Many are turning to banner advertising as an effective way to get their message to a large group of people in a relatively short time. The banner message is first created. In seven feet tall letters, the banner could be 120 feet long or more. When that is in place, a plane with a hook on its tail flies low and snags the tow rope. As it is pulled through the sky, virtually everyone below will read the message.
Billboard ads are highway billboard messages pulled behind planes. The message either contains logos, words, or photographs. They are used to advertise a product, a service, a charity, or a special event. Individuals have used banners to recognize an achievement, to congratulate someone on an honor, or even to propose marriage.
Due to the nature of the United States’ political system, it seems someone is virtually always running for office somewhere, especially during the summer and fall of major election years. In recent years, some candidates have used aerial ads to spread their message, and for good reason. Banner or billboard ads as described above are an ideal way of promoting a candidate. Here are some reasons why this is true.
First, a banner or billboard ad can focus on just a particular constituency. Unlike printed ads that could be available to people far outside the voting district of the candidate, or TV ads that must be repeated to be sure people see them, banner ads fly over just the area of a city, county, or state of the candidate’s jurisdiction.
Second, the ads reach a large number of people in a short period of time. Yes, it is best to shake hands with each person in the district, but this is not always possible or practical. A billboard or banner flying over a city, sports event, political rally, or beach will put the name and slogan of the candidate before the people in a matter of minutes.
Third, billboards can display a picture of the candidate. Imagine a billboard of a candidate moving from a stationary stand and flying over every person in the district! The drone of the engine grabs people’s attention. The banner flying overhead demands to be read. Then, when it is time to vote, the citizens will recognize his name and, possibly, will vote for him.
Yes, personal contact is best. Nothing beats getting out, meeting the people, and finding out what is important to them. The banner or billboard going before or after the visit will only reinforce this is a candidate who wants their vote. All this culminates in more votes on election day.
Finally, a big advantage of banner ads is the cost. Banners are a one time expense but, if the candidate plans to run again, the banner can be stored and reused without additional production cost. This is a claim few other methods of advertising could make. Overall, it is one of the cheapest methods of getting a candidate’s name before the people. Many have used it and can attest to its effectiveness.