Now that I've got my Google AdWords campaign up and running for this website - 17 clicks yesterday from people who Googled "Kenton's" once, "creative" 28 times, and "Winnipeg" 17,000 times - it may be time to go after that elusive TV audience in Fargo, Cleveland, and Peoria.
Don't laugh: you can do it through Spot Runner, another cool online idea that aims to do for TV ads what Google does for online ads: make them cheap, easy to create, place, and available for local businesses that previously couldn't afford the time and money involved in TV production.
Spot Runner "creates an online dashboard of local media" for these businesses, selling a roster of customizable prefab TV ads, and cheap ad buys from local TV stations.
Some of the prefab ads include:
- "Optimistic ad promoting a company's actions that help preserve the Earth" (BP take note!);
- "A tranquil landscape ad;"
- "A lighthearted spot for a housecleaning service" (As opposed to those depressing, downbeat housecleaning spots for lemon-fresh Pledge and the Swiffer?).
Voila! Prefab ads at fab prices. What's not to love?
What's not to love:
There are some downsides to the company, if not the service:
- The team that did the creative for Spot Runner has splintered into its own company - Agency Division - competing head to head with the old boss (same as the new boss!).
- Spot Runner had three rounds of layoffs in 2009.
- Spot Runner's founders have been accused of "pumping and dumping" the company stock for their own gain (case dismissed, though!).
- Spot Runner has made $5 million! And spent $35 million...d'oh!
Update: Policyfrog tipped me off about this site that does the same thing (and looks easier to use): PlaceLocal.