWall Street Journal
CNET -Bloomberg -Columbia Journalism Review -Wall Street Journal
all 119 news articles »

Google News

home | site map
© 2006