Calculating and comparing newspaper advertising costs can quickly get complicated. Once you’ve tracked down a newspaper advertising rates card, you’re then faced with the delightful challenge of making sense of it all. There’s no “one size fits all” to make our lives easy. Instead, newspaper advertising costs depend on several factors, some of which you might find surprising. To answer the question, “How much does it cost?” the answer would be: “It all depends.”
8 factors that affect newspaper advertising costs (within the one publication) are:
- type of ad
- day of the week
- section or lift-out
- page position within a section
- left-hand side VS right-hand side
- color VS black and white
- annual spend/expenditure commitment
In this article, I’ll discuss the 8 factors that determine newspaper advertising costs in Australia. I’ll also provide an example of how much it would cost to place a display ad in The Courier-Mail (a Queensland newspaper). As you’ll see, newspaper advertising costs can quickly add up. If you’re on a tight budget, as many of us are these days, knowing what most affects the cost allows you to cut back where you can.
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#1 Type of Ad – Display VS Classifieds VS Inserts
The first factor that decides the cost of a newspaper advertisement is the type of ad. Most Australian newspapers offer several different types. Display advertisements appear throughout a newspaper and may use colors, illustrations, photographs, or fancy lettering to attract the reader’s attention. These provide a great deal of creative control over the ad’s content without being limited to just text. They also aren’t grouped according to classification, unlike classified ads. Display advertisements are typically charged at a rate per single column centimeter. In other words, the height in centimeters and width in columns determines the cost of the advertising space. On the other hand, classified ads are typically charged based on ‘lineage’ or per line.
Another form of advertising offered by most major newspapers is ‘inserts’ – separate advertisements placed inside the newspaper and can have more than one page. Inserts are usually charged at a rate of 1000 per number of pages. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to limit our discussion to display advertisements.
#2 Size Matters
The second factor that contributes to the cost of newspaper advertising is size. As mentioned above, display advertisements costs are calculated based on their height in centimeters and width in columns. Most newspapers have their own standard-sized advertising spaces, which your ad needs to fit into. Some newspapers offer non-standard sized spaces, such as a ‘U’ shaped ad around the edges of an open paper, but be prepared to pay a higher price for irregular sizes and shapes.
Let’s look at the standard sizes available in The Courier-Mail, as an example.
the demo demonstrates, much the size of a display advertisement affects the price.