What Happens The First Twenty Times They See Your Ad

September 11, 2006 by Chuck | 0 Comments

Many advertisers think they’ll run one ad and get rich from it.

The reality is much more harsh.

Here’s how one experienced advertiser explained the sales process through advertiser in 1885.

Of course today, it should be easier right?

The more I think about it, for planning purposes, 20 sounds like a good number. If fewere contacts are required, so much the better. If not, you still won’t be disappointed.

Joe Trevison on  Sowpub Forum (down thread)

1. The first time a man looks at an advertisement, he does not see it.
2. The second time, he does not notice it.
3. The third time, he is conscious of its existence.
4. The fourth time, he faintly remembers having seen it before.
5. The fifth time, he reads it.
6. The sixth time, he turns up his nose at it.
7. The seventh time, he reads it through and says, “Oh brother!”
8. The eighth time, he says, “Here’s that confounded thing again!”
9. The ninth time, he wonders if it amounts to anything.
10. The tenth time, he asks his neighbor if he has tried it.
11. The eleventh time, he wonders how the advertiser makes it pay.
12. The twelfth time, he thinks it must be a good thing.
13. The thirteenth time, he thinks perhaps it might be worth something.
14. The fourteenth time, he remembers wanting such a thing a long time.
15. The fifteenth time, he is tantalized because he cannot afford to buy it.
16. The sixteenth time, he thinks he will buy it some day.
17. The seventeenth time, he makes a memorandum to buy it.
18. The eighteenth time, he swears at his poverty.
19. The nineteenth time, he counts his money carefully.
20. The twentieth time he sees the ad, he buys what it is offering

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