MAKE SURE YOUR TV COMMERCIAL MAKES YOU MONEY

There are three main types of TV commercial: brand awareness, product benefit, and direct response. Each works in a different way to do a different job.

The secret to successful TV advertising is to make sure you run the right kind of commercial for your particular product or service, its current stage in its marketing cycle, and your distribution and revenue model.

PEOPLE DON’T BUY STUFF FOR NO REASON

  1. If your product or brand is famous and widely available (think Coca-Cola) most of your market only needs a quick reminder to buy your product. You can fit a reminder message into a 15 or 30 second brand awareness TV commercial
  2. If your product is new or unknown, your commercial has to give your target market one or more good reasons to try it (features/benefits). You can demonstrate a major feature/benefit or two in a 30 second product benefit TV commercial
  3. If you sell your product through a website, your commercial needs to do more than just remind or demonstrate. It needs to deliver a sales pitch which persuades people to take action right now – to go to your website and buy! So you need a direct response (DRTV) commercial.

A sales pitch takes longer to deliver than a brand awareness or a product benefit commercial. Which is why DRTV commercials are longer: 60 seconds or more. Bad news: a 60 second TV spot costs more than a 30 second TV spot. Good news: a 60 second DRTV ad delivers more than twice the sales of a 30 sec. ad.

Lokomotion creates and produces the right type of TV commercial to do the required marketing job: brand awareness, product benefit, or DRTV.

All of our TV commercials have one thing in common: they’re strategically driven to make money for our clients.

We develop the communications strategy, write the scripts, shoot, record, edit, manage the TV regulatory approval and classification process, and distribute dubs to the TV networks. Our end-to-end service saves you time and complications. 

We also turn the footage into online video ads and website videos. And we plan and run successful TV media campaigns: Here’s how we built a successful TV media campaign for less than $1,000.

FOUR SECRETS OF ALL GREAT TV COMMERCIALS:

Good TV commercials are finely-tuned sales machines. Which means they have sound strategy and commercially clever thinking behind them. Here are the four essential ingredients of a good TV commercial:

1.  A CLEAR, CONCISE BRIEF

What’s important to you and what’s important to your market isn’t always identical. Sometimes you can be too close to your product or service.

So we provide a briefing form that asks a series of straightforward questions to help us understand your organisation, your product or service, your market, and your competitive dynamics.

Then we come back to you with:

2.  A COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY

There’s a certain minimum of information your TV commercial needs to communicate to trigger the purchase decision.

The communications strategy details what we need to show and tell people in your market to get them to take action:

  1. Who are we talking to?
  2. How should we be talking to them?
  3. What action do we want them to take?
  4. What do they need to know and believe in order to take action?
  5. What evidence do we have that will convince them to act?

3.  CREDIBILITY AND TRUST

Your TV commercial will introduce your company and your product to hundreds of thousands – even millions – of new customers. So it needs to generate credibility and trust.

This is especially important when you’re asking people who’ve never heard of you before to go to your website and hand over their money.

Of course you don’t want to spend too much on your TV ad. But you can’t afford to spend too little, either. People prefer to do business with successful businesses. So your commercial needs to make you look like the market leader in your category. Even if you aren’t.

There are a number of ways to work out what is a reasonable TV ad production budget: by percentage, on a sliding scale, or by ROI evaluation. We’ve prepared some helpful budgeting information and advice on how to control and manage TV commercial production costs.

4.  A GREAT SCRIPT

Never forget that the primary objective of a TV commercial is to make people do something: call your number, visit your website, go to your sale, or remember to pick up your product next time they’re in the supermarket, the chemist, the pub or the servo.

Years of experience has taught us to write scripts that press the right buttons to get the required result. And because we combine award-winning creativity with marketing skill and production know-how, we write scripts that will give you the very best bang for your budget.

You should check out our information on TV ad scripts and TV copywriting, And we’ve also produced an insightful guide to how and why Direct Response TV commercials really work.

“WEB TRAFFIC INCREASED 300%.” CCA

TV Campaign Credit Counsellors Australasia“During the first week of TV, while testing in minor regional markets only, our web traffic increased 300%.” Cliff Mearns, CEO, Credit Counsellors Australasia

“BEST ROI EVER!” PENRITH WHITEWATER

Successful TV Campaign for Penrith Whitewater Rafting“Sales of gift certificates grew by more than 600% in the first 3 months. This the best ROI we have ever had!” Simonetta Lo Po, Marketing Manager, Penrith Whitewater

“SALES UP 58%” THOMSON EDUCATION

TV Campaign Thomson Education“Online will always be the one of the cheapest channels but if you want the rest of the market, you need to add in TV.” Sonia Molnar, Marketing Manager, Thomson Education Direct

“RESPONSE 6 X HIGHER THAN ANTICIPATED.”

TV-Campaign-StubbyStrip“Response to the national TV campaign is over six times higher than we anticipated. We are experiencing a massive number of hits and our website is going into meltdown.” Steve Delnawaz, CEO, Stubby Strip Australia

“STUNNING RESULTS!” HARPER COLLINS

TV Campaign Harper Collins“Their creative ideas matched our brief beautifully and the results were stunning. Our author experienced a threefold sales increase.” Jim Demitriou, Chief Operating Officer, Harper Collins

“TV: LOWER COST PER SALE THAN EBAY!

TV-Campaign-Fishing-Kayak“The TV campaign generates all the sales I need, month after month. And the TV cost per sale is actually lower than our cost per sale on eBay!” Peter Rose, General Manager, Kayaks2Fish

“VISITOR NIGHTS UP 28%.” BMT LTD

Blue Mountains Tourism TV CampaignA 12 week non-prime-time TV campaign increased domestic visitors by 22.1% and nights stayed by 28.4%, while competitor regions experienced significant downturns. Rita Fisher, President, Blue Mountains Tourism Limited

FOUR CRITICAL QUESTIONS:

1. What action do you want your market to take?
2. What do they need to believe, to take that action?
3. What do you need to tell them to make them believe?
4. What evidence do you have that will convince them?

To learn more about ideas, options and budgets for your TV or online ad, you should call Billy on 0412 777 175, or use our contact form.

If you simply want a great TV commercial or online video ad, Lokomotion is happy to be your creative production company.

If you’d also like an effective TV media plan, or a new sales channel driven by TV advertising read about our successful TV media strategies here.

  • Possibilities Management Group
    The TV commercial looks absolutely fantastic, couldn’t be happier. The Instructional video also looks fantastic. The voice was spot on. Thanks so much for all your effort.
    Jonathan Oastler,Managing Director, Possibilities Management Group
  • Community Colleges Australia
    Wow! I found the video to be inspiring, the stories just blending so well together and picking up so many key decision-making triggers. Well done to you and your team.
    David Hurley,Manager - Business Development, SG&S Community College
  • Stubby Strip Australia
    Response to the national TV campaign is over 6 times higher than we anticipated. We are experiencing a massive number of hits and our website is going into meltdown. Thanks guys!
    Steve Delnawaz,CEO, Stubby Strip Australia
  • Sterling Mining Co.

    Love, love, love the film! I passed copies out generously when I was in Toronto last week for broker meetings and at the Chicago conference the week before and I've been getting a lot of very favorable feedback.

    Monique Hayes,Marketing Manager, Sterling Mining Co.
  • YPB Systems

    We are delighted with the product and your service, and your co-ordination of the Chinese translation for us. We've had a tremendously positive response to the video in London, Beijing and Australia.

    John Houston,Executive Chairman, YPB Systems
  • Dematic

    Billy and the team have an amazing way of exceeding my expectations. They really understand consumer, direct, industrial and B2B marketing. It’s what I need in an agency.

    Peter Trotter,General Manager Marketing, Dematic
  • Goldsearch Australia

    On the day Billy & Shaun's corporate film for Sterling Mining Co. was premiered at this year’s Silver Summit, the share price jumped from a previous base of $3.35 to over $4.20.

    John Percival,Chief Executive Officer, Goldsearch Australia
  • Harper Collins

    Their creative ideas matched our brief beautifully and the results were stunning. Our author experienced a threefold sales increase and is now one of the top ten Australian fiction authors.

    Jim Demetriou,Chief Operating Officer, Harper Collins
  • NSW Rural Fire Service

    They consistently provide the highest levels of delivery anyone could wish for; always in an engaging and friendly way. Production costs are held to a minimum to allow for greater media buying power.

    Russell Taylor,Chief of Staff, NSW Rural Fire Service