What Does $100,000 in Advertising Buy By Medium?

The infographic from WebFX presents a comprehensive overview of the costs associated with different national advertising media. It succinctly breaks down the financial investment required for the setup and ongoing maintenance of various advertising mediums, including National TV, Magazine, and Newspaper Advertising, as well as Direct Mail, Telemarketing, Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click Marketing, Email Marketing, and Web Content Marketing Campaigns.

Each medium is detailed with its setup process and costs, alongside the average costs for media placement and the expenses associated with continued advertising. This visual guide serves as a valuable resource for marketers looking to understand the monetary landscape of national advertising efforts across multiple media platforms.

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When considering an advertising budget of $100,000, it’s essential to understand the reach and potential return on ad spend (ROAS) across various mediums. Here’s a breakdown of what $100,000 can afford in each advertising medium, along with insights into targeting capabilities and ROAS analysis.

National TV Advertising

With costs ranging from $63,000 to $8 million for setup and an average media cost of approximately $342,000 per 30-second ad, a $100,000 budget may not suffice for national TV advertising. However, it could purchase limited airtime if included in a regional segment or as part of a broader package. TV ads have a broad reach but less precise targeting than digital mediums. Analyzing ROAS for TV involves tracking increases in web traffic, direct sales, or branded searches during and after the campaign.

National Magazine Advertising

Magazine ads cost between $500 to $397,800 for design, with an average media cost of $250,000 per ad. With $100,000, one could afford smaller or less prominent ad placements in several issues or a larger placement in a single issue. Magazines offer demographic targeting based on readership. ROAS can be measured by using unique promo codes or URLs to track response rates.

National Newspaper Advertising

The design costs for newspaper ads range from $11 to $1.4 million, and the average media cost is about $113,000 per ad. A $100,000 budget could secure a series of smaller ads or a few larger placements. Newspapers provide geographic and demographic targeting. ROAS is typically assessed through coupon redemption rates or tracked phone numbers.

Direct Mail Advertising

With design costs from $50 to $7,200 and an average of $51.40 per order, $100,000 could fund a substantial direct mail campaign. This medium allows for highly targeted campaigns based on a variety of demographic and psychographic factors. ROAS for direct mail is gauged by response rate and conversion rate metrics.


Script writing for telemarketing ranges from $1,000 to $5,200, with call costs between $7 to $70 per hour or $35 to $60 per lead. $100,000 could potentially fund a telemarketing campaign reaching thousands of leads. Telemarketing offers personalization but at the risk of high consumer resistance. ROAS measurement involves tracking conversion rates and customer lifetime value.

National Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

With initial website configuration costs between $4,000 to $10,000 and ongoing costs around $900/month to an internet marketer, a $100,000 budget is more than enough for a robust year-long SEO campaign. SEO targets users actively searching for related keywords, and ROAS is measured through organic traffic growth, search rankings, and conversion rates from organic search traffic.

National Pay Per Click (PPC) Marketing

PPC setup costs are similar to SEO, with the added cost of clicks ranging from 5 cents to $3 per qualified visitor. A $100,000 budget will drive significant clicks, with precise targeting based on keywords, demographics, and user behavior. ROAS is calculated by comparing the cost per click (CPC) and the conversion rate from the ads.

National Email Marketing

With design costs of $4,000 to $50,000 and a similar CPC model to PPC, $100,000 could fund a considerable email marketing campaign. Email marketing allows for targeted campaigns based on customer segments. ROAS analysis involves tracking open rates, click-through rates (CTR), and email conversion rates.

Web Content Marketing Campaign

The development of web content assets and graphical elements can cost from $6,000 to $12,000, and with the content being evergreen, there are no ongoing costs. This budget could create a wealth of content to drive organic reach and engagement. Targeting is based on content relevance to various audience segments. ROAS for content marketing is less direct but can be measured over time through engagement metrics and SEO performance.

In all mediums, to evaluate whether the advertising spend is yielding a positive ROAS, it’s crucial to establish clear KPIs (key performance indicators) before the campaign begins. These KPIs should align with the business objectives, such as generating leads, increasing sales, or boosting brand awareness. Tools such as web analytics, CRM systems, and ad performance dashboards are invaluable in tracking and attributing these indicators to the respective advertising mediums.

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