How to Create an Effective Billboard Advertising Campaign

Many people think of Billboards as an antiquated and expensive advertising medium. That couldn't be further from the truth. Digital billboards now afford any business the ability to get their message out to a very targeted audience at a fraction of the cost. To be successful, follow these tips specific to digital billboard campaign creation but still based on our Essential Advertising Principles

There are four main factors that go into an effective digital billboard campaign. Let's walk through them and at the end you'll be ready to launch your first campaign.

1. Define your Audience (Targeting)

Before you do anything else, determine your target audience. This will set the stage for every other step. Asking yourself a few questions can quickly form a picture of your target audience for this campaign. 

  • Where are they located? But more importantly where do they drive to and from. Focus on a couple highly traveled roads/highways to start.
  • Are there certain areas that attract a population that matches my ideal audience? Note those areas as well as areas where your ideal customer likely lives.

Pro Tip: It's not necessary for your billboards to be exactly where your ideal audience or best customers come from. It's only important that they're likely to see them in their travels. 

2. Determine your Objective (Goal)

Now that you know who you're targeting, it's key to zero in on what you want them to do.

  • Do I want them to call, visit my website, come to my store, etc. Choose one primary action to highlight

3. Choose your Billboard (Message)

Ok, so you know who you want to see your commercial as well as what you want them to do. Let's make sure your message comes across clearly and effectively. AdCritter makes this super easy for any business.

  1. Choose from millions of ad templates covering over 1,000 types of businesses. Select your business type and it will show dozens of ready to use ads
  2. Don't see your type of business or need something really specific? We'll create them for you.
  3. Upload your own images and write your own copy

4. Determine an Effective Budget & Time Frame (Investment)

If you want a secret recipe to determine an effective budget, recall the three main principles of advertising: repetition, saturation and 12-18 months. Typically, businesses devote 7-8% of their annual revenue to advertising. But Maybe that doesn't work for your business. It's better to budget what you can afford to keep doing for 12-18 months. Also, consider your audience size. 

  • A person needs to see your ad enough times that they later remember you at the moment they want your services.
  • For smaller budget campaigns, it can take 6-12 months to begin seeing results and 12-18 months for significant, profitable results.
  • Match your budget to the size of your audience AND to the impact you want to see to your business
  • Don't spread yourself too thin. It is better for a smaller group of people to see your ad several times over a given period of time than it is for a large group of people to see your ad only once or twice.

Here's a handy guide for matching your budget to the size of your audience

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