Weeks spent in quarantine force on us a slower pace compared to those rushed days of the recent past. I feel like I've been swimming in molasses with waves of sadness, fear, worry and occasional absurdity rolling over me depending on the day. Time is a mess. There's too much screen time, not enough time to sleep and plenty of time to think. We’re all trying to cope, but the big takeaway is that even the best conference technology is no substitute for real human connection. It doesn’t take long for isolation to take its toll.
One of the most important questions we ask new clients is, “What are you hoping to achieve by running this media campaign?”
Typically, clients answer this question in one of three ways:
We are a very small agency, with just two full-time employees on-site and the rest of our team virtual, so in many ways, remote work is easier for us than it may be for larger organizations trying to manage the behaviors and routines of numerous employees. As a business owner, my goal is to maintain open communication channels between my staff and clients. Offering kindness, patience and compassion is so important, especially during this enormously stressful time.
Instead of writing another “Tips on How to Work from Home” article, I’d like to use this post to give a shout-out to the software companies we utilize every day to keep our agency processes moving forward efficiently and accurately. I’ll start with our media planning and buying software, move into a few of our production/organizational tools and finish with our data and reporting dashboard. I’m excited to share these great products with you and encourage you to check out the links I’ve included to each service for more details
I read an article the other day claiming that the service of media planning is “up for grabs” in today’s advertising marketplace. The author’s premise was that the comprehensive media planning model must compete with a growing list of alternatives offered to clients who may not know how to differentiate between these options. Publishers and other media companies package media planning and buying into their capabilities and many digital agencies who build websites have started to help their clients promote them, too. Let's not forget the big tech giants that have made self-service advertising appear far easier than it really is.
The tables inside The Browne Center were mostly full when I rushed in, but fortunately, the organizers had saved me a seat near the door, so I didn’t have to wander about, exposing my tardiness any further. I had been looking forward to this day with great anticipation. Still, as with any new experience, I awoke that morning feeling uncertain, a mixture of first day of school, driver’s ed, and prom night anxiety all rolled into one.
Measuring media planning and buying success for our clients and ourselves.
A new year is a natural jumping-off point, a time to think about future goals and set our sights on what’s up ahead. It's a busy time for a media planning and buying agency as we prepare to launch new campaigns in the new year. It’s also the season when we look back over the past year, acknowledging (and celebrating) successes and finding meaning in the challenges we may have encountered.
To be successful, media planning must focus on achieving ample share of voice when advertising within a specific market.
Media planning is the process of researching and assembling recommendations on the most effective advertising platforms to raise awareness of and drive engagement with a brand. Media directors consider a host of factors when planning an advertising campaign. Experienced media planners think carefully about how deeply a campaign engages its target audience, how many times that group sees the ads, and how many other competitive messages that group experiences within the defined market. Together, those three key components — reach, frequency, and share of voice — work to achieve your campaign goals.
Over the summer, our house was full of college-age kids. Two of them happen to be mine, and then there were the extra friends who ended up staying with us for a while. Running a modified boarding house makes me quite happy, actually. From the time they started school, I've always encouraged my children to bring their friends around. It's when everyone keeps coming back - for food, sleep, laundry facilities or just to pull up a chair for some thoughtful conversation - that I know I've done something right!
Richardson Media Group has embarked upon a journey to become a more sustainable, socially responsible business. We recently joined New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. Our team has regular conversations about how to apply what we are learning about social responsibility to our professional services business. Now that we are shining a brighter light onto our collective purpose, we realize that our sustainability story began years ago.
Brenda Brooks, Former Director of Admissions at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Joins Richardson Media Group
Brenda's background in college admissions and enrollment management makes her an invaluable addition to our team.
This summer, Brenda Brooks became the newest member of the Richardson Media Group team after spending the past 12 years in college admissions and enrollment management. Much of her career centered around developing strategic recruitment and communications plans with a strong focus on lead generation and conversion.
In addition to her role as owner and media director here at RMG, Anne authors the majority of our blog posts. Favorite topics include the entrepreneurial journey, media planning and buying, and forming productive agency partnerships.
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Richardson Media Group, Inc.
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Portsmouth, NH 03801
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