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Direct Response TV (DRTV)

Direct Response Television - DRTV

For there is a fair chance most Australians you’ve heard of Shamwow, Nutribullet and the online comparison site finder.com.au – and the reason is DRTV.

Direct Response TV (DRTV) campaigns help launch brands and products for a wide niches. DRTV is a type of television-based advertising that encourages viewers/consumers take immediate action. This action can be a phone call, visit a website or in some other way make a purchase, vote, resister, schedule an appointment, request additional information or take another desired action.

Often, DRTV or infomercial advertising is a component of a much larger, integrated, multichannel campaign that brings together a customised and, ideally, effective mix of advertising vehicles that will deliver the best results for a particular brand, product and/or service.


What are the most common formats? 

Direct response TV is delivered in two main formats: Short-form and long-form. The most common DRTV formats are called short form, which are 30-second, 60-second and 120-second spots, which give the audience more information about a product and invite them to take immediate action. In addition, DRTV campaigns can include up to half-hour paid programming episodes that delve into great detail, about specific benefits and typically also include testimonials of the product. At the end, most DRTV commercials will include an offer or further enticement for consumers to make a purchase, book an appointment or ask for further information about a product or service.


As the name suggests, DRTV asks for a direct response. 

Unlike traditional TV commercials that are broadcast between television shows, DRTV campaigns and direct response online ask for a direct response (hence the name). This is vastly different to more traditional television advertising, it allows for tracking and results to be measured from the initial point of contact through the sale itself. This is because with DRTV, the TV audience is not just being exposed to the brand – they are being invited to action right away. With the right approach, expertise and guidance,  the results can be phenomenal and transform a business overnight.

DRTV is incredibly dynamic and nimble, as media buys are often tweaked and adjusted based on real-time results and responses. This is the primary reasons why this format of advertising is so attractive and increasing in-demand by marketers, who demand an ROI and products / services fit this type of media approach. It’s vital to be able to select and buy the most effective media, in conjunction with a detailed analyse the success of each buy after-the-fact.


Industries and categories that DRTV is best used? 

Although infomercial advertising has been used in a variety of niches, the greatest results have come from the fitness, health, cosmetics, personal care, supplements and homeware categories. These are typically categories, that it’s easy for viewers to see how the product will improve their quality of life. Short form DRTV lend itself to industries that are well established, however have a compelling offer they need to get to market. These industries include insurance (health, vehicle, life), finance (mortgage, credit cards, debt consolidation), super annuation, energy, Not for Profits, travel, telecommunications and many more.


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Three specific reasons why advertisers choose DRTV:

1. Targeted Audiences

DRTV commercials are broadcast across major forms of media and have the capability to reach specific groups of people. Through a highly diversified and ever expanding selection of the television channels, you can make sure that your message gets in front of the right audience. It is often not the channels you would think, that deliver the best results for your product.

2. Integrated Approach

Although DRTV advertising is most effective at driving direct leads or sales, they also drive brand awareness. Short form spots can introduce the brand and if the TV ad is compelling, they then invite the viewer to find out more at a website or on social media. Incorporating direct response online elements is an incredibly powerful way to help meet the needs of today’s tech savvy market.

3. Measurable ROI

DRTV campaigns are directly tied to sales and revenue, so it’s incredibly easy to track the ROI of an advertising campaign. Once initial goals are established, and tweaks are made to the campaign based on initial feedback, the advertising can be improved even more. For more information please refer to Multichannel Media Attribution & Analytics.

If you are looking for a Melbourne media agency that can turn your next brand campaign into measurable DRTV campaign that delivers quality leads, give us a call today.

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