How to advertise

By Apr.13, 2017

“How to advertise my business” is the question that most small businesses are asking. Unlike large, national companies who have a near-unlimited advertising budget, small businesses have to research heavily, evaluate and decide which type of advertising is suitable for their business and, more importantly, is the most cost-effective. Small businesses simply cannot afford to waste their budget on the wrong people, at the wrong time; it has to reach their desired target audience in the right mindset.

With so many advertising options available to small businesses, it’s no surprise that business owners are left scratching their heads. Online advertising, social media, press, radio and outdoor – the list goes on. Clear Channel Direct was launched in 2014 with a focus to help small-to-medium sized businesses grow and, since launching, has worked with thousands of organisations, enabling them to advertise locally on billboards, bus shelters and various sizes of digital screens.

Bristol Billboard in high traffic area

Why Outdoor advertising works

Clear Channel’s range of outdoor advertisement panels primarily includes bus stops and billboards. However, the portfolio also includes Asda, Sainsbury’s, phonebox advertising, digital screens in petrol stations, bars and shopping centres. Outdoor advertisement is an unavoidable, 24/7 medium which simply stands out and unlike other media; you can’t turn the page or change the channel.

Advertising Out-of-Home is not only cost effective but it’s completely efficient. With outdoor, it’s very easy to reach specific audiences such as families, commuters, sports fans and students. You can even target your competitor! This ensures that budgets are not wasted by placing ads in the wrong places, reaching the wrong audience.

Digital outdoor advertising is on the rise and it’s fair to argue that Clear Channel is leading the way. Digital Out-of-Home allows businesses to book by specific times and dates which enables organisations to entirely focus their budgets on their target audience like they’ve never done before!

How to advertise outdoors

There are a variety of ways that you can use outdoor advertising. Whether you want to promote an upcoming sale, strengthen your brand locally or simply drive people into your business, outdoor can make this happen. For example, if it’s a sale, you could book a few of our prominent billboards located on the major arterial routes into your town ensuring that your brand receives maximum exposure, informing everyone local about your offer. A common issue that a lot of small businesses face is their location; they’re often located around the corner from the high street or somewhere difficult to find unless you already knew that they were there. A simple, yet powerful solution to this problem is ‘directional advertising’; book a Clear Channel panel for a long period of time with an arrow pointing in the direction of your store, directing new business to your doorstep.

Success Stories

Don’t take my word for it. Watch Clear Channel’s video testimonials and read their client’s success stories. Hear how small businesses have achieved local fame through outdoor advertising.

Reach target audience: Taxi firm in Northampton, Eco Cars targeted local students with Clear Channel bus shelter panels to increase their bookings. Result – Bookings trebled. “in addition to the increase of bookings, it kick-started word-of-mouth with the local students in Northampton”. Read Eco Car’s case study

Eco Cars Bus Shelter Advertising

Strengthen brand: Hawes & Curtis used billboards and phoneboxes to reach people commuting to work. “The overall summer campaign has delivered exceptional results and growth in sales, while the OOH campaign has assisted in the brand building strategy for Hawes & Curtis”. Watch Hawes & Curtis’ interview

Hawes & Curtis Local Billboard Advertising

Directional advertising:  Local garage in Gateshead, Regent Autos chose a specific billboard which was located in a prominent location to direct drivers to their business. Results – increase is servicing and MOT enquiries. Watch Regent Auto’s video interview.

Regent Autos High Traffic Billboard Advertising

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