Posts Tagged ‘drtv’

DRTV Media Buyer – Remnant TV Media

June 22, 2013

Direct Response Television, Direct Response Media, Direct Response Radio – these are all forms of DR Media and they represent a remnant media buy. In the vast world of TV Media Buying, most national TV media is sold quarter by quarter to large branded advertisers in what is called the upfront buy. Negotiations for 4th quarter 2013 are underway as we publish this post. After the upfront, advertisers make what is called “scatter buys.” TV networks save some air time for advertisers to jump in and pay even higher rates than the upfront buys, which guarantee a CPM and CPP. What is left is then sent to the network DRTV departments to sell on a week to week basis based on supply and demand. So you see – all DRTV is remnant – but at what cost?

A smart media buyer knows value and seeks soft spots in the TV media markets in order to find –pardon the expression – cheap TV Media. Whether you track cost per call (CPC), cost per lead (CPL) or cost per order (CPO) – I can tell you from experience DRTV works with undervalued and unrated media for the most part. A savvy media buyer knows where to find national high profile cable media at low, low prices. For example, we are currently buying top tier cable networks for as low as $5 per spot in as many as 30 million households.

How do we do it? Well, after 38 years in the media business and 21 years in the DRTV media business – we’ve got a “secret sauce” and a vast network of relationships and insider info.

Thanks for following Ron Perlstein’s DRTV Media Blog.

PAY PER CALL TV – PER INQUIRY UPDATE

June 8, 2013
For all of you that follow Ron Perlstein’s DRTV Media blog regularly, than you know that PAY PER CALL TV AND RADIO is the new, more effective replacement for outdated pay per click strategies. The level of customer engagement is very important and many marketers have learned that a telephone call with a live agent leads to more conversions than a lead form that generates newsletter subscriptions.

At our agency, we are delivery more leads, more efficiently than ever. We are specialists in remnant media buying for our clients and we have developed roll out models to minimize risk for the client and maintain their predetermined cost per lead and conversion.

As more marketers turn to pay per call strategies, more categories are working. Here are 7 top categories that all work with Pay Per Call TV and Radio.

– Legal
– Health Care
– Home Remodeling
– Senior Care
– Dietary Supplements
– Tax Relief
– Business Opportunities

Back in the 20th century marketers were always looking for a sale. But now we all know that customer engagement at the broadcast level is the genesis of an integrated strategy that must include digital including social, retail (for hard goods) and print (whether conventional or digital).

Direct Response TV Update – Response Expo

June 9, 2012

Response Expo 2012 brought together the top Direct Response TV professionals, Infomercial Producers and TV Media giants all at one great trade conference. InfoWorx Direct has attended every one of these since they started 6 years ago. We sponsored the Inventor’s Pavilion and I moderated a blue ribbon panel of Direct Response and DR marketing geniuses. I want to thank my great friends John Yarrington, who runs the Response Expo and Jenny Lawlor, who works with Inventor’s full time.

We met with Comcast, MTV, DirecTV, Turner Broadcasting, ESPN, Bounce and others to solidify those all-important media relationships and, of course, attended lots of cocktail parties at the Hard Rock and the Hilton Bayfront. It was phenomenal to see some of my dearest friends and colleagues and competitors – I love the Direct Response industry!

Each year, I try to help inventor and product developers learn more about what it takes to sell a product on TV and roll it out. Last year, I gave a DRTV 101 presentation that covered the basics. This year, 2012, I wanted to put together a blue ribbon panel of DRTV superheroes and have each of them explain an aspect of Direct Response Television marketing. BJ Fazielli of BJ Global Direct explained cost of goods and overseas sourcing. Al Diem, of Hampton Direct, explained licensing deals and royalties, Doug Frankel, of Broadcast Communications Media, explained media metrics and testing philosophies and Manish Israni, of Telebrands, spoke about the Telebrands product evaluation process and how inventors should pitch their products effectively. I asked some tough questions of the panel because I promised the audience high level information that they could not get anywhere else.

Here are five trends and tips learned from Response Expo 2012:

1. TV still reaches a mass audience and can target specific niches in a way that no other medium does. For any type of full roll out – marketers need TV.

2. Media rates have remained fairly flat, but the economy seems to be doing a little better.

3. Great DR marketers are working on new tracking and metric models as TV drives consumers to traditional inbound telemarketing as well as web, mobile and home shopping. New methods are being developed to track the web sales generated by TV. Traditional MER metrics just calculated from telephone calls do not give the full picture.

4. Hispanic DRTV marketing requires a specialist and many Hispanic homes still speak Spanish at home to preserve the culture even though they speak good English.

5. Celebrities can help – but they must be right for the product and must love the product.

Please check out my DRTV Media blog here for the latest news, updates and trends in the wacky, wonderful world of Infomercials and Direct Response.

Ron Perlstein’s Rules For DRTV Success

February 17, 2009

Direct Response Television success or DR Radio success does not always come that easy. I’ve developed seven easy rules after 17 years running InfoWorx, producing infomercials, and placing millions in media buys.

1. Make rational not emotional decisions.
DRTV offers immediate empirical information regarding your offer. Base your decisions on facts, not theories.

2. Be scientific, use the numbers.
But the numbers must be handled and interpreted by an expert who has the experience to understand what the numbers are telling you.

3. DRTV Success Test: Is the phone ringing?
You should know from day one if your program has life.

4. Frequency is the benefit of success, not the key to success.
A top direct response and infomercial agency can push out a successful offer for all of it’s value and prevent you from throwing good money after bad. Media tests are just that — tests to discover what works and what does not.

5. Your offer is King.
Great product, weak offer, no calls.

6. Use traditional Direct Response techniques.
Branding is a side effect of great direct response campaigns, not the other way around. A great DRTV and infomercial company will buy to your allowable cost per order and generate direct sales and leads. Brand awareness will result from DRTV success.

7. Infomercials and Direct Response TV are a science. Stay with your winners and cut your losers immediately.

At InfoWorx we use research to target your best customers, media buying power to get your offer in front of millions, and 17 years experience turning response into revenue.