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  • Video Marketing: Create an Effective Ad for TV Advertising

    Video Marketing: Create an Effective Ad for TV Advertising

    GoDRTV is a Video Marketing company in LA and our specialty is producing marketing videos for products and services and placing ads on national TV. With streaming services such as Netflix, some might say that TV advertising is becoming less relevant. However, national TV is still considered a mega phone from the highest mountain and can be an incredibly effective way to reach a large audience. Creating Effective Ads There is a method to the madness or rather the EFFECTIVENESS of a national television campaign. Below, we have put together some tips to consider when you’re getting to ready to advertise on Television. Know Your Audience Understand your audience. That is key to creating an effective ad. Here are some questions to consider as you outline the perfect audience for your campaign. Answering these questions will help you create an ad that resonates with your target audience. Who are you trying to reach? What are their needs and wants? What motivates them?Answering these questions will help you create an ad that resonates with your target audience. Keep your Ad Short & Sweet Television ads are typically only 30 seconds to a minute long. In this short amount of time, you need to grab the viewer’s attention and convey your message. Keep it simple and focused. Make It Memorable Strong Video Marketing should make an impression and be memorable Infuse your marketing video with creativity, humor, or a catchy tagline to help your ad stand out. Showcase Your Product or Service After your initial hook, your Marketing Video should kick it into high gear as it reviews your product’s benefits and features and all the ways it will make your audience’s quality of life. Answer this important question: How is your product unique? Have an irresistible offer! Or don’t mention money at all. We had a client who was selling a high-priced BBQ grill shaped like a race car engine. Leaving the price point on the marketing video resulted in disappointing leads. After removing the price from the ad, their number of calls increased to 3,500 per week! Placing Your Ads on TV Once you have your Marketing Ads are ready to go, the next step is to buy media and place them on TV! But where do you start? Here are some tips to consider before you buy media: Tip #1 – Test with Online Marketing! Placing ads on national TV can be expensive, and you don’t want to figure out what works and doesn’t in the TV arena. For this reason, we recommend that you start with some online marketing. This could include Social Media, Google Adwords, Youtube, etc. The reason is multifold! Online Marketing will help you refine your messaging, your offer and also your website landing page! You will also get a much better understanding of your target audience and the buyers that are most responsive to your product. Once you are equipped with a polished ad, offer and bug-free landing page, you are ready for primetime! Tip #2 – Do a Two-Week Test on National TV We take a crawl, walk, run approach to media buying. We recommend a 2-week national test to gauge the viability of the product for Television and the networks that have been chosen for the campaign. This 2-week test will generally cost $25,000-$50,000 for 100-150 National TV spots. Case Study: For one of our clients, we kept testing for an entire year. Their return on ad spend averaged about $2-$5. In other words, they would gross $2-$5 for every $1 spent on advertising. During the testing, we discovered a lot of networks that delivered a lot of sales but other networks didn’t. Once we had a long list of bullet-proof networks that had historically brought in sales, our client rolled out and is now averaging a ROAS of $7. Tip #2 – Effective Ads Choose Effective Channels As mentioned above, it’s integral to choose the right networks to reach your target audience.  We work with all of the TV networks that you know and love and much more. Here are just a few examples of the TV networks that we work with. Do some research on which channels have the highest viewership for your target demographic. At GoDRTV, not only do we research the networks by demographic, but we also have tools that tell us about similar brands and their TV campaigns. In other words, it’s not a guessing game! We can piggy-back on competitors’ trials-and-error to know what networks work for them and test those networks for your ad. Tip #3 – Schedule Your Ads As you can see, there are a lot of pieces that have to come together to create a successful TV campaign. One of those elements is TIMING. Determine the best times to air your video ads based on your audience’s viewing habits. For example, if your target audience consists of stay-at-home parents, you might want to air your ads during the day. If your product is a sleeping pill, you may want to air between midnight and 6am. Our team of expert media buyers can help you develop a strong TV campaign. Tip #4 – Monitor Your Results This goes without saying, but it’s important to analyze your results! How di your ads perform, which dayparts and networks did best? There are plenty of methods to figure out which networks and times or even offers brought the most calls or visits to the website. From Mercury Media If your call-to-action is an 800 number, you can associate a specific  number to a network and you can get as granular as you’d like. Some campaigns have dozens if not hundreds of 800 numbers. Or your sales rep can simply ask the caller which network the ad appeared on. Then there is web attribution! Sure, you can promote different landing pages on different ad variations, but there are two easier ways to do attribution for web leads. The first is PROMO CODES. For example, an that appears on Fox could offer FOX911 as a promo code to receive 10% off. Another method of attribution and probably the most accurate is using an attribution tool which monitors the level of activity on your website and associates it with the exact times your ads are schedule to air on Television. Use this information to make tweaks to your media buy and improve your ads’ performance during the next round. Examples of Effective Video Marketing Ad Campaigns As you know, Video can be an incredibly effective tool in reaching large audiences and driving sales! Here are some fun video campaigns that used humor and creativity to make for very successful campaigns: Dollar Shave Club:In 2012, Dollar Shave Club launched a video marketing ad on that quickly went viral on youtube and was viewed by millions. The video features Michael Dubin who is the CEO of the company as he walks through the warehouse and delivering a fun pitch for the company’s subscription service. Within just 48 hours, Dollar Shave Club’s video marketing had garnered 12,000 online orders! Eventually, the company would be bought out for $1 billion.[embedded content] Old Spice:I’m sure you have seen this Old Spice commercial that aired in 2010 pushing the company’s sales through the roof! Featuring Isaiah Mustafa, this series of humorous and quirky videos went viral overnight contributing to one of the most successful campaigns ever!  The result was an instant 107% sales increase and a 55% boost to the web traffic.[embedded content] Blendtec: “Will it blend?” was the theme of a series of videos released by Blendtec in 2006! You could not tear your eyes away from the company’s founder blending various objects to see if the Blendtec blender would, well… blend them! The videos kick started a massive success streak for the brand resulting in a 700% in sales! [embedded content] What are types of TV advertising? Here are some of the most common types of TV Video Marketing: Traditional short-form commercials:These are the types of Video Marketing ads that you will see most often. They range from 15 to 120 seconds and introduce a brand new product to audiences. At GoDRTV, we generally produce a :120 second infomercial, then cut it down to a :60 sec and :30 sec ads that we add into the rotation after one month to increase frequency. Long-Form Infomercial video ads:Long-form infomercials typically run 28.5 minutes and are used to sell more complex products that may need 3D animation or a series of testimonials. Product placement ad:If you have ever seen a product in a film or TV show, that is most likely a product placement that the brand paid the producers for. You will see the product integrated into the story and is often clearly featured. Sponsorship ad:“This programming is brought to you by…” is what you will hear as these types of ads appear, generally right before or at the end of a commercial break. How much does TV advertising cost? When you’re doing Video Marketing, the cost of TV advertising varies depending a few factors, including the following: Daypart:That’s another way of saying the time your ads will air. Ads that are scheduled during primetime are generally more expensive than those ads that air in the wee hours of the night. However, Prime time isn’t always the best time depending on your product. If you’re selling a sleeping pill, you would probably consider overnight placements to reach an audience who is still awake. The Length of your ad:Longer ads are generally more expensive than shorter ads. The cost of a :60 second ad is generally half of a :120 sec ad. The cost of a :30 is half of a :60, and so on and so forth. TV Network:NBC, CBS and ABC are broadcast networks and are a lot more expensive than Cable Networks such as Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, E! Entertainment, DIY, etc. Audience reach:Ad campaigns with a bigger reach cost more! Targeting a bigger audience is generally more expensive than a campaign that targets a smaller audience. Cable TV can cost as low as $25 in a small city with 40,000 households or $250 per spot on a national Cable network. The cost of a TV ad on a Broadcast network could range from a few thousand and up. Of course, placing an ad during Super Bowl is a different ball game. Generally, TV advertising can cost anywhere from thousands of dollars  dollars to several million dollars, depending on the items listed above. However, as an agency that has been buying media for over a decade, we will be able to negotiate better rates for you or your clients and most likely even get you bonus ads by leveraging our relationships with TV networks. How much does it cost to produce a TV Commercial? The cost of producing a TV commercial can range widely depending on a few factors, including the length of the ad, the complexity of the production, location, and the talent involved. Creating an animation video that was done entirely through a software will likely cost a lot less than a production requiring cast, crew, equipment and location rentals and permits. Here are some estimates to give you an idea of what to expect: Local TV commercial:A 30-sec local TV ad can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000 depending on some of the factors listed above. Regional TV commercial:A short-form Regional TV commercial, generally ranging from :30-:60 seconds will typically cost between $10,000 and $50,000 depending on the same factors. National TV commercial: A regional TV commercial can typically be used for a National campaign but if you are going to be seen across the nation, you want to make the best impression on your audiences. If you take the animation rate, a National spot could cost between $10,000 and $25,000 whereas a Live Action National Ad could go from $50,000 to $500,000 or more to produce. All of the estimates above are just that! Estimates! The actual cost of producing a TV commercial can vary greatly depending on your specific Video Marketing needs. As an experienced video production company, we can work with you to understand you goals and budget and develop a production plan that meets your needs while staying within your budget. Contact us so we can create an effective Video Marketing campaign for you! Short Form CommercialsLong Form InfomercialsCorporate VideosExplainer VideosMotion Graphic Animation VideosOur Studio Locations

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  • Concepts Video Productions: “Deadly Scorpion” for Drug Free NJ

    Up until now, Creative Director Collette Liantonio thought the most challenging animal to film was the cat.  Cats don’t listen!  But then our company was challenged to brainstorm an original concept for the 2023 anti-opioid campaign for Partnership for Drug Free NJ. What is the most terrifying, venom filled creature that is the perfect metaphor for the toxins in the killer opioid Fentanyl?… A deadly Scorpion! Drug Free NJ’s mission is to educate and get everyone talking about the dangers of opioids. The NJ creative team at Concepts Video Productions developed a “killer” concept certain to attention of parents and children alike. We knew our message would get eyeballs on TV, social media, highway rest stop kiosks, mass transit signage, in classrooms and on a Times Square billboard.  “A scorpion’s sting can kill your kid. Fentanyl can kill all the kids in your neighborhood.”  Where did we find our “star”, the Scorpion?  Executive VP Jon Calderaro had lived in Costa Rica where scorpions abound, but our budget limited us to the environs of NJ, so he and producer Marissa Ciancitto scouted NJ Exotic Pets in Lodi, NJ, where they found an abundance of scorpions and other venomous creatures.  Stock footage was not an option given the need for movement following the riveting storyboard created by Art Director Scott English. Thanks to the superb skills of scorpion handlers Megan Betracca and Salvador Galdamez, we were able to film a large scorpion on a white cyc and green screen in the Exotic Pet store. While the scorpion was initially shy, we like to think it warmed up with our DP David Kaptein’s jokes. Soon the scorpion was creeping our greenscreen runway just like a true movie star. Senior Editor James Nolan and our Post-Production team started Pre-Viz. While we had some success with Blender animation renders, we determined there’s nothing like the real movement of a scorpion.  Their unexpected movement leaves you on the edge of your seat. Our post-production team was able to “cut out” the scorpion and graphically superimpose it on the tombstones containing the likenesses of the young opioid victims of the deadly toxin Fentanyl.   To pick the right scorpion performance, it meant leaving a treasure trove on the cutting room floor. These predatory arachnids are fascinating and deserve a long-form show. For VFX Compositing we employed the Maxon and Adobe Suites to light wrap the scorpion in the cemetery environment.  Although the topic is heavy, creating scenes from scratch is a post-production pleasure.  The percentage of overdose deaths due to fentanyl is alarming. No one should lose a loved one to this. We wanted to make sure we hammered this home. The scorpion embodies the scary public health emergency, fentanyl, and we connect it to the somber imagery of teen gravestones.  Between the detailed filming in an exotic pet store and the remote location of the Boonton cemetery, it was a most intense experience.  Given the lifesaving message, it’s one of the most gratifying ones. We sincerely hope this video can prompt discussion and raise awareness about the danger of fentanyl.  CLICK TO WATCH CAMPAIGN www.conceptstv.com | 973-331-1500 | jonc@conceptstv.com Concepts Video Productions | 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 105, Parsippany, NJ 07054

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  • The Convergence of Digital Marketing & TV

    Video and digital marketing has exploded over the past few years. As brands attempt to reach various demographics, video advertising on all video platforms is key to sales. It’s critical for your company to create video assets that perform well on all social media platforms. In the digital world, peers’ recommendations are trusted more than celebrities; user generated testimonials have proven to be extremely effective.    Consumers identify with the real users. User generated testimonials give the consumer honest, unfiltered feedback from peers who share personal experiences and opinions.  The challenge is to create professional video content with a limited budget. If you’re a brand that markets primarily on digital platforms and are planning for a future TV campaign, you may already have great content for a successful TV commercial. User generated content and social media testimonials often convert into perfect assets when launching a TV commercial. Using these sound bites and/or visuals alongside professional video content will add compelling credibility for your audience.  Seamlessly blending these video assets is not an easy task to do. It’s important to have the right team of video producers who understand the requirements of the individual platforms to produce your digital marketing needs.   www.conceptstv.com | 973-331-1500 | jonc@conceptstv.com Concepts Video Productions | 90 East Halsey Road, Suite 105, Parsippany, NJ 07054

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    I am a seasoned commercial TV copywriter with thousands of scripts to my credit. I am also a fervent believer that a well written script is a crucial element necessary when creating TV commercials. However, the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is very true. No matter how well written a script may be, the storyboard serves as a much better blueprint for understanding visual content.  The layout of a commercial script typically appears as two columns. The audio dialogue or voiceover appears in one column and the visual descriptions, graphics and logos appear in the second column. A detailed script may also include music cues, sound effects, descriptions of animation, text graphics of salient features, prices, ordering information and director’s notes such as CU (close-up), MS (medium shot), WS (wide shot), Zoom In or Zoom Out. The timing of the script should adhere to the varying media buy lengths, such as 60, 30, 15 or 10 seconds.   However, as detailed as any commercial script may be, it is subject to individual interpretation. Since many persons find it impossible to “visualize”, the written script is often subject to misinterpretation.   A good, detailed storyboard can avoid many issues that occur during the pre-production process. Graphic treatments, supers, logos, and animations are more easily understood. Colors come alive. The proposed wardrobe, props, sets, and talent can be illustrated and agreed upon prior to filming. A great storyboard will save time and money and help create a more cohesive team effort.   In conclusion, storyboards can help the marketing and creative teams agree on the direction of the creative approach and visual details. Surprises can be exciting but are very expensive when creating visual content.

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  • Is Your TV Campaign Taking Advantage of Effective CPM?

    Is Your TV Campaign Taking Advantage of Effective CPM?

    DirectAvenue’s Senior VP of Media, Josh Pico, Explains Why Effective CPM Is A Critical Key to Success At the risk of causing your leadership some serious indigestion, we’re going to… The post Is Your TV Campaign Taking Advantage of Effective CPM? appeared first on DirectAvenue.

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