By Arthur Orchid

Running an online business such as an home based business also implicates some work on marketing and advertising. Even if you start with very few knowledge of those topics there're tons of books, ebooks and web articles you can read to teach yourself the basics of Advertising Research. A lot of people try to present marketing and advertising as a science, but in reality it isn't. In reality, even advertising research is subject to a lot of different methodologies and interpretations. For sure no one does it the same way.

Too many people proceed with advertising market research as if they were just doing social science. Do I have to say this an error ? They try to get as good a sample as they can and the most accurate results possible, taking great time and effort to be scientific about it. My particular approach to advertising research has always been somewhat different than this. When I research advertising, the goal is to come up with an effective advertising campaign. As such, all you need is plausibility. You don't need to know for sure that an approach is the very best, you just need enough evidence to suggest that it will work well. After that, all you have to do is to trust in your own instincts. Do you trust yourself?

There're a lot of more conservative advertising researchers who view this approach as kind of reckless. They say that if you don't research advertising correctly, you can cost your clients a fortune in wasted money. To them, I always give the same reply: no matter how much advertising research you do, you can't guarantee that an advertising campaign would work. This is not exactly like throwing a dice and see what happens but it for sure require some luck and experience. Fortunately with new technologies you can test your online advertising campaigns setting a reasonable amount of money and tweak your ads for the best possible results. This is obviously why I like working with Adwords, Yahoo Research and Miva.
Marketing and advertising is about taking risks with creative and innovative ideas. If what you need is security and guarantees, you're probably in the wrong field. That's not to say that advertising research is unhelpful. As a matter of fact, market research is one of the most useful tools that advertisers have. It can help you target a demographic more effectively, rule out questionable tactics, or figure out which media to emphasize primarily in your marketing campaign.

Your advertising research can help you to convince a distrustful client that your approach will work. Certainly, market research trials are always necessary before you spend the time and expense for a nationwide campaign. My advice is to start testing at a local level first and then if you're successful, extend your offer to the whole country. This will allow you to launch another advertising campaign if this one is a pure disaster. The most important thing to remember, however, is that you're in business. As an advertising expert, you have one goal: to make your client's advertising campaigns succeed. If you can do that with a minimum of advertising research, go for it. If you think that researching your advertising strategy will help, go for it. You'll find out soon enough if or not your instincts are any good. If they aren't any good, you probably should find a different field anyway. In my case, my advertising strategy is to drive more and more traffic to my affiliate websites and convert clicks into customers. as much as possible. My previous careers online and offline are still very useful.

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