Help Desk

 How to Post an Effective Ad

 
It is easy to post an ad online quickly, but to maximize your effort, consider the many ways your ad might be improved upon for better results. There are many factors to creating an effective classified ad. Here are a few tips from our experts: 
 
Use an attention-grabbing title.
Create a title that will get your ad noticed by others and an apt description that uses key words or phrases which someone might use when searching for the item you are selling. How effective an internet ad is depends very strongly on the ability of potential buyers to locate the posting. The more detail you can provide on the item, the higher the quality of the leads will be.
 
Add humour! 
Making those who view your ad laugh is a surefire way to set it apart from the pack. Sometimes, if you are lucky, funny ads may go viral, since everyone wants to share a good laugh with family and friends on social media (remember, keep it family friendly)!
 
A picture says a thousand words.
Ads with photos receive higher quality, more serious replies than those without, and are typically viewed 55% more. Adding well lit, good quality images to your ad will go a long way in creating buyer interest. Unlike newspaper classifieds, there is no cost to post a picture on Kijiji, so take advantage and include images on your ads to maximize both free and paid advertising.
 
Double-check your city and category.
It is important to ensure that you post your ad to the correct city and category. If your ad is miscategorized, interested parties may have a difficult time locating it. For example, if your item is located in Vancouver, but you posted it in Toronto, no local people will see your ad, and making a sale will be very difficult.
 
Make sure your price is in line with the current market.
People expect used items to be significantly lower in price than new items. Conducting a price comparison on Kijiji can help you ensure your item is in line with the current market. Simply type the name of your item in the Kijiji search engine to view similar ads and their prices.   
 
Pay a little, get a lot!
Sometimes, an ad might just need a little boost to receive the exposure it deserves. Free classifieds are a great start, but if you are motivated towards increasing exposure, consider upgrading your free advertisement with a paid feature
 
To expand your reach, Do it Yourself Banners are also available and enable advertising across Canada, in multiple categories. These can be purchased to drive traffic to your Kijiji ad, or to an outside website.
 
Best of luck, and happy selling!