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How can Words at Work Advertising and Marketing help me grow my small business?
Discover why your search for a top Toronto advertising agency should end with a call to Words at Work Advertising and Marketing. You can reach us at 905-940-6610.
We deliver all the advertising services you would expect from a Toronto advertising agency specializing in growing and expanding small businesses. That means everything from advertising strategy to finished advertising campaigns.
You can get it all or individual ad development services (marketing planning, creative direction, copywriting, design), the common solution for companies that have internal marketing or advertising staff and require the help of a Toronto ad agency to handle a work overload or a special communications project.
You are also going to appreciate that we have worked for manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors in Canada and the U.S. These clients include family owned businesses, entrepreneurs launching a new business, emerging businesses with huge sales potential and well established businesses looking for a better idea from ad agencies in Toronto.
For a complete review of what’s available for any business owner seeking the help of a Toronto advertising agency, go to our Services section.
What is the definition of a small business?
Good question. A small business can be a sole proprietorship with a single employee. It could be a thriving ten-person business getting ready to expand. Some would call a 50-person business a small business. It's all a matter of persepctive. In the end, they all need the same things: a marketing plan that sets them apart from competitors, cost effective advertising strategies and I-did-not-think-of-that ideas that open new markets, attract new customers and create new revenue streams.
What sets Words at Work Advertising and Marketing apart from other Toronto advertising agencies or other Canadian ad agencies in the GTA advertising agency directory?
Not sure how to advertise your business? Frustrated by the failure of your online advertising? Burned by a bad experience with a Toronto ad agency? Give us 15 minutes on the phone. Ask any question you want. Then decide if we are just another Toronto advertising agency – or the invaluable business partner who can create the best advertising campaign for your business.
The average Toronto advertising agency is going to tell you that they are very good at advertising your business. We are very good at advertising why a consumer would benefit by buying the product or service delivered by your business. Big difference. We can even quantify the difference between the advertising we deliver and what’s produced by the overwhelming majority of Toronto ad agencies. (Ask us to apply the formula to one of your existing advertisements.)
The best advertising plan for your business may involve injecting new life into your existing advertising strategies, introducing your business to a new way to advertise or eliminating advertising errors that are killing sales. In any scenario, you can expect us to bring forward new marketing ideas and tips (without having to absorb the extra cost of hiring a marketing consultant or Toronto marketing agency).
What proof do you have that Words at Work Advertising and Marketing is successful?
Typical reaction when a client of Words at Work sees the results of our advertising outsourcing services, ranging from copywriting and SEO to web content and internet marketing.
You don't last in the advertising and marketing business for over a quarter century without delivering results for your clients not matched by competing Toronto ad agencies.
More specifically, you have to generate measurable response. We do – and that's why we have earned the trust of a wide range of businesses and organizations in Canada and the U.S.
Some had big ad budgets. Some had no idea how to even set an advertising budget. Some were advertising for the first time. Some were looking for new advertising strategies or new ways to advertise a business. We helped them all.
How do the fees charged by Words at Work compare with the rates demanded by the typical Toronto advertising agencies?
Expect to pay less. A lot less. You also get better value for your marketing dollar because you never have to pay for expensive "suits" or the pricey downtown offices that house most Toronto advertising agencies . If you have a specific project and require a quote, you will get one – fast. On the other hand, if you have more general needs or require ongoing support to boost your sales, it’s best to determine your budget first. Then we can talk about what is possible with that budget.
What is a reasonable budget for an advertising campaign?
It depends very much on the status of your business. It could be a percentage
of your sales, assuming you are generating enough sales to have a credible
budget. Or it could be a fixed figure you have available on a one-time
We can work with almost any "reasonable" marketing budget, and while it is impossible to put upper and lower limits on what is reasonable, we can tell you what isn't reasonable:
1) If you are a start-up, you can't base your budget on a percentage of sales, because start ups, by definition, don't have a customer base. Moreover, start-ups typically need more – not less – money for advertising because they are unknown and have little or no existing advertising materials. Indeed, the lack of advertising budgets is a key reason (along with no marketing plan) why so many start ups fail.
2) If you are a mature business and your sales have taken a big dip, it's not reasonable to assume there are any quick fixes. Even if you still have a very competitive product or service, you won't make major gains with a minor advertising program.
You could try the percentage of sales route, but if your sales are low, you have a big problem. Either you come up with the money necessary to win back market share or you go into the death spiral, where declining sales lead to declining advertising, which leads to declining sales which leads to...
How long does it take to complete a project?
Guess how fast you think we could be. Cut that time in half and you will be – more often than not – close to the turn around time we require. Put simplye, while the typical Toronto ad agency is "thinking", we are acting.
What if I am launching a new business for the first time and need help to set my advertising budget, develop marketing strategies and get tips on how to advertise my business?
We are a perfect choice because we regularly provide all that and more for business start ups and entrepreneurs with new products. We have seen what works and what does not work. Most important, you have the confidence and peace of mind that comes with knowing you are working with a Toronto advertising agency with a proven track record.
Can you help with traditional non digital advertising options such as newspaper advertising, outdoor advertising, Yellow Pages advertising and radio advertising?
Yes. Make sure you ask us about the alternatives to Yellow Pages advertising (print and online). We will tell you why almost any other advertising option offers better return on investment, especially if you are in the business to business category. Also ask about business directories – a huge expense for many businesses and often among the worst media options.
Do you have any sales boosting ideas for B2B advertising?
Remember that you are trying to generate a response from a business owner, not a consumer. Don't focus on product features and instead focus on the metrics that matter to a business owner: attracting new customers, generating revenue, creating leads and the classic: grow your business. The one similarity with b2C advertising is that you need to be creative and helpful. Avoid hard sell and instead focus on education and demonstration. The best b2b advertising will prompt the reader to say, "I didn't know that" and, even more important, "I need to know that."
What are some of the most common Google Adwords mistakes?
Many of the most common Google Adwords mistakes can be traced back to the initial campaign setup, especially if this work is done by a business owner with no Google Adwords experience. We have seen Google Adwords campaigns that generated virtually zero response because the geo targeting was completely wrong. Other campaigns failed because the wrong keywords were programmed. Google Adwords provides exceptionally useful data that can be used to fix a failing campaign or make a good Google advertising campaign even better. But you need to know where to look.
How can a Google Adwords advertising professional help me get a better result?
A non professional will post one Google ad and hope it works. A Google Adwords professional will post multiple ads and monitor the results to identify which one is delivering the best result (best response at least cost). The weak ads get dropped, which means more of your budget is funneled into the best performing ads. A Google Adwords professional will also save you money by ensuring you are not over bidding for a keyword, yet another in the long list of biggest Google advertising mistakes.
Is Words at Work a good choice for a company in the U.S. that is searching for a Toronto advertising agency that delivers results at lower cost than advertising agencies in the United States?
Yes. The highly favorable exchange is reason enough to buy your advertising services in Canada. You will be even more impressed when you see our creative and we will prove it by doing a makeover of one of your existing ads. Or ask us to rework a page on your website. There is no cost or obligation. None. Just send the ad and we will do the rest.
How much emphasis should I place on Social Media?
Here is an answer you are not going to get from the typical Toronto ad agency or social media company: Social Media is not a magic bullet and for many businesses it is either a waste of time or a very low priority. Yet we continue to see worthless Social Media links on websites that will never have a Social Media following.
Now let's consider your business. Should it be on Twitter? Only if you have something new and interesting to announce every day and, more important, your postings will be of interest to hundreds or thousands of followers. For example, if you are operating one or more food service trucks and need to communicate things like menu choices and the location of each truck daily, Twitter could be your very best option because it allows you to build, at no cost, an audience that is interested in following your Tweets.
What about Facebook? If you are selling to consumers, it might be a good option. YouTube and other video sharing platforms can work for almost anyone, provided the video is educational, entertaining or, better still, both educational and entertaining. Avoid overly long productions – one minute is about right. And remember that posting videos has both SEO and search benefits (ask us why). Don't get started on your Social Media plan until you have read these words of caution:
- Social Media is usually cheaper than traditional media (Newspaper, TV, Radio, Outdoor) but it requires a lot of sweat equity (time spent making postings).
- Being on Social Media is not the same as being successful on Social Media.
- You need some copywriting and creative skills (nobody reads boring posts) or you need to hire somebody to ghost write your Social Media posts.
- It takes months or even years to build an audience, especially if you have not first built up a profile with traditional media.
Do you have any creative sales collateral ideas?
Many business owners waste valuable advertising dollars on overly produced sales collateral materials that are largely useless. Many are out of date by the time they are printed. Others are filled with me-too messaging that makes no impression on the reader. Vast quantities of sales collateral never even get out of the box used to deliver the sales materials. Plus just about everyone is forgetting that the need and purpose of sales collateral materials has been altered, but not eliminated, by the easy access to company information on the internet.
Is there any value in using digital marketing collateral materials?
There are almost endless options with digital technology. For example, printed sales collateral materials can be produced on demand, not in bulk. Digital technology also allows you to have a print run of "one", meaning you can print a single customized piece for a specific prospect or customer (remember the value of cross selling and upselling).
Give some thought, as well, to the form of any promotional collateral piece. Could it be altered to reninforce or highlight some important aspect of your product or service (the medium is the message)? What about appealing to more than just one sense (sight)? Start by looking at your competitor's sales collaterals and then doing everything possible to make your sales collateral different – and better.
Does Words at Work Advertising and Marketing offer seminar training?
How can I get started?
You can complete and forward our Getting Started form, or you can call our offices (905-940-6610) to book a training session.
I am looking for small business advertising tips and small business marketing ideas. Can you help?
Yes, over the last twenty-five years, we have been a trusted small business advertising agency for a variety of companies, organizations and non profits in Ontario, Canada and the U.S.A. Remember to ask about our market expanding small business internet online advertising services, including guidance on how to create an advertising and marketing plan for a small business.
You can also expect sales boosting marketing strategies for new or emerging small businesses, market expanding advertising campaigns custom designed for small business advertising budgets, plus free tips on how to reduce small business advertising costs (traditional media ad campaigns and online internet advertising) whether you are selling direct to consumers or need help with business to business advertising.
And remember to ask us about our unmatched website design and copywriting development services – the right choice if you want a profit boosting website that is a lead generation machine.
What are the best marketing, advertising and branding ideas for a new business?
Here is a tip you are not going to get from the typical Toronto marketing advertising company or any of the agencies that want you to believe they are among the top ad agencies and marketing companies in Toronto, Ontario or Canada – branding could be a very low priority, especially in the critically important first 6-12 months when many new businesses fail because the owners spend on the wrong things.
For example, if you are selling a packaged good, branding is vital because the buying decision is heavily influenced by things such as color choice and logo design, but if you are in the business to business category, logo design is far less pivotal and it is therefore a big mistake to invest a lot of time and money on logo design. See where you stand by asking us to review your existing spending on advertising. There is no cost or obligation – and at the very least you will get a free evaluation of your ads by an advertising professional with over 30 years of communications experience.
Where can I see examples of good and bad ads?
What can you do for a company in Canada or the U.S. that wants to outsource marketing and advertising?
We offer two outsourcing options – ongoing and project support. Ongoing support is the right choice for companies that want (need?) to make meaningful changes in marketing strategy. Project support is ideal for companies that need help with specific deliverables completed in a defined time frame. We have clients on both programs. Some have in-house marketing staff and are looking for leadership as well as guidance. Others have no in-house marketing staff and, as such, rely on us to deliver both marketing and advertising services.
Can you help if an individual or business is looking for a freelance writer in Markham?
Yes, Wolfgang Franke, President & Creative Director of Words at Work Advertising & Marketing, regularly accepts freelance writer assignments. Some of these requests for copywriting help come from Markham, others comes from Toronto and other cities across Canada, the United States and Europe.
Does Words at Work ever partner with other advertising agencies, marketing companies, internet online advertising firms or web designers?
Yes, we often work with other Canadian and U.S. companies in the marketing and advertising sector, provided there is no conflict with one of our existing clients. Most often, companies come to us because they need creative concepts and copywriting help on a wide variety of communications projects, ranging from radio and video scripts to direct mail and outdoor advertising.
We are also the perfect partner for web design and development companies that lack copywriting talent or need a proven web content writer to attract more clients – a business model that was proven to be very profitable for our existing partners in the Canadian website development sector. We could do the same for a partner in the U.S. and are particularly interested in establishing a partnership with web developers in or near Phoenix, Arizona.