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6th Edition

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

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ISBN 9781138689169
Published September 16, 2016 by Routledge
232 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 sixth edition reflects the critical changes in how advertising in various media is planned, bought, and sold by today’s industry professionals. Author Helen Katz looks at the larger marketing, advertising, and media objectives, and follows with an exploration of major media categories, covering paid, owned, and earned media forms, including digital media. She provides a comprehensive analysis of planning and buying, with a continued focus on how those tactical elements tie back to the strategic aims of the brand and the client.

Also available is a Companion Website that expands The Media Handbook’s content in an online forum. Here, students and instructors can find tools to enhance course studies such as chapter overviews, PowerPoint slides, and sample questions.

With its emphasis on real-world industry practice, The Media Handbook provides an essential introduction to students in advertising, media planning, communication, and marketing. It serves as an indispensable reference for anyone pursuing a career in media planning, buying, and research.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Rishad Tobaccowala




1 Today’s Definition of Media

2 Media in the Marketing Context

3 Developing Media Objectives and Strategies

4 Exploring the Media, Part 1: Paid

5 Exploring the Media, Part 2: Owned

6. Exploring the Media, Part 3: Earned

7 Terms, Calculations, and Considerations

8 Creating the Plan, Considering Alternatives

9 Making the Buys

10 Evaluating the Media Plan and Looking Ahead

Appendix A: Key Research Resources

Appendix B: Key Media Organizations



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

Support Material

Companion Website

Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.