Loosen up a little

Each year Adweek selects the best media plans of the year. The selection is made by a number of top executives of advertising and media agencies, with category winners including "Best media plan spending more than $25 million," ". . . between $10 and $25 million," "... between $1 and 10 million," and "... less than $1 million." In addition, there are winners in specific categories such as "best use of cable TV," "best use of outdoor," "best use of new media," and so on. While we would like to report on all of them, space permits only a few. However, this sampling will demonstrate what successful plans include.

• Spending more than $25 million—Dunkin' Donuts (Hill Holliday Agency): Dunkin' Donuts has over 3,500 franchises in over 120 markets, with multiple products and varying advertising budgets. Trying to find a positioning statement that serves everyone is no easy task. Hill Holliday's creative "Loosen Up"—designed to help consumers overcome guilt associated with eating donuts—required a very unique media strategy to communicate. To be effective for all franchisees, a "modular" strategy was developed from which individual locations could pick and choose what would work best given their needs and budgets. For example, sponsorships were created for early morning shows such as the Today show. Drive-time and in-office radio spots were purchased, as was space on the Captivate Network, which places advertisements on screens in high-rise elevators. Local TV spots at prime time and late fringe were included on shows like Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, and the Letterman and Jay Leno shows. A 20-foot-high inflatable coffee cup was hung over the Massachusetts Pike in downtown Boston, and mobile billboards were common around Dunkin' Donuts sites. While no endorsement deals were made, the brand was able to receive the cooperation of radio and TV personalities while effectively communicating the "have fun" message through a "have fun" media strategy.

• Spending between $10 and $25 million—Baskin-Robbins (Initiative Media): Changing lifestyles, supermarket sales of ice cream, and a limited media investment restricted for years to spot TV and radio led to flat sales for the ice-cream purveyor and its franchisees. Armed with what the agency considered to be "a ton of proprietary research," the agency realized that the target audience included both children and adults and that the strategy had to change in respect to communications with consumers, field organizations, and promotional partners. Baskin-Robbins first teamed up with DreamWorks to promote the animated film Shrek. Movie signage appeared in stores,a "Free Scoop Night" promotion was initiated, and new products that tied in with the movie were developed. Initiative Media's plan was to leverage this success through media buys. TV spots were placed on Nick, Nick at Nite, Fox Family, Hallmark, and the Discovery channel, among others. Oprah, Jack Hanna,and Home Improvement also received shorter (10-second) spots. Cable included the Hallmark channel, VHl, and the TV Guide channel. Most of the ads were accompanied with sales promotions like "Flava of the Week," "Birthday Scoops," and others.

• Spending less than $1 million—Archipelago (Fallon Minneapolis): Archipelago's goal was to attract stock traders away from traditional brokers to online trading. A $245,000 budget employing street protests, pennies, and other nontraditional media was allocated to reach the traders—most of whom were unhappy with their current means of trading. Fallon developed a creative strategy that capitalized on this dissatisfaction with the campaign slogan "Don't Get Pennied," which referred to the New York Stock Exchange's switch to expressing stock transactions to the penny rather than in increments of 6.25 cents—a practice that many traders perceived to be to their disadvantage.The agency actually organized demonstrations along Wall Street and in Boston's Post Office Square—where many traders had offices. An armored truck drove past the traders' offices playing the Beatle's "Penny Lane," and out-of-work actors took to the streets chanting "A penny saved is a penny earned. Choose Archipelago and don't get burned." Direct-mail pieces including advertising specialties and a roll of pennies followed, as did handouts in Boston subway stations and wallscapes in specified Manhattan communities. A full-page ad was placed in regional editions of The Wall Street Journal. The website was also altered to reflect the "Don't Get Pennied" campaign.

As these plans clearly demonstrate, a variety of media are now employed to get one's message across. They also demonstrate that effective plans don't have to cost millions and millions of dollars—but don't tell that to the media people!

Sources: Kate Macarthur, "Dunkin' Donuts Tries New Tag," Advertising Age, Aug. 12,2002, p.8; Eric Schmuckler and Todd Shields, "Media Plan of the Year," Adweek, June 17,2002, pp. SR 1-16; "Green Giant Produces Big Sales for Baskin-Robbins," Potentials, July 2002, p. 13.

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