Make Sure Your Ad Creative Connects and Engages with Potential Customers

Brittany Kara

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Dec 23, 2020 10:45:00 AM

Ways to Make Sure Your Ad Creative Connects and Engages With Potential Customers

You can invest all the money and effort you have into your marketing content, but it won't help you get the results you want unless you create it with your target audience in mind. To make sure your content performs, it pays to have a good understanding of your audience to ensure you cater your content to them at every stage of the buyer's journey.

For example, you may discover specific pain points that your audience is experiencing, along with what they're looking for in the ideal solution. With a deep understanding of your audience and their problems, you may create a series of social media ads that detail these problems and potential solutions. You may also create OTT ads on streaming services that highlight the audience's pain points while establishing your products or services as the solutions that they need. This and other content could work to develop a strong empathetic connection to your audience as they come to trust your brand.

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If you want to know more about how to engage your audience, there are steps you can take that help you understand the people you're targeting. As you come to know your audience, you can more effectively develop content that resonates with them. The following are some strategies for connecting with your target audience through your content.

Conduct Market Research

The first step is to learn about your audience's specific pain points. You can ask existing customers in a survey or on social media about the types of problems they're facing, along with what they're looking for in the perfect solution. It's also essential to determine if there's a gap in the market that your competitors aren't filling, such as certain specific offerings that your audience visibly wants but your competitors don't offer.

For instance, you may discover through customer reviews of your competitors' products or services that they're not offering a particular feature that the customers want to see. You could then consider the ways you can incorporate and advertise this feature to differentiate your brand. 

If you want your business to remain competitive and your content to attract more consumers, competitive intelligence is integral to market research. Today, around 94% of companies invest in competitive intelligence, which means you're missing out if you're not incorporating this invaluable practice. Today's automation tools also enable you to save more time on competitive research to help you more efficiently develop targeted content campaigns.

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Speak to Your Target Audience's Needs

The next step is to find out what your audience wants. What exactly is your audience's problem, and how can your business specifically solve it? What kind of messaging appeals to your audience, and what emotions resonate with them the most?

Knowing what your audience wants and needs, you can develop more informed content strategies. In the process, your content will be able to speak to your target market, and you'll be able to establish your brand as the most reliable source of relief from their problems.

Place Your Ads When Your Audience is Tuned In

In addition to knowing how to speak to your audience, you need to know when to talk to them. Even if you have ad content that's perfectly tailored to your audience, appealing to them through sincerity, humor, or another mode, it won't mean anything if they don't see it.

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When selecting the right time to display your ads, find out when your audience is most likely to view them either on TV or online. You'll also want to make sure they're in locations where your audience can be found.

When navigating the when and where of your campaigns, try to pinpoint specific:

  • Days
  • Times
  • Platforms
  • Channels

You may find, for example, that a particular segment of your audience spends more time watching TV on a specific network on the weekends, in which case you should make sure your local TV commercials appear at the right place and the right time. Another segment may spend more time online browsing social media, which would make an effective social media ad campaign necessary to incorporate. Maximizing your reach and identifying the best times and places for your ads will ensure that high-quality content reaches the right people.

Know Your Audience to Connect with Them Through Your Ads

The key to connecting with your target audience is to understand them as much as possible. Knowing the specific issues they're experiencing, the solutions they're looking for, the problems they're finding with your competitors, and the best times and places to connect with them can help ensure your ad creative stands out. Catering your content to your audience will ultimately help keep your brand consistently competitive as you win over prospects and convert them into customers. You'll also see a boost in ROI as you make the most of your available ad spend.

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