How to Work Out Mutually Beneficial Insert Media Partnerships
Insert media partnerships offer direct marketers great opportunities to engage other brands’ active, dedicated customers. The trick is to find the right partners to form a mutually beneficial bond for both parties. Here, Michael Feldstein, director of alternate media for Stamford, Conn.-based publisher Boardroom Inc., maps out how to go about finding mutually beneficial insert media partnerships, what the advantages and disadvantages are, and provides examples that have worked for Boardroom.
Finding a Match
In order for any insert media campaign to work, “it has to be a win-win,” says Feldstein, “meaning there has to be a benefit to the person going in with the insert that they’re going to get new buyers, and there has to be a benefit to the person allowing you to go in with the insert—increased revenue, exposure, etc. It can’t work for just one party.”
Secondly, Feldstein stresses, there must be synergy between the two marketers, most notably shared or overlapped demographics, otherwise the partnership makes little sense. Seek out companies that serve the same customer profiles so your offer resonates with the audience. Otherwise, it’s like flushing money down the toilet.
Finally, there has to be mutual trust between partners. “You want to be up-front in terms of what you’re trying to accomplish,” says Feldstein. “… Make sure that if you’re using the name of the partner in your creative, in your offer, that you’re representing them well from the start … so they don’t get insulted or turned off. Initially, there’s always a little bit of suspicion when it comes to these kinds of partnerships, so you have to generate enough trust for it to work.”
Advantages and Disadvantages
The major advantages of an insert media partnership revolve around acquiring new buyers and engaging active consumers. When you find the right partner, you can gain valuable new customers and garner good will. And ideally, both marketers gain revenue and exposure to new and different markets.