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Monday, December 14, 2015

what is a good grp level per week when launching a brand on tv

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, June 28, 2016)

There is no objective standard for "good."

Determine what level of reach and frequency you need. As a basic starting point you could plan to reach most of your target (50%+) a minimum of 3 times in a four week flight.

Then you will need to determine how many GRP get you there, depending on the media mix you choose.

Friday, December 04, 2015

How much does a long gap between TV flights lessen the chance of a commercial wearing out?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, June 28, 2016)

If the gap is long enough to allow the commercial to be forgotten, it won't be worn out. But only experience will really tell you when that occurs.

The size of the campaign will affect the duration of memory, of course.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello Guru,

I am looking for information on the invention of GRP.
I have found (if I am correct) that its origin lies in radio and was later adopted by broadcasters but who was the father of the gross rating point and when was it invented.

Thank you in advance for your help,

The Media Guru Answers (Thursday, November 12, 2015)

The earliest citation the Guru can find, based on Oxford Dictionaries states that the origins of audience ratings is

"1940s; earliest use found in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science."

However, tracking down this apparent source,at SagePub Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. shows this exerpt:

"Possible Social Effects of Television

David Sarnoff

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, January 1941; vol. 213, 1: pp. 145-152.
...have been rated by the audience on the following basis: Excellent, 3; Good, 2; Fair, 1; Poor, 0. The average audience rating of an entire week's programs usually lies between 2.0 and 2.3, while the best program of the week (usually..."

Obviously this is a TV reference and implikes that the term "Rating Point" is already well understood in the industry, no doubt from earlier radio usage.

Adding the term "Gross" merely indicates a summing of the ratings. GRP was not "invented" per se, but is an mathematical artifact of the need to measure audience.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Are there any discernable differences between the cross-tab program Gfk/MRI offers with their data versus the Telmar product (other than being able to use with other data for the latter).

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, November 11, 2015)

You have mentioned the key difference already.

The results of queries in MRI data from both systems would be the same. There are some differences in how results may be displayed that may appeal more to one user than another. One should try both to determine which input method is more suitable for the user.

Bottom line,though is the same query gets the same result.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What paid mediums, traditional, digital and social, do you see fitting best for each stage of the consumer purchase funnel - Awareness, Interest, Desire and Action? I know there is no one right answer, but which mediums typically perform best at each stage? Thanks.

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, November 10, 2015)

It is somewhat erroneous to think of all these as being in a linear relationship.

Awareness is a function of reach, supported by frequency. In other words, awareness comes from exposure of a message.

Out of home media has the best reltioship of R&F build versus budget. Television has the broad reach versus budget in a medium with the most powerful message form: sight / sound / motion.

Interest and desire are factors of the message content more than of the medium, with frequency again as a supporting factor.

Another consideration is to remember that in many of the non-traditional media, any one message / campaign does not reach a great portion of a target, even though the medium as a whole may have vast reach.

Monday, October 26, 2015

are :15 seconds bookends giving the same value as a stand alone :30? are the rating for :15 bookends doubled

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, October 26, 2015)

The rating points for two :15s are twice as great as for a :30, unless you are equivalizing. There is potentially a bit more reach and there is more frequency.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Can you please advise how to calculate the cost index for a specific TV media campaign?

Thank you

The Media Guru Answers (Thursday, October 22, 2015)

First, consider that the term "index" means comparing value "X" to a given basis value. The basis value is set to 100 and other values are divided by the basis value to find an index.

So if your basic cost is $100 and another cost to be compared is $75 then the index is 75. (75 ÷ 100).

In media, costs in such an exercise are typically expressed as Cost per Gross Rating Point (CPP) or Cost per Thousand Impressions (CPM).

This means that for media campaigns, the lower the index, the better. In TV, the cost of dayparts or vehicles or channels, etc. might be what is compared.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

how to calculate internet reach and frequency

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, October 21, 2015)

Like other media, the calculation of R&F is very complex and really requires specialized software connected to actual audience measures and duplication information.

With hundreds of thousands of major commercial websites, general rule-of-thumb formulae are not very useful.

comScore or NielsenOnline are the suitable resources.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hi Guru,

When we have run the post reach frequency analysis we see that 8000/10000 GRPs in TAB 1 but in TAB 3 it turns in to 40/50 GRP. Why is that so?

Should we select the channel based on Reach or Share?

Select the program based on TVR or reach?

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, October 21, 2015)

The Guru need to know the software you are using. It may be proprietary to your organization.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

I am planning local market tv and radio where we are targeting A18-49, both general market and Hispanics. In Los Angeles, for example, 51% of my target is Hispanic; 31% of the overall target is Spanish Dominant, but 42% of the viewing is Spanish language. Any thoughts on how we divide the budget/TRPs between the general market and Spanish language stations knowing that Hispanics are likely consuming both English language and Spanish language stations?

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, October 12, 2015)

The key point to add is cosnideration of the the idea that media consumed "in culture" is more powerful than that consumed in English, even for Hispanics fully comfortable in English.

So if you start off with a goal that says you need 100 TRP across A18-49, giving equal weight to Hispanic and non-Hispanic you should assure that you have 100 TRP through Spanish language media.

The value of the Hispanic audience reached through English language media will get you through the "51% of my target is Hispanic" issue.

You could use 51% of budget, but the Guru would focus on communcations weight first. You could do very specific arithmetic to get to 51% of impressions being in Spanish languiage media if you wished.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Is there any rule on having too many TV/radio GRP's in one week, or reaching a point of over saturation/diminishing returns? If so what is that number?

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, September 30, 2015)

This is subjective. A political campaign or awareness building campaign may have totally different goals than a simple reminder campaign for a well established brand in a commonly purchased category.

"Diminishing returns" depends on what your definition is for "returns."

If it's reach growth, it's fairly simple to plot out a chart showing where additional GRPs are adding only frequency but no additional reach. If it's sales, that can be researched and plotted as well.

Monday, September 21, 2015

How many spots per week on local cable

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, September 21, 2015)

How many spots to accomplish what?

Set goals first in order to determine tactics. Do you want a reach level, an impressions level or some other achievment?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What is the best proven ratio of content to ads, for any given television daypart ?

The Media Guru Answers (Thursday, September 17, 2015)
  1. First we must define "best."
  2. Then we must consider what constitutes "proven"
  1. Does best mean greatest awareness/retention? Does it mean largest audience? Does it mean attributable sales results?
  2. What tests would bring us to proven? Within a given daypart, the Guru is not aware of any testing where a network varied the ratio and cooprerated with an advertiser to measure results. Of course, there are artificial labratory settings to replicate these issues, but the artificiality would call the results into question. If one compared performance of different networks with different commercial loads in the same daypart, there would be too many other variables to consider.

Obviously, any advertiser would prefer an environment with a lower commerical versus content ratio.

Monday, September 07, 2015

what is the difference in calculation of GRPs and Reach of Spots vs. Programs ?

as when i set the data type spots from programs the results changes.

Country - Pakistan , Software (Infosys Plus)by Kantar Media.

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, September 07, 2015)

A program episode, say one hour long, has somewhat more reach than a single, one minute, spot within it. Or,

If you are looking at the reach of particular program series over a given time span combined with other program series, that is a completely different calculation than a schedule of spots scattered through those programs.

GRP is always a simple sum of ratings, but again, any single spot in a program may have a somewhat different rating than the program average.

Friday, August 21, 2015

convert to hispanic grp's

The Media Guru Answers (Friday, August 21, 2015)

This is not even really half of a question.

  • Convert WHAT to Hispanic GRPs?
  • Let's make the simplest, most common assumptions
  • If you have some General Market (GM) GRPs generated through a Spanish language TV outlet, you will apply these GRP to the GM population to calculate the impressions. You then may assume that these impressions are virtually all Hispanics. Divide these impressions by the Hispanic population to derive the converted GRP.

Note that in each reference to "population" the meaning is the same descriptor, such as W18-49, other than the GM vs Hispanic qualification.

Monday, August 10, 2015

What multi-platform (outdoor/broadcast
/radio.digital) media planning software is
most economical for a small agency? We need to run
reports and see the most efficient media mix
using reach, frequency and rating point measures
for a given budget. We are using Telmar for outdoor
planning and buying now.

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, August 10, 2015)

Since you already are using our own Telmar, adding its capabilities for these other media should be very economical and minimize your learning curve.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How do you calculate the reweight CPM and remix of plan? This would be compare two plans - one from previous year to current. Looking to do calculation in excel.

The Media Guru Answers (Thursday, July 30, 2015)

You are using "remix" and "reweight" as simple terms, but they are not general standards.

If the Guru may assume you are referring to assigning special values to impressions based on your own rationale and then comparing two plans' impressions with these values applied in each case, then it's simple.

Using your weights, you will have total, weighted impressions impressions for each plan. Then the budget divided by these weighted impressions give the plan's weighted cpm of each

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Is there an average newsstand to subscription ration for local newspapers?

The Media Guru Answers (Friday, July 17, 2015)

There would have to be. But has anyone calculated it? The Guru doesn't know. There would be considerable variation from newspaper to newspaper, depending on - among other things- the population density of the trading area.

The Newspaper National Network might have such research on hand.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Media Guru - can you calculate local newspaper reach into a nationwide advertising program simply by dividing the total newspaper circulation into the total target audience population? Or, is it more appropriate to only measure the reach of a local paper in the local market and then tier the measurement of the entire advertising program so that the local market has the benefit of the nationwide media and then those markets without local newspaper only report the nationally distribute media.

The Media Guru Answers (Thursday, July 16, 2015)

If you only have one insertion then circulation is equal to HH reach. If you know the single issue demographic audience, then that may be treated as target reach. If you have multiple insertions, then duplication must be considered. Once you have the unduplicted audience of local newspapers then that may be calculated as national reach and combined with national media.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I have not negotiated local broadcast television for quite some time. What is the best way to estimate ratings using PPM?

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

The measurement method should not matter particularly. The traditional "latest share and usage of the same time last year" is probably suitable.

. . .unless the Guru misunderstands what you mean by "PPM," which the Guru interprets to mean "Personal People Meter," which is not in current use as a TV measurement tool in the U.S.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

To clarify the last question, I meant to put TV TRPs i.e. How many TV TRPs does 468 national TV TRPs garner in Dallas, TX?

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, July 08, 2015)

Specifying TV doesn't really change the answer. Consider all the specific the Guru has mentioned. Networks / Dayparts / Programming, etc. This is not an A * B = C question. It's an analysis project with specific audience measurement tools and Nielsen data.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

How can I calculate national TRPs to a local DMA i.e. How many TRPs does 468 national TRPs garner in Dallas, TX?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, July 07, 2015)

If media were consumed in the same way everywhere, then a 468 national TRP schedule would get 468 local TRP everywhere. But some content has greater or lesser appeal in various markets, so there is variation that averages to 468 nationally.

Without knowing what medium or vehicle you are talking about, it is not possible to calculate.

Or perhaps you mean how many of the 468 are coming from Dallas in the sense of the national being a sum of DMA's national equivalent TRP. In that case, the DMA's portion of the national population is the primary factor, but the varying local appeal is still an important element.

Monday, June 22, 2015

media lift using radio and TV

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, June 29, 2015)

Two media will almost always deliver better reach than a single medium for the same money or impressions level.

But the Guru expects you have a more specific or different question.

Monday, June 15, 2015

I know how to figure out weighted CPPs. However, if I have the AVG CPP but need to figure out the CPP by daypart, how would I go about doing so? I think this is an easy one but I've been thinking about it too long!

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, June 15, 2015)

You need some data from each daypart. If you have the ratings, that's a start. You could possibly work back by reversing the weighting process.

Friday, May 22, 2015

What is Grps @30 sec

The Media Guru Answers (Friday, May 22, 2015)

Your words do not quite connect.

= impressions divided by population within a given demographic definition. The length of the ad unit, e.g. 30 seconds, has no actual effect on GRP.

There is a financial adjustment called "equivalizing" that is sometimes used to compare the value of different lengths, but that is a different matter.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

what is recency

The Media Guru Answers (Friday, May 22, 2015)

Friday, May 15, 2015

how we can calculate cumulative ratings

The Media Guru Answers (Friday, May 15, 2015)

Cumulative ratings is simply the sum of all the ratings of all the units in the schedule.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Thank you in advance with this question. My agency is interested in purchasing Sqad. However, Sqad only provides CPP for Local Spot TV. Is there a formula to convert Sqad Local Spot TV CPP to Local Cable CPP TV by zone? If so, how accurate is this and do other agencies do this?

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, May 11, 2015)

There is no logical relationship. Start thinking about the handful of vendors of broadcast tv in a market and think about the dozens of of different sources in local cable, most of those with specific demographic focus, not to mention the variations in DMA coverage.

If you do buy SQAD, then you can get some local cable avails and make your own observations.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I understand that a station, per industry standard, guarantees to post to 90% of the original media buy in terms of GRPs. However, I have a station that is sending a post back with expected GRPs (paid only, no bonus) and delivered (paid and bonus). They state that bonus spots are offered to guarantee delivery of GRPs. I have always performed a post, paid to paid, to determine delivery. Is this a standard in the industry to use the added value toward the paid schedule?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, May 05, 2015)

This is quite natural. The whole point of a guarantee is that the advertiser will get the weight ordered. Because of the nature of statistical projections that form the basis of ratings forecasts, some variation is expected as a possibility, and the guarantee means the seller will make up any missing weight. Assuming the make-good spots conform to the standard set for the original order, you are being treated properly. If, however, the make-goods are outside the flght period or daypart without prior permission, you have a basis for objection.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I want to know is there a specific website or physical location I can advertise/market new business ventures? pertaining to job offers? and/or family discounts?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, April 28, 2015)

This is an overly-broad topic. Search Google as if you were looking for such opportunities yourself. See what turns up.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dear Guru,

I have a client who is fixated at having min 50% Reach @ 2+ for TV (regardless of other factors). Do you know where this piece of advice comes from?

Many thanks, lewis

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, April 22, 2015)

In the Guru's experience, people with fixations of this sort use reach at 3+ as their basis. So if someone thinks 3+ is the minimun exposure for effectivness and says they want to reach the majority of their target at least 3 times, the Guru can understand.

Consult the Guru archives for "Ostrow Model"

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dear Guru, how can I calculate Reach if I have total GRP for target group and audience potential?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, April 21, 2015)

You don't have sufficient infoirmation. Even if you did, you would need a computer with software such as that offered by Telmar or online through

The calculation is extremely complex. For example, in print, as input, you need average issue audience, duplication between issues of the same publication and duplication between each possible pair of different publications. These must be combined using a complex formula such as the Beta-binomial function.
There are variants of this formula, which might be preferred, depending on media type and other variables

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Do you have any current research on print ad effectiveness based on size of ad unit and position within publication? Thanks!


The Media Guru Answers (Thursday, April 16, 2015)

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Do you have any research to show that having a multi-layer/Multi-Channel is more beneficial than only running in one medium?

Have a client that wants to run only TV, but we want to show them that running TV, digital, Search and Print would give them a better result.

If you have any information/case studies that show that it is beneficial, that would be greatly appreciated.

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, April 08, 2015)

You need to establish communications goals before you can judge the better media mix.

The mix you suggest is too specific to expect to find many case studies. The Guru would check websites of search vendors.

Friday, April 03, 2015

We are looking to do a local market test where we double current GRPs in the market. So first, we need to understand how many GRPs are currently in the market based off of our national buy. Let's say we have 100 GRPs nationally and Market #1 has 5% of the population. From this we would derive, in a pinch without pulling schedules etc..., that currently in Market #1 there are 5 GRPs in that market from the national buy.

So here is where our question comes into play. How do we figure out how many local GRPs we need to buy in order to double the current weight in Market #1. It seems incorrect that if we have 5 GRPs based on national that we'd simply buy 5 more GRPs in the local Market #1s dayparts and local CPPs. We would assume there is a way to take the 5 GRPs and convert them so we understand, if that perhaps means say 30 GRPs in local Market #1. Can you advise of how to do this math? Others are advising if we buy 100 GRPs nationally we simply buy 100 GRPs on in Market #1 (local dayparts and CPPs) to in effect have simulated what would happen nationally via Market #1 if we went eventually to a 200 GRP total nationally.

The Media Guru Answers (Friday, April 03, 2015)

Your advisors are correct, broadly speaking. If your national media delivered evenly across all markets, then you would have 100 GRP in each market. The 5 calculation is a national GRP value occurring in that market. National media however, do not deliver evenly across markets. Your schedule might deliver 75 GRP in one market and 120 in the next, so your local buy goal could be 125 in one market, 80 in the next. Nielsen has data to assess local levels in this situation.

There are techniques to find the ideal national weight to buy to get the most efficient balance of network and local.

Monday, March 30, 2015

I want to increase reach without buying more GRPs. Right now I have a mix of TV, OOH, News Print, Social, and Google display ads. Reach is 63 and frequency is 7.2. Do I need more vehicles to expand reach?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, March 31, 2015)

If reach is your only goal, OOH is usually most productive per $, and social least, in the Guru's opinion. Move some money around. It is likely to increase both GRP and reach within your budget

Monday, March 23, 2015

1- In same country can I add GRPs delivered by TV & Press?
2- In 2 different countries can I add up the TVs GRP?

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, March 23, 2015)

In the same geographic area, GRPs may be added across media. In different geographic areas, GRPs may not be added together whatever the media.

If you define a new geography, consisting of the two countries together, then using the population of each as your weights, you may calculate a weighted average GRP.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dear guru
How do I learn to plan digital media like a boss?

The Media Guru Answers (Sunday, March 22, 2015)

Find a competent boss for whom to work in digital media.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

If you buy 200 GRPs on television, and reach 20% of the audience, how many times did you reach the average one?

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, March 18, 2015)

If reach is 20 and GRP is 200, average frequency of exposure among those reached is 10.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hi Guru,

I want to know , How do I spread my multiple brand creative in tent pole property like IPL ,which is spread across 8 weeks. Example -option 1- should I run all four TVC together for 8 weeks option 2 - 2 TVC for 1st four weeks and then rest 2 TVC for last 2 weeks.
Please help me with the solution.

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, March 17, 2015)

The Guru prefers queries which do not use non-standard abbreviations. But, using assumptions of your intent:

  • Apparently you consider four versions of your commercial completely equal
  • Apparently, you have no need to consider individual copy's reach and frequency.
  • Given all this, the Guru would rotate all copy throughout

Monday, March 16, 2015

If I'm planning a 52 week campaign with a target demo in mind for 1 tv station...what would an effective cumulative frequency be over the year..I was thinking a minimum of 20 - 25...does this make sense to you?

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, March 16, 2015)

There are not enough facts here to answer the question. The phrase "effective cumulative frequency" does not have meaning to the Guru.

The Guru imagines that using only 1 station for 52 weeks and talking about frequency indicates that reach is of no importance to you, so the Guru can't readily imagine your communications goal scenario.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hi Guru
Hope you are good - it has been a while.
I understand the meaning of both terms "average" and "median", but I can't seem to wrap my head around which is more accurate or valuable to when evaluating print demographics. Since publications do not all provide the same information, I find myself comparing one to the other and I know that is not right, I just don't know which I should be requesting.


The Media Guru Answers (Sunday, March 15, 2015)

The Guru is fine, thanks.

Your query depends, of course on what kind of data you are evaluating, and to what degree it might be skewed by its extremes.

If you are looking at tech magazines, the "average" income of the ones read by Marc Zukerberg and Bill Gates would be very distorted by the inclusion of a few people with $billion+ income, while their median would not be much affected by a few people at the high end.

If you are looking at cake mix usage across women's magazines, medians per month would probably be less useful than average amount used.

So the short answer is to consider the degree to which outliers can distort answers each way.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hi Guru! How do I find both reach and frequency, since they are functions of each other, when all I have is total GRPs?

Is this even possible? It is asked of me quite a bit in hypothetical or proposal questions for clients.

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, March 10, 2015)

Reach and frequency are factors of each other in regard to GRP, but not "functions of each other."

GRP ÷ reach = frequency

GRP ÷ frequency = reach

GRP alone is never enough. You must consider media type, dayparts, etc.

Monday, March 09, 2015

we want to put ad on advertisment

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, March 09, 2015)

The Guru asks: "What exactly is your question?"

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Is 3+ reach still applicable in today's media world?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, March 03, 2015)

The idea of 3+ is that it requires 3 exposures to information for that information to be remembered. This stems from mid-19th century research. It's an artifact of human psychology, not media structure. The fragmentation of media today has not made reach less valuable, nor should frequency be so.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I'm putting together a report on liability. They are asking to add the total Sold Impressions and the total Delivered impressions across all the deals in our system. My question is- does this make sense across demos?

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, February 25, 2015)

No, it doesn't make sense, When you add M25-54 impressions to Mothers-of young-children impresions, what can you call the total? Different categories of impressions have different values, indicated by the cpms.

Adding sold to delivered also doesn't make sense to the Guru.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Can you please post the formula for converting HH CPPs to demo CPPs? I know it involves using Viewers per Viewing HH (VPVH), but can't remember the actual formula. Thanks!

The Media Guru Answers (Wednesday, February 25, 2015)

The Guru would divide Demo rating by HH rating and get a ratio. Divide the HH CPP by this ratio.

Using vpvh is possible, but involves more steps and other factors.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Media Guru
When calculating net reach and frequency for an advertising campaign, do you have to use similar target definitions across print, online or other media channels?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, February 24, 2015)

Reach is a percentage of a target group. It can only make sense if the same arget is used in each medium involved.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I have recently started working at a small agency that manages a lot of outdoor advertising manually. Is there buying/trafficking software for outdoor? Thank you.

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, February 24, 2015)

Friday, February 13, 2015

How do I convert A25-54 TRPs to A25+ TRPs?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, February 24, 2015)

You can only do this based upon experience or data. For example if it's TV, Nielsen can give you a history of how those two demographics relate in various types of programming.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

What is the current "reach ceiling" against W18-34 in print media? My reach number is lower than expected and I am wondering if it is because this demo just is not reading mags, or if my book list could be better. 15 years ago I would have expected my current plan to do a 75% reach. I am at 58%. Please let me know your thoughts.

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, February 03, 2015)

Can't say without seeing the plan. The Guru imagines ceilings have declined

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

I wan to find an agent in Ct 06067 area

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, February 03, 2015)

The Guru deals with Media planning/Media buying/Media research/Media department management questions.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

I wanyt to find an agenty

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, February 03, 2015)

Try a Yellow Pages web site, like superpages.com

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Question, planning a schedule with a powerful call to action, is frequency with :30s smarter (2-3 spots in a program) or is spacing out the spots between programs because of a limited ad budget? This is for a new company that recently started TV advertising. DFW market and a local services company...

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, February 02, 2015)

What you are suggesting will lead to very limited reach and increased frequency. Not something the Guru would typically recommend. If by "powerful call to action" you mean that the commercial copy is instantly persuasive, all the more reason to emphasize reach over frequency.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

what is rtg

The Media Guru Answers (Friday, January 30, 2015)

"rtg" is the abbreviation for rating. Rating is a percentage of population in a media audience.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hello media guru

Is the unit of GRPs percentage?

The Media Guru Answers (Friday, January 30, 2015)

Yes, it is.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thank you for having such a great resource sight for media.

My question is if I have a blended cpp of $1500 @ 52% prime, how do I calculate what the prime and fringe cpp is? What is the formula I can use to calculate blended cpps at different prime levels? Thank you.

The Media Guru Answers (Friday, January 16, 2015)

First imagine a total budget number, say $1,500,000.

If your blended cpp is $1500, then you must have 1,000 GRP.

($1,500,000 ÷ $1,500)

. If you have 52% prime, that's 520 Prime GRP and 480 non-Prime GRP.

At this point, you realize there is nowhere to go without knowing the dollars invested in prime

Then you can know what prime dollars were spent at what cost per point and by simple algebra deduce the cpp of the remainder. If there is more than one other daypart, you'll need more data.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Hi Guru, I have two similar commericals airing as bookends in the same pod. How can I test if consumers will view this as the same spot? Does this increase my wearout levels?

The Media Guru Answers (Tuesday, January 06, 2015)

How similar are they? This seems to call for custom research.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Why are more TRPs needed when you buy local media such as TV compared to national?

The Media Guru Answers (Monday, January 05, 2015)

You seem to be making an invalid assumption.

If you are buying local TV using NSI as your measure, and then use Nielsen to retrocode your plan and report the "NTI" equivalent trps, you will typically find there is a 20-30% decrease in TRP count.

But the question of need is different. Your plan levels should be based on the Reach and Frequency needed to achieve your communication goals. This is regardless of National vs local. If you are using different R&F tools to report on national vs local plans and there seems to be this difference, it is a matter of the tools, not the TRP per se.