Advertising campaign

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Not to be confused with Campaign advertising.
Launch of the advertising campaign for visitors to the 2014 FIFA World Cup

An advertising campaign is a series of advertisement messages that share a single idea and theme which make up an integrated marketing communication (IMC). Advertising campaigns appear in different media channels across a specific time frame that often need to be clearly defined. Modern advertising campaigns often combine multiple online and offline channels such as online social media, TV, OOH media, branded packaging, etc.

A critical part of making an advertising campaign is determining a campaign theme as it sets the tone for the individual advertisements and other forms of marketing communications that will be used. The campaign theme is the central message that will be communicated in the promotional activities. The campaign themes are usually developed with the intention of being used for a substantial period but many of them are short-lived due to factors such as being ineffective or market conditions and / or competition in the marketplace and marketing mix.[1]

Advertising campaigns are developed to achieve a particular goal or a set of goals. Such goals typically include establishing a brand, raising brand awareness, increasing the rate of conversions/sales. The degree of success or failure at reaching these goals is measured with analytic tools. For instance, Google Analytics offers a set of instruments for reviewing and evaluation of online campaigns.

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  1. ^ Belch, George, and Belch, Michael, eds. 2004. Advertising and Promotion: an integrated marketing communications perspective. MacGraw-Hill/Irwin.