Is it correct to use "if you look for" instead of "if you're looking for" when promoting a product?

"If you look for creamy peanut butter spread, you may message me."

I used "look for" because the progressive tense, "You are looking for" refers to action that is currently happening.

Also, should there be an "a" in creamy peanut butter? I believe there shouldn't be an "a" because spread is an uncountable noun.

Thank you!

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    When you look … would sound more natural in conjunction with the present tense. Plus, it's better for advertising to say that somebody definitely will, rather than only making it a possibility. – Jason Bassford Jul 20 '20 at 15:19
  • (Also, while spread can be a mass noun, it can also be countable. In this context, it's your choice.) – Jason Bassford Jul 20 '20 at 15:21
  • Regarding my first question, but is it correct to use "if you look for" in that scenario? – Bea Rose Jul 20 '20 at 15:24
  • @BeaRose If you look is grammatical, but it's not as idiomatic as when you look. – Jason Bassford Jul 20 '20 at 15:24
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    @BeaRose Yes, both a spread and spread are correct in this context. But they do have different meanings. If you say a spread, you are suggesting they are looking for a jar of spread, a brand of spread, or a type of spread. Without the a, it's just spread in general. – Jason Bassford Jul 20 '20 at 16:19

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