How Much Does a TV Advertising Campaign Cost?

In 2021, total TV advertising spending in the UK reached 5.46 billion British pounds, of which around 733 million was attributed to broadcaster video-on-demand ads. TV ad spend is expected to grow by 7.1 percent in 2022 — and for good reason. TV accounts for 90% of the average viewer’s video time and, in the UK, 42% stated that television is where they are most likely to find ads that they trust. This makes it a fruitful form of advertising for many businesses.

The good news is that TV adverts aren’t just for large companies. Businesses of all sizes can now be seen on the small screen.

There are two main television advertising costs: the production costs, and the cost for placing your ad on television between shows. How much an individual campaign costs is dependent on the ambition of your creative and your desired audience (determined through the channel your ad will appear on, and at what time).

For small channels, the rate to show an ad can be as little as £50 to £150, but for prime-time television, it can go up to £3,000 – £4,000 per ad. Likewise, production can cost as little as £2,000 or as much as £200,000 — this depends on how straightforward your ad is, and if you choose to feature paid actors.

Let’s look at this in more detail.

Cost of Placing Your Ad

In general, TV ads are bought and sold on a cost per thousand basis. As TV Advertising explains, this is the price a channel charges to have your ad seen by 1000 people. This price is set by broadcasters, who trade at a discount or premium depending on a number of variables.

  1. Time – the time you want your ad displayed.
  2. Target Audience – the demographics that you want to target.
  3. Region – some broadcasters give you the chance to target specific areas of the UK (this will often cost more).
  4. Season – the month you want to advertise in (summer tends to be cheaper, for example).
  5. Length of Creative – 30 seconds is standard, but the cost of your ad will depend on if it’s shorter or longer than this.

TV advertising costs do tend to be more flexible now, as there is a wider range of options available. As well as advertising on traditional broadcast, you can make the most of on-demand ads, sponsorship and addressable audience advertising (where you segment TV audiences and serve different ads within a common program or navigation screen).

Production Costs

As above, this will depend on the scale of your ambition. Better equipment, location and well-known actors will cost you more, but a simpler advert will cost less.

  1. Concept development: This is where you develop the concept around your objectives; why you need this video, who will be watching, and what you want them to do after it. From here, you should then produce a script and a thorough plan that will help you execute your concept. This can be done, in-house, for free, or you can outsource to an external team.
  2. Production, including paid actors: This is where you film, source archive footage, take photos, VFX, graphics, music and voice-over for your advert.
  3. Post-production: This is where you gather the assets you gained, and turn them into an advert.

TV Advertising Campaign

TV Advertising on a Budget: Sky AdSmart

Sky AdSmart is one of the most affordable tv advertising options that offers highly targeted audiences to choose from. Campaigns can start from just £3,000 (excluding production costs), and use three main targeting options.

  1. Location: where your audience is based. This might include their local authority, region, postcode and/or metropolitan area.
  2. Attributes: the qualities or features that define your audience. For example, home ownership, pet ownership, life stage, household composition, age of children, early tech adopters, and so on.
  3. Your Own Data: Create custom audiences using your own data

With our TV ad production services, you can get your business on TV from just £5,000 + VAT . This includes the full package: concept development, production, voice-over, music, delivery and a highly targeted Sky AdSmart campaign. Find out more below.

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