Today, I’m going to share 10 Sample MLM Classified Ads with you. I’m going to teach you what a classified ad is, tell you why you should consider them and share some of my best success tips.
What is a Classified Ad?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know what a classified ad is. In case you don’t know, here’s how Wikipedia defines it:
Classified advertising is a form of advertising which is particularly common in newspapers, online and other periodicals which may be sold or distributed free of charge. Classified advertisements are much cheaper than larger display advertisements used by businesses, although display advertising is more widespread. ~ Wikipedia
Pick up any local newspaper, magazine or trade journal and you will more than likely see classified ads. They’re typically small ads, about 20 words in length. There are classified ads to buy and sell homes, for dating, for pets, for business opportunities, and hundreds of other things. These ads are cheap, short and simple, and to the point. They are typically designed to sell something.
Why Use Classified Ads?
Here’s just a few quick reasons to consider using classified ads.
# 1: They Are Targeted
Classified ads are targeted. You have the reader’s attention. They are looking at the classified ads because they are looking for something particular.
# 2: They Are Cheap
Compared to other forms of advertising, classified ads are pretty cheap. Depending on the size of the newspaper, most classified ads I’ve purchased cost between $10 and $20.
# 3: Less Competition
Most businesses (and network marketers) are obsessed with online advertising. Many of them have shifted from print media to online media. This created a huge opportunity for someone looking to do print classified ads.
# 4: People Read Newspapers
Believe it or not, many people still read the daily newspaper, especially the Baby Boomers!
# 5: Longer Shelf Life
Compared to internet ads, classified ads have a longer shelf life. They can stick around for several days to several weeks, after someone has purchased a copy of the newspaper. Compare that to an internet ad that is there and gone in a matter of seconds.
# 6: Lots to Choose from
There are thousands of newspapers to choose from. Once you find an ad that works, you have thousands of different publications you can advertise in.
# 7: Easy to Track
Classified ads are easy to track. You can use a simple code with each ad to know which ones are pulling the best.
The Two Step Selling Process
Chances are, if you are like most network marketers you will just advertise your business opportunity or create a work from home ad.
Let me do you a favor and tell you to keep your credit card or checkbook in your pocket. The LAST THING you want to do is spend your hard earned money to advertise a business opportunity in the classified ads (or anywhere else)!
I’ve been there and done that and it doesn’t work like it used too. Yes, it worked really well during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, but in today’s world, it isn’t anywhere near as effective as it used to be.
This is the process of advertising something free, to generate a lead, and then offering your products and/or business opportunity on the back end. Basically, you are giving away a free report, video or book, in exchange for the person’s contact information. In return, your “free information” offers your business opportunity or products.
For example, a funeral home can advertise a free “estate planning kit.” The kit is mailed to the person. It provides value and educates them on estate planning. It also educates the reader on the services offered by the funeral home. Plus, the funeral home can use a sequential follow up process to convert the person into a paying customer.
Following this same approach is a smart way to grow your network marketing business. I’ll share 10 examples below, to give you some ideas.
Sample MLM Classified Ads
Listed below are my top ten MLM Classified Ads using a two-step selling process. You can use any of these MLM Classified Ads as is, combine two or more, or create your own. Here they are, in no particular order.
Ad # 1: Weight Loss
FREE Video! 7 Tips to Lose Weight Without Dieting. Visit our website for details.
Ad # 2: Legal Services MLM Company
FREE CD: 10 Questions to Ask Before You Get Your Will Done! Call 24/7 recorded message.
Ad # 3: Coffee MLM Company
FREE REPORT! 10 Neat Ways to Make Money Selling Coffee. Visit our website for details.
Ad # 4: Utility MLM Company
Save Money On Your Electric Bill. 10 Secret Tips. Free Video. Visit our website for details.
Ad # 5: Cell Phone MLM Company
Free Video! How to Eliminate Your Cell Phone Bill for Good. Visit our website for details.
Ad # 6: Skin Care MLM Company
Free Report! 10 Skin Care Tips for People on a Budget. Call our 24/7 recorded message for details.
Ad # 7: CBD Oil MLM Company
Got CBD? Cash in on the CBD trend! Visit our website to see our video.
Ad # 8: Essential Oils MLM Company
Free DVD: 10 Ways to Reduce Your Stress with Essential Oils! Visit Our Website to Learn More.
Ad # 9: Insurance MLM Company
FREE WEBINAR: 10 Ways to Save Money On Your Insurance. Visit our website for details.
Ad # 10: Beauty & Makeup MLM Company
Free Report: How to Look Beautiful on a Budget! Call our 24/7 message for info.
Aren’t these ads a lot more appealing to you than a standard business opportunity ad? I think so.
Can’t you see how you could arouse your prospect’s attention with an ad like this? Trust me, this is MUCH better than most classified ads that you see in newspapers.
People like free stuff. People love free INFORMATION that will help them solve a problem or achieve something specific.
The beauty of this approach is that you focus on generating a lead, and then you let your free information do the SELLING, SIFTING and SORTING for you. This is EXACTLY how I build my business.
Here are some of my best success tips when placing classified ads.
# 1: Don’t Mislead People
Don’t be deceptive or misleading. Do not promote your opportunity as a job. If the person has to pay shipping and handling to get your free report, make sure you specify that in your ad.
# 2: Don’t be Boring
Find a way to really make your ad stand out from the other ads. Read the newspaper ahead of time and look at the other ads. Find a way to be different and get noticed.
# 3: Use the Two-Step Selling Process
We covered this earlier, but under no circumstances should you lead with your business opportunity. Instead, offer free information and let that information do the selling for you.
# 4: Consider Using a Bold Outline
For a small upgrade, normally just a few dollars, you can get a bold outline around your classified ad. This makes it pop!
# 5: It’s All About the Headline
The most important part of your classified ad is your headline. Put a lot of thought into your headline. It should be no more than 4-5 words. Whatever you do, your headline must get your reader’s attention!
# 6: Tell Your Reader What to Do Next
At the end of your classified ad, make sure you tell your reader what you want them to do next. This is vital! Tell them to call your 24/7 sizzle call or visit your website.
# 7: Don’t be a One Hit Wonder
You must place your ad more than one time. Most readers will need to see an ad several times before they respond. Commit to your ad for at least 6-months. If you aren’t willing to do that, don’t even place an ad.
# 8: Include a 24/7 Sizzle Call
Sizzle call numbers work good. This is a 24/7 recorded message. Your readers can call the number at their convenience, listen to your message, and request additional information if they want it!
# 9: Don’t Say the Name of Your Company
Do not lead with your business opportunity. If you do, do not say the name of your MLM Company. Ever!
# 10: Test, Test, Test
It’s vital that you test and track what you do, especially if you are advertising in more than one publication. Include some type of tracking code so you know which ad each of your leads comes from.
In summary, these are 10 sample MLM Classified Ads you can use to promote your network marketing business in newspapers, trade journals, and magazines.
When you write an ad you want to be short and to the point. Use a catchy headline that grabs your prospect’s attention, share a few benefits of what you have to offer and then tell your reader what you want them to do next! It really is that simple.
Even though the internet is gaining popularity, people still read the newspaper, especially weekly publications. Plus, you will have a lot LESS competition if you focus on newspaper ads since so many network marketers are obsessed with the internet. Combine that with a two step selling process and you will be on your way.
What are your thoughts? What are your favorite classified ads to promote your MLM Business in newspapers? What type of results have you experienced? Leave a comment and let us know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.