Posts Tagged ‘direct response tv’

A New “Perspectiva”

June 20, 2011

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By: Marcelino Miyares, Jr., VP Mercury en español

(As printed in the May 2011 issue of Electronic Retailer Magazine)

I have been involved in marketing to Hispanics in some capacity for more than 30 years. That’s three census cycles, if you’re scoring at home. Most of my tenure has been spent in direct marketing, and every now and then I see a watershed moment that I expect will push marketing to Hispanics over the top. The release of the most recent 2010 Census results is one of those moments.  And still, as recently as last week I have spoken to marketers and agencies who still manage to hold on to outdated and unprofitable perceptions about the Hispanic market.

The 2010 Census results, released in mid-April, are mythbusters for Hispanic marketers. The market now tops 50 million and will account for 95 percent of the teen population growth over the next five years. Hispanics now outnumber blacks for the first time in most United States metropolitan cities.  Last year, Hispanics became the largest minority group in 191 metropolitan areas, as a result of the Latino population spreading to new areas of the country.  The Census Bureau also projects that by 2020 the Latino population will increase to over 65MM.

Despite all this, there are a mere $3 billion marketing dollars spent annually against $850 billion in Hispanic spending power. That’s less than one-third of one percent. The new census figures add a lot of fuel to the argument that this market is underspent and underestimated. Unfortunately for the disbelievers and marketing xenophobes who chose not to read this article, this is commercial reality, not myth. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to use the census results (or should I say facts) and some other recent research to counterpoint the stubborn myths that live on in our industry.


DRTV: The complete player

June 9, 2011

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By: Kristi Tropp, VP, Director of Client Services, Mercury Media Boston

As marketers, we all aspire to hit home runs. We want to be part of “that campaign” that delivers immediate sales, shatters revenue projections, and maybe even wins a few awards. In the DRTV business, we certainly want those campaigns, and we want them regularly. The reality, however, is that few agencies are fortunate to get even one of those on a direct to consumer basis. But we do- because we pride ourselves more on DRTV campaigns that achieve success based on smart planning, sound media buying, real time data and analytics, compelling creative, and, just as importantly, a very strict vetting process! In short, we’re in it for the long term, regardless of whether success is immediate or a bit more hard-earned.

“Hard-earned” and “long-term” are not the sexiest words in the DRTV lexicon, but it struck me in a recent round of client meetings that we need to change that perception. In this business, we’re very good at promising,  measuring and delivering immediacy. Campaign hits on day one, sales hit in week one, increase in week two, and a campaign is optimized for successful responses in week three…… and everyone’s happy. We should aspire to more.  Four concepts are still missing from overall DRTV planning and goals that should be top of mind for every DRTV launch:

Mercury Media’s Cheryl Green Named to CableFAX’s “Sweet Sixteen of Cable” for a Second Year in a Row

May 23, 2011

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We are thrilled to announce that our Sr. VP Media Director Cheryl Green has been selected as one of CableFax’s “Sweet Sixteen of Cable,” for a second year in a row!  CableFAX’s “Sweet Sixteen” is an industry hot list of brand marketers and media buyers who “get it” when it comes to the power of cable as a marketing vehicle.  We have to agree – Cheryl singlehandedly brought infomercial products to primetime TV, coordinating the first ever placement of an infomercial on the Discovery Channel.  Check out her exclusive interview with CableFAX below!


Would You Bet Against the Power of TV?

August 9, 2010

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By:  Ronald C. Pruett, Jr. CEO, Mercury Media

We’ve been analyzing marketing measurement tools and developments for many years now, and there’s nothing more exciting than finding a blazing, controversial new trend. The past few years have certainly provided that kind of excitement as customers have sprinted toward digital, mobile and social media. But as much as I want to find something new to present to clients, there’s one thing that just won’t move. That something is TV.

Marketers need to accept the fact that TV has not gone anywhere and has simply grown into a bigger behemoth than ever before, despite the ubiquitous presence of digital touch points. Now TV is becoming more interactive and it is that interactivity that will make the most popular device in the house – the most popular electronic device since the light bulb, even – more entrenched. Interactive TV is where direct response will find its most important intersection.

Mercury Media Releases “The Power of Television”

February 25, 2010

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We’ve released the first installment of TV Perspectives, a new series of white papers, spearheaded by our Sr. Director of Research and Analytics Michael Goodman, that will explore innovations in cross-platform advertising with a focus on direct response television.   “The Power of Television” explores how innovations like Addressable TV, TV Everywhere and Interactive TV are leading the evolution toward a harmonious video delivery ecosystem that will fortify the power of television as an ad medium for years to come.  Download the complete white paper here.