5 Tips to Improve Your Franchise’s Online Display Ad Campaign

February 3rd, 2016 by Search Influence Alumni


If you are a franchise business owner, you may have already encountered the difficulties that come along with trying to create brand consistency and improved user experience across all of the online marketing for your franchise businesses. If your primary goal up to this point has been to employ a streamlined strategy to ensure your online ads are yielding the most successful results, then you’ve likely already created quality content throughout all of your websites and set up a structure for your branded sites with consistent business location information across the Internet. You may have also gone the extra step to manage reviews and testimonials. Now that you’ve optimized your sites, you’re ready to apply your focus to online display ads to generate new consumer leads. If you’re just getting started, these five tips will help you set up the most successful display ads for your franchises.

1. Keep It Simple

With spending on online display ads projected to increase 90 percent between 2014 and 2019, it’s crucial to get ahead of the competition and get your franchise campaign set up properly the first time around. In short, creating a successful franchise display campaign involves reaching the right people with the right message at the right place. So you’ll want to focus on one service or product per ad and keep your message tailored to the consumer you’re trying to reach by making the content of your message relevant and easy to understand. Be sure to also include a clear call to action so the consumer knows what they get by clicking on your ad.

2. Use the Company’s Recognizable Look

One aspect of online display ads that can easily set you apart from the competition is the distinctive look of your brand. If your company uses the same logo, colors, and fonts across all of the franchise businesses, a consumer should see your ad and be immediately drawn to its recognizable look. When designing your ads, consider placing your logo at the top center for optimal results.

3. Use Contextual Targeting

Employing contextual targeting allows you to design your campaign so that your ads will be placed on sites whose content relates to what you’re selling. For example, if you are a frozen yogurt franchise with multiple locations, your ad might appear on a food blog or restaurant review site.

4. Use Remarketing Ads

Taking placement of online display ads to an even more sophisticated level, you may want to consider implementing a remarketing campaign. Remarketing lets you show ads to people who have visited your website or used your mobile app before. When people leave your website without buying anything, for example, remarketing helps you reconnect with them by showing relevant ads as they browse the web, use mobile apps, or search on Google.

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5. Target All Desktop and Mobile Devices

As trends rapidly change and consumers rely more heavily on their mobile devices, it’s important to also target your ads across all desktop and mobile devices for maximum reach. Eventually, as you start measuring the clicks and leads generated from your online display ads, you’ll have a better idea as to what devices to spend more on. Make sure that you’re targeting by user and not by device for the most accurate results.

If you follow these five tips and continually make adjustments as the campaign progresses and you get measurable results, you should see how big an impact display ads can have on all of your franchises.