DRTV Response Rates. $50 per spot DRTV. According to my research these two key words come up in many searches. So let’s talk it about because if you are looking for the latest 2012 DRTV Media information, The DRTV Media Blog is the place to get it. Please mark it or subscribe.
For those of you just getting started, DRTV is an acronym for Direct Response Television, which is a method of advertising on TV on a National or Local level in which the advertiser pays low, low rates which are pre-emptible or, in other words, remnant media. Savvy marketers and advertiser establish an allowable cost per order to reach sales goals that should be preset.
DRTV Response Rates are usually tracked via metrics known as Media Efficiency Ratio or Media Ratio or MER. Let’s define a few of these terms:
Media Efficiency Ratio (MER): The total number that decides an infomercial’s overall success or failure. The ratio is derived by dividing total sales by the media cost. Sales/Media Cost = MER. This term is also sometimes referred to as Media Ratio or simply Ratio. You can track your TV commercial media buying efficiency on a single airing, a group of airings by station or a week, month or quarter.
Ad Allowable: Your ad allowable tells you how much you can afford on a cost per order basis. The ad allowable is the dollar amount determined to be the maximum media expense for each unit sold in order to generate a legitimate profit. To calculate your allowable add all of the revenue per unit including postage and handling and then deduct all of the expenses including cost of goods, telemarketing, etc. Here is a tool that may help you determine your Ad Allowable.
Cost per Order (CPO): The average cost of television media to generate one product order, determined by dividing the cost of a specific infomercial telecast by the total number of orders received from it. Compare this number to your Ad Allowable and you will know if you are reaching your goal or not.
Media rates ease up significantly in the first few weeks of a new year then gradually move back up as the winter nears its thaw. First and third quarters are the best TV media buying quarters as far as rates with second and fourth quarters having the most demand from corporate and branding advertisiers who pay higher rates.