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The jewel of the advertising world
Florie Lyn Masarate
What is the most-read advertising medium when traveling? It is not the map. And definitely not the newspaper. It is the one they called the Brochure.
Brochures have become considered the "gem" of the advertising world. What added to the interest of brochure is that not only did they serve as guide for those who have no idea whatsoever, they are also used as marketing tools for businesses and companies alike. It can be noted that not all brochures are effective in these purposes, which leads to the questions: What should be in a brochure to make it effective, all the while interesting?
The main thing to be considered is the cover of your brochure because it is the first thing that people sees upon holding them. The message that should be written there should entice the reader to look inside and read more. Graphic designs can also be an added factor. Captivating pictures and life-like images are sure capturers but they do not really explain what the brochure is about. Designs are just first hand insights. The main key is the words you use. Using words to attract and provoke curiosity are like hypnotizing them to do whatever you want them to do next. And that next thing would be to read further into the brochure.
Another approach that people use in a brochure is the "pity" approach. This type of approach entices the emotions of the readers. The guilt feeling coupled with a hint of curiosity make them go through the brochure. Graphic images can only heighten their already intense emotions. Take, for example, brochures that present malnourished children or poverty stricken places and even beggars sleeping on streets. The initial reaction to this is pity. And with conflicting emotion of compassion and apathy, the readers tend to look for and see what all was that about. See how a simple picture can be effective marketers?
And lastly, the most important contents that should not be left out in brochures are the details about your company or business. Besides the name of course, contact details should be prominently put in all the right places. Sometimes the owners forget to put in information like contact numbers and operation times. These details pertaining to the owners are the next important things in a brochure. After reading the brochures, the readers have the tendency to look for information about the owners. This is their way of checking for credibility and background on the owners and the people advertising these brochures.
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About the Author
Florie Lyn Masarate got her first article printed in the school newsletter in the third grade. Her hobbies include reading any book she can get her hands on.