If all you really need is a banner ad in front of your target audience, why reinvent the wheel? Try a service called PointBanner. They’ve got one of the cleanest sales pitches we’ve heard in awhile – custom banner advertisements, 3 revisions, 48 hours, $49.
Unlike 99designs and Crowdspring, this service is strictly banner ads and all design work is performed by PointBanner’s staff. No competitions with mystery contestants; no you-get-what-you-pay-for business model. Because you get 3 design revisions, you can actually work with your designer to get it just right. Point Banner also promises 100% custom work, so you’re not paying a pricey design firm or freelancer from Craigslist for templates.
Here’s how it works: Submit a design request through PointBanner’s online system. You can choose a bundled package or pay the $49 fee for a single size. Choose from rectangle, square, leaderboard, skyscraper, or full banner sizes (minimal upcharge of $5 for animation). Then, give PointBaner your ad text, URL, and any special instructions. Finish off by uploading your logo. Within 24 hours, you will receive access to your PointBanner account (where all your ads are stored) and your first design iteration.
For local businesses or cash-strapped firms, this is pretty good deal. You’re not paying for design services you don’t need or treking into unchartered advertising territory.