Timeline for Advertising in an Election Year

Date: August 08, 2016

We recently posted a blog about TV ads being preempted by political advertisements.  In this installment of Breaking Through the Political Noise we’ll review the expected timeline of political advertising and other major events to consider when planning your advertising campaigns in 2016.

Television ads have historically dominated presidential campaigns and the trend will continue for the 2016 elections.  According to the Borrell 2015-2016 Political Advertising Outlook report, 73% of the budget for national elections and 48% of the budget for state and local elections will be spent on TV advertisements.  On top of the large amounts of money allocated for the campaigns, the strategy will expand beyond broadcast to also include cable and streaming services, like Hulu.  The budgets and expanded network buys are just the beginning of things to consider if you’re still planning to run TV ads in 2016.  Here are a few key dates to be aware of while scheduling TV ads:  

The key dates listed above clearly show the competition for TV ads will be high throughout all of 2016.  If television is a major component of your advertising strategy you will either need to pay an increased rate for the ads or move your marketing budget to other platforms to continue your messaging.

At Times Media Solutions we understand integrated marketing strategies are always essential to advertising success, not just in election years.  Our integrated marketing experts utilize a comprehensive toolbox of advertising solutions to reach the engaged audiences you need.  Our extensive portfolio of solutions and partnerships with leading advertising platforms, like Google and Facebook, allow us to create unique campaigns that deliver results.  In addition to our local expertise, we belong to the USA Today Network and can extend your messaging from beyond St. Cloud to anywhere across the United States.  Contact us today to start the conversation about your 2016 integrated marketing campaign.

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