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Is Online Advertising More Effective Than TV?

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The world of advertising is going through a sea change. The way we consume media is always evolving, and the way that advertisers reach us has to change with it. Brands are always looking for more effective and innovative ways to get their products in front of consumers, and it’s important to understand how this works so you can spend your money wisely.


Is TV Advertising Losing Its Touch?


If you’re one of those people who think that online advertising is more effective than television, you may be wrong. While a lot has changed in the past few years, TV ads are still the most cost-effective way to reach large audiences. Television still rules supreme when it comes to reaching audiences on all screens. 

However, there is a significant value in taking advantage of digital tools like Google Ads or Facebook Ads for brands to experiment with different types of campaigns for different goals before deciding which medium works best for them long term

More Advertisers Are Spending More on Digital



That said, TV advertising is declining in popularity. Why? Well, let’s take a look at some of the reasons:

  • More marketers are turning toward digital advertising because it’s more cost effective and targeted than TV. Digital ads allow you to target specific users based on their location, interests and demographics. With TV, you can only target by age range and gender—and usually only within certain geographical areas. This less-focused approach makes it hard for advertisers to reach their ideal customers as effectively as they could using digital ads.
  • Digital ad campaigns are easier to measure than those on television. You can tell whether your ad was viewed or clicked on through analytics tools like Google Analytics or Facebook Ads Manager. In contrast, traditional broadcast stations don’t provide any insight into how many people watched their shows—or if they watched them at all.

But Does It Really Matter?


TV ads are still the most effective. They’re still the most affordable. They’re still the most targeted, measurable and flexible. Most importantly, they’re also the most creative. When you create an ad that resonates with your audience, you’ll get great results online or off—and when you don’t find success with your digital advertising, don’t blame it on a poor medium!


TV Isn’t Going to Die



You may have heard that online advertising is the next big thing, and that TV is going to be left in the dust. This simply isn’t true. Online media companies are making some progress in industries like television, but it’s still a long way before they can match the reach of television. To determine how effective your ad dollars will be, you’ll want to know two things:

  • How many people will see your ads?
  • How well do those ads perform?

No Single Platform is the Definitive Choice for Effective Advertising



It’s a mistake to think that any single platform is the definitive choice for making your advertising effective. TV advertising still has its place in marketing. It’s not as effective as it used to be, but it can still be a good way to reach a large audience and choose an audience based on their demographics.

There’s no doubt that the internet is becoming a much more popular choice for advertisers. But it’s also clear that many of these advertisers are not abandoning other platforms, particularly TV. Whether you choose to focus on digital, TV or both, the most important thing you can do is to ensure your message reaches the right audience at the right time. This means doing research into their habits and interests before deciding what platform(s) they’re most likely to respond well to.


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