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How Not To Do It
F. A. SOUTHWICK
HERE was once a man who had
rogs. Some men go to the dogs, but this man had dogs come to
him. He wanted to sell the dogs, but as they were fine bred hunters and worth $250 per, his friends were not enthusiastic. When he had begun to despair an ad solicitor came along and without the thought of any serious result the man mentioned dogs. Now, the ad solicitor was born several days befdre yesterday and was not surprised at any new idea. So he at once said "sure I can sell your dogs," and made an appointment for the following day. Now what the ad. solicitor did not know about dogs would, if printed, have the Alexandrian Library skinned to death and enough to spare to supply several problem novels.
But he refused to be lost, and he put in several hours looking up, so that next day he was on hand at the appointed time with a list of fine sporting papers, and a bunch of ads that made the dog owner envious of his stock. A contract
soon arranged for five insertions. The ad. was a beauty, and a puller, and wound up by asking 10c for photo of the dog.
Result, first deal 250 answers each with a 10c piece or stamps. No sales. Investigation showed that the dog seller had his young boy take a snap shot at the dog in whatever position it happened to be, and this was sent with a letter something like this, «Enclosed find photo., price $250.”
No mention of pedigree, markings, weight, measurements, training, age or any of the points a dog purchaser wants to know, “and so the cupboard was bare.
Next time the ad. solicitor turned up there was a row. When the air cleared he procured a good picture, fixed up a letter and went to work upon the names.
Result: Three sold on first call.
This is just the way some people treat inquiries—and say advertising don't pay.
It is better let the ad man suggest the way to do it.
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What Farmers Use Some clever work in the way of supplying to advertisers evidence designed facilitate the placing of advertising appropriations has been done by P. V. Collins, of the Northwestern Agriculturist. The results are compiled in a book of statistics of sixty-four pages.
The cover is in three color process designs. The object of the book is to prove that the power of advertising is not confined to the city population, but that it extends with equal force to the agricultural element. Mr. Collins says:
"The mammoth mail order houses which have developed within the last decade, and whose trade is almost exclusively with farm buyers, are tangible evidences that trade conditions have changed mightily in recent years.
“Yet few who have not given the subject special investigation have any conception of how the farmers of today (constituting over one-half of the population of the country) have learned to demand, not merely the bare necessities, but the recognized luxuries of civilization. For us to make that statement unsupported by the statistics contained in this booklet, would be of little force, but the result of our investigation has not merely confirmed the statement', but has brought overwhelming evidence which astonishes us, familiar as we were with farm conditions before our cen
The manner in which this information was gathered demanded a great deal of time and work. A year ago in the January 15 issue of The Northwestern Agriculturist there appeared fifty-two questions with an announcement to the effect that all who sent in answers to the questions before the last of that month would receive a present for their trouble. Notwithstanding the short time limit, there were 2,621 answers received, thoroughly representing the territory covered by The Northwestern Agricul. turist.
The questions were selected with a view to discovering the grade and, as far as possible, the quantity of goods used in the country districts. They were principally of a domestic character, but included articles
Claus. These two comprise nearly onehalf the replies.
Question No. 12 referred to ordering goods by mail. There were 1,863 replies, and 1,347 stated that they were mail-order house customers.
Of users of patent medicines there were 1,080, while 500 others denied the charge. Dr. Watkins' clients led, their number being 221, or more than 20 per cent of the total.
There would seem to be good opportunity
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for cream separator and hay press manufacturers. Out of 1,351 replies only 281 use separators, and there are but 6 out of 1.753 who replied who use hay presses.
The list of questions included not only farming implements, but nearly everything that is advertised to the farmer.
Subscribers Relate Experiences The American Agriculturist combination has published the results of its “Business Experience" contest, which was announced in its issue of November 28. Its subscribers were asked to answer the following questions :
First With what advertisers at present in our papers, or that have previously patronized our advertising columns, have you done business at any time, or all the time during the past few years?
Second-About how much money have you probably paid for their goods, as nearly as you can estimate?
Third-Have you been pleased with their dealings with you?
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Sixth-Do you always state in writing to advertisers that you saw the advertisement in our paper ?
Prizes to the amount of $200 were offered and the winner of the first prize was to be given $50. He proved to be W. H. Riddle, of Fork, Md., who as a result of an advertisement in the combination has bought and has contracts for future delivery of goods amounting to over $10,000 from a single firm. The advertisements of D. Y. Hallock & Sons, York, Pa., attracted Mr. Riddle's attention, and, following corresondence, the present highly suecessful business relations were begun.
The results of the contest together with facsimile letters showing the accuracy of all statements, has been printed in pamphlet form for distribution among advertisers.
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The Indiana Farmer, one of the veterans of the agricultural press, starts out the new year with all the vigor of a yearling. In a letter from Mr. W. F. Barrows, the vice-president of the company, he says: "Our business was
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The Press and the Plow
A little more than a year ago, Farm Journal, Philadelphia, was awarded a silver sugar bowl for
the reason that it "best serves its purpose as an educator and counselor for the rural population of the United States and is the most effective and economical medium for communicating with them through its advertising columns." As a result of this distinction, a little booklet has been issued by Farm Journal giving a list of the agricultural papers of the world and reproducing in half-tone the title pages.
These are through the courtesy of Farm Journal, shown in this issue of AGRICULTURAL ADVERTISING.
An interesting table closes the book, which bears the significant title, “The Press and the Plow." In one column, arranged alphabetically, are the foreign countries with their leading farm papers and circulation. In another, is given the states of the Union with the circulation of Farm Journal. With but one exception the circulation of Farm Journal in that state is shown to be excess of the total circulation of the leading farm papers of the country on the opposite line. The total circulation is given as 530,724 for Farm Journal, and 455,000 for the combined circulations of the leading farm papers in each foreign country of the globe.
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