DRTV Advertising

When you absolutely, positively have to get a ton of new customers – use the power of DRTV advertising to deliver results. Toast is a DRTV agency that builds audiences.

How a DRTV Agency can help

  • DRTV Advertising delivers quick results
  • Direct Response TV adverts get viewers to react
  • Media buying is more cost-effective than brand advertising
  • Adverts and conversions can be tracked
  • DRTV advertising reaches a huge audience
  • TV advertising builds confidence in your brand
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DRTV Advertising

What is DRTV?

DRTV advertising differs from brand response advertising in that the viewer is urged to respond to the offer directly. Calls to action can range from a toll-free number on screen, a special offer or a website URL. The return on investment delivered by direct response TV adverts is one of the highest possible in all advertising mediums. In comparison to social media advertising where your brand has to fight amongst the digital chatter, the best direct response ads set out a message and deliver measurable results. See our work here.

Working with a DRTV Agency

If you need a direct response TV advert produced, then working with a skilled DRTV agency is essential. Toast has years of experience in producing adverts that produce ROI results that clients demand. Have a look at our showreel below. We can handle the whole advertising production process from strategy and creative, through filming or animation to clearing for broadcast and delivery to the channels. We partner with trusted media buying partners to get the best media packages for our clients.

DRTV Advertising Showreel

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DRTV – Direct Response TV advertising

DRTV is the name for a specific type of TV advertising that uses a call to action on the screen. The advertiser expects the viewer to respond to the advert by calling a number or visiting a website.

The difference between brand advertising and DRTV

Brand advertising has traditionally done a brilliant job communicating a company’s broader message to the public. Brand adverts are used to establish credibility or promote new product lines in the minds of buyers. A response campaign, on the other hand, is all about marketing a product or service and expecting the public to respond by either phoning a number or visiting a URL.

The second screen phenomena has given the direct response television commercial a new lease of life. Rather than waiting until the viewer has finished watching TV, a second screen means viewers are actively engaging with brands and offers in real-time.

We’re often asked questions about DRTV, here are some of the more popular questions and answers:

What does DRTV stand for? – DRTV stands for Direct Response Tele – Vision usually followed by advertising.
What is DRTV advertising? – DRTV is a specific type of advertising that uses a call to action to get a response from the viewer, usually a call or a website visit.

What is DRTV? – DRTV is the name for a specific type of TV advert that uses a call to action or web URL to get the viewer to take action.

DRTV Production in London

Toast is an agency based in London. We work with many large brands to produce stunning adverts, but we’re probably best known from our work for new to TV brands like Innocent Smoothies and Abel & Cole.

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Media costs and media placement

When planning your media placements, it’s worth remembering that Direct Response adverts work best out of peak time advertising. The most cost-effective use of your media budget is to buy many slots across channels that are right for your demographic. Lumping all your budget into buying a few advert slots in expensive primetime will end up wasting your opportunity. Toast is an experienced DRTV media buying agency who can get the best media packages to make sure your advert is seen on television.

Digital TV channels are a powerful medium for DRTV; many Freeview channels have very focused offerings which lead to concentrated audience pools. These channels are a great place to build a target audience.

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Hiring a DRTV Agency

When appointing a DRTV agency, it’s good to look at the quality of work they’ve produced for other companies. Budgets are always a tricky thing to gauge, but the quality of an advert shows on TV. Viewers will judge your brand against other adverts around you.

Good DRTV companies will take your budget (at whatever level) and produce the best-looking advert they can for your level of spending. A great direct response advertising agency will work with you at an early stage to create ideas that get the best from your budget. There’s no point trying to shoehorn a drone shoot, a cast of thousands and an expensive location into a small budget. It’s best to start with a realistic budget and produce the best creative to fit that budget.

Using a full-service DRTV agency who can undertake the whole advertising process from script to screen is a substantial saving. The budget will be used wisely rather than having multiple companies competing to keep as much of your budget as they can.

Measuring results of direct response TV advertising

Direct response advertising uses either a website address or phone number as a contact method for customers. Analytics software can now correlate website visits with an advert running on TV. This software allows our clients to gauge how well their adverts are performing on various TV channels and at specific time-slots.

With these results available, it’s possible to test different calls to action, end-frames, time-slots and channels. The media budget is then adjusted to deliver the best results.

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A call to action

A prospective customer wants to feel at home once they’ve entered your URL, so make sure your website reflects your TV advert in some way. Keep the experience the same; viewers want to feel a cohesive brand message across TV advertising and on your website. Have a still from your TV advert on all of your landing pages, so the viewer knows they’ve come to the right site.

DRTV campaigns are a powerful way to build databases of interested customers; some purchases aren’t an impulsive buy and need a nudge over the line. A response advert that delivers a list of potential customers is an excellent way of feeding leads to a phone sales team.

A bonus of DRTV is the trust-building nature of TV commercials. Advertising near national brands adds trust signals to your company. If your company is selling products such as gold coins or cruises, a DRTV commercial can leverage the trust gained from TV advertising to close sales.

A call to action that includes a toll-free number is a great way to gauge which areas of the country your advert works best. It’s best to run adverts when your call centre is operating; an unanswered call is a waste of your precious marketing budget.

Work with Toast

If you’re looking for a DRTV Agency with great creative ideas, award-winning writers and directors, do get in touch. We start the advertising process by having our new clients complete a briefing document explaining all about their company and brand. Do get in touch to kick off your DRTV advertising journey.


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