Have you ever considered the perfect length of time to run your ad campaign? Run your campaign for too long, and you may notice that it no longer has the impact you were hoping for. You may notice the return on your investment dropping and sales decreasing. Run it for too short a time, on the other hand, and you may find that few people see your ad and respond to it.
How can you determine the ideal length for your campaign? Generally speaking, the ideal campaign, especially a branding campaign, runs for about three months. The exact parameters of your campaign will depend on several factors, including your message, your CTA, your budget, and your expectations.
What Kind of Campaign Are You Running?
In order to determine the ideal length of your campaign, you must consider the type of campaign you're running. A branding campaign, on average, runs for around three months. If you're aiming to raise brand awareness alone, you should expect your campaign to take at least that long. If you're running specific sales or promotions, you may want to run your ad campaign for the duration of those events.
Prior to a grand opening, you may want to build up to the main event, but cease those specific ads once you get your store open. Likewise, if you're opening a new location, you should make sure that you run the campaign long enough to raise awareness and increase interest, but not so long that interested consumers start to ignore those ads when they come across them.
Figuring Out the Length of the Campaign
In order to figure out the length of the campaign, you need to consider several key factors.
What are you advertising?
Is it a seasonal product or service? Is it a specific product that will be available for only a select period of time? If so, those parameters may determine how long you have to advertise that specific item. On the other hand, if you're advertising your business as a whole or creating a branding campaign, it may need to last longer.
What platform(s) are you advertising on?
On some platforms, you may want to change up your ads more frequently than others. For example, if you're advertising on social media, you may want a wider array of ads to help capture consumer attention. On the other hand, if you're advertising primarily on TV, you may be able to run similar campaigns more often.
Who is your target audience?
In addition to other elements of your target audience, you must consider when they're listening or viewing the content and how often they're likely to view it. You want consumers to see your ads, recognize them, and connect them with your brand, but you do not want them to see them so many times that they get bored and the ads lose their impact. A solid understanding of your target audience can help you shape the length of your campaigns based on how long it will likely take them to view and connect with your ads.
What are your goals for your ad?
What do you hope to accomplish with this specific campaign? How will you know that your goals were met? You may also need to consider how long it will take to achieve those specific goals.
Knowing When to End a Campaign
Knowing when to end your campaign can prove just as critical as knowing how long it should last in the first place. Often, the factors described above can help you determine when to end a campaign. You may also need to consider your budget: when your budget runs out, you may need to end your campaign.
You may also want to conduct market research on how the audience is receiving your ad. If you have given the campaign an adequate amount of time to reach your target audience on their favored platforms, channels, programs, and mediums, and it is no longer making an impact, you may want to move to your next campaign.
In order to create an effective advertising campaign, it's important to select the ideal length. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to selecting the ideal time to run your ad campaign. By working closely with a media partner and examining these elements, including your goals, your budget, and your target audience, you will find it easier to determine how long your campaign needs to run and when it's time to move on.