Project bluesky/ readership issues

download report

Transcript Project bluesky/ readership issues

Newspaper ads that demonstrate the
strategic role of Call to Action
Six Strategic Roles
There are many ways to create powerful connections with readers when you
advertiser in newspapers; whether the story you’re telling is intended to
inform, entertain, inspire, stimulate thinking, generate feelings or even change
These six distinct, but not mutually exclusive, strategic roles that newspapers
can play were originally identified by The Newspaper Marketing Agency in the
These roles have subsequently been validated by Ipsos Media CT and The
Newspaper Works through a combination of qualitative and quantitative
Their definitions
Call to Action advertising, whether for sales, deals or direct response-based
communication, promises an unequivocal benefit the consumer can act on.
Call to Action advertising is not just about price and phone numbers.
It can also prompt readers to change their current behaviour, or direct them to
another platform, such as the internet.
The Role Map demonstrates how consumers connect with newspaper advertising
across the six strategic roles, comparing the performance of newspaper creative
against a footprint of all ads tested, or in the case of the six roles, comparing the
performance of creative against a footprint of all ads tested.
Retail average
About the research
Phase 1
• 36 newspaper ads tested to establish All Newspaper Norm and Retail
Average footprints
– Wave 1: July-August 2008, 27 randomly selected retail ads tested
– Wave 2: October-November 2008, 9 additional hand picked retail ads tested
• Sample: Australians 16+ in five cap cities
• Total 2,475 respondents and over 7,000 ad observations
• 100+ observations for each ad tested
The Newspaper Works’ effectiveness partner:
About the research
Phase 2
• Average of 9 newspaper ads tested monthly
• Various categories accommodated
• Sample to date: Australians 16+ in Sydney (n=300 in total)
• Further samples will include other metro markets
• 100+ observations for each ad
• Conducted online by Ipsos
The Newspaper Works’ effectiveness partner:
“Gives me a reason to find out more about the brand”
Another traditional role for newspaper advertising has been to generate a quick
response, aided by newspapers’ quality of immediacy, as these brands effectively
All Newspaper Norm
Call to Action score for each ad
Significantly different to All Newspaper Norm at 90% c.l.
Call to Action advertising which conforms to retail convention can deliver a strong
call to action message, as these ‘typical’ retail ads from Coles and Target illustrate.
All Newspaper Norm
Call to Action score for each ad
Significantly different to All Newspaper Norm at 90% c.l.
However a less assertive tone of voice can still be very successful in generating a
response and driving action. Both NSW Government (Saving Power) and
Woolworths (Everyday credit card) take a softer, but no less effective approach.
All Newspaper Norm
Call to Action score for each ad
Significantly different to All Newspaper Norm at 90% c.l.
No other medium says ‘today’ like newspapers, and call to Action ads are most
often about the here and now. This immediacy is ideal for driving a high level of
Newspapers have also been proven as an effective way to drive people to
Call to Action advertising triggers readers into action. Whether it’s buying off the
page through a coupon or phone number, driving consumers in-store, or getting
them to do (or not do) something.
While hard nosed retail style advertising is a mainstay of newspapers, there are
alternative ways in which newspaper advertising can be used creatively to deliver
a call to action.
Call to action doesn’t have to be just about price points to
get people moving, although these of course are utilised
very effectively by major retail advertisers on a daily basis in
Advertisers can also prompt readers to change their current
behaviour with subtler imagery associated with either a
demonstration of the problem, or illustration of the positive
outcome of that behavioural change.
While the examples presented in this report clearly demonstrate a dominant
strategic role in each case, RoleMap isn’t a compass. Newspaper advertising tends
to work across a range of roles, often feeding off each other in the process.
For example, more detail (Information) can provoke a rethink about a brand
(Re)Appraisal) which in turn creates a closer emotional connection with consumers
While IKEA’s ad performs strongly as a retail ad by driving a Call to Action via its
price point, it’s also helping build the brand with its eco-credentials story and in
doing so encourage a rethink about the IKEA brand (Re)Appraisal, which in turns
builds Affinity with the brand.
Virgin Blue’s topical ad (taking on Qantas), is seen to put an important issue on the
Public Agenda, and in doing so gets consumers to rethink the Virgin Blue brand
(Re)Appraisal, also driving a Call to Action in the process.
Beaurepaires performs very strongly in the classic retail footprint, delivering
important Information when belts were being tightened (during the GFC) and in
turn effectively driving a Call to Action.
• Newspapers can be utilised across the full spectrum of strategic roles, some
of which are traditionally associated roles for newspapers, such as Call to Action
and Information roles.
• However newspaper advertisers are also increasingly recognising the role that
newspapers can play in brand building roles; such as Affinity and (Re)Appraisal.
• Furthermore newspapers are being harnessed to drive important brand issues
and causes (Public Agenda) and to extend and build on TV activity.
• In this report, advertisers have demonstrated both expected and fresh ways to
bring their communication to life while still delivering effective outcomes for their
For more information on this or any of the other strategic roles that can be
used in newspapers to connect powerfully with consumers, contact your sales
executive or The Newspaper Works on:
Phone: (02) 9692 6300
Fax: (02) 9692 6399
Email: [email protected]