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Ron Perlstein-DRTV Short Form TV Lead Generation

December 1, 2012

Direct Response TV can make the telephone ring and many campaigns can be driven by Per Inquiry TV or Pay for Performance marketing. Nowadays all the buzz is about integrated campaigns. That means that you need a TV campaign, a print campaign, a pay per click campaign, an email marketing campaign, a social media campaign, a radio campaign, and a direct mail campaign. Even our deep pocketed clients like Wamsutta, Rubbermaid and Emerson don’t start like that!

Today, I want to talk about TV Lead Generation and especially leads that are driven by live calls. In the old days, calls from toll free numbers drove the TV Infomercial industry. In the early 1990’s, marketers started putting up URL’s and micro sites for online sales. As these online sales grew, DRTV driven integrated campaigns were born. Micro landing pages, newsletters, updates and email marketing all followed as “components” of an integrated campaign. How can a marketer afford all of that?

Now it’s 2012 and the fragmentation of media is greater than ever. But I want to tell you that TV still works, and it can work as a standalone campaign. However, to gain the accountability that we need to track media, using only a toll free number can have a great impact on your media costs, tracking, and customer acquisition. We seeing this trend back to toll free only gain steam, even on expensive long form infomercial products.

Many categories can use inexpensive short form DRTV with stock footage to drive live calls or leads. We currently have several clients using :30 second and :60 second spots with a toll free number only. For one client we drive calls through our Advanced IVR Tracking system to their in house call center. They pay only for 60 second calls. Another client uses a 2 step system in which we gather a name, address, and telephone to send sales materials and have a consultant follow up. Sounds old fashioned, I know – but the results and conversions are high.

Here are just a few of the many categories that work well with lead generating short form DRTV:
– Foreclosure defense
– Debt management
– Insurance
– Legal
– Seniors
– Education
– Diabetic and medical supplies
– Social Security Disability
– Invention marketing
– Tax resolution
Think about it. A web search allows all of your competitors to buy your brand and key words and the customer is directed to anything but your offer. With classic direct response lead generation, your customer is more exclusive, focused and interested in your offer.

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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.

Infomercial Producer InfoWorx Wins Platinum and Silver at Worldfest

May 18, 2011

BOCA RATON, FL (May 17, 2011) – Infomercial production company and DRTV Agency, InfoWorx Direct (www.InfoWorx.com) won Platinum and Silver Remi Awards at the renowned WorldFest Houston Film Festival.  The InfoWorx long form infomercial “Neato XV-11” won the Platinum Remi while it’s long form info-commercial for “OroBed Advanced Sleep System” brought home the Silver.   Both of the award winning infomercials were created under the innovative InfoWorx economy driven Demo Package.

“WorldFest is the most discriminating commercial competition and to win an award at this festival stands out as a very prestigious achievement. For two programs produced through our economy driven Demo Package to win, proves that you can create compelling, award winning infomercials for $55 thousand dollars.” Ron Perlstein, Executive Producer at InfoWorx Direct explained. “I created the InfoWorx Demo Package as a way to help my clients succeed in this tough economy. It scales down production days while it maintains excellent production values including Broadcast HD.  Our two WorldFest awards prove this can be done. Both shows generated great response and conversions using soft offers, and InfoWorx arranged the financing deals for the offers.”

“At InfoWorx Direct we are committed to our mission statement ‘Your Success Is Our Success’ and so when the economy slowed down, I adapted our production packages to serve our client’s needs better.  We’re a full service Infomercial Production and Media Agency with all the latest tools. Money was getting tighter, and the InfoWorx Demo Package was my way of helping my clients get their products on the air with a great-looking and economical $55,000 production.”, Perlstein added. “We’ve been innovators in the DRTV industry for many years.  We introduced Turnkey Infomarketing 12 years ago. We are a full service Direct Response Agency specializing in affordable solutions that allow startups and new products to get started with a low investment. Our new media intelligence systems that enhance our media buying services further maximize our client’s investment and deliver an ROI that allows them to succeed even in a down economy.”

Since 1992, direct response television agency and infomercial production company, InfoWorx Direct, has established itself as a successful, award winning infomercial producer of both short-form DRTV spots and long-form info-commercials. InfoWorx has developed the most affordable turnkey infomercial model in the industry that offers clients award winning television and radio infomercial production as well as TV and Radio infomercial media buying services. The production and media buying agency specializes in all aspects of direct response advertising services and consulting, and offers an entire turnkey solution from script to sales for DRTV clients as well as specific services including production, media buying, telemarketing management, fulfillment, and home shopping placement.

Recently, InfoWorx introduced its economy-driven Demo Package which minimizes the client’s initial investment and delivers award winning production values.  InfoWorx media buying services have also added media intelligence solutions that offer clients the most advanced and effective media buying and tracking technology.

“During these tough economic times it is important that we fulfill clients’ needs especially when investment money is hard for them to find”, Ron Perlstein said.  “Our success depends on our clients’ success and that’s why we must help them maximize their investment throughout in every aspect of their direct response campaign.”

For over 19 years, InfoWorx has established itself as a pioneer in direct response TV advertising, and has generated billions of dollars of major “as seen on TV success” for clients including Emerson Electric, InventTech, SnorEnz, Rubbermaid, and iRobot’s Roomba.  For additional information on InfoWorx, contact Ron Perlstein, or visit http://www.InfoWorx.com.

InfoWorx Direct, LLC, is a full service direct response agency and media buying service with an evolving infomarketing business philosophy. The InfoWorx scientific approach has led to profitable results and success for established companies and newcomers alike. 

 

DRTV Equals Cost Per Aquisition

April 25, 2010

Back in the day, it was easier to succeed with Direct Response television. Nationwide cable media costs were much lower, general advertisers did not use Direct Response TV as a branding medium, and there was much less competition for direct sales to the consumer on television. Now, AS SEEN ON TV SUCCESS  requires a compelling media strategy, a bull dog of a media buyer, and infomercial television production that captures the audience’s attention.

But one thing that will never change is that DRTV and infomercials work based on the concept of a pre determined cost per acquisition. It is the concept of an advertising allowable or media cost per order. Great media buyers buy nationwide airtime to a media cost allowable, and know if an offer is working from the first direct response media tests. Customer acquisition costs and great DRTV media buying go hand in hand.

TV Infomercial Budgets

October 26, 2009

What is the cost of an infomercial? How much does it cost for TV infomercial production? Are long form infomercials more expensive than short form infomercials? These questions — and others about the cost of TV infomercial media and airtime come into our offices every day. This blog is for you — to answer your questions and help you understand the wacky, wonderful world of TV infomercials — our world!

Let’s start with question number one: What is the cost of an infomercial? First of all, as you may know, there are two basic formats: short form infomercials and long form infomercials. Short form is comprised of commercial lengths of two minutes or less. Long form is generally considered the thirty minute format (actually 28:30 minutes, but there is now some nationwide media distribution for five minute infomercials too. So what is the cost of an infomercial? TV infomercial budgets start with a TV production budget. This cost is a one time fixed cost, and it needs to amortized over the life of the project. Short form budgets can run anywhere from a few thousand dollars to more then $50,000.00 depending on the scope of the production. Long form infomercial costs also run in a wide range of budgets. Talk show formats cost about $20,000.00 and up, demonstration shows usually cost around $50,000.00 to $100.000.00. Again, think production values — or in movie language big action movie budgets verses low budget indie films.

The largest portion of a TV infomercial budget is the media budget. And you may be surprised to learn that long form infomercial media is cheaper than highly targeted CPM short form airtime. Check out our other blog for ongoing discussions about TV and radio media costs, clearance issues, and the latest trends. We recommend testing your offer on national and regional cable with test budgets of at least $5000.00 per week. Remember, repetition is very important in all forms of television advertising, so you must stay on the air to build momentum. Check back here frequently for more information on TV infomercial budgets.

Ron Perlstein – Infomercial Producer

December 18, 2008

You know….when I started in this business (1992) an infomercial was a half hour program that combined information and a sales message for a product.   Back in the day, no one called a direct response commercial an “infomercial.”  Nowadays, the term is thrown around willy nilly for just about any advertising that makes a direct pitch to the consumer.  Having explained this business to thousands of marketers, product developers and inventors, it’s clear that everyone is looking for the cheapest, fastest and best way to launch a new product and bring it to market.

The classic infomercial, a half hour program that informs, entertains and sells is still the best format to achieve faster, cheaper, better.  Especially if you are reaching out to baby boomer and older audiences. Yes, it’s true that my son’s generation (he’s 22) uses the Internet and mobile devices for information.  But us old folks who have been brought up with Ozzie and Harriett, The Fonz, or even Seinfeld still love to watch TV for entertainment, information, and shopping from home.

There’s much power in the half hour and we can produce shows for as little as $30,000.00.  Airtime for half hours can be as lttle as $10.00, so the idea that half hour infomercials cost more then short form direct response commercials is not correct.  There are usually several long form infomercials airing with great success in a talk show format.  Why? Because viewers stop to listen to information that interests them.

Check back to blog frequently and I’ll give you many more insights into how to make the most with little or low budgets.

Ron Perlstein Buys Cheap Media

December 12, 2008

It’s Economics 101….supply verses demand.  Recessions create cheap media opportunites for smart, savvy media buyers.  And new technology has brought many many ad auction platforms: Google TV, Radio and Print, SpotXchange, and several others for online video ads.

Cheap media means that products that are driven by an allowable cost per order can produce better results in a recession then in a boom. There are more per inquiry opportunities, remnant media, and syndication fire sales.  You can drive a truck through the available media after December 22, 2208.

If you have a product ready to launch, if your product is inexpensive and meets the needs of the recession weary public, then there is an opportunity now like we have not seen since 9-11-01.  By the way, direct response and infomercials had a fantastic run in late 2001 and 2002.