Hi Everyone. It’s Biff and Julie – The Acme Chatters.
This blog is about how to post effective public ads on datelines and chatlines. The central feature of a dateline is the public ads boards. This is where everyone presents themselves to everyone else on the system. Each public ad has to be approved before it can be posted. The approval process is really just to screen out inappropriate behavior such as posting phone numbers or excessive vulgarity. We don’t screen for quality of ads. If someone wants to post a mediocre ad, we let them.
Biff: And I have heard some doozies!
The most important thing to start with is to take at least a little time to think about what you want to say and why. It seems so simple and yet few people appear to make the effort. We know that when you first try out the system you might not be ready post an ad. You can always go back and rerecord your public ad later. Also public ads, especially on busier systems, can fall off the public ad board fairly quickly. Each category of ads for each system is limited to approximately 100 public ads. We limit this to 100 because at an average of 35 seconds per ad it would take a long time to get down to ad#101. Your ad could become very stale and you wouldn’t realize why no one was responding to you anymore. So we make you rerecord after your ad falls off. You also have the option to just republish your exact old public ad if you remain satisfied with it.
So. What should you say in your public ad? Public ads are limited to one minute. That seems short, but its really enough time to get across what you want to say. Longer TV commercials are one minute. Many are 30 seconds or less. Start with your name (an alias or a nickname is fine) and where you are from. Perhaps include your approximate (or exact age). This serves as the “title” for your public ad.
Julie: I have heard several really cute nicknames. If you are creative you can reveal a lot about your personality, for good or for bad, in a short nickname.
You should spend at least twice as much time describing yourself and what you have to offer. No more than one-third of the public ad should talk about what you are looking for. If all you do is detail your wants and wishes, how will anyone decide whether they are interested in you? Here’s a list of potential items to discuss – your job, your hobbies, your looks, your passions, your physique, your hang-outs, your personality and your education.
Try to mention at least one unique, interesting and different thing about yourself. Something that will make you stand out from the crowd.
Biff: My claim to fame is that I have visited all 50 states. It probably hasn’t got me any dates, but it gives me something to talk about with almost anyone.
Finally its ok to mention what you are looking for. Try not to be too obnoxious. If you insist on a swimsuit model, you’d better have something to offer like six pack abs, a promising career or the most sparkling personality this side of the Mississippi. And don’t forget to tell her about it. She can’t see your biceps through the phone. It’s ok to have your preferences. Tall or short, old or young, with or without children, job, location etc. These are all ok. But remember, spend twice as much time selling yourself rather than excluding potential dates. If there’s interest you will have more than enough opportunities to get to know each other better.
Anyway, next blog we are going to discuss some actual public ads, both good and not so good (with names and specifics changed to preserve anonymity)
Biff and Julie – The Acme Chatters