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Puck Ad by ElectricGecko Puck Ad by ElectricGecko
So I'm thinking of running some banner ads on key comic-type sites, and this is what I've come up with so far.

I'm looking to generate some traffic, and originally I'd planned on having a whole cast of characters filling the panel, but with the copy and all that, I found one character seemed to be enough.

Let me know what you think.
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:iconizitmee:
izitmee Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I like this a LOT :) But, I think it is a great ad for people that already know Puck. Maybe some other character, or a more distinct image would be better, to titillate new readers :P
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Yeah, I may refine the ad concept. It's a hard thing to do! And it takes such fiddling and work, for something that (to me) is sort of on the side. But it's important, I guess.
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EpsilonEagle Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Nice ad! The dimensions of it would also make a great bookmark too!
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Yeah, bookmark. Never thought of that. Mind you, people would actually have to be reading them ol' books to use one...
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EpsilonEagle Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I still read them, I don't know about you but I don't trust all this digital stuff yet. I mean, I may sound old fashioned, but 20 years from now when all the suave cell phone aficionados have tentacles growing out of their heads suddenly these things won't be so cool anymore, lol.
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Oh, I'm with you. But it seems like I'm an old man these days with all these digital whippersnappers running around me...
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:iconepsiloneagle:
EpsilonEagle Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Lol, I know how that feels! I don't even own a cell phone (mostly because I hate them).
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
It's a nice drawing of Puck. But it doesn't give us a clue to what she's about, Freckles not withstanding. Couldn't you put something suggestive in the background to get people wondering along a definite line - a genre clue?
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Yeah, that's a common point people have - that the ad really gives you no clue about the nature of the strip. And quite frankly, I don't think I COULD really effectively sum up the concept in that limited space. Perhaps if I went to a multi-frame animated GIF, but for this one, I was just trying to shoot for the curiosity factor.

It's a learning process, I guess. On to better and more interesting ads!
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
I figured as much, about summing it up, otherwise I'd have offered a suggestion. A potential solution is to pidgeon hole it in a genre. And while that may prove invalid, it may yet serve the purpose.
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks good and it's eye-catching. There are two problems, in my opinion: the title is not very legible, and the banner in itself doesn't scream "funny". There are two funny slogans, but the character herself looks quiet and pensive, and, were I a casual reader, I would probably think that I'm dealing with a romance comic called "Buck".
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Yeah, you echo a few other people in issues with the legibility of the title and the inherent unfunniness of the ad. I'm not sure how to address either of them right now, but I'm thinking...
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think the ad has to be funny, but I definitely think it has to look funny, to evoke funniness. Maybe if she were laughing instead of smiling, that would do the trick.
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AzureSnowflake Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student General Artist
I think it's a brilliant idea~! It stands out very well, toooo~ |3
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Thank you! And thanks for the fave!
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Everyday-Grind-Comic Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cute, sexy, and mostly, eye catching! well done, sir!

btw I've taken upon meself to start reading from #1! it's so cool to see from where everything started :aww:
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Well, I commend and thank you for your desire to read from the beginning. You get to see how really, really crappy many of the strips looked way back when!
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Everyday-Grind-Comic Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, well old just means that they give you greater appreciation for the new!
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NuisanceBearEull Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
I think it's damned adorable, that's what! :heart:
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Thanks! Adorable was what I was shooting for.
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SilentLeona Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really lovely banner :D I loved her face in it :3 she has a really pretty smile !!
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Thanks! Most pictures of Puck in the comic always have her making some ridiculous face, so I like these opportunities to just make her smile like a normal person once in a while.
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SilentLeona Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D hahahahah yess xDD !!
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aaronmizuno Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome ad xD
The "P" was a little difficult to make out, but the flavor text at the bottom helps a lot. :3
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Hmmm. That title's been the official Puck logo for (cough) thirteen years. I've never had someone report that the 'p' was confusing, but it's something to think about. Perhaps the angle makes it a little more visually confusing. As long as it doesn't look like an 'f', then we're okay.
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aaronmizuno Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
*nods* It's totally the angle that does it.
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Sweet! :eager:
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Thank you. And thanks for the fave!
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Ben-Keen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011   Digital Artist
She looks great...good ad!
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Thanks! So far, I'm not averaging many clicks, but ... I guess that's the world of internet ads. No one wants to click 'em.
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I-Am-DeVan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I think it's awesome. Wait...300% More? That's like...three times more...:iconyeahplz:
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Three times more doesn't sound nearly as awesome as 300% though, does it?
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I-Am-DeVan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:iconnopeengineerplz:
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Gid-e-oN Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Looks great. Are you going to do a run on Project Wonderful?
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Yeah, I'm trying to figure out Project Wonderful. It's ... weird, man. And it's a lot of effort, monitoring your bids and this and that. I managed to get this ad running only in Canada for today on Smackjeeves, but honestly I don't even know what I'm doing.

I got eight hundred imprints. And one click. Not the most encouraging of starts, but hey. We'll see where it goes.

Have you done any advertising?
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Gid-e-oN Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Well, 800 could be good as long as you have the web-address on the add. At least they may be just entering the address as opposed to clicking through.

I haven't done any advertising yet, but I'm doing my research about how to get some done.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Yeah, I'm trying to look at it as just increasing brand awareness, but man, you get on Project Wonderful and it starts hurting your ego. Many of the bigger webcomics are listed as sellers on that site, and to see the site stats ... ouch. There are some web comics that have overy a million hits every day or two. Like, HOW? And some of them are pretty good, but they're not 'blow my mind' amazing.

Let me put it this way: I think we're better than some of these guys. I just think we need to spread the word.
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Gid-e-oN Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Agreed 100%.

Over a million hits a day you say?

Shit. I'd love to get me a piece of that. :grump:
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Well, over a million hits for five days or so. But even that totally destroys the combined traffic of everything on sites like Smackjeeves or Comicfury. ONE COMIC. Now THAT'S power.
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Globbo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
More freckles? I would have clicked.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Well, note how the point of reference isn't really identified. More compared to what? Ads. Gotta love 'em.
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wulfnstein Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
lol luring people in with freckles, nice trick
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Freckles work better than worms, man. ANY DAY.
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Shannonandklara Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
The layout and design are solid but I think it needs a more expressive/dynamic image of puck. as it is it's just a simple picture of a cute girl. there are a ton of ads with cute girls and its difficult to stand out. the pose doesn't convey anything about her or the comic. you draw her with great faces in the comic and that should be in the ad as a selling point.
also try a few different versions of the "freckles" joke. I'm not saying it isn't funny but if your going to use one line to sell it, it should be as funny as possible.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
True. Could be a little more dynamic. I find it (personally) really hard to be funny in one panel, though. That's not my humor style. And yes, there's some 'pretty girl' derivative-type stuff going on here, but enh. I'll try to crank things up for another ad, but I don't think I'll be able to ever make an ad that's truly funny. (And to be honest, I don't think I've ever SEEN a comic ad that's truly funny. They usually kind of fall flat.)
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Shannonandklara Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
it doesn't have to be super funny but it should be as clever and interesting as you can make it. it's about really grabbing someone's attention in that half a second most people spend looking at ads.
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Lintastic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ZOMG! That is so epic!!! <3
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
What's the 'z' for in ZOMG?
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Lintastic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
To be honest, I think it's a "typo" that just took and became mass-produced as it's supposed to just be OMG, but since the "z" key is right next to the shift key, someone just added it accidentally and played it off like it's better than OMG...or something. xD
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Cool! Now I know.
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