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What’s the Best Way to Target Your Audience? Eight Points

Interview with Peter Koeppel, President, Koeppel Direct

Situation: The media industry is increasingly challenged trying to reach its audience. Media choices are fragmented, and the proliferation of new devices makes reaching purchasing audiences difficult. How do you best reach your target audience in this environment?


  • Historically placement of advertising and pricing of media ad buys were driven by calculations of audience impressions – how many eyeballs a particular ad would reach. With the media market now highly fragmented this measure is no longer as effective. Sophisticated marketers now seek ROI driven media buy models to justify their advertising purchases.
  • Two companies, Facebook and TiVo, are in the lead in terms of potential to assist marketers in targeting distinct audiences, because they collect rich data on individual consumers, but this information must be balanced with privacy concerns.
  • Non-conventional channels like TiVo or Google TV and other research services can selectively present marketing messages to specific customer demographics.
  • The mobile search market represented approximately $2 billion in revenue in 2010. As more people consume media through mobile devices, this market will grow. The leader in this market is Google.
  • A growing format is longer length spots. These include short-form infomercials which are typically seen for insurance, legal services, and spots that drive consumers to web sites or an 800 number. Long-form infomercials are typically 30 minutes in length, composed of three to four 7 or 8 minute segments separated by commercials, which serve as calls to action. Infomercial marketing is not for every product, but is most applicable to higher priced products where specific demographic information is worth the investment and where the consumer needs more education about the product,in order to make a purchase decision.
  • Cable TV, print and radio, remain an effective way to target niche audiences. Television, among the traditional media, still drives the largest number of consumers to online purchases.
  • For the future, we predict a convergence between TV and online marketing and purchases. Many HDMI TVs and current Blu-Ray sets are already configured for both cable and either WiFi or Ethernet connections. Google and Apple sell devices that combine TV and online access. Netflix and Hulu serve content through either TV or online devices.
  • We see the future of TV as a device which will consume all media. As access to rich databases of consumer preferences and purchasing proliferates we see growth in content which will be increasingly tailored to personal preferences and desires of highly fragmented consumer demographics.

You can contact Peter Koeppel at pkoeppel@koeppelinc.com   URL: www.koeppelinc.com

Key Words: Sales & Marketing, Media, Audience, Choice, Fragmented, Devices, Purchase, ROI, Targeted, Facebook, TiVo, Apple, Google, Data, Privacy, Mobile, Search, Pay-per-Click, Infomercial, Convergence

Can You Accelerate Market Acceptance of a New Product?

Interview with Kenneth Purfey, CFO, Identification Solutions

Situation: At the January Consumer Electronics Show, it was evident that a hot market for 2011 will be low cost enabling devices to monitor patient medical conditions via smartphone. These devices can improve early detection of disease and lower medical costs. However, the bureaucratic inertia of major medical providers can inhibit the adoption of disruptive technologies. What can you do to accelerate consumer acceptance of a new device?


  • Let’s take a particular device as an example – an inexpensive ultrasound device that can both provide the results of a breast scan for cancer and transmit the results to your physician.
  • A device like this can be emotional for some women, and they may be reluctant to use a product not recommended by their doctor. It is therefore important to gain physician acceptance of the device. You can achieve this by:
    • Publishing medical studies demonstrating the efficacy of the device.
    • Building and leveraging relationships with medical societies and groups through while papers, and presentations at meetings by champions for the device.
    • Participating in high profile events such as American Cancer Society events or the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
  • Consumer awareness of the device can be built through:
    • Targeted advertisements in women’s magazines.
    • Gaining the support of high profile women spokespersons who have experienced and recovered from breast cancer. This can generate radio and television talk show appearances.
    • Infomercials via television and the Internet.
    • Generating discussion about the device on disease-specific web sites to generate viral marketing.
  • Do not be afraid of researching non-traditional activities. Recently, it was discovered that there is significant potential for a device like this in portions of the Muslim world, where women won’t see a male doctor, and unfortunately few female doctors are available. This results in breast cancer death rates three times higher than those seen in the West.

You can contact Ken Purfey at kpurfey@msn.com

Key Words: Medical Device, Smartphone, Early Detection, Medical Costs, Consumer Awareness, Ultrasound, Breast Cancer, Physician, Doctor, Advertisement, Infomercial