Why DRMetrix Spend Index™ Rankings are the most accurate in the industry.

By Joseph Gray

I began my career in the direct response television (DRTV) industry back in 1989. During a 22-year period, I built several successful companies on the agency and lead-generation sides of the business, which I ended up selling and exiting from in 2011.  At the time, I knew that I wanted to refocus and do something different.

I had developed a passion for DRTV research back in 2003 when I was invited to co-chair the DRTV Research Committee for the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). During this time, I discovered that much of the research data our industry relies upon is terribly inaccurate. The big television research companies have largely ignored the DRTV industry, failing to monitor infomercials and only offering limited data on DRTV spots. The smaller boutique DRTV research companies do not monitor the cable networks directly, instead receiving their signals through intermediaries, such as local cable or direct to consumer satellite.

Taking advantage of this situation, some DRTV marketers and agencies target buys on such “intermediaries,” knowing it will make their media buys appear larger. Using this approach, some DRTV brands have been awarded the No. 1 industry rank despite spending minimal dollars on national cable. This systemic problem exists because national cable networks are not being monitored directly by the majority of DRTV research companies. At DRMetrix, we believe the DRTV industry deserves better.

DRMetrix deployed its monitoring technology at the beginning of 2015 to directly monitor national cable networks — 24/7/365. Like finding a single strand of DNA, intelligent and automated technology analyzes the digital attributes of every commercial and program to find new DRTV spots and infomercials. To date, across the millions of commercials that DRMetrix’s system has analyzed, more than 500,000 DRTV airings are being identified per month.

DRMetrix also tracks ad breaks in order to determine whether spots are running in local or national breaks. This is an important distinction, because advertisers only pay an average of 10 cents on the dollar to run their spot inside of a local break on national networks. Even if you’re monitoring the national cable networks directly, you can’t deliver accurate industry rankings if you are unable to segment local from national breaks. These are just some of the unique capabilities that make DRMetrix’s DRTV Spend Index™ Rankings the most accurate in the industry.

Who to Choose for DRMA Marketer of the Year?

I received an email reminder this morning to vote for the 2015 DRMA Marketer of the year.  I decided I needed to peer into the DRMetrix database to help me decide how to vote.

For Long Form, year to date spend data ranks the marketing titans Beach Body as #1 and Guthy-Renker as #2 although neither were nominated this year.  Our #3 advertiser is SharkNinja followed by Total Gym Fitness in our #4 spot.  Bare Escentuals and Zumba rank #15 and #21 respectively.  If you are swayed by spend data, and love the infomercial art form, then SharkNinja (formally Euro-Pro) deserves serious consideration.

For Short Form, of the various nominees this year, Draft Kings has catapulted itself into the lead over the past 60 days with the largest TV spend.  Prior to this onslaught from the King, only one other nominee came close, Telebrands.  In fact, Telebrands held the lead through July of this year.  None of the other short form nominees have come close to the spend of Draft Kings or Telebrands.  I’m not sure yet how to vote on this one because Draft Kings and Telebrands are so very different.  Telebrands is a traditional AS SEEN ON TV marketer, whereas Draft Kings provides an online daily fantasy sports service.  If I decide to vote for a short form advertiser this time around, I’ll certainly give my vote to one of these two outstanding nominees.

Hey wait, when I went to vote I was able to choose my top 3 candidates.  Whew!  That made things easy.

I hope this additional information will help you in casting your vote this year!  You are going to vote aren’t you?  🙂