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The effectiveness of publication advertising depends on your advertising and promotion objectives, as well as the budget you have for advertising. Publication advertising has strengths and weaknesses relative to other ad media. In general, you want to use media that reach your target audience and allow you to present effective messages affordably.


A key advantage of publication over newspapers as a print medium is the potential for high-impact messages. Full-page magazine ads rich with color and visual imagery can attract attention and enhance the visual presentation of your products. Publications commonly use glossy finish and allow for full-color spreads. You can use "bleed" images or color backgrounds -- meaning have them extend all the way to the page edges, without a border -- to present a product image that really stands out.


A major factor of publication ad effectiveness relative to many other media is the interest of the audience. Publication readers typically have strong interest in the theme or topic of a given publication. There are hundreds of publications often targeting niche interests. If you advertise computer software, for instance, you can finds several publications related to technology generally and computer software specifically. If you advertise a product or service closely tied to the publication's theme, you likely reach readers who have natural interest in products or services like yours. Finding this close link between readers and your brand is critical to effectiveness.


A limiting factor to publication effectiveness is the cost. Ads in national publication commonly cost several thousand dollars per issue. You can opt for smaller, quarter-page or half-page ads to save money, but those often get lost in the clutter of a large publication with lots of advertisements.

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