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Media Planning & Buying Campaign Checklist


The success of your paid media campaign is decided before your first advertisement goes live. 
Here we offer a comprehensive check list which direct marketers and small to medium business can
use to guide you through all steps of the advertising and media planning and buying process...


Identify Your Campaign Objective – why are you advertising and what would you like your advertising to achieve?

This can include reasons such as launching a new product or service, combat a competitor or generate sales with objectives generally broken down into 2 key areas:

Response – a measureable action such as buy, subscribe, enter
Brand Awareness – create an emotional reaction to your brand

Identify Your Target Market – recognise and build a profile of your primary market or key customer base.

This could involve identifying their common demographic profile, income group and media habits. You may consider a survey of your current customer base to identify some of these common profile markers.

Gather Market Intelligence - what marketing activities are your competitors undertaking?

This can help you determine where and how you should be advertising.  Search the MediaScope directory to find media within your market and see what your competitors are doing

Define Your Budget – there are several ways to determine an advertising budget from % of net or forecasted sales to how much you can afford.

Your budget should take into account the actual media spend and cost to produce your advertising material.

Other Marketing Channels – you may have heard of the terms – paid, owned and earned media or 'POEM'.

This is fairly new terminology but is a very established concept as it describes a broader marketing mix.

Paid – the paid advertising component of your marketing campaign
Owned – your website, sales collateral, internal processes, brand
Earned – press mentions/public relations, social media, joint ventures, branded content

Your paid media campaign should be run as a compliment and in conjunction with owned and earned media strategies.

Creative Message – this should fit with your pre-determined campaign objective.

If your objective is to generate response then a strong call to action or incentive to respond should be incorporated into your creative message.

Identify Media Channels – different media offers different features and benefits. Having determined your target market, campaign objectives, budget and done your competitive homework you can now choose the media channels and market genres which match this criteria.

Request Media Kit Information From Relevant Media – particularly if this is your first campaign you may consider casting a wide net to make yourself familiar with all relevant media options.

Develop and Send Media Brief – once you’ve assessed media kits and developed a short list of media, you can develop and send a brief or request for proposal (RFP).

Schedule and Book Media – book or place advertising within media which best fits your brief.

Brief and Produce Creative – creative should meet material specifications supplied for each media

Traffic Material – send material with clear material insertion instructions including date of appearance.

Ensure Your Business is Ready – is your business, and everyone in it, fully prepared for the increased sales and enquiries you should attract through your well thought out paid advertising - owned and earned media - campaign?

Measure, Optimise & Report – ensure you’ve developed processes which allow you to identify which media type and media platform is generating your advertising’s response. Depending on the medium used (ie digital media) you may be able to measure response and optimise your campaign in real time.

Review – analyse final results from your campaign against the objectives you created at the start of the campaign planning process. This will also allow you to develop insights and strategies for your future media and advertising plans.

This checklist is not definitive and may change depending on your business, market objectives and the media channel your campaign is scheduled to appear in - but this can be considered a broad template.

Further help form MediaScope

Marketing & Advertising Tips for Solo & SME's -
an overview of foundation marketing and advertising
tactics for solo and sme businesses combining paid,
owned and earned media


MediaScope lists a range of businesses offering creative services

Buying Guides - comprehensive how-to-guides with practical tips
and information on buying advertising within a growing range
of media and marketing channels

By Denise Shrivell, Founder, MediaScope

MediaScope is the most comprehensive directory in Australia of every media channel, brand, and platform for your advertising, promotions and PR. Plus, articles and guides to help you learn how to use mainstream and non traditional media channels to promote your business.

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