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Classifieds FAQs


 

Q: Do you have advice on how to run a successful advertising campaign?

A: From deciding on a budget to figuring out your advertising goals and tailoring your message to the audience you want to reach, we have you covered. Click here for our “How Advertising Works” information.

Q: What classified categories do you offer?

A: We have categories to fit almost any advertisement, however our most popular sections include Vacation Rentals, Personals, and Real Estate.

Q: What does it cost to advertise?

A: We offer text advertising at a cost of $5.25 per word. Telephone numbers, including the area code, count as one word. Words divided by a slash or hyphens are counted individually. Zip codes are free. E-mail addresses and websites count as two words each. There is a 12-word minimum.

If you wish for logos, photos or artwork to appear in your ad, you must purchase a display ad. Display ads cost $400 per column inch, and are available in increments of 1/4" (1-inch minimum), with a standard column width of 2 3/16". Design services are also available for $60 per hour, with a 1 hour minimum charge.

View a complete list of options and prices.

Q: Does it cost anything to boldface words in my text ad?

A: We boldface the first two words in each ad for no additional cost. Additional boldfacing of entire words costs an extra $5.25 per word.

Q: Are there other ways to make my text ad stand out?

A: There are four ways to make your text ad stand out:

  1. Add our star icon to highlight your text ad for $35.
  2. Add a crimson border to your text ad for $60.
  3. Have your Harvard class year information in bolded red text for $7.
  4. Buy an online classified ad. Online classifieds appear concurrently with each print issue for just $40 extra. This is an excellent way to reinforce your print advertisement. If you miss a print deadline and want to advertise online instead, the cost is $5.25 per word (the same as a print ad). Another added bonus: your online ad can be linked directly to your webpage or email address. You can also include photos with your online text ad for $35 per photo.

To see examples of the star icon, crimson border and bolded class year, click here.


Q: What if I want to use a photo, logo, or color in my print ad?

A: You can buy a display ad, which allows for logos and artwork. Display ads cost $400 per column inch, and are available in increments of 1/4" (1-inch minimum), with a standard column width of 2 3/16". Design services are also available for $60 per hour, with a 1 hour minimum charge. Here is an example of a 1" display ad that would cost $400. To purchase a display ad, call (617) 496-6686 or email classifieds@harvard.edu.

Q: Can my ad to be placed in a certain part of a section (e.g. the first ad in a category, not toward the bottom, etc.)?

A: Positioning guarantees are not available in the classifieds section.

Q: When is my classified ad due?

A: Our 2019 issue dates and deadlines are as follows:

Issue

Deadline for Ads

Date Published

Jan-Feb 2019

11/15/18

1/1/19

Mar-Apr 2019

1/15/19

3/1/19

May-June 2019

3/15/19

5/1/19

Jul-Aug 2019

5/15/19

7/1/19

Sep-Oct 2019

7/15/19

9/1/19

Nov-Dec 2019

9/16/19

11/1/19

Q: Do you offer frequency discounts?

A: Our most successful advertisers get a greater response when doing multiple issues versus just one issue. It’s akin to when you see an ad on TV, hear it on the radio, or see it in a newspaper or magazine only 1 time and never again, you are less likely to act on it than if you had seen or heard it multiple times.
 
We do offer the following frequency discounts for multiple insertions:
 
·         10% off for 3 issues
·         15% off for 4 or 5 issues
·         20% off for 6 issues
*In order to receive frequency discounts, your ad must be pre-paid in full for all insertions at time of sale. These frequency discounts do not apply to Harvard Alumni Business Network ads or Special Section ads (e.g. Harvard Authors' Bookshelf, Spotlight Travel sections, Education special sections).

Q: Can you help me write my ad or suggest changes?

A: If you aren't sure how to write an ad, a great way to get ideas is to read through our classifieds section; this will show you how classifieds are generally worded. Browse the classifieds online. If you still have questions or if you would like us to help you write a text ad or design* a display ad, call (617) 496-6686 or send an email to classifieds@harvard.edu and we will be happy to help you.
*Design services for display ads are available for $60 per hour, with a 1 hour minimum charge. There is no charge for assistance in wording text ads.

Q: How do I pay for my classified ad?

A: Payment is due at the time of purchase. You can pay with a credit card or check (as long as the check is received and clears by the ad deadline for the issue you wish to start in). We accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover.

Q: How will I know if people are responding to my classified ad?

A: The best way to find out if people are responding to your ad in Harvard Magazine is to ask them how they heard about you (there is no way for us to track this data).

Q: I am ready to place my ad. What do I do now?

A: To place a text ad, click here, or send an email to classifieds@harvard.edu. To place a display ad, please send an email to classifieds@harvard.edu.

Q: I know I want to place an ad, but I still have questions. What should I do?

A: Please contact the Classifieds Department at (617) 496-6686 or send us an email at classifieds@harvard.edu

Q: What if I want to place an ad in another part of the magazine (outside of the classifieds section)?

A: View our national ad rates, Harvard Squared ad rates, web ad rates, or rates for ads that run in our monthly emails. For more information, please contact Bob Fitta, Director of Advertising, at (617) 496-6631 or email him at bob_fitta@harvard.edu.

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