Messenger Killed. Again

A while back "Inside Radio" (10/11/2012) quoted ZipCar CEO Scott Griffith on why they stopped advertising on the radio: “We did see a lift in awareness — we measured it before and after — but that didn’t convert into membership.” Wait, what? You dropped radio ‘cause it worked like it was supposed to? Obviously the creative was effective, ZipCar admits it saw a lift in awareness. All advertising can ever do is raise awareness, advertising cannot turn listeners into your clients, that is up to the business.

Advertising can only lead the horse to water, but the merchant is responsible for helping the lead tip the glass back and drink. The merchant is responsible for turning that lead into a customer.

A few years ago a heating oil company spent about $300.00 for 20 spots over the course of a week, running about 3 a day. This heating oil company told us he got 22 leads, but no sales, so he wasn’t renewing. Wait, what? Your small dabble into advertising gave you 22 leads, 22 people who were in the market for your product, ready to buy. You didn’t close them, and it's the advertising’s fault?

All advertising can do, whether it’s TV, outdoor, Internet, print, radio, direct mail, skywriting, or social media, all advertising can do is provide leads. Advertising is the messenger to reach a broader audience, to help you increase brand awareness. The right message and frequency will do an amazing job. CEO Griffith did not hesitate to say ZipCar measured an increase in awareness during their radio campaign. Advertising worked again; and advertising will help you grow your business.