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7th Edition

The Media Handbook
A Complete Guide to Advertising Media Selection, Planning, Research, and Buying

ISBN 9781138352643
Published May 21, 2019 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

The Media Handbook provides a practical introduction to the advertising, media planning, and buying processes. Emphasizing basic calculations and the practical realities of offering alternatives and evaluating the plan, this seventh edition includes greater coverage of social media, buying automation, the continued digitization of media, and updated statistics on media consumption. It covers over the top television, programmatic TV, digital advertising, and the automation of buying across all media.

Author Helen Katz provides a continued focus on how planning and buying tie back to the strategic aims of the brand and the client, keeping practitioners and students up to date with current industry examples and practices.

The Companion Website to the book includes resources for both students and instructors. For students there are flashcards to test themselves on main concepts, a list of key media associations, a template flowchart and formulas. Instructors can find lecture slides and sample test questions to assist in their course preparation.

Table of Contents


1. What Is Media?

2. Media in the Marketing Context

3. Developing Optimal Media Objectives and Strategies

4. Exploring the Media Part 1-Paid

5. Exploring the Media Part 2-Paid Digital

6. Exploring the Media: Owned

7. Exploring the Media: Earned

8. Terms, Calculations, and Considerations

9. Creating the Plan

10. Beyond the Plan: Media Buys and Plan Evaluations


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Helen Katz is Senior Vice President and Global Research Director at Publicis Groupe. She has an extensive professional background in media research and has taught advertising and media planning at Michigan State University, DePaul University, and the University of Illinois.