EXCLUSIVE: Navigating Today's Wild, Wild Media World
Online media management programs track opportunities, facilitate connections and demonstrate results to advertisers and publishers. Collaboration tools exist for sharing research, target lists and campaigns across departments. The ability to instantly call up details and campaigns brings an efficient workflow to media buying.
Any remaining media silos will quickly see that collective knowledge helps create the best integrated campaigns, speeding adoption of these approaches across the organization.
Media buying organizations are still adapting to today's fragmented media landscape. But they can gain a competitive advantage with cross-media buyers who understand the importance of identifying, storing and sharing expertise.
The Upside of Media Fragmentation
As the era of media fragmentation continues to unfold, media buyers face an increasingly volatile advertising marketplace. But fragmentation also offers special opportunities. The upside is it provides advertisers with the ability to accurately target the most likely customers via niche media. Combining these efforts with creative mainstream media and online campaigns using an integrated, collaborative approach creates a synergy in which the whole is much greater than the sum of its individual parts. And the good news is today's emerging media buying and planning solutions provide the tools that help media buyers discover, plan and implement campaigns across multiple channels. Here are just a few ways the new breed of cross-media buyers can improve targeting while diversifying their campaigns:
- Make it local. The growing popularity of local Web sites, targeted outdoor placements and hyper-local print is creating more opportunities for businesses of all sizes to reach local audiences online. Marketers often can get better results by taking advantage of these opportunities by moving some of their ad budget from limited and pricier mainstream media buys to more targeted ad buys that are highly customized down to the local level.
- Engage with online video. Online video advertising is emerging as a new and affordable way for businesses to reach their audiences, locally and on a much broader level through viral video campaigns. Online video news clips and segments are among the most popular types of content attracting online consumers today. Advertisers can find a wide array of opportunities for presenting targeted and relevant online video ads to these consumers either pre-, mid-, or post-roll. Online video entertainment sites like Metacafe and blip.tv offer professionally produced online video entertainment with highly targeted and loyal audiences for media buyers to place their online ads.
- Get noticed out-of-home. New technologies are offering imaginative new opportunities for spreading the word with outdoor and out-of-home advertising. Digital, video and wireless technologies are creating more methods for advertisers to reach their audiences out-of-home beyond the traditional cardboard display. Captivating video and television advertising content can reach consumers and potential customers contextually, placed right where you want them to be when they get your message—whether in a bar, shopping mall, retail outlet, gas station, elevator or gym.
The Increasing Demand for Cross-Medium Ad Tools
As the media landscape becomes more fragmented and ad platforms become more sophisticated, it's imperative that ad-planning and buying systems allow seamless cross-medium planning and execution that reaches customers across their media consumption habits. Media buyers must have access to the panoramic, sweeping vision that's critical to their identifying opportunities and measuring effectiveness in today's media jungle—and living to see another day.