The objective of this chapter is to show how communications media help advertisers achieve marketing and advertising objectives. To get their messages to the right people in the right place at the right time, media planners follow the same procedures as marketing and advertising planners: setting objectives, formulating strategies, and devising tactics. To make sound decisions, media planners today must possess marketing savvy, analytical skill, and creativity.
To explore the important factors advertisers weigh when considering digital interactive media and direct mail. Each medium has its own distinct characteristics and each has unique advantages and drawbacks. Advertisers must be able to compare the merits of these media and understand the most cost-effective ways to use them in their media mix.
This chapter presents the factors advertisers consider when evaluating various out-of-home, exhibitive, and supplementary media. Many advertisers use these media to either complement or replace print and electronic media, so it’s important to understand how advertisers buy these media and the advantages and disadvantages of each.