What is a TV Audience Impact?

August 10, 2018By Simon FosterAdvertising Media Training, DRTV Training, Marketing Training, Media Buying Training, Media Planning Training, TV Media Planning Training No Comments

TV audience impacts are a measure of audience volume in media planning. In traditional media they are called impacts, in digital media they tend to be called impressions. What is the definition of a TV audience impact? An impacts is: One person Seeing one ad At one time Example: If 5 million people watch an … Read More

How is brand advertising different to direct response advertising?

June 19, 2018By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Advertising Media Training, Direct Marketing Training, DRTV Training, Media Evaluation Training, Media Planning Training, TV Media Planning Training No Comments

Brand advertising techniques are very different to direct response advertising techniques.  Even when you are running an integrated multi-channel campaign it is important to understand the key differences between the two approaches so that you can orchestrate your overall campaign plan and budget to deliver maximum ROI. To illustrate some of the key differences here … Read More

TV Media Planning Terms – calculating media reach and frequency using TVRs

April 22, 2018By Simon FosterAdvertising Media Training, Media Buying Training, Media Planning Training, TV Media Planning Training No Comments

When media planners develop TV campaign plans they are often optimising the relationship between three sets of numbers: TVRs (or GRPs, or TRPs) – TVRs or TV rating points are a reflection a target audience using both demographics and geography. If there are 50m adults in the UK then 1 Adult National TVR is 1% of … Read More

What is the sales funnel and is it alive or dead?

April 18, 2018By Simon FosterAdvertising Media Training, CRM Training, Marketing Training, Media Planning Training No Comments

The sales funnel is one of the most powerful conceptual tools in marketing. It gives marketers the ability to contextualise how consumers move from being unaware prospects to converted brand advocates. It was originally conceived by Elias St. Elmo Lewis an American ad agency owner who was operating out of Philadelphia in the early 1900s – … Read More

Understanding brand awareness, consideration and preference

February 13, 2018By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Marketing Training, Media Planning Training No Comments

Brand awareness is vitally important in the marketing process. As consumers need to be aware of a product and brand to purchase it, then the more consumers who are aware, the more purchases take place. This hierarchical approach, begins with awareness and moves through consideration and preference to purchase. This hierarchical path is sometimes called … Read More

How do TVRs build media reach and frequency?

January 29, 2018By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Advertising Media Training, DRTV Training, Media Buying Training, Media Planning Training, TV Media Planning Training No Comments

As we saw in the “what is a TVR” post a TVR is a percentage of a given target audience in a given geographic base.  But is a TVR any more than that? Well, yes it is. A TVR is an important factor in calculating how media activity builds reach and frequency. Reach is the … Read More

Advertising Response Rates by Channel

February 15, 2017By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Direct Mail Training, Direct Marketing Training, Media Planning Training No Comments

Understanding response rates by media channel is a vital component of marketing and media planning. If you know the response rates, media costs and likely conversion rates of each channel you are using, you can forecast the ROI of your planned activity – before you spend any budget. This helps to de-risk your marketing activity … Read More

DRTV Response Rates

January 9, 2015By Simon FosterDRTV Training, Media Buying Training, Media Evaluation Training, Media Planning Training, TV Media Planning Training

We’re often asked to forecast or estimate campaign response rates, especially in DRTV. Here are some guidelines for those who want them: Set 1 – DRTV Phone Response Rates (high to low range as a percentage of total impacts) DRTV Type 1 – Hard Hitters – these DRTV hard hitters, with no-nonsense creative, usually on … Read More

Media ROI Evaluation Techniques

May 30, 2014By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Media Evaluation Training, Media Planning Training

Techniques for tracking advertising and media ROI are often discussed by both advertisers and agencies as they seek to identify and maximise the ROI effect of media budgets. Deciding on which techniques to use can raise a number of issues depending on the data and budgets available for advertising evaluation. Before we get into the techniques themselves … Read More

Does social media drive sales?

January 7, 2014By Simon FosterDigital Media Training, Media Evaluation Training, Media Planning Training, Social Media Training

The question of sales generation is a growing problem for social media. Despite all the hype, it’s almost impossible to find any conclusive cross-category evidence that social media drives sales.  Yes, there are some isolated examples of success; Dell’s Twitter pages announces some great deals and I’m sure ASOS can whip up a bit of extra … Read More

Advertising and Media Planning Books

March 13, 2013By Simon FosterAdvertising Media Training, Marketing Training, Media Planning Books, Media Planning Training

Here’s a selection of must-read selection of adverting media planning and buying books for those working in advertising and communications strategy. If you click the link you can find the book on Amazon. The Communications Challenge: A practical guide to media neutral planning A practical guide to communications planning. Becoming quite collectable. Even I’m in … Read More

Facebook ‘likes’ don’t increase brand preference or sales

May 9, 2012By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Digital Media Training, Media Planning Training, Social Media Training

Here’s an iron for the fire: “Facebook ‘likes’ do not cause increased brand preference or increased sales so marketing campaigns designed to increase the number of ‘likes’ are unlikely to increase brand preference or sales.” I was moved to develop and explore this hypothesis after reading an article on the real cost of brand building … Read More

Social Media Metrics Made Simple: Focus on Sales and Customers

February 20, 2012By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Digital Media Training, Media Planning Training, Social Media Training

I am amazed that so many people spend so much time defining and discussing social media metrics. Why? Because the answers marketers (and shareholders) want are very, very simple. Marketers want only one thing from marketing budget investment. Marketers want sales – sales are key; almost everything else is a proxy for some point on … Read More

Advertising Frequency and Diminishing Marginal Utility

December 1, 2008By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Advertising Media Training, Media Evaluation Training, Media Planning Training

Economists have a concept called Diminishing Marginal Utility. This means that each additional time a consumer consumes something they get less satisfaction from consuming it. So, if I have one coffee, I find it very satisfying, two could be OK, but by the time I get to three I’m not getting much additional satisfaction, infact, … Read More