See, I've been looking at ads, and thinking "Are those people NUTS?" and then I see their horse sell. So then I wonder, "is it just me? Do I expect strange things?". Add to all of this, that I am in the middle of making a few ads, and well.... I have a ton of silly little questions on "what do you like" types of things.
And no, I am not looking just for people who are horse shopping. But seriously, don't we all check out the ads to see what's out there? A little Dream Horse here, and a bit of Craig's List there, and every once in a while you see something that makes you say "WOW!" or "Ewwww". I would like to have people think "wow" when they see my horses, and NOT eww.
So, first up. Do you prefer pictures with humans in them, or with out? I don't mean that random fat guy with no shirt type of humans, but rather the horse being handled. Here are some examples:
Next up, what do you prefer as the main ad image? Most online ads will let you have a "main" or teaser picture, and then once you click on the ad you get to see multiple pictures. So which should I use?
And lastly (is that a real word?) how much does back ground matter to you? Of course junk in the back ground is BAD. But in the above image of the filly, the back ground shows a spot where many fences meet up. It's busy, but it's not garbage. Here are a few examples of the types of background options I have. I'd like to know your preference. Keep in mind, while these are all conformation style shots (or failed attempts) I can do any of the above styles with one of these backgrounds.
Natural with Photoshopped clean up (poo be gone!)
Non Distracting normal equipment
Barn Yard (Yeah it's over exposed, sorry)
Pasture with other horses
Grass and Black Fence
Neighbor's Hay Field
I'd like to know if any of those back grounds turn you off, draw your focus, make you look at, or away from the horse. You know....what do you love and hate? And if there is anything I didn't ask about, but you've seen in other horse ads that makes you crazy, or makes you love it, please feel free to share! I'm sure I'm not the only one that would like to know. Trying to guess what others like is much easier said then done!