The Media Handbook

A Complete Guide to Advertising Media Selection, Planning, Research, and Buying, 5th Edition

By Helen Katz

© 2014 – Routledge

248 pages

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Paperback: 9780415856713
pub: 2013-11-01
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About the Book

The Media Handbook provides a practical introduction to the advertising media planning and buying process. Emphasizing basic calculations along with the practical realities of offering alternatives and evaluating the plan, this fifth edition reflects the critical changes in how 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, 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 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

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: Earned

6. Exploring the Media, Part 3: Owned

7 Terms, Calculations, and Considerations

8 Creating the Plan, Considering Alternatives

9 Making the Buys

10 Evaluating the Media Plan and Looking Ahead

About the Author

Helen Katz is Senior Vice President and Director of Research for Starcom MediaVest Group. 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.

About the Series

Routledge Communication Series

The Routledge Communication Series covers the breadth of the communication discipline, from interpersonal communication to public relations, offering textbooks, handbooks, and scholarly reference materials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Advertising & Promotion
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Media & Communications Industries
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies